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The Berger Whitewash
WND.com ^ | 04-04-05 | Farah, Joseph

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

© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: bush; clinton; farah; justice; liberalism; natsecurity; sandyberger; whitewash
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Joseph Farah is right: there are two standards of justice: one for celebrities and the movers and shakers and the other for "regular folk."
1 posted on 04/04/2005 5:54:58 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Theodore R.

surprise,`surprise


2 posted on 04/04/2005 5:56:34 AM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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To: Theodore R.

Since we all knew it, and we all know there are multiple standards of justice...what's the surprise, and why is this news?


3 posted on 04/04/2005 5:57:39 AM PDT by stuartcr
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To: Theodore R.; SLB; Lil'freeper; big'ol_freeper

stuff like this really pisses me off.


4 posted on 04/04/2005 6:00:23 AM PDT by sauropod (Life under Dictatorship is far more safer, than behind the bars of your democracy. - Iraq Mujahadeen)
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To: Theodore R.
Joseph Farah is right: there are two standards of justice: one for celebrities and the movers and shakers and the other for "regular folk."

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!!!!

5 posted on 04/04/2005 6:02:55 AM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: stuartcr

Geeez... I can't wait to try it... I'm gonna smuggle my underwear out of the library between two books !!! :-))


6 posted on 04/04/2005 6:06:04 AM PDT by GeekDejure ( LOL = Liberals Obey Lucifer !!! -- Impeach Greer !!!)
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To: Theodore R.

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.


7 posted on 04/04/2005 6:06:42 AM PDT by em2vn
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To: Theodore R.
I am not sure that the answer is as simple as there are two standards. There could well be something more sinister here such as what the documents would reveal and what else Berger knew and would reveal publicly.
8 posted on 04/04/2005 6:10:02 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: sauropod

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.....


9 posted on 04/04/2005 6:12:28 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Theodore R.
"....the Bush Justice Department has just affirmed it is complicit in them."

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.

Genetic link?

10 posted on 04/04/2005 6:12:35 AM PDT by nightdriver
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To: Theodore R.

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.


11 posted on 04/04/2005 6:13:23 AM PDT by EternalHope (Boycott everything French forever. Including their vassal nations.)
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To: Theodore R.
What a disgraceful situation! I have one thing to say,

BRING OUR TROOPS HOME

Why should any more die and get hurt for the injustice of this Country!

12 posted on 04/04/2005 6:14:13 AM PDT by mickie (That press conference was a real disaster since it caused MRS to go straight to Greer and get a rest)
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To: Theodore R.

I read in the paper a few days ago that Bergers security clearance would be suspended for 3 years.

3 Years? How about FOREVER?!


13 posted on 04/04/2005 6:14:26 AM PDT by hushpad (There can be no Social Security without Homeland Security.)
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To: Theodore R.
Are we really at war? Are we really concerned about national security in this country?

The "permanent government" always protects its own.

14 posted on 04/04/2005 6:17:54 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves
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To: Theodore R.
Would it do any good to contact the Department of Justice?

http://www.usdoj.gov/contact-us.html
15 posted on 04/04/2005 6:18:35 AM PDT by CaptainK
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To: Theodore R.

How is this different than Watergate?


16 posted on 04/04/2005 6:19:33 AM PDT by eyespysomething (Friends of the WPPFF)
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To: Theodore R.

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.


17 posted on 04/04/2005 6:21:14 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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To: eyespysomething
In THIS case, the theft was CODE level documents from the National Archives that
were necessary to find out WHY Berger set up America for attack.


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 "Gorelick’s Wall"
TIME, "The Ubiquitous Mr. Fix-It", Adam Cohen


John Kerry was a key beneficiary of Berger's Burglaries
Rescued: Data the Kerry/Edwards Campaign Tried to DELETE from its site! (grandpa dave found cache)


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 allowed bin Laden and his top lieutenants to escape to Afghanistan.
NewsMax, "Aide: Clinton Unleashed bin Laden", Chuck Noe


Berger was singled-out by UN Inspector Scott Ritter for the collapse of UN inspections efforts in Iraq].
"Endgame: Solving the Iraq Problem - Once and for All" by Scott Ritter


Berger admitted that the Clinton Administration failed to develop a war plan to fight al Qaeda
National Review, "Warning B.S.", Rich Lowry


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


Berger stonewalled the Energy Department about Chinese spying in Los Alamos for three years.


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
" -
Aaron Sorkin



18 posted on 04/04/2005 6:22:26 AM PDT by Diogenesis (IMPEACH JUDGE GREER! - "If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us")
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To: anniegetyourgun
They have indeed. When the rules are not the same for everybody, injustice awaits...

And I will not tell you where i work...

19 posted on 04/04/2005 6:26:42 AM PDT by sauropod (Life under Dictatorship is far more safer, than behind the bars of your democracy. - Iraq Mujahadeen)
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To: Diogenesis

John Edwards is right. There are two Americas.


20 posted on 04/04/2005 6:27:09 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Diogenesis

Thanks for all the info.

Its very frustrating when the lame stream media won't look at this with the same scrutiny as they do what country made the bus Bush was riding in during the election season.


21 posted on 04/04/2005 6:28:17 AM PDT by eyespysomething (Friends of the WPPFF)
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To: Theodore R.

Someone needs to put a microphone in RINO Tom Davis' face. When this story broke he said he would hold hearings as the chair of the Gov Reform Committee. He's my critter and won't answer my mail.

I simply asked him this (before the plea bargain was revealed) on 25 March:
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Subject: Documents stolen by Sandy Berger

As the chairman of the Committee on Government Reform you said, some
months ago, that you were going to hold hearings on the documents
stolen from the National Archives by former National Security Adviser,
Sandy Berger.

What is the status of those planned hearings?

Thank you


22 posted on 04/04/2005 6:28:46 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: Theodore R.

In case anyone who is charged with preventing "exceptionally grave damage to US national security " wonders what that really means --- now we know. $10,000 and 3 years probation.


23 posted on 04/04/2005 6:29:25 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Theodore R.

I would dearly like to know what those documents said.


24 posted on 04/04/2005 6:30:41 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Theodore R.

Yep - the average schmuck that screws up gets the maximum sentence and the movers and shakers, who should be summarily executed for the worst kind of treason get off scott free...


25 posted on 04/04/2005 6:32:54 AM PDT by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: Inwoodian; cyncooper; CaptainK; hushpad; mickie; EternalHope; nightdriver; anniegetyourgun; ...
..... 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 .......

Good points inwoodian. Cyncooper has pointed out that apparently Berger's plea deal is conditioned on Berger's "cooperation." This is what we need to know:

(1) Have all the people who conspired with Berger been named and prosecuted?

(2) Did Berger actually destroy stolen docs--as he said---or are they being secreted (a) for Hillary's campaign in exchange for Berger getting a political appointment, for (b) Berger's financial benefit in his oil consulting business, (c) to coverup 9/11?

(3) Berger admitted to stealing documents the Archives did not list as missing---what did he do with these? Is his plea deal conditioned on Berger returning these as well?

Here's where you can send your concerns about Berger's plea deal. This is the judge who will sentence Berger. Caution: phone munber is a prosecutor's personal phone line - keep messages short and civil.


U.S. Magistrate Deborah Robinson
c/o US District Court
US Dept of Justice
Judiciary Center
555 4th Street NW
Washington, DC 20530

PHONE (202) 514-6933

26 posted on 04/04/2005 6:36:46 AM PDT by Liz ("There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." Edmund Burke)
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To: Theodore R.
Our government is beginning to take on the aroma of a bachelor's fridge.
I suppose if we can't deal with the illegal aliens, we can't hope to deal with the privileged lawbreakers. The way things are going, watch for a sneak attack on RKBA. Then we'll really be trussed up tight.
27 posted on 04/04/2005 6:43:05 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: Theodore R.
"...there are two standards of justice: one for celebrities and the movers and shakers and the other for "regular folk."

Actually there are two standards for Republicans and Democrats - a Republican would have been drawn and quartered for this; the Nixon men served jail time for far less. Then you have the Mobbed up Clintons, courts and judges in place to protect them for the rest of their lives. Berger was a Clinton man. The dangerousness of the Clintons must never be underestimated – they can, will, and have done anything for power. Sandy Berger is another example of the tentacled web they have woven into American politics and ensnaring the DNC with their egregious lust for power.

Notice how Ms. Clinton has never said how she would handle terrorists or countries who harbor terrorists..............

28 posted on 04/04/2005 6:48:45 AM PDT by yoe
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To: Theodore R.
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

Judge has not accepted the plea. Farah left that out plus that Berger must cooperate with the investigation, meaning it is not over and if he doesn't the deal is off.

Sentencing set for July 8.

29 posted on 04/04/2005 6:49:41 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: stuartcr

It is most definitely news that Berger pleaded guilty to knowingly taking the documents. His public statements had claimed inadvertency but he was forced to admit it was intentional.


30 posted on 04/04/2005 6:51:49 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: EternalHope

I agree with your viewpoint. I'm disgusted by this "punishment." It is a joke. And the idea that he can re-apply for a security clearance in three years is the icing on the cake. I am clinging to the hope that he is in some way cooperating with investigators and that there is more to the story. Probably a vain hope, but I'm not ready to let it go quite yet.


31 posted on 04/04/2005 6:51:59 AM PDT by GraceCoolidge
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To: Liz

Thank you Liz!


32 posted on 04/04/2005 6:53:24 AM PDT by yoe
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To: leadpenny

Good question. I would like the hearings, too, but they may have been cautioned that the investigation was successfully pressuring Berger to cooperate and Congressional hearings at this time would interfere and queer the deal.

He has agreed to cooperate (which to me indicates they know he did not act alone) so I am willing to have patience for a bit longer.


33 posted on 04/04/2005 6:55:32 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: yoe

You are welcome, yoe.


34 posted on 04/04/2005 6:57:22 AM PDT by Liz ("There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." Edmund Burke)
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To: cyncooper

Oh, thanks. Didn't realize Berger might turn some evidence. If I were Berger I wouldn't be stopping at Fort Marcy Park anytime soon.


35 posted on 04/04/2005 6:58:04 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: Liz
Thank you for the ping.

A re-reading of Farah's first paragraph indicates he's being a bit disingenuous here. (I noted his omission of the cooperation agreement) with this:

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.

~snip~

The fact is that after it became known that Berger had taken these documents the Kerry campaign claimed Berger served as nothing more than an informal advisor (a lie which freepers soon exposed) but nonetheless they cut him loose so he did not continue in that role, informal or formal.

I was not happy that he was globetrotting and giving speeches and opinions, either, and on that I agree with Farah.

36 posted on 04/04/2005 7:00:06 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: leadpenny

Do you think the $10,000 for the fine comes from Bubba's excess war chest slush funds?


37 posted on 04/04/2005 7:08:42 AM PDT by ArtyFO
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To: cyncooper

Farahs article was incorrect on several points. I guess what we need to know is that since it is a "plea bargain", what is he giving up and or who? I guess we have to hang in a bit more.

But one thing I feel pretty certain about, and that is if there is no public pressure brought to bear, this matter will certainly fade away.

Sandy is utilizing a classic Klintoon tool: always have your bombshells overshadowed by other more sensationalistic news. I don't know how they do it, but they have perfected this to an art form.


38 posted on 04/04/2005 7:18:38 AM PDT by clyde260 (Public Enemy #1: Network News!)
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To: clyde260
But one thing I feel pretty certain about, and that is if there is no public pressure brought to bear, this matter will certainly fade away.

I agree that public pressure should be brought to bear. Absolutely.

39 posted on 04/04/2005 7:21:00 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: cyncooper; yoe
Cyn, thanks for your much-anticipated input. Even after the Archives burglary, Berger was slithering around Washington involved in profiting from US government business in Iraq.

Berger's Firm to Aid Oil Interests in Iraq By Judy Sarasohn Washington Post Thursday, September 16, 2004; Page A29

Stonebridge International, the "global strategy firm" founded by Berger, has taken on an interesting client, Gulfsands Petroleum Ltd., a private Houston-based oil and gas company. Gulfsands, along with its larger partner Devon Energy Corp. of Oklahoma City, has oil and gas exploration and development interests in Syria. And now Gulfsands is looking to Iraq.

"Stonebridge is assisting Gulfsands in organizing meetings in Washington with administration officials to discuss the company's business interests in Iraq and U.S. policy toward Syria," Stonebridge Vice Chairman H.P. Goldfield said in an e-mail response to written questions.

40 posted on 04/04/2005 7:25:57 AM PDT by Liz ("There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." Edmund Burke)
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To: Liz

My first gut reaction after reading your post is: (groaning) Oh No, here we go again. Gosh these guys are sooo slimy.

Thanks for the info.


41 posted on 04/04/2005 7:29:24 AM PDT by clyde260 (Public Enemy #1: Network News!)
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To: Liz
Even after the Archives burglary, Berger was slithering around Washington involved in profiting from US government business in Iraq.

Even after the burglary AND an open investigation of said burglary
being launched. If memory serves, Berger was under investigation
for over a year before the public found out about it.

42 posted on 04/04/2005 7:36:25 AM PDT by MamaLucci (Libs, want answers on 911? Ask Clinton why he met with Monica more than with his CIA director.)
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To: Theodore R.
Joseph Farah is wrong.

The two standards for justice are for DemoRats and Republicans.

Imagine the outrage if a Condi Rice or a Brent Scrowcroft would have taken documents out of the National Archives. The New York Times would run out of headline space.

43 posted on 04/04/2005 7:40:35 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Harmful Or Fatal If Swallowed)
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To: MamaLucci
Berger was under investigation for over a year before the public found out about it.

FBI brought into the Berger case in January 2004 and we found out about it a few months later (about a year after his first pilfering--July). He committed his crimes in July, September and October 2003.

44 posted on 04/04/2005 7:45:04 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: CaptainK
Would it do any good to contact the Department of Justice?

No.

45 posted on 04/04/2005 7:48:15 AM PDT by churchillbuff
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To: cyncooper

Bump, I have to go for now.


46 posted on 04/04/2005 7:49:43 AM PDT by clyde260 (Public Enemy #1: Network News!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Michael Savage speculated that Bush Sr. and Clinton worked this out during their Tsunami tour. Savage: Both parties in the permanent governmnet, our "benign oligarchy," protect their own by protecting each other.


47 posted on 04/04/2005 7:50:09 AM PDT by churchillbuff
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To: MamaLucci

.....and besides, the Archives had to reort to setting up a sting to catch Berger in the act.....


48 posted on 04/04/2005 7:51:47 AM PDT by Liz ("There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men." Edmund Burke)
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To: Theodore R.

"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".....please note Mr. Berger will be allowed to potentially "serve" again in pewrhaps the next Democratic administration...whether by invitation...or having confiscated his masters' incriminations, by blackmail!!


49 posted on 04/04/2005 7:58:01 AM PDT by mo
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To: Theodore R.

Just another example of the Republicrats taking care of each other. It's like pro-wrestling, they pretend to be enemies when the cameras are on and then go out drinking.

http://www.constitutionparty.com


50 posted on 04/04/2005 8:05:33 AM PDT by Ahban
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