Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Sandy Berger: The "Watergate" No One Wants To Talks About

Former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein, who, along with colleague Bob Woodward, exposed the Watergate affair, has been grumbling that the Bush administration has done "far greater damage" than President Nixon. But perhaps the intrepid reporters of "All the President's Men" fame should turn their attention to a modern-day conspiracy of truly epic proportions.

When Sandy Berger, national security advisor under President Clinton, was caught stealing and destroying documents from the National Archives prior to appearing before the 9/11 Commission in 2003, there was barely a peep in the Democrat-dominated mainstream media. And the near silence has continued to this day. One can only imagine the uproar had a Republican committed an offense half so grievous.

Even the Bush administration, via the Department of Justice, seems reluctant to publicize or pursue the matter in any meaningful fashion, frustrating many of its supporters. Adding insult to injury, Berger's slap-on-the-wrist plea bargain sentence of fines, community service and probation will once again give him access to classified material in a mere three years. While some have posited that Berger's actions were motivated by a desire to cover up the failure of the Clinton administration to address the growing threat of Islamic terrorism, the truth is much more complicated.

The mainstream media may want to ignore the elephant in the room, but not author and journalist Jack Cashill. Cashill's series of articles on the Berger affair reveal cracks in the official stories regarding the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the 1996 explosion of TWA Flight #800, as well as a byzantine power struggle between Clinton holdovers in the FBI and the Department of Justice and the Bush administration.

With yet another Clinton (Hillary, that is) trying to lay claim to the White House, these articles provide a sobering reminder of the damage already done by the Clinton administration to America's war on terrorism. They also raise questions about the ability of a government mired in turf wars, personal vendettas, cover-ups and bureaucratic ineptitude to battle such a formidable enemy.

Parts one and two can be read at and are linked below, while part three is forthcoming:

The Secret Sandy Risked His All For

Why Bush Justice Rolled Over For Sandy Berger

Eat your heart out, Carl Bernstein.

Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for stepping up to the plate.

Friday, January 26, 2007 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOX revelations of what Sandy Berger "might have" stolen and what they "may have" said

Not even pretending to practice journalism anymore, John Gibson on The Big Story today 1/31/07 speculated some more on just how bad the Berger case could have been. Unfortunately for his fantasies, the Bush Justice Department and the 9/11 Commission consider the case resolved. Today's segment was a rehash of the same non-story trumpeted three weeks ago.

So what "new details" did the Big Story uncover in the childishly-named and captioned "Sandy Burglar" case? Gibson asked "Could (he) have destroyed key hand-written notes from original documents?" That's exactly what his guest, John Fund of the Wall Street Journal, thinks, but he offers no evidence.

The imagined hand-written notes on the theoretical margins of the possibly missing documents could have been written by President Clinton or perhaps Richard Clarke or maybe Madeleine Albright.

Fund says that an (unnamed) former Justice Department official believes there is strong circumstantial evidence that Berger took some documents with hand-written notes on them. The National Archives says they have copies of those documents, and they don't have hand-written notations on them. But, says Fund, the bottom line is Berger's behavior is still inexplicable unless he was "after something like that" and as part of his plea agreement, he agreed to take a polygraph test. The Justice Department hasn't taken him up on that and won't even return Fund's phone calls about it!

Gibson put up a ridiculous graphic and announced the "count of shame," which will track how long it's been since Berger's plea deal. Folks, it's already on 670 days - this dog and pony show is obsessing on a two-year-old, settled case as a means to divert attention from Scooter Libby (still no mention) and to blame Clinton for Bush's failure to prevent 9/11. Gibson promises to stay on this every day, asking "Did hand-written notes disappear? Do we know that there were notations that no longer exist, nobody knows where they are?"

This steaming pile of innuendo, speculation, and conjecture about a four-year-old offense is what passes for "new details" on FOX's Big Story. What a joke.


Thursday, February 01, 2007 11:12:00 AM  

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