Massive Spying and Governmental Secrecy Are Unethical, Illegal, and Counter-productive
Coleen Rowley is a retired FBI agent and former Minneapolis Division Legal Counsel. 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.
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.
Rowley authored a chapter in a 2004 book published by the Milton Eisenhower Foundation entitled, Patriotism, Democracy and Common Sense: Restoring America's Promise at Home and Abroad and another chapter on civil liberties in the 2012 book Why Peace.
Rowley, Coleen, "Massive Spying and Governmental Secrecy Are Unethical, Illegal, and Counter-productive" (2014). Global Awareness Lectures. 7.