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AP: Clinton Adviser Probed in Terror Memos [Sandy Berger is the focus of a criminal investigation]
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Posted on 07/19/2004 5:07:42 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

AP: Clinton Adviser Probed in Terror Memos

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By JOHN SOLOMON

WASHINGTON - President Clinton (news - web sites)'s national security adviser, Sandy Berger, is the focus of a criminal investigation after admitting he removed highly classified terrorism documents from a secure reading room during preparations for the Sept. 11 commission hearings, The Associated Press has learned.

Berger's home and office were searched earlier this year by FBI (news - web sites) agents armed with warrants. Some drafts of a sensitive after-action report on the Clinton administration's handling of al-Qaida terror threats during the December 1999 millennium celebration are still missing.

Berger and his lawyer said Monday night he knowingly removed handwritten notes he had taken from classified anti-terror documents he reviewed at the National Archives by sticking them in his jacket and pants. He also inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio, they said.

"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 to the AP.

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 (news - web sites). Clinton asked Berger last year to review and select the administration documents that would be turned over to the commission.

The FBI searched Berger's home and office with warrants earlier this year after employees of the National Archives told agents they believed they witnessed Berger put documents into his clothing while reviewing sensitive Clinton administration papers, officials said.

When asked, Berger said he returned some of the classified documents, which he found in his office, and all of the handwritten notes he had taken from the secure room, but said he could not locate two or three copies of the highly classified millennium terror report.

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To: ladyinred

"Well we know who sent him in to get these don't we? How stupid do they take us to be? Of course he didn't accidentally take them, nor did he "discard" them by mistake either.

When is the public going to realize what criminal thugs the Clinton regime was and still is? NEVER, as the media will continue to cover for them.

Can you imagine the reaction if a republican did this? They would be calling for the heads of all of us!"


This is what these lying crooked liberals have been sitting on for over 9 months. No wonder they had to resort to calling President Bush a liar, VP Cheney contract fixer, etc...

None of the articles I have read tells from WHOM they learned this information and if it had come from the Bush administration they would have made sure that was part of the story.

SO who leaked the story about Berger stealing documents? Who does it hurt and who does it help?


1,051 posted on 07/19/2004 8:40:03 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Fracas; onyx

A lot of the stuff coming out is confusing b/c it has yet to be connected to realtime events. Apparently the incident took place over a nine-month period and entailed back and forth activity between Berger and the Feds.

However, I would not believe any of Berger's published comments. Anything he says is suspect and meant solely to save his stinking skin.


1,052 posted on 07/19/2004 8:40:06 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Wolfstar

its on MSNBC too


1,053 posted on 07/19/2004 8:40:25 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: onyx

Goodness gracious!


1,054 posted on 07/19/2004 8:40:29 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: VRWCTexan

"That tells me he was attempting to get all the copies of a particular report (or draft version) - and perhaps replace it later with a fake?"

Or take the copy out of the committee's vault and destroy it so they wouldn't see it. Don't know what you don't have.

Either works. Something was being hidden for a very good reason. The criminal charges here are not trivial.


1,055 posted on 07/19/2004 8:40:29 PM PDT by snooker
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To: arasina

A FReeper named renotse dubbed this scandal TROUSERGATE on another thread. LOL



LOL.


1,056 posted on 07/19/2004 8:41:08 PM PDT by onyx (Kerry/Edwards: It's the hair, stupid.)
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To: MJY1288

Don't forget the bongo drums. [triviata]


1,057 posted on 07/19/2004 8:41:30 PM PDT by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: BurbankKarl

Hit it hard, hit it often. This has the WHOLE WEEK to play out!


1,058 posted on 07/19/2004 8:41:35 PM PDT by July 4th (You need to click "Abstimmen")
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To: snooker

This has probably already been posted but I've been away for a few hours. On another thread, Washington Post article, this:

Buried on Page 2: "Breuer said the Archives staff first raised concerns with Berger during an Oct. 2 review of documents that at least one copy of the post-millennium report he had reviewed earlier was missing. Berger was given a second copy that day, Breuer said. Officials familiar with the investigation said Archives staff specially marked the documents and when the new copy and others disappeared, Archives officials called Clinton attorney Bruce Lindsey to report the disappearance."


1,059 posted on 07/19/2004 8:41:41 PM PDT by Peach
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To: SandRat
When will see the headline that reads "How many other Kerry Advisor's are involved in the Intel cover up?"
1,060 posted on 07/19/2004 8:41:42 PM PDT by MJY1288 ("KERRY" & "EDWARDS" ARE TWO "JOHNS" THAT NEED FLUSHING!)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

So Bruce Lindsy was aware of secret documents missing from the national Archives too ? TOUCHDOWN PATRIOTS !


1,061 posted on 07/19/2004 8:41:51 PM PDT by JediForce (Never underestimate the power of the Dark side of the Force....keep the blasters' fully charged.)
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To: Liz; Fracas

Exactly.
Berger will lie every time he opens his mouth.
He committed real crimes.


1,062 posted on 07/19/2004 8:42:07 PM PDT by onyx (Kerry/Edwards: It's the hair, stupid.)
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To: ladyinred
F he gets any time at all, which I doubt, he will be falling on his sword for the Clinton's as most have. This was to protect Bill and Hillary Clinton from the truth of whatever is in those documents, trust me.

a la Susan McDougal and Webster Hubbell, no?

1,063 posted on 07/19/2004 8:42:08 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Just mythoughts

Who's got the damn copies???? Does Kerry have copies of the documents???Why did Clinton get those copies made?? The only reason these criminals steal things is to bash the President or blackmail someone.


1,064 posted on 07/19/2004 8:43:24 PM PDT by Shaka
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To: Liz

I predict that a maid will find the missing documents in a box on Hillary's dining room table


1,065 posted on 07/19/2004 8:43:26 PM PDT by bayourod (Kerry, the human downer, knows the words to "optimism" but can't quite get the tune right.)
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To: arasina

Just heard on a talk show.
Suggested name should be "Depends Gate" stopping the leaks...


1,066 posted on 07/19/2004 8:43:35 PM PDT by 76834
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To: Wolfstar

If it was intentional, and it sure seems so from the first information we have, it's possible Berger wanted to give the Kerry campaign or possibly someone in the media the documents for some reason.








WOW.


1,067 posted on 07/19/2004 8:43:39 PM PDT by onyx (Kerry/Edwards: It's the hair, stupid.)
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To: kcvl
Here is a good point from the DU positings

We should be thankful that he's identified as a Clinton adviser...

just exacly why isn't he being referred to as a Kerry Adviser? That is his current occupation after all.

1,068 posted on 07/19/2004 8:43:58 PM PDT by BJungNan (Stop Spam - Do NOT buy from junk email.)
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To: Peach

"There's no way the National Security advisor didn't understand that he was taking originals. He said he thought they were copies which is utter BS."


I agree especially since if the classification is high enough each copy is numbered and there are very few of them made. Not to mention everything is stamped "Original" or "Copy" somewhere around the top with big red letters.

Berger HAD to know what he was doing.



1,069 posted on 07/19/2004 8:44:28 PM PDT by txradioguy (HOOAH!!!...Not Just A Word...A Way Of Life!)
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To: notarino2

Just wait and see,Mr./Miss/Mrs. just signed up tomorrow newbie.


1,070 posted on 07/19/2004 8:44:33 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Fracas

Oh, well....if you're gonna bring up that old stuff.....LOL.


1,071 posted on 07/19/2004 8:44:39 PM PDT by Liz
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To: hobson

Who was the Archive officials that called Berger in Oct??



http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2004/07/19/berger040719.html

Taking handwritten notes is allowed but taking them out of the secure reading room is a technical violation of Archive procedure.

"But it is not at all clear to us this represents a violation of the law," Lanny Breuer, one of Berger's attorneys said.

Archive officials contacted Berger last October after a review of the documents.

In January, the FBI searched Berger's home and office.


1,072 posted on 07/19/2004 8:44:45 PM PDT by Mo1 (50 States .... I want all 50 States come November!)
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To: samantha
The quotes from the Millenium Plot are from Ashcroft, and it appears as though Berger was sent by Clinton to doctor/destroy documents that detailed information related to the Millenium Plot.

Ashcroft points out that the review said that Al Qaeda and other groups were operational in America and were planning another attack.

This is absolutely incredible.

1,073 posted on 07/19/2004 8:44:55 PM PDT by Reactionary
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To: Peach
CBC latest ...

Sandy Berger said he unintentionally took the documents – including one assessment of the administration's handling of al-Qaeda terror threats during the December 1999 millennium celebration – as he was preparing to testify before the Sept. 11 commission hearings.

Berger voluntarily returned some documents, but drafts of the al-Qaeda assessment are still missing

http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2004/07/19/berger040719.html

Something was being hidden from the commission, don't you think?

1,074 posted on 07/19/2004 8:44:59 PM PDT by snooker
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To: 76834

How about Damgate then? :o)


1,075 posted on 07/19/2004 8:45:00 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: lonevoice

I love that "undie gate".or boxer or brief gate. ROTFLMBO!!


1,076 posted on 07/19/2004 8:45:13 PM PDT by samantha (Don't panic, the adults are in charge)
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To: Mo1
Has there been a comment from the Senate Intelligence Committee?? BTW .. Isn't Edwards on that Committee??

Oh heavens, I'm so gorged on Schadenfreude I'm not sure I can walk!

1,077 posted on 07/19/2004 8:45:25 PM PDT by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: txradioguy

How did he think he'd get away with it?

I've not been here for a few hours and couldn't follow the entire thread but how was he caught?


1,078 posted on 07/19/2004 8:45:48 PM PDT by Peach
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To: Sub-Driver
Far too important to excerpt, and a record must be made as the story changes. Use the date-stamp of this post for reference.

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WASHINGTON - President Clinton (news - web sites)'s national security adviser, Sandy Berger, is the focus of a Justice Department (news - web sites) investigation after removing highly classified terrorism documents and handwritten notes from a secure reading room during preparations for the Sept. 11 commission hearings, The Associated Press has learned.

Berger's home and office were searched earlier this year by FBI (news - web sites) agents armed with warrants after he voluntarily returned documents to the National Archives. However, still missing are some drafts of a sensitive after-action report on the Clinton administration's handling of al-Qaida terror threats during the December 1999 millennium celebration.

Berger and his lawyer said Monday night he knowingly removed handwritten notes he had made while reading classified anti-terror documents at the archives by sticking them in his jacket and pants. He also inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio, they said.

"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 to the AP.

Lanny Breuer, one of Berger's attorneys, said his client has offered to cooperate fully with the investigation but had not yet been interviewed by the FBI or prosecutors. Berger has been told he is the subject of the criminal investigation, Breuer said.

There are federal laws strictly governing the handling of classified information, including prohibiting the unauthorized release or removal of such materials.

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 (news - web sites). Clinton asked Berger last year to review and select the administration documents that would be turned over to the commission.

The FBI searches of Berger's home and office occurred after National Archives employees told agents they believed they saw Berger place documents in his clothing while reading sensitive Clinton administration papers and that some documents were then noticed missing, officials said.

When asked, 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 highly classified millennium terror report.

"In the course of reviewing over several days thousands of pages of documents on behalf of the Clinton administration in connection with requests by the Sept. 11 commission, I inadvertently took a few documents from the Archives," Berger said.

"When I was informed by the Archives that there were documents missing, I immediately returned everything I had except for a few documents that I apparently had accidentally discarded," he said.

Breuer said Berger believed he was looking at copies of the classified documents, not originals.

Berger was allowed to take handwritten notes but also knew that taking his own notes out of the secure reading room was a "technical violation of Archive procedures, but it is not all clear to us this represents a violation of the law," Breuer said.

Government and congressional officials familiar with the investigation, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because the probe involves classified materials, said the investigation remains active and no decision has been made on whether Berger should face criminal charges.

The officials said the missing documents were highly classified, and included critical assessments about the Clinton administration's handling of the millennium terror threats as well as identification of America's terror vulnerabilities at airports and seaports.

Berger testified at one of the commission's public hearings about the Clinton administration's approach to fighting terrorism. The former president answered the panel's questions at a private meeting.

The former national security adviser himself had ordered his anti-terror czar Richard Clarke in early 2000 to write the after-action report and has spoken publicly about how the review brought to the forefront the realization that al-Qaida had reached America's shores and required more attention.

Berger testified that during the millennium period, "we thwarted threats and I do believe it was important to bring the principals together on a frequent basis" to consider terror threats more regularly.

The missing documents involve two or three draft versions of the report as it was evolving and being refined by the Clinton administration, officials and lawyers say. The Archives is believed to have copies of some of the missing documents.

In the FBI search of his office, Berger also was found in possession of a small number of classified note cards containing his handwritten notes from the Middle East peace talks during the 1990s, but those are not a focus of the current criminal probe, officials and lawyers said.

Breuer said the Archives staff first raised concerns with Berger during an Oct. 2 review of documents that at least one copy of the post-millennium report he had reviewed earlier was missing. Berger was given a second copy that day, Breuer said.

Officials familiar with the investigation said Archives staff specially marked the documents and when the new copy and others disappeared, Archives officials called Clinton attorney Bruce Lindsey to report the disappearance.

Berger immediately returned all the notes he had taken, and conducted a search and located two copies of the classified documents on a messy desk in his office, Breuer said. An Archives official came to Berger's home to collect those documents but Berger couldn't locate the other missing copies, the lawyer said.

He retained counsel, and in January the FBI executed search warrants of a safe at Berger's home as well as his business office where he found some of the documents. Agents also failed to locate the missing documents.

Justice Department officials have told the Sept. 11 commission of the Berger incident and the nature of the documents in case commissioners wanted more information, officials said. The commission is expected to release its final report Thursday.

Congressional intelligence committees, however, have not been formally notified.

"The House Intelligence Committee has not been informed on the loss or theft of any classified intelligence information from the Archives, but we will follow up and get the information that is appropriate for the committee to have," the committee said Monday in a statement. "And if it has occurred, we should be informed. If there has been delay in getting the information to the committee we need to know why."

Berger is the second high-level Clinton-era official to face controversy over taking classified information home.

Former CIA (news - web sites) Director John Deutch was pardoned by Clinton just hours before Clinton left office in 2001 for taking home classified information and keeping it on unsecured computers at his home during his time at the CIA and Pentagon (news - web sites). Deutch was about to enter into a plea agreement for a misdemeanor charge of mishandling government secrets when the pardon was granted.

1,079 posted on 07/19/2004 8:46:12 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Mo1; kristinn

Now I know why the 9/11 Commission said Joe Wilson actually bolstered the case that Saddam was seeking to buy Uranium....... because Joe Wilson was under the impression that the Intel gathered on his first trip to Niger in 1999 was swept under the rug when Berger stuffed his pants with the Intel memos


1,080 posted on 07/19/2004 8:46:15 PM PDT by MJY1288 ("KERRY" & "EDWARDS" ARE TWO "JOHNS" THAT NEED FLUSHING!)
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To: Mo1

Does anyone think this smells like Clinton taking down Kerry through Berger?


1,081 posted on 07/19/2004 8:46:21 PM PDT by Peach
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To: arasina

LOL
I havnt had so much fun since the last train wreck....


1,082 posted on 07/19/2004 8:46:32 PM PDT by 76834
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To: Shermy

This is why he stole the documents and "lost" them: http://www.nationalreview.com/levin/levin200404151634.asp


70 posted on 07/19/2004 9:49:00 PM EDT by holdonnow
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Hope this is done correctly. I remember Ashcroft talking in code to this commission and I don't think that bjclinton/algore/berger has appeared before them yet.


1,083 posted on 07/19/2004 8:46:58 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Mo1

"Oh OH .. I just remember that day of that hearing when Hellary walked out of the Room white as a ghost"

It was the day Secretary Rumsfeld was appearing before the Senate and HRC had let slip about seeing documents.....that Rumsfeld said HE had not seen at that time. The Abu Graib hearings.


1,084 posted on 07/19/2004 8:47:03 PM PDT by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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To: snooker

That the Commission was so lax with classified documents further proves their uselessness.


1,085 posted on 07/19/2004 8:47:06 PM PDT by Peach
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To: Peach

Have any Archives' staff gone missing in the last nine months?


1,086 posted on 07/19/2004 8:47:24 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: kcvl; BSunday

check out post 43 - nobody "inadvertently" takes sensitive docs in their pants.


1,087 posted on 07/19/2004 8:47:25 PM PDT by stainlessbanner (quis custodiet ipsos custodies)
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To: Sub-Driver
And to think that, four years after leaving office, we have yet another installment for the Downside Legacy Archives Should be interesting to see how this all plays out.
1,088 posted on 07/19/2004 8:47:30 PM PDT by LincolnLover (LSU: 2003 National Football Champions, GEAUXING FOR TWO in 2004!)
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To: dead
Sandy Berger was National SECURITY Advisor, the Condi Rice of the feckless Clinton Admin! ....and he THROWS OUT CLASSIFED DOCUMENTS!! And keeps a sloppy desk??? He's lying his ass off about returning all the docs when they KNOW some are still missing!!

He's in TROUBLE!! :)

1,089 posted on 07/19/2004 8:47:46 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: kcvl

I have a feeling the House and Senate Intel. comm's...are now INFORMED ! :-) TOUCHDOWN PATRIOTS !


1,090 posted on 07/19/2004 8:47:48 PM PDT by JediForce (Never underestimate the power of the Dark side of the Force....keep the blasters' fully charged.)
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To: MJY1288

To your #1080 - now THAT'S a good scenario.


1,091 posted on 07/19/2004 8:47:50 PM PDT by Peach
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To: faithincowboys; AGreatPer
I think the Pubbies on the House Intelligence committee will be smart enough not interfere with Kerry's advisor going down.

The question is will the DOJ be allowed to do what is needed here. They've given the Clintonistas a pass on everything else.

1,092 posted on 07/19/2004 8:48:14 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: BJungNan

"just exacly why isn't he being referred to as a Kerry Adviser? That is his current occupation after all."

Just the media doing their usual CYA for their RAT brethren.

Nothing to see here move along. /sarcasm


1,093 posted on 07/19/2004 8:48:23 PM PDT by txradioguy (HOOAH!!!...Not Just A Word...A Way Of Life!)
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To: petitfour

More Arkancides to come?


1,094 posted on 07/19/2004 8:48:37 PM PDT by Peach
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To: stainlessbanner

Thank you, my friend, for my new tagline.


1,095 posted on 07/19/2004 8:48:37 PM PDT by Petronski (Nobody "inadvertently" takes sensitive docs in their pants.)
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To: snooker
"Berger voluntarily returned some documents, but drafts of the al-Qaeda assessment are still missing."

The statements from Ashcroft indicate that the Millennium Plot review detailed that Al Qaeda was operational in the United States and was planning an attack. These documents - and related documents - appear to be the ones Berger pilfered from the National Archive.

Absolutely incredible! Clinton knew that Al Qaeda was here, and he sent his national security advisor to steal classified information related to their activity!

1,096 posted on 07/19/2004 8:48:44 PM PDT by Reactionary
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To: 76834

More from DU... ROFLOL!!!



DubyaSux (45 posts) Mon Jul-19-04 11:18 PM
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66. My theory...


...it's possible the notes and documents had incriminating evidence.

But not against Clinton.

During the transition period, I'm sure Berger kept lots of notes. So, it's possible he can show Bush and Co. were full force on the Iraq bandwagon before he even took office.

Since Berger works for Kerry, he has a motive to do this. Bush could be devastated by documents showing he had every intention of invading Iraq regardless of what the intelligence showed.

Sounds plausible and possibly, legal if they were copies - not the originals.


obelus (7 posts) Mon Jul-19-04 11:38 PM
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69. This is as bad as it looks...


but possibly not for partisan reasons. Things have come to an ugly boil at the CIA with the Wilson/Plame affair, the number one and number two slots open after midnight resignations, and the infamous 16 little words. The CIA is now, I believe, on the offensive and not willing to take the fall for 9/11 or the rush to war in Iraq. From The Wilderness outlines this turnabout cogently as being the staging for criminal indictments to the uppermost reaches. A case can be made, perhaps, that the CIA has decided it will outlive any administration and will not simply roll over. They are willing to spill because they have been compromised and scapegoated and they are in the middle of something important.

It is altogether possible that senior executives--both Republican and Democrat may see jail. Berger's actions, if sustained, are clearly criminal. But there may be plenty of criminality to go around once Tenet starts speaking to a federal prosecutor. The spooks are angry.


1,097 posted on 07/19/2004 8:48:59 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: onyx

Onyx, after I posted that, I read the most recent posts and learned that the document theft may have occurred around last October. Kerry's campaign wasn't doing too good then. Too many "ifs" at the moment, but if I were a reporter snooping into this thing, I'd sure want to dig into Berger's connections to Dem presidential wannabes. I'd want to correlate who used what info to what the stolen documents are about, and when it was used. Might make for an interesting bit of research.


1,098 posted on 07/19/2004 8:49:08 PM PDT by Wolfstar (Get off your duffs and VOTE for Bush-Cheney in Nov. Your life may depend on it.)
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To: Peach
Does anyone think this smells like Clinton taking down Kerry through Berger?

Just one problem with that .. it's being reported Clinton sent Sandy to review the documents

If the Clinton's wanted to take Kerry down .. they would keep their name far away from the story

1,099 posted on 07/19/2004 8:49:11 PM PDT by Mo1 (50 States .... I want all 50 States come November!)
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To: nopardons

Thanks for that interesting tidbit and info on Lanny Budd. You never know what you'll learn from Freepers.


1,100 posted on 07/19/2004 8:49:27 PM PDT by mass55th (We are The Knights Who Say "Ni!" No! Not The Knights Who Say "Ni!" The same!)
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