Friday, April 01, 2005

Berger Will Plead Guilty To Taking Classified Paper This is jaw dropping stuff. Sandy Berger, Clinton's former National Security Advisor, steals classified documents to keep them out of the hands of the 9/11 Commission during a presidential race, destroys them and gets off with a fine and three year suspension of his security clearance?! What do you need to steal to lose it for life? And of course the MSM plays the story like he got a speeding ticket.

The terms of Berger's agreement required him to acknowledge to the Justice Department the circumstances of the episode. Rather than misplacing or unintentionally throwing away three of the five copies he took from the archives, as the former national security adviser earlier maintained, he shredded them with a pair of scissors late one evening at the downtown offices of his international consulting business.

The document, written by former National Security Council terrorism expert Richard A. Clarke, was an "after-action review" prepared in early 2000 detailing the administration's actions to thwart terrorist attacks during the millennium celebration. It contained considerable discussion about the administration's awareness of the rising threat of attacks on U.S. soil.


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