Skip to comments.The Berger Whitewash
Posted on 04/04/2005 5:54:58 AM PDT by Theodore R.
The Berger whitewash
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: April 4, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern
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I knew it. You knew it.
When Sandy Berger, the former national security adviser to the president of the United States, was caught red-handed stealing highly classified documents from the National Archives more than a year ago, he was permitted to go free. He was allowed to go out and give speeches. He was even permitted to serve as a national security adviser to a presidential candidate and was talked about as a possible secretary of state for John Kerry, should he have been elected to the White House.
The investigation dragged on for more than a year.
The public has never received answers as to the specific papers taken by Berger, whose excuse for being in the National Archives at the time was preparing his former boss, Bill Clinton, for testimony before the 911 commission.
And, last week, confirmation came. Berger would be charged with one misdemeanor count of taking classified material. He copped a plea and would plead guilty, avoiding any jail time. His "punishment" would be a $10,000 fine and not being allowed to serve in a national security position in the federal government for a period of three years, which, of course, is meaningless since Republicans will be in control of the White House until 2008.
It was the proverbial slap on the wrist. It's worse than that. It's a shake of the finger with a wink and a nod. It's a joke.
Berger didn't even have to admit he did anything wrong. He got away with characterizing this high crime as an "honest mistake."
Once again, the case shows there are two standards of justice in America one for ordinary people like you and me and another for members of the establishment, the elite.
If you or I had walked out of the National Archives with highly classified documents, we would have been slapped in leg irons and done hard prison time. Berger did it and never saw the inside of a jail cell.
He wasn't even forced to produce all the documents stolen. He wasn't even forced to account for them. Did he shred them? Did he burn them? Did he sell them to foreign powers? Did he give them to the presidential candidate for whom he was working? Did he use them to blackmail someone?
The American people will never know the answers to these questions. The American people will never even get to see those documents even though they may well have been distributed to our enemies. The American people will never even get an accounting of those papers or a suitable explanation.
Was Sandy Berger covering up for his own serious national security mistakes leading up to Sept. 11? Or was he covering up for the mistakes of his superiors?
We know that Berger signed off on instructions not to attack Osama bin Laden at least three times before the devastating terror attacks in 2001. Since this was a matter of public record, one can only wonder what unrevealed scandal or scandals he was trying to conceal.
And that's what this yearlong-plus Justice Department investigation has left us with more unanswered questions.
Are we really at war? Are we really concerned about national security in this country? As we leave the borders wide open and slap former top national security officials on the wrist for stealing classified secrets, can we really say we are behaving like a nation at war?
When men in the battlefield, operating under wartime conditions, are prosecuted for premeditated murder for killing terrorists, we give a pass to civilian officials who steal national security secrets. Does this make sense to you?
And notice that Sandy Berger's plea agreement was announced by the Justice Department on the day Terri Schiavo died to ensure it would be buried and overwhelmed in the day's news coverage.
Whatever crimes Berger committed and I am certain they would be stunning if the public ever learned the full extent the Bush Justice Department has just affirmed it is complicit in them.
Since we all knew it, and we all know there are multiple standards of justice...what's the surprise, and why is this news?
stuff like this really pisses me off.
Every wonder why Martha Stewart does jail time for lying to a grand jury, but Bill Clinton does not?
And now this. Which is more deserving of jail time, Lying about a stock trade or stealing secure government documents? Just incredible!!!!
Geeez... I can't wait to try it... I'm gonna smuggle my underwear out of the library between two books !!! :-))
All of the real pals are disclosed even under President Bush. I wonder if the president took advice from senator Kennedy on how the thief should be treated.
That's because you are able to discern injustice. Hang on to your hat, because both justice and mercy seem to have fled the country.....
It's the "new tone" in Washington, don't ya know?
This sounds a lot like the whimpy "kinder, gentler" theme we heard 15 years ago.
The sentence is essentially nothing, for a crime that should have seen many years in jail.
However, he was forced to admit publicly that he did it with intent. That has high legal significance, and could mean he is cooperating with investigators.
The long delay in what seems an open and shut case could be because they are following up leads provided by Berger, etc. (I know, I know... Pigs still can't fly...)
We can hope, anyway. The alternative is that another member of the Clinton crime family just skated.
BRING OUR TROOPS HOME
Why should any more die and get hurt for the injustice of this Country!
I read in the paper a few days ago that Bergers security clearance would be suspended for 3 years.
3 Years? How about FOREVER?!
The "permanent government" always protects its own.
How is this different than Watergate?
Equal protection? You try to do what Berger did. And at least they could have gotten something in return for the plea. Like for whose benefit the documents were being stolen, when was the order given, who was involved in the conspiracy and who knew about it.
Perhaps the goal is to have America attacked again.
Perhaps the goal is to encourage theft of CODE LEVEL documents.
Perhaps the goal is that morality just isn't ground in the dirt low enough yet.
Perhaps those at the top work with, for, or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, al Qaeda.
Food for thought:
Sandy Berger-Burglar was a key beneficiary of "Gorelicks Wall"
TIME, "The Ubiquitous Mr. Fix-It", Adam Cohen
Berger purloined all draft revisions of a key critique of the government's response
to the millennium terrorism threat, a document that detailed Administration knowledge
and inaction regarding al Qaeda presence in the U.S. in 1999
and 2000. Stolen were crucial notes in the margins of these drafts
which reveal the thinking and agendas of the
Clinton Administration relating to the mounting terrorist threat.
Washington Post, "Berger Quits as Advisor to Kerry", Susan Schmidt
Berger was not qualified as NSA.
He was a millionaire lawyer and lobbyist with a career centered on expanding trade with China.
Tom Laughlin, http://www.billyjack.com/jung/08_politics/articles/990515_spy.html
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh opined that
Burger was a public-relations hack, interested in how something would play in the press .
The New Yorker, per http://www.nationalreview.com/lowry/lowry200311030753.asp
Dick Morris noted Berger seemed to work overtime
at opposing tough measures against terror,
advising vetoes of legislation aimed at crippling Iranian terror funding
and working to block antiterror sanctions.
Wall Street Journal, "While Clinton Fiddled", Dick Morris, http://www.opinionjournal.com/forms/printThis.html?id=95001824
Berger repeatedly rebuffed Sudanese offers to hand Osama bin Laden
to the United States in a deal brokered by a $900,000 contributor to Democrat campaigns.
Source 1 - National Review, "Clinton & Khobar", Rich Lowry
Source 2 - Washington Times, "Miniter Responds", Richard Miniter
Berger was the "go-to" man regarding China policy
when Communist Chinese money was being funneled into Democrat Party coffers
in exchange for policy concessions, strategic nuclear technology,
and all pending patent applications at the US Patent Office.
The Hill, "Fundraiser resurfaces from 1996", Sam Dealey
It was Berger who for Hillary Clinton let bin Laden go
both from the Sudanese and was he was briefly vulnerable to missile attack.
[e.g. US News & World Report, Paul Bedard, 15 Mar 2003]
"Mr. Berger, calling Mr. Sandy Berger. THIS IS IMPORTANT. Please. This is urgent.
We can take out Osama, now. Please answer!!! We have him in our sight."
Berger-Burglar: "Nope. Forgetaboutit. No big deal. Bill and I are too busy watching the West Wing on TV."
"I was summoned to the office of National Security adviser Sandy Berger,
who chewed me out for not having a national security adviser (on the West Wing).
So I opened the next season with Anna Deavere Smith as the national security adviser" -
And I will not tell you where i work...
John Edwards is right. There are two Americas.