Man Without Qualities

Monday, July 19, 2004

If Only ...
... the Justice Department has the guts to charge the pathologically lying and hugely destructive Sandy Berger with the federal felonies he almost certainly has committed when he lifted and probably destroyed highly confidential documents.
One can only hope. It seems Mr. Berger removed the highly classified terrorism documents and handwritten notes from a secure reading room during preparations for the Sept. 11 commission hearings.  Mr. Berger's home and office were searched earlier this year by the FBI with warrants after he "voluntarily" returned documents to the National Archives - once National Archives employees told FBI agents that the Archives employees saw Berger place missing documents in his clothing. Some drafts of a sensitive after-action report on the Clinton administration's handling of al-Qaida terror threats during the December 1999 millennium celebration are still missing - and Berger may have lost or destroyed them. That memo was prepared under Mr. Berger's direction by none other than Richard Clarke. Both men have subsequently grossly misrepresented their handling of al-Qaida, especially to the media and also to Congress. Reports are that the Archives is believed to have copies of some - but not all - of the documents believed to have been purloined by Mr. Berger. 
But perhaps the Justice Department is too busy with pressing its pointless, wildly excessive persecution of Martha Stewart to be bothered with prosecuting Mr. Berger's felonies.


Berger and his lawyer said Monday night he knowingly removed the handwritten notes by placing them in his jacket, pants and socks, and also inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio.

Yes, yes. Another one of those stories. Many people innocently walk out of secured areas with highly classified documents stuffed in their socks - and then "lose" them. Yep. Happens innocently all the time. Like the girl who got pregnant from swimming in the municipal pool.

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