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Coleen Rowley, Whistleblower
Cindy hosts Minneapolis FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley. Ms. Rowley unleashed a firestorm with her Congressional testimony about pre 9/11 leads to Zacarias Moussaoui that were quashed by the FBI. She had originally documented these in a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller. Every administration since Reagan’s has chased after rollbacks in the civil liberties and curbs on police power wrought in the ’60s and ’70s by the civil rights movement, the Warren Court and post-Watergate reformers. So of course the imperial President of our National Security State chose to spin Ms. Rowley’s revelations creatively: “We have to err on the side of sacrificing freedoms and empowering police agencies, however marginal the gains in domestic security. The stakes are too high to do otherwise.” Now Ms. Rowley had just shown that the old powers of domestic surveillance are totally good enough – if the FBI is doing its job. But why waste a “golden opportunity” like this one? So instead of ending infighting between the FBI, the CIA and NSA – we got the Patriot Act and National Security Letters. Yet we only started there: We also got indefinite warantless detention, unprosecuted torture (by those on a high-enough level), and a President who keeps us safe by killing American citizen suspects – without trials! (It’s sure good we’re “the freeest nation on earth!”) Ya still gotta hear this show. So please listen in.

This interview is from March 7, 2010, but still highly relevant today.
Cindy’s website is here.


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