Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales repeatedly violated federal secrecy rules by mishandling documents containing “zealously protected” secrets about government’s warrantless wiretapping program, then lied to investigators to cover up his actions, Justice Department investigators reported Tuesday.
Wonder if he will receive the same treatment as Sandy Berger.
Can the courts take that as a tacit admission that those documents aren’t really classified, thus forcing the administration to release them? Because they should. It’s sheer craziness that these assholes get to have it both ways.
I listened to the details of this yesterday on NPR and was amazed at his stupidity. He took documents home, locked them in unsecure group safes (where multiple people had access), took notes in meetings where there were to be none, etc.
It’s like the guy thumbed his nose at security on purpose.
Berger eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material on April 1, 2005. Berger was fined $50,000, sentenced to serve two years of probation and 100 hours of community service, and stripped of his security clearance for 3 years. Berger also relinquished his license to practice law.
Um, duh? How long did it take for the Bush administration to find someone willing to reinterpret the Constitution? Who would be surprised that the person they found had a disrespect for law in general?