Karen Kwiatkowski, a specialist on the Middle East and retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel who "spent her final four and a half years in uniform working at the Pentagon," worked "from May 2002 through February 2003 in the office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Near East/South Asia and Special Plans" at the Department of Defense. Since retiring, she has become a noted critic of the U.S. government's involvement in Iraq.  
Colonel Kwiatkowski has an MA in Government from Harvard University and a MS in Science Management from the University of Alaska. She is currently candidate for a PhD in World Politics at Catholic University; her thesis is on overt and covert war in Angola, titled A Case Study of the Implementation of the Reagan Doctrine.
She began her military career in 1978. As a second lieutenant, she served at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, providing logistical support to missions along the Chinese and Russian coasts. She served in Spain and Italy, and was then assigned to the National Security Agency, eventually becoming a speechwriter for the agency's director. After leaving the NSA, she became an an analyst on sub-Saharan Africa policy for the Pentagon. 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.
Kwiatkowski left NESA in February, 2003 and retired from the Air Force the following month. In April 2003, she began writing a series of articles for the libertarian website LewRockwell.com. In June of that year, she published an article in the Ohio Beacon Journal, "Career Officer Does Eye-Opening Stint Inside Pentagon" which attracted additional notice. Since February, 2004, she has written a biweekly column, "Without Reservations", for the website Military Week.
Colonel Kwiatkowski is primarily noted for openly and publicly denouncing what she sees as 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. In the latter piece, titled "The New Pentagon Papers", she wrote:
I witnessed neoconservative agenda bearers within OSP usurp measured and carefully considered assessments, and through suppression and distortion of intelligence analysis promulgate what were in fact falsehoods to both Congress and the executive office of the president.
Kwiatkowski exposed how a clique of officers led by retired Navy Captain Bill Luti, assistant secretary of defense for NESA, and former aide of Dick Cheney when the latter was Secretary of Defense, took control of the military intelligence, and how the Office of Special Plans (OSP) grew and eventually turned into a censorship and disinformation organism controlling the NESA. 
Following the American Conservative and Salon articles, Kwiatkowski began to receive criticism from several conservative sources that supported President Bush's policies. Michael Rubin of the National Review argued that she had exaggerated her knowledge of the OSP's workings and that she had ties to Lyndon LaRouche. U.S. Senator Jon Kyl criticized her in a speech on the Senate floor. On a Fox News program, host John Gibson and former Republican National Committee communications director Clifford D. May described her as an anarchist. Kwiatkowski responded, saying, among other points, that she had never supported or dealt with LaRouche. In addition to her writings, Colonel Kwiatkowski has appeared as a commentator in the documentaries Hijacking Catastrophe and Honor Betrayed. She has been a registered member of the U.S. Libertarian Party since 1994 and spoke at the party's national convention in 2004. She currently lives with her family in the Shenandoah Valley and works part-time as a farmer.
- Kwiatkowski, "said she and her colleagues were allowed little contact with the Office of Special Plans and were often told by the officials who ran it to ignore the State Department's concerns and views." 
- In the March 10, 2004, online edition of Salon, Karen Kwiatkowski's 4-page article The new Pentagon papers ... reveals how Defense Department extremists suppressed information and twisted the truth to drive the country to war." 
- According to the May 2003 American Military University Student News Letter, Professor Karen Kwiatkowski presented "her paper entitled Information Technology and the New African Entrepreneur at the annual African Studies Association conference on 6 December 2002 in Washington DC. Professor Kwiatkowski is also developing courses on African Political Economy and Global Immigration for APUS."
- The October 3, 2002, Insider Notes from the Pentagon reports that "Deep Throat Returns" is Kwiatkowski.
- "I came to share with many NESA colleagues a kind of unease, a sense that something was awry. What seemed out of place was the strong and open pro-Israel and anti-Arab orientation in an ostensibly apolitical policy-generation staff within the Pentagon." 
- At the end of the summer of 2002, new space had been found upstairs on the fifth floor for an "expanded Iraq desk." It would be called the Office of Special Plans. We were instructed at a staff meeting that this office was not to be discussed or explained, and if people in the Joint Staff, among others, asked, we were to offer no comment. We were also told that one of the products of this office would be talking points that all desk officers would use verbatim in the preparation of their background documents.
- By August, only the Pollyannas at the Pentagon felt that the decision to invade Iraq, storm Baghdad, and take over the place (or give it to Ahmad Chalabi) was reversible.
- On the Office of Special Plans:
- "It's a propaganda office."
- African Crisis Response Initiative: Past Present and Future (US Army Peacekeeping Institute, 2000)
- Expeditionary Air Operations in Africa: Challenges and Solutions (Air University Press, 2001)
Anonymous essays 2002-2003
- Deep Throat Returns: Insider Notes from The Pentagon, Lt. Col. Kwiatkowski's anonymous essays while still at the Pentagon. (Anonymous essays number 1 to 39)
- Insider Notes from The Pentagon: Ready to go to war?, January 31, 2003. (Anonymous essay number 40)
- Insider Notes from The Pentagon: Fear of God, February 3, 2003. (No.41)
- Insider Notes from The Pentagon: Life is Tough All Over, February 8, 2003. (No.42)
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love CBW, March 10, 2003. (No.47)
- The Souffle has Fallen, March 29, 2003. (No.49)
- Insider Notes from The Pentagon: Those Awful Turks, May 28, 2003. (No.51)
- Bush regime
- cooked intelligence
- Operation Iraqi Freedom: Military and Political Dissent
- Loose Cannon Pentagon
- This article uses material from the Wikipedia article on Karen Kwiatkowski under the terms of the GFDL.
By Karen Kwiatkowski
- Archive of articles by Karen Kwiatkowski on LewRockwell.com.
- List of articles on Military Week.com.
- "Conscientious Objector," originally appeared in The American Conservative.
- "The Roadmap to Serfdom," Lew Rockwell, May 9, 2003.
- "Skippering the Yacht of State," Lew Rockwell, May 13, 2003.
- "All the News That's Fit To Print … and Then There's the US Government," Lew Rockwell, May 15, 2003.
- "Tia and Her Twelve Sisters," Lew Rockwell, May 26, 2003.
- "Attention Foreign Countries! How To Make the US Go Away!" apfn.net Message Board, June 16, 2003.
- "Burning Patriotism," Lew Rockwell, July 28, 2003.
- "Career Officer Does Eye-Opening Stint Inside Pentagon," Common Dreams, July 31, 2003.
- "Pentagon's inner works deeply flawed,"Arizona Daily Star, August 4, 2003. (cache file).
- "Newly Retired Officer: Pentagon Suffers from 'Isolation,' 'Cliques,' and 'Groupthink'," Veterans for Common Sense, August 5, 2003. Original story from Beacon Journal (Ohio) and Charlotte Observer, August 1, 2003.
- "Occupied America," Lew Rockwell, August 7, 2003.
- "The New Pentagon Papers," Salon, March 10, 2004.
- "Inside the neo-con Pentagon," Toronto Star, April 18, 2004.
- "Robert Kagan’s in Pain, and I’m Here To Help," Lew Rockwell, December 6, 2005.
- The Office of the Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs Office Roles, Missions, and Functions Office of African Affairs, no date. Organizational chart shows Kwiatkowski slotted as "Country Director for Central Africa."
- Honor Betrayed page on veteransforpeace.org.
- Jim Fisher-Thompson, "U.S. Officials Cite Importance of African Oil to U.S. Economy. Assistant Sec. Kansteiner speaks at seminar,", Department of State, January 29, 2001: "U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, a political/military officer assigned to the secretary of defense's Office of African Affairs, also emphasized that 'Africa is important to U.S. national security.' Noting that she was speaking as 'a U.S. government policymaker in the area of sub-Saharan Africa and national security interests,' she said, 'The U.S. relationship to African countries is non-colonial, based on a generally positive history, past and present trade, and shared interests in democratic and accountable governance.' Referring to the National Intelligence Council's Global Trends 2015 report, which came out last December, Kwiatkowski pointed out that 25 percent of U.S. oil imports in 2015 will come from sub-Saharan Africa. The prime 'energy locations' identified in the study are West Africa, Sudan, and Central Africa."
- "How War in Africa was planned since years," GlobalFreePress, July 6, 2003. Makes mention of Kwiatkowski.
- "Former Rumsfeld staffer Karen Kwiatkowski grants very exclusive interview with Michael Corbin on A C," Pressbox.co.uk, July 17, 2003.
- Jim Lobe, "Analysis: Insider fires a broadside at Rumsfeld's office", Asia Times, August 7, 2003: "Kwiatkowski went on to charge that the operations she witnessed during her tenure in Douglas Feith's office, and particularly those of an ad hoc group known as the Office of Special Plans (OSP), constituted 'a subversion of constitutional limits on executive power and a co-option through deceit of a large segment of the Congress'."
- Marc Cooper, "Soldier for Truth," LA Weekly, February 20, 2004. (An interview with Kwiatkowski).
- David Rose, "Iraqi defectors tricked us with WMD lies, but we must not be fooled again," The Observer (UK), May 30, 2004. Rose questions the accuracy of Kwiatkowski's story, noting that "hidden agendas on all sides can still distort reporting ... The information fog is thicker than in any previous war."
- About, Lewrockwell.com, accessed June 24, 2009.
- About, Lewrockwell.com, accessed June 24, 2009.