Three Iowa chapters of Veterans for Peace are sponsoring a statewide speaking tour with a former CIA analyst and an FBI whistleblower to raise issues of national security in September.

Veterans for Peace is a non-profit organization formed in 1985 that describes itself as “a global organization of military veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace.” The three VFP chapters are located in Des Moines, Iowa City and Linn County.

VFP has selected two former government employees with extensive knowledge on national security matters to speak about these issues in Iowa.

VFP Chapter #161 member Paul Appell of Iowa City said, “It is refreshing to me and I hope to many others that there is a chance to hear intelligence professionals who are trained and practiced in getting and relaying the truth.”

Ray McGovern is former chairman of National Intelligence Estimates (NIE). As a 27-year veteran of the CIA, he was awarded the agency’s Intelligence Commendation Medal in 1990. Since his retirement, he helped create Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

Coleen Rowley is a former FBI agent and Iowa native who gained national attention for her role as a whistleblower regarding the intelligence failures in preventing the attacks of September 11 attacks in 2001. She was named one of Time magazine’s three “persons of the year” in 2002.

According to a July 29 statement from VFP, “McGovern and Rowley seek to raise the level of Iowans understanding of current national security issues. They will focus on specific issues that Iowa caucus-goers may raise at the February caucuses, and on specific questions that Iowans may ask of presidential candidates visiting the state.”

McGovern and Rowley will be speaking at engagements open to the public from September 24-30 in nine cities: Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Davenport, Parnell, Iowa City, Ames and Des Moines.

“The foreign policy and war national issues will not be ‘burning’ ones unless Iowa Caucus goers take the initiative to ask,” Rowley said in a press release obtained by Iowa Free Press.

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