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I’m Just a Dead Boy

The NY Sun:

On December 4, 1999, the National Security Councilís counterterrorism coordinator, Richard Clarke, sent Mr. Berger a memo suggesting a strike in the last week of 1999 against Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan. Reports the commission: ìIn the margin next to Clarkeís suggestion to attack Al Qaeda facilities in the week before January 1, 2000, Berger wrote, ëno.í î

… In other words, according to the commission report, Mr. Berger was presented with plans to take action against the threat of Al Qaeda four separate times ó Spring 1998, June 1999, December 1999, and August 2000. Each time, Mr. Berger was an obstacle to action. Had he been a little less reluctant to act, a little more open to taking pre-emptive action, maybe the 2,973 killed in the September 11, 2001, attacks would be alive today.

It really doesnít matter now what was in the documents from the National Archives that Mr. Berger says he inadvertently misplaced. The evidence in the commissionís report yesterday is more than enough to embarrass him thoroughly.He is a hardworking, warm man with a wonderful family, but his background as a trade lawyer and his dovish, legalistic and political instincts made him, in retrospect,the tragically wrong man to be making national security decisions for America in wartime.That Senator Kerry had Mr. Berger as a campaign foreign policy adviser even before the archives scandal is enough to raise doubts about the senatorís judgment.

They’re wrong: it does matter what was in those documents. Because if he was so worried about what was in them, and so arrogant that he thought he could pull this off, and his ass doesn’t get thrown in a cell, this country will never, ever, have any respect for EITHER political party, ANY branch of government, and the laws on the books won’t mean jack.

Compared to what this guy had already admitted he did, Martha Stewart didn’t do shit. Even her prosecutor admitted convicting her was more about public perception:

In a letter to the Washington Times (June 12, 2003) defending the indictment of Martha as an opportunity to make an example of a high profile person, U.S. Department of Justice (sic) official Corey J. Smith wrote: ìInsider trading is a complicated area of criminal law, and it is not always clear who can be charged with it.î

There’s nothing complicated here. He illegally removed high level classified materials, and he knew it was against the law. Then he did it again. When he got busted for it he couldn’t produce all the documents he lifted, which opens him up to charges he breached the nation’s security by allowing top level intelligence files to go … who friggin’ knows where they are? The contents of those documents have to be released to the public, even if truncated for security reasons, if for no other reason than to show the American public how loosely these “respected” sons of bitches from the Clinton administration held and still hold the phrase “National Security,” and to remind voters that this was Kerry’s go-to guy on the subject until he got bagged.

You are SO gonna end up a Maytag, Bergler!

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