Someone Tell Coleen Rowley To Shut Up

by john on March 8, 2003

Coleen Rowley was named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year for 2002 thanks to her whistle-blowing on the FBI following the mishandling of the Zacharias Moussaoui case, which could have possibly prevented the tragedy of September 11th. Going from an unknown FBI agent of 22 years in the Gulag that is the Minneapolis bureau, Rowley has transformed her position and has crossed the line from honest whistle-blower hoping to make change to a publicity-grubbing agent who has let fame go to her head.

Her most recent move was to send a seven page letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller expressing her concern that the FBI could not handle the terrorism sure to be an outcome of the war with Iraq. As she states at the beginning of the letter, “you told me that you appreciate constructive criticism and that FBI agents should feel free to voice serious concerns they may have about senior-level FBI actions.” I’m sure he did say that Coleen, and he may even have meant it, but surely he did not mean you also needed to give a copy of your letter to the New York Times and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune like you did. That’s called crossing the line.

Don’t call Coleen Rowley a whistle-blower any more. To do so lessens the people who truly act as whistle-blowers, those who make a personal sacrifice for the greater good, usually to expose something in their business for which they have supreme knowledge including the knowledge that it is wrong.

Coleen Rowley has an opinion on this as any of us do and you may be fooled into thinking that because she is a field agent in the FBI that her opinion is somehow more informed than yours but you would be wrong. Is Rowley an expert on war? No. Terrorism? No. Rowley is the chief lawyer of the FBI’s Minneapolis office. This makes her an expert on writing page after page of drivel, but nothing more.

Coleen – shut up already.


doug miller May 19, 2003 at 8:09 am

I don’t understand who you are backing-up with these unwarranted calls to remove Coleen Crowley from the whistle-blower list. What we need is more whistle-blowers, if you care at all about government accountablity to the American nation.

You portray her publication of the letter to Mr Moehler as “crossing the line”. What line are you referring to? Do you not want America to know the truth that may save us from being further misled by a governemnt that hasn’t been doing its job?

Don’t you think that portrayal makes you look rather suspect yourselves?

What are you trying to acheive. Do you have a mission statement?

Please respond;

Doug Miller

john May 20, 2003 at 8:28 pm

Sounds like you didn’t read my article. Read it again.

rt April 22, 2004 at 1:43 pm

>Sounds like you didn’t read my article. Read it again.

This is probably the most pathetic response I’ve ever read.

The point is that Rowley felt the FBI had not been listening to her concerns, and she felt the American people needed to know the truth. Without good information, a democracy is worthless.

I could read your comments 12 times in a row. That wouldn’t make them any more reasonable. You want to defend the inefficient government bureaucracy that led to 9/11? Go right ahead. When the next attack comes, you can rest assured that you played some tiny role in making it happen.

Somebody “needs to shut up,” but it’s not Rowley. I’ll buy the duct tape if you’ll apply it.

Moncena Rowley January 21, 2005 at 8:40 am

Coleen Rowley at least had the courage to tell the truth while Bush & Company are a bunch of liars and responsible for the deaths of over 100,000 Iraqi civilians…..

John March 10, 2006 at 8:09 am

Poeple like her must be respected, she has done good and will do good once in Washington, we must support her.

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