Skip to comments.Sandy Berger Pleads Guilty to Destroying Classified Document
Posted on 04/02/2005 8:00:41 AM PST by MaximusRules
The deal's terms make clear that Berger spoke falsely last summer in public claims that in 2003 he twice inadvertently walked off with copies of a classified document during visits to the National Archives, then later lost them.
He described the episode last summer as "an honest mistake...."
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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This needs further investigation; given the documents he destroyed were copies, the analysis of them would indicate what his true motives were in trying to influence or distort the historical record.
I repeat he should have gone to jail and permanently lose his security clearance. He should never again be allowed near national security archives of this Country.
Ana Montes, the famous Cuban spy who worked for years at DIA, did much the same thing and got 25 years. This is a case of domestic political espionage.
he isnt getting his security clearance back after this....just to correct you....
but I agree, he should be in Jail.
I want to know what kind of Idiocy he was trying to cover up!! Those bafoons in the Clinton whitehouse would have rather had to cover up their crap like a kitten on the floor rather than do the right -though hard- thing for the country. Cowards every one of them.
Wasn't there a rumor at the time that Burger was talking on his cell phone at the time? If so the media has shown no curiosity as to who he was talking to.
If a Republican did this, everyone would be calling for his head. Since it's a Democrat, it's ok to give him a slap on the wrist and call it a day.
The Clinton legacy continues to be unveiled.
The whole lot of them should be behind bars.
News reports indicate he is subject only to a three year revocation of his clearance...unless it is permanently revoked.
Someone needs to be making a list of those friends.
he won't pass a new investigation with that on there....
you get reinvestigated every 5 years. a 3 year revocation will put him well into expiration and he can just forget it. Besides, I doubt he will be in a position that requires a clearance after this and they won't waste the money on him.
"he isnt getting his security clearance back after this....just to correct you" . . .
I heard that he was losing it for just three years.
What a whitewash!
he won't pass his next investigation. you have to have one every 5 years and you have to be in a position to require one. I doubt he will be able to pass the first and I SERIOUSLY doubt that he will be able to get into a job that requires something that high up anymore....
it isn't a whitewash. when DSS sees his next application, they will laugh at it and throw it away and deny him. I have seen people get denied for a lot less and people lose their clearances all the time for DUI's.....
No National Security Adviser of EITHER party would EVER be put in a prison cell. These folks know too much to be put in that kind of environment. Like it or not, Sandy Burger knows things that are best kept secret, regardless of his criminal activities. You don't want these people mad at you. That is just life.
Man,,,,I thought they had forgotten Mr. Bergers escapades.
At least someone was following up on it...I hope they find
out what was destroyed..I bet you it would say something like
they knew Osama was planning something, but they thought it
would occur 5-10years down the road..or it might have
discredited Richard Clarke....
This might be the beginning of the unveiling of the Clinton
Thanks, Mike for the insight. I'd forgotten about that process!
MY GOD! If this STINKING RAT doesn't do jail time....ughhhh I'll be floored!! DESTROYING CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS!!! Now we'll never know what was in those damaging documents...I LOATHE THE EVIL BASTARD RATS!! As usual, don't expect Bergerlar to do any time, bubba and his judgeWHORES will see to that!! Bergerlar will duck any time served... Count on it!
no problem :)
Yeah, compare what Berger did to what the Watergate burglars did. There should be a Bergergate investigation, to see who else knew about his theft.
With all due respect, his SC was only suspended for three years, (which just happens to coincide with Dubya's term in office) not "revoked". And remember he's going to plead guilty to misdemeanor not a felony.
As such, if a DEM becomes POTUS in '08, the Sand Burglar will again have his SC, that you can bet the rent money on. Heck after the three years is up his SC might automatically be restored. Or maybe his lawyer only has to submit a letter requesting it be restored.
That's why (IMO) this 3 year suspension and misdemeanor plea stinks to high heaven. It only keeps him 'out of the game' while the RATS are on the outside looking in. Once they're back in, the Sand Burglar is too.
If this had been a Republican who destroyed official documents, the media, the democrats, everyone would be calling for the gallows.
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