Though Obama has moved to close secret CIA prison facilities along with Guantanamo, he may have some Bush-era clandestine activities to clean up in Algeria.

El Wattan, Algiers' largest French-language newspaper, recently broke the story that Algiers CIA station chief Andrew Warren may have drugged and raped women held as Al Quaeda suspects at the US embassy last year. If the allegations prove true, it could be one further Abu Gharaib-like incident to inflame the Arab street just when the new president is trying to pacify it.