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Sandy Berger Update
Posted by: Dale Franks on Thursday, December 21, 2006

Thanks to a freedom of information request, we now have more information about how Sandy Berger stole classified documents from the National Archives.
The report from the inspector-general for the National Archives, Paul Brachfeld, said Mr. Berger executed the cloak-and-dagger maneuver in October 2003 while taking a break from reviewing Clinton-era documents in connection with the work of the so-called September 11 commission.

" Mr. Berger exited the archive onto Pennsylvania Avenue," the report says, recounting the story the former national security chief told investigators. "He did not want to run the risk of bringing the documents back in the building. … He headed toward a construction area on 9th Street. Mr. Berger looked up and down the street, up into the windows of the archives and the DOJ, and did not see anyone. He removed the documents from his pockets, folded the notes in a ‘V' shape, and inserted the documents in the center. He walked inside the construction fence and slid the documents under a trailer."

According to the report, Mr. Berger said he retrieved the documents after leaving the archives complex for the evening and took the papers to his office.
This goes a bit beyond stuffing a few documents in socks. If you or I had done this, we'd be looking through the razor wire at the lovely terrain outside of Marion, Illinois.
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If you or I had done this, we’d be looking through the razor wire at the lovely terrain outside of Marion, Illinois.
How can you say that? I’m sure there was an innocent explanation. He was, uh, probably dazzled by the bright sunlight, and he needed to put the documents down so he could shield his eyes, yeah, that’s the ticket, and he wanted them to be in a safe place, so he hid them under that trailer, yeah, that’s it.

So he didn’t do anything wrong. If you say he did, you must be a Clinton hater.


It’s really ironic to me how the deranged left kept on talking about how Dick Cheney, et al, needed to be "frog-marched" and placed in an "orange jumpsuit" (to use two of their favorite phrases), when there was at best only a tenuous suggestion that a crime was even committed. But Hillary can lose records (clear contempt of court), Bill can commit perjury, and Sandy can stuff his trousers full of classified documents, but somehow nobody ever pays for those crimes by going to jail. Heck, they don’t even acknowledge that they got caught. Sandy copped a plea and hid his worst crimes, and Bill and Hillary just kept telling us to move on.

I don’t necessarily think Bill Clinton deserved to go to jail. And, as I’ve explained to numerous leftists over the year, I can actually tell you the things I think he did well during his adminstration. But having the media grant him political sainthood after his behavior is as much proof of their bias as anything they’ve ever done.

And Hillary’s shenanigans with the billing records and her amazing cattle futures track record ought to be clear issues if she runs for president. But you can bet they won’t be if it’s up to the NYT, Washington Post, CBS/ABC/NBC/CNN, etc.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Sandy can stuff his trousers full of classified documents, but somehow nobody ever pays for those crimes by going to jail.

He paid with the paper cuts.
Written By: Aldo
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I want to know why he did it, and who else was involved...
Written By: Keith_Indy
First, this puts paid to the silly idea that this was an "accident," where Berger didn’t even realize he’d taken these documents out of the building.

Second, and more worrisome, this sounds like somebody filling a "dead-drop." Which is spy-speak for passing documents to other people (usually unfriendly foreign intelligence agencies).

Which goes to Keith’s point: Why did he do it? Who else was involved? What was on those documents?

And I’d like to add: Why the lenient treatment? Is it simply the power of privilege?

One thing’s for certain: This person has no business ever having access to classified documents again. Come 2009, one wonders how well the media and various politicos will remember Berger’s actions if/when he’s nominated for a sensitive position.
Written By: Lurking Observer
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I want to know why he did it, and who else was involved...
don’t forget the ever important investigative question - "and when did they know"?

I couldn’t even bring in my own folders when I used the archive for research on the highly classifed friggin War with Mexico (1846), but of course, special rules for special people.
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"He paid with the paper cuts."

But I bet he stuck the taxpayers with the medical bills.
Written By: timactual
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Adding his behavior to Hazel O’Leary’s bizarre security policies at the Dept. of Energy, along with the bugging of a State Dept. conference room and other incidents, is it any wonder that Democrats have a lousy, and deservedly so, reputation on national security issues?
Written By: timactual
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I was pretty outraged over the lack of scrutiny into Berger’s actions. So I did a little, illustrated thought experiment: What if Condi Rice had been caught stealing 9/11 documents prior to her testimony?

p.s., your trackbacks are down, so consider this a manual one.
Written By: Doug

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