So This Is What An "Honest Mistake" Looks Like
The crimes of Samuel R. 'Sandy' Berger are really much worse than we were initially led to believe. Mark Sherman of the Associated Press is reporting on ABC News that Samuel R. 'Sandy' Berger, former Clinton National Security Advisor, plead guilty to removing highly classified documents from the National Archives, a misdemeanor. Additionally, Mr. Berger, who had previously described the theft as an "honest mistake," admitted during his appearance before U.S. Magistrate Deborah Robinson that he had intentionally destroyed missing documents by cutting them up with scissors.
I guess it depends on what the meaning of the word "honest" is, or perhaps it depends on what the meaning of the word "mistake" is, or perhaps it depends on what the meaning of the words "honest mistake" taken as a whole is.
Whatever the case may be, this plea deal, in which Washington insider and Clinton crony Samuel R. 'Sandy' Berger will serve no jail time, will have to pay a measly $10,000 fine, and will only lose his security clearance for three years, is a travesty of justice! If you or I did this, it would certainly be classified as a felony for which they would lock us up and throw away the key. Oh, and about our top secret security clearance - as Tony Soprano's associates might say, forgetaboutit.
Posted by Rick | April 1, 2005 01:21 PM