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Friday, April 01, 2005

Berger's Day In Court

Just when we thought the courts couldn't get any nuttier, I read this morning about the plea deal he cut with the feds. Hat-Tip to: Captain's Quarters, Powerline, and Instapundit for picking up on this.

The deal's terms make clear that Berger spoke falsely last summer in public claims that in 2003 he twice inadvertently walked off with copies of a classified document during visits to the National Archives, then later lost them.

He described the episode last summer as "an honest mistake." Yesterday, a Berger associate who declined to be identified by name but was speaking with Berger's permission said: "He recognizes what he did was wrong. . . . It was not inadvertent."

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.

In return, the government will convict Berger of a misdemeanor, fine him $10,000, and merely suspend his national-security clearance for three years.
He should be facing obstruction of justice charges, and contempt of Congress. And they're only suspending his security access? What kind of happt hose-s**t is that? If this were anybody else--you, me, or any other Joe six-pack--we'd be in jail until the End Times. Yet, Berger gets off light. And what exactly were those documents that introduced to a pair of scissors? According to the Washington Post, these were copies. Really?

And we're supposed to accept this from the Post? The newspaper of recored that is still running with the ABC memo story; that same story that ABC can't prove where or who it came from, and now ABC is backpeddling. Uh huh. Yeah, I trust the Post. Sandy Berger basically lied about this. When this occurred, he said that it was inadvertent. Now he says it was intentional. So basically, he has done what Martha Stewart did--he lied and got caught--and he's getting a slap on the wrist. Meanwhile, we get deluged with a "Martha in prison" update on an almost daily basis. Martha lied about making money. Sandy Berger lied about taking classified materials from the National Archives. Just taking them was enough, but they were classified to boot.

You tell me, which crime was worse?


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