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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: Shermy
I think the notes are a ruse for the missing docs. Used the notes as a cover story if he got caught. The auditors of the archive caught him, and I doubt they were missing some notes.

He knew what he was doing, why else put the stuff in your pants.
651 posted on 07/19/2004 7:21:07 PM PDT by snooker
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To: Howlin
That was the Oil for food program, they were the U.N. Documents that a reporter had in his possession
652 posted on 07/19/2004 7:21:14 PM PDT by MJY1288 ("KERRY" & "EDWARDS" ARE TWO "JOHNS" THAT NEED FLUSHING!)
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To: Howlin

I can't say. Anybody connected with Clinton gets no airtime on my TV.

He's a lowlife liar, thief and traitor.

None of us are safe while this degenerate Pantload is walking around.


653 posted on 07/19/2004 7:21:23 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Sub-Driver

The rosenbergs spied on America to give Stalin the H-bomb

Berger is a commie spy stealing evidence of the crimes of his socialist master.

654 posted on 07/19/2004 7:21:25 PM PDT by pulaskibush (Now I know and don't know, and knowing and not knowing is half the battle- GI Kerry!)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Do you know when Clinton testified? It was before Bush and Cheney.....and I've even forgotten when they testified!


655 posted on 07/19/2004 7:21:35 PM PDT by Howlin (John Kerry & John Edwards: Political Malpractice)
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To: Howlin
I noticed that. It's compelling to hear them speak, but heck, I knew what they were about to say.

I switched back over to A&E for my guilty pleasure:


656 posted on 07/19/2004 7:21:37 PM PDT by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: windchime

It was at 8:30! I heard it. :-)


657 posted on 07/19/2004 7:21:40 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: MJY1288

Good points! BTW, they are having COWS over on Dirty Underpants; even they agree that this was bad and incredibly stoopid. Boy, if DU'ers think something is dumb, it must be dumb to the nth degree!


658 posted on 07/19/2004 7:21:45 PM PDT by alwaysconservative (Kerry votes against what he believes because he doesn't believe in believing his beliefs. Steyn)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
Maybe so but WHY was Berger willing to do something this risky? Must have been a very compelling reason.

Obviously because of the content of the documents. Which shows right there he wouldn't just take documents because Bill told him with an eye to ruining Kerry. No, Berger knew the content, he knew the implications for Clinton and it is the content that they wanted to hide. None of this other nonsense that this is Hillary's plot to bring down Kerry. Absurd.

659 posted on 07/19/2004 7:21:52 PM PDT by cyncooper ("We will fear no evil...And we will prevail")
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To: OldFriend

Isn't it just,my twin. :-)


660 posted on 07/19/2004 7:22:09 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Petronski

OMG...I am SO hooked on that show............I'm embarassed to admit it....but I love that show!!!


661 posted on 07/19/2004 7:22:13 PM PDT by Howlin (John Kerry & John Edwards: Political Malpractice)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

I remember. Lindsey's a handy guy to have around. A regular jack-of-all trades.


662 posted on 07/19/2004 7:22:19 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Howlin

"I met with John in the spring of '01, before 9-11,..."

What do you make of this, Howlin?


663 posted on 07/19/2004 7:22:28 PM PDT by maggief
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To: DUMBGRUNT
So what do we know about Lindsay..

Attorney, reviewed all Clinton's pardons, aka "Clinton's most loyal operative"

664 posted on 07/19/2004 7:23:08 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Howlin

I am going to have to make a timeline. This is getting so confusing and when the MSM gets done with their spinning, will be even more so.


665 posted on 07/19/2004 7:23:08 PM PDT by NavySEAL F-16 ("proud to be a Reagan Republican")
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To: piasa

You have Freepmail!


666 posted on 07/19/2004 7:23:15 PM PDT by Howlin (John Kerry & John Edwards: Political Malpractice)
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To: mewzilla

LOL!

I guess I should not be laughing about this. Because for Clinton to have one of his boys risk this much public scene...there had to be something pretty dang bad that they were trying to hide.


667 posted on 07/19/2004 7:23:21 PM PDT by ArmyBratproud
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To: snooker








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Plus the whole pub has a number, and the number of pubs is kept in a very secure place.


668 posted on 07/19/2004 7:23:32 PM PDT by 185JHP ( "Ich kann nicht anders.")
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To: Shermy
Kerry is looking real good right now. Two of his closest advisors, a liar and a thief.
669 posted on 07/19/2004 7:23:32 PM PDT by YaYa123 (@Kerry = He's Just A Gigolo.com)
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To: StriperSniper

LOL ....Lesko...I love Lesko...he makes me laugh...and so did you ...thanks.


670 posted on 07/19/2004 7:23:49 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: OXENinFLA; Howlin; mewzilla

Bruce Lindsey has been in charge of the Clinton documents since they left the White House in January, 2001. He determines what is released to the public, the courts and investigators.


671 posted on 07/19/2004 7:23:59 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: Howlin; Dog
Here's another interesting tidbit: no one on the Intelligence Committee knew about the missing documents.

I bet this is because the administration didn't want to give a heads-up to whoever else was involved in this.

672 posted on 07/19/2004 7:24:06 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: cyncooper

Yea, but Berger wasn't trying to protect himself. He was trying to protect Clinton. WHY? Why would he do it?


673 posted on 07/19/2004 7:24:10 PM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Bahbah

"He stuck documents in his pants, and it was inadvertent!"

His boss stuck interns in his pants and it was Starr's fault.

Makes perfect sense to a Democrat.


674 posted on 07/19/2004 7:24:31 PM PDT by WestTexasWend
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To: windchime

Is Oliver North on this story yet?


675 posted on 07/19/2004 7:24:36 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: fhayek

Yup. And shredded a LOT.........LOL.

Justin Thornton was HER attorney........and she got ZIP.


676 posted on 07/19/2004 7:24:37 PM PDT by Howlin (John Kerry & John Edwards: Political Malpractice)
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To: theophilusscribe

In addition to the actual transcript of Berger's testimony, here is the spot in the LIVE THREAD where Berger begins.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1104313/posts?page=550#550


677 posted on 07/19/2004 7:24:45 PM PDT by cyncooper ("We will fear no evil...And we will prevail")
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To: bwteim

Oh boy .....................bttt


678 posted on 07/19/2004 7:24:53 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Miss Marple

I found that part of the article astounding! They are just now getting the papers together to inform the committee. I feel like this is a Chinese Fire Drill.


679 posted on 07/19/2004 7:24:56 PM PDT by NavySEAL F-16 ("proud to be a Reagan Republican")
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To: kristinn

missing docs....Seems like old times


680 posted on 07/19/2004 7:25:02 PM PDT by woofie ( I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: Miss Marple

I picked that up also....there is more to this I bet.


681 posted on 07/19/2004 7:25:14 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Sub-Driver

"inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents"

???????WHAT?????????

LIAR !!


682 posted on 07/19/2004 7:25:27 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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To: alwaysconservative
Note to DU: It's the end of the world as you know it. It's the end of the world as you know it. It's then end of the world as you know it, and we feel fine....
683 posted on 07/19/2004 7:25:34 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Shermy
ON another reading, there are his personal notes, contemperaneous to the viewing. But why not just put them in his leather folder?

Because you can't TAKE notes and leave the room with them.

684 posted on 07/19/2004 7:25:40 PM PDT by Howlin (John Kerry & John Edwards: Political Malpractice)
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To: Howlin
Berger is the second high-level Clinton-era official to face controversy over taking classified information home.

Former CIA 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. Deutch was about to enter into a plea agreement for a misdemeanor charge of mishandling government secrets when the pardon was granted.

685 posted on 07/19/2004 7:25:50 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl
I hope they have Lindsey captured in this sting also. He should be in jail along with the Clintons.

Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?

686 posted on 07/19/2004 7:26:22 PM PDT by Howlin (John Kerry & John Edwards: Political Malpractice)
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To: Sacajaweau
When you review these in a secure room, there are usually several cameras along with a "viewer" of everything you do. He should have been stopped before he left. If he wasn't, it means he got a free pass and someone else is involved. Taking a briefcase in the room??? I can't even imagine that.

Or a sting?...(I can dream)

687 posted on 07/19/2004 7:26:42 PM PDT by cyncooper ("We will fear no evil...And we will prevail")
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To: mass55th

OMG.....they are ALL thieves!!!!!


688 posted on 07/19/2004 7:26:52 PM PDT by Howlin (John Kerry & John Edwards: Political Malpractice)
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To: Howlin
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!!!!!

That's not a problem to me I actually enjoy courtesy of FR "Scooping" the rest of the media around the coffee pot at work. First the "You're BSing! That can't be true."

Then once the lamestream media catches up hearing "Damn!" "Where did you find that piece of news?"

689 posted on 07/19/2004 7:26:52 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: kcvl
"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."

So is this going to be another "memogate" were the REAL crime gets covered up?

Why on earth did Justice not inform Congress!

690 posted on 07/19/2004 7:27:14 PM PDT by hobson
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To: ArmyBratproud
there had to be something pretty dang bad that they were trying to hide.

I know what you mean. In the immortal words of Han Solo: I've got a bad feeling about this :(

691 posted on 07/19/2004 7:27:24 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Howlin
On another thread I was reading earlier today, Karl Rove was very confident talking to some GOP people and said that there would be several "big things" over the next few weeks.

Is this a "big thing?"

692 posted on 07/19/2004 7:27:24 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: 185JHP
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Plus the whole pub has a number, and the number of pubs is kept in a very secure place."

yep, that's how it worked when I was doing it. You signed the log for each page. You don't just make copies and walk out either. They aren't that stupid.
693 posted on 07/19/2004 7:27:27 PM PDT by snooker
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1174523/posts


694 posted on 07/19/2004 7:28:05 PM PDT by ScottFromSpokane (Re-elect President Bush: http://spokanegop.org/bush.html)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
Because he got a phone call saying: "Remember Vince".

I'm really worried for Berger right now.

695 posted on 07/19/2004 7:28:08 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Mo1
HEY .. isn't Sandy a political advisor for Kerry?

More clearly: Who was Sandy working for when he did this? What circumstances made this the time right time to purloin? Would it not have been far less risky to pay some LOC staffer $6Gs to loose all the copies? Maybe someone really needed to have a copy (switch to nuanced, Clinton-think for Berger lie-detector-foolingly calling them "copies").

Maybe Sandy thought he was heading off the records becoming electronically searchable, where his writing would surely come back to bite him.

HF

696 posted on 07/19/2004 7:28:28 PM PDT by holden
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To: kcvl
Man, thank you for posting the photo. I just finished reading the transcript of the speeches given by Clinton and Ambassador Pete Peterson the day that photo was taken. I have emboldened two small sections for you to consider. The first is by Clinton, and the second is by Peterson. I would appreciate hearing your opinion of this exchange. The transcript begins below the red stars.

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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary
(Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam)

______________________________________________________________

November 17, 2000

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
TO EMBASSY PERSONNEL

Daewoo Hotel
Hanoi, Socialist
Republic of Vietnam

7:00 P.M. (L)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. I want to thank Senator Kerry for what he said and for what he's done all these years, and for being a wonderful friend to Hillary and me in many, many ways. And I want to thank Sandy Berger, and our whole team in the White House and State Department for supporting this trip from the beginning. And I want to associate myself with what Hillary said -- now that she's going to be a senator, I can just let her give the speeches and I can say, "I completely agree." And that will save everyone from having to hear two speeches. (Laughter.)

But I do want to say a couple of things, if I might. First, I, too, want to thank you for the endless hours you have put in in preparation for this trip, and for the work you have done representing our nation here in Vietnam.

I want to thank especially the Vietnamese nationals who work at our Embassy, and who, therefore, embody this new partnership we have worked so hard to build these last several years.

We started this process of reconstructing our relationship a long time ago, and I have been working at it now, with the people on this stage and others, for at least eight years. And I'm very grateful to all of them. But I want to take my time tonight to say a special word of thanks to Pete Peterson.

Most everybody I guess in Vietnam knows that he was a fighter pilot here, that he was a prisoner of war here. You may know that his wife was nine months pregnant with their third child when he came here. He was supposed to fly 100 missions, and he was shot down two-thirds of the way through. And by the time he got home, his son was six years old.

What you may not know is that when I met him, he was a congressman from northern Florida, and he represented a district in which, I promise you, was the only American in my party who would have ever been elected from that district. (Laughter.) Otherwise, any normal person would have had to be a member of the other party.

And I remember the times we spent driving through his congressional district, talking about his commitment to public service, and talking about how desperately he wanted us to have a new relation with Vietnam, and how he wanted to embody that, going beyond.

So when the time came for a new ambassador to be named, I literally only considered one person. America has I don't know how many, 270-something-million people -- I only considered one person to be our ambassador to Vietnam, and Pete agreed to do it.

Now, he gave all those speeches about letting go of the past, and looking toward the future, and all we can change is the future. So he -- one thing I like about Pete is he always practices what he preaches. So he comes to Vietnam, meets Vietnam and starts a new life. So you are the embodiment, madam, of the future for Pete, and we thank you, and we thank you for what you have done. (Applause.)

He traveled all over Vietnam, just like he traveled all over America, promoting this relationship. He worked on the POW-MIA issue. He worked to advance the economy of Vietnam. Three times he led the lobbying to get our Congress to support our Jackson-Vanik waiver. His enthusiasm is completely infectious.

I understand, Pete, today that CNN and BBC carried the signing of our bilateral trade agreement live at 3:00 a.m. Hanoi, and watch parties were held all over town. Now, that's pretty amazing.

I also want to thank him for the work he did to prevent injuries and accidents here with his safety campaign. And I want to express my sympathies, because I understand after you started this safety campaign, a mischievous television film crew caught you in a rare moment riding your motorcycle without a helmet. (Laughter.) Now, that's something all of us who have been in public life can identify with. (Laughter.)

I want to thank you for befriending the villagers in the area where you were shot down, and joining them to inaugurate a school. And I want to thank those of you who work in this Embassy, especially those of you who have extended your tours from two years to three. I want to thank the members of the American business community, apparently who have signed a resolution cautioning the new President not to change the Ambassador in Hanoi. (Laughter.) That's good advice to the new President. (Laughter.)

One of the most famous sayings of the Buddha is, "Never does hatred by hatred cease; hatred ceases by love alone." This is an eternal law. Even eternal laws have to be made real in the lives of particular people, and that is a law which has been made real in the life and service of Pete Peterson.

He doesn't know I'm going to do this today, but the Ambassador has been honored for his military service with the Silver Star, the Purple Heart and the Legion of Merit for heroism in the uniform of his country. I think his service as Ambassador to Vietnam is the most important service he has ever rendered to the United States. And so, in the presence of all of his co-workers and friends and many of their rambunctious children, which makes it even better, I am going to award Pete Peterson with the President's Citizen's Medal. And I would like the commander to read the citation and then bring the medal up here so I can give it to Pete. (Applause.)

(The citation is read.) (Applause.)

AMBASSADOR PETERSON: Well, I have been surprised before, but never so surprised -- and never so honored, may I add. President Clinton, I cannot tell you how much this means to me.

Working here as an American citizen, doing good things, after having been here doing things not so good at another time, is a rare opportunity for anyone. I really believe that America can help make Vietnam a peaceful, constructive nation for the foreseeable future.

No other nation has the compassion; no other nation has the capacity to do it. If America's not willing to do it, Vietnam would ultimately remain a third world country. And that's why this team is here, because they all share this belief. And we are deeply honored to have had the opportunity to serve our nation in carrying out that goal, but also to help the Vietnamese, the people -- you mentioned the FSN that we have -- they're so wonderful -- but the people of Vietnam who have their quality of life raised to new heights.

And so this medal means a great deal to me. But, believe me, I share it with all of my friends, and certainly all of our staff, both Vietnamese and American, because all of them have sacrificed in some way to make this relationship stronger, better, longer-lasting and creative.

So thank you very much for this incredible surprise. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much.

END 7:20 P.M. (L)

697 posted on 07/19/2004 7:28:44 PM PDT by O.C. - Old Cracker (When the cracker gets old, you wind up with Old Cracker. - O.C.)
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To: hobson

Would you give a heads-up to Jay Rockefeller and JOHN EDWARDS? Both are on the Intelligence committee.


698 posted on 07/19/2004 7:28:56 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
Yea, but Berger wasn't trying to protect himself. He was trying to protect Clinton. WHY? Why would he do it?

Since he was the National Security Advisor, I dispute your claim he wasn't trying to protect himself. I'll say it was that plus protecting Clinton. The record is replete with Clinton cronies "rolling over one more time" and doing his bidding for no apparent reason. But this time clearly Berger would have been involved in the issues.

699 posted on 07/19/2004 7:29:15 PM PDT by cyncooper ("We will fear no evil...And we will prevail")
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To: Miss Marple

Well it's a big thing if the Iraq <---> al Qauda connection turns up in Berger's pants.


700 posted on 07/19/2004 7:29:24 PM PDT by snooker
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