Well, this effectively slams the door shut on that debate. Not that there was EVER any doubt. This is why their rationale quietly changed from "we don't torture" to "yeah, we torture, but it's necessary." We broke the law, admits CIA agent convicted of rendition One of the Americans convicted in absentia by an Italian court for her part in the 2003 abduction of a Muslim cleric by CIA operatives has acknowledged they "broke the law" and complained she was given insufficient protection by her superiors in Washington. <snip> In an interview earlier this year with an Italian newspaper, Mr Lady was candid about the seizure of the cleric. "Of course it was an illegal operation," the newspaper quoted him. "But that's our job. We're at war against terrorism".