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.

In May of 2002 Rowley brought some of the pre 9-11 lapses to light and testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee about some of the endemic problems facing the FBI and the intelligence community. Rowley was one of three whistleblowers chosen as persons of the year by TIME magazine.

In April 2003, following an unsuccessful and highly criticized attempt to warn the Director and other administration officials about the dangers of launching the invasion of Iraq, Rowley stepped down from her (GS-14) legal position to go back to being a (GS-13) FBI Special Agent. She retired from the FBI at the end of 2004 and now speaks publicly to various groups, ranging from school children to business/professional/civic groups, on two different topics: ethical decision-making and “balancing civil liberties with the need for effective investigation.”

In February 2005, a majority of Minnesota congresspersons and senators nominated Rowley to serve on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. This Board was mandated by recent federal intelligence reform legislation implementing the recommendations of the 9-11 Commission.

More from and about Coleen Rowley:
Read Rowley’s memorandum about 9/11 to FBI Director Mueller
October 12, 2003 by the Minneapolis Star Tribune The Wrong Side of ‘Us vs. Them’


Editor’s Note: Whole the KKFI archive no longer include the Coleen rowley interview, the following hour long discussion, U.S. Intelligence 9/11 and Iraq: A Whistleblower’s Story, recorded by University of California Television (UCTV), provides an in-depth interview worthy of watching.


On Saturday afternoon, Media Reformer Alice Kitchen, and KKFI co-founder, KKFI World Sound programmer and Friends of Community Media chair Tom Crane and I had the opportunity to meet with FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein and two members of his staff. We talked about upcoming plans for an appearance in Kansas City by Commissioner Adelstein and Commissioner Michael Copps, and after that, was lucky enough to get a short interview with Adelstein.

From Wikipedia on Jonathan S. Adelstein:
He was sworn in as a member of the Federal Communications Commission on December 3, 2002, and sworn in for a new five-year term on December 6, 2004.
A life-long public servant, Adelstein has dedicated his career to fighting for the public interest. As a Commissioner, his approach is guided by the key principle that the public interest means securing access to communications for everyone, including those the market may leave behind.

Adelstein is a particularly strong advocate for media diversity and localism, and works diligently to encourage increased voices on the airwaves to support a well-informed citizenry. He has worked to promote access to telecommunications and media outlets by minorities, rural and low-income consumers, people with disabilities, and non-English speakers.

To ensure that all consumers have access to the latest telecommunications systems no matter where they live, Adelstein has strived to improve universal service. He has also encouraged broadcasters to use the digital transition to better serve their communities with local, public affairs and other cultural and educational programming. He has advocated for a substantive national broadband strategy with aggressive goals and specific policy recommendations. He also has played an active role at the Commission in promoting new policies that improve access to spectrum by both large and small companies so that consumers can continue to maintain those connections in our increasingly portable world.

Tune in to Tell Somebody this week, Tuesday, at 6pm Central Time on 90.1 FM KKFI, or stream it live on the web at, to hear what Coleen Rowley and Jonathan Adelstein had to say.

(And mark next week’s show on your calendar, former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter will return to Tell Somebody ahead of his June 21 appearance in KansasCity for KKFI). (June 22 in Lawrence, KS).

Tell Somebody
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Tom Klammer
More on the National Conference for Media Reform at .

And if you missed it on Democracy NOW, check out this BradBlog link for Bill Moyers’ Minneapolis encounter with Bill O’Reilly’s producer:
VIDEO: O’Reilly’s Ambush Reporter Outfoxed by Bill Moyers at Media Reform Conference…

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