Scott speaks with FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley about the institutional failures that occurred before and after the 9/11 attacks. Rowley believes that there are many ways the attacks could have been prevented ranging from better information sharing between agencies to the locking of cockpit doors. After the attacks, Rowley says bureaucratic changes alone would have been enough to prevent similar attacks from occurring again and been a lot less costly than launching wars and spying on the world’s population. But both Scott and Rowley observe that instead the tragedy was seized upon by people with predefined agendas, something they both find just as morally reprehensible as prior knowledge of the attacks.
Discussed on the show:
- Pete Seeger: Waist Deep in the Big Muddy
- The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
- Press For Truth Movie
- Ray Nowosielski interview with Richard Clarke
- The Shadow Factory by James Bamford
- Coleen Rowley’s Memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller
- Her second letter to Mueller, right before the invasion of Iraq in 2003
- The Fall by Camus
Coleen Rowley is a retired FBI agent and lawyer who helped expose the FBI’s pre-9/11 failures. She was honored with TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2002. Find her on Twitter @ColeenRowley.
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