The Info List - Coleen Rowley

Coleen Rowley
Coleen Rowley
(born December 20, 1954) is an American former FBI special agent and whistleblower, and was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) candidate for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district, one of eight congressional districts in Minnesota
in 2006. She lost the general election to Republican incumbent John Kline.[1]


1 Early life and education 2 Career

2.1 FBI

2.1.1 Honors and awards

2.2 Political 2.3 Civil liberties and peace activism

3 Personal 4 Bibliography 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Early life and education[edit] Rowley grew up in New Hampton, Iowa
New Hampton, Iowa
and graduated valedictorian of her high school class in 1973. Her father was a letter carrier for 31 years.[citation needed] She received her B.A. degree in French and with honors from Wartburg College
Wartburg College
in Waverly, Iowa
in 1977. In 1980, she received her J.D. degree from the University of Iowa
College of Law and passed the Iowa
Bar Exam that summer.[2] Career[edit] FBI[edit] In January 1981, Rowley became a Special
Agent with the FBI
and was assigned to the Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska
and Jackson, Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi
divisions. Beginning in 1984, she spent six years working in the New York City field office on investigations involving Italian organized crime and Sicilian heroin. During this time she served three temporary assignments in the U.S. embassy in Paris
and the consulate in Montreal. In 1990, she was transferred to the FBI's Minneapolis
field office, where she became Chief Division Counsel. There she taught constitutional law to FBI
agents and police officers, and oversaw the Freedom of Information, Asset Forfeiture Program, Victim-Witness and community outreach programs.[2] After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Rowley wrote a paper for FBI Director Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller
documenting how FBI
HQ personnel in Washington, D.C., had mishandled and failed to take action on information provided by the Minneapolis, Minnesota
Field Office regarding its investigation of suspected terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. Moussaoui had been suspected of being involved in preparations for a suicide-hijacking similar to the December 1994 "Eiffel Tower" hijacking of Air France 8969. Failures identified by Rowley may have left the U.S. vulnerable to the September 11, 2001, attacks. Rowley was one of many agents frustrated by the events that led up to the attacks, writing:

During the early aftermath of September 11th, when I happened to be recounting the pre–September 11th events concerning the Moussaoui investigation to other FBI
personnel in other divisions or in FBIHQ, almost everyone's first question was "Why?—Why would an FBI
agent(s) deliberately sabotage a case? (I know I shouldn't be flippant about this, but jokes were actually made that the key FBI
HQ personnel had to be spies or moles like Robert Hanssen who were actually working for Osama Bin Laden to have so undercut Minneapolis's effort.) [3][4][5]

In May 2002 Rowley testified to the Senate and the 9/11 Commission about the FBI's pre-9/11 lapses due to its internal organization and mishandling of information related to the attacks.[2] Mueller and Senator Chuck Grassley
Chuck Grassley
(R-IA) pushed for and achieved a major reorganization, focused on creation of the new Office of Intelligence at the FBI.[6] This reorganization was supported with a significant expansion of FBI
personnel with counterterrorism and language skills.[citation needed] In February 2003, Rowley wrote a second open letter to Mueller, in which she warned her superiors that the bureau would not "be able to stem the flood of terrorism that will likely head our way in the wake of an attack on Iraq".[7] In April 2003, Rowley stepped down from her legal position to return to being a FBI
Agent. At the end of 2004 she retired from the FBI
after serving for 24 years.[2] Honors and awards[edit] Rowley jointly held the TIME "Person of the Year" award in 2002 with two other women credited as whistleblowers: Sherron Watkins from Enron and Cynthia Cooper of WorldCom.[8] She also received the 2002 Sam Adams Award.[9] Political[edit]

Coleen Rowley
Coleen Rowley
at her rally in Rosemount, Minnesota
on September 17, 2006

US Rep. John Murtha
John Murtha
(D-PA) endorsing Rowley at a rally in Rosemount, Minnesota
on September 17, 2006

Protestors at her rally in Rosemount, Minnesota
on September 17, 2006

In May 2005, Rowley announced that she was considering running against incumbent Representative John Kline for Minnesota's 2nd District seat in the United States
United States
House of Representatives in 2006. At the time of her announcement, she had been living in Apple Valley, Minnesota
Apple Valley, Minnesota
for 15 years. Rowley had formerly voted and identified as a Republican, but on June 27, 2005, she announced that she was entering the race as a DFLer, and on July 6 officially kicked off her campaign at her home.[10] On August 18, 2005, Rowley attended a vigil in Crawford, Texas, outside President George W. Bush's ranch requesting that the president meet with Cindy Sheehan
Cindy Sheehan
to answer Sheehan's questions about the War in Iraq and the death of Sheehan's son, Casey.[10] On January 3, 2006, an unauthorized professionally retouched image appeared on Rowley's campaign website. This image depicted Kline, a retired Marine Corps colonel, as Colonel Klink
Colonel Klink
from Hogan's Heroes. Kline objected to the photo, and the Rowley campaign removed the image the same day and initiated an investigation. Rowley apologized quickly.[11] Representative John Murtha
John Murtha
(D-PA) endorsed Rowley. He visited the district during the campaign and held a rally for Rowley at the local VFW in Rosemount, while veterans protested outside. The Rowley campaign subsequently focused efforts on veterans' groups and others with direct experience of the war in Iraq. Financing her campaign proved difficult. Opposing an incumbent conservative such as Kline in a conservative district did not attract money from the most robust Democratic resources, such as the DNC.[12] Kline's campaign achieved a 2-1 advantage in raising funds,[13] and he easily retained his seat.[14] Civil liberties and peace activism[edit] Since 2003 Rowley has spoken publicly on ethics and ethical decision-making to various groups.[15] She is a writer and blogger. She joined other whistleblowers on the June 2015 speaking tour "Stand Up for Truth" which went through London, Oslo, Stockholm and Berlin.[16] She returned to lecture at her alma mater three times, in 2003,[17] 2004[15] and 2015. Personal[edit] Rowley is married and has four children. During her time in the FBI she was "the sole breadwinner of a family of six".[4] Bibliography[edit] Rowley authored a chapter in Patriotism, Democracy, and Common Sense: Restoring America's Promise at Home and Abroad. edited by Alan Cutis and Kevin Phillip (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005, 496 pages, ISBN 0742542173). She has been a regular contributor at the Huffington Post
Huffington Post
since January 2006[18] and written for the Guardian.[19] See also[edit]

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^ "Results from Congressional District 02". Minnesota
Secretary of State. Retrieved 2006-12-27.  ^ a b c d Max Lerner Coleen Rowley
Coleen Rowley
Civil liberties in times of war. PBS Now, 3 April 2005 ^ Kevin Johnson Letter shifts heat to FBI
USA Today, 28 May 2002 ^ a b Coleen Rowley
Coleen Rowley
APFN.org Memo to FBI
Director Robert Mueller. An edited version of the agent's 13-page letter American Patriot Friends Network, May 21, 2002 ^ "The Bombshell Memo: Were Warnings Ignored?". Time. May 26, 2002. Archived from the original on January 6, 2010. Retrieved April 30, 2010.  ^ Neil A. Lewis F.B.I. Chief Admits 9/11 Might Have Been Detectable The New York Times, 30 May 2002. "...reassigning 400 of the bureau's 11,500 field agents from narcotics investigations to counterterrorism. Another 59 agents would be reassigned to counterterrorism from white-collar crime investigations and an additional 59 from the violent crimes unit." ^ "Full Text of F.B.I. Agent's Letter to Director Mueller". The New York Times. 2003-03-05. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-21.  ^ Amanda Ripley and Maggie Sieger Coleen Rowley: The Special
Agent TIME Magazine, 30 December 2002 ^ Shaun Walker Edward Snowden: first photo appears since Russian asylum granted The Guardian, 10 October 2013 ^ a b Mark Zdechlik Kline, Rowley provide clear choice on Iraq Minnesota
Public Radio, 26 July 2006 ^ Gordon, Greg (2006-01-30). "Rowley issues apology to Rep. John Kline over his depiction on website". Star Tribune.  ^ Melo, Frederick (2006-12-19). "What's a Rowley lawn sign go for?". TwinCities.com. St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 2006-12-28.  ^ Meggen, Lindsay (2006-11-03). "Kline leads Rowley in fundraising, 2-1". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 2007-02-22.  ^ Ebling, Garrett (2006-11-08). "Kline wins easily over foe Rowley". Faribault Daily News.  ^ a b University of Iowa
News Service Rowley To Discuss Patriot Act, Ethics At UI Lectures University of Iowa, 9 February 2004 ^ Coleen Rawley Standing Up in the Spirit of America's First Whistleblower
Benjamin Franklin! The Huffington Post, 13 June 2015 ^ University of Iowa
News Service FBI
And UI Law Graduate Colleen Rowley To Speak At UI University of Iowa
News Release, 1 December 2003 ^ Coleen Rowley
Coleen Rowley
The Huffington Post. undated, retrieved 29 September 2015 ^ Coleen Rowley
Coleen Rowley
The Guardian. undated, retrieved 29 September 2015

External links[edit]

Coleen Rowley's Website Pioneer Press article on Rowley campaigns apology The Purity of Coleen Rowley, Mother Jones, March/April 2006 issue Coleen Rowley, Bogdan Dzakovic Could WikiLeaks Have Helped Thwart 9/11? The Huffington Post, 22 October 2010. Coleen Rowley, Robert Parry WikiLeak Case Echoes Pentagon Papers. The Huffington Post, 16 June 2010. Timothy Villareal Q & A with Coleen Rowley, F.B.I. Whistleblower: Part One Interview, Tikkun Daily.org, 3 January 2014. Timothy Villareal Q & A with Coleen Rowley, F.B.I. Whistleblower: Part Two Interview, Tikkun Daily.org, 10 January 2014.

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Time Persons of the Year


Charles Lindbergh
Charles Lindbergh
(1927) Walter Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
(1928) Owen D. Young
Owen D. Young
(1929) Mohandas Gandhi (1930) Pierre Laval
Pierre Laval
(1931) Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
(1932) Hugh S. Johnson
Hugh S. Johnson
(1933) Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
(1934) Haile Selassie
Haile Selassie
(1935) Wallis Simpson
Wallis Simpson
(1936) Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
/ Soong Mei-ling
Soong Mei-ling
(1937) Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
(1938) Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin
(1939) Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
(1940) Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
(1941) Joseph Stalin
Joseph Stalin
(1942) George Marshall
George Marshall
(1943) Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
(1944) Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman
(1945) James F. Byrnes
James F. Byrnes
(1946) George Marshall
George Marshall
(1947) Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman
(1948) Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
(1949) The American Fighting-Man (1950)


Mohammed Mosaddeq (1951) Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
(1952) Konrad Adenauer
Konrad Adenauer
(1953) John Foster Dulles
John Foster Dulles
(1954) Harlow Curtice
Harlow Curtice
(1955) Hungarian Freedom Fighters (1956) Nikita Khrushchev
Nikita Khrushchev
(1957) Charles de Gaulle
Charles de Gaulle
(1958) Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
(1959) U.S. Scientists: George Beadle / Charles Draper / John Enders / Donald A. Glaser / Joshua Lederberg
Joshua Lederberg
/ Willard Libby
Willard Libby
/ Linus Pauling
Linus Pauling
/ Edward Purcell / Isidor Rabi / Emilio Segrè
Emilio Segrè
/ William Shockley
William Shockley
/ Edward Teller / Charles Townes / James Van Allen
James Van Allen
/ Robert Woodward (1960) John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
(1961) Pope John XXIII
Pope John XXIII
(1962) Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
(1963) Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson
(1964) William Westmoreland
William Westmoreland
(1965) The Generation Twenty-Five and Under (1966) Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson
(1967) The Apollo 8
Apollo 8
Astronauts: William Anders
William Anders
/ Frank Borman
Frank Borman
/ Jim Lovell (1968) The Middle Americans
(1969) Willy Brandt
Willy Brandt
(1970) Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
(1971) Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger
/ Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
(1972) John Sirica
John Sirica
(1973) King Faisal (1974) American Women: Susan Brownmiller / Kathleen Byerly
Kathleen Byerly
/ Alison Cheek / Jill Conway / Betty Ford
Betty Ford
/ Ella Grasso / Carla Hills / Barbara Jordan / Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
/ Susie Sharp / Carol Sutton / Addie Wyatt (1975)


Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
(1976) Anwar Sadat
Anwar Sadat
(1977) Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping
(1978) Ayatollah Khomeini (1979) Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
(1980) Lech Wałęsa
Lech Wałęsa
(1981) The Computer (1982) Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
/ Yuri Andropov
Yuri Andropov
(1983) Peter Ueberroth
Peter Ueberroth
(1984) Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping
(1985) Corazon Aquino
Corazon Aquino
(1986) Mikhail Gorbachev
Mikhail Gorbachev
(1987) The Endangered Earth (1988) Mikhail Gorbachev
Mikhail Gorbachev
(1989) George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
(1990) Ted Turner
Ted Turner
(1991) Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
(1992) The Peacemakers: Yasser Arafat
Yasser Arafat
/ F. W. de Klerk
F. W. de Klerk
/ Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
/ Yitzhak Rabin
Yitzhak Rabin
(1993) Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II
(1994) Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich
(1995) David Ho
David Ho
(1996) Andrew Grove
Andrew Grove
(1997) Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
/ Ken Starr
Ken Starr
(1998) Jeffrey P. Bezos (1999) George W. Bush
George W. Bush


Rudolph Giuliani (2001) The Whistleblowers: Cynthia Cooper / Coleen Rowley
Coleen Rowley
/ Sherron Watkins (2002) The American Soldier (2003) George W. Bush
George W. Bush
(2004) The Good Samaritans: Bono
/ Bill Gates
Bill Gates
/ Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates
(2005) You (2006) Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin
(2007) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
(2008) Ben Bernanke
Ben Bernanke
(2009) Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg
(2010) The Protester (2011) Barack Obama
Barack Obama
(2012) Pope Francis
Pope Francis
(2013) Ebola Fighters: Dr. Jerry Brown / Dr. Kent Brantly
Kent Brantly
/ Ella Watson-Stryker / Foday Gollah / Salome Karwah
Salome Karwah
(2014) Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel
(2015) Donald Trump
Donald Trump
(2016) The Silence Breakers (2017)


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Laureates of the Sam Adams Award

2002: Coleen Rowley 2003: Katharine Gun 2004: Sibel Edmonds 2005: Craig Murray 2006: Samuel Provance 2007: Andrew Wilkie 2008: Frank Grevil 2009: Larry Wilkerson 2010: Julian Assange 2011: Thomas A. Drake
Thomas A. Drake
and Jesselyn Radack 2012: Thomas Fingar 2013: Edward Snowden 2014: Chelsea Manning 2015: William Binney 2016: John Kiriakou 2017: S