Coleen Rowley on How Top Secret America Misfires

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May 9, 2012 by SocialJusticeNOW

Coleen Rowley, one of three whistleblowers chosen as persons of the year for 2002 by Time Magazine, will speak about her experiences in the FBI and broader issues of official surveillance and massive data collection. When Coleen Rowley was an FBI agent in Minneapolis, her office got a lead just three weeks before 9/11 that a known extremist had paid $8.000 for lessons to fly a Boeing 747. Her office arrested him, but, her superiors would not allow a full investigation.

In a May, 2002 memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller, Rowley brought some of the pre 9-11 lapses to light, calling his defense of the agency a “rush to judgment to protect the FBI at all costs.” Several weeks later Rowley testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee about problems facing the FBI and the intelligence community, and her memo to Mueller in connection with the Joint Intelligence Committee’s Inquiry led to a two-year Department of Justice Inspector General investigation.

This event is a benefit for Under the Hood Outreach Center and Cafe? –

Location: 5604 Manor, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, Texas

A ZGraphix production.
Produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeff Zavala.

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From the archives:

James Bamford: Inside the NSA’s Largest and Most Expansive Secret Domestic Spy Center + Thomas Drake Prevails in Unprecedented Obama Admin Crackdown

Coming to a Gulag Near You by Chris Hedges

Thomas Drake: These are the hallmarks of tyranny and despotism (must-see)

When It Comes To Whistleblowers, Obama is the Worst President by Sibel Edmonds

Terrorist by Association by Jeremy Gantz

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