Friday, July 23, 2004

Berger Coverup

Berger may have been trying to cover up contradictions by Richard Clarke according to a Washington Times report. Remember Richard Clarke? He was the Clinton era holdover that wrote the scathing report of the Bush Administration's handling of the 911 attacks.

U.S. officials tell us that the FBI is focusing on a single document in its investigation of former White House National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger. Investigators are trying to determine why Mr. Berger improperly removed a highly classified after-action report by Richard A. Clarke, an aide to Mr. Berger, that was harshly critical of the Clinton administration's response to the so-called millennium terrorist plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport and other targets in late 1999.

So it seems that Clarke was critical of the way the Clinton Administration handled the the millennium terrorist Plot but Burger wanted to make sure this story got spiked. Strange that Clarke's book wasn't all that critical of the Clinton's mishandling.

Mr. Clarke was the National Security Council staff aide who ended up as a Democratic holdover in the Bush administration. He went public before the September 11 commission with harsh criticism of President Bush and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice for failing to take his advice in doing more against al Qaeda before the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Eventually this will all come out, but will it be soon enough to damage the Kerry campain?

Officials said the investigation into the removal of the Clarke memorandum is expected to lead to the declassification and publication of the document. This could expose the duplicity of Mr. Clarke, who had little criticism of the Clinton administration in public. U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies have used the millennium plot as an example of a counterterrorism success. But the Clarke memorandum is likely to portray a different picture.


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