This is some Nixonian paranoid crap, eh? And if we only know about this because the spy who was sent to do it has come clean, how many other offenses happened? How much other dirty, illegal activity did Bush and his minions get up to? (PS It's totally illegal for the CIA to operate in-country to spy on Americans.)
Juan Cole writes the Informed Comment
blog where he uses his incredibly deep knowledge of Mid-East politics and Arabic to provide context and commentary on the day's events. I read it every single day.
Bonus Link: Here is Cole's reaction to the story.
Ex-Spy Alleges Bush White House Sought to Discredit Critic - NYTimes.com
Glenn L. Carle, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who was a top counterterrorism official during the administration of President George W. Bush, said the White House at least twice asked intelligence officials to gather sensitive information on Juan Cole, a University of Michigan professor who writes an influential blog that criticized the war.
In an interview, Mr. Carle said his supervisor at the National Intelligence Council told him in 2005 that White House officials wanted “to get” Professor Cole, and made clear that he wanted Mr. Carle to collect information about him, an effort Mr. Carle rebuffed. Months later, Mr. Carle said, he confronted a C.I.A. official after learning of another attempt to collect information about Professor Cole. Mr. Carle said he contended at the time that such actions would have been unlawful.
It is not clear whether the White House received any damaging material about Professor Cole or whether the C.I.A. or other intelligence agencies ever provided any information or spied on him. Mr. Carle said that a memorandum written by his supervisor included derogatory details about Professor Cole, but that it may have been deleted before reaching the White House. Mr. Carle also said he did not know the origins of that information or who at the White House had requested it.