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Able Danger, Stuffed Socks, Fundraisers

Sandy Berger tries to `Anchor Aweigh' Curt Weldon

By Judi McLeod
Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Proving that he's just as adept at stuffing an election candidate's coffers as he is at stuffing his own socks, Sandy Berger hosted an "almost secret" Washington fund-raiser for a recently retired three-star vice admiral last night.

Vice Adm. Joseph Sestak Jr, as the Village People would say, is "In the Navy".

And when you want to take an Able Danger Congressman Curt Weldon down, what better way than to send in the Navy?

Berger, dubbed "Sandy Burglar" by radio meister Rush Limbaugh, gained notoriety for trying to stuff classified documents into his socks and other attire. The man, who served as President Bill Clinton's second-term national security adviser, pleaded guilty last year to removing classified material from the National Archives. He originally claimed it was an "honest mistake", but later owned up that he took the terrorism documents by hiding them, schoolboy fashion in his jacket--then cut some of them up with scissors.

The almost-secret fundraiser Berger hosted for Navy Man Sestak Jr. was revealed in a story by the Delaware County Daily Times.

"As a general rule, campaigns don't comment on fund-raisers or people who hold them," said Sestak's campaign chairman, Myles Duffy.

"I don't know why this fund-raiser is so secretive–other than the fact that it is a fund-raiser hosted by a convicted felon, a man convicted of destroying information dealing with pre-9/11 intelligence," said Russ Caso, Weldon's chief of staff.

Berger's bungled sleuthing, which was deemed a misdemeanor that came complete with a $50,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and two years of probation, should have eared him a movie stint. Instead, he ended up as an adviser with two other Clintonistas on ABC's hit show Commander in Chief. .

"What do they have to hide about this?" Caso asked. "I know what they have to hide: it's an embarrassment."

In Berger's real life, non-televised efforts on behalf of Sestak, everyone's in on the act.

Sestak's campaign, which has raised more than $150,000 since its Feb. 2 launch, includes about $50,000 that was raised with the help of sometimes thespian Senator John Kerry.

Last night's soiree, held at the Connecticut Avenue law office of Harold Ickes and Janice Enright, asked for individual contributions ranging from $250 to $2,100. Ickes, a labor attorney and former top aide to President Clinton, was a strategist for Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign. Enright, a lobbyist, who works with Ickes, is the treasurer of Sen. Clinton's 2006 re-election committee.

Candidate Sestak himself is a former deputy chief of Naval operations, who served as director for defense policy on Clinton's National Security Council.

Noting that Sestak, who's been AWOL in Pennsylvania for the past three decades, is a local boy, communication director Bryan Bennett said, "It's not some international conspiracy to unseat Curt Weldon."

And perhaps therein lies the rub. Obviously Berger didn't want someone to see the documents he tried to spirit out of the National Archives. Weldon, on the other hand has been downright pesky in wanting the American public to know that someone suppressed the intelligence of Able Danger who were trying to flag the White House that terrorists were taking flying lessons a year before they struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Like the proverbial dog with the bone, Weldon keeps talking about Able Danger even though he's not getting much support to keep Able Danger before the public eye from his fellow Republicans. In a February 2006 interview, he told Canada Free Press, "I'll never give up."

If there is one thing that Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger and Company do not need out there, it's the Double O Seven of American Congress, Curt Weldon keeping Able Danger alive.

Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: [email protected]

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