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Books: Time Magazine June 3, 2002,
The Bombshell Memo * Coleen Rowley Says Her Bosses Blocked Efforts That Could Have Foiled Some of the 9/11 Hijackers
Doing Time Like A Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison
Is a whistleblower that retired FBI Special Agent and former Minneapolis Division legal counsel of the FBI
Coleen Rowley grew up in a small town in northeast Iowa. She obtained a B.A. degree in French from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, and then attended the College of Law at the University of Iowa and graduated with honors in 1980 also passing the Iowa Bar Exam that summer. In January of 1981, Rowley was appointed a Special Agent with the FBI and initially served in the Omaha, Nebraska and Jackson, Mississippi Divisions.
In 1984 she was assigned to the New York Office and for over 6 years worked on Italian organized crime and Sicilian heroin drug investigations. During this time Rowley also served three separate temporary duty assignments in the Paris, France Embassy and Montreal Consulate. In 1990 Rowley was transferred to Minneapolis where she assumed the duties of "Chief Division Counsel" which entailed oversight of the Freedom of Information, Forfeiture, Victim-Witness and Community Outreach Programs as well as providing regular legal and ethics training to FBI Agents of the Division and some outside police training.
In May of 2002 Rowley brought some of the pre 9-11 lapses to light and testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee about some of the endemic problems facing the FBI and the intelligence community.
Rowley's memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller in connection with the Joint Intelligence Committee's Inquiry led to a two year long Department of Justice Inspector General investigation. She was one of three whistleblowers chosen as persons of the year by TIME magazine in 2002.
In April 2003, following an unsuccessful and highly criticized attempt to warn the Director and other administration officials about the dangers of launching the invasion of Iraq, Rowley stepped down from her (GS-14) legal position to go back to being a (GS-13) FBI Special Agent. She retired from the FBI at the end of 2004 and speaks publicly to various groups, ranging from school children to business/professional/civic groups, on essentially two different topics: ethical decision-making and "civil liberties and effective investigation.
John Kiriakou is a former CIA analyst and case officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former counterterrorism consultant. While employed by the CIA, he was involved in critical counterterrorism missions following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, but refused to be trained in so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.” and Kiriakou never authorized or engaged in these techniques:
After leaving the CIA, Kiriakou appeared on ABC News in an interview with Brian Ross, during which he became the first former CIA officer to confirm that the agency waterboarded detainees and label waterboarding as torture. Kiriakou’s interview revealed that this practice was not just the result of a few rogue agents, but was official U.S. policy approved at the highest levels of the
Kiriakou has paid dearly for his disclosure. He will be separated from his family for two-and-a-half years. The mounting legal expenses resulting from his prosecution left him in financial ruin, and he was forced to rent out his home and rely for several months on food stamps. In response, GAP has started the “John Kiriakou Support Fund,” which raises funds specifically to help his family.
The fact that Kiriakou is the only individual to face prison over the CIA’s torture program is a tremendous miscarriage of justice and demonstrates the selective manner in which the government decides whom to punish and prosecute. GAP’s National Security & Human Rights program continues to fight for intelligence whistleblowers like Kiriakou who make courageous disclosures to the public, and inform all of society as to what’s being done in the name of ‘national security.’
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