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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 1, 2003

FBI Whistleblower And UI Law Graduate Colleen Rowley To Speak At UI

Colleen Rowley, FBI whistleblower, Time magazine's 2002 co-person of the year and a 1980 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, will present a pair of lectures at the University of Iowa in February.

She will present a public lecture sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee on Sunday, Feb. 22. Earlier, on Saturday, Feb. 21, she will be the keynote speaker at the UI College of Law's Women in Law Conference, sponsored by the law school and the Organization of Women Law Students and Staff (OWLSS). The Feb. 22 lecture will be open to the public; the Feb. 21 lecture will be for conference attendees only.

Locations and times of her lectures will be announced later.

Rowley first came to public notoriety in 2002, when she criticized the FBI and other U.S. intelligence gathering operations for not doing enough to prevent the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Working at the time as head of the FBI's Minneapolis office, she tried in vain to alert other bureau offices and bureau headquarters about the possibility that terrorists might be planning to crash airplanes into U.S. landmarks and may be training for the attacks by taking flying lessons at U.S. flight schools. Her letters, later made public, and testimony before Congress led to a review of U.S. intelligence gathering operations and earned her Time's co-person of the year honor.

A native of New Hampton, Iowa, Rowley earned her B.A. from Wartburg College and went to work for the FBI after graduating from the UI College of Law. As an agent, she was assigned to the bureau's offices in Omaha, Neb., Jackson, Miss., and New York City, where she worked in the Italian Organized Crime division investigating mafia organizations. She currently works as a special agent in the Minneapolis FBI office.

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