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John M. Cole, a former FBI Counterintelligence and Counterespionage Manager, has publicly confirmed the FBI’s decade long investigation of the former State Department Official Marc Grossman. Cole worked for 18 years in the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. According to Cole, as in over one hundred cases involving Israeli espionage activities directed against the US government, the Grossman case was covered up and buried despite mountains of evidence that was collected.

Here is the public response from John Cole after the publication of The American Conservative magazine’s cover story:

    “I read the recent cover story by The American Conservative magazine. I applaud their courage in publishing this significant interview. I am fully aware of the FBI’s decade-long investigation of the High-level State Department Official named in this article, Marc Grossman, which ultimately was buried and covered up. It is long past time to investigate this case and bring about accountability…”

In November 2006, in an by Jeff Stein published by “Congressional Quarterly” on the cover-up of espionage cases involving Israel, Cole was quoted extensively:

    “John M. Cole, an FBI spy catcher who retired in 2004, says that from 1993 to 1995 alone, he had “125 open cases” of Israeli espionage, representing nearly half of all the investigations carried on in his Global Unit, part of the now-defunct National Security division.” Inside the FBI itself, Cole said, tracking suspected Israeli spies was hush-hush.In a sharp break with FBI procedures, he was prohibited from notifying field offices when an investigation crept into their jurisdictions. “No one was supposed to know we were investigating the Israelis,” Cole said.”

Stein’s article also quoted several other FBI officials confirming Cole’s disclosure:

    “The 125 figure “makes sense,” another former top FBI counterintelligence official said, speaking only on condition that he not be identified because of the issue’s sensitivity. This official called the Israeli embassy’s denials “horse [manure].” In fact, he said, U.S. officials repeatedly warned the Israelis to back off. But the finger-wagging only seemed to energize them. “We would call them in, call them on the carpet, and next week there would be 10 more cases,” he said. The Justice Department never seemed much interested in prosecuting them, he and other counterintelligence veterans said. Agents would get pissed off,” said the former top official. “We knew they were going to walk, that they were going to get a pass. . . . It was frustrating.”
(Republished from The American Conservative by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Yeah, but come on! You can’t prosecute Grossman or smack the Israelis! Such would be blatant anti-Semitism!

  2. It’s all part of that “special relationship” I keep hearing about. The Israelis spy with impunity, while Americans pay through the nose for the privilege, compliments of the US Congress. Heads, they win; tails, we lose.

    All of this insanity is done to protect Israel, regardless of how damaging it is to America’s security.

    Next up: Iran.

  3. A Turkish-speaking friend tells me that the Sybil Edmonds story has recently made it into the news there. He follows Turkish news over the internet, and it’s made enough of a splash that he found it on the site where he gets his Turkish club soccer scores.

    I hope the charges are false, but since I suspect that they aren’t, I’m at least happy for TAC that they’re breaking a story of this magnitude.

  4. Was Cole’s public statement an email to you or did he get quoted in another outlet?

    Who has picked up the real story (as opposed to the lesbian angle) besides BradBlog and

  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Norwegian Shooter: It was a written statement sent to Boiling Frogs Show and my website. 3 weeks ago, prior to ACM cover story, we interviewed Mr. Cole on FBI related issues. He sent his statement as an update to that interview and a response to the SCM story.

    As far I know: no one yet. I agree with you that it is really unfortunate for some outlets to focus entirely on sex and sensationalism; vile, ugly and damaging to the real issues. As far as I know AntiWar has done a great job covering it; same with AntiWar Radio’s Scott Horton-as always objective, serious, and well-crafted questions.

    Regards, Sibel

  6. Norwegian – The email was from Cole to Sibel, who passed it on to TAC. She also posted it on her own website. The entire interview has appeared in something like 680 other websites as of this morning but the MSM has ignored it. A number of other sites (generally left wing) have focused only on the lesbian story.

  7. An important story. Congratulations Philip, and TAC.

    I had asked my federal congressman, from here in central Oklahoma (at a townhall meeting), to look into whether Israeli spies influenced (or planted) some of the information that the Bush used to get us involved in the mid-east. That was about 5 years ago.

    Talk about your basic brick wall.

    Seems to me an idiot would make this about religion or national identity. Money is meeting pockets in some back alley.

  8. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    How much of the intercepted information was Turkish agents gaming the FBI intel operation?

    Could Turks have been using known tapped lines to feed false information into the FBI?

    What better way to set up people who could not be ‘gotten to’ by other means that the Turks wanted to target for whatever reason.

  9. blogo, I’m thinking that’s quite a stretch.

    Who are the Turks “setting up” in your convoluted non-sequitor?

    Marc Grossman? Dougie Feith? Well, lets see, they knew the lines were tapped so they pretended to implicate Grossman in many, many seperate acts of HIGH TREASON, in the late 90’s. For ten years he roams the globe a free man amassing even more millions in drug laundered evil gains. Oh, but then, he will certainly get his comueppance, now that Sibel has sung so beautifuly. Right, because our media our vicious pit-bulls and when they sink their mighty jaws into a story this meaty, oh man!, they just don’yt let go until the treason traitors are swinging in the wind….or not.

    As always, 9/11 is the key. To all you TAC regulars, greetings from another dimension. Many of you may be under the illusion people who do not buy the “official conspiracy” are all left wing pinko fags. Au contrere. Please, please, take just a minute and look at the web site: PatriotsQuestion9/11. There you will see military men, republican office holders, career intelligence folk(not a tie dye shirt or tin-foil hat anywhere) that have very serious question about the fairy tale we were instructed to believe.

    That TAC is the pub. that carries this Sibel bombshell is wonderful. I think it bodes well for a future where the vast majority of Americans and earthlings can get past media created labels, stop letting them continue to use that old, decrepit divide and conquer bull spit….and come together for truth. With it we can solve ALL our problems. Without it we are toast.

  10. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Thanks so much for publishing this. I sit somewhere between a libertarian and a liberal (both the left and the right annoy me on many issues) , but I come to your magazine from time to time exactly because of articles like this. Keep spreading the news, maybe one day we’ll see this on Fox or read it in the NYT. Maybe.

  11. I would like to moderate my comment. How is that done?

    Tone and word choice were poor.

  12. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    NPR has a site that allows suggestions for stories.

    Here are the results of a search done for Sibel Edmunds on the NPR website

  13. Rob Clark says:

    Greetings, All… After watching this story oh-so-slowly evolve over the last few years, I’m left with just one question. What can we do about it? Petitions disappear, prosecutors won’t do their jobs for fear of losing either their careers; or worse, their lives, judges don’t want to see these cases in their courts, and the MSM stays silent. The corruption is too deeply entrenched for any real impact to come from anything we do.
    I’m an amateur history buff, and read from the Federalist Papers for inspiration. All these potential consequences were discussed from the very beginning.
    I’ve chosen a non-violent life. And any violent act would place us in the same filth as these former (and current!) officials.
    I also have no desire to throw myself in front of the machine, as I am not done using up my share of the oxygen. I would prefer to live, and have the “free” life our forefathers imagined. SO, what now? (and thank you, Sibel, for acting with the courage of your convictions)

  14. Anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Please visit the web site of Architects and Engineers for 9-11 Truth, You will see there that approaching 1000 professional architects and engineers are putting their professional reputations on the line to say that the government account of the collapse of the three World Trade Center high-rises is a fabrication, and that these buildings were demolished with high explosives. Unraveling the network of corruption in our national security apparatus, as Sibel Edmonds has so courageously done will lead to the real perpetrators of 9-11. Architects & Engineers for 9-11 Truth is a scientific organization. It is neither liberal nor conservative. Its founder, Richard Gage AIA is a Reagan Republican. We call on all patriots to join in taking our country back from these criminal elements.

  15. Mizgin says:

    9/11 is not the key. Susurluk is the key.

  16. Great answer to Rob, Tony.

    What can we do? Find out the truth.

    Hang the treasonous traitors.

    Stab the beast in its heart, watch it shrivel and die.

    Move on.

  17. Sibel and Philip, I just checked back, thanks for the response. I salute you both for your efforts so far. But let’s be realistic. This story will only make it to the far bank of the MSM if there are corroborating sources and they appear in other outlets. Mr. Cole and hopefully others need to come forward with more than an interview or email to Sibel herself. Is Mr. Lauria interested in reporting another story? Good luck.

  18. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Mizgin, can you say more about why you think Susurluk is the key. Not that I disagree–just want to hear your thoughts.

  19. Rob Clark says:

    @Tony Wicher: Thank you, sir. Very good advice, indeed. And I have passed it on many times over the last few years.
    I may have misjudged when I made the deal with the owner of a local coffee shop in 2006; a very profitable deal for the both of us. I received 2 1/2 hours every Thursday to show videos and encourage discussion, and she received larger profits for her Thursday night. And she was very surprised in just how large an increase that was. And with my choices for the video portion, I rather expected that surprise. I chose: 9/11:In Plane Site, The Money Masters, 9/11 Road to Tyranny, “ect”… (Some of the material has never, and will never, be licensed for viewing in this country while it is still THIS country)
    I only provide this as some form of explanation. I didn’t quit after I caught the Air Force (Air Force!?) hacking my box. I didn’t quit over the fist fights that broke out over the discussion portion of the presentations. However, when I realized that I had spread my message over the entire area (county only has 25,000), and still no one was willing to do anything to change things, I gave up.
    The question is not rhetorical. I am fairly up to speed. And at a dead end. With the level of conditioning most folks seem to be subjected to… Even when they are faced with the facts, there is no ire! I left that project very dejected.
    SO, what now? I’m not an advocate of violence; but I also served in the military. I felt a sense of civic duty, and they were kind enough to beat that out of me.
    Less than 5% of the population of the colonies actually participated in the revolution. I do not propose that, as they were not faced with the weaponry our “civilization” has given us.
    Any ideas? (As long as it doesn’t involve a foil hat…)

  20. Anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Marc Grossman sabotaged W’s attempt to move US troops through Turkey into Iraq. Did Colin Powell know?

  21. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Blogo, I thought I saw you post similar thoughts somewhere else, and I was going to quote it here, but I couldn’t find it, so maybe I’m wrong. Anyway, if you could just provide us with some information to back up your assertions that would be very helpful.
    Sibel, I don’t know if you’re right or you’re wrong. I do, however, believe that you might know more about what you’re talking about than I do. So anyway, the thought occurred to me that you should just write up your story in novel form, since so many people think its a work of fiction. Just remember to change the names to protect the ‘innocent’.

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