Sat, 13 Jan 2007 20:26:00
Sandy Berger - Clinton compadre, criminal, Democrat
Hillary Clinton fans may wish to pay particular attention to the ongoing saga of Sandy Berger, the man who tried to steal documents from the national archives. Of course he did this entirely on his own, no way would the Clintons have directed his behavior, right? Especially since all the documents pertained to the Clinton Administration.
One incident is particularly suggestive. By his fourth and final visit to review documents and prepare for testimony before the 9/11 Commission, the Archives staff had grown suspicious of how Mr. Berger was handling the documents, so they numbered each one he was given in pencil on the back of the document. When one of them--No. 217--was apparently removed from the files by Mr. Berger, the staff reprinted a copy and replaced it for his review. According to the report, Mr. Berger then proceeded to slip the second copy “under his portfolio also.” In other words, he stole the same document twice.
This gives the lie to Mr. Berger’s story that he was taking the documents for his own convenience, to assist with his preparation for testimony to the commission. If that were the whole story, one copy of document 217 would surely have been sufficient. That document was an email pertaining to a draft of the Millennium After-Action Report on the attempted bombing of Los Angeles International Airport. The episode suggests that Mr. Berger had some other motive for removing No. 217, even if he was ultimately unsuccessful in doing so. But neither his April 2005 plea agreement, nor the Congressional report, nor the report of the Archives’ Inspector General shed any light on what that motive might have been.
Another telling revelation concerns Mr. Berger’s access to original, uncopied and uninventoried documents from the files of former NSC antiterror official Richard Clarke, among others. At the time Mr. Berger made his misdemeanor plea agreement, we were assured by then-federal prosecutor Noel Hillman that there was no evidence that Mr. Berger destroyed or intended to destroy any original documents. That was, strictly speaking, true. But during three of Mr. Berger’s four visits to the Archives in 2002 and 2003, the former National Security Adviser did have access to original documents of which no adequate inventory existed or exists.
This seems relevant, given the concern that Mr. Berger’s breaches of national security might have denied evidence to history of the Clinton Administration’s approach to al Qaeda and the threat of terrorism. And yet the Justice Department clearly gave the impression that there was no danger that Mr. Berger abridged the historical record. We now know that this was not true. Mr. Berger was in a position to remove documents from Mr. Clarke’s files, and thanks to lax security, breaches of protocol and undue deference on the part of Archives staff, we may never know whether Mr. Berger took documents other than the five he’s admitted to removing.
OMG. He stole the same document twice? So, so guilty of trying to destroy the public record.
I cannot even fathom the gall it takes to try to steal documents out of the National Archives. Now imagine what it takes to order someone to do it. Who here is gullible enough to think the Clintons aren’t involved?