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Ex-Spy Says Bush White House Wanted to ‘Get’ Juan Cole

Posted on Jun 16, 2011

In a story that harks back to the bad old days of intelligence abuses, a former CIA spook says he and another agency staffer were asked by Bush administration officials to dig up the dirt on Mideast scholar, Iraq war critic and Truthdig columnist Juan Cole.

One official named by the former spy, who served on the National Intelligence Council after a long career in clandestine service, denies the accusation.

For his part, Cole told The New York Times that he would make a poor target for thrill-seeking spooks: “They must have been dismayed at what a boring life I lead.”

The incidents in question are supposed to have taken place in 2005.

As you know, it is illegal for the CIA to spy on Americans.

After the agent, Glenn Carle, rebuffed a request to find information about Cole, he says he discovered a memo from his NIC superior with derogatory remarks about Cole and further evidence that someone in the administration was leaning on a different source in the CIA.  —PZS

The New York Times:

Several months after the initial incident, Mr. Carle said, a colleague on the National Intelligence Council asked him to look at an e-mail he had just received from a C.I.A. analyst. The analyst was seeking advice about an assignment from the executive assistant to the spy agency’s deputy director for intelligence, John A. Kringen, directing the analyst to collect information on Professor Cole.

Mr. Carle said his colleague, whom he declined to identify, was puzzled by the e-mail. Mr. Carle, though, said he tracked Mr. Kringen’s assistant down in the C.I.A. cafeteria.

“Have you read his stuff?” Mr. Carle recalled the assistant saying about Professor Cole. “He’s really hostile to the administration.”

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By drbhelthi, June 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment

Bravo for Juan Cole.  When assholes like BushCo want to
“get” you, you are definitely doing good things!! JimBob

The opposite of the typical stance of comrade rico is the equivalent
of a similar affirmation.

Former C.I.A. Station Manager, John Stockwell, revealed that the
secretive C.E.O. of the C.I.A., George H.W. Bush Sr, considered
himself and the C.I.A. to be above the law.  Congress tends to
support the secretive “black budget” of the C.I.A., instead of
realizing that it assists the C.I.A. to violate U.S. Law.

” The United States CIA is running 50 covert actions, destabilizing
further almost one third of the countries in the world today- -”
excerpted from

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By PatrickHenry, June 18, 2011 at 5:42 am Link to this comment

Another on the Bush ‘enemies list’, big whoop.

As you know, it is illegal for the CIA to spy on Americans.


The CIA will simply use the ATF or DEA liaison to provide them the information they seek under the guise of Juan Coles foreign impact, that way they don’t have to task their own resources and raise any flags.  They do it every day.

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By rico, suave, June 18, 2011 at 4:10 am Link to this comment

Then again, Mr Yell, maybe no crimes were committed.

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By SarcastiCanuck, June 17, 2011 at 10:53 am Link to this comment
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Everytime I read a story like this it reaffirms my belief,respect and admiration for the little guy in the system.Glen Carle risked his career and future to stand up to the Whitehouse.That takes guts and resolve.With more people like Carle,the liars and cheats get beat even if they are powerful…

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By Jim Yell, June 17, 2011 at 8:11 am Link to this comment
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Once again it must be asked “why isn’t the previous administration under investgation, by now why aren’t they in court?”

In my opinion it is because the current administrations is in collusion with the Republicans and neither want to be held accountable for their crimes.

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By rend it, June 17, 2011 at 7:32 am Link to this comment
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isn’t it illegal for the cia to spy in the US?

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By Go Right Young Man, June 17, 2011 at 6:50 am Link to this comment

Rico, - “Where’s the story here? Is truthdig this desperate to find new martyrs?”


I’m not sure this is about a new martyr.

The New York Times, and by extension TruthDig, can’t have people ruminating about how the Obama administration has expanded and extending the Patriot Act and domestic signal surveillance. 

It doesn’t bode well for the Times if progressives fully comprehend how a liberal democratic administration has forgone capture and interrogation for a ten fold increase in summary executions for those “suspected” of terrorist activities.

A new “Neo-Con” bogeyman is needed.

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By rico, suave, June 17, 2011 at 5:13 am Link to this comment

So, the way I read it, there was no dirt dug up, just a few memos about Cole’s disagreements with Bush. And the CIA agent, Carle, “rebuffed” the request, just like he should have, since it is illegal. Where’s the story here? Is truthdig this desperate to find new martyrs?

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By mikesoul, June 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment

Too bad that Juan Cole, who used to seem so progressive, has turned into just another shill for imperialist war, when he became a supporter of the current war in Libya.  I guess he doesn’t have to worry about Obama going after him as long as he can be Obama’s warmongering mouthpiece.

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By JimBob, June 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment

Bravo for Juan Cole.  When assholes like BushCo want to
“get” you, you are definitely doing good things!!

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By TDoff, June 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment

The ‘Bad Old Bays’ of intelligence abuses?!

The Bush maladministration existed just two-and-one-half years ago.

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