Coleen Rowley, retired FBI agent and 9/11 whistleblower, discusses her Washington Times article (with Philip Leggiere) “Let the Patriot Act Die: Invasive provisions about to expire haven’t made us safer;” Senator Russ Feingold’s “Justice Act” designed to reign in the excesses of the Patriot Act; how war is making the US less safe and poorer; how the FBI’s uses National Security Letters to collect vast amounts of information on Americans with little oversight or accountability; and the many perfectly adequate terrorism-fighting laws already on the books before the Patriot Act’s passage.
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Gareth Porter will be on to discuss his latest piece, Why U.S. and NATO Fed Detainees to Afghan Torture System.
Bio: Gareth Porter is an American historian, investigative journalist and policy analyst on U.S. foreign and military policy. Porter has written regular news reports and news analysis on political, diplomatic and military developments in regard to Middle East conflicts for Inter Press Service since 2005.
Jason Ditz will be on to give a run-down of the latest in war news. See http://www.antiwar.com/.
Bio: Jason Ditz is the news editor for Antiwar.com. He is a frequent guest on RT TV and Press TV.
Coleen Rowley will be on to discuss why the Patriot Act needs to die. Read her piece here.
Bio: Coleen Rowley is a former FBI agent and whistleblower, and was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district. She is a whistleblower advocate and civil liberties activist. She was chosen by TIME magazine as one of their Persons of the Year in 2002.
The “other” Scott Horton will be on to discuss the NYT’s shoddy reporting on the Gitmo “suicides.” See his latest here.
Bio: Scott Horton is a Contributing Editor of Harper’s Magazine and writer of the No Comment blog. He is an attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict. Mr. Horton also lectures at the Columbia University.
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Coleen Rowley, retired FBI agent and 9/11 whistleblower, discusses the cycle of intelligence sharing, from pre-9/11 inter-agency competitive secrecy, to post-9/11 information overload, and back to clamming up again (post-WikiLeaks); why, despite the greatly expanded national security state, the only successes in thwarting actual terrorism have come from vigilant bystanders; Sibel Edmondsâ€™ incredible account of another FBI linguistâ€™s meetings with a former SAVAK chief, where he steadfastly warned of an imminent attack by bin-Laden led Kamikaze pilots in major US cities in 2001; and the 9/11 Commissionâ€™s failure to mention any of this, or the three Qatari men conducting surveillance for the 9/11 hijackings â€“ who, as revealed by WikiLeaks, are still being pursued by the FBI.
Coleen Rowley, retired FBI agent and 9/11 whistleblower, discusses the recent COINTELPRO-style government infiltration of a peaceful activist group; planned MLK day protests at FBI Washington headquarters and Quantico Marine base in support of Bradley Manning; how the governmentâ€™s overreaction to WikiLeaks has led to a culture of paranoia, including a memo warning of â€œinsider threatsâ€ and suspiciously grumpy employees; how the expansive national security state sacrifices our civil liberties while justifying its bureaucratic existence; and why Manningâ€™s detainment conditions are excessively severe, especially for a nonviolent man who hasnâ€™t been convicted of anything.
Coleen Rowley, retired FBI agent and 9/11 whistleblower, discusses her work as Chief Division Counsel at the Minneapolis FBI office; how FBI headquarters acted criminally negligent in preventing agents from properly investigating Zacarias Moussaoui before 9/11; how sloppy FISA legislation created a wall within and between intelligence agencies; why government transparency benefits the public far more than excessive secrecy; and the deeply flawed Whistleblower Protection Act that fails to cover employees of the 16 US intelligence agencies.
Coleen Rowley, retired FBI agent and 9/11 whistleblower, discusses the myth that FISA restrictions (and not incompetence at FBI and CIA headquarters) prevented critical intelligence sharing prior to 9/11, CIA Director George Tenetâ€™s August 2001 â€œIslamic Extremist Learns to Flyâ€ powerpoint briefing about Zacarias Moussaoui and why the creation of the DHS and increased centralization of intelligence organizations did nothing to fix 9/11 failures.