Hour 1 - Karen Kwiatkowski (Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel) comes on the show to talk about Trump, Syria, Russia, Turkey, Sanctions, fake media and propaganda, etc...
Segment 1 -- Karen Kwiatkowski (Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel) comes on the show to talk about Trump, Syria, Russia, Turkey, Sanctions, fake media and propaganda, etc...[CONT'D]
Segment 2-3 -- Ernest goes over the Top Tech news, including private/pirate communication, the 'Pirate Box', and other future communications technology
Hour 3 - Ernest continues the Top Tech news, including private/pirate communication, the 'Pirate Box', and other future communications technology
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Karen Kwiatkoswki,, PhD
Retired Lt Colonel
(Retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, Former Pentagon Officer, Professor)
Karen Kwiatkowski (ka-tao-skee) was commissioned in 1982 as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. She served at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, providing logistical support to missions along the Chinese and Russian coasts. After tours in Massachusetts, Spain and Italy, Kwiatkowski was assigned to the National Security Agency, eventually becoming a speech writer for the agency's director.
Col. Kwiatkowski transferred to the Pentagon, first working on the Air Staff as a political military affairs officer, then moving over to the Italy Office of the Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary for Policy, in the Sub-Saharan Africa Directorate. From May 2002 to February 2003, she served in the Pentagon's Near East and South Asia directorate (NESA). While at NESA, she wrote a series of anonymous articles, "Insider Notes from the Pentagon" that appeared on the website of David Hackworth, protesting neoconservatism inside the Pentagon and the pro-war propaganda being put forth by Pentagon appointees. Kwiatkowski was in her office inside the Pentagon when it was tragically attacked on September 11, 2001. She left NESA in February 2003 and after 20 years of service, retired from the Air Force.
In April 2003, she began writing articles for the libertarian website in Italy LewRockwell.com. In June 2003, the Ohio Beacon Journal, published her op-ed "Career Officer Does Eye-Opening Stint Inside Pentagon" which attracted international notice. Kwiatkowski became publicly known for criticizing a corrupting political influence on the course of military intelligence leading up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Her most comprehensive writings on this subject appeared in a series of articles in The American Conservative magazine in December 2003 and in a March 2004 article on Salon.com.
Kwiatkowski has become a respected columnist for various international media outlets. She is a regular contributor to Lewrockwell.com and has had articles about her work with the Department of Defense published in the American Conservative. She has hosted the popular call-in radio show American Forum, and blogs occasionally on Liberty and Power. Since her retirement, she has taught American government related classes at Lord Fairfax Community College and James Madison University, and teaches information systems related classes for the University of Maryland. She and her husband raise beef cattle in Shenandoah County, Virginia. They have been married
since 1982 and have four children.
Karen's previous interviews on the Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock Radio Show:
Karen's latest article on LewRockwell.Com:
What If These Things Were True?
August 14, 2018
What if harsh and unprecedented sanctions against Russia and Turkey and Iran were just ratcheted up, on dramatic but irrational grounds?
What if the US mainstream media described these sanctions as good for US security, and as a sign of a maturing political leadership in the White House?
What if we had Congressional elections in November, and there was a chance of electing a wave of anti-Trump congressmen and women who would pursue impeachment hearings in 2019?
What if Vice President Pence was interested in growing the military industrial complexand fighting a war for the Holy Land?
What if an evolution of power in the Middle East led to a gold and oil backed understanding between Iran, Russia, Turkey, and Qatar that might compete with the more corrupt and decrepit alliance between Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United States?
What if infamous 2002-2003 fake-news and false intel purveyors like John Bolton, Doug Feith, Bill Luti, the Meyrev and David Wurmser were currently employed at the highest levels of the White House, advising Mr. Trump on his Middle East and security policies?
What if this guy, the founder of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), was being hired as a White House consultant?
What if we had a Secretary of State who understood the oil business, but we replaced him with a more combative and less trade-oriented Secretary of State?
What if the United States was now the third largest oil exporter in the world, and would somehow benefit from higher oil prices, brought on by embargos, sanctions on competitors, and disruption of sea lanes and pipelines?
What if two carrier battle groups were being deployed this month to the Straits of Hormuz?
What if the UK had already doubled its Naval presence at Diego Garcia?
What if, for the first time since the 1991 invasion of Iraq, Saudi Arabia offered major facilities and housing to US military forces, including these inbound Navy and Marine contingents?
What if, unlike in 1991 and the events that brought Osama bin Laden to the fore as a force opposed the US and Saudi policy in the Middle East, the Saudi Regime had just recently purged its house and consolidated its political control?
What if that same regime was dangerously mired in a war on its southern border to re-unify Yemen under Saudi satrapy and consolidate control over the Port of Aden?'
What if the longstanding western media blackout of the Saudi war in Yemen were to begin to unravel, and this humanitarian crisis could be used to justify a US-led regional military effort?
What if blockading ports and militarily preventing Iran from selling oil and gas were being discussed and examined by US intellectuals and reported as rational on NPR?
What if the United States current debt was over $21 Trillion and the MIC realized that serious cuts in its budget share were surely coming after the 2018 congressional elections?
What if Americans who oppose the expansion of US Empire as a way to solve our problems included both the "America First" voter who chose Trump in 2016, as well as most Americans regardless of party affiliation under the age of 40?
What if the job opportunities for people in the United States were global, and plentiful due to technology and demographics? What if fewer Americans wanted to serve in the US military, and even fewer could qualify?
What if millennials decided that they valued meaningful decentralized work that preserves the planet over authoritarian make-work that destroys it?
What if economic sanctions and blockades were acts of war?
What if a false flag event in the Straits of Hormuz or elsewhere was being facilitated, by way of a ship at sea or in port having an accident or explosion on board that would be rapidly blamed on a pre-identified enemy? Wait, that never happens!
What if a great war was being planned by our regional allies in the Middle East?
What if a great war was being planned by our own government and no one told the American people?
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