When revealing crime is the crime

By Joseph Farah

When you look at the news of the world on a daily basis as my profession forces me to do, you can’t help but conclude the human race is going mad.

How else can one explain the way up is now down, right is now wrong, left is now right and in is now out?

For example, I thought for sure when news broke that a former national security adviser was caught red-handed stealing highly classified national security secrets from the National Archive, Americans generally – and journalists specifically – would be curious about why.

Why would Sandy Berger shove old, highly sensitive documents down his pants, in his jacket, in his briefcase and take them home? Why would some of those documents never be seen again? Why would Clinton’s national security adviser risk his career, his reputation and even jail time pulling a stunt like this?

Much to my surprise, few are asking such questions.

Instead, many in the press are parroting the line of inane questioning coming from the Democratic National Committee and the John Kerry campaign.

They don’t want to know why Berger committed the crime. They want to know why the crime was revealed to the American people.

It’s astonishing.

This may be the first time I’ve ever heard politicians seeking office suggesting the people had no right to know about a crime one of them perpetrated on all of us.

But that is what they are doing.

It’s an audacious move as reprehensible and bold as Sandy Berger’s one-man raid on the National Archives.

“The timing of this leak suggests that the White House is more concerned about protecting its political hide than hearing what the commission has to say about strengthening our security,” said an official statement from the Kerry campaign.

The timing? I’m concerned that this information was deliberately withheld from the American people for over nine months! This may be the first secret that has ever lasted nine months in Washington.

If this were coming from the Bush administration for political reasons, why now? Why not one month ago or one month from now? It makes no sense.

Terry McAuliffe, the chairman of the DNC went so far as to file a Freedom Of Information Act request looking for communications between the White House and Justice Department on the Berger affair. (By the way, someone needs to tell McAuliffe that the White House long ago exempted itself from the provisions of the Freedom Of Information Act.)

But it raises some questions: Is anyone at the Democratic Party the least bit concerned about the national security secrets compromised by Berger? Why aren’t they filing FOIA requests to find out where their man buried the papers?

In a way I would never have imagined possible, the news media have allowed themselves to be led by the Democrats’ disinformation campaign to the point where they have forgotten the story.

Pardon me, but the story remains Sandy Berger’s inexplicable actions. Why did he do it? Which papers did he pilfer? What was he trying to conceal? Whom was he trying to protect?

I hope the Justice Department is focused on these questions like a laser beam, but I sincerely doubt it.

It’s been nine months and no FBI agent has even interviewed Berger yet.

What’s that about?

He should have been indicted, tried and convicted by now.

Right now the Democrats and the largely Democratic Party media are conditioning the American people to believe stealing highly classified national security secrets is no big deal. They want us to get over it – to move on.

If the Justice Department doesn’t move in on Berger soon, the jury pool will soon believe he was framed. They will believe George Bush stuffed those papers in his pants. They will believe Bush engineered the whole thing for political gain.

Again, the crime is incidental. The crime is nothing. The real offense, we’re being told, is the timing of the revelation.