Tuesday, June 28, 2005

I elected NOT to watch the speechifying

this evening, opting instead to have a lovely time away from the television, so I can't comment first-hand on the Chimperor's broken record act. But I did find this oh-so-pleasing to read:

FBI Whistle-Blower to Run for Congress
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER

WASHINGTON - Former FBI whistle-blower Coleen Rowley will run for Congress as a Democrat in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District, where she hopes to knock off GOP Rep. John Kline.

"I'm concerned about the direction of the country," Rowley said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "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."

Rowley, 50, was named one of Time magazine's Persons of the Year for 2002 after writing a critical memo on FBI intelligence failures.

She had sought a seat this year on the new Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, designed to ensure that government actions in the war on terror do not infringe on people's rights. But when President Bush appointed members of the board earlier this month, Rowley's name was not on the list. She said that was a factor in deciding to run for Congress.

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Go get 'em, tiger! We need more people who actually HAVE consciences in Congress.