Florida Pilot

A compendium of random thoughts from a former Washington Beltway insider who is now having a lot more fun flying small airplanes in Central Florida.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

USATODAY.com - Berger to pay $50,000 for taking classified material

Well, no one can say that the Bush Administration is excessively aggressive in protecting classified materials from abuse by liberals. The Administration evidently recommended a paltry $10,000 fine be assessed to Clinton national security advisor Sandy Berger for deliberate theft and destruction of classified documents and subsequent lying about it. A Federal judge found that the punishment was so inappropriate for the crime that he bumped the amount up to $50,000; still a relative slap-on-the-wrist for well-off Berger.

Do you think any of the liberals that have been after Karl Rove, claiming he should jailed for being accused of leaking the classified name of Kerry-backer Joseph Wilson's wife will complain about the soft treatment of Berger?

It is hard to believe that an "ordinary" person who did what Berger would not be facing at least a year or two of Federal prison time. In Washington, the saying should be "the bigger there, the easier the deal they get"


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