Tuesday, July 20, 2004

House Speaker Dennis Hastert is a Huge Honking Liar

House Speaker Dennis Hastert has weighed in on the Bergering of classified documents from the National Archives. His hysterical rant goes like this:

"What could those documents have said that drove Mr. Berger to remove them without authorization from a secure reading room for classified documents? What information could be so embarrassing that a man with decades of experience in handling classified documents would risk being caught pilfering our nation's most sensitive secrets? Did these documents detail simple negligence or did they contain something more sinister? Was this a bungled attempt to rewrite history and keep critical information from the 9/11 Commission and potentially put their report under a cloud?”

Let’s be clear her, Hastert, THERE ARE NO DOCUMENTS MISSING FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES. Want proof? Here’s two paragraphs from the Associated Press story about the Bergering that clearly say the documents at issue were NOTES TAKEN BY BERGER and COPIES OF DOCUMENTS, not originals. History has not been rewritten and Dennis Hastert is a huge honking liar.

From the Associated Press, Monday July 19th:

“Berger and his lawyer said Monday night he knowingly removed handwritten notes he had taken from classified anti-terror documents he reviewed at the National Archives by sticking them in his jacket and pants. He also inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio, they said.”

And, again:

When asked, Berger said he returned some of the classified documents, which he found in his office, and all of the handwritten notes he had taken from the secure room, but said he could not locate two or three copies of the highly classified millennium terror report.


At 5:43 PM , Blogger adriana said...

you're becoming my favourite political blog.


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