Coleen Rowley to Join Cindy Sheehan Protest
Coleen Rowley, who gained notoriety for leaking classified intelligence after the 9-11 attacks and is now running for Congress as a Democrat, is joining Cindy Sheehan in front of President Bush’s Crawford ranch.
Former FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley, along with a state senator whose son died in Iraq, are headed to Texas this week to join a growing anti-war demonstration near President Bush’s ranch. Rowley, now a Democratic candidate for Congress, and Sen. Becky Lourey will join a protest initiated by Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey died in Iraq last year. Sheehan started the vigil Aug. 6, coinciding with Bush’s summer vacation. She has said she won’t leave until the president meets with her.
Rowley said Tuesday that she and Lourey would leave Thursday and stay at least through Sunday, sleeping in a tent at the site. They are paying their own way, she said.
Lourey’s son, Matt Lourey, died May 26 when the Army helicopter he was piloting was shot down. A Democrat from northern Minnesota, Lourey was a consistent critic of the Iraq war Ã¢€” she authored a state Senate petition against it in 2003 Ã¢€” but was also supportive of her son’s military career. “Our children are dying and I think it’s time to go support Cindy and see if Bush will come out and we can say, ‘President Bush, what is the mission exactly?’ Truth has been shifting all around and I think we need to rejoin the world community and not occupy another nation,” Lourey said. “But mostly we’re just going to support Cindy,” said Lourey, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2002.
Rowley, a former special agent in the FBI’s Minneapolis office, gained fame in 2002 for her criticism of FBI leadership. She said officials failed to act on information that cast suspicion on some Sept. 11 hijackers in the months before they carried out their attacks, and was later named one of Time magazine’s people of the year for her efforts. Now challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. John Kline, a Republican, Rowley has emerged as a harsh critic of the war in Iraq.
Surely, Jesse Jackson can not be far behind.