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Berger quits position in Kerry camp (Claims No Controlling Legal Authority)
Washington Times ^
| Wednesday, July 20, 2004
| By Bill Sammon and Stephen Dinan
Posted on 07/21/2004 12:06:30 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
The Washington Times
By Bill Sammon and Stephen Dinan
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Published July 21, 2004
Former National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger yesterday stepped down from his position as adviser to Sen. John Kerry, one day after he publicly admitted taking classified documents from the National Archives.
"Mr. Berger does not want any issue surrounding the 9/11 commission to be used for partisan purposes," said his lawyer, Lanny Breuer. "With that in mind, he has decided to step aside as an informal adviser to the Kerry campaign until this matter is resolved."
Mr. Berger has admitted that he took classified documents from the archives while vetting material for the commission looking into the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Yesterday, he said the incident was "an honest mistake" and "one that I deeply regret." The Associated Press reported Monday that Mr. Berger is under criminal investigation.
By stepping down, Mr. Berger, who was President Clinton's national security adviser, sought to limit political damage to Mr. Kerry. The campaign called Mr. Berger one of a group of informal advisers on national-security issues.
Mr. Berger also served as a Kerry surrogate, briefing reporters in conference calls set up by the campaign, including one on the day that the Massachusetts senator began a series of speeches on foreign policy.
"Sandy Berger is my friend, and he has tirelessly served this nation with honor and distinction," Mr. Kerry said. "I respect his decision to step aside as an adviser to the campaign until this matter is resolved objectively and fairly."
Republicans on Capitol Hill were not satisfied yesterday. They said Mr. Berger may have started "a national security crisis" and said Mr. Kerry must disclose whether the documents were used to aid his presidential campaign.
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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: kerry; sandyberger
posted on 07/21/2004 12:08:36 AM PDT
(The CouNTeRPuNcH Collection - www.counterpunch.us)
Is it me or does Kerry keep getting uglier and uglier?
To: Lancey Howard
It's not you;he's decomposing as we watch.
posted on 07/21/2004 12:14:21 AM PDT
There is a controlling legal authority and they are investigating.
posted on 07/21/2004 12:14:28 AM PDT
posted on 07/21/2004 12:23:47 AM PDT
(1990's? Decade of Frauds. 2000's? Decade of Lunatics...)
Mr. Berger admitted removing several drafts of a report he commissioned on al Qaeda terrorist plots against the United States in the run-up to the millennium celebration. The report was written by Mr. Clinton's counterterrorism chief, Richard A. Clarke, an outspoken Bush critic who was a star witness in the September 11 hearings earlier this year.
He took "several drafts" of the report? There is no way that is "inadvertent". He had to have taken them so that others would not see them. They don't want anyone to know what he, Clarke and Clinton actually knew about terrorism while they did nothing.
posted on 07/21/2004 1:38:30 AM PDT
(From a listener)
WABC`s John Batchelor`s regular guest,John Loftus has just reported this evening(July 20) that the documents stolen by Berger would have revealed that bill clinton and the clinton administration hired al-qaeda terrorists to fight for the muslims in Kosovo.
Loftus stated the clinton administration provided documents and facilitated travel for the al-qaeda terrorists from Afghanistan to Kosovo to help the islamists fighting for a foothold back into Europe.
posted on 07/21/2004 2:02:44 AM PDT
(To prevent misinterpretation or abuse of the Constitution:The Bill of Rights limits government power)
The question is: why did Berger take a position with Kerry, knowing Kerry would be damaged when this came out? Who else in the dim party knew? Where the ones who knew out to damage Kerry?
posted on 07/21/2004 3:28:51 AM PDT
(The choice is clear. Big tent or no tent.)
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