SpringBoard 2011 w/ Special Guest Coleen Rowley Speaking on "How Top Secret America Misfires"

Published Jimmy - Fri, 03/11/2011 - 11:53pm

The Civic Media Center will hold its annual SpringBoard Fundraiser at the Matheson Museum on Friday April 1st, beginning at 6:30pm. The event will feature a variety of food from local restaurants, as well as a silent auction and raffle that will include art and coupons for goods and services from a variety of local businesses and artists, including noted Gainesville artist-activist Arnold Mesches. Guest speaker Coleen Rowley will speak at 8pm. Her topic for the evening will be "How Top Secret America Misfires."

In May of 2002 Rowley brought some of the government's 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's memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller in connection with the Joint Intelligence Committee's Inquiry led to a two year long Department of Justice Inspector General investigation. She 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 but she was not selected by the Bush Administration. This Board was mandated by 2004 federal intelligence reform legislation implementing the recommendations of the 9-11 Commission. Rowley has authored a chapter in a book published by the Milton Eisenhower Foundation entitled "Patriotism, Democracy and Common Sense: Restoring America's Promise at Home and Abroad." She also ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress in Minnesota's Second Congressional District in 2006.

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 6:30pm
Matheson Museum
$10 in advance, $15-20 sliding scale donation @ door