Simon Andrews, a sales representative for Microsoft, was spending time between presentations looking for a vacation home in Georgia. Agents of the BND found him on the street, stuffed him in a car, and flew him to an undisclosed location for interrogation. He is suspected of being a supporter of Al Qaeda. His fiancée, Mariyah Muhammad al-Jamil, a recent graduate of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, was in a nearby cafe when the kidnapping took place, and witnessed three men place a black hood over his head and push him into the back seat of an SUV with tinted windows.
Both the Secretary of State and the President have commented this evening on this infringement on the rights of an American citizen who was legally visiting a sovereign country by agents of another country. President Bush called the alleged kidnapping "a blot on relations" between Germany and the United States.
Oh, wait, I have the story all wrong. It was American agents who kidnapped a German citizen in a sovereign nation. That makes it okay.
From Craig Whitlock at the Washington Post:
German prosecutors on Wednesday said they have issued arrest warrants for 13 CIA operatives suspected of kidnapping a German citizen in the Balkans in 2004 and taking him to a secret prison in Afghanistan before realizing several months later that they had the wrong person.I do find it interesting that we seem to have a strong set of double standards; we do things that we'd never sit down for if they were done by another country.
The German arrest warrants, filed in Munich, are the second case in which prosecutors have filed criminal charges against CIA employees involved in counterterrorism operations in Europe.
And, please, don't tell me that's the American way.