Did the CIA spy on a University of Michigan professor?
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
I’m a big fan of the TV show Covert Affairs, about a fictional CIA agent who does spy stuff right here in the USA. Because I know this is fiction, I overlook the fact that it’s entirely implausible – given that the CIA is not authorized to conduct operations inside the United States.
At least, that’s what I thought.
But now, the New York Times is reporting that the George W. Bush administration may have used the CIA to spy on a University of Michigan history professor. In an attempt to get some dirt on him. To discredit him. Because he was blogging against the war in Iraq.
Oh, and this allegation comes not from professor Juan Cole. No, it comes from the former top counterterrorism official at the CIA.
Ultimately, some dirt about Cole’s lifestyle was gathered. And at least a preliminary memo containing that “intel” was drafted for the White House, the former spook, Glenn Carle, says. He said he doesn’t know whether this dirt was ultimately dished to the White House or not.
Cole, quite naturally, is calling on Congress to investigate the allegations.