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  • Sandy Berger's Company (Stonebridge International) - Lee Hamilton on Board of Directors (Vanity)

    09/10/2006 11:54:36 AM PDT · by khnyny · 33 replies · 1,351+ views
    Lee Hamilton (co-chair) of the 911 Commission is on the Board of Directors of Sandy Berger's company - Stonebridge International. I saw another freeper post this and thought it warranted its own vanity thread.
  • Berger Is Fined For Smuggling Classified Papers

    09/08/2005 9:04:47 PM PDT · by guitarnick40 · 26 replies · 696+ views
    Wahington Post Online ^ | Friday, September 9, 2005; | By Carol D. Leonnig
    A federal judge yesterday ordered former national security adviser Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger to pay a $50,000 fine and give up his security clearance for three years as the penalty for smuggling classified terrorism documents out of the National Archives in 2003. The sentence was much more severe than the $10,000 fine that Justice Department prosecutors and Berger's attorneys had jointly proposed after Berger pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge. But Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson said the punishment, which also included two years of probation and 100 hours of community service, would more "sufficiently reflect the seriousness of the...
  • 9/11 Panel Decided to Omit a Reference to Atta

    08/11/2005 12:43:23 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 72 replies · 2,438+ views
    AP ^ | 08/11/05 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Sept. 11 commission knew military intelligence officials had identified lead hijacker Mohamed Atta as a member of al-Qaida who might be part of U.S.-based terror cell more than a year before the terror attacks but decided not to include that in its final report, a spokesman acknowledged Thursday. Al Felzenberg, who had been the commission's chief spokesman, said Tuesday the panel was unaware of intelligence specifically naming Atta. But he said subsequent information provided Wednesday confirmed that the commission had been aware of the intelligence. It did not make it into the final report because the...
  • Berger Will Plead Guilty to Taking Classified Paper

    03/31/2005 8:22:45 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 58 replies · 1,398+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 04/01/05 | John F. Harris and Allan Lengel
    Samuel R."Sandy" Berger, a former White House national security adviser, plans to plead guilty to a misdemeanor, and will acknowledge intentionally removing and destroying copies of a classified document about the Clinton administration's record on terrorism. Berger's plea agreement, which was described yesterday by his advisers and was confirmed by Justice Department officials, will have one of former president Bill Clinton's most influential advisers and one of the Democratic Party's leading foreign policy advisers in a federal court this afternoon. The deal's terms make clear that Berger spoke falsely last summer in public claims that in 2003 he twice inadvertently...

    01/11/2005 11:41:41 PM PST · by kattracks · 431 replies · 8,572+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/12/05 | IAN BISHOP and DEBORAH ORIN
    Former Clinton White House Mr. Fix-It Bruce Lindsey emerged tight-lipped yesterday after testifying before a federal grand jury probing whether top-secret documents were illegally removed from the National Archives. The grand jury probe, reported exclusively in The Post Tuesday, is digging into why another former Bill Clinton aide, Sandy Berger, sneaked the national security documents out of the Archives — possibly in his socks. Lindsey denied any inside knowledge about Berger's sticky fingers. "All I know is what he [Berger] said. He made a public statement," said Lindsey, Clinton's deputy White House counsel, after testifying under oath yesterday. Berger admits...
  • An accident in the pants and Kerry's letter

    08/12/2004 5:01:20 PM PDT · by Pellegrino · 1 replies · 1,329+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | August 11, 2004 | Roger Banks
    Dear Insight: My formerly unnamed source, wishing now to be identified simply as "Slacks," claims to have taken the following letter from the garters of former National Security Advisor, Mr. Sandy Berger.
  • Ashcroft Is Asked to Explain Department Role in Berger Case (Nostrildamus Alert - Waxman)

    08/06/2004 10:41:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 1,075+ views
    NY Times ^ | 8/704 | Carl Hulse
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 - A top House Democrat called on Attorney General John Ashcroft on Friday to explain why the Justice Department was letting federal officials cooperate in a Congressional inquiry into the case of Samuel R. Berger despite a current criminal investigation. The representative, Henry A. Waxman of California, the senior Democrat on the Government Reform Committee, said the department position regarding Mr. Berger, a national security adviser to President Bill Clinton accused of mishandling classified documents, was at odds with how inquiries tied to the Bush administration had been handled. "For example, in the investigation into the leak...

    08/01/2004 1:08:54 AM PDT · by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY · 21 replies · 1,363+ views
    The New York Post ^ | 08/01/2004 | Deborah Orin
    The criminal probe into how and why former Clinton national security adviser Sandy Berger illegally sneaked classified documents out of the National Archives is going forward despite a report that no originals are missing, officials say. "The investigation continues. It's irrelevant whether or not there are originals missing. What matters is that removing classified documents without authorization is illegal," a government official said. The Wall Street Journal on Friday quoted National Archives spokeswoman Susan Cooper as saying her agency is "confident" that no originals are lost — but she couldn't be reached and other officials declined to confirm that claim....
  • Security Breach: The Real Follies of the Berger Affair

    07/30/2004 12:11:35 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 5 replies · 1,250+ views
    Winds of Change ^ | July 30, 2004 | Trent Telenko
    3 Critical PointsThere are several points here. In addition to destroying documents, Sandy Berger was acting as an agent of the executive branch for the 9/11 Commission and was screening the information that was to be provided to them. The Bush Administration did not choose Berger to do this. The 9/11 Commission did. Then the Commission saw only what Berger wanted them to see via hiding behind the Executive Privilege implied by constitutional separation of powers. This makes the 9/11 Commission report worthless. The Commission did not see what Berger, Gorleck and Ben Veniste did not wish them to see,...

    07/29/2004 8:49:22 PM PDT · by Freesofar · 42 replies · 2,037+ views
    NY POST ^ | July 29,2004 | By NILES LATHEM
    In the latest twist to the document scandal, investigators said the revelation about translators was among several criticisms of America’s ability to deal with the looming al Qaeda threat contained in the “after action” memo on the millennium terror plot that is at the center of the Berger probe. Officials said an appeal to hire more translators familiar with Arabic, Pashto and other key “counter-terrorism” languages at the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency was among 29 proposals to tighten security contained in the report. The report written by former White House counter-terrorism chief Richard Clarke also warned of the...
  • WHO KNEW? (why did Clinton And Berger coverup Berger's criminal investigation)

    07/27/2004 8:54:56 AM PDT · by Liz · 44 replies · 1,723+ views
    The news media’s treatment of Sandy Berger’s removal of highly classified documents from the National Archives remarkably focuses on the timing of the leak, casting aspersions on the White House. It’s not the first time Democrats have shown that manipulating their friends in the press is as easy as beating chimps at chess. Here's what the remarkably incurious press, which has left its thinking caps at the Bien Pensant Bar and Grill, overlooks: The leak was to the very same reporter Clinton spin doctor Lanny Davis used during the Clinton Administration. Who was Davis? None other than the public relations...
  • Sandy Berger's most likely explanation for 'docs in his socks'

    07/27/2004 2:48:08 AM PDT · by kattracks · 13 replies · 677+ views
    Union Leader ^ | 7/27/04 | Jonah Goldberg
    THE INNOCENT explanation is the most likely one, particularly given the facts involved," Bill Clinton said in defense of former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger. Who, you've probably heard, is in some hot water for getting caught illicitly smuggling very classified documents on more than one occasion from the National Archives. Now, I don't know for sure what to make of Berger's misdeeds, but it's clear that his best defense against criminality is an offense to prove how sloppy and careless he was. He says that in the process of illegally sneaking the notes he made while reviewing classified...
  • Berger’s secret

    07/26/2004 8:31:07 AM PDT · by Elkiejg · 24 replies · 2,397+ views
    World Magazine ^ | 7/26/04 | Bob Jones
    COVER STORY: Turns out the surprise revelations that ex-Kerry foreign-policy adviser Sandy Berger mishandled classified documents should come as no surprise: He’s done it before, according to Congressman Curt Weldon in this WORLD exclusive. At 500-plus pages, a reasonable assumption might be that the final report of the 9/11 commission would include plenty of information for even the most voracious reader. But on July 22, as official Washington began poring over the long-anticipated report, the most pressing questions centered on the few pages that might have been left out - after disappearing down the pants of a top Clinton aide....
  • WORLD magazine exclusive: Berger and classified documents -- second time around

    07/25/2004 11:53:55 AM PDT · by rwfromkansas · 63 replies · 4,043+ views
    WORLD Magazine ^ | n/a | Bob Jones
    Turns out the surprise revelations that ex-Kerry foreign-policy adviser Sandy Berger mishandled classified documents should come as no surprise: He's done it before, according to a lawmaker who shared classified information with then-National Security Adviser Berger. In this WORLD exclusive, Congressman Curt Weldon says, "This is the second time now that we have a documented case of Berger mishandling classified information" | by Bob Jones -- At 500-plus pages, a reasonable assumption might be that the final report of the 9/11 commission would include plenty of information for even the most voracious reader. But on July 22, as official Washington...
  • SANDY'S SLOPPY SIDE LET HIM DOWN (known to history as a man undone by his own hosiery)

    07/25/2004 1:33:24 AM PDT · by Liz · 28 replies · 751+ views
    He was known to worry about details — but behind that diligence, Sandy Berger was a man who could lose track of papers and appointments without subordinates' help. So while many jaws dropped in Washington when he owned up to sneaking secret documents from the National Archives, some who worked with former White House National Security Adviser Sandy Berger were not surprised. "For all those who know and love him, it's easy to see how this could happen," a former Clinton administration colleague told The Washington Post. When he worked for Clinton, Berger never set foot outside the White House...
  • BERGER GETS GRILLED: HIS UNLIKELY STORY (truth is he stole secret documents for political reasons)

    07/25/2004 1:49:13 AM PDT · by Liz · 50 replies · 1,568+ views
    --SNIP-- Here we have yet another Clintonite involved in unlawful behavior, more "misplaced" documents and a lame attempt to blame it all on an innocent bureaucratic snafu ("Bubba's Boy Berger," Editorial, July 22). And yet, other than from conservatives, there's been little outrage. Can anybody imagine Condi Rice stuffing critical, sensitive and potentially damning security documents into her bra, taking them home and then destroying them? It's hard to imagine. But if anything similar had been perpetrated by a Bush administration official, we all know the Democrats would be foaming at the mouth, screaming for hearings and demanding the impeachment...
  • Source: Berger took classified Mideast 'peace' docs

    07/24/2004 9:22:53 AM PDT · by tomball · 105 replies · 5,462+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | July 24, 2004 | Aaron Klein
    Former Clinton adviser shaped policy some believe led to Intifada -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Former National Security Adviser Samuel Berger, who this week admitted to taking classified terrorism documents from the National Archives, also was found in possession of a small number of classified papers containing his handwritten notes from Middle East peace talks during the Clinton administration, according to a source familiar with the investigation. Although the Mideast notes are not the main focus of the current criminal probe, the source says their removal may shed further light on Berger's intentions. The Mideast notes were allegedly taken from the National Archives...
  • Kerry pulls Joe Wilson website link - ''

    07/24/2004 8:31:47 AM PDT · by CT · 251 replies · 7,194+ views
    Looks like they are closing up at Joe Wilson's little shop of horrors. And the Keery wen search function returns nothing when Joe Wilson's name is entered.
  • No, You Cannot Purloin, Berger, and You Cannot Eat Homework

    07/23/2004 9:05:50 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 6 replies · 513+ views
    The Omaha World-Herald ^ | July 24, 2004 | Rick Horowitz
    Former Clinton national security adviser Sandy Berger under investigation for removing Clinton-era anti-terror documents from National Archives. – Ripped from the headlines Rules for Visitors Welcome to the reading and research rooms of the National Archives. The National Archives is the repository for many of the most important documents in our history. This secure reading room is provided for former government officials, scholars and others engaged in serious research activities and possessing the necessary clearances to view classified archival materials. To ensure the safety of our collections and to provide a comfortable work environment for our visitors, the National Archives...
  • Kerry Anti-Terror Plan Removed From Campaign Web Site After Berger Revelation (Mentions FR!!!)

    07/23/2004 7:38:04 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 30 replies · 1,180+ views
    Talon News ^ | 7/23/04
    Shortly after news broke that former Clinton administration National Security Advisor Samuel "Sandy" Berger was being investigated by the Justice Department for illegally removing highly classified documents from the National Archives, the presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) removed its anti-terror plan from its web site. Republicans have suggested that the information contained in the documents was used to formulate Kerry's policy, but are limited in proving those charges because the material is still classified. The sudden disappearance of the policy from the campaign web site that coincided with Berger's dismissal supports Republicans' contention that the purloined data formed...
  • Berger rejected four plans to kill or capture bin Laden

    07/23/2004 11:12:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies · 1,094+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | July 24, 2004 | James G. Lakely
    President Clinton's national security adviser, Samuel R. Berger, rejected four plans to kill or capture Osama bin Laden, worrying once that if the plans failed and al Qaeda launched a counterattack, "we're blamed." According to the September 11 commission's 567-page report, released Thursday, Mr. Berger was told in June 1999 that U.S. intelligence agents were confident about bin Laden's presence in a terrorist training camp called Tarnak Farms in Afghanistan. Mr. Berger's "hand-written notes on the meeting paper," the report says, showed that Mr. Berger was worried about injuring or killing civilians located near the camp. Additionally, "If [bin Laden]...
  • Archives Installed Cameras After Berger Took Papers

    07/23/2004 9:37:06 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 137 replies · 2,057+ views
    New York Times ^ | 07/24/04 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
    Archives Installed Cameras After Berger Took PapersBy ERIC LICHTBLAUPublished: July 24, 2004 ASHINGTON, July 23 - Officials at the National Archives were so concerned about Samuel R. Berger's removal of classified documents last year that they imposed new security measures governing the review of sensitive material, including the installation of full-time surveillance cameras, government officials said Friday.The new policy, issued March 31 to security officers at the archives, lays out toughened steps for safeguarding research rooms used by nongovernmental employees who are given special access to classified material. And it demands "continuous monitoring" of anyone reviewing such material. The restrictions...
  • Securing Our Ports and Preventing Terrorists from Obtaining WMD's (Kerry's 12/17 remarks)

    07/21/2004 9:41:34 AM PDT · by jmstein7 · 15 replies · 1,618+ views
    Council on Foreign Relations ^ | 7-21-04 | John Kerry
    Senator John Kerry, D-Mass. December 17, 2003 Portsmouth, New Hampshire One hundred years ago today - at this very hour - two brothers from Ohio stood on a lonely hill at the Outer Banks of North Carolina and changed the world. The Wright Brothers' invention of the airplane changed the world for ever and for the better. We are able to understand and learn about, first-hand, distant corners of the globe. We are able to unlock the doors to commerce with other nations and get our people and products to places we never otherwise could never reach. And at this...
  • "Sandy tries it one more time..." CARTOON featuring Sandy Berger

    07/23/2004 1:34:13 PM PDT · by IPWGOP · 30 replies · 2,441+ views ^ | 7/23/2004 | IPWGOP
    An editorial in the New York Sun details the dismal national security legacy of the Clinton Administration as Sandy Berger misses four separate opportunities to get Bin Ladin... opportunities for all the world to read about in the 9/11 Commission’s Report.Excerpt from editorial: "... his background as a trade lawyer and his dovish, legalistic and political instincts made him, in retrospect,the tragically wrong man to be making national security decisions for America in wartime. That Senator Kerry had Mr. Berger as a campaign foreign policy adviser even before the archives scandal is enough to raise doubts about the senator’s judgment."CLICK...
  • dox in socks? (the kerry, clinton + sandy berger's pants series)

    07/23/2004 11:26:33 AM PDT · by Mia T · 27 replies · 5,028+ views
    AP, NRO, The Washington Weekly | 7.23.04 | Mia T
    dox in socks?(the kerry, clinton + sandy berger's pants series) by Mia T, 7.21.04   (viewing movie requires Flash Player 7, available HERE)    "I wish I knew who leaked it. It's interesting timing." bill clinton   There were two major techniques that we used to implement McCurry's strategy of getting all the bad news out early and helping reporters write bad stories. The first was overt and fully approved within the White House chain of command... "document dumps." The second method was covert, both to the outside world and within the "official" channels of the White House -...
  • The Boldness of the President (Berger's sox docs show he nixed Osama attack, wrote 'no')

    07/23/2004 9:57:45 AM PDT · by Cableguy · 51 replies · 2,763+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | Jul 23, 2004
    On December 4, 1999, the National Security Council’s counterterrorism coordinator, Richard Clarke, sent Mr. Berger a memo suggesting a strike in the last week of 1999 against Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan. Reports the commission: “In the margin next to Clarke’s suggestion to attack Al Qaeda facilities in the week before January 1, 2000, Berger wrote, ‘no.’ ” In August of 2000, Mr. Berger was presented with another possible plan for attacking Mr. bin Laden.This time, the plan would be based on aerial surveillance from a “Predator” drone. Reports the commission: “In the memo’s margin,Berger wrote that before considering action,...

    07/23/2004 9:17:10 AM PDT · by zook · 270 replies · 14,924+ views
    drudge report ^ | now | drugde
    <p>"On December 4, 1999, the National Security Council?s counterterrorism coordinator, Richard Clarke, sent Mr. Berger a memo suggesting a strike in the last week of 1999 against Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan. Reports the commission: ?In the margin next to Clarke?s suggestion to attack Al Qaeda facilities in the week before January 1, 2000, Berger wrote, "no." ?</p>
  • What was in Sandy Berger's Underwear?

    07/23/2004 8:20:33 AM PDT · by mrustow · 101 replies · 3,108+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | 23 July 2004 | Nicholas Stix
    Republicans are filled with glee, as Democrats fall all over themselves, trying to diminish the fact that Bill Clinton's former national security adviser, Sandy Berger, was caught stuffing classified documents and national secrets down his drawers, in his jacket, in his socks, and in a leather portfolio, in order to steal them from the National Archives, and to later destroy some of them. (Berger returned some documents, but only after he was caught.) Watergate, meet BVDgate. For the past thirty years, many observers have thought it the height of paranoia for Pres. Richard Nixon's men to burglarize the offices of...
  • Former Clinton advisor put the nation at risk

    07/23/2004 8:53:34 AM PDT · by AD from SpringBay · 6 replies · 778+ views
    The Peoria Journal Star ^ | July 23, 2004 | Andy Decker
    Former Clinton adviser put the nation at risk July 23, 2004 What is this country coming to? It's getting to the point where a guy can't even inadvertently and accidentally drop 80 to 90 pages of highly classified documents into his socks and pants, take them out of the National Archives, then destroy some of them and lose some others in a time of war. I say leave poor Sandy Berger alone. Just the other day my wife said, "How many times do I have to ask you to check your socks for top-secret memos before you put them in...
  • Kerry Unveils Comprehensive Plan to Fight the War on Terrorism(2/27/04)-Incriminating Evidence?

    07/20/2004 1:50:03 PM PDT · by truthandlife · 45 replies · 1,857+ views
    For Immediate Release Los Angeles, CA – In a speech today at the UCLA International Institute, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry offered his comprehensive approach to fighting the global war on terrorism. In the second of a series of speeches on national security, Kerry presented a plan to identify, disrupt, and eliminate terrorist networks using all the resources at our disposal. As CIA Director George Tenet starkly reminded us this week, we are threatened by a far-flung terrorist network that will continue to operate even if Bin Laden is caught. Last December, John Kerry addressed the Council on Foreign Relations...
  • BERGER IN THE FRYING PAN: A SUSPICIOUS 'MISTAKE' (what liberalism is all about)

    07/23/2004 5:21:57 AM PDT · by Liz · 79 replies · 2,004+ views
    In typical liberal fashion, the first reaction to the potential crimes of Sandy Berger is to ask who released this information and to remark that the timing is curious ("Secrets in His Socks," Editorial, July 21). Forget about any potential threats to national security or cover-ups related to the 9/11 commission. The Democrats' main focus is to turn around and blame the Republicans. Pathetic. --SNIP-- ***** The public cannot count on The New York Times and other liberal medial outlets to give us the facts of the Berger story. --SNIP-- ***** Berger "inadvertently" took classified papers from the National Archives,...
  • Inside the Ring: Covering up?

    07/23/2004 4:45:06 AM PDT · by angkor · 29 replies · 1,036+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2004 | Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough
    Covering up? U.S. officials tell us that the FBI is focusing on a single document in its investigation of former White House National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger. Investigators are trying to determine why Mr. Berger improperly removed a highly classified after-action report by Richard A. Clarke, an aide to Mr. Berger, that was harshly critical of the Clinton administration's response to the so-called millennium terrorist plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport and other targets in late 1999.
  • A lot of inadvertence . . .

    07/23/2004 12:08:51 AM PDT · by kattracks · 9 replies · 405+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/23/04 | Cal Thomas
    [snip]In a statement, Mr. Berger said he "inadvertently took a few documents from the Archives" and when informed they were missing, he immediately returned everything he had "except for a few documents that apparently I had accidentally discarded." That's a lot of inadvertence and accidentalness for such a former high-ranking official.     Imagine the reaction if the current national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, had done such a thing and made a similar excuse. Democrats and the New York Times would be calling for her head and demanding she be sent to prison for breaking the law. "Accidentally" and "inadvertently" would not...
  • Kerry and Berger

    07/23/2004 12:20:49 AM PDT · by kattracks · 9 replies · 462+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/23/04 | Diana West
    [snip]But if inexperience on the Kerry team is a liability, it turns out experience in foreign affairs is no bargain, either. I'm thinking, foremost, of Sandy Berger, the former national security adviser to Bill Clinton who has been a foreign-policy adviser to the Kerry campaign. Mr. Berger has plenty of experience. In fact, maybe too much. After news broke that the former Clinton adviser is the subject of a federal criminal investigation into the removal of highly classified documents from the National Archives in a) his leather portfolio, b) his jacket, c) his pants and d) very possibly his socks,...

    07/23/2004 12:18:59 AM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 9 replies · 582+ views
    New York Post ^ | 07/23/04 | DEBORAH ORIN
    'SANDY' STORM By DEBORAH ORIN July 23, 2004 -- Lawmakers are seeking to determine if any original documents are gone forever as they probe whether former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger hid top-secret files in his socks to sneak them out of the National Archives, a spokesman said yesterday. ---Snip--- Berger, who served under President Bill Clinton, says he accidentally destroyed some highly classified documents. Government officials wonder whether any of the documents bore handwritten notes from senior Clinton administration officials that don't appear elsewhere. If that were the case, the basic document would be available because other copies...
  • Finding meaning in Sandy's pants

    07/23/2004 12:01:47 AM PDT · by kattracks · 8 replies · 446+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/23/04 | Wesley Pruden
    The Democratic apologists for Sandy Berger rushed, as expected, into the familiar War Room mode, accusing George W. Bush and his men (and women) of concocting a security scandal to divert attention from the litany of Bush failures they confidently expected to see in the final report of the 9/11 Commission.     As it turns out, there is no litany of Bush failures in the 9/11 report. Failures and shortcomings abound, with blame enough for everyone to share. But there is a connection between Sandy Berger's pants and the terrorist threat that hangs over us all. It's not the connection John...
  • Lanny Davis: ID of Berger Probe Leaker 'None of Your Business'

    07/22/2004 11:15:22 PM PDT · by kattracks · 112 replies · 3,516+ views ^ | 7/23/04 | Carl Limbacher
    Former Clinton White House counsel Lanny Davis fueled speculation on Thursday that he personally leaked the news that former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger was under criminal investigation by the Justice Department, by repeatedly dodging the question. Asked point-blank if he was the leaker, Davis refused to respond directly, but instead told Liberty Broadcasting's Linda Chavez that if he had asked a reporter the same question, the answer would be "None of your business." When Chavez pressed for a straight answer, Davis suggested he would have leaked the news last year to Associated Press reporter John Solomon, who actually...
  • Rush Limbaugh: What Papers Were Worth Berger Risking It All?

    07/22/2004 7:18:54 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 59 replies · 3,579+ views
    Rush ^ | 7/22/04 | Rush Limbaugh
    I'm more convinced more than ever, based on what I've heard of this report so far, that it might've been the Democrats, knowing that Sandy Berger was in serious trouble, who leaked his problem so it wouldn't come up closer to the election. There is nothing in this report that the White House – which saw the report a long while before now -- would want to leak this to "cover up," as the Democrats charge. F. Lee Levin, our legal advisor here, went back and did some research last night into Clinton apologist / spinmeister Lanny Davis. In his...
  • Jammers

    07/22/2004 10:42:15 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 14 replies · 554+ views
    It would be wrong to speculate on Sandy Berger's ultimate motive for removing classified documents from the National Archives. Working with insufficient information is the best way to mislead one's self. However, there might be some value to adopting a preliminary framework for understanding new information as it comes to light. The model that comes readily to mind is to regard Berger's escapade as a kind of information countermeasure. The most common ways to conceal information are to 1) create a decoy signal; 2) generate enough noise to blot out the underlying information; and 3) to reduce the signal of...
  • Criminal probe of Berger seen as a serious matter

    07/22/2004 10:30:13 PM PDT · by kattracks · 12 replies · 675+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/23/04 | Bill Sammon
    The criminal investigation of former National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger, while dismissed as a laughing matter by former President Bill Clinton, is actually a serious case of national importance, said one law-enforcement specialist.     "The negligent handling of national security information has become a very serious issue," said former federal prosecutor Joseph diGenova. "It's been a top priority item since the 1990s, when the Justice Department began vigorously enforcing what for many years had been a moribund statute."     Mr. diGenova was referring to federal law that imposes a prison term of up to 10 years on those who mishandle classified...
  • Mr. Berger's Incredible Misadventure (NYT Editorial)

    07/22/2004 10:37:58 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 36 replies · 1,207+ views
    New York Times ^ | 07/23/04 | New York Times
    Mr. Berger's Incredible MisadventurePublished: July 23, 2004 xactly why Samuel Berger removed copies of classified documents from the National Archives last October is not clear. Mr. Berger, the former national security adviser to President Clinton who was a Kerry adviser until Tuesday, wasn't going to be able to alter the records or give John Kerry an edge. The missing documents were copies of memos, which Mr. Kerry would have had access to anyway. If, as Mr. Berger says, the removal was simply a blunder, it was inexcusably careless legally and daft politically. Senator Kerry can't be too happy that Mr....

    07/22/2004 10:11:52 PM PDT · by Walkingfeather · 39 replies · 752+ views
    7/22/04 | walkingfeather
    Let's start a list of Questions we'd like answers too since reporters read FR maybe they will get some ideas... so have at it Has Sandy Berger had his security clearence revoked If no WHY not? If yes when and by whome?
  • The Berger Affair (or Look at the ugly reaction of the repubs and Bush campaign spokemen.)

    07/22/2004 9:59:01 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 38 replies · 940+ views
    WashingtonPost ^ | 07/23/04 | Editoral
    The Berger Affair Friday, July 23, 2004; Page A28 IT'S STILL NOT clear why former national security adviser Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger improperly removed secret documents from the National Archives last year. Mr. Berger, who was reviewing Clinton administration papers in connection with their release to the Sept. 11 commission, says he carried off several drafts of a January 2000 White House counterterrorism memo by mistake. But archives employees told The Post he took documents on more than one occasion, prompting them to code material they gave him during an October 2003 visit. When called about the disappearance of some...

    07/22/2004 3:18:21 PM PDT · by Steven W. · 88 replies · 3,986+ views
    Hugh Hewittt / Instapundit ^ | 7/22/04 | JustOneMinute blogs
    46. NSC email, Clarke to Kerrick,“Timeline,”Aug. 19, 1998; Samuel Berger interview (Jan. 14, 2004). We did not find documentation on the after-action review mentioned by Berger. On Vice Chairman Joseph Ralston’s mission in Pakistan, see William Cohen interview (Feb. 5, 2004). For speculation on tipping off the Taliban, see, e.g., Richard Clarke interview (Dec. 18, 2003). And to what does footnote (46) refer? On p. 117, Chapter 4, we find this: Later on August 20, Navy vessels in the Arabian Sea fired their cruise missiles. Though most of them hit their intended targets, neither Bin Ladin nor any other terrorist...

    07/22/2004 12:15:27 PM PDT · by jmstein7 · 15 replies · 1,343+ views
    NRO ^ | 7-22-04 | Jim Geraghty
    Various Kerry Spot readers are calling attention to the fact that the Kerry web site appears to have removed the press release that used to be here: But can still be seen in the Google cache here, and has been posted on the discussion board here: The date of the event is February 27, 2004. The event was a speech at UCLA about homeland security, mentioning port security and airline security. Now, Kerry wouldn't need any secret documents from March 2000 to make a speech saying port and airline security should be improved in February 2004. So it's...
  • Kerry: Leadership needed on security

    07/22/2004 12:01:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 436+ views
    Interest Alert ^ | July 22, 2004
    DETROIT, July 22 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry Thursday offered bipartisan leadership in the face of reported failures before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. "This is not a time for bickering. It is not a time for politics. ... This is a time to come together. This is a time for bipartisan solutions. And this is a time to act -- now," Kerry said in a statement. Kerry's comments were in response to the release of the report by the National Commission on the Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. The report came after months of interviews...
  • Loftus: Berger took docs revealing U.S. hired Arab Nazis to terrorize Serbs

    07/20/2004 8:20:20 PM PDT · by shhrubbery! · 52 replies · 3,613+ views
    WABC radio (New York) | July 20, 2004 | self
    Heard on the John Batchelor radio program tonight: John Loftus claims that documents removed from the National Archives by Sandy Berger contain information about the Clinton administration's hiring members of the Arab Brotherhood (?), an organization with Nazi and Al Qaeda connections, to terrorize Serbs during Clinton's war in the Balkans.
  • Guards Finger Berger in Sox Docs Heist

    07/22/2004 6:52:17 AM PDT · by kattracks · 200 replies · 4,415+ views ^ | 7/22/04 | Carl Limbacher
    After three days worth of denials from his legal team, eyewitnesses to Sandy Berger's top secret document heist have confirmed that the former national security advisor did indeed stash national security secrets in his socks, as well as his pants pockets. "The stuffed socks and pockets is real," a senior law enforcement official told the New York Daily News. "The (theft) was reported by the guards." Guards at the National Archives told the FBI that Berger was observed stuffing his socks with handwritten notes about files he reviewed that were going to the Sept. 11 panel, the News said. Guards...
  • Trousergate versus Watergate

    07/22/2004 2:25:07 AM PDT · by dyed_in_the_wool · 55 replies · 1,642+ views
    dyed_in_the_wool | dyed_in_the_wool
    If Berger was stealing classified information from the National Archives, ostensibly to help his party, either Kerry's election bid or clinton's so-called 'legacy', how does this compare to Watergate? Watergate was a burglery of DNC offices looking for information to help Nixon purportedly. So how does this rank?
  • Kerry Anti-Terror Plan Removed From Campaign Web Site After Berger Revelation

    07/22/2004 6:31:41 AM PDT · by jmstein7 · 77 replies · 1,921+ views
    Talon News ^ | 7-22-04 | Jeff Gannon
    Shortly after news broke that former Clinton administration National Security Advisor Samuel "Sandy" Berger was being investigated by the Justice Department for illegally removing highly classified documents from the National Archives, the presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) removed its anti-terror plan from its web site. Republicans have suggested that the information contained in the documents was used to formulate Kerry's policy, but are limited in proving those charges because the material is still classified. The sudden disappearance of the policy from the campaign web site that coincided with Berger's dismissal supports Republicans' contention that the purloined data formed...