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Disgraced Sandy Berger joins Hillary Clinton campaign
The Hillary Project ^ | 10-7-07 | Staff

Posted on 10/08/2007 5:12:57 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182

Sandy Berger, who stole highly classified terrorism documents from the National Archives, destroyed them and lied to investigators, is now an adviser to presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Berger, who was fired from John Kerry´s presidential campaign when the scandal broke in 2004, has assumed a similar role in Clinton´s campaign, even though his security clearance has been suspended until September 2008. This is raising eyebrows even among Clinton´s admirers.

“It shows poor judgment and a lack of regard for Berger´s serious misdeeds,” said law professor Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University, who nonetheless called Clinton “by far the most impressive candidate in the Democratic field.”

Adler told The Examiner that it is “simply incomprehensible to me that a serious contender for the presidency would rely upon him as a key foreign policy advisor.”

He added: “If Senator Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee, at some point she will begin to receive national security briefings that will include sensitive information. At such a point, continuing to keep Berger on board as a key advisor, where he might have access to sensitive material, would be beyond incomprehensible.”

The Clinton campaign declined to comment.

Berger has admitted stealing documents from the National Archives in advance of the 9/11 Commission hearings in 2003. The documents, written by White House counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke, were a “tough review” of the Clinton administration´s shortcomings in dealing with terrorism, Clarke´s lawyer told the Washington Post.

On several occasions, Berger stuffed highly classified documents into his pants and socks before spiriting them out of the Archives building in Washington, according to investigators. On one occasion, upon reaching the street, he hid documents under a construction trailer after checking the windows of the Archives and Justice Department buildings to make sure he was not being watched.

Berger came back later and retrieved the documents, taking them home and cutting them up with scissors. Two days later, he was informed by Archive employees that his removal of documents had been detected.

“Berger panicked because he realized he was caught,” said a report by the National Archives inspector general, which also recounted his initial reaction. “Berger lied.”

Berger also lied to the public, telling reporters he made an “honest mistake” by “inadvertently” taking the documents, which he blamed on his own “sloppiness.” Bill Clinton vouched for the explanation for Berger, who served as his national security adviser.

Berger later conceded: “I was giving a benign explanation for what was not benign.”

The Justice Department initially said Berger stole only copies of classified documents and not originals. But the House Government Reform Committee later revealed that an unsupervised Berger had been given access to classified files of original, uncopied, uninventoried documents on terrorism. Several Archives officials acknowledged that Berger could have stolen any number of items and they “would never know what, if any, original documents were missing.”

At his sentencing in September 2005, Berger was fined $50,000, placed on probation for two years and stripped of his security clearance for three years.


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Hillary is really brazen to put Berger on. Maybe this is a way to send some hush money his way by means of a salary.
1 posted on 10/08/2007 5:12:59 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Of course PIAPS would put him on the payroll. By destroying incriminating documents, he made her candidacy possible. And the Dims won’t care...the ends (power) justify the means (crime).


2 posted on 10/08/2007 5:17:20 AM PDT by peyton randolph (tag line taking a siesta)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

You know, if our party doesn’t have the guts to show a bright light on all of the dirt that Hillary Clinton and her vile husband have all over themselves and their co-horts - then we don’t deserve to win. I can only hope they are compiling a library of stuff to use once the campaigns get into full swing.


3 posted on 10/08/2007 5:17:31 AM PDT by alicewonders (Duncan Hunter needs to be our next Secretary of Defense.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

The more corrupt a Democrat becomes the more they are rewarded by members of their own party.


4 posted on 10/08/2007 5:18:05 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Honor among thieves and all that....


5 posted on 10/08/2007 5:18:40 AM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: Anti-Bubba182

I am suffering from a severe case of Clinton Fatigue. Nothing these three do (the Impeached, the Red Queen and the Dog-faced Girl), will surprise or shock me anymore.

And I think that was the plan all along.


6 posted on 10/08/2007 5:18:43 AM PDT by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Remember it was this administration that refused to seek jail time for The Burglar.

If he was wearing prison orange these days we wouldn't need to be having this discussion.

Thanks again, Jorge.


7 posted on 10/08/2007 5:22:56 AM PDT by cgbg ("I give you health care and I say 'no smoking'". "Yassah Miss Hillary.")
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Disgraced Sandy Berger joins Hillary Clinton campaign

Sung to the tune of "Onward Clinton Soldiers"...

8 posted on 10/08/2007 5:23:29 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: Slapshot68

That’s the truth!


9 posted on 10/08/2007 5:24:30 AM PDT by tajgirvan (Romans 8 :18)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

This will make outstanding campaign commercials against her. Smartest woman in America...


10 posted on 10/08/2007 5:25:32 AM PDT by listenhillary (millions crippled by the war on poverty....but we won't pull out)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

So, has there been anything about this in the major media??? I would guess that it’ll never “see the light of day” in those quarters.


11 posted on 10/08/2007 5:25:40 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel-NRA)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
The Justice Department initially said Berger stole only copies of classified documents and not originals. But the House Government Reform Committee later revealed that an unsupervised Berger had been given access to classified files of original, uncopied, uninventoried documents on terrorism. Several Archives officials acknowledged that Berger could have stolen any number of items and they “would never know what, if any, original documents were missing.”

At his sentencing in September 2005, Berger was fined $50,000, placed on probation for two years and stripped of his security clearance for three years.

This is so unbelievable!!! This is the first that I had heard that these documents were originals that Berger had stolen, and that there are no copies. So there is no way to determine what he had stolen and the damage that was done to our National Security? Unbelievable. Why was he given a slap on the wrist sentence?

12 posted on 10/08/2007 5:27:21 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Birds of a feather...


13 posted on 10/08/2007 5:27:57 AM PDT by Edgerunner (If you won't let the military fight your battles, you will have to. Keep your powder dry...)
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To: Slapshot68
For the Clintons personal loyalty is the only characteristic that counts... Look for Web Hubbell redux at at Justice... Jaime Gorelick you have a call on the Loyalty Phone, you and the rest of the personae dramatis
14 posted on 10/08/2007 5:28:14 AM PDT by RedEyeJack
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To: alicewonders
You know, if our party doesn’t have the guts

They don't.

15 posted on 10/08/2007 5:28:52 AM PDT by SIDENET (I don't want to find "common ground" with a bunch of damn leftists.)
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To: RedEyeJack

Maybe this is about loyalty, maybe not. With this crowd, it could be “Give me a high-paying job or I’ll sing like a canary.”


16 posted on 10/08/2007 5:29:58 AM PDT by william clark (DH4WH08 - Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

The Clinton Cosa Nostra rewards those who don’t rat them out.


17 posted on 10/08/2007 5:30:55 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (Che was a racist.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

This is simply part of the “pay off” Sandy gets for taking the fall for the Clintons when he “sanitized” the 9-11 records. What little respect I had for the Department of Justice evaporated when they pleaded Sandy out to a misdemeanor for basically treason.


18 posted on 10/08/2007 5:32:44 AM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (You can never have too much cowbell !!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Birds of a feather? Honor among thieves? I’m sure there’s a more appropriate observation to describe this hiring.


19 posted on 10/08/2007 5:33:34 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

I’m betting that the docs he destroyed were ones that had H!’s name on them as a participant in the meetings...............


20 posted on 10/08/2007 5:34:16 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

hummm....I suppose this is just in case hitlery needs some papers lifted?


21 posted on 10/08/2007 5:34:19 AM PDT by From One - Many (Trust the Old Media At Your Own Risk. I Will Be Voting for Mr. Duncan Hunter, fellow FReepers.)
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To: theDentist

SH!T floats to the top like cream..............


22 posted on 10/08/2007 5:35:29 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Why they let him off so lightly is a mystery to me. Did he threaten to spill the country’s secrets to the enemy or something? Was the potential damage to the country so great that he got a sweetheart deal, set up to clear him to be in Hillary’s administration? And surely whatever he took must have Hill and Bill completely beholden to him.


23 posted on 10/08/2007 5:35:44 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Hillary is really brazen to put Berger on. Maybe this is a way to send some hush money his way by means of a salary.

BINGO

24 posted on 10/08/2007 5:36:50 AM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs....doing the job of the media.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Yup. The Clin-toones owe the Burglar-Boy big time, and this is hush money; pure and simple.


25 posted on 10/08/2007 5:37:38 AM PDT by JustTheTruth (Almost Anyone Other Than Hitlery...)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Bill Sammon on now with the Friends discussing this...the Friends are shocked! Greg asks—do you think this story has legs? Bill says it’s up to the Drive Bys—can you imagine if Scooter Libby was brought back? So I guess, no, Greg, the story will die. Steve asks if they plan on also bringing back Monica.
26 posted on 10/08/2007 5:37:45 AM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Man50D

Sandy Berger has been working for the Clinton Mafia all along. Look at the Sestak- Weldon race. Berger is a true Clinton soldier and can be counted on to fall on the sword. Just as Web Hubble and others have done over the years. Berger will be on the team if Mrs. Clinton wins the election. He will be confirmed by other Democrats. Everyone knows that it is only the Republicans that have honesty issues.


27 posted on 10/08/2007 5:37:59 AM PDT by oldironsides
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To: Anti-Bubba182

I’m sure that the “rehabilitation” trial balloon will be floated soon...


28 posted on 10/08/2007 5:38:04 AM PDT by MortMan (Have a pheasant plucking day!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

They should both be behind bars at Leavenworth.


29 posted on 10/08/2007 5:39:03 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220
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To: NonValueAdded
Bill Sammon just made a great comment.

Berger is not permitted to see secret documents until late 08. When she becomes the official candidate she will be allowed to see those documents, but Berger can not.

30 posted on 10/08/2007 5:39:38 AM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs....doing the job of the media.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
He added: “If Senator Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee, at some point she will begin to receive national security briefings that will include sensitive information. At such a point, continuing to keep Berger on board as a key advisor, where he might have access to sensitive material, would be beyond incomprehensible"

I believe it's also against the terms of his probation.

31 posted on 10/08/2007 5:40:59 AM PDT by StarFan
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To: mware

unless as president she revokes that...is that possible?


32 posted on 10/08/2007 5:41:57 AM PDT by Irishguy (How do ya LIKE THOSE APPLES!!!!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

“The Clinton campaign declined to comment.”

You know, at some point Ms. Clinton is gonna have to talk about something real, not just her political doublespeak nonsense.

Anyone who would cast a vote for this person needs serious professional help. She is a soulless, fake, phony, power-hungry nightmare.


33 posted on 10/08/2007 5:41:57 AM PDT by fleagle ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill)
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To: peyton randolph

Looks that way.


34 posted on 10/08/2007 5:42:30 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: Anti-Bubba182

I find it hard to believe that Bill would permit Hillary to make such a serious strategic mistake. I can’t believe even the main stream media can let this go without comment.


35 posted on 10/08/2007 5:43:01 AM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs....doing the job of the media.)
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To: Irishguy
She could pardon him but that would not matter since he is permitted to see national security documents in late 08.

It is the time running up to that date that is in question.

36 posted on 10/08/2007 5:45:19 AM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs....doing the job of the media.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

This was reported in Newsweek and then LGF posted it back on Sept 13:

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=27031&only&rss

Hillary’s ‘Low Profile’ National Security Adviser: Sandy Berger
Thu, Sep 13, 2007 at 1:05:33 pm PST

It’s gotten very little mainstream media coverage (surprise!) but Hillary Clinton’s national security adviser is none other than Sandy “Docs In My Socks” Berger, who pleaded guilty to stealing and destroying classified documents related to the Clinton administration’s anti-terror efforts, immediately before Bill Clinton’s testimony to the 9/11 commission: Hirsh: Battle for the Best and Brightest.


37 posted on 10/08/2007 5:45:32 AM PDT by RDTF (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, but Democrats believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Well could it have been Hillry that Sandy the Burglar was sent to sanitize the records for. After all she was co-president and she did take to the Senate floor and accuse President Bush with those famous Nixon words...”What did Bush know and when did he know it?”... She sure could not have any documentation with her HRC initials to be found by that Soviet style commission she pulled off!!!!

I can’t wait to hear her say I am NOT a crook!!!!

38 posted on 10/08/2007 5:46:24 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: fleagle

If any of the “journalist” have any intregety, that will be the first question asked of her in her next debate.


39 posted on 10/08/2007 5:47:03 AM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs....doing the job of the media.)
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To: mware
"Bill Sammon just made a great comment...Berger is not permitted to see secret documents until late 08."

Sammon is obviously under the illusion that the rules for the little people also apply to the Clinton campaign.

40 posted on 10/08/2007 5:48:35 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

The title should read, “Should Have Been Disgraced”.

Even if Berger doesn’t get an appointment, his consulting business (remember trade with China?) will make major bucks off a new Clinton Administration. Is anyone else tired of the corruption which is Washington?


41 posted on 10/08/2007 5:49:01 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Get Reid and Harkin out of the Senate.)
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To: alicewonders

“I can only hope they are compiling a library of stuff to use once the campaigns get into full swing.”

I think you’ll be disappointed.


42 posted on 10/08/2007 5:49:57 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Get Reid and Harkin out of the Senate.)
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To: mware

the funny comment was the one about where’s Lewinsky and is she coming back too


43 posted on 10/08/2007 5:50:25 AM PDT by RDTF (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, but Democrats believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Their old Arkansas motto: CRIMINALS HELPING CRIMINALS.

Or: A CRIMINAL MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE.


44 posted on 10/08/2007 5:50:54 AM PDT by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Bush’s team members (Libby) gets thrown out of office over something they might have said or done and the issue becomes a national story for years.

Hillary’s team members gets selected for new positions of power and it “raises eyebrows” for outright violations of law.

I don’t think I can handle another Clinton era without suffering severe vertigo.


45 posted on 10/08/2007 5:51:22 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: RDTF
RD.. I remember when that story broke. There was a thread about it here.

Not sure what was going on nationally but it did not make the news.

I wonder what enterprising candidate for president in the republican party will mention this in the presence of Chris Matthews tomorrow night.

46 posted on 10/08/2007 5:51:51 AM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs....doing the job of the media.)
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To: NonValueAdded

“Why they let him off so lightly is a mystery to me.”

Republicans in Washington think they’re obligated to treat their political foes with dignity. I don’t know why, since their political foes obviously don’t deserve it, and will screw a Republican the first chance they get.

The Republicans should do the country a favor, and treat thieves and liars like thieves and liars. They have nothing to lose.


47 posted on 10/08/2007 5:52:57 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Get Reid and Harkin out of the Senate.)
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To: fleagle
Anyone who would cast a vote for this person needs serious professional help

Hillary is right then. We need national health care.

48 posted on 10/08/2007 5:54:03 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Red Badger

That’s in the target zone...


49 posted on 10/08/2007 5:54:30 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: popdonnelly

Yep. I’ve been disappointed in them over and over again - so many times in the last few years. It’s like they’re playing dead.


50 posted on 10/08/2007 5:54:35 AM PDT by alicewonders (Duncan Hunter needs to be our next Secretary of Defense.)
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