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FBI Agent Who Blew Whistle on Pre-Sept. 11 Actions Retires

A career FBI agent who rocked official Washington with a blistering memo to the boss alleging bureau bungling before the Sept. 11 attacks has retired from the agency. Coleen Rowley, who was named one of Time magazine’s people of the year in 2002 for her whistle-blowing efforts, worked for the FBI for 24 years. Rowley, 50, said she had no immediate plans, but wanted to be considered for appointment to a new federal board that would ensure counter-terrorism investigations and arrests did not infringe on people’s rights. Rowley was hailed by colleagues in Minneapolis in 2002 when she wrote a letter to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III accusing bureau headquarters of blowing a chance to unravel the Sept. 11 hijacking plot. Full Story

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