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Kristen Breitweiser
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Kristen Breitweiser, 9/11 widow and activist, is known for pressuring official Washington to provide a public accounting to the American people of what went wrong on the morning of September 11 and in the months leading up to the disaster that claimed the life of her husband and more than 3000 others.

Breitweiser did not seek to be an activist. She was a stay-at-home mother in suburban New Jersey and a George Bush supporter. Yet Breitweiser and the other so-called "Jersey Girls" transformed by their grief and outraged by a lack of accountability are widely credited with forcing the creation of the 9/11 Commission and were instrumental in insuring the passage in Congress of the national security reforms it recommended.

She testified before the Joint Inquiry of Congress in September 2002 and the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in August 2004 with regard to national security reforms. She campaigned as a primary surrogate for the Kerry-Edwards Presidential Campaign in 2004 and actively supported Hillary Clinton for President in 2008.

Breitweiser currently resides in NY with her 12-year-old daughter, Caroline Whitney and their three retrievers, Cooper, Scout and Huck.

She can be contacted at and followed at

Entries by Kristen Breitweiser

Condi Rice: Here's Your 9/11 Smoking Gun

(230) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 10:51 AM

Dear Condi:

I'm going to keep this really simple.

In response to your comment that you could personally "plead guilty" to not having imagined terrorists would use passenger aircraft as weapons→please stop lying.

As proof, I provide the "Iron Man" documents from the Asymmetrical...

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3 Thoughts on Torture Following the Release of the SSCI Report on Torture 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 10:19 PM

First, there is much talk about the impact that the release of this report will have on our allies, interests, and agents here and overseas. Secretary of State John Kerry, Republicans, and various intelligence officials have all registered their concern: this will inflame, incite, and encourage attacks against Americans and...

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Hey America -- 'Can You Hear Me Now?!' Obama, Verizon, and Executive Power Run Amok

(370) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 11:44 AM

Today's news relating to the Verizon data and records siege speaks volumes about this president and his absolute abuse of power.

And when coupled with Eric Holder's abuses regarding the targeting of journalists and whistleblowers, Obama's positioning of John Brennan at CIA and James Comey at FBI, along...

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Dear Mr Obama: You're Just Like Dick

(16) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 4:15 PM

Mr. President, what a high bar you have set for yourself in assuring us that you are no Dick Cheney when it comes to drones.

Wow, the country must feel so comfortably numb with your glowing self-assessment.

But actually Mr. President, you are probably worse than Dick...

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Droning On -- But Where's the Dialogue?

(315) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 12:20 PM

This morning the topic of drones was raised on MSNBC's Morning Joe. I never thought I'd actually agree with Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough, but I do.

Scarborough courageously spoke the truth about the long-term dangerous effects of ANY U.S. President's use of drones. And he went further by saying that...

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Libyan Consulate Attack: Who's to Blame?

(712) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 11:30 AM

Yesterday, I spent the day walking the beach and quietly reflecting about my husband, who was killed on September 11th. Eleven years later, I am finally able to find my own peace.

By stark contrast, I woke up this morning to the news of four Americans killed in Libya and...

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Heights of Hypocrisy: The Universal Use of 9/11 in Politics

(268) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 10:32 AM

A year ago, I wrote a blog about the death of Osama bin Laden, "Today is Not a Day of Celebration for Me."

I wrote the blog after witnessing so many Americans celebrating, fist-pumping, dancing, and reveling in the streets about the death of bin Laden.

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Deja Vu-doo: The Fuse of Iran?

(7) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 11:32 AM

In National Journal yesterday, Michael Hirsch wrote,

The Obama camp knows it has only a so-so case to make, at best, that the president's performance on the economy qualifies him for a second term. So the White House and Obama's Chicago-based campaign staff is preparing a...
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The Blind Lion Who Never Roared

(17) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 9:44 AM

Want to know what starting a war on lies and getting away with it because nobody has the guts to stand up and yell stop does to a nation?

Want to discuss what happens when a country that prides itself on a bill of rights, starts torturing people?

Care to...

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No Place To Go But Up: Howard Schultz' Upward Spiral 2011

(181) Comments | Posted September 4, 2011 | 3:24 PM

It's seven days before the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

Usually during the week-long build-up to the anniversary of my husband's death, I stay away from television and newspapers. Too depressing. Too much of a reminder. Just too much in my face.

So with trepidation, I picked up my morning...

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Hacking the Saudis

(84) Comments | Posted July 16, 2011 | 5:14 PM

Breathlessly, six members of Congress have requested that the FBI investigate the "outrageous" allegations that News Corp might have hacked into the cell phones of 9/11 victims and their families. Lickety split, the Justice Department has done so.

First off, does it surprise me that a corporation like News...

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The Red Line of Pakistan's Complicity?

(121) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 12:50 PM

There are many unanswered questions and potential uncomfortable truths swirling around OBL's death.

While Pakistan's role in bin Laden's living conditions for the past seven years should absolutely be scrutinized (see below), please let's first examine the role of the entities that we actually had a reasonable expectation in...

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Today Is Not a Day of Celebration for Me

(616) Comments | Posted May 2, 2011 | 4:45 PM

When my husband was killed on the morning of 9/11, television stations around the world ran split-screen video. They showed the buildings still burning juxtaposed against young Arabs celebrating in the streets. That disturbing vision left me incredulous; it was forever emblazoned on my psyche.


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Justice for My Husband

(198) Comments | Posted May 2, 2011 | 1:52 AM

The news of the death of Osama bin Laden gives me a sense of long-awaited, meaningful closure.

Ten years since the senseless, heartless murder of my husband and 3,000 innocent others, final justice has been meted out -- though not swift it is certainly sweet.

My 12-year-old daughter will wake...

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The Sad Defeat of Our Constitution

(698) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 6:10 PM

Today I was given two hours of "advance notice" regarding DOJ's decision to not prosecute the remaining alleged 9/11 conspirators in an open court of law. According to DOJ's statement, the remaining individuals will be sent to military tribunals.

I recognize that there are...

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Representative Peter "King: of Hypocrites"

(9) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 9:59 AM

According to The Hill, Peter King will be holding hearings this morning to fulfill his "congressional duty and probe one of the most serious threats to national security."

Really? That's interesting because back in 2002 when 9/11 families were fighting for the creation of the 9/11 Commission, Peter...

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Rooting for Egypt

(76) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 6:35 PM

Today's victory of the peaceful Egyptian protesters torpedoes the notion that the only effective means to an end in the Middle East must center on violence.

For two weeks now, the news covering the Egyptian Revolution has been split between two very clear groups: those who...

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Egypt: Skin in the Game

(75) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 4:10 PM

How absolutely exhilarating to watch the events unfold in Egypt. As I sit with my daughter who has been studying Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia telling her to watch closely since history is unfolding right before our eyes, I can't help to worry and wonder what impact this will have on...

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The CYA Mentality of Rahm, and Why Enough Is Enough

(24) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 11:00 AM

Dear Interim White House Chief of Staff Peter M. Rouse:

Please allow me to introduce myself -- I am a 9/11 widow who once spent a large amount of time fighting for the release of information related to the 9/11 attacks. One document, in particular, was...

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America Can't Wait for Chemical Disaster Prevention

(10) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 4:54 PM

Nearly nine years have passed since the tragedy of 9/11. Although it was the farthest thing from my mind at the time, the terrorist attacks would mark the beginning of my political education as a 9/11 widow. It is an education I did not and would not choose for myself.

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