Monday, April 22, 2013
It is reported that Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has granted a pardon to Col. Joseph L. Romano III, an Air Force officer convicted for his role in the kidnapping of an Islamic cleric. it is also reported that the pardon was the result of President Obama's "decision" to "change the aggressive national security policies pursued by his predecessor in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York." Romano, who was commander of the 31st security Forces Squadron, was said to have been part of a "covert CIA operation." The pardon was also said to have resulted from changes in Italy's penal code, as part of North Atlantic Treaty Organization arrangements. See full story here.