A very interesting memo from former US Attorney for Manhattan Mary Jo White apparently escaped being smuggled out of the National Archives in Sandy Burglar's pants. It turns out that White, who aggressively prosecuted terrorists responsible for the first WTC attack, told Jamie Gorelick that the infamous wall she built between intelligence and criminal justice would lead to disaster."This is not an area where it is safe or prudent to build unnecessary walls or to compartmentalize our knowledge of any possible players, plans or activities," wrote White, herself a Clinton appointee.
"The single biggest mistake we can make in attempting to combat terrorism is to insulate the criminal side of the house from the intelligence side of the house, unless such insulation is absolutely necessary. Excessive conservatism . . . can have deadly results."
She added: "We must face the reality that the way we are proceeding now is inherently and in actuality very dangerous."
In fact, the memo made it to the 9-11 Commission, but nobody took much note of it. Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to have a person implicated in the memo sitting on the Commission. Conflict of interest is obvious here.
According to National Archive officials, Berger supposedly only took copies of original material. So, if he didn't take the White memo original, he could have easily taken a copy that had notations or other information on it.
What we need to know most importantly in light of Able Danger and all this new information that is coming out is, what was in Mr. Bergers pants?
Of course I ask that in the most respectful sense possible.
UPDATE: Over at Americans for Freedom there are some specifics from the WaPo about what Berger stole from the Archives. Here's an excerpt:
The after-action memo was written by then-White House counterterrorism adviser Richard A. Clarke and contained 29 recommendations about improving homeland security, including beefing up protections at the nation's ports and borders. The review pointed out flaws in the nation's counterterrorism efforts.
A source knowledgeable about the contents of the review said that it is classified "codeword" because it contains information about sensitive intelligence operations. The memo also contains sensitive fruits of wiretaps, intelligence sources said.
The WaPo article was written in July '04 and I have been unable to find any further specifics. So we will wait and see if further information is released.