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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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To: Mr. Mojo

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

Did he leave them there for someone? I don't see any reason why he wouldn't just take the documents home with him.


51 posted on 12/20/2006 2:30:47 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: mewzilla
FWIW, I'm more worried about what he put back.

Finger prints are ALL OVER any documents (that POS) Sandy touched...!

52 posted on 12/20/2006 2:31:06 PM PST by Las Vegas Dave (HDTV ping list, please FReepmail me if you would like your name added.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Well, so much for the "I don't recall, it must have been an accident" defense!

Bastard should be in jail - BIG TIME!


53 posted on 12/20/2006 2:31:26 PM PST by aShepard
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To: TommyDale

Berger supposedly took copies of a memo from Clarke in which Berger wrote "No" to a proposal that bin Laden be killed.


54 posted on 12/20/2006 2:32:06 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Mr. Mojo

The Sandy Burgler was guilty as sin and knew EXACTLY what he was doing. I would suggest the chair but that is more expensive than a firing squad (unless the shooters are union).


55 posted on 12/20/2006 2:32:09 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: Mr. Mojo

He ought to be able to get his Top Secret clearance back pretty soon now.


56 posted on 12/20/2006 2:32:34 PM PST by ichabod1 (After the attacks of 9/11, profiling Muslims is more like profiling the Klan.)
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To: Txsleuth

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

He was also on a previous committee that reviewed planning for the Iraq war. I kid you not.


57 posted on 12/20/2006 2:33:24 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: roses of sharon
He's a Dem, and therefore has immunity from bad press or prosecution.

Under a Republican DoJ. That concerns me a great deal

58 posted on 12/20/2006 2:34:16 PM PST by ichabod1 (After the attacks of 9/11, profiling Muslims is more like profiling the Klan.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Thanks for the post. Berger should be fried. He's not even grilled. What a POS.


59 posted on 12/20/2006 2:34:51 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Mr. Mojo

Didn't Berger take part in some, high-profile discussions on Iraq strategy while the Baker-Hamilton group was formulating their own, possible scenarios? And wouldn't he have been privy to classified material before his 3-year ban had been served?


60 posted on 12/20/2006 2:35:48 PM PST by johnny7 ("We took a hell of a beating." -'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell)
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To: Mr. Mojo
This guy should be in jail. What an outrage.
61 posted on 12/20/2006 2:36:36 PM PST by Uncle Hal
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To: samadams2000
WTF?..This man is walking free???

Yes, as a result of a negotiated plea deal with an agreed upon sentence.

Who was this deal negotiated with? Why your very own Justice Department headed by none other than our Executive-in-Chief George W. Bush.

Moral of the story: One hand washing the other. Bush and Clinton.

62 posted on 12/20/2006 2:37:26 PM PST by Founding Father (The Pedophile moHAMmudd (PBUH---Pigblood be upon him))
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To: mewzilla

Why this now?


63 posted on 12/20/2006 2:37:44 PM PST by rhombus
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To: Mr. Mojo

I'm sure "the most ethical congress ever" will want to reconvene the 9/11 comission to find out what he made disappear. [/sarc]


64 posted on 12/20/2006 2:37:45 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

At least he can't be charged for LYING to the investigators. /s


65 posted on 12/20/2006 2:37:45 PM PST by stockstrader ("Where government advances--and it advances relentlessly--freedom is imperiled"-Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: boomop1
There was not one honest ethical person in the Clintoon mafia.

Perhaps Vince Foster??

66 posted on 12/20/2006 2:39:38 PM PST by cpdiii (Oil Field Trash and proud of it, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist, Iconoclast)
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To: Mr. Mojo

... and he's not in jail because....?


67 posted on 12/20/2006 2:40:27 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (The default mode of the heart is set for Drift.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
I thought the story line was that he took the documents "inadvertently" (as in "mistakenly"). Whenever I take something accidentally, I always put it under a trailer and then go back for it later. So tell me again how such a light sentence is justified?
68 posted on 12/20/2006 2:40:50 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Democracy: The worst form of government, except for all the others.)
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To: Uncle Hal

Who covered his $50,000 fine ? Lippo Bank ?


69 posted on 12/20/2006 2:41:34 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Because of his Clintonesque ability to parse words--he thought the construction trailer was really a trash can. Easy mistake that anyone could have made.


70 posted on 12/20/2006 2:41:52 PM PST by stockstrader ("Where government advances--and it advances relentlessly--freedom is imperiled"-Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Txsleuth; onyx; Lancey Howard; Grampa Dave; Enchante; rodguy911; Alas Babylon!; AliVeritas; ...

Just how low can a Rat sink?? This is being reported now and wasn't made public at his conviction? What a 2-bit crook! For this act of malfeasance and possible sedition, he should be re-sentenced to a lifetime prohibition of access to classified docs. Unreal.


71 posted on 12/20/2006 2:41:52 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
allow me to render my own punishment unto Mr. Berger...

Berger, who pleaded guilty to unlawfully removing and retaining classified documents, was fined $50,000 $5,000,000, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service as Pat Robertson's personal servant and was barred from access to classified material forever three years.

ah, much better...

72 posted on 12/20/2006 2:44:02 PM PST by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: mware
From what I've heard, he took Bill Clinton's copies that were marked in left-hand scrawl, "NO" to all military responses
to all the Islamists attacks on US interests at the time.

Still, he should have gotten at least 60 years.

73 posted on 12/20/2006 2:45:25 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: InvisibleChurch
And don't forget that as part of the plea-bargain, he also,,,

"PROMISED never to do it again"!

74 posted on 12/20/2006 2:45:31 PM PST by stockstrader ("Where government advances--and it advances relentlessly--freedom is imperiled"-Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Hiding papers under a construction trailer? How fitting for Clinton trailer trash.


75 posted on 12/20/2006 2:45:40 PM PST by maggief
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To: Mr. Mojo

Willful theft and destruction of such documents should have been considered a crime on the order of espionage or treason.

This was no "accident". No jail time. And on a suspension on his national security clearance. The man should never have HAD any more clearance as he no longer had the job. I don't get keys to MY former offices. I don't work there anymore.


77 posted on 12/20/2006 2:48:20 PM PST by weegee
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To: Mr. Mojo
And this is all he got.....!

"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."

This story won't be big in MSM either. This AP blurb will be about it.

78 posted on 12/20/2006 2:48:27 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Stultis

The question is who took them from the hiding spot under the construction trailer. Who believes he actually took them home and destroyed them?


79 posted on 12/20/2006 2:49:17 PM PST by petitfour
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

Because he mistook the construction trailer for a trash can--he thought he was only emptying the trash when he went back to remove them. Easy Clintonesque explanation. Anyone could have made the same mistake.


80 posted on 12/20/2006 2:50:09 PM PST by stockstrader ("Where government advances--and it advances relentlessly--freedom is imperiled"-Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: petitfour
The question is who took them from the hiding spot under the construction trailer.

I would like to know the answer to that one myself.
81 posted on 12/20/2006 2:53:40 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: Mr. Mojo; All; onyx; Anti-Bubba182; BigSkyFreeper; Howlin; catholicfreeper; Ms. AntiFeminazi; ...
From the Washington Post - July 22, 2004, Page A06

As his attorneys tell it, Berger had no idea in October that documents were missing from the Archives, or that archivists suspected him in the disappearance. It was not until two days later, on Saturday, Oct. 4, that he was contacted by Archives employees who said that they were concerned about missing files, from his September and October visits. This call -- in Berger's version of the chronology, which is disputed in essential respects by a government official with knowledge of the investigation -- was made with a tone of concern, but not accusation. Berger, his attorney Lanny Breuer said, checked his office and realized for the first time that he had walked out -- unintentionally, he says -- with important papers relating to the Clinton administration's efforts to combat terrorism.

82 posted on 12/20/2006 2:53:58 PM PST by PDR
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bookmarked


83 posted on 12/20/2006 2:55:28 PM PST by AmeriBrit
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To: PDR

The thing is that the case is over for him. He got away with it.


84 posted on 12/20/2006 2:56:02 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: kellynla

The question is, who, on "our side", is guilty of something that Berger has knowledge, and proof of?


85 posted on 12/20/2006 2:57:21 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: Txsleuth
Former national security adviser Sandy Berger removed classified documents from the National Archives in 2003 and hid them under a construction trailer

I am assuming this construction trailer was outside??

Now why would he hide them once outside of the building to only come back and retrieve them again ??

The smells of BAD Hollywood movie

86 posted on 12/20/2006 2:57:50 PM PST by Mo1 (Thank You Mr & Mrs "I'm gonna teach you a lesson" Voter ... you just screwed us on so many levels)
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To: Mr. Mojo

What a f%#^#$ piece of s%#$ this man is.


87 posted on 12/20/2006 2:58:05 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Not if we keep up the drumbeat.... how about legislation enhancing criminal penalties for ex-officials who do this sort of thing


88 posted on 12/20/2006 3:01:05 PM PST by PDR
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To: dead

89 posted on 12/20/2006 3:01:11 PM PST by New Perspective (Proud father of a 3 year old son with Down Syndrome)
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To: PDR

It is too late for him. He has already been tried and sentenced.


90 posted on 12/20/2006 3:06:57 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: STARWISE


He's home free.


91 posted on 12/20/2006 3:08:46 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: Mr. Mojo

I want names.


92 posted on 12/20/2006 3:09:20 PM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: Ieatfrijoles
What's gotten into the AP? I'd almost have to assume that they are a legitimate news outlet.

Well, they must feel obligated to run the story once, knowing that at most it will be buried as a one paragraph item deep, deep within tomorrow's newspapers.

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

No he wasn't.

93 posted on 12/20/2006 3:10:12 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: PDR


So sickening.


94 posted on 12/20/2006 3:10:20 PM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: Mr. Mojo

How Sloppy of him


95 posted on 12/20/2006 3:11:26 PM PST by woofie (For some people self hatred may be justified)
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To: rhombus
Why this now?

It's a means of telling the whole story without harming the guilty. Just release bits and pieces of the truth over a long period of time. Right before the holiday too.
96 posted on 12/20/2006 3:12:37 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

He can't be tried for lying to the federal investigators? Oooops,,,never mind. He said the THOUGHT (very Clintonesque) he might have thrown them in the trash. No intent to deceive there. /s


97 posted on 12/20/2006 3:12:53 PM PST by stockstrader ("Where government advances--and it advances relentlessly--freedom is imperiled"-Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Mo1

A bad Hollywood movie...and WE got taken!


98 posted on 12/20/2006 3:14:08 PM PST by Txsleuth (Bolton/Cheney (that would be Lynne) 08)
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To: mewzilla; Grampa Dave; martin_fierro; TommyDale; Libloather; raybbr; jla; Just mythoughts

Berger got antsy because he knows the truth of his activities as Clinton's National Security Adviser would expose him as a complete incompetent..........or worse. It's chilling to read reports that Berger was a "workaholic" at the NSC----always seen surrounded with top-secret documents---often working late. A study of his phone records and computer emails would prove interesting.


Yet, lamebrain Burger running Clinton's NSA under Clinton had a few "successes" (/sarc):

(1) He was on-duty when our technology was sold to China.

(2) He was on-duty when we bombed the aspirin factory, advising Clinton it was manufacturing deadly chemicals.

(3) He was on-duty during Somolia, and Kosovo, and Hatti, and all the other wonderful military success stories of the Clinton administration.

(4) And then there's the infamous Clinton pardons, including the biggest tax cheat in US history---Mark Rich---who absconded, then renounced his US citizenship to evade US prosecution.

(5) Clinton also pardoned 16 terrorists---members of the FALN---- so Hillary could get Latino votes for her Senate run in NY's large Puerto Rican population. The Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN) was involved in more than 100 bombings in the United States during the 1970s and 1980s."

(6) And let's not forget the bombing of the Chinese embassy. Then-Pres Clinton went to Norfolk making a "solemn promise" to the families, friends and shipmates of the USS Cole to avenge their deaths. But when the opportunity presented itslef, he squandered it. Clinton flunky Burger blamed the misstep on the Pentagon. As if anyone in the Pentagon would pass up the chance to avenge the sailors of the USS Cole.


99 posted on 12/20/2006 3:15:58 PM PST by Liz (Nearly all men can stand adversity, but to test a man's character, give him power. Abe Lincoln)
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To: weegee
"hid them under a construction trailer"

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


Anyone else remember how we were serenaded with "Sandy Berger did this inadvertently" and "Oh, my, he didn't realize these highly classified docs were in his attache case"..... it was obvious crap at the time, though Bill Clinton and pals had the nerve to add to the pile of bull excrement without any critical challenge by the servile MSM..... now we learn it was known from early on that the Burglar had acted in the most blatantly criminal manner, and of course he has been allowed to slide.

This sack of horse dung is a criminal, a perjurer, and a total fraud. He has been allowed to skate by the liberal MSM and justice system, the inept and cowardly Republicans, and a Justice Dept. full of Clintonistas .
100 posted on 12/20/2006 3:16:22 PM PST by Enchante (Chamberlain Democrats embraced by terrorists and America-haters worldwide!!)
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