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News Dissector - 10/31/13
Special guest; Colleen Rowley
She just visited Snowden in Russia
Shortly after becoming a Special Agent with the FBI, Rowley was assigned to the Omaha, Nebraska and Jackson, Mississippi Divisions. Beginning in 1984, she spent six years working in the New York Office on investigations involving organized crime. She also served in the U.S. embassy in Paris and the consulate in Montreal. In 1990, she was assigned to the FBI's Minneapolis office, where she became the chief legal adviser.
After the September 11, 2001, attacks, Rowley wrote a paper for FBI Director 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.) 
Rowley testified in front of the Senate and for the 9/11 Commission about the FBI's internal organization and mishandling of information related to the September 11, 2001, attacks. She jointly held the TIME"Person of the Year" award in 2002 with two other women credited as whistleblowers:Sherron
President of ESC Company, a DC-based economics and business consulting firm that serves (among others) Fortune 500 firms, non-profits in areas such as infrastructure and climate change, and the baseball and hockey players unions. Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs (Clinton, under Secretaries Brown, Kantor, and Daley), Vice-President for Strategic Planning and Chief Economist, Unisys Corporation, Assistant Director of the Congressional Budget Office, one-time legislative Assistant to Congressman John Conyers, Jr., author of two novels published by Warner Books, Big Government and Grant Speaks. Ph.D. University of Michigan, BA Stony Brook University, educated by New York City public schools.
Recent works include:
· White Paper – This is the big one – regarding a progressive broadband agenda
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