Skip to comments.Sandy Berger Illegally Removes Classified Documents From The National Archives In DC
Posted on 07/20/2004 12:06:54 PM PDT by YankeeCharm
Sandy Berger is being investigated for absconding with classified documents from the National Archives.
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Lindy made it!!
Kerry and Berger will Fry for this, LOL.
One law for the little people, another for the "special" people.
The National Archives' classified reading room is in College Park, MD. Small point, I know, but I just want to set the record straight. ;>)
Hey Sandy. Are those documents in your pants or are you just glad to see me?
Don't let him near the Declaration of Independence
Thank you, Henry. I like your unique "smiley" face.
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Sandy Berger Probed Over Terror Memos
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
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WASHINGTON Former President Clinton's national security adviser is under criminal investigation for taking highly classified terrorism documents that should have been turned over to the independent commission probing the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, FOX News has confirmed.
Sandy Berger (search) is under scrutiny by the Justice Department (search) following the disappearance of documents he was reviewing at the National Archives.
Berger's home and office were searched earlier this year by FBI (search) agents armed with warrants after the former Clinton adviser voluntarily returned some sensitive documents to the National Archives (search) and admitted he also removed handwritten notes he had made while reviewing the sensitive documents.
However, some drafts of a sensitive after-action report on the Clinton administration's handling of Al Qaeda terror threats during the December 1999 millennium celebration are still missing, officials and lawyers said. Officials said the missing documents also identified America's terror vulnerabilities at airports to seaports.
Click to read Berger's testimony before the Sept. 11 commission (pdf file).
Berger and his lawyer said Monday night he knowingly removed the handwritten notes by placing them in his jacket, pants and socks, and also inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio.
"I deeply regret the sloppiness involved, but I had no intention of withholding documents from the commission, and to the contrary, to my knowledge, every document requested by the commission from the Clinton administration was produced," Berger said in a statement.
There are laws strictly governing the handling of classified information, including prohibiting unauthorized removal or release of such information.
Lanny Breuer, one of Berger's attorneys, said his client had offered to cooperate fully with the investigation but had not yet been interviewed by the FBI or prosecutors.
Berger served as Clinton's national security adviser for all of the president's second term and most recently has been informally advising Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Clinton asked Berger last year to review and select the administration documents that would be turned over to the Sept. 11 commission.
Late Tuesday, Berger announced that he would no longer aid Kerry's presidential bid, saying he didn't want to diminish the work of the Sept. 11 commission.
"Mr. Berger does not want any issue surrounding the 9/11 commission to be used for partisan purposes. With that in mind he has decided to step aside as an informal adviser to the Kerry campaign until this matter is resolved," Breuer said.
Deputy Attorney General James Comey told reporters Tuesday he could not comment on the Berger investigation but did address the general issue of mishandling classified documents.
"As a general matter, we take issues of classified information very seriously," Comey said in response to a reporter's question about the Berger bind, adding that the department has prosecuted and sought administrative sanctions against people for mishandling classified information.
"It's our lifeblood, those secrets," Comey continued. "It's against the law for anyone to intentionally mishandle classified documents either by taking it to give to somebody else or by mishandling it in a way that is outside the government regulations."
The FBI searches of Berger's home and office occurred after National Archives employees said they believed they witnessed Berger placing documents in his clothing while reviewing sensitive Clinton administration papers and that some documents were missing.
Berger said he returned some classified documents that he found in his office and all of the handwritten notes he had taken from the secure room, but could not locate two or three copies of the millennium terror report.
that he found in his office????
jeez he must of had clnton help him write that. kind of like someone caught on camera shoplifting from a jewelry store saying after he found the diamond necklace under his bed he returned it. And Clinton backig him up-golly we've been laughjng about this for months- if you had evr seen his bedroom, you would know that he couldnt have found that neclace with as messy as it was. duhh hello- how stupid are they?
The File Bergler
He went to see the documents,
You know the Secret kind.
What happened as he left the place,
Will surely blow your mind.
Somehow, weeks later, it appears,
They asked him where theyd gone.
He looked around and sure enough,
His socks were not alone.
His pants and jacket they were stuffed,
With papers large and small.
Osama and Al Qaeda too,
Just little things thats all
Some hed thrown away he said,
But those were nothing big.
Old Sandy is a clutter bug,
Announced the Clinton pig.
So shake it off and move along,
You know were honest men.
The Clinton mob would never lie,
Oops weve been, caught again.
Conspiracy Guy 7/22/2004
Isn't YankeeCharm an Oxymoron?
All the way to Paris?
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