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Janis Karpinski

Janis Karpinski was born on May 25, 1953 in Rahway, New Jersey, USA as Janis Leigh Beam. She has been married to George Karpinski since 1974. See full bio »
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 2008 Las tinieblas del poder (TV Movie documentary)
 2008 Standard Operating Procedure (Documentary)
 2007 Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (Documentary)
 2006 Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (Documentary)
Herself - Former Brigadier General, Abu Ghraib
 2005 The Daily Show (TV Series)
- Janis Karpinski (2005) ... Herself
 2005 The Al Franken Show (TV Series)
- Episode #2.81 (2005) ... Herself (as Col. Janis Karpinski)
 2004 Real Time with Bill Maher (TV Series)
- Episode #2.14 (2004) ... Herself
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 2008 The O'Reilly Factor (TV Series)
- Episode dated 19 May 2008 (2008) ... Herself (as Col. Janis Karpinski)

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Brigadier General Janis Karpinski | Col. Janis Karpinski

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[asked what she means by the statement that "the techniques that were directed by the highest level of this Administration."] I mean all the way up to Cheney [Dick Cheney]. I don't know the workings of how it gets up there. But I would think that, very similar to any other big corporation or the military, that if you have a deputy - or a Vice President, in this case - and he is making decisions ... See more »


Her father, who allegedly molested her as a child, was a chemical engineer, her mother a housewife, Republican activist and alleged alcoholic; Janis was the third of six children. See more »

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