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Juan Cole & Glenn Carle: Bush Admin Asked CIA to Help Discredit Juan Cole Reputation. 1 of 3

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Published on Jun 22, 2011

DemocracyNow.org - The New York Times has reported that the Bush administration sought damaging personal information from the CIA on Juan Cole, an academic and prominent critic of the Iraq war, in an attempt to discredit him. According to former top CIA counterterrorism officer, Glenn Carle, the Bush administration made at least two requests for intelligence about Cole, a Middle East expert and professor at the University of Michigan. Cole, who has been a frequent guest on Democracy Now!, maintains the popular blog "Informed Comment," which rose to prominence after the Iraq invasion. Carle refused to carry out the request. A CIA spokesperson denied Carle's account. Legal experts say the spying on Cole would violate federal laws barring CIA spying and data collection on U.S. citizens. Democracy Now! interviews Professor Juan Cole, who is now calling for a congressional investigation into the Bush administration's efforts to discredit him, and speaks to Glenn Carle about the request and the relationship between the CIA and the Bush administration at the time.

This is part of an extended interview with Juan Cole and Glenn Carle. Watch part 2 of 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qZum9...

To watch the interview uninterrupted, download the podcast, read the transcript, and for more Democracy Now! interviews with Juan Cole and about CIA & FBI spying on American citizens, visit http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/22...

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