Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

AP: Clinton Adviser Probed in Terror Memos [Sandy Berger is the focus of a criminal investigation]
Yahoo ^

Posted on 07/19/2004 5:07:42 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

AP: Clinton Adviser Probed in Terror Memos

3 minutes ago Add U.S. National - AP to My Yahoo!

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at story.news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911commission; anotherclintonoops; berger; bergertreason; bushsfault; captainunderpants; clintoncrimewave; clintonistas; clintonstooge; clintontreason; democratcorruption; documents; documenttheft; hillaryknew; liar; liartheif; milleniumplot; nsa; nscpapers; pantsload; pantsonfire; pantthrax; sandyberger; sandyspants; sandystickypants; sloppy; soxgate; traitor; trousergate; typicaldemocrat; zotberger
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-50 ... 1,151-1,2001,201-1,2501,251-1,300 ... 1,901-1,925 next last
To: faithincowboys

We cannot forget Richard Clark on this. We know he was involved in lots of things related to documents.


1,201 posted on 07/19/2004 9:09:02 PM PDT by samantha (Don't panic, the adults are in charge)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1014 | View Replies]

To: jimbo123
When Clinton testified behind closed doors to the 9-11 commission, guess who was also with him?

1. Bruce Lindsey
2. Sandy Berger

We knew that--but in all the excitement I forgot tonight. Thanks for reminding us.

Now let's review: Berger goes through docs and perloins several. Then Lindsey raises a stink about the Bush administration "holding documents back".

Somehow it's all of a piece.

1,202 posted on 07/19/2004 9:09:27 PM PDT by cyncooper ("We will fear no evil...And we will prevail")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 524 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

Boy am I tired of the praise still being heaped on the supposedly "moderate" crooks of the Clinton administration. Sandy Berger, Leon Panetta, Madeline Albright...I have less respect for them than for the Susan McDougals.


1,203 posted on 07/19/2004 9:09:39 PM PDT by SupplySider
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mo1

This story is so good, I'll have a hard time sleeping tonight.


1,204 posted on 07/19/2004 9:09:41 PM PDT by MJY1288 ("KERRY" & "EDWARDS" ARE TWO "JOHNS" THAT NEED FLUSHING!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1196 | View Replies]

To: Mo1

Just dawned on me that these draft reports could also have mark up comments in addition to line outs. That could be interesting.


1,205 posted on 07/19/2004 9:10:01 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1189 | View Replies]

To: hobson
Leaks. Congress leaks like a sieve. It would have given them a heads up on what to destroy or when to leave the country and go into hiding. Or have a horizontal non-breathing visit to one of our fine National Parks. he he he.
1,206 posted on 07/19/2004 9:10:02 PM PDT by JediForce (Never underestimate the power of the Dark side of the Force....keep the blasters' fully charged.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 690 | View Replies]

To: snooker

Exactly! That makes me more sure than anything that the specific documents missing were taken deliberately in the hopes that highly classified documents like that wouldn't have too many copies floating around.


1,207 posted on 07/19/2004 9:10:35 PM PDT by Peach
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1191 | View Replies]

To: Seeking the truth
YES, he was observed by National Archive Security stuffing documents into his pants and jacket
1,208 posted on 07/19/2004 9:10:38 PM PDT by MJY1288 ("KERRY" & "EDWARDS" ARE TWO "JOHNS" THAT NEED FLUSHING!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1199 | View Replies]

To: MJY1288

I'll check his website tomorrow.


1,209 posted on 07/19/2004 9:10:53 PM PDT by Peach
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1188 | View Replies]

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.

Thanks for the ping and the insight.

According to Berger 9/11 Docs Reveal Clinton Security Lapse, it was the "drafts" Berger was apparently after.

Speculation would be that the "final product" minimized the actual threat and watered down the proposed response, so that the "drafts" would make it obvious that the Clinton administration wasn't as serious about terrorism as they claimed.

Don't know how that might fit into your Kerry thesis, which makes good sense, though.

1,210 posted on 07/19/2004 9:11:23 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1026 | View Replies]

To: Peach
Smells more like taking down the Clintons.

Clarke, Wilson, Berger all said Bush ignored everything. Wilson's a liar, Berger's a thief and Clarke is an a**.

It's like most of us have said right along, If Clinton had taken action after the THE FIRST HIT ON OUR SHORES (1993), maybe 9-11 wouldn't have happened.

1,211 posted on 07/19/2004 9:11:24 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1081 | View Replies]

To: kcvl

So Ashcroft had to know about this investigation when he testified. It's probably one of the reasons he decided to drop the bomb on Gorelick...warning that further shenanigans will not be tolerated.


1,212 posted on 07/19/2004 9:11:45 PM PDT by Peach
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1185 | View Replies]

To: Shaka

I have to disagree with you on this. The media can ignore anything they choose. The only question is weather the Bush administration will do anything. Based on past actions, I doubt it.

I predict that this story will be dead and buried by Friday. The important story to the media is the Arnold "girlyman" comment.


1,213 posted on 07/19/2004 9:12:00 PM PDT by skip_intro
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1178 | View Replies]

To: Sacajaweau

I agree. Was just trying to find out what the current analysis of freeper was as I've missed hours of this thread.


1,214 posted on 07/19/2004 9:13:17 PM PDT by Peach
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1211 | View Replies]

To: cyncooper
Chris has yet to address the exposure of Joe Wilson. He'll ignore this, too.

We should all dedicate a day to email and call Matthews program to ask him why the news blackout. Send him a couple thousand messages. Maybe he'll even have to respond.

1,215 posted on 07/19/2004 9:14:52 PM PDT by My2Cents ("Fair, balanced...and unafraid.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 58 | View Replies]

To: Nita Nupress; Senator Pardek; T'wit; JohnHuang2

Feels like old times tonight on FR.


1,216 posted on 07/19/2004 9:15:22 PM PDT by Wallaby
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Peach


A clock radio and a voice-actuated tape recorder would do just dandy.

Test the clock timing and set the clock on the clock radio about 5 minutes fast, just in case.

A few Radio Shack RCA and mini-plus adapters and you can then transfer that tape recording onto a VCR cassette.


Worked for me.


That can be made in .wav audio files and then converted into mono .mp3s for quicker loading and playing of pertinent shorter topic .mp3s.







1,217 posted on 07/19/2004 9:15:37 PM PDT by devolve (---------------- [--------------Hello from Sunny South Florida-------------)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1176 | View Replies]

To: okie01
And who sent Berger to the National Archives? ....

Answer = Bill Clinton

Reasonable Conclusion = Conspiracy

Investigation = Wide Spread

1,218 posted on 07/19/2004 9:15:39 PM PDT by MJY1288 ("KERRY" & "EDWARDS" ARE TWO "JOHNS" THAT NEED FLUSHING!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1210 | View Replies]

To: Sacajaweau

New thread on this matter:


WASHINGTON -- Government and congressional officials said the investigation of Sandy Berger for taking classified Sept. 11 documents is still active.

They also said no decision has been made on whether Berger should face criminal charges.

The officials said the missing documents from a secure reading room at the National Archives include critical assessments about the Clinton administration's handling of the millennium terror threats.

The documents also deal with identifying America's terror vulnerabilities at airports and sea ports.

Berger said he knowingly took handwritten notes, but inadvertently took documents.

Meanwhile, a statement from the House Intelligence Committee said it has not yet been informed about the loss or theft of any classified intelligence information from the Archives.

My question:

Was the critical assessment of Clinton's handling on terrorism threats critical? Or was it an important assessment as in he did a good job?


1,219 posted on 07/19/2004 9:15:41 PM PDT by Peach
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1211 | View Replies]

To: Sacajaweau
Smells more like taking down the Clintons.

Who let this information out???

1,220 posted on 07/19/2004 9:15:46 PM PDT by Mo1 (50 States .... I want all 50 States come November!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1211 | View Replies]

To: Peach
"Gorelick...warning that further shenanigans will not be tolerated."

In hindsight, it sure looks like a warning shot over the bow.

This kind of scrambles the whole 9/11 commission's report, doesn't it.
1,221 posted on 07/19/2004 9:16:06 PM PDT by snooker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1212 | View Replies]

To: MJY1288

Thanks, but When?
What date?


1,222 posted on 07/19/2004 9:16:15 PM PDT by Seeking the truth ( www.0cents.com - See the Ronald Reagan Stamps!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1208 | View Replies]

To: samantha
I love that "undie gate".or boxer or brief gate

FOTLGate (Fruit-Of-The-Loom) , Jockeygate<---like this one...

1,223 posted on 07/19/2004 9:16:17 PM PDT by NautiNurse ("I served in Viet Nam, and we have better hair"----John F'n Kerry campaign platform)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1076 | View Replies]

To: skip_intro

This is old news. Remember - 9/11 happened on Bush's watch - not Clinton's.





So ... I wonder who the first Democrat to use this line of "reasoning" will be?


1,224 posted on 07/19/2004 9:16:43 PM PDT by geopyg (Peace..................through decisive and ultimate VICTORY. (Democracy, whiskey, sexy))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1213 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver
Kerry is now between Iraq and a hard place. Does he fire Berger now and look like the ignorant fool he is.....or does he keep Berger on his advisory committee through the convention and PROVE how ignorant he is.

I really wish I knew who besides Whopper Berger and Lyin' Joe Wilson is on his foreign policy advisory committee.

Michael Moore and Whoopi Goldberg must certainly be members. That respected foreign policy expert, Amy Carter, is undoubtedly the committee chairman.

Leni

1,225 posted on 07/19/2004 9:16:46 PM PDT by MinuteGal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: devolve

Thanks for the advice; I think our tape recorder is voice activated but don't think I can set up our radio in time before leaving tomorrow to a clock. Dang - of all days to miss Rush.


1,226 posted on 07/19/2004 9:17:09 PM PDT by Peach
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1217 | View Replies]

To: MJY1288; HiJinx

I can see the toothy grin on G. Gordon Liddy now.


1,227 posted on 07/19/2004 9:17:44 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1218 | View Replies]

To: snooker
The NSC's Millennium After Action Review declares that the United States barely missed major terrorist attacks in 1999 - with luck playing a major role.Among the many vulnerabilities in homeland defenses identified, the Justice Department's surveillance and FISA operations were specifically criticized for their glaring weaknesses.It is clear from the review that actions taken in the Millennium Period should not be the operating model for the U.S. government.

In March 2000, the review warns the prior Administration of a substantial al Qaeda network and affiliated foreign terrorist presence within the U.S., capable of supporting additional terrorist attacks here.

1,228 posted on 07/19/2004 9:17:55 PM PDT by kcvl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1191 | View Replies]

To: Seeking the truth

The article doesn't say, it just says a few months ago


1,229 posted on 07/19/2004 9:18:01 PM PDT by MJY1288 ("KERRY" & "EDWARDS" ARE TWO "JOHNS" THAT NEED FLUSHING!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1222 | View Replies]

To: MinuteGal

LOL! Good hearing from you!


1,230 posted on 07/19/2004 9:18:13 PM PDT by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1225 | View Replies]

To: snooker

Definitely a warning shot across the bow. Ashcroft was more forceful than I've ever seen him that day...he was ticked. Now we know it wasn't just Gorelick.


1,231 posted on 07/19/2004 9:18:23 PM PDT by Peach
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1221 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

My prediction: Berger will suddenly be diagnosed with a mental illness which will excuse all his actions. Nothing to see. Move on.


1,232 posted on 07/19/2004 9:18:32 PM PDT by Clay Moore
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BullDog108; diotima; Bob J; HangFire; feinswinesuksass; dead
Any bets on the chances this story will be reported in the MSM?
 
At least it's a bet one hopes to lose, right?
 
 
 
Ex-Clinton aide lifted documents
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription), GA - 21 minutes ago
WASHINGTON — President Bill Clinton's national security adviser, Sandy Berger, is the focus of a Justice Department probe after removing classified terrorism ...

Nine Eleven Berger
KRON4.com, CA - 31 minutes ago
Sandy Berger admits he removed highly classified terrorism documents from a secure reading room during preparations for the Nine-Eleven commission hearings. ...

Former Clinton Adviser Faces Document Probe
Wired News - 38 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Samuel "Sandy" Berger, national security adviser under former President Bill Clinton, is under investigation after removing classified ...

Former Clinton adviser investigated for taking 9/11 documents
CBC News, Canada - 40 minutes ago
Sandy Berger said he unintentionally took the documents – including one assessment of the administration's handling of al-Qaeda terror threats during the ...

AP: Clinton Adviser Probed in Terror Memos
Guardian, UK - 40 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Clinton's national security adviser, Sandy Berger, is the focus of a Justice Department investigation after removing highly ...

No decision on whether Sandy Berger should face charges
News 8 Austin, TX - 45 minutes ago
WASHINGTON -- Government and congressional officials said the investigation of Sandy Berger for taking classified Sept. 11 documents is still active. ...

AP: Clinton Adviser Probed in Terror Memos
Lancaster Newspapers, PA - 46 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Clinton's national security adviser, Sandy Berger, is the focus of a Justice Department investigation after removing highly ...

Former Clinton Adviser Faces Document Probe
Reuters - 53 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Samuel "Sandy" Berger, national security adviser under former President Bill Clinton, is under investigation after removing classified ...

Berger Flashback: Hard Spin on Sudan Offer
NewsMax.com, FL - 1 hour ago (Yes, I know... not MSM...)
Former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger says he was just being "sloppy" when he gathered up highly classified anti-terror documents and stuffed them in ...

Clinton Aide Took Classified Material
New York Times, NY - 1 hour ago
ASHINGTON, July 19 (AP) - President Bill Clinton's national security adviser, Sandy Berger, said Monday night that he had removed highly classified documents ...


  New! Get the latest news on sandy-berger with Google News Alerts.
 
 
;^)

1,233 posted on 07/19/2004 9:19:16 PM PDT by AnnaZ ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." :::Hillar(ed)y!::: 6/28/04)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Howlin

Said yesterday or the day before that he did.

Or, maybe it was Edwards.


1,234 posted on 07/19/2004 9:19:50 PM PDT by notforhire (It riles them to believe that we perceive the web they weave.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 985 | View Replies]

To: Peach
Rush should hire a couple of aggressive investigators and a good analyst to direct their research and analyse the results. It would take just tiny fraction of the Limbaugh gross. If Limbaugh were the source of stories as well as the commentator on stories, he could increase his audience by 20 percent. The increased gross from the increased audience would way more than pay for the cost.

It is one thing to comment on current major media stories while trying to counter the major media spin. It is quite another to be a major contributor to the agenda and force the main stream media to try to counter your take. It is better to be part of setting the agenda rather than reacting to the agenda set by others.

If I were 25 years younger, I would be back in radio. Being born 25 years to soon is not a good deal.

The reason that none of the talk shows have become the source of stories rather than commentators on the stories slected by the MSM, escapes me.

1,235 posted on 07/19/2004 9:20:00 PM PDT by Common Tator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 82 | View Replies]

To: faithincowboys
We'll see. The media is very good at ignoring things that destory the Left.

If the story's already breaking world wide, if even the NYT is actually covering it, then they can't ignore it - it would be like trying to conceal the sunrise. All they can do is play it like the impeachment story - spin, spin and spin some more, and go all-out against their accusers. Only this is about a lot more than trying to hide the fact that their pervert president was diddling the interns.

I agree that they will have some, probably a lot, of success in downplaying this. However, they'll be forced to be on the defensive for quite a while, and it couldn't have happened at a worse time for them, on the eve of their convention. Kerry can only go so far trying to campaign as the Invisible Man, and it ain't far enough to get him into the White House. Now he's going to be forced to hide even more than he already is.

1,236 posted on 07/19/2004 9:20:25 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC ( "While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future. " - R. Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1195 | View Replies]

To: SandRat

LOL, There is gonna be a big ole toothy grin and a bounce in the step of a whole lot of people who have known what the democrats are and have been waiting for this day


1,237 posted on 07/19/2004 9:20:33 PM PDT by MJY1288 ("KERRY" & "EDWARDS" ARE TWO "JOHNS" THAT NEED FLUSHING!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1227 | View Replies]

To: fooman
Even better was meeting you and the wife not too long ago!

Made any spaghetti lately?

Leni

1,238 posted on 07/19/2004 9:20:43 PM PDT by MinuteGal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1230 | View Replies]

To: AnnaZ

I can't believe the nerve. I know I should, but I just can't.


1,239 posted on 07/19/2004 9:21:34 PM PDT by diotima (Telegram Sam, you're my main man)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1233 | View Replies]

To: notforhire

I am fast losing track on who says what when.


1,240 posted on 07/19/2004 9:21:37 PM PDT by Howlin (John Kerry & John Edwards: Political Malpractice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1234 | View Replies]

To: skip_intro
I have to disagree with you on this. The media can ignore anything they choose. The only question is weather the Bush administration will do anything. Based on past actions, I doubt it. I predict that this story will be dead and buried by Friday. The important story to the media is the Arnold "girlyman" comment.

I agree. This will have the shelf-life of the "Joe Clarke Turns Out to be a Liar" story.

The propaganda wing of the Democratic party, aka the mainstream media, will have no doubts about how to handle this.

1,241 posted on 07/19/2004 9:22:06 PM PDT by SupplySider
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1213 | View Replies]

To: MJY1288

Truth be told I've been wearing a smile like the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland ever since this story broke.


1,242 posted on 07/19/2004 9:23:04 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1237 | View Replies]

To: Common Tator

That's a good point. Proactive rather than reactive. Rush has the contacts, that's for sure.


1,243 posted on 07/19/2004 9:23:09 PM PDT by Peach
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1235 | View Replies]

To: MinuteGal

Not yet, she is now 19 weeks... You should see the sonograms


1,244 posted on 07/19/2004 9:23:18 PM PDT by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1238 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver
Berger...said...he knowingly removed handwritten notes...from classified anti-terror documents...by sticking them in his jacket and pants.

"I had no intention of withholding documents from the commission..."

Just a common, absent-minded mistake. Sounds reasonable to me. Nothing to see here. Let's MoveOn.

But IN HIS PANTS!? I mean, come on. Even if you are going to admit that you "accidentally" lifted this critical governent evidence, would you tell them you did it by stuffing 'em in your pants!? That's supposed to sound credible? Are these guys just a bunch of morons?

1,245 posted on 07/19/2004 9:23:44 PM PDT by Nevermore
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MJY1288
"And who sent Berger to the National Archives? ...."

Do you think that Gorelick might have given them the heads-up on these Millenium documents, which then promoted Clinton to send Berger to the Archives.

1,246 posted on 07/19/2004 9:24:29 PM PDT by mass55th (We are The Knights Who Say "Ni!" No! Not The Knights Who Say "Ni!" The same!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1218 | View Replies]

To: Ann Archy

Because one of the archivists knows him and was probably looking for advice. An archivist going to your house?? When hell freezes over unless it would cost them their job.


1,247 posted on 07/19/2004 9:24:37 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1135 | View Replies]

To: Nevermore

I was surprised that Berger said he "knowingly" took the handwritten documents. Why admit that? And as national security advisor, he knew better.


1,248 posted on 07/19/2004 9:24:44 PM PDT by Peach
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1245 | View Replies]

To: Howlin
Alert sent but I doubt anything negative will be said since it concerns the previous admin.

BTW, look at what newsmax resurrected:

The case of the pilfered Clinton terror files isn't the first time Sandy Berger has had to do some fancy rhetorical footwork to explain away the obvious.

In Sept. 2002, he flatly denied during sworn Congressional testimony that the government of Sudan had ever offered to turn over Osama bin Laden to his boss, Bill Clinton.

While Congress didn't press him on the details, Berger had a tougher time a few months later during an interview with WABC Radio's Steve Malzberg, who grilled him on Clinton's Feb. 2002 admission that the Sudanese offer was indeed real. "I've seen [Clinton's] quote," he told Malzberg. "And I think at the time there was some examination of whether or not he could be held here if, in fact, we had an opportunity to get him. And the judgment was that we didn't have any basis to hold him here at that time."

But Berger insisted the Clinton administration's conclusion that it couldn't detain bin Laden "was not pursuant to an offer by the Sudanese. "

"The Sudanese never offered to give him to the United States," he insisted. "This is something I've gone back to check very carefully on. No one knows of any such offer." When asked why the Clinton administration didn't press Sudan to release bin Laden to the U.S. after Saudi Arabia rejected a plan to have him sent there, Berger grew defensive.

"The Sudanese . . . had no intention of turning bin Laden over to someone who would have been hostile, period," he insisted. What about Clinton's admission to the contrary? No doubt it was just another case of what Berger might call "sloppiness

1,249 posted on 07/19/2004 9:24:55 PM PDT by StarFan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1186 | View Replies]

To: theophilusscribe
Do you think that they will have copies of what he stole somewhere else?

If you read the article carefully, it seems the Archives staff caught Berger red-handed (he "misplaced" a document they gave him), and so they then gave him "marked" copies (read "traceable") which he promptly stuck in his pants, coat and briefcase before he waddled out...

Sounds like he was either 1) desperate; or 2) confident that he wouldn't face any real consequences. If recent history is any guide (lost e-mails, Whitewater and FBI files, classified CIA docs on the director's home computer, etc., ad nauseum), I'd say it was a safe gamble.

1,250 posted on 07/19/2004 9:25:09 PM PDT by browardchad
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 127 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-50 ... 1,151-1,2001,201-1,2501,251-1,300 ... 1,901-1,925 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson