Clinton Library Won't Release Berger Documents (or maybe they're 'processing them' a bit too slowly)
Cybercast News Service reports in this press release that the staff at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library has denied a request under the FIFA act to release information on the theft of documents from the National Archives by Clinton's former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger.
A letter from the library said the total 502 pages from the Millennium Alert After Action Review (MAAR) are "restricted in their entirety," under federal law and that the documents are "classified in the interest of national defense or foreign policy."
Further, the library stated the documents contain "confidential communications requesting or submitting advice between the president and his advisors, or between such advisors."
Berger, who was national security advisor for President Clinton from 1997 to 2001, took five different copies of pages from the classified MAAR out of the archives by stuffing them in his suit and exiting the archives building. Berger did that at a time (September-October 2003) when the 9/11 Commission was beginning to investigate both the Clinton and Bush administrations' handling of the terror threat in the led up to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The library's letter was in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Cybercast News Service . The library has responded to several other requests, but in those cases it was to inform CNSNews.com that library staff was processing the request.