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Aviation companies blame FBI, CIA and terrorists for 9/11

The Associated Press
Thursday, May 1, 2008

Image of FAA logoNEW YORK: Aviation companies sued by the families of Sept. 11 victims for failing to safeguard air travel are in turn blaming federal investigators — arguing the Federal Aviation Administration was not alerted that al-Qaida was poised to launch terrorist attacks.

In court documents filed this week in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, aviation companies are seeking to force five FBI employees to provide testimony that may help defend against claims the companies share blame in the attacks.

“The aviation parties anticipate that the FBI witnesses’ testimony will demonstrate that the FBI had information before Sept. 11 indicating that al-Qaida may have been about to launch terrorist attacks on civil aviation, which it did not timely pass along to the Federal Aviation Administration,” lawyers wrote.

The airlines and aviation companies are defending themselves against lawsuits seeking billions of dollars in damages for injuries, fatalities, property damage and business losses related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.

The companies in turn filed separate lawsuits against the CIA and the FBI last August to force terrorism investigators to tell whether the aviation industry was to blame for the Sept. 11 attacks.

The latest documents filed by the airlines, airport authorities, security companies and an aircraft manufacturer argue that if the FAA had known about an FBI investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks, it could have amended security measures to guard against the type of terrorist attack Moussaoui was planning.

The… Continue reading

High-Level Officials Warn of Fake Terror & If We Don’t Learn Our History, We’re Doomed to Repeat It

GeorgeWashington.blogspot.com
April 30, 2008

A variety of current and former high-level officials have recently warned that the Bush administration is attempting to instill a dictatorship in America, and will itself carry out a fake terrorist attack in order to obtain one.

Background

FBI agents, Time Magazine, Keith Olbermann and The Washington Post and Rolling Stone have all stated that the administration has issued terror alerts based on scant intelligence in order to rally people around the flag when the administration was suffering in the polls. This implies — as an initial matter only — that the administration will play fast and loose with the facts in order to instill fear for political purposes

More to the point, a former prominent republican congressman stated that the U.S. is close to becoming a totalitarian society and that the Bush administration is using fear to try to ensure that this happens.

General Tommy Franks stated that if another terrorist attack occurs in the United States “the Constitution will likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government”.

Current U.S. Congressman Ron Paul stated, the government “is determined to have martial law”, and that the government is hoping to get the people “fearful enough that they will accept the man on the white horse”

And Daniel Ellsberg, the famous Pentagon Papers whistleblower, said “if there is another terror attack, “I believe the president will get what he wants”, which will include a dictatorship.

Terror on U.S. Citizens by American… Continue reading

911 Truth and ‘The Reflecting Pool’

The Reflecting Poll and 9/11

SYNOPSIS

An investigation of the 9/11 events by a Russian-American journalist and a father of a 9/11 victim implicates the US government in the attacks.

ALEX PROKOP (Jarek Kupsc), a successful journalist, receives a rare 9/11 video tape revealing new information about the attack. The footage was sent by PAUL COOPER (Joseph Culp), a driven researcher, whose daughter died on 9/11. Sensing a good story, Prokop travels with Cooper to New York and Washington, DC, where they uncover suppressed information implicating the US Government in the attacks. As Cooper introduces Prokop to key eye-witnesses, the façade of the “official story” begins to crumble. Prokop hears accounts of underground explosions in the Twin Towers moments before their collapse and discovers that the firm providing WTC security was run by the President’s brother.

We follow Alex and Cooper as they investigate the inexplicable collapse of the 47-story WTC Building Seven, disprove the implausible airliner “attack” on the Pentagon, and uncover the illegal destruction of physical evidence from Ground Zero.

The pressure builds as the FBI intimidates Alex’s editor, McGUIRE, (Lisa Black) to reveal key sources — while the magazine’s corporate investors threaten to kill the entire story. Plagued by the ghosts of his Communist childhood and trying to uphold the independence of American journalism, Alex’s search for the truth leads to a dangerous and shocking realization!

THE REFLECTING POOL is an intense, sobering investigation into the most controversial tragedy of our time. Drawn from established sources and based on verifiable facts, THE… Continue reading

Oppose a Sweeping New Federal DNA Database

Under a new plan, the government could take your DNA and keep it on file permanently
if you are arrested at a demonstration on federal property. Take action today
to stop the government from giving itself sweeping new powers to create DNA databases.

Please read this alert for background on the plan and immediately go here and
click on the yellow "Add Comments" balloon to file public comments
with the government to oppose the plan. The government is only accepting comments
until this Monday, May 19, so take action today!

At the end of 2005, a little-noticed provision was slipped into the Violence
Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill that provided the federal government
with the power to collect and permanently keep DNA samples from anyone arrested
for any crime whether or not they are convicted, any non-U.S. citizen merely
detained by federal authorities for any reason, and everyone in federal prison.
Now the government is trying to put the DNA Fingerprint Act into practice.

Federal agencies would be required to take DNA samples from:

* Individuals arrested for the most minor of crimes, such as peaceful protestors
who are demonstrating on federal property.
* Countless numbers of visitors from other countries who are pulled aside in
airports by the Transportation Security Administration.
* Lawful immigrants seeking admission to this country, whether at the land border
or in passport control at the airport.

Go here for more information on the law.

This is a dangerous invasion of privacy. Our DNA is not a fingerprint – it
contains vast amounts of sensitive medical information about us.…

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Down the Osama Rabbit Hole and Into the War on Terror Wonderland

By Kristina Borjesson
5/18/2008

Here we go again. President Bush goes to Israel. He talks to the Israeli Knesset about standing “together against terror and extremism.” He cites the example of Osama bin Laden teaching that “the killing of Jews and Americans is one of the biggest duties.” The next day, yet another unauthenticated bin Laden tape surfaces. “In a tape marking Israel’s 60th anniversary,” reported the BBC, “the speaker pledged to continue fighting the Israelis and not give up a ‘single inch of Palestine.’” Once again, the lead was followed by what has now become the standard second line, “The tape’s authenticity could not be verified.” Once again, the timing is interesting. Bin Laden’s message was just in time to help President Bush make his point.

The BBC’s May 16, 2008 report continues with this: “The last messages attributed to Bin Laden were aired in March.” Those messages couldn’t be verified either.

Photo of Usama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden

The last clear videotape of bin Laden was released to al Jazeera on December 27, 2001. The CIA released one two weeks earlier that they claimed had been shot the month before, but the video is very fuzzy and the purported bin Laden in the tape doesn’t altogether look like the bin Laden in authentic photos and videos. A couple of other videos were released in 2004 and 2007, both of which were fuzzy enough to raise questions. The 2007 video looked exactly like the 2004 video, except that the purported bin Laden’s beard… Continue reading

FBI Whistleblower to Testify on Mistakes Inside Counterterrorism Program

MEDIA ADVISORY

UPDATE: Watch this hearing online–Mr. Youssef’s testimony will shed light on significant problems in the FBI’s Counterterrorism program, and I urge everyone who can to attend this hearing (details below). For those who are not in Washington, you can watch a live webcast of the proceedings on the House Judiciary Committee website. Click here to visit their webpage and then click “View Live Webcast.”

FBI WHISTLEBLOWER TO TESTIFY ON MISTAKES INSIDE COUNTERTERRORISM PROGRAM

Unit Chief to disclose shortfalls in war on terror

WHAT: FBI Whistleblower and Supervisory Special Agent Bassem Youssef testifying before Congress

WHEN: Wednesday, May 21, 1:30 p.m. EDT

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141

Washington, D.C. — FBI Counterterrorism Whistleblower Bassem Youssef will testify before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

During the oversight hearing, titled On The FBI Whistleblowers: Exposing Corruption and Retaliation Inside the Bureau, Supervisory Special Agent Bassem Youssef will for the first time alert Congress and the American people to the grave deficiencies within the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division since 9/11.

It is expected that Youssef’s testimony will include previously undisclosed information.

Youssef is the Unit Chief of the FBI’s Communications Analysis Unit. He is the highest-ranking Arab-American agent in the Counterterrorism Division, and the highest-ranking fluent Arabic speaker. In 1994, he earned the Intelligence Community’s prestigious and coveted award, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, awarded by the Director of Central Intelligence. The award was for outstanding accomplishments in a terrorism case involving an al-Qaeda-related investigation.… Continue reading

Snakes and Superdelegates

While the US media obsesses on delegates, superdelegates and whether or not Hillary Clinton is using math formulae hallowed by MSNBC, we learn that US interrogators used snakes to torture prisoners (that’s right, PentaPost –torture, not ‘interrogate’ and prisoners, not ‘detainees’) at Guantánamo Bay – while the FBI watched.

By Lori Price
www.legitgov.org

http://www.legitgov.org/essay_price_snakes_superdelegates_210508.html

21 May 2008

Image of boa snake at GuantanamoToday, we learned form NEWS.com.au, an Australian news and information site, that US interrogators – at least on one occasion – used a snake (in addition to military dogs and pornography) on prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. We also discovered that “[Australian detainee Mamdouh] Habib alleged that ‘Mike’ a private-contract interrogator with Lockheed Martin, had hit him during an interrogation.” Further, we discovered that, ”of the more than 450 FBI agents who served at Guantánamo… almost half ‘observed or heard about various rough or aggressive treatment of detainees, primarily by military interrogators’.”

Snakes used in interrogation sessions?! This is Nazi tactics territory, folks – using our dollars and under our name! I don’t care about Democratic superdelegate totals or nomination math formulae. The US media is using the election itself as a distraction for war crimes that are being carried out in our name, every day!

Lest we forget: U.S. Has Detained 2,500 Juveniles as Enemy Combatants 16 May 2008 The United States has imprisoned approximately 2,500 people younger than 18 as illegal enemy combatants in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay since 2002, according to a report filed by the Bush regime with the… Continue reading

FBI terrorism units badly run, understaffed: agent

Wed May 21, 2008 8:57pm EDT

By Randall Mikkelsen

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN2143598920080522

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI counterterrorism units are dangerously ill-equipped and barely 60 percent of the supervisory positions in the division that tracks al Qaeda were filled as of March, a bureau agent told Congress on Wednesday.

Bassem Youssef told a congressional hearing that the bureau has failed to recruit, retain and promote experienced personnel and experts in Arabic culture and language.

The shortfall has contributed to problems such as the improper use of FBI demands for personal and business records, said Youssef, who helped uncover the abuse.

Youssef, who was born in Egypt, has also sued the FBI alleging discrimination because of his race and ancestry.

“The FBI’s counterterrorism division is ill-equipped to handle the terrorism problems we’re facing,” said Youssef, a 20-year veteran who investigated bombings in 1993 at the World Trade Center and in 1996 at the Khobar Towers residence at a U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia.

Asked how much use the FBI had made of his own experience, he replied, “The bureau used my background and experience very extensively — up to September 11.”

Youssef, who heads the FBI counterterrorism division’s communications analysis unit, attributed the shift to a name mix-up with another agent, discrimination and cultural ignorance.

Members of the House of Representatives Judiciary subcommittee on crime and terrorism urged the bureau to revise an “up or out” policy that makes supervisors move from the field to Washington headquarters after five years, or take a demotion or retire.…

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The New England 9/11 Symposium: Recap (Updated 5/26)

This story has now been updated with new information from Symposium organizers.

The New England 9/11 Symposium, held this past Saturday (5/17/08) in Keene, NH, was a tremendous success. We had a great turn out and received local and, of course, independent media coverage.

First, the morning began at 9:45 a.m. with Bob McIlvaine’s heartfelt speech, which is a reminder that, as Jon Gold put it, what we feel is nothing compared to what family members like McIlvaine feel. The part of his remarks that stuck out to me the most was when McIlvaine detailed his experiences researching 9/11 on his own and described his utter disgust with the 9/11 Commission. While speaking about the Commission he mentioned the day that Condoleeza Rice testified about the August 6th, 2001 PDB. To him it was obvious that Rice was spinning, lying, and not directly answering any questions posed to her by the Commissioners, who’s questions were light as it was. He talked of how outraged he was when, after Rice testified, family members were rushing to shake her hand. The deception was so blatant how could the others not see it? I, as well as many others, believe that Bob is very strong and very brave.

Next up was acclaimed Canadian media critic and author, Barrie Zwicker. Zwicker offered his excellent take on the media’s unwillingness to cover this issue. I had seen his presentation before in 2006 but it was watching Zwicker take the editor of The Keene Sentinel (a… Continue reading

Veteran Wages War Against Pentagon Over Mandatory Anthrax Vaccine

By Thomas D. Williams
The Public Record
May 26, 2008

US Air Force Reserve Maj. Thomas “Buzz” Rempfer, a 43-year-old Connecticut native, is hoping he is nearing the end of nearly a decade’s perpetual and unprecedented battle with the Pentagon over the legality, safety and effectiveness of mandatory anthrax vaccinations.

His and others’ efforts have already netted favorable federal court rulings. They invalidated the original Department of Defense mandate and the vaccine’s initial licensing.

Now Rempfer, formerly of West Suffield, Connecticut, and now of Tucson, Arizona, awaits a ruling from the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records. The board could award him back pay for lost time and promotions in the Air National Guard. If the board does not, he is likely to appeal back to the federal court. It was that court which decided in his favor by forcing another ruling from the Air Force panel.

However, much more significant to Rempfer is a broader public service goal. Rempfer and his deceased close friend, US Air Force Reserve Maj. Russell “Russ” E. Dingle, both pilots, fought their battle for others adversely affected by the vaccine. It was their belief that any victory, legally, must become a crucial military servicewide precedent, clearing all other vaccine-resisting veterans from punishment. Rempfer is acting as a representative of Dingle’s estate.

In more than five years of research, Dingle and Rempfer concluded the anthrax vaccine was improperly licensed and ineffective. They found it created thousands of adverse reactions and was unnecessary. The… Continue reading

Fort Detrick Scientists Themselves Think the Killer Anthrax Came from their Facility

Even experts at the U.S. bioweapons facility at Fort Detrick think that the anthrax which was used in the 2001 attacks came from their facility:

“In an e-mail obtained by FOX News, scientists at Fort Detrick openly discussed how the anthrax powder they were asked to analyze after the attacks was nearly identical to that made by one of their colleagues.

“Then he said he had to look at a lot of samples that the FBI had prepared … to duplicate the letter material,” the e-mail reads. “Then the bombshell. He said that the best duplication of the material was the stuff made by [name redacted]. He said that it was almost exactly the same … his knees got shaky and he sputtered, ‘But I told the General we didn’t make spore powder!’

“Indeed, 3 of the 4 suspects the FBI is investigating are employees of Fort Detrick, which is run by the Army.

This new information verifies that the anthrax came from the Fort Detrick military base (confirmed here).

Some people are pretending that someone unconnected with the army bioweapons facility at Fort Detrick stole the anthrax. However, as the above-quoted article states:

“Fort Detrick is run by the United States Army. It’s the most secure biological warfare research center in the United States,” a bioterrorism expert told FOX News.”

It is not very likely that someone could steal anthrax from the most secure facility in the U.S., run by the Army.

Indeed, the FBI apparently… Continue reading

Note from David Ray Griffin, Statement of Support for the NYC 9/11 Ballot Initiative

David Ray Griffin
June 1, 2008

nyc ballot
Although I was not able to be present at the rally either in person or by telephone,
I wanted to express my strong support for the NYC
9/11 Ballot Initiative
.

There has never been a better time to get such an initiative on the ballot, because
the 9/11 Truth Movement’s case against the official account of 9/11 is now extremely
strong—much stronger than it was just two years ago.

For example, new evidence has been brought forth to show that the official account
of the destruction of the Twin Towers and WTC 7 cannot possibly be true. The NIST
Report has been shown to be completely inadequate, and a former employee of NIST
has spoken out
to verify what we already suspected—that NIST has become totally
politicized, so that its scientists are little more than “hired guns.”

Besides the fact that the NIST Report has been discredited, so has The 9/11
Commission Report
. Philip Shenon’s book has made public what we in the movement
have long known, that the 9/11 Commission was controlled by a man, Philip Zelikow,
who represented the Bush-Cheney White House. Shenon even shows that Zelikow had
outlined the whole report before the Commission’s staff had begun its work.

Moreover, some central pillars of the official account have been demolished by
the FBI. It has said it has no hard evidence that Osama bin Laden was responsible
for the attacks, that there were no cell phone calls from passengers… Continue reading

SPECIAL REPORT: SUING THE SAUDIS–Pinning the Blame for 9/11

SPECIAL REPORT: SUING THE SAUDIS
Pinning the blame for 9/11
Special Report: A Phila. law firm wages an epic legal battle to win billions from Saudi Arabia.

By Chris Mondics, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer

First of two parts.

Less than a mile from the mournful place in Lower Manhattan where the World Trade Center came crashing to the ground, in a hushed federal courthouse, a small band of Philadelphia lawyers is prying loose secrets of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

It is here that the Cozen O’Connor law firm has filed an 812-page lawsuit on behalf of U.S. and global insurance companies alleging that Saudi Arabia and Saudi-backed Islamist charities nurtured and financed al-Qaeda, the author of those deadly attacks.

Led by its flinty chairman and founder, Stephen Cozen, the firm has invested thousands of hours and millions of dollars to scour the world for witnesses, documents and other evidence in its attempt to hold the oil-rich desert kingdom liable for more than $5 billion in damages.

Among the companies represented in the lawsuit are Chubb, Ace, Allstate, One Beacon, and nearly three dozen other insurers.

“Our concern was whether there was a viable case to be made against the defendant,” Cozen said, “and whether the defendant could pay.”

Round 1 in this titanic legal battle went to the Saudis and their high-powered lawyers three years ago when a U.S. District Court judge removed the government and Saudi royals as defendants.

Defense lawyers have declined repeated requests for interviews,… Continue reading

‘The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Killing Hope’

National Coalition on Political Assassinations in Los Angeles

40th Anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy Assassination

Important New Forensic Evidence

June 6-8, 2008, Los Angeles, CA

Custom Hotel
8639 Lincoln Blvd. (Pacific Coast Highway) at W. Manchester, near LAX
(310) 645-0400, or call toll-free in the US and Canada: (877) 287-8601
KJ’s Diner, Banquet Room
8731 Lincoln Blvd. (Pacific Coast Highway), at W. Manchester Ave.
Banquet Room has separate entrance on Loyola Blvd., parking available

Speakers and films:

Friday, June 6

Dinner: 6:00 pm, KJ’s Diner, Banquet Room, 8731 Lincoln Blvd. (Pacific Coast
Highway), at W. Manchester Ave.
Banquet Room has separate entrance on Loyola Blvd., parking available

Keynote: 7:00 pm
Custom Hotel, 8639 Lincoln Blvd. (Pacific Coast Highway) at W. Manchester Ave.
Prairie Room, 2nd Floor

Panel Discussion:

Dr. Robert Joling, forensic expert and co-author of An Open and Shut Case,
www.anopenandshutcase.com
Audio interview

Philip Van Praag, audio engineer, analyzed tape of RFK assassination with 13
shots, co-
author of An Open and Shut Case
CBS video
Audio interview

Paul Schrade, eyewitness and victim in the Ambassador pantry shooting in 1968,
working to reopen the case
Biography

Also speaking that night:

Dr. William Pepper, Esq, former attorney for James Earl Ray and Martin Luther
King
family in civil suit exonerating Ray, author of Orders to Kill
Biography

Cynthia McKinney, former Congresswoman from Georgia, presidential candidate,
2008 Green Party
Website

Friday night’s event will be live-streamed at our COPA website, www.politicalassassinations.com

Film after speakers, 10:00 pm

Mark Sobel, documentary filmmaker, producer… Continue reading

John Pilger Confirms Multiple RFK Shooters on Democracy Now! 6.5.2008

by Reprehensor, posted at 911blogger.com, June 5, 2008

Amy Goodman made note of the 40th anniversary of the assassination of RFK today
with a tribute that included a useful history of the life and times of RFK,
but Goodman also parroted the establishment line that Sirhan Sirhan killed RFK.
Following this statement, Goodman played a segment of an interview with Sirhan’s
brother, Munir. During the segment, Munir notes that Sirhan has no memory of
what happened that night at the Ambassador Hotel, and never has been able to
remember what happened that night. Goodman then talked to John Pilger on the
telephone, and Pilger made the stunning admission that not only was he there
that night 40 years ago, he heard multiple shots, says that the shots kept coming
even after Sirhan had been wrestled to the ground, and he told this to the FBI.
Something tells me that Pilger would strongly agree with the recently released
acoustic evidence;

JOHN PILGER: … Sirhan leapt up on a serving area, pointed a gun at him and
fired. He was wrestled. Kennedy fell. He was wrestled to the ground, and then
there were other shots.

There’s no question that there was another gunman, because one of the
people who was hit, just grazed, was standing next to me, and that happened
when Sirhan Sirhan had been wrestled to the ground. So that’s the interesting
thing. There was another assassin or another several assassins. And then it
was bedlam. And as you know,… Continue reading

Activist hungry for ‘truth’ about 9/11–The Arizona Republic

by Richard Ruelas
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 9, 2008

Blair Gadsby, the 45-year-old former owner of an adult-care home and an adjunct
professor of religious studies at a community college, never figured he would
be the type of person to stage a hunger strike outside the Phoenix office of
U.S. Sen. John McCain.

But about a year ago, Gadsby convinced himself that the U.S. government, not
terrorists, demolished the World Trade Center buildings in New York on Sept.
11, 2001. And that belief has turned him into a fasting activist.

“I’ve never been politically active until the 9/11 subject came up,”
he said, sitting on a fabric folding chair last week along 16th Street, outside
the complex that houses McCain’s Phoenix office.

Gadsby’s vigil on the sidewalk goes from sunrise to sunset. He holds up a
sign that features a Canadian tabloid’s front-page photo of a jet hitting one
of the towers. Underneath is his count of the days he has been fasting. Today,
it will be Day 15.

He has dropped 15 pounds. He feels weak by the end of the day. He has had eggs
thrown at him by taunting motorists. His wife is not happy with him. He worries
whether he’ll lose his teaching job.

Still, once he locked in on the idea that the government planned the murder
of thousands of its citizens, it became his overriding priority. He wondered
why it wasn’t getting more attention, so he got the idea to sacrifice himself
for some… Continue reading

David Ray Griffin On New 9/11 Evidence

June 10, 2008
A VIDEO EXCLUSIVE from Hot Potato Mash:

Professor David Ray Griffin, who is one of the leading voices in the 9/11 Truth
Movement, spoke to a capacity crowd in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 4, 2008.
Below is Griffin’s talk – covering mostly new evidence about 9/11 – divided
into three parts…

Part 1 (9:32)

“If we do get a real investigation or a trial there is simply no doubt
of what the verdict will be because now the evidence that 9/11 is an inside
job is now overwhelming.” – David Ray Griffin

In Part 1 Professor Griffin begins with inconsistencies between the statements
made by Ted Olsen (Solicitor General of the United States) about his wife Barbara
Olsen’s cell phone calls from Flight 77 and that of the FBI. Additionally, Griffin
talks about the impossibility of using cell phones at high altitudes.

The last half of Part 1 is spent discussing the odd and unlikely behavior of
Mohammed Atta and the inconsistencies in the government’s story about Atta.

Part 2 (9:16)

Topics covered include why the Pentagon wasn’t evacuated? The faulty timeline
of Michael Hess and Barry Jennings in WTC Building 7 and Rudy Giuliani telling
Peter Jennings that the World Trade Center was going to collapse.

Part 3 (5:26)

“I’m fearful that many people will say, ‘okay, the criminals are out of
office now and so let’s not work on [9/11]‘. But the more hopeful possibility
is people will say, ‘now there may be… Continue reading

Tonight 6/10: FBI Whistleblower Coleen Rowley on KKFI’s Tell Somebody

This week on “Tell Somebody”, FBI Whistleblower Coleen Rowley and FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. Listen live, 6/10/08 6:00pm CDT, on KKFI 90.1FM, Kansas City’s Community Radio (Link here — listen live links at top left column of homepage)

From Tell Somebody host, Tom Klammer:

I just returned Monday afternoon from Minneapolis, where I attended the National Conference on Media Reform.

With a little help from Ray McGovern, co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, I met his friend and colleague, VIPS member and FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley at a Code Pink Party Friday night, and then sat down and talked to her for an hour Saturday morning at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Here is part of her bio as posted on PBS’ NOW website for her appearance on that show in 2005:

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 Principal Legal Advisor (now known as “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.

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