Follow Up On An Earlier Post

Well it looks like the issue I tackled in my post When Is One Extradition Not Like The Others? has finally born fruit. It seems that a former CIA agent by the name of Sabrina De Sousa will be handed over to the Italian authorities to face a four-year prison sentence for the rendition of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nas off of a Milan street for the purpose of torture. Finally the United States will have to pay some kind of punishment for having broken the law in another country. Seems fitting I think. Look, it’s not that I’m full of blood lust, but it would be nice if the United States didn’t feel like it was some special snowflake, and that the laws that it demands to be followed by others are frequently flouted by them… and often. In this whole issue of Roman Polanski’s extradition has been more than a simple case of forcing someone to pay for their crime, but paying more for an offense that he’d already been punished for. In fact Polanski has been the target of a concerted campaign to make sure he suffers, truly suffers for something that no other man including the other six to eight men who’d slept with Samantha Geimer ever paid for, including the 44 other men who’d been charged with one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor the whole previous year before Roman Polanski haplessly met Samantha Jane Gailey. More below:

Ex-CIA Agent to Be Extradited to Italy Over Kidnapping

Former CIA agent Sabrina De Sousa will be extradited to Italy to serve out a four-year prison sentence for her alleged involvement in a U.S. program that kidnapped terror suspects for interrogation, according to reports. The 61-year-old was convicted in the case, along with 25 other Americans. The group was accused of abducting Osama Moustafa Hassan Nas off a Milan street on Feb. 17, 2003. De Sousa has consistently denied involvement in the kidnapping since her October 2015 arrest in Lisbon on a European warrant. Terror suspects were routinely kidnapped, interrogated, and tortured under the U.S. rendition program in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The strategy was part of President George W. Bush’s anti-terrorism plan, but President Barack Obama ended the program after he took office. De Sousa has lost several appeals against her extradition, and claims she is unable to properly defend herself without providing classified information about the U.S. government. “We are deeply disappointed in her conviction and sentence,” said acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner. “This is a matter that U.S. officials have been following closely. We have asked our European counterparts what their next steps may be, but we are not in a position to detail those discussions.”