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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 9/8/2005 1:41:31 PM EDT
I went to the National Archives and stole highly classified documents in order to obstruct an investigation into a terrorist incident that killed 3,000 people?

I know someone who won't spend a day in jail for it.
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 1:46:28 PM EDT
Hey, if Nicolas Cage could do it in National Treasure I'm sure you could too...

...then again the movie and what you are implying are both just stories.
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 1:51:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2005 1:53:03 PM EDT by LTVN68]
Above a certain level of government, no one seems to be held accountable anymore. I believe this happens for the following reason: "if we as government officials, do not hold you accountable for corruption, then when we are caught, we will not be held accountable for our corruption". The big problem is....corruption leads to the total loss of faith in and the eventual destruction of a government. Corruption is to be crushed wherever it is found and must not be allowed to thrive. I have certainly been disappointed in our government lately.
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 1:52:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sydney7629:
I went to the National Archives and stole highly classified documents in order to obstruct an investigation into a terrorist incident that killed 3,000 people?

He got off easy because he stuffed the papers in his pants. Yep, it was the pants thing.
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 1:53:13 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 1:53:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Ocorvo:
Hey, if Nicolas Cage could do it in National Treasure I'm sure you could too...

...then again the movie and what you are implying are both just stories.



It's not just a story:


Berger to pay $50,000 for taking classified material

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.

The sentencing capped a bizarre sequence of events in which Berger admitted to sneaking classified documents out of the Archives in his suit, later destroying some of them in his office and then lying about it.

After initially saying it was an "honest mistake," Berger pleaded guilty in April to a misdemeanor of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, which contained information relating to terror threats in the United States during the 2000 millennium celebration.

Link Posted: 9/8/2005 1:55:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 2:12:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sydney7629:

Originally Posted By Ocorvo:
Hey, if Nicolas Cage could do it in National Treasure I'm sure you could too...

...then again the movie and what you are implying are both just stories.



It's not just a story:



Not the real story...that you could get away with it was what I meant. Unless....do you look like Nicolas Cage at all?
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 2:22:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Aimless:
he must surrender access to classified government materials for three years.




Ain't that a thing. I know if I tried it I would surrender my access to free air for alot longer than that.
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