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Nick Cooper interviews Pentagon Whistleblower Karen Kwiatkowski about the internal Pentragon processes of propagandizing the war, and her views about the neo-conservative agenda.
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email I received from Karen:

I am sending this to reporters and others who have contacted me in the
past, as a matter of courtesy and concern.

Michael Rubin is currently attempting to smear me as both a LaRouche
adherent and anti-Semite, along with others at the American Enterprise
Institute (AEI) and the National Review Online. Additionally, Senator
Jon Kyl, R, Arizona, has taken these types of lies and insinuations and
published them (see attached letter and text below). I am not and have
never in my life been associated with LaRouche or his organization, know
very little about it, and definitely do not support it. I was a
registered Republican all my life until I switched directly to the
Libertarian Party some years ago. Specifically, Rubin's two personal
attacks on me on 18 and 19 May at National Review Online are filled with
lies, untruths, and baseless defamation.

Obviously, the intent is to negatively impact my credibility as a
witness to what went on in the Pentagon leading up to the invasion of
Iraq.

I wanted each of you to know from me that I am innocent of the charges
made in National Review Online in the past two days, and also those
mentioned by Senator Kyl in a speech he has been giving. I have no
LaRouche connections, never sought out Jeff Steinberg (he called me as
did 100 other reporters last fall to the present), and am not
anti-Semitic. I stand 100% by what I have written, most directly and
completely the reports in the American Conservative and Salon, in my own
words.

I have already written the Senate, AEI, NRO, Michael Rubin himself, CSIS
and CFR (where Kyl gave his speech) and others declaring my innocence
and asking them to correct the record. I have received no answers so
far from anyone.

Thank you for your support. I am just a regular person, and am not used
to being smeared and denigrated by people who are apparently very
comfortable with lying. Because of my upbringing and my 20 years as a
military officer, I am not at all comfortable with lying, and therefore
am extremely careful with what I say and write, such that it is as
honest and as accurate as I can make it.

Karen Kwiatkowski
http://lewrockwell.com
http://militaryweek.com

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force.
Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
~ George Washington

My letter to the senate Judiciary Comittee, Faxed 14 May 2004 to Senate
offices.

Senator Jon Kyl
730 Hart Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Senator Kyl:

Your recent speech (located at this website, and presented to CSIS on 3
May 2004,
http://rpc.senate.gov/_files/iraq%20pentagon%20csis%20speech.pdf)
provided a page one footnote ostensibly detailing my background and
political views.

Several important statements contained in this footnote are blatantly
false. The accusation that “Lt. Col. Kwiatkowski, a former U.S. Air
Force officer who served at the Pentagon during the buildup to Operation
Iraqi Freedom, works closely with Lyndon LaRouche…” is a prime example.

This is absolutely false. I have no association with LaRouche or his
organization, have never worked closely or otherwise with LaRouche, and
know very little about his views or his organization. I certainly do
not advocate what little I do know of his views.

Your mention that my writing “include[s] many weird, extremist, and
bigoted diatribes” reflects an opinion you are certainly entitled to
hold, assuming you have ever read any of my essays and not just selected
paragraphs. As many of my articles utilize satire as a primary literary
vehicle, they are vulnerable to being taken out of context. This is
exactly the same mistake made by George Will in a misleading and
embarrassing op-ed he penned on 16 March, and the Washington Post was
kind enough to publish my letter of response.

Further, your footnote states, “And she is fixated on Israel and what
she sees as “Zionist” conspiracies.” Again, this is absolutely false.
It truly deserves no response, as it is simply inaccurate.

I hope that you, as a distinguished United States Senator, are as
disgusted as I am with the slanderous broadsides aimed at American
citizens critical of this administration’s policy in Iraq, particularly
those citizens like myself who have served a long, honorable and
productive career in the United States Armed Services.

I was a registered Republican from age 18 to 37, when I switched party
affiliation to the Libertarian Party. I am a traditional conservative
in all ways, and hearken back philosophically to Thomas Paine, Thomas
Jefferson and before them, Edmund Burke. I am a Ph.D. candidate at
Catholic University currently completing my dissertation on the Reagan
Doctrine in Angola. I have been married to the same man (a Republican)
for 22 years and am the mother of three teenagers and a 20 year old.
My parents and my parents in law are also Republicans. I wanted you to
know this so that you will fully understand my current expectations.

I expect a public correction of the record – to include a correction to
your speech electronically posted at the website above, any other
locations where it may be posted, and your personal notification of this
change to all public venues where you have personally given out this
false and slanderous information.

I expect a cessation of any and all further false references to supposed
connections between my political views and the LaRouche organization, as
well as my purposed fixation with Israel. Of hundreds of essays I have
written on defense policy, most of them relating to our Middle East
policy, Israel or Zionism is mentioned in probably ten of them. This is
actually an under-representation of the critical importance of Israel as
our top and most reliable ally in the region. This fact, while you are
apparently unaware of it, affects your own credibility as a U.S.
Senator.

I expect you to make a public statement for the congressional record
acknowledging that the information you are using in reference to me and
my political views, and writings, has been false.

Lastly, if this false and slanderous information has been provided to
you by others, I would appreciate knowing their names and organizations.
I do know that Richard Perle has been falsely claiming a LaRouche link
since at least January 2004, as I was asked on video by a BBC journalist
about Perle’s private statement to him in this regard. I corrected the
falsehood on the record for the BBC, but obviously, the word has not
gotten out to the U.S. Congress.

Thank you for your quick and honorable attention to this matter. I may
be reached at 540-477-2821, or at karen@militaryweek.com if you have
further questions.

Karen U.
Kwiatkowski


cc: Senator Hatch Senator Kennedy Senator
Graham
Senator Grassley Senator Biden
Senator Schumer
Senator Specter Senator Leahy
Senator Craig
Senator Dewine Senator Feinstein
Senator Durban
Senator Sessions Senator Kohl
Senator Chambliss
Senator Edwards Senator Cornyn Senator
Daschle
Senator Byrd Senator Reid
Senator Dorgan

Senate Republican Policy Committee

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