Skip to comments.AP: Clinton Adviser Probed in Terror Memos [Sandy Berger is the focus of a criminal investigation]
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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Berger said in testimony earlier this year 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 more regularly consider terror threats.
The missing documents involve two or three draft versions of the report as it was evolving and being refined by the Clinton administration, according to officials and lawyers. The Archives is believed to have copies of some of the missing documents.
Somewhere hades is freezing over . . .
The radio nets are leading with it too. Berger's response is theeee MOST incriminating response I can imagine. He's screwed and he knows it. Caught him red-handed. Now the question is......why?
They both accompanied Clinton on his 1998 Africa trip:
Samuel Berger, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
Joe Wilson Special Assistant to the President and NSC Senior Director for African Affairs
MR. BERGER: I think this is either the second or third countrythat's gone through training. There are countries are in various stages.Some of them have said they want to participate. What they do is theydesignate their own units, who will then train in a way that could makethem interoperable.
MR. MCCURRY: Remind your colleagues that Joe Wilson and Susan Ricedid a whole review of the status of ACRI when we were in Kampela.
They're both also associated with New American Strategies for Security and Peace:
Samuel R. Berger
Panel Two: Richard Holbrooke, Joseph C. Wilson, Flynt Leverett, Jessica Stern, Major General William L. Nash, USA (Ret.)
BTW is Sandy Berger related to Daniel Berger?
CREW has been active only since February, so its profile is still relatively low. Yet Republicans detect a strong Democratic orientation. Sloan, most recently an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, is a former aide to Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.; then-Rep. (now Sen.) Charles Schumer, D- N.Y.; and Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. In addition, CREW's three board members are Mark Penn, President Clinton's former pollster; Daniel Berger, a trial lawyer from Philadelphia and a Clinton fundraiser; and Louis Mayberg, the president of a mutual fund company.
Thank you. I am just livid that they are going to get away with this by having the MSM cover it up.
You don't think he'll "roll over one more time?"
Amazing how dirty they are. I am still stunned by this news. Stunned.
Off topic: Just got home a few hours ago and trying to get caught up. There's a thread that the Oil for Food Scandal $$ is tied DIRECTLY to terrorists. So our tax dollars are being used to fund terrorism and it's killing our soldiers. I could scream.
I'm assuming he didn't tell Kerry, because if Kerry knew this and kept him on board - Kerry's toast for lack of judgment.
If "Hillary" is behind it it will be spun as a Kerry operation.
I'm sure there's plenty of room because the Vietnam weenie has no b****.
I'm not ready to barf yet. Let's see what happens. If this thing turns out to be as bad as it sounds, and people start trying to excuse it, or downplaying it, then I'll barf. I want to see how this pans out first.
Things going into the RAT Convention could get very interesting over this.
As you said, just coincidentally the documents most damning to the Clinton admin. are those missing. How did he think he'd get away with it?
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.
Really? Maybe there's some wee shred of hope for them afterall.
I don't blame him. He could probably get big bucks for those documents on EBAY.
I missed that part - that there are copies available of the missing docs - and was wondering if there was a limit to the number of copies made of highly classified documents.
If Berger isn't arrested I will be astounded.
Don't count on it. This may be part of the "October Surprise."
It's even worse than that. He knowingly smuggled documents out of the room in his pants...inadvertantly.
All I know is if it were the republicans who had done this, the presstitutes would be shouting it from the rooftops. This would finally get abu graib off the front pages.
Sloppiness? SLOPPINESS?!!!! Sloppiness is when you drop them on the floor, or mix them with other papers. When you do the following, it is not sloppiness, it's theft:
Berger...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... Inadvertently, when he's busy stuffing notes in his pockets? Hah!
Prepare to be astounded...unfortunately.
I'm wondering who learned from who. Berger from Kerry or vice versa. Kerry's been known to destroy documents himself. I believe he was accused of this when he was working on the POW/MIA issue.
I missed this. What did Kerry do?
Is there still a Chris Matthews? Is there still a Chris Matthews show? Is there still an MSNBC? The only news I get about them is what I read here on FR posts.
Her Most Royal Highness:"Time to contol the peons in the FBI and Justice Dept to get Sandy Berger off.
After all, Sandy was just stealing incriminating papers for us, again.
Go, Little one, fetch me our stolen FBI files.
Ooops, I mean our (stolen) FBI 'badges of honor'""
Good point. I want to know who specifically allowed Berger to review these documents. Oh....a 911 commission member perhaps...ah let's see....maybe Jamie Gorelick?
Unfortunately, I'll be astounded if he is.
Didn't I see a report the other day of some "very sensitive documents about airpot secuity being found in the street. I can not remember where they were found, but someone posted it here.
We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a [deleted text] service in 1998 saying that Bin Ladin wanted to hijack a US aircraft to gain the release of "Blind Shaykh" 'Umar 'Abd al-Rahman [sic] and other US-held extremists.
:Nevertheless, FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.
"I'm John Kerry and I served in Vietnam. How dare you George Bush minions question my patriotism by asking me about Sandy Berger!!! This is a political hatchet job led by John Ashcroft and the Republican attack machine to impugn the honor and character of all of us who served in Vietnam!"
Saudi Arabian militant Osama bin Laden has been mentioned as a possible suspect after threatening a holy war by Islamic fighters against US troops in Saudi Arabia and Americans elsewhere.
Ms Albright said: "Clearly he is someone who has been involved in sponsoring terrorism."
US Defence Secretary William Cohen agreed it was important to establish whether a nation was involved in either sponsoring or harbouring the bombers. He said: "It was well co-ordinated. We are looking at all possibilities."
The US National Security Adviser, Sandy Berger, indicated investigators have some clues to work with. He said: "There is information to work with but, obviously, I think it would be not wise to discuss specific information."
"a few have already deflected blame to Ashcroft, etc,"
LMFAO!!!!!! liberals never take responsibility for anything!!!
Yeah, he accidentally fed them through the shredder, doused the shredded paper with gasoline, and set it on fire.
I just heard this on the tube, and I'm sorry I don't have time to do a proper search, but wasn't it Sandy Berger who was running Monica around New York trying to find her a job? He didn't have time for "terror threats" then, did he?
Gotta run, I can't wait to hear more about this!
Michael Savage is saying that Berger was seen putting documents in his underwear. Is this true?
And Berger advises on John Kerry? How did I miss that?
This will teach me to go away for the day...I'm so far behind and now the show The Grid is on in a few minutes. It looks like the only show to deal with jihadists in the way they should be dealt with and call them terrorists.
The "Sloppiness" was that he was caught.
I just can't stop saying it.
Well, I guess as long as you don't stick them in someone else's pants...[snicker].
To think this guy was our National Security Advisor! (shudder)
They were using parts of the 9/11 commission report obviously leaked to Kerry as the calls were set up by the Kerry campaign.
It's up on the front page of msnbc.com now, and CBS.com - small, but it's there. Nothing yet on CNN.com. or ABC.
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