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    Ex-Spy: CIA Spied on Blogger

    WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 11:  Juan Cole (R) of University of Michigan speaks as (L-R) Les Roberts of Columbia University, co-author of the report "The Human Cost of the War in Iraq -- A Mortality Study, 2002 - 2006," report co-author Gilbert Burnham of Johns Hopkins University, and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) look on during a news conference on the death toll in the war in Iraq December 11, 2006 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The report has found that more than 600,000 Iraqis have been killed since the war started in 2003.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    Add one more to the dishonor role of torture, warrantless wiretaps, and extraordinary rendition. An ex-spy says the White House asked the CIA to gather information on Juan Cole, a Middle Eastern history professor at the University of Michigan who, via his blog, was a noisy critic of the war in Iraq. Glenn Carle said his boss said of Cole, ““The White House wants to get him.” The CIA denied the allegations. Cole took them in stride: “They must have been dismayed at what a boring life I lead,” he said. If true, such surveillance would be illegal, due to post-Watergate laws that prohibit spy agencies from collecting information on American citizens inside the U.S.

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