Jeff Worcester, president of the Center for Deep Political Research (CDPR), announced today that Coleen Rowley, a former chief division counsel and special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has graciously accepted an appointment to serve on the organization’s prestigious board of advisors.
Rowley, whose May 2002 memo to then FBI Director Robert Mueller III exposed some of the agency’s pre-9/11 failures, was one of three whistleblowers honored as TIME’s “Persons of the Year” in 2002. In February of 2003, Rowley again wrote to Director Mueller, this time questioning him and other Bush administration officials about the reliability of supposed evidence being used to justify the impending U.S invasion of Iraq. Under sharp criticism for her comments, she eventually stepped down from her legal position. In 2004, she retired after 24 years of service with the agency.