Marion Bowman

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(spook, mariner, diplomat)
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Alma materGeorge Washington University Law School, University of Idaho, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Willamette University
FBI leader who refused to seek a special warrant to search Zacarias Moussaoui’s belongings before the 9/11 attacks. Later awarded cash bonus and presidential citation for "exceptional performance".

Employment.png Adjunct Professor

In office
Sep 2003 - Present
EmployerGeorge Washington University

Employment.png Senior Counsel National Security Law

In office
Jul 1995 - Jul 2006
Advised on all Counterinteligence and Counterterrorism investigations.

Marion "Spike" Bowman is the former Senior Counsel to the FBI, and the former Deputy National Counter Intelligence Executive.


He joined the U.S. Navy and became a Captain who has been Head of International Law at the Naval War College.

He also worked as a diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy, and as Chief of Litigation for the U.S. Navy.[1]


On August 28, 2001, as head of the FBI’s national security law unit Bowman refused to seek a special warrant for a search of Zacarias Moussaoui’s belongings before the 9/11 attacks.

Bowman’s unit also blocked an urgent request by FBI agents to begin searching for Khalid Almihdhar after his name was put on a watch list.[2]

In 2003 FBI Director Robert Mueller personally awarded Marion (Spike) Bowman with a presidential citation for "exceptional performance" and cash bonus of approximately 25 percent of his salary. The award comes shortly after a 9/11 Congressional Inquiry report saying Bowman’s unit gave Minneapolis FBI agents “inexcusably confused and inaccurate information” that was “patently false."[3]

He also thwarted FBI investigations into the anthrax attacks on Congress.[4]