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Report Says Berger Hid Archive Documents (under a construction trailer)
Associated Press ^ | Dec 20, 2006 | LARRY MARGASAK

Posted on 12/20/2006 2:12:49 PM PST by Mr. Mojo

Former national security adviser Sandy Berger removed classified documents from the National Archives in 2003 and hid them under a construction trailer, the Archives inspector general reported Wednesday. The report was issued more than a year after Berger pleaded guilty and received a criminal sentence for removal of the documents.

Inspector General Paul Brachfeld reported that when Berger was confronted by Archives officials about the missing documents, he said it was possible he threw them in his office trash.

The report said that when Archives employees first suspected that Berger _ who had been President Clinton's national security adviser _ was removing classified documents from the Archives in the fall of they failed to notify any law enforcement agency.

Berger, who pleaded guilty to unlawfully removing and retaining classified documents, was fined $50,000, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and was barred from access to classified material for three years.

The report said that when Berger was reviewing the classified documents in the Archives building a few blocks from the Capitol, employees saw him bending down and fiddling with something white, which could have been paper, around his ankle.

However, Archives employees did not feel at the time there was enough information to confront someone of Berger's stature, the report said.

Brachfeld reported that on one visit, Berger took a break to go outside without an escort.

"In total, during this visit, he removed four documents ... .

"Mr. Berger said he placed the documents under a trailer in an accessible construction area outside Archives 1 (the main Archives building)."

Berger acknowledged that he later retrieved the documents from the construction area and returned with them to his office.

Berger, with the authorization of former President Clinton, was reviewing National Security Council documents on Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida, Sudan, and related presidential correspondence. The review was to facilitate Berger's impending testimony before the House and Senate intelligence committees.


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1 posted on 12/20/2006 2:12:52 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo

Nice timing.


2 posted on 12/20/2006 2:13:43 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Mr. Mojo

I'm glad I'll be reading FR next week!


3 posted on 12/20/2006 2:14:19 PM PST by AmishDude (I coined "Senator Ass" to describe Jim Webb. He may have already used it as a character in a novel.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

bump


4 posted on 12/20/2006 2:14:20 PM PST by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: mewzilla
However, Archives employees did not feel at the time there was enough information to confront someone of Berger's stature, the report said.

And because of that, what's in the NA from the Toon admin is now worthless.

5 posted on 12/20/2006 2:14:33 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla

WTF?..This man is walking free???


6 posted on 12/20/2006 2:14:53 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Mr. Mojo
Filthy disgusting lying stealing disreputable bastard.

Destined to be a star in Hilary's administration.

7 posted on 12/20/2006 2:14:57 PM PST by Williams
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To: samadams2000
WTF?..This man is walking free???

Yup. And he could get his clearance back.

8 posted on 12/20/2006 2:15:57 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Mr. Mojo
was barred from access to classified material for three years

Three years. Then the Hambergler can once again access and steal classified information again.

Remember when we used to execute people for this sort of behavior?


9 posted on 12/20/2006 2:16:44 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: STARWISE; Howlin; Mo1; Bahbah; Peach

PING


10 posted on 12/20/2006 2:16:45 PM PST by Txsleuth (Bolton/Cheney (that would be Lynne) 08)
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To: Mr. Mojo

That's okay. After that TV show on ABC recently, we know what was in the documents. It was obvious damning evidence against the Clinton Administration, and their total failure to capture Osama bin Laden and prevent 9-11.


11 posted on 12/20/2006 2:17:09 PM PST by TommyDale (Iran President Ahmadinejad is shorter than Tom Daschle!)
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To: Mr. Mojo

What's gotten into the AP? I'd almost have to assume that they are a legitamate news outlet.


12 posted on 12/20/2006 2:17:16 PM PST by Ieatfrijoles (110%)
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To: samadams2000

Not only is he walking free...but he was included in on the ISG!!!!


13 posted on 12/20/2006 2:17:36 PM PST by Txsleuth (Bolton/Cheney (that would be Lynne) 08)
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To: Mr. Mojo
I wonder if Mr. Bergers Grand Jury testimony needs to be reviewed by the Prosecutor.

Where's Fitzgerald when you need him?

L

14 posted on 12/20/2006 2:18:16 PM PST by Lurker (History's most dangerous force is government and the crime syndicates that grow with it.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
"The review was to facilitate Berger's impending testimony before the House and Senate intelligence committees."

So sayeth the Burgler. OTOH, he may have been trying to remove the evidence.

15 posted on 12/20/2006 2:18:21 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Heads up, people! The Nazis are back. They're more numerous and gearing up with atomic weapons.)
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To: mewzilla

He will probably get his clearance back in time to be in Hillary's Cabinet.


16 posted on 12/20/2006 2:18:28 PM PST by Txsleuth (Bolton/Cheney (that would be Lynne) 08)
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To: Mr. Mojo
If that had been me or anyone else not of his "stature" we would be sitting in jail right now. The fact that he knowingly slipped documents out of the archives building and hid them under a construction trailer outside for later retrieval speaks volumes about his intentions.

Phooey!

17 posted on 12/20/2006 2:18:30 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: Mr. Mojo

This is after he hid the documents down his pants.


18 posted on 12/20/2006 2:18:32 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: Mr. Mojo
Who cares?

He's a Dem, and therefore has immunity from bad press or prosecution.
19 posted on 12/20/2006 2:18:42 PM PST by roses of sharon
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To: Mr. Mojo
But let's keep letting the Clintons and other democrat creeps lecture us on national security.

Republicans cannot get it. If Sandy Berger were a republican, he would be mentioned EVERY time a dem is interviewed. But the republicans will act like they are embarrassed to bring this up.

Hey, after all, those documents only relate to terrorism and the security of our citizens. And his behavior was only disgusting and obviously aimed at a cover up that can make us less safe. Let's give him a pass.

20 posted on 12/20/2006 2:19:03 PM PST by Williams
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To: Mr. Mojo

There was not one honest ethical person in the Clintoon mafia.


21 posted on 12/20/2006 2:19:11 PM PST by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: Mr. Mojo
How the hell could they give him such as light sentence when he admitted that he stashed the documents and retrieved them later.

This was no "I forgot I had them excuse."

22 posted on 12/20/2006 2:19:41 PM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear... on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: Txsleuth
He will probably get his clearance back in time to be in Hillary's Cabinet.

Nice of the judge, wasn't it?

23 posted on 12/20/2006 2:20:20 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Always in the back of my mind is, WHYTHEHELL DID THE ATTORNEY GENERAL LET THIS POS SKATE? Berger must know enough, to hang someone else. Politics, as usual!


24 posted on 12/20/2006 2:20:38 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: Mr. Mojo

If a military guy did the things Berger did, he would be doing time in Leavenworth.


25 posted on 12/20/2006 2:20:48 PM PST by OldCorps
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To: Txsleuth
Disgusting that he was not treated as anyone else would
have been who also stole and destroyed Code level docs.
26 posted on 12/20/2006 2:20:56 PM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Brad Cloven

Bet ya $100 dollars that this was one of the documents he destroyed.


27 posted on 12/20/2006 2:21:15 PM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear... on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: Mr. Mojo

"...and was barred from access to classified material for three years."

Not only is he NOT going to jail for the rest of his life for taking documents that have the same classification as our nuclear secrets (probably to modify them to protect Clinton's legacy), he'll also be able to access classified documents after 3 years?

Stick a fork in America.


28 posted on 12/20/2006 2:21:45 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: boomop1

Other than Zell Miller there is not one single honorable democrat. Not one!


29 posted on 12/20/2006 2:21:55 PM PST by OldFriend (THE PRESS IS AN EVIL FOR WHICH THERE IS NO REMEDY)
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To: kinoxi

And really, after the documents had been down there, who'd want 'em back? So, he did us all a favor, you see.

Betcha if I did something like that, as a junior enlisted guy, I'd be in far higher levels of trouble so fast it'd make my head swim.


30 posted on 12/20/2006 2:22:04 PM PST by Ecthelion
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To: Mr. Mojo
Has the entire list of documents he stole been released. As I understand it he took working copies of the documents instead of final versions. That means he was trying to get rid of someone's hand written notes. Whose copies were these that he didn't want to be made public?
31 posted on 12/20/2006 2:22:07 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Baker's Iraq Surrender Group - warming up the last helicopter out of Baghdad.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

32 posted on 12/20/2006 2:22:11 PM PST by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

When I was a child, once I shoplifted a small item from a store, and took it out. But I needed to buy something so I'd have a bag and a receipt in case my parents asked about it, so I hid the item nearby and went back into the store.

When I came out a little later, the item was gone.

The next day when I went into the store, the manager called me over, told me he knew I was stealing stuff, and if I ever showed up again he'd call the police.

I was 10 years old at the time, and apparently my 10-year-old-self was taught a better lesson than Sandy Berger.


33 posted on 12/20/2006 2:22:27 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Mr. Mojo

You will only hear about this on Rush, Sean, and Brit Hume's "Grapevine".


34 posted on 12/20/2006 2:23:20 PM PST by Sybeck1 (Southaven Mississippi Freeper)
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To: Ieatfrijoles

The AP is conveniently releasing this before Xmas weekend.


35 posted on 12/20/2006 2:24:08 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Alger Hiss, Aldrich Ames, Robert Hansen, Sandy Berger.

TRAITORS.


36 posted on 12/20/2006 2:24:34 PM PST by sappy
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To: Mr. Mojo

Berger is a common thief. He did this intentionally. He should never get a security clearance again. I don't care who he is.


37 posted on 12/20/2006 2:24:40 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Mr. Mojo
If I ever get caught stealing docs from the National Archives, I'm going to demand the same lenient sentence he got. Oh Crap! I'm not a Dim!
38 posted on 12/20/2006 2:24:47 PM PST by wolfcreek (Please Lord, May I be, one who sees what's in front of me.)
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To: mware
Bet ya $100 dollars that this was one of the documents he destroyed.

FWIW, I'm more worried about what he put back.

39 posted on 12/20/2006 2:24:47 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Ecthelion
Betcha if I did something like that, as a junior enlisted guy, I'd be in far higher levels of trouble so fast it'd make my head swim.

I wouldn't take that bet.
40 posted on 12/20/2006 2:24:52 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: Mr. Mojo
So now we got more of the sequence. Stuffed 'em in his pants, walked outside, pulled 'em out of his pants, hid them under a construction trailer, and then returned (presumably after hours) to retrieve them and bring them home. Apparently he did this multiple times.

So exactly where in this complex and obviously intentional sequence did he forget he had 'em???

41 posted on 12/20/2006 2:25:47 PM PST by Stultis
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To: Williams

He absolutely is angling for a job in Hillary's administration. Why do you think he wants his security clearance back?


42 posted on 12/20/2006 2:26:00 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Mr. Mojo

I'm with Rush. He said, it was more worrisome of what Berger 'put in the files than what he took out.'


43 posted on 12/20/2006 2:26:06 PM PST by blam
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To: Ieatfrijoles

"I'd almost have to assume that they are a legitamate news outlet."

This is the first evidence I've seen that they are legitimate.


44 posted on 12/20/2006 2:27:12 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: blam

Citizen arrest for treason.


45 posted on 12/20/2006 2:27:21 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: mewzilla

bttt


46 posted on 12/20/2006 2:27:52 PM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: mewzilla

Crimes with impunity…isn't that what we say about Pootie-Poot ?


47 posted on 12/20/2006 2:28:16 PM PST by dgallo51 (DEMAND IMMEDIATE, OPEN INVESTIGATIONS OF U.S. COMPLICITY IN RWANDAN GENOCIDE!)
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To: Mr. Mojo
... and then the dog got under the trailer and ate the documents!


48 posted on 12/20/2006 2:29:27 PM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: Mr. Mojo

How can these documents not be backed up somehow on microfiche or something.

They are going to let him get away with re-writing history and protecting Clinton.

Why didn't he go to jail for something this severe?


49 posted on 12/20/2006 2:29:38 PM PST by word_warrior_bob
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

"Berger must know enough, to hang someone else. Politics, as usual!"

Fat Sandy Burglar is covered by the Clinton "J. Edgar Hoover"" insurance policy. "Honey, I knew those F.B.I. files would come in handy!"


50 posted on 12/20/2006 2:30:35 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi)
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