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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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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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TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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To: mware
Some Blame Terror on Interventionism

By George Gedda
Associated Press Writer
Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999; 1:23 a.m. EST (WASHINGTON POST)

WASHINGTON –– Clinton administration officials need look no further than their own foreign policy in their search for explanations for the specter of possible end-of-the-millennium terrorist attacks against Americans, some foreign policy analysts say.

They are advancing this thesis as airport security is being tightened and officials are admonishing Americans at home and abroad to be on the lookout for anything suspicious in the waning days of 1999. Officials believe suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden, a Saudi exile who is wanted for the bombings at two U.S. embassies in East Africa last year, may be preparing to strike.

201 posted on 07/19/2004 5:56:25 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Shermy
BTW, Berger also advised Howard Dean and apparently other candidates as well:

Democrats schooling Dean on foreign policy

And in the days since, Dean has announced a foreign policy team filled with big names, from Anthony Lake, who was national security adviser under Clinton, to retired general Joseph Hoar, a top commander in the 1991 Gulf War.

Not everyone who has tutored Dean has endorsed him or even agrees with him; Albright, Clinton, and other pillars of the Democratic establishment, such as former national security adviser Samuel R. Berger, say they are talking to all candidates who ask.

But the tutorials apparently serve a dual purpose: Dean, who as governor of Vermont had little official contact with other nations except Canada, is getting a grounding in foreign policy and an opportunity to cement his credentials among mainstream Democratic thinkers. And the Democratic establishment is getting an opportunity to influence a key aspect of the man who could be their party's nominee, but whose unequivocal declarations have sometimes alarmed the party's standard-bearers.

202 posted on 07/19/2004 5:56:27 PM PDT by Fedora (Kerryman, Kerryman, does whatever a ketchup can/Spins a lie, any size, catches wives just like flies)
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To: demkicker
Presidential Materials.

Presidential Records In 1978, Congress passed the Presidential Records Act (PRA), which changed the legal status of Presidential and Vice Presidential materials. Under the PRA, the official records of the President and his staff are owned by the United States, not by the President. The Archivist is required to take custody of these records when the President leaves office, and to maintain them in a Federal depository. These records are eligible for access under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) five years after the President leaves office. The President may restrict access to specific kinds of information for up to 12 years after he leaves office, but after that point the records are reviewed for FOIA exemptions only. This legislation took effect on January 20, 1981, and the records of the Reagan administration were the first to be administered under this law. Staff at the Reagan Library and Bush Library can provide additional information regarding access to Presidential records in their collections.

203 posted on 07/19/2004 5:56:38 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Dog
No wonder they had to get Max Cleland out on that conference call today. The old bait and switch. The media will concentrate on Cleland blasting Bush and sidestep the second Kerry advise lying and stealing.

I'd sure want another reliable Rat Administration to handle documents: Hillary, Deutch, Gorelick, Wilson, Berger...
204 posted on 07/19/2004 5:56:45 PM PDT by pieces of time
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To: hattend
I think that that is the motto on the Clinton family crest.
205 posted on 07/19/2004 5:57:01 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: windchime
Fox News reporting this story now.

I can't wait to see what Ann Coulter has to say about this.

206 posted on 07/19/2004 5:57:07 PM PDT by mass55th (We are The Knights Who Say "Ni!" No! Not The Knights Who Say "Ni!" The same!)
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To: BullDog108

More proof what a kerry admin will be like.

207 posted on 07/19/2004 5:57:29 PM PDT by Indy Pendance
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To: Diogenesis

LOL....I haven't seen that in a long that really you?

208 posted on 07/19/2004 5:57:30 PM PDT by hope ( Let no man deceive you!)
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To: Peach
There must be video cameras protecting that room......somehow he thought he'd get away with it or felt it was worth whatever happens to him to keep the truth from the American people.

My guess is that he never thought news of the investigation would be leaked at this time......leading right up to the dem convention.

209 posted on 07/19/2004 5:57:40 PM PDT by OldFriend (IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER.......AND SINCE IT'S IN ENGLISH, THANK A SOLDIER)
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To: Sub-Driver; StriperSniper; Mo1; Peach; Howlin; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; RandallFlagg; ...

OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!


210 posted on 07/19/2004 5:57:59 PM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: All

I hope this Burger FRIES!!!
211 posted on 07/19/2004 5:58:00 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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To: kcvl
The officials said the missing documents were highly classified, and included critical assessments about the Clinton administration's handling of the millennium terror threats...

Ah, so now we're getting to the truth about Sandy's — ahem — "inadvertent" stuffing of documents down his pants, in his shirt pockets, in his briefcase, and in whatever other orifice he could use to sneak them out of the building.

212 posted on 07/19/2004 5:58:05 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: demkicker

So to answer your question.....they should know exactly what he took.

213 posted on 07/19/2004 5:58:09 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
For all the time I spend reading FR (several hours/day) I would have missed this thread if I hadn't been deliberately searching for it.

Somehow this story appeared in my local newspaper, of all places. Time to reassess the paper's political leanings ;)

We're in PA, middle of nowhere, not city, but it's tough to find a Republican around here.

214 posted on 07/19/2004 5:58:36 PM PDT by Graymatter (Kerry medical records are none of our business---and his veep pick is, who???)
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To: kcvl

Some...they only have copies of SOME of the now purloined by Sandy,documents? Holy cow.

215 posted on 07/19/2004 5:58:44 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: OldFriend

My mind is completely blown.......and that visual did NOT help...........LOL.

216 posted on 07/19/2004 5:58:57 PM PDT by Howlin (John Kerry & John Edwards: Political Malpractice)
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To: alnick

Berger has to have been shown a video of him putting the documents into his pants or he'd be lying like the traitor he is, denying everything.

217 posted on 07/19/2004 5:59:01 PM PDT by OldFriend (IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER.......AND SINCE IT'S IN ENGLISH, THANK A SOLDIER)
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To: Peach

"If Berger isn't arrested I will be astounded."

LOL, are you f-ing kidding me? prepare to be astounded, because he's going to be free as a bird. (i hope im wrong).

can you imagine how big of a story this would be if it were a republican? this would be watergate x 100000. because it's a democrat i seriously dont think it will get the coverage it deserves.

218 posted on 07/19/2004 5:59:03 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite
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And SERIES! Lots of people taking showers tonight!

219 posted on 07/19/2004 5:59:20 PM PDT by theophilusscribe ("America is too great for small dreams." —Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Fedora


220 posted on 07/19/2004 5:59:51 PM PDT by nopardons
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