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January 22, 2007, Herald Journal

What did Sandy ‘Burglar’ take?


President Bill Clinton’s national security advisor, Sandy Berger, illegally took confidential documents more than once from the National Archives.

He folded documents in his clothes, went outside the building, and then stashed them under a nearby construction trailer. Berger came back later, took the documents home, and cut them up, according to reports from the inspector general of the National Archives, and the staff of the government operations committee of the House of Representatives.

Berger, who earned the nickname Sandy “Burglar,” because of these thefts, did this while he was acting as Clinton’s representative to the 9/11 commission.

After Berger was caught, he lied to investigators, and tried to blame archive employees.

“He used the pretext of making and receiving private phone calls to get time alone with the confidential material . . . He took bathroom breaks every half-hour to provide further opportunity to remove and conceal documents,” said Ronald A. Cass, chairman of the Center for the Rule of Law and Dean Emeritus of Boston University School of Law.

What could have been important enough for Berger to risk disgrace, disbarment and prison? No one knows. No one knows what was lost, either.

At Clinton’s request, Berger made four visits to the archives over four months. Berger’s behavior was so abnormal that archive employees became suspicious by the third visit. They took steps to catch him, and that is why the fourth visit was his last.

Berger admits to destroying three of five copies of a counter-terrorism report. It’s possible there were handwritten, one-of-a kind notes on them that would be embarrassing to Berger or Clinton, or some other official, or maybe something that supported President George Bush.

The evidence must have been terribly damning for Berger to risk his career, livelihood, and liberty to steal, hide, and destroy classified documents, Cass said.

The 9/11 attack was the worst ever on our soil. Why aren’t the liberal mainstream news media reporters, such as the would-be Woodwards and Bernsteins, interested in finding out what 9/11 information was stolen, the same way they went after Richard Nixon?

They don’t want to, that’s why. They care more about protecting their beloved Bill and Hillary Clinton, than they do the public’s right to know.