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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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you know, if you didn't read the article it would still be a funny statement
Good news is if it's a sting, they should definitely have copies.
I am sitting here trying to remember exactly HOW many times this fat pig has been on TV, talking about how Bush has lied since this must have happened!!!
For the same reason Don Vito Corleone called Tom Hagen.
I know I should not be surprised....I am speechless.
DECEMBER 1999 : (DEAL SIGNED WITH N KOREA TO BUILD TWO NUCLEAR REACTORS) "....A U.S.-led consortium signed a $4.6 billion deal Wednesday to build two nuclear reactors in North Korea, a reward for the communist nation's promise to freeze and eventually dismantle its suspected nuclear weapons program. The contract was the final phase of preparations to build the U.S.-designed reactors in Kumho, a rural village in North Korea's northeast. "Today's event reflects the improving political climate surrounding the Korean Peninsula," said Desaix Anderson, the consortium's executive director, after signing the contract in Seoul with Choi Byung-soo, the president of the South's state utility company, Korea Electric Power Corp. ....." - Associated Press 12/15/99 Sang-Hun Choe
DECEMBER 1999 : (MALAYSIA : AL QAEDA : AL MIDHAR) Malaysian police surveillance of Al Qaida in Malaysia in December 1999. Khalid al Midhar, one of the 19 suicidists was videotaped meeting with al Qaida supporters in Kuala Lumpur at a Islamic conference. This was 18 months prior to his joining the hijackers in the US. This road, if it was uninterrupted, leads to al Qaida http://www.edwardjayepstein.com/question_nato.htm
DECEMBER 1999 : (MILLENIUM PLOT, ORGANIZERS OF PLOT TO BOMB RADISSON HOTEL N JORDAN ARE ZUBAYDAH & ZARQAWI) Officials believe Abu Musab Zarqawi and Abu Zubaydah, Osama bin Laden's operations chief, were chief organizers of a foiled plot to bomb the Radisson SAS Hotel, in Amman, Jordan, which is popular with American and Israeli tourists. The attack was to take place during millennium celebrations, but Jordanian authorities stopped it in late 1999. - "U.S.: Top al-Qaeda operative recently in Baghdad," AP, October 2, 2002
1999 : (ZARQAWI TERRORIST CELL ROUNDED UP IN MILLENIUM PLOT, ZARQAWI ESCAPED TO AFGHANISTAN & CONTINUED WORKING WITH WMD, LATER WAS IN CHARGE OF TERRORIST TRAINING CAMP NEAR HERAT) In 1999, one group he had set up to carry out attacks against Westerners and Israelis during the Millennium was rounded up by security authorities. Zarqawi escaped and returned to Afghanistan, where he continued his work on chemical and biological weapons. Jordans state security court sentenced him in absentia to 15 years imprisonment with hard labor. He turned up later in western Afghanistan where he was in charge of a guerrilla training camp near Herat. - "The biowar threat: Jordanian mastermind sought," by Ed Blanche, The Daily Star , April 29 2003
(* Now here's an excerpt from an article which makes me wonder if Berger's stolen docs are linked to this in some way- the article looked out of place at the time, like a weird CYA effort for a past administration. Perhaps it was effort to elevate people's roles and revise history to benefit a future campaign including these people.) :
DECEMBER 8, 1999 : (MILLENIUM PLOT? : CLINTON MEETING) WASHINGTON, "The grooms are ready for the big wedding." In another context sisters getting married in a double service this would be an occasion for joy. In fact, though, this was chilling news, a coded communiqué intercepted in an overseas telephone call. It was news that had the most powerful people of the most powerful nation gathered, grim-faced, in the windowless Situation Room in the basement of the White House. Among those seated around the massive wooden table Dec. 8, 1999, were Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Attorney General Janet Reno, National Security Advisor Samuel Berger, FBI Director Louis Freeh, CIA Director George Tenet, Richard Clarke of the National Security Council and Michael Sheehan, chief of counterterrorism for the State Department. Tenet had the floor: For months, the Central Intelligence Agency had been picking up sketchy reports about possible terrorist acts planned for the dawn of the millennium. Now, friendly foreign intelligence agencies were pursuing tips of terrifying inevitability. There may be as many as 15 attacks against Americans in the works, Tenet explained. The CIA didn't know where, though U.S. facilities abroad were likely targets. They didn't know exactly when, though analysts suspected it would be during New Year's Eve celebrations. What they did know was who: al-Qaida, the Islamic extremist group headed by Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden. But bin Laden and his network had been elusive prey. And the latest intelligence reports confirmed that the terrorists were doing more than hiding. They were plotting. Jordanian security agents had intercepted a telephone call between an al-Qaida leader and a suspected Jordanian terrorist. In the call, Abu Zubaydah, the No. 3 man in al-Qaida, said cryptically, "The grooms are ready for the big wedding" a signal that plans were in motion. So the White House drafted plans of its own. Clarke, Clinton's point man on terrorism, outlined them for the others: First, the administration would persuade friendly governments to sweep up suspected terrorists and arrest, search, deport or simply harass them anything to disrupt the New Year's Eve attacks. Meanwhile, the State Department's Sheehan would contact the Taliban, the radical Islamic ruling party in Afghanistan, and demand that it turn over bin Laden for prosecution in the embassy bombings. - (Where's Clinton?) December 12, 1999 : http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/news/nation-world/terroristwithin/chapter1.html
(* My note: This seems to be an effort to play up Clarke in the press as being more important than he actually was- don't forget the Millenium plot was only discovered because of an alert customs agent at the border who caught Ressam, not neccessarily because of anything Clarke or anyone else did.)
DECEMBER 14, 1999 : (MILLENIUM PLOT : RESSAM CAUGHT BY US CUSTOMS SERVICE) "Thanks to the quick response of US Customs Agents to behavior deemed suspicious at the Canadian border in Port Angeles on December 14, 1999, Ahmed Ressam was caught trying to smuggle RDX explosives. A wide-ranging investigation, unprecedented in its sweep and scope, succeeded in identifying and arresting other members of the hitherto unknown terrorist cell to which Ressam belonged. A plot to bomb and destroy targets in the United States, although still not publicly identified, had been narrowly averted." - PREPARED TESTIMONY OF STEVEN EMERSON, TERRORIST EXPERT AND INVESTIGATOR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TERRORISM NEWSWIRE, INC. BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY SUBCOMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND CLAIMS SUBJECT - INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM AND IMMIGRATION POLICY, January 26, 2000
DECEMBER 17, 1999 : (UN SECURITY COUNCIL RELIEVES SANCTIONS ON IRAQ) The UN Security Council voted to relieve the sanctions on Iraq. DECEMBER 25, 1999 : (UK LABOUR MP GALLOWAY SPENDS CHRISTMAS WITH IRAQI OFFICIAL TARIQ AZIZ) - Source Galloway, on Radio 4 program "On the Ropes." on June 17, 2003 according to the story "I was in Iraq on day alleged in memos, admits Galloway," By Sally Pook, Daily Telegraph - UK, June 18, 2003
DECEMBER 26, 1999 : (BOXING DAY HOLIDAY : UK LABOUR MP GALLOWAY IS IN IRAQ, MEETS WITH IRAQI INTELLIGENCE AGENT OVER GALLOWAY'S CUT OF THE OIL FOR FOOD PROGRAM) One of the documents [found by the UK Telegraph in Iraq in 2003] was a memorandum suggesting that on Boxing Day 1999 Mr Galloway met an Iraqi intelligence agent in Baghdad and laid out his demands for a larger slice of the revenue from the sale of three million barrels of oil every six months. It also purported to show him as asking for "exceptional" commercial opportunities. Saddam Hussein's office rejected these alleged requests for more money, explaining that they were unaffordable. -"I was in Iraq on day alleged in memos, admits Galloway," By Sally Pook, Daily Telegraph - UK, June 18, 2003
1999 late : (EVIDENCE ESTABLISHES MONTES TO BE A CUBAN MOLE : DIA BLOCKS MONTES' SELECTION TO MOVE TO CIA DIRECTOR TENET'S NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL) DIA senior intelligence analyst Ana Belen Montes originally came under suspicion of being a spy for Cuba's communist government in 1994. However, DIA and FBI counterspies could not prove she was engaging in espionage and Montes continued passing secrets to Havana until she was discovered in late 1999. ... Montes was placed under surveillance in late 1999 and at one point was selected to work for CIA Director George J. Tenet's National Intelligence Council. The DIA blocked Montes' move by freezing all transfers. - "DIA fears Cuban mole aided Russia, China," by Bill Gertz, washtimes, 2/1/2003
DECEMBER 1999 : (RUSSIAN DIPLOMAT GUSEV IS EXPELLED FROM STATE DEPT FOR SPYING) Russian diplomat Stanislav Borisovich Gusev was expelled from the State Department last December after reportedly being caught gathering department information with an eavesdropping device. - 'Highly classified' State Department computer missing," CNN.com - US - 'Highly classified' State Department computer ..., April 17, 2000
1999 late - 2000 early : (HAMBURG CELL : ATTA & ACCOMPLICES AL-SHEHHI, AL-JARRAH, BAHAJI & BINALSHIBH TRAINED IN AFGHANISTAN) Mohamed Atta and two accomplices trained at Qaeda camps in Afghanistan from late 1999 to early 2000. Four other Arabs from Hamburg attended camps there about the same time, including Marwan al-Shehhi, Ziad al-Jarrah, Said Bahaji and Ramzi bin al-Shibh. It is not known if they trained together - Extracted from "Germans Lay Out Early Qaeda Ties to 9/11 Hijackers, " by DOUGLAS FRANTZ and DESMOND BUTLER, New York Times, August 24, 2002
* My note: Of course, it's worth noting that a guy named Zarqawi was tied deeply into the Millenium Plots ... he is one of the biggest links between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda, and one of the biggest thorns in our side even today.
I can see why a rat would want to hide info on this guy- if they want to keep they "no connections" myth alive.
WOW, he is going to jail
Didn't Fawn Hall stuff from documents down her pants or something? Someone help me out here.
I'm afraid it will be yet another "smack on the wrist."
You know, "He's admitted it; it was inadvertent. Let's move on."
hehehe ... GOOD!
God, I hope they get destroyed over this. But I'm not as optimistic as you are, the Left are cover up artists. And they have most of the papers and the big 3 networks.
October 2, 2003 was when Archives said pages were missing. House was searched in January after Berger couldn't find papes and he had retained counsel. I guess just enough time to rid the house and office of any clues! LOL.
Nothing like telegraphing that "We're coming to search your house."
I was just thinking about that; what would the purpose of doing this be FOR HIM? He had to know the rules.
What did HE have to gain?
You're exactly right; thank you for bringing me back to my senses!
WOW, he is going to jail
I know it's a longshot, but they should try to flip Berger and go after the "Big Cheese"....
Any group (the Rats and the mainstream media employees) that can accept Joshua Steiner's "I lied to my diary" to explain the incriminating evidence in his diary -- a document that was in the hands of the Senate committee investigating the Clinton pukes' shenanigans at the RTC -- will have no trouble cutting the legs off this story. At least he didn't say, "I don't recall."
Coverup and *ss covering. He is expert at it.
Perhaps he was made an offer he couldn't refuse.
Bush Aides Block Clinton's Papers From 9/11 PanelI wonder if this is relevant.
The general counsel of Mr. Clinton's presidential foundation, Bruce Lindsey, who was his deputy White House counsel, said in an interview that he was concerned that the Bush administration had applied a "very legalistic approach to the documents" and might have blocked the release of material that would be valuable to the commission.
Mr. Lindsey said he first complained to the commission in February after learning from the archives that the Bush administration had withheld so many documents.
"I voiced a concern that the commission was making a judgment on an incomplete record," he said. "I want to know why there is a 75 percent difference between what we were ready to produce and what was being produced to the commission."
Lindsey is Clinton's BAG MAN!!!!
More likely what did Berger have to lose if he refused? Someone obviously had Sandy by the short hairs. Or maybe Berger saw On'Neill getting away with something similar and figured he, Berger, could too.
Why do I feel a name missing from this story? Sid Blumenthal.
Great work, The key is Zarqawi, that is the tie they might be trying to cover up, he is also linked to the Cole attack as well
One would think that a phone call to Lindsey would be the sweetest revenge.
Well, look, Maggie, what I happen to find this very week:
John Edwards Advisors:
Ron Asmus senior trans-atlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States
Sandy Berger national security advisor under Clinton
Kurt Campbell deputy assistant secretary of defense under Clinton
Larry Diamond senior fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University
Richard Holbrooke ambassador to the United Nations under Clinton
Michael McFaul senior fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University
I'm trying so hard to stay humble but you're making it very difficult. LOL.
I maintain that from the time he requested permission to review the documents, he was being watched. I also surmise that special steps were taken (like changing which employees observed and handled the video tape) so that Berger couldn't get any inside help. Perhaps the "inside help" decided national security in a time of war was more important than covering up for the Clintonistas.
Maybe so but WHY was Berger willing to do something this risky? Must have been a very compelling reason. mmmmmmm
But isn't it interesting that Toon made Lindsey his legal archival rep.? Wonder when that occurred? If this was something Toon had been planning for quite a while? And if Lindsey was called, was he required to inform anyone? And if so, did Lindsey do it in a timely fashion and in a completely forthcoming way?
This is one of the problems of FR, IMO.
We are WAY ahead of this story......and now we will have to sit here and wait for "them" to catch up!!!!!
ON another reading, there are his personal notes, contemperaneous to the viewing.
But why not just put them in his leather folder?
Hey maybe the man just likes the "feel of leather".
Is that why they called Bruce Lindsey? Because they knew he would contact the "correct" people to help "lose" the other copies? I hope they have Lindsey captured in this sting also. He should be in jail along with the Clintons.
"As the New York Post reported just last month, during Kerry's 1972 bid for Congress, his younger brother, Cameron Kerry, was arrested for "breaking into ... the headquarters of a Kerry opponent" in Lowell, Mass.
Kerry's brother and another campaign worker pleaded not guilty to charges of "breaking and entering with the intent to commit grand larceny."
After the arrests, candidate Kerry told the New York Times that the break-in was a pre-emptive strike in response to threats that phone lines to his campaign headquarters were about to be sabotaged.
Cameron Kerry is now a partner in a Boston-based law firm and has been a key financial backer of all of his brother's campaigns."
Got an answer to 584??
The Kerry/Edwards campaign is just chock full of Toon retreads. That campaign is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toon, Inc.
All I'm saying is that any glee over this should be tempered with our experience of how the MSM spins crime and treason to the left's advantage, as well as "our" side's typical jelly-doughnut-like response to these events. This is the same gang of the "inadvertent" 900 FBI files. Most of the public really has no understanding of document classification levels and security of them, and it'll be easy for the left to spin this into "well, he was the Nat'l Sec Advisor, so what if he took them."
I'd love to see Berger/Clinton et. al. brought up on conspiracy, obstruction, what have you. Let's hold our breath -- you go first.
Now I know why the Democrats are being so silent about Joe Wilson being trashed by the media, they're scared to death
Oh, they've got copies, all right.
I'm loving this, and thank goodness for FR, because the television media is particularly poor so far on this. I saw the Fox News update. No mention of Berger hiding docs in his clothing!
Clinton always had Lindsey sitting in on meetings so he could claim attorney/client privilege if questioned.
It was the guy who was writing a book on Kerry. Said they were stolen, but IIRC, it was proven false --
As many as it takes,apparently.
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