Friday, April 01, 2005

Sandy Berger

Sandy Berger, former National Security Advisor under Clinton, will plead guilty to a misdemeanor and will admit that he intentionally removed and destroyed copies of a classified document about the Clinton administration's record on terrorism. (Hat tip to Tiger Hawk.)

As you may recall, Berger had gone to the National Archives in the fall of 2003 supposedly to review documents for his testimony before the September 11 Commission. He took documents out, which he was not supposed to do, and hid them in his clothing. When caught, Berger lied about his actions and intent.

According to the Washington Post:

Rather than misplacing or unintentionally throwing away three of the five copies he took from the archives, as the former national security adviser earlier maintained, he shredded them with a pair of scissors late one evening at the downtown offices of his international consulting business.

The document, written by former National Security Council terrorism expert Richard A. Clarke, was an "after-action review" prepared in early 2000 detailing the administration's actions to thwart terrorist attacks during the millennium celebration. It contained considerable discussion about the administration's awareness of the rising threat of attacks on U.S. soil.

In an apparent attempt to shift political blame to Pres. Bush, Berger was trying to hide documentary evidence of what the Clinton administration knew of the threat of terrorist attacks in the U.S. Both Clinton and Bush had some forewarnings about terrorist threats on U.S. soil, but no one in either administration had sufficient notice to anticipate the types of attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

I wonder what the MSM would say if the culprit were Condi Rice instead of Berger? I wonder what the Democrats would say if Rice had done the same thing and had received the same plea bargain?

UPDATE: See Captain's Quarters and Michelle Malkin for further analysis. Don't you want to know what were the handwritten comments on the destroyed versions?


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