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 top “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 start and progress of foreign Islamist terrorist networks and of counterterrorism in motion in Europe. He additionally presents an eloquent, eagle’s-eye viewpoint at the colossal questions of justice and the rule of thumb of law.
“In Milan a identified truth is often defined by way of competing stories,” Hendricks writes, however the tales that swirled round the February 2003 disappearance of the novel imam Abu Omar may quickly aspect in a single direction—to a covert motion through the CIA. The police of Milan have been exploiting their wiretaps of Abu Omar for worthwhile info earlier than the faucets went silent. The american citizens have been their allies in counterterrorism—would they've got disrupted a fruitful investigation?
In a unprecedented story of detective as opposed to undercover agent, Italian investigators lower than the management of prosecutor Armando Spataro unraveled in embarrassing element the “covert” motion during which Abu Omar have been 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 aim the abductors in absentia: the first-ever trial of CIA officials via a U.S. best friend. An exemplary fulfillment in narrative nonfiction writing, A Kidnapping in Milan is straight away a detective tale, a background of the terrorist threat, and an indictment of the assumption that man’s savagery opposed to guy will be stilled with extra savagery yet.
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A Kidnapping in Milan: The CIA on Trial by Steve Hendricks