Thursday, March 31


Recall the Sandy Berger scandal that seemed to do an emergency deep dive under the surface of the mainstream media before it could be fully developed in the press? Well, looks like the man will get a slap on the wrist from the U.S. Justice Department for finally admitting to (after a flurry of initial denials) having purposefully removed classified documents from the National Archives, some documents of which were hidden in his clothing!

Tell me, why do we need a "Freedom of Information Act" if all you risk is a misdemeanor by removing classified materials in the pockets of your cargo pants?

Just another fine example of "Homeland Security."

UPDATE: The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that the plea bargain deal, which must be approved by the court, exempts Berger from any jail time for his misdemeanor offense. He'll only have to pay a fine of $10,000 and surrender his security clearance for three years. Meanwhile ...

He returned most of the documents, but still missing are 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.

Looks like the Justice Department really played hardball.