Friday, September 09, 2005

 

Berger Fined

Former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger has been fined:
"Former National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger was fined $50,000 by a federal judge yesterday for illegally taking classified documents out of the National Archives by stuffing them in his pants.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson, in ordering the fine, ignored a recommendation by government lawyers that Mr. Berger -- the Clinton administration's most senior national security official -- pay a $10,000 fine as part of a plea agreement reached in April.

'The court finds the fine is inadequate because it doesn't reflect the seriousness of the offense,' Judge Robinson said in handing down the sentence. She also ordered Mr. Berger to surrender his access to classified government materials for three years, perform 100 hours of community service and serve two years' probation.
A fine of $50k doesn't reflect the seriousness of the offense either. Even a year in jail and a $100k fine, the maximum possible penalty, wouldn't sufficiently reflect the seriousness of the offense.

Too bad Berger won't be required to answer some questions under oath during the upcoming Able Danger hearings.

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