Skip to comments.Bush Forgives Sandy Berger?
Posted on 09/09/2005 2:37:36 PM PDT by Carl/NewsMax
If President Bush is upset that former national security advisor Sandy Berger destroyed top secret terrorism documents in a bid to obstruct the 9/11 Commission investigation, he sure has a strange way of showing it.
In June, two months after Berger pled guilty to what some say is the most serious crime ever committed by a senior White House official - Bush invited him to the White House, where, according to the Associated Press, the disgraced former Clinton advisor was trotted out to voice support for CAFTA legislation.
Yesterday D.C. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson rejected a plea worked out for Berger by the Bush Justice Department, saying the $10,000 fine and 3-year security suspension arranged by Public Integrity Section chief Noel Hillman was way too lenient.
Robinson quintupled the fine and sentenced Berger to 100 hours of community service, saying that Hillman's recommendation didn't "sufficiently reflect the seriousness of the offense."
President Bush, however, apparently didn't agree. Two months after Mr. Hillman filed the ridiculously light plea bargain, Bush rewarded him with an appointment to the federal bench.
Good thing Judge Robinson's sentence left Mr. Berger's security suspension in place. Otherwise he might be on the short list for FEMA director.
It's a strange world we live in, indeed.
Amen to all that.
NSA knows where the bodies are buried...among both parties. No way Berger was going to spend time in prison.
I suspect that at that level, everyone knows where every one else's bodies are buried. So unless you are prepared to deliver a knockout punch, its probably best to be polite.
and with this Katrina stuff now, we will never get to the bottom of Able Danger.
Politicians suck. Hasn't anyone inside DC ever heard of doing what is RIGHT for the nation first and foremost?
They'd better learn, and quick. "We the people" have about had our fill of this crap.
They're all on the same team.
President Bush's refusal to say anything bad about anyone, no matter how richly deserved, puzzles me. Of course, it's not often a good idea to slam people (no matter how hard they're begging for it)--you can too easily end up looking like the bad guy. And, of course, slamming a liberal is risky since they have absolutely no scruples about escalating the situation.
I think President Bush is taking the high road. And he's so genuinely nice himself that he appears to believe most people will respond reasonably to his kindess. Come to think of it, that's a trait he shares with Ronald Reagan.
It's all about money and power. Nothing surprises me regarding these elitists anymore.
HE can be nice and more effective, like what about a veto!!!
You know I hadn't put it in that context before now, but with all he knows jail is not a place you would want to put him.
It almost like the 15 year old computer hacker that when cought he was hired by the company whose system he hacked.
They did not want him in jail teaching what he knows to others.
They all protect there own in order to protect themselves.
This is such Bullshi!t!
Bush and the Republicans are looking more and more like the old Democrats.
Very true. He's also a real company man, isn't he? He seems to want to support everyone, even criminal creeps like Sandy Berger.
I think George Washington, who valued his personal integrity so highly, would have declined to meet with Berger. Not so long ago, people would shun someone who'd been convicted of a crime. Today criminals get book and movie deals. Makes me want to go home and push the TV out onto the driveway.
It is a simple back scratching technique used by all administrations. Clinton did not probe Bush #1 and left it alone. Bush # 2 will not start picking at the Clinton goons. The pairing of Bush #1 and Clinton is creepy. I agree with Peggy Noonan. Berger is ready to serve again. He will be on tap to work with the next Democrat administration. He is a true soldier for the left.
Bush is running with the Builderberg crowd. People without borders. Marx would be proud.
Sorry, Carl, but I had this pegged as a NewsMax crap-piece from the headline alone. There's nothing here but innuendo so pathetic that even a Democrat would be ashamed to use it.
Sandy Berger also co-chaired a committee which criticized the postwar planning in Iraq. It's a strange World when people like Berger are held up as persons we should respect.
The worst looter of all!
Magistrate Judges are usually the newbies in the Federal judiciary. I would have liked to have seen what a more experienced Judge might have asked old Sandy.
I agree, it makes my skin crawl.
And Berger should be in prison.
1. Bush did nothing to investigate Clinton for ANY of his crimes while in office, especially China-gate and Pardon-gate, as well has Clinton's people trashing the White House as a nice little parting gift that cost the taxpayers money. Bush is obligated to pursue Justice for the American people not himself.
2. I was disgustted by Bush's patronizing of Bill Clinton at the opening of the Clinton libarary recently. Bush held Clinton up as a great President and wonderful man to be admired and respected -- a man who set the "oral sex is not sex" example for America's children, and besmirched the office of President of the United States. Yet, not a peep out of any of the pundits on that one.
If you or I did what Berger did, we would be in jail for years! But, because Berger is one of the Washington elite, he gets off scott-free! So much for Justice!
Does anyone still think Terrence Reed's Book; "Compromised, Bush, Clinton, Cocaine" is tin foil hat stuff?
Sure, civil service rules might prevent some clintonistats from being terminated. But, at the senior levels, they all serve at the pleasure of the president. From Gorelick to Wilson to Berger, EVERY time W has put trust in a Clintonista, that scumbag has done exactly what Willie would have wanted. And, why W is giving Willie a federal platform to raise Katrina funds is beyond me. Willie only works for Willie and, sometimes, Hillie.
Do we have a record of the Clintonistas who stayed who have been caught?
It's getting so that you can't tell one side from the other anymore. Goddamn the political ruling class anyway! They are scarcly more tolerable than that we overthrew in 1776.
Oh no. :( I mean...really....oh no.
Stop right there! Bush is NO Ronald Reagan, period!
So much for this "Two-Party Cartel" that until it is broken up we will get this kind of justice & this lousy type of government.
It's a road paved with gold paid for by us. He hasn't done a single veto. The rate of spending is inexcusable. He did warn us, though, about the "new tone in Washington." A nice phrase that really means the incumbents (of both parties) versus the American people. The president's job is to be an effective manager and leader, not a nice guy at our expense.
I think that the President knows that he did it after being asked by someone else - whether it was for loyalty or because someone had something hanging over his head. Maybe he was boxed into a corner and the WH knows what really happened. It is still wrong of course, but I don't think we know the whole story either.
This book started me on the total corruption of top government. There is no doubt that GW is compromised. There is no doubt that the next president & the next & so on will be compromised. The exception was Ronald Reagan & he was feared by many because of that. That was the reason when Pat Buchanan ran that just when his campaign got going these elites shut it down. They didn't own him. Just as the book mentioned & will be proven correct in later years, the fact Bubba got off with nothing & the Hildabeast is on tract to become the next president & totally ruin this nation for the sake of the One World Order.
Talk about compromised, Buchanan was actually employed by CNN at one time.
At times, I agree - Bush is an IDIOT!
Not to mention the extreme stupidity of issuing debit cards of $2000 ??
I'm sorry, but that's the last straw. The republican party and it's leaders are cowards and really no different than the democrats by how they protect each other (the political class). Maybe it's true what the left says about Bush that he's drinking again, cuz his actions make no sense.
Couldn't agree with you more. The political class needs to be reminded who signs their paychecks.
"working jus' fine"? I see your 1st of the month check is still not spent & your free meds haven't yet run out. (just kidding)
On another thread, I suggested that a Magistrate was somewhere between a Meter Maid and a Justice of the Peace. This case was handled as a misdemeanor instead of a felony which was a travesty of justice. Words cannot express my contempt for everyone involved in this whitewash.