Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Kerry adviser, Sandy Berger probed over stolen classified documents

That's the way the headline should read but instead AP choose this one:

Clinton Adviser Probed Over Terror Memos

You see the thing is, Berger "was" Clinton's National Security Adviser and he "was" Clinton's choice to review classified documents to be submitted to the 9/11 commission.

The AP report says that "now" Berger "most recently has been informally advising Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry"

When in fact a Kerry Press Release describes Berger as "now a chief foreign policy adviser to Senator John Kerry..."

And these were not just some old terror memos, these were "highly classified terrorism documents".

So why the soft treatment by AP? Especially in light of the documents involved.

However, some drafts of a sensitive after-action report on the Clinton administration's handling of al-Qaida terror threats during the December 1999 millennium celebration are still missing, officials and lawyers told The Associated Press.

What could be so damning in in these reports written some seventeen months before 9/11? Could it be that they would expose Clinton's failures to prevent 9/11?

Mark Levin thinks so. And he points the finger directly at 9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick.

... [T]he Commission should study carefully the National Security Council plan to disrupt the al Qaeda network in the U.S. that our government failed to implement fully seventeen months before September 11.

The NSC's Millennium After Action Review declares that the United States barely missed major terrorist attacks in 1999 — with luck playing a major role. Among the many vulnerabilities in homeland defenses identified, the Justice Department's surveillance and FISA operations were specifically criticized for their glaring weaknesses. It is clear from the review that actions taken in the Millennium Period should not be the operating model for the U.S. government.

In March 2000, the review warns the prior Administration of a substantial al Qaeda network and affiliated foreign terrorist presence within the U.S., capable of supporting additional terrorist attacks here.

There is a lot more to this story than we are being told.

See Memeorandum for a great round up of links to this story.

Captain Ed asks, "Is it possible to have a Watergate in an administration after it leaves office?"

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