Implications of Berlusconi’s defeat

The Italians were involved in the yellowcake forgeries and irregular renditions. Will Prodi decide to blow the whistle?

A reader makes a connection I had ignored. The Italian secret service was neck-deep in the Nigerien yellowcake forgery, and Italy has been one of the participants in irregular renditions. The Bush Administration backed Berlusconi all the way, even giving him a chance to address a joint session of Congress last month, just in time for his campaign kickoff back home.

What are the odds that Romano Prodi will decide to release whatever it is the Italian government knows about the forgeries and the renditions?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

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