01/03/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Clinton Veterans Return After Eight Years: Old Offices "Unrecognizable"

For the first time since they threw their old, boxy pagers over the White House fence on Jan. 20, 2001 -- the BlackBerry as we know it wasn't on the market yet -- the alumni of the Clinton Administration have returned to their old haunts.

None of these newly arrived archaeologists would allow their names to be used when discussing their findings; to preserve cooperation with the Bush White House in a handover-of-power that still has 49 days to go, President-elect Barack Obama's top aides have imposed a gag rule. But few can contain their amazement, chiefly at the sheer increase in the size of the defense and national-security apparatus.

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