I Got Friends in Low Places...
Berger to pay $50,000 for taking classified material'The stench from the bench is making me clench' --Savage
WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge on Thursday ordered Sandy Berger, President Clinton's national security adviser, to pay a $50,000 fine for illegally taking classified documents from the National Archives.
The punishment handed down by U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson exceeded the $10,000 fine recommended by government lawyers. Under the deal, Berger avoids prison time but he must surrender access to classified government materials for three years.
"The court finds the fine is inadequate because it doesn't reflect the seriousness of the offense," Robinson said, as a grim-faced Berger stood silently.
Earlier in the hearing, Berger expressed remorse for his crime, which he described as a lapse of judgment that came while he was preparing to testify before the Sept. 11 commission.
"I let considerations of personal convenience override clear rules of handling classified material," Berger said. "I believe this lapse, serious as it is, does not reflect the character of myself."
"In this case, I failed. I will not again," he said.
Sandy obviously picked up excellent skills from working close to his buddy Slick Willy. This offense is as grievous as the one perpetrated during Watergate yet there seems to be no repercussions because of his party affiliation.
If this isn't proof of the dangerous emergence of an Oligarchy then I'm going insane... which isn't impossible, especially in light of stories such as these.