By Steve Hendricks
Offers a close account of the occasions surrounding the abduction of Abu Omar, an intensive Muslim chief, in Milan, Italy, and then he used to be despatched to be tortured in Egypt, and examines efforts of Italian investigators and the CIA's position within the events.
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He enjoyed the fading light for a time, then, having seen no one of note on the street, he turned into a bookstore. He browsed, pulled a book off the shelf, and became to all appearances absorbed in it, but the door was never beyond his peripheral vision, and he noted everyone who entered. He watched to see whether any eyes flitted over him or worked too studiously to avoid him, but none did. Everyone gave the bland, aging man the small due he deserved. He left, walked some more, and entered a clothier’s, where he examined a shirt.
It could be small, this world of spies. Massimo got in the car, and Giorgio drove a few minutes, then stopped near Via Giuseppe Guerzoni, a narrow street of only a few blocks whose namesake had fought with Garibaldi in the Resurgence before retreating to a professorship of literature, where the battles were as contested but usually less bloody. A hundred meters of Via Guerzoni were lined by high walls on both sides. Behind one wall lay the grounds of Parco Bassi; behind the opposite wall, a plant nursery.
That life, however, was not for Ludwig. He belonged to a unit of plain-clothed Carabinieri detectives, the Raggruppamento Operativo Speciale, the Special Operations Group, which had been created in 1990 to combat the Mafia and terrorists. In Milan, the ROS was concerned mainly with terrorists. The ROS might almost have been considered elite, except that little that was attached to the Carabinieri bore elitism’s happy stigma. Hence the noms de guerre, originally adopted to make it harder for criminals to harm lawmen but maintained, in part, to give an air of importance to a job that lacked it.