By Steve Hendricks
A booklet so compelling it merits to turn into one of many nonfiction classics of our time. As propulsively readable because the most sensible "true crime," A Kidnapping in Milan is a powerful reckoning with the realities of counterterrorism. In a enthralling page-turner, Steve Hendricks provides us a ground-level view of the delivery and development of overseas Islamist terrorist networks and of counterterrorism in motion in Europe. He additionally offers an eloquent, eagle's-eye standpoint at the enormous questions of justice and the rule of thumb of law.
"In Milan a recognized truth is usually defined by way of competing stories," Hendricks writes, however the tales that swirled round the February 2003 disappearance of the novel imam Abu Omar could quickly element in a single direction—to a covert motion through the CIA. The police of Milan have been exploiting their wiretaps of Abu Omar for helpful info earlier than the faucets went silent. The americans have been their allies in counterterrorism—would they've got disrupted a fruitful investigation?
In a rare story of detective as opposed to secret agent, Italian investigators below the management of prosecutor Armando Spataro unraveled in embarrassing element the "covert" motion within which Abu Omar were abducted and despatched to be tortured in Egypt. Spataro—seasoned in prosecutions of the Mafia and the purple Brigades and a passionate believer within the rule of law—sought to attempt the abductors in absentia: the first-ever trial of CIA officials by means of a U.S. best friend. An exemplary success in narrative nonfiction writing, A Kidnapping in Milan is instantaneously a detective tale, a heritage of the terrorist risk, and an indictment of the assumption that man's savagery opposed to guy could be stilled with extra savagery but.
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A Kidnapping in Milan: The CIA on Trial by Steve Hendricks