I personally have a one word reason why this happened: Gullibility
Skip to comments.Kristen Breitweiser has a new book (but she's not exploiting 9/11)
Posted on 09/08/2006 6:41:31 PM PDT by kcvl
9/11 widow recounts her role as an activist In her new book, Wake-Up Call, Kristen Breitweiser tells how the terrorist attacks transformed her from a stay-at-home mom into a government critic.
She must use Hillary's makeup artist or someone did some great airbrushing.
Harpy or Harpie??
I am truly sorry for your loss, but frankly IDGARA about your life.
Surprise, surprise, surprise...........
She never sent me a thank you note for the millions she got from us taxpayers..........
Her book should be subtitled: "The Political Miseducation of a 9/11 Exploiter."
This woman is one big bitch. I will not waste money on her book, or the peace mom's book either.
I'm surprised she doesn't thank Al Qaeda for all that loot. Where would she be without them? No fame, no fortune.
Kristen Breitweiser tells how the terrorist attacks transformed her from a stay-at-home mom into a government critic.
I personally have a one word reason why this happened: Gullibility
We all know that it is okay for any one on the left to exploit 911. Come on, it is in the constitution! /sarcasm
Syrupy sweet so much that I couldn't watch. If she wasn't such a damn phony she could almost be pathetic.
No, not exploiting 9/11 since the book just came out in time for her to HAWK IT on Larry King is still Alive.
I believe the millions she was given in our tax dollars (multiples of what the surviving wives and children of our Iraq and Afghan War dead EARNED) are tax-free. I feel sorry for her and the others, just as I feel sorry for any crime victims, but I still don't understand why they were so deserving of federal tax (our) money.
I agree. When disasters occur, it's one thing to benevolent, but it turns into a cash-fest as the socialist in Congress want to buy all the votes they can (look at the handouts to Katrina "victims", who didn't have any homes to replace; they RENTED), and then they lived the life of luxury in high-class hotels at taxpayer expense, AND complained when they sat on their asses for a year and didn't make an effort to find A JOB, and were thrown out.
You mean this gas bag who sat on the 911 commission ranting and cheering at every turn when something bad was said about GWB?
I may run out of toilet paper but I'll be sure to wipe my shiney white ass with her fiction.
Our President has taken the fight to the enemy. Her DemonRat President Clinton encouraged Al Qaeda by running away when we got our nose bloodied in Somalia. In fact Bin Laden told John Miller in a 1998 interview that he believed the U.S. is a paper tiger that will not bite back. He said we did not have the stomach for a fight. Clinton gave him that impression when he did not fight in Somalia and after every other Al Qaeda attack against us. That's why Bin Laden ultimately gave the order to attack us on 9/11. He did not expect or fear a military response. He was shocked when Bush invaded Afganistan. This 9/11 widow is an ignoramous of the lowest order. Just like the rest of her Bush hating DemonRat friends.
It's the "Lifetime Television For Women Effect". No woman can go through any tragedy without becoming an activist hero. Even Nicole Brown Simpson's sister Denise.
Think about it, isn't this the norm now. Gramps gets blow away and Grandma makes a career switch?
I'm not ignoring the tragedy, but I do question if tragedy instantly converts one into an expert.
any money this be-itch makes from this book should go to the US taxpayers that from their largess gave so freely to her at her time of need....she re-paid their kindess by blaming Bush and republicans for 9/11 and became nothing more than another useful idiot for the lib/democraps....Ann Coulter stated it most succinctly in her book...that Breitweiser and the rest of the NJ harpies traded their grief & sorrow for 15 minutes of fame...and that Breitweiser like all dems, just won't get off the stage....she's gets absolutely no sympathy from me and of course could not pay me to read her biased crap!!!!
Not to me but obviously the MSM thinks it does.
I have never understood how anyone can have something tragic happen to a family member and go on national television that same day and discuss it with strangers.
I would just want to be left alone.
I grew tired of that cliche while Amorosa abused it on the first season of "The Apprentice."
I can't stand her and that phony John Walsh of America's Most Wanted. The guy's making a killing off the murder of his son. Shame on him.
Kristen Breitweiser tells how the terrorist attacks transformed her from a stay-at-home mom into a
government critic money-grubbing leech.
Ha! Fixed it for 'em.
Ya know, thousands of people lost loved ones on 911. So why is this media whore/hack the only one given exposure as if she is indeed the official spokesperson for all who died?
This is pure BS and I doubt I can take much more of it. After what Clinton pulled this week, my head is about to explode.
Nicole Brown Simpson's family knew who was at fault, who the perpetrator was...not so with Kristen Breitweiser.
Kristen Breitweiser's a political opportunist and a publicity whore. Ouch...there, I said it.
Maybe she and Cindy the She-ham can start their own anti_Bush support group for disgruntled Demon-rats.
OMG....OMG.........OMG........I cannot take it. I've about had enough today......this might push me over the edge!
Kristen Breitweiser cannot fault the one person who she should be furious with, her husband.
After working in the towers during the WTC '93, on September 11th, he walked all the way down, only to turn around and go back up when he heard an annoucer say they were safe.
Sorry but F@@k Kristen Brietweiser. The shameless political aspect of this makes me want to puke! All those people that died don't seem to mean sh#t now other than grandstanding for a-holes who did nothing to prevent this.
Karl Rove's "Understanding of 9/11"
Karl, please understand that the reason we have not suffered a repeat attack on our homeland is because Bin Laden no longer needs to attack us. Those of us with a pure and comprehensive understanding of 9/11 know that Bin Laden committed the 9/11 attacks so he could increase recruitment for al Qaeda and increase worldwide hatred of America. That didn't happen. Because after 9/11, the world united with Americans and al Qaeda's recruitment levels never increased.
It was only after your invasion of Iraq, that Bin Laden's goals were met. Because of your war in Iraq two things happened that helped Bin Laden and the terrorists: al Qaeda recruitment soared and the United States is now alienated from and hated by the rest of the world. In effect, what Bin Laden could not achieve by murdering my husband and 3,000 others on 9/11, you handed to him on a silver platter with your invasion of Iraq - a country that had nothing to do with 9/11.
Which leads me to my final questions for you Karl: What are your motives when it comes to 9/11 and are you really sure that you understand 9/11?
Attention whore kcvl. Pure attention whore and clueless at that.
This is what I think her goal has been all along...
RUNNING FOR OFFICE!!!
September 24, 2004
Kristen Breitweiser, the political activist whose husband was murdered on 9/11, long ago publicly hinted on MSNBC's Hardball that she was interested in running for the Senate from New Jersey. Her latest move - endorsing John Kerry for President - is just one more step along the way in her transformation from an attorney with a legal career of precisely three days to U.S. Senator. It is also one step down from the lofty perch from which she began her entry into national politics - that of grieving 9/11 widow.
To the Editor:
Re "Newsweek Says It Is Retracting Koran Report" (front page, May 17):
I find it ironic that the White House is demanding more than a retraction from Newsweek over its report that American interrogators at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had tried to unnerve detainees by desecrating the Koran.
Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary, said: "The report had real consequences. People have lost their lives. Our image abroad has been damaged."
Mr. McClellan said Newsweek's retraction was a "good first step."
As a 9/11 widow who witnessed worldwide support of the United States after 9/11, now, I witness wide hatred of America.
Such hatred has little to do with the Newsweek article. It has everything to do with the Bush administration's pre-emptive war in Iraq. A war based on dead wrong intelligence that has cost thousands of lives. A war based on faulty reasons that have never been retracted, let alone fully explained to the American people or the world.
Mr. McClellan speaks of journalistic standards. How about executive-branch standards that should be met before taking a country into a false war, a war that has made the entire world less safe?
I am all for accountability and retractions. But such things need to start at the top.
Shelter Island, N.Y., May 17, 2005
I don't remember her ever saying anything about the Clinton administration!
BREITWEISER: I think what really initially started was I saw the picture of the president in, I think it was Newsweek or Time magazine, and I read the caption. And the caption said, you know, Andy Card telling the president about the second plane. And then I read that he proceeded to read for 25 minutes to the 2nd-graders. He was in a Sarasota school that morning for a reading program.
And I read it again, and I thought it was, you know, misreported. And it wasnt, and I got upset. I said, you know, this nation was under attack. It was clear that we were under attack. Why didnt the Secret Service whisk him out of that school? He was on live local television in Florida. The terrorists, you know, had been in Florida. I mean, we find out that out now. He was less than 10 miles from an airport.
BREITWEISER: And I-I am concerned. I want to know why the Secret Service did not whisk him away. I want to know why he is the commander-in-chief of the United States of America, our country was clearly under attack, it was after the second building was hit. I want to know why he sat there for 25 minutes.
And I think that I have a lot of problems with the Pentagon. I dont understand how a plane could hit our Defense Department, which is the Pentagon, an hour after the first plane hit the first tower. I dont understand how that is possible.
Im a reasonable person. But when you look at the fact that we spend a half trillion dollars on national defense and youre telling me that a plane is able to hit our Pentagon, our Defense Department, an hour after the first tower is hit? There are procedures and protocols in place in this nation that are to be followed when transponders are disconnected, and they were not followed on September 11th.
You have President Bush out there saying that he wants transparency and accountability on behalf of Fortune 500 CEOs. I would like some transparency and accountability on behalf of, you know, President Bush and his workers, who were the individuals that failed my husband and the 3,000 other people that day.
This country is not safe. I want to feel safe in this country. And I think that, to quote Edmund Burke, all that is needed for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. And at this point, the families feel that way. We feel that nothing is being done to make this country safe.
And you know, its interesting to say, at this time of year, everyone is asking us, you know, what can we do to memorialize, what can we do to memorialize. And you know what? An independent investigation. Lets make sure our husbands, our loved ones did not die in vain. Lets make sure that all the children that will now have to grow up with this horror, this devastation in their lives will have some answers, will be able to make sense of it.
Thats part of the grieving process. You need to have answers so that you can move on.
BREITWEISER: I want an independent investigation into the 24 hours of September 11th. I want to know why certain things failed. I want to know why my husband was told to return to his desk when the FAA comes out on Monday with a press conference saying that it was an excruciating 11 minutes for the controllers to think about that airliner heading dead center on my husbands building. Eleven minutes on an express elevator in tower two would have been my husbands life.
Dear God, you and I will have to travel to NJ to try and stop her!
Don't we have enough of those whackso already?????
Some day when we're bored, we should just sit around and make a "list" of all the things they all say that sound just exactly alike
`` A war based on dead wrong intelligence that has cost thousands of lives. A war based on faulty reasons that have never been retracted, let alone fully explained to the American people or the world.
I bet we could compile a complete speech we could give ourselves and sound like every single one of them.
Larry is well known for being a shallow and immoral leftist. (redundant) One of his favorite tricks was to try to make any conservative look like a bigot because they had traditional morals.
First Larry would ask someone like Jerry Falwell what his thoughts were concerning some issue like homosexuality, then when he was given a reasonable biblical answer, he would get so mad that he would literally shake and get a wild look in his eye. Then he would fume and rant as he made the case for the modern leftist filth movement.
Yes, I'm watching it at 3:40 in the morning, and K. Breitweiser answered the questions about Ann Coulter with great gentility and grace.
Who knows what you watched.
Ann Coulter needs to grow up.
I know these "Jersey Girls" were used by the Dems. and made some pretty bad and incorrect statements against this administration. That is very regrettable.
But this girl does not fit some of the ugly descriptions some here have made. (jmo)
I agree with your post beyond the sea.
I just watched it too.
Author Ann Coulter said that our next guest was a 9/11 widow who actually enjoyed their husband's deaths. But tonight this widow's got some choice words for Ms. Coulter when we come back.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) KRISTEN BREITWEISER: We spent $30 billion on defense and intelligence and the bottom line is our nation was brought to its knees by 19 hijackers and 3,000 people were killed.
ANN COULTER: If people are going to use a personal tragedy in their lives to inject themselves into a national debate, I'm sorry, you can't just say "Oh, we're off limits. Oh, now we're going to invoke the fact that our husbands died and you can't criticize us."
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KING: Welcome back to LARRY KING LIVE. We welcome Kristen Breitweiser to these cameras. She's the 9/11 widow. Her husband, Ron, was killed at the World Trade Center. The tragedy transformed her from a suburban housewife to one of America's leading 9/11 activists, and now an author. Her book is "Wake-Up Call." There you see its cover, just published by Warner Books -- "The Political Education of a 9/11 Widow."
Does it seem like five years?
KRISTEN BREITWEISER, 9/11 WIDOW: In some ways it seems like a long five years, and in others a short five years.
KING: Is it going to be hard for you Monday?
BREITWEISER: It's always hard. I think for many of the families, every day is hard for us, every day is an anniversary, because you're sort of trying to feel your way out and figure out what our life is, you know, without our loved ones.
KING: Before we get to the Ann Coulter thing and the concept of writing the book, tell me what Ron was doing at the World Trade Center and what happened that -- he called you that day, right?
BREITWEISER: He was on the 94th floor of the second tower.
KING: Working for?
BREITWEISER: Working for Fiduciary Trust. He was a money manager. And he called at 8:52 to tell me that it wasn't his building, that he was safe, he was OK. I really didn't know what he was talking about, I didn't have the television on.
KING: So you didn't know about the first building?
BREITWEISER: I had no idea. And I switched the television on and remained on the phone with him. And he said he didn't want me to worry, he was OK, it wasn't his building. At one point, his voice cracked and he said that he was seeing people fall out the windows. And that's when I knew he was scared. And I was like, honey, you're going to be OK, I love you. And then he wanted to get off the phone to go watch it on television, and a few minutes later I was still watching television and I saw his building explode. KING: Did you know right then that it was hopeless for him, because he was too high up?
BREITWEISER: I sort of knew, because it was only a few moments, and when I saw the explosion I knew roughly where he was and I think I knew.
KING: The phone never rang?
BREITWEISER: No. And then certainly when the buildings collapsed, I clearly knew.
KING: What turned you into an activist?
BREITWEISER: I think the fact that no one else was wanting to investigate what went wrong and how it was possible that our nation could be so vulnerable to such an attack. I would have given anything for our elected officials to have asked for a commission or an investigation. The reality is no one else was doing it.
KING: So you were one of the leaders in making a -- talking about a commission?
BREITWEISER: In fighting for the creation of an independent commission and explaining the need for a commission. Congress was doing its own investigation, but they were solely looking at the intelligence failures. And when you look at the day of 9/11, you see that it's broader than that. There is airline security issues, local response issues, immigration issues.
KING: I want to get to a lot of them. When Ann Coulter came out with her book and singled out the Jersey girls, were you shocked?
BREITWEISER: Yes. I think it was sort of like, where did this come from? Why is she doing this now?
KING: She was -- Ann was confronted by some of the more damning comments by Matt Lauer on "The Today Show." Watch.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
MATT LAUER, TODAY SHOW: In this part is the part I really need to talk to you about. "These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much."
ANN COULTER, AUTHOR: Yes.
LAUER: Because they dare to speak out?
COULTER: To speak out using the fact that they're widows. This is the left's doctrine of infallibility. If they have a point to make about the 9/11 commission, about how to fight the war on terrorism, how about sending in somebody we're allowed to respond to?
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BREITWEISER: I mean, respectfully, I...
KING: Why respectfully? Go ahead.
BREITWEISER: You know, we received an enormous amount of resistance in Washington when we were fighting for the commission and when the commission was actually impaneled, trying to get them access to documents, access to individuals, an extension of time, funding, all of these things. And I must say, without telling tales out of school, the meetings behind closed doors were extremely contentious. We were not treated with kid gloves. It was a battle. I don't think it should have been a battle. And I think that if there's any explanation as to why we were forced to turn to the media to raise awareness with the American public, it was because there was so much resistance in Washington.
Had President Bush established a presidential commission in the days after 9/11, we would have never had to go to Washington to ask for a commission.
KING: Were you shocked that people were angered at you, who lost something? People who didn't lose anything were angered at you, who lost something, a husband.
BREITWEISER: You know, I think one of the sad things is that at this point at least, the country's so polarized. I think that there was an enormous sense of unity in the world, not just our own country, in the days after 9/11. We seem to have lost our way with that. And you know what? Honestly, I think Ann Coulter is doing what I would hope every American would do. And that's why I wrote the book. I think everyone needs to partake in this government's actions. We need to have our voices heard. It's our -- we're entitled to it. We're American citizens.
KING: Let's watch her again, this time with Tucker Carlson. Watch.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
COULTER: If people are going to use a personal tragedy in their lives to inject themselves into a national debate, I'm sorry, you can't just say, oh, we're off limits. Oh, now we're going to invoke the fact that our husbands died and you can't criticize us. They were specifically using their husbands' deaths and there were...
TUCKER CARLSON, MSNBC: But that doesn't mean they're enjoying it. I presume they're going home at night with their husbands gone, and their kids are there and where's dad? And it's -- jeez, it's so depressing.
COULTER: And so are the thousands of widows who are not cutting campaign commercials for Clinton. These women got paid. They ought to take their money and shut up about it. (END VIDEO CLIP)
KING: How do you react to that charge? That this is financial gain for you.
BREITWEISER: I would say this -- first of all, we went to Washington because we wanted answers. We wanted to know that we were safer. And specifically because we had children who had lost their dads. We wanted them to know that they were going to be safer in this country. We wanted them to know that it was not acceptable for planes to fly into buildings.
You know, I really respectfully hope nothing ever happens to Ann Coulter so that she knows what it's like to be so impassioned by your loss that you will not relent, you will not yield, you will not give up until you have answers and the truth and you know that something good comes out of something so horrible.
And I think if you look at legislation that has come from people who are victims -- whether it's Megan's law or the Amber Alert -- you know, specific example, children with diabetes, cancer, all of that comes out of people who have suffered a loss and want to make something good from it.
KING: Should we be mad at the mothers of the diabetic children?
KING: Our guest is Kristen Breitweiser. And the book just out is "Wake-Up Call."
When we come back, the very special possession of Kristen's husband that was found in the rubble of the World Trade Center. Next.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
BREITWEISER: My name is Kristen Breitweiser. On September 11th, my husband, Ron, was killed at the World Trade Center. For the last three years, the women standing alongside me here tonight, Laurie Van Auken, Monica Gabriel, Mindy Kleinberg and Patty Casazza, have fought with me and other 9/11 families to learn lessons from September 11th so that it would never happen again.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KING: We're back with Kristen Breitweiser, the author of "Wake- Up Call." Your husband's wedding ring was found?
KING: How did that happen?
BREITWEISER: I think it's miraculous, really. But, and I have it on my finger. It was actually very loose on his finger. And I received very early on part of his left arm and his wedding band. Out of, but that was it. And then, sorry.
KING: They sent you his left arm?
BREITWEISER: Part of his left arm and some of his fingers, with the wedding band still attached.
KING: Is it hard to wear this?
BREITWEISER: It is very hard to wear it. But I kind of consider it my most treasured possession, other than my daughter.
KING: Where did they find it?
BREITWEISER: I could tell you that specifically because I know the quadrant and the zone, everything was mapped out and the time that it was found and the I.D. number of it. But I don't know it off the top of my head. But everything was very specifically --
KING: On Sean Hannity's show, he wondered if Ann Coulter had gotten too personal. Watch.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: People enjoying their husbands' death so much.
COULTER: That's right.
HANNITY: This is the heart of, did that take it out of the arena of debate and go to the personal?
COULTER: The truth cannot be delivered with Novocain. There have been plenty of precious little acerbic articles written about these women. No, the truth comes out screaming and bops people on the head. Now Americans recognize this, and I think in the future they won't fall for this practice of Liberals foisting their unsalable political opinions on us by using a victim we're not allowed to respond to.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KING: You've got to have some emotion with that. You can't stay respectfully ...
BREITWEISER: I only wish that, you know what she said about the truth coming out and bopping people on the head were true about the 9/11 attacks. I mean, you know, I certainly don't think we have the whole truth with those attacks. I don't think we have all the answers. And I only wish, you know, that were true when it came to 9/11. I think even to this very day there's a controversy about a dramatization on ABC that, you know is --
KING: Tomorrow and Sunday and Monday.
BREITWEISER: And the whole reason we fought for a commission was that we would have a clear record of what happened. KING: Do you have a great suspicion about something?
BREITWEISER: No, not at all. I just think that, you know, honestly, we have children. The women that I went to Washington with, we all had kids and it was important to us that, you know, when we were asked by them, well, what happened here and what happened there, that we would have answers for them. And I think that anyone who loses someone, I mean, if you lose someone in a car accident, there's an investigation. They draw lines in the road. They put cones up. And it just seemed illogical to us that 3,000 people were killed on 9/11 and yet there was no interest in getting to the bottom of it, to having an investigation, and to learning lessons.
KING: She also said, I won't dwell on it much longer, but she also said, how do we know their husbands weren't planning to divorce these harpies? Now that their shelf life is dwindling they'd better hurry up and appear in Playboy. That's a little below the belt, isn't it?
BREITWEISER: Yes. She's clearly never seen me in a bathing suit. You know, listen, I think that name calling is very counter- productive. I think that the nation is in a very dangerous place today. We have two wars going on. And I think that if Ann Coulter is able to have that kind of air time, I think that we deserve to have a better commentary from her. I'm all for debate. I'm all for people sharing opinions. But it has to be respectful.
KING: You wrote a letter to her, right?
BREITWEISER: I did.
KING: One of which I'll have you read from your book. But I'll quote a letter you wrote in closing Kristen's book, Ann, the jersey girls are moms. We have children. Maybe one day if you have a child you may understand the sense of duty and obligation that parents feel toward their children to provide them with a safe and secure environment. We simply wanted to inform the nation about what needed to be done and we still intend to do that. Have you met with her?
KING: Has she responded to you?
KING: To your letter?
KING: Did you expect her to?
BREITWEISER: I didn't really care. I wanted to set the record straight. Some of the things that she said were clearly inaccurate. I specifically didn't address the more, you know, vitriolic comments that she made. I wanted to address the comments that she made that we supported the commission being a whitewash. We clearly did not. I only wish that her, you know, discrepancies or issues with the commission were aired by her when we were airing them. We could have used her help and, you know, to do it now and to criticize a commission that is finished and its work is complete, I think is, you know, counterproductive.
KING: You are not satisfied with the commission?
BREITWEISER: Absolutely not.
KING: What didn't they do that you wanted them to do?
BREITWEISER: I mean, you know, they did not put all of their witnesses under oath. They didn't use their subpoena power, something that we fought very hard behind closed doors for them to have. There was conflicting testimony. There were other issues in areas that were never investigated at all. We used to bring whistle blowers in for them to speak to what's called a skiff. I mean, there's a whole laundry list of things that to this very day we do not have answers for. And I just want to say that when we don't have those answers, it keeps us vulnerable and we are less safe.
Kristen Breitweiser is our guest now. How's your daughter doing?
BREITWEISER: She's doing great. She's sort of my little litmus test for how my life is going. She's still dancing through life. And my main goal is to make sure that she's still smiling and giggling.
KING: Does she remember her dad?
BREITWEISER: She doesn't.
KING: You wouldn't, right?
BREITWEISER: No, she was only two and a half. And what I was told by the therapist at that time was that essentially she felt like she lost her favorite toy. And then as each passing week went on, she doesn't have like a real tangible feeling of a loss because she doesn't really remember.
KING: Was yours a very strong marriage?
BREITWEISER: Yes. We've spent all of our time together. And I feel that was a gift, because I don't have any regrets. There wasn't one more second I could have spent with my husband. And it's a nice thing to know that we spent every minute that we could have together.
KING: Have you put your life together? Are you dating? Are you in the social world? I mean, what is life like for you?
BREITWEISER: You know...
KING: You're an attorney, right?
BREITWEISER: Yes. I mean, it's busy. I'm a single mom, and I think every single mom out there knows that there's not a lot of time in the day. My daughter is my priority. And we spend a lot of our time, you know, going to the beach and walking the dog and doing what, you know, families do.
KING: You're not seeing anybody else?
KING: Do you go by...
BREITWEISER: Thanks for bringing it up, though.
KING: Why is that funny? Do you go by where the World Trade Center was?
BREITWEISER: No. No. I don't. I don't really feel like my husband's there, you know. And to me, I feel closer to him when I'm outdoors. We spent a lot of time outdoors when he was alive. And I really feel closest to him when I'm out there walking on the beach or walking in the woods. And that's where I'll be on Monday. With my daughter and our dog.
KING: I think there's a ceremony on Monday.
KING: You won't go?
KING: Emotionally you won't go?
BREITWEISER: Emotionally, spiritually, I just -- we like to be alone and quiet and contemplative. I don't really like to be around a lot of people. I'm kind of shy. So.
KING: You were a Republican?
KING: And now an independent?
BREITWEISER: Clearly an independent.
KING: Was it this administration that changed you?
BREITWEISER: It was this administration's response to 9/11 and the opportunities that have been lost in the last five years.
KING: Are you surprised by it? Did you expect more?
BREITWEISER: I am utterly disappointed. I think it's unconscionable. And I think if you look at the judgment of certain leaders that we have right now, it has clearly made us less safe. And it breaks my heart that that's the truth.
KING: Are you going to get involved politically again?
BREITWEISER: I work on certain issues as they come up. I'm working on some chemical plant security issues right now. It's a very important issue. Millions of people, or a million people can be killed if a chemical plant is hit. That's unacceptable five years from 9/11. We need better security. And there's no reason why the chemical plant companies should be winning that. The American people should be winning it. And you know, that's just one thing on a laundry list of issues that still need to be tackled and addressed.
KING: Our guest is Kristen Breitweiser. And when we come back, among other things, just ahead, Kristen's letter to Ann Coulter. She will read it. And it's not something you'll want to miss. And it's next.
KING: We're back with Kristen Breitweiser. Give a little history of this letter.
BREITWEISER: You know, Ann Coulter I guess started...
KING: I mean, this is a letter that you wrote to her. You wrote her a letter?
BREITWEISER: Yes. I wrote a letter in response, simply because I wanted to set the record straight, and I was concerned about the main statement that she was making, that victims and any American doesn't have a right to voice their opinion.
KING: Let's hear a part of it.
BREITWEISER: "You branded the Jersey girls media whores, a bunch of celebrity-seeking widows who enjoyed their husbands' deaths. Had your friends, including many elected officials in the Republican Party and conservatives in Washington, not put up a fight -- and a very nasty fight at that -- we wouldn't have needed to raise public awareness through the media. So if you want to blame anyone for our appearances on television, you should blame your own coterie, not us. We simply wanted to inform the nation about what needed to be done, and we still intend to do that."
KING: Are you, the Jersey girls, still a force?
BREITWEISER: We'll always be a force.
KING: Do you talk to each other a lot?
BREITWEISER: Yes. And I think that as long as there's work to be done, we will be out there doing it. And there's nothing more that we'd love to not have to have work to do. But unfortunately, at this point, there's an awful lot of work to be done.
KING: And how'd you come to write the book?
BREITWEISER: Literally? I mean, you know, listen, I thought going to Washington was a very eye-opening experience. It was not what I expected to find. It's not like eighth grade social studies. And I wanted more than anything for people, the American public, to realize that our interests are not being looked out for in Washington. And I think that the time has come that, as an American public, we need to be better educated and more engaged in all issues, not just national security but every issue that faces this country. And that's our responsibility as American citizens.
KING: Thank you, Kristen.
BREITWEISER: Thank you.
KING: Good luck. Good luck with the book.
BREITWEISER: Thank you.
Copy it if you wish. It is very illustrative.
By the way in my opinion, anyone who does not see that Ann Coulter was out of line, outrightly uncouth for a couple of her comments ........ it just amazes me. Those folks must have been raised by wolves.
You are wrong, as usual.
I posted it at
Posted by kcvl to governsleastgovernsbest
On News/Activism 09/09/2006 12:31:41 AM PDT · 59 of 60
But you already knew that since you saw it on another thread because you copy & pasted it at
47 posted on 09/09/2006 1:06:52 AM PDT by beyond the sea
A few months back, 9/11 widow Kristin Breitweiser suggested that former CIA Director George Tenet and named FBI agents are as deserving of the death penalty as Zacarias Moussaoui.
What an amazingly twisted and delusional perspective she has. I guess we should forgive her insanity which may have developed as a result of her grief, and looking for answers in her husband's death. I personally know more than a few families who lost husbands and fathers that day. They have all reacted differently but thank god none of them have gone completely delusional.
Personally I think the blame for Kristen's irrational behavior should be laid on those truly responsible. The Media will take anybody that can get them attention (market share) and run them for all they are worth. They do not care at all the effect it has on the person, emotionally, financially, or socially. The Democrats are also responsible because in their quest to regain power, they encourage BDS and are constantly looking for public personalities to demonstrate BDS making it more "mainstream". I truly believe that they would just assume have the whole country mentally insane and voting to keep them in power vs. stable and with them not having much chance of being in power. The funny thing is if we were all crazy enough to hand over the country to them, eventually those same supporters will overthrow them (most likely violently) when it all come crashing down.
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