Ray McGovern and Coleen Rowley

Date: September 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Englert Theatre, Downtown Iowa City

Ray McGovern was an Army officer in the early 60s, then a CIA analyst from the administration of John Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush. Ray prepared the President's Daily Brief for Nixon, Ford, and Reagan, and also chaired National Intelligence Estimates. In March 2006, in protest against CIA torture, Ray returned the Intelligence Commendation Medallion awarded him at retirement. In January 2003, he co-founded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) and began commenting publicly on intelligence and foreign policy. He also helped establish the annual Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence, whose recipients include Larry Wilkerson, Thomas Drake, Thomas Fingar, and William Binney. The winner of the first Sam Adams award was Coleen Rowley.

Coleen Rowley grew up in Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1980. She joined the FBI and served as Division Legal Counsel in the Minnesota FBI office at the time of 9/11. She wrote a whistleblower memo in May 2002 in connection with the Congressional Joint Inquiry about the FBI's failures . This served to launch a Department of Justice Inspector General investigation. She testified to the US Senate in June 2002 and was named, along with two other women, as TIME's "Persons of the Year." She retired from the FBI in 2004 after nearly 24 years of service and now writes and speaks on ethics and law, especially regarding the post 9-11 wars and war crimes.

Between them, McGovern & Rowley have 51 years of service in the FBI and the CIA.



Ray and Coleen with now be joined by former Intelligence Officer & Whistleblower, Edward Snowden, via live video from Russia