GLENN CARLE: Did We Exaggerate the al-Qa’ida Threat?

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GLENN CARLE: Did We Exaggerate the al-Qa’ida Threat?

Discussion at the University of Ottawa’s CIPS – Centre for International Policy Studies.

GLENN CARLE, former U.S. intelligence officer.

Presented by the Security Studies Network at CIPS.
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Glenn Carle served as an operations officer in the CIA for 23 years, retiring from the Agency in March 2007. In his last assignment he served as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats on the National Intelligence Council. In this capacity he was responsible for the US intelligence community’s most senior strategic assessments of terrorist threats.

Senate Dems probing whether Bush officials sought to smear Iraq War critic

Excerpt from Greg Sargent at the washington post:
Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are looking into allegations that a CIA official in the Bush administration was asked to gather personal information on a prominent critic of the Iraq War in order to discredit and “get” him, I’m told.

“The Committee is looking into this,” Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the intel committee, said in a statement sent my way. “Depending on what we find, we may take further action.”

The news comes after the New York Times reported yesterday that former CIA official Glenn Carle, a top counterterrorism official during the Bush administration, had gone on the record with this allegation. Carle said his supervisor at the National Intelligence Council made clear to him in 2005 that he wanted Carle to collect info about University of Michigan professor and blogger Juan Cole.

Click to read original post on The Washington Post

Ex-Spy Alleges Bush White House Sought to Discredit Critic

Excerpt from New York Times James Risen article:
WASHINGTON — A former senior C.I.A. official says that officials in the Bush White House sought damaging personal information on a prominent American critic of the Iraq war in order to discredit him.

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….

Click here to see the original article in the New York Times

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