Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Sandy Bergler Gets Away With Tap on the Wrist

USATODAY.com - Sandy Scissorhands

This is really bugging me. Just who are the prosecuters with this case? What connection did they have with the Clinton Whitehouse? There has to be some sort of connection otherwise how do you explain the lame result of this prosecution. I mean even USA Today gets that this is a whitewash for a sentence.

Excerpt:
Prosecutors have recommended that Berger receive a $10,000 fine and be barred from seeking a national security clearance for three years when he's sentenced in July. Although the law allows for one year in prison and a $100,000 fine, he won't get any jail time if a judge OKs the plea agreement.

I would like to know what would happen if someone 'unknown' did what Berger did and what the prosecutorial outcome would be. I just find this sickening, to know that Berger would go to this extreme to protect himself or 'who'? No problem...steal documents from the National Archives, destroy documents from the National Archives! It's bad enough that he just gets a slap on the wrist but then he will have his security clearance reinstated in 3 years!

Mudville Gazette has a posting on this with a comment from Buzz Patterson! If you don't know who Buzz Patterson is then you owe it to yourself to get educated because he's written a couple very interesting books.

Update: Buzz Patterson has an article on this story at Human Events Online. Plus, I wasn't aware that he had a radio program: He also hosts a radio show, The Buzz Cut, heard live every Monday at 1:00 PM Eastern at www.rightalk.com.

Also, WS Opinion Journal came out with an editorial which commends the Justice Department for it's admirable restraint in the handling of the Berger theft! Sometimes I just don't 'get' the WSOJ.
Excerpt:
We've never been considered soft on the Clinton Administration or its leading personalities. So we hope we'll have some credibility, especially with our friends on the right, when we say that the misdemeanor plea bargain struck by the Justice Department last week with former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger looks to be a reasonable outcome.

I'm not quite understanding why this is a reasonable outcome. Can anyone explain that to me?


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