Moreover, Sandy Berger will surrender his security clearance for three years following the judgment. Sandy Berger graciously accepted Judges Robinsons decision.Actually, some might readily feel that Sandy Berger obtained stiff penalties because his discussions with chief prosecutor Noel Hillman and firm involved just $10,000 in fine, read

His reduction of safety license compounded the penalties. In General, Judge Robinsons decision produced both the Republicans and the Democrats, the U.S Justice Department and the Sandy Berger camp, exceptionally happy and happy.Some people both at the government and the private industry, however, do not feel that the judgment was fair at all. For these people, the penalties levied upon erring former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger was comparable to mere a slap on the wrist.

It was a criminal act according to the law.The Sandy Berger camp got around saying that what Berger committed was a mere breach of the National Archives regulations, but it was barely a criminal act. In fact, however, what Berger did can easily be categorized as a breach of Section 793 of Title 18 of the U.S Code. Below this section, intentional dissemination of classified materials and documents is criminal. Even unintentional dissemination of or losing classified substances due to gross negligence under this code is punishable with a fine and/or imprisonment of 10 years.

It was a difficult thing for Bergers critics to swallow that Sandy Berger got off so lightly when under this law, he could have been sentenced 10 decades. Even though nobody could realistically expect Berger to receive the full maximum, critics nevertheless believed that Sandy Berger should have been fined AND imprisoned for a long term.

Sandy Berger deliberately removed the files.Initially, Sandy Berger wouldnt admit to deliberately taking the files from the National Archives. He insisted, when he was contested by National Archives officials about lost files, that he inadvertently shoved them in with his newspapers when he gathered his things into his portfolio. He returned these records.But after due analysis, it was discovered that Berger took over those 2 copies. He in fact took more on a previous visit. He later confessed to cutting up these when he admitted to have intentionally taken the classified materials.Critics thought that if they concede that Sandy Berger had no intention of disseminating the sensitive info, they had no intention of conceding that Berger made an honest mistake. The fact he is a former National Security Advisor means he understood appropriate protocols and procedures when it comes to classified substances.

Sandy Berger knew that nonetheless crucial his interview with the 9/11 commission was, it was more critical to safeguard national security by obeying the National Archives regulations regarding these documents. The simple fact that Berger intentionally put himself above the law ought to have merited more than a slap on the wrist but a wallop on the butt.