Originally created 12/24/06

Berger has a debt yet to pay



The national media were atwitter over which Republican might have "outted" CIA agent Valerie Plame.

The national media go apoplectic anytime the Bush administration is accused of secrecy - even when spying on terrorists.

The national media go into a feeding frenzy anytime a Republican makes a misstep - such as Rep. Mark Foley or Sen. Trent Lott, the latter of which merely went too far praising former Sen. Strom Thurmond on his birthday.

But wait! You don't even have to make a mistake to be burned at the stake if you're a conservative: Remember Rathergate - when CBS news anchor Dan Rather zealously used and stubbornly defended forged National Guard documents to bring down President Bush before the 2004 election?

And look at the number the Democrats and their media lackeys did on U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, who did nothing wrong except to stand up to the sprawling anti-American contingent in the United Nations.

Yet, West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan member and reportedly even a recruiter for the vile organization, has been allowed some of the highest posts in the U.S. Senate. But he's a Democrat, so that's OK.

Sen. Harry Reid has been involved in some shady real estate deals, but is headed for Senate Majority Leader. But he's a Democrat, so that's OK.

Look on the Internet for information on Rep. Barney Frank, Rep. Gerry Studds, Rep. William Jefferson - and even Bill Clinton, whom the mainstream media had to be dragged kicking and screaming to investigate. Then there was Al Gore, involved in receiving dirty campaign money from communist China.

Why do Democrats almost always get a pass on ethics, morality and even legality?

Well, here's one Democrat who should get no pass whatsoever:

Sandy Berger.

The former Clinton national security adviser's stealing and destroying of classified documents regarding the 9-11 attacks from the National Archives - while the 9-11 Commission was investigating - should go down in history as one of the most outrageous criminal acts ever perpetrated on the American people by a man inside our government.

It's arguably much worse than Watergate, which was a bungled partisan dirty trick. This, in contrast, was a crime against the American people aimed at concealing something obviously damning against the Clinton administration with regard to the run-up to the 9-11 attacks.

Where is the media's demand to know what Berger is hiding from us?

Or the outrage over how it was done?

New details of Berger's brazen 2003 theft from the American people emerged with the release of an investigatory report on the incident this week. Get a load of what your former national security adviser did:

- Berger hid classified documents in his clothing, spirited them out of the National Archives - and hid them under a nearby construction trailer.

- He returned later to retrieve the documents, then shredded them and put them in his trash.

- It wasn't an isolated incident: The Associated Press reports that "Archives staff had been tracking the documents he was provided because of earlier suspicions from previous visits that he was removing materials."

Amazing. A former national security adviser caught stealing and destroying documents, perhaps on multiple occasions.

But no media frenzy. Hardly a mention of it.

Can you imagine the mob that would assemble to hound a Condoleezza Rice if she'd done such a thing?

Oh, yeah. She's a conservative Republican.

Sandy Berger was fined $50,000 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

But he has a much larger debt yet to pay. He owes us much more than 100 hours of charity work.

He owes all of us the truth.

Come clean, Mr. Berger. Tell us what you know. Tell us what secrets you destroyed. Tell us what led you to destroy what was rightfully the American people's.