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A Tale Of Two Security Violations

Joel Mowbray talks about the apparent double standard at play, in the Justice Department and the media, about Sandy Berger:

The mainstream media's palpable disinterest in the Berger case is hardly justified. Many questions remain unanswered. Of the few explanations Berger and his defenders have actually provided, none passes the laugh test.

Berger claimed in court last year that smuggling classified documents out of the National Archives was about "personal convenience," but the inspector general report states that he walked out of the building and down the street, found a construction site, looked to see if the coast was clear, then slid behind a fence and hid the documents under a trailer.

Which part of that elaborate procedure was "convenient"?

According to the New York Times story last April following Berger's guilty plea, "Associates attributed the episode to fatigue and poor judgment." While lying to authorities is poor judgment, it is also illegal. And how exactly did fatigue drive Berger to use his scissors to shred three versions of the top-secret document?

I think we know how this would have been covered if it had been a former Republican National Security Advisor. One of many reasons to not allow the Democrats near the White House at war time.

Posted by Rand Simberg at January 09, 2007 10:06 AM
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...and if we're gonna consider "if the shoe were on the other foot" analogies, what do you think FDR would have done if Sandy Berger were caught doing something like this to hide information from his administration?

Posted by Phil Fraering at January 9, 2007 10:46 AM

I'm not one of those guys constantly screaming "media bias", but if the whole Sandy Berger case isn't a prime example of it, I don't know what is...

Posted by tschafer at January 9, 2007 11:21 AM

If someone had done what Berger did in one of about 150 countries around the world, he would have been imprisoned for life - or executed - for espionage.

Posted by Ed Minchau at January 9, 2007 02:12 PM

It seems the "loud and proud" technique continues to work for the Dems, with the help of their friends in the media it isn't likely to change.

Posted by TBinSTL at January 9, 2007 04:08 PM

What about Fox News? Why aren't they making a rowdy hullabaloo about this? Or now that Murdoch is hosting fundraisers for Hillary Clinton has he too gone over to the dark side, having been seduced by her large calves ;-)?

What the heck was Berger doing this for anyway? Gadzooks and strange thoughts, was he perhaps passing secrets to the Israelis?

Posted by Toast_n_Tea at January 9, 2007 06:16 PM

Berger was caught by the Bush DoJ.

The question to ask is why would Alberto Gonzales a
man who unhesitatingly sends US Citizens to Guantanamo
to be tortured be willing to cut Berger a deal?

Why would Freeh not press for a maximum sentence?

Why would republican Judges tolerate this?

What's the real deal? What did berger know about Bush
that kept the DoJ off his back?

Posted by anonymous at January 9, 2007 09:09 PM

Seems everything in Anonymous' world boils down to blackmail, coercion, and harm.

Posted by McGehee at January 10, 2007 05:47 AM

can anyone propose a reason why Bush would give
Berger a walk?

Posted by anonymous at January 13, 2007 02:18 PM

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