Wednesday, June 29, 2005



Do you remember Coleen Rowley? She was an FBI agent who "blew the whistle" on the agency right after 9/11. She pointed out all the gross intelligence failures on the part of the FBI which could have prevented the 9/11 plot from succeeding if someone would have been paying attention. TIME Magazine named her one of their "Persons of the Year" for 2002. And then she sort of disappeared; less of a mass media lifespan than the runaway bride or the missing Alabama Aruba vacationer, let alone Scott Peterson. But this year Rowley, now 50, applied to the Bush Regime for a seat on the newly created Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which is supposed to ensure that government actions in the war on terror do not infringe on people's rights. In line with the Bush Regime steadfast policy of guaranteeing that only foxes watch the hen houses of the nation, Ms Rowley was passed over for the job in favor of a gaggle of Republicrook hacks, she made a decision. Coleen Rowley is running for congress against the far right loon who represents Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District (just south of the Twin Cities), John Kline (who is probably best known for trying to get Reagan's picture of the $50 bill.

Rowley is running as a Democrat in a district that has long been considered a safe Republican seat. Kline won it with a 16% point margin last year. Rowley is undaunted by the district's conservative bent, explaining that she is pretty conservative herself. (Note: conservative and fascist are two different things. The Bush Regime is fascist-oriented.) "I'm fiscally conservative, and conservative on law-enforcement-type issues," explained the former FBI agent. "I'm concerned about the direction of the country. We have done things that have made us less safe, among them the Iraq invasion and the loss of our allies and the moral high ground in international affairs."

Kline is shitting a proverbial brick and the spokesperson he sent out to comment on Rowley's challenge could only say that Kline had no comment because he was focusing on his work. Presumably it isn't as easy getting the Gipper's photo on the $50 bill as he thought it would be.


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