"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Berger and the Classified Documents

Just an extremely short post as a means of introduction to a post at Rightwing Guy this morning.

Some excerpts from Examiner.com:

"President Clinton's national security adviser removed classified documents from the National Archives, hid them under a construction trailer and later tried to find the trash collector to retrieve them, the agency's internal watchdog said Wednesday."
Kind of sounds like he knew what he was up to, no?
"Berger took the documents in the fall of 2003 while working to prepare himself and Clinton administration witnesses for testimony to the Sept. 11 commission."

"Berger's lawyer, Lanny Breuer, said in a statement that the contents of all the documents exist today and were made available to the commission."
Hmmmm, thats a lawyer for you. It's not like these documents were not available and were not submitted to the commission. It's not like the bank won't get more money sometime. Sure it's illegal to remove documents from the National Archive, but no harm was done....
"Berger pleaded guilty to unlawfully removing and retaining classified documents. He was fined $50,000, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and was barred from access to classified material for three years."
The fine is good, the community service is good. Three years barred access has always struck me as ludicrous. Why does he need it back? Why should he be trusted with this authority in the future? What kind of a joke is a temporary barring to something you knowingly abused and got caught for? You or I would be burned at the stake for something like this.

Onto brighter pastures, Rightwing Guy has a post up today regarding his belief that "Keith Ellison Is A Disgrace."
"Normally one would think that if you were a Congressman elected by the people of a certain state, in this case Minnesota, that you would do what is in the best interest of that state and the people who elected you in the first place and not put your religion in front of your country and/or state."
Don't waste your time going anywhere before reading the rest of the story......


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