War & Peace
FBI Whistleblower Says 9/11, Iraq War “Could Have Been Prevented” if Wikileaks Existed
Coleen Rowley, a former FBI special agent whose Minneapolis field office warned of terrorists training for an airliner hijacking attack in 2001 but was ignored, says that 9/11 and the Iraq war could have been prevented if Wikileaks had existed back then.
“If there had been a mechanism like Wikileaks, 9/11 could have been prevented,” Rowley, Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ in 2002, said.
Rowley points to the 9/11 Commission (which she testified before) and its conclusion that information sharing is actually beneficial for public welfare.
While acknowledging that state secrets are necessary, Rowley argues that too many secrets do more harm than good. She points to a pre-9/11 investigation of airline security in which weapons were smuggled onto planes in 90% of test cases. The findings of the probe were suppressed and airlines refused to install expensive security bolts on cockpit doors.
“You can just see the short term thinking,” Rowley said. “If we had more sharing of information– if the public had known about the fact that the airport security was that bad, they would have demanded this be done. Customers would have demanded it if they had been told the risks they had been facing.”