Ethical Challenges in Small Group Communication

Authored by: John Gastil , Leah Sprain

The Handbook of Communication Ethics

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  January  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415994644
eBook ISBN: 9780203890400
Adobe ISBN: 9781135846671


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By the fall of 2002, Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski had served the U.S. Air Force for 20 years as an intelligence analyst in both the Pentagon and the National Security Agency. After the attacks of September 11, however, she had become increasingly concerned about the changing climate in her workplace. As the Bush administration set the course for war in Iraq, Kwiatkowski saw her “neoconservative” colleagues spend staff meetings reassembling evidence to justify preset conclusions and preparing ideological, often irrational attacks against their critics. She recalled one undersecretary branding a loyal general a “traitor.” After General Colin Powell raised questions about the war plan, another colleague quipped that “the best service he could offer would be to quit.” 1

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