Skip to comments.Sandy Berger Pleads Guilty to Destroying Classified Document
Posted on 04/02/2005 8:00:41 AM PST by MaximusRules
The deal's terms make clear that Berger spoke falsely last summer in public claims that in 2003 he twice inadvertently walked off with copies of a classified document during visits to the National Archives, then later lost them.
He described the episode last summer as "an honest mistake...."
The terms of Berger's agreement required him to acknowledge to the Justice Department the circumstances of the episode. Rather than misplacing or unintentionally throwing away three of the five copies he took from the archives, as the former national security adviser earlier maintained, he shredded them with a pair of scissors late one evening at the downtown offices of his international consulting business.
The document, written by former National Security Council terrorism expert Richard A. Clarke, was an "after-action review" prepared in early 2000 detailing the administration's actions to thwart terrorist attacks during the millennium celebration. It contained considerable discussion about the administration's awareness of the rising threat of attacks on U.S. soil.
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This needs further investigation; given the documents he destroyed were copies, the analysis of them would indicate what his true motives were in trying to influence or distort the historical record.
I repeat he should have gone to jail and permanently lose his security clearance. He should never again be allowed near national security archives of this Country.
Ana Montes, the famous Cuban spy who worked for years at DIA, did much the same thing and got 25 years. This is a case of domestic political espionage.
he isnt getting his security clearance back after this....just to correct you....
but I agree, he should be in Jail.
I want to know what kind of Idiocy he was trying to cover up!! Those bafoons in the Clinton whitehouse would have rather had to cover up their crap like a kitten on the floor rather than do the right -though hard- thing for the country. Cowards every one of them.
Wasn't there a rumor at the time that Burger was talking on his cell phone at the time? If so the media has shown no curiosity as to who he was talking to.
If a Republican did this, everyone would be calling for his head. Since it's a Democrat, it's ok to give him a slap on the wrist and call it a day.
The Clinton legacy continues to be unveiled.
The whole lot of them should be behind bars.
News reports indicate he is subject only to a three year revocation of his clearance...unless it is permanently revoked.
Someone needs to be making a list of those friends.
he won't pass a new investigation with that on there....
you get reinvestigated every 5 years. a 3 year revocation will put him well into expiration and he can just forget it. Besides, I doubt he will be in a position that requires a clearance after this and they won't waste the money on him.
"he isnt getting his security clearance back after this....just to correct you" . . .
I heard that he was losing it for just three years.
What a whitewash!
he won't pass his next investigation. you have to have one every 5 years and you have to be in a position to require one. I doubt he will be able to pass the first and I SERIOUSLY doubt that he will be able to get into a job that requires something that high up anymore....
it isn't a whitewash. when DSS sees his next application, they will laugh at it and throw it away and deny him. I have seen people get denied for a lot less and people lose their clearances all the time for DUI's.....
No National Security Adviser of EITHER party would EVER be put in a prison cell. These folks know too much to be put in that kind of environment. Like it or not, Sandy Burger knows things that are best kept secret, regardless of his criminal activities. You don't want these people mad at you. That is just life.
Man,,,,I thought they had forgotten Mr. Bergers escapades.
At least someone was following up on it...I hope they find
out what was destroyed..I bet you it would say something like
they knew Osama was planning something, but they thought it
would occur 5-10years down the road..or it might have
discredited Richard Clarke....
This might be the beginning of the unveiling of the Clinton
Thanks, Mike for the insight. I'd forgotten about that process!
MY GOD! If this STINKING RAT doesn't do jail time....ughhhh I'll be floored!! DESTROYING CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS!!! Now we'll never know what was in those damaging documents...I LOATHE THE EVIL BASTARD RATS!! As usual, don't expect Bergerlar to do any time, bubba and his judgeWHORES will see to that!! Bergerlar will duck any time served... Count on it!
no problem :)
Yeah, compare what Berger did to what the Watergate burglars did. There should be a Bergergate investigation, to see who else knew about his theft.
With all due respect, his SC was only suspended for three years, (which just happens to coincide with Dubya's term in office) not "revoked". And remember he's going to plead guilty to misdemeanor not a felony.
As such, if a DEM becomes POTUS in '08, the Sand Burglar will again have his SC, that you can bet the rent money on. Heck after the three years is up his SC might automatically be restored. Or maybe his lawyer only has to submit a letter requesting it be restored.
That's why (IMO) this 3 year suspension and misdemeanor plea stinks to high heaven. It only keeps him 'out of the game' while the RATS are on the outside looking in. Once they're back in, the Sand Burglar is too.
If this had been a Republican who destroyed official documents, the media, the democrats, everyone would be calling for the gallows.
As much aa I despise them the Clinton's were bit a symptom. The disease is, at it's core, the apathy and selfishness of the American people.
How arogant is that? He stole documents, he lied about it and he doesn't think it should tarnish his reputation. Just like Bill Clintoon getting a hummer in the Oval Office. These people have no soul.
Therefore, we should return to EXECUTING SPYs. Why the walker family and their friends survived is beyond me.
these threads just happened to appear since the Berger story was questioned.
Three of the documents are forever gone. There are no copies.
It is said that the documents were evolving drafts of the same document, and there are perhaps copies of them around. However, the documents that Berger destroyed contained "margin notes" made by people who had read the drafts and there are no copies left that have those "margin notes". They're gone.
It was purely and simply a cover-up. Berger planned to lie to the 9/11 Commission and he destroyed documents/margin notes that he knew would expose his lies.
No kiddin !
I wonder. It just about seems he wanted to get caught. Why was it that important to be caught, that is the question?
They also have no taste - consider that the commander in heat chose Monica L whereas JFK at least played with Hollywood stars.
Clinton should have been impeached for bad taste, then hung for his criminal behavior.
The Timing is Suspicious
This comes out while attention is focused on an event unfolding half-way around the world.
Sandy Berger lies to NSA investigators about NATION SECURITY and pleads to a misdemeanor and a fine.
They should just sandblast the words off the Supreme Court Building that says "Equal Justice Under Law".
That's just so awesome.
I've never italicized and dittoed two at once before, but this crime warrants it. D I T T O !. The "elite" take care of the "elite" and protect them...it's the little man, usually with no money for adequate legal representation that gets the shaft!
SEN. FRED THOMPSON, Chairman, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee (To Berger): There for a while theres really an unbelievable string of events taking place. You had an individual by the name of Wong June, chairman of the Chinese International Trust & Investment Company, an arms manufacturing company, which is run by the Peoples Liberation Army, connected to a plan to smuggle assault rifles into the United States, attended a coffee with the President in February of 96. Ning Lap Sing, Mr. Wu, head of real estate development conglomerate with--from Macao. Its a notorious place where a lot of at least gambling racketeering is going on. Roger Tamraz, who we have talked to, over really the objections of the NSC, managed to get into the White House I believe six times, including seeing a movie with the President. Gregory LaShinksy, international businessman linked to organized crime in Russia and the smuggling of nuclear materials, drug smuggling and money laundering, attended the dinner with the President in October of 1993, and I take it that you were not aware of this disturbing pattern of activities and--but I also assume that had you been aware, you would have been interested, or the NSC would have been interested in checking on who these individuals were and whether or not there were any adverse implications to there being with the President or the Vice President.
KWAME HOLMAN: Berger said he was unaware Hotungs wife had pledged a $100,000 contribution to the Democratic Party at about the same time he was asked to meet with Hotung.
SEN. FRED THOMPSON: It was apparently worth $100,000 to him to have a photograph taken with the No. 2 person at the NSC. I think thats--
SAMUEL BERGER: Mr. Chairman, I really--I cant accept that conclusion, first of all. I dont know the facts. But, you know, Ive looked at the documents, and my impression is that he actually had already decided to give before any meeting with me came up...............Excerpt
I would also like to know to whom his phone records show he was making calls when in the library cramming papers into his clothing and dismissing library personnel. This had to be important to risk his position or he never would have committed this crime.
"Sandy Burger knows things that are best kept secret, regardless of his criminal activities. You don't want these people mad at you. That is just life."
I have to disagree. He may know things that can hurt Bill and Hillary and friends. But hurt this country....??
Let's examine, once again, the extent the MSM went to attack G.W. Bush with lies. They used false statements, purportedly based on Classifed Info, to call the President a Liar!
They used people involved in security and intelligence to call the President a Liar and a Manipulator and a guilty of a Cover-up!
The purpose was to overthrow the U.S. President by shifting American opinion in one of the most frenzied, hate filled campaigns in history.
This damaged American in front of the World, gave status to Socialist/Communist Anti-Americans, American hating Arabs (maybe an oxymoron), and a Voice to all other Anti-Americans.
So, what harm could it be to throw this Bastard in Jail?!!?
I must be prescient....
Look at my Tagline!
Because our guys are wimps.
$10 sayd the Sandburglar's $10,000 fine is covered by Clintoon's Red Chinese buddies.
Yeah. As far as the Washington Post is concerned, only Republicans "lie".
Can you imagine what these scumbags at the Washingtomn Post would be saying if it was Condi Rice (or any other Republican) who got caught red-handed stealing classified national security documents from the National Archives? You would be able to cut the righteous indignation in the Post's newsroom (as well as the hypocrisy) with a chainsaw.
Did the Ahole tell what documents he destroyed, what those documents covered, who they protected when he destroyed them? He should be made to come clean on every stinking document he destroyed.
No National Security Adviser of EITHER party would EVER be put in a prison cell.
I guess the only way justice could be served then would be capital punishment for treason.
Oh, Berger won't pay a dime of his own money - - that's a given.
I figure Kerry will cover it, because I think the thieving liar Berger was working for Kerry at the time.
I don't know....
but he won't be getting his security clearance back. He won't pass the investigation. That is the point of my posts.
He should be in jail. Depending on what was destroyed, he should have been looking at a treason statute too...
Yes, he had a camera phone in a secure area in wide violation of the law.