Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Sandy Burglar

In the fall of 2003, Sandy Berger, who was National Security Advisor under President Clinton, stole documents from the National Archives. He was reviewing documents in preparation for his testimony before the 9/11 Commission. What exactly he stole and discarded is not clearly known. In September 2005 Berger was fined $50,000 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. When Berger's actions came to light in early to mid 2004, I remember hearing Rush Limbaugh refer to him as "Sandy Burglar". At the time it seemed that Berger got off light with a fine and community service. He claimed his actions were accidental.

However, subsequent investigations have concluded that Berger's actions were intentional rather than accidental as he initially claimed. And now some GOP lawmakers are calling for Berger to submit to a lie detector test.

It is time for the country to know once and for all what Berger took and why. Was he protecting the former Clinton administration? What impact might those documents have on national security? And the question that follows is whether any of this might impact Hillary Clinton's campaign for the White House.

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