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Mon Apr 29, 2013, 04:17 AM

 

what you probably didn't hear about iran-contra

Of the millions of Americans who watched some or all of the televised hearings on the Iran-Contra scandal during the summer of 1987, only a handful will slog through the 690 pages of fine print that make up the final report of the congressional investigating committees. That’s a shame, because the report succeeds in many areas where the hearings failed dismally.

Where the hearings wandered aimlessly and confused the public with their diffuse findings, the report has an admirably clear structure, narrative and conclusion...This massively documented tome paints a devastating picture of fraud, crime, cover-up, venality, duplicity and stupidity. Even those who have followed the scandal closely may be stunned by its detailed portrait of North trading not only arms and top-secret intelligence but the interests of entire nations (Kuwait, Iraq) in his quest to free a few American hostages; of Admiral John Poindexter and his crew lying not only to Congress but to nearly every senior member of the administration; of Attorney General Edwin Meese issuing off-the-cuff opinions to ratify blatant law-breaking by top officials; and of President Reagan shamelessly lying his way through press conferences in late 1986.

Voluminous as it is, however, the report withholds the full story...The neglected areas include what could be called “operational embarrassments,” the historical context of the Iran-Contra affair, the role of Israel, and the fundamental contradictions between covert operations and a democratic society. The most glaring operational embarrassment neglected by the report is the role of drug trafficking in financing the Contras and the logistic operation that supplied them...

The report’s silence on the involvement of terrorists in North’s “Project Democracy” is no less deafening...“This could be bigger than Watergate and could destroy the president of the United States,” Rodriguez told North. “The reputation they had,” Rodriguez later testified, “would be a disaster if it was known by everybody.”

The committee showed equal caution in failing to recount any meaningful historical background to the Iran-Contra affair...One such issue is when the decision to farm out the Contra operation to private parties and third countries began.Similarly, Israel did not wait until late 1985 to become involved with the United States in covert operations; it began arming the contras as early as 1982. And Saudi Arabia may have begun funding CIA activities abroad around the same time in return for the 1981 AWACS sale. The committee report denies the public an understanding that covert operations routinely draw on private individuals and foreign governments as “cut-outs” to cloak Washington’s involvement.

Nor would readers know of the growing body of evidence that a campaign espionage operation led by William Casey himself sabotaged Carter’s efforts to win a pre-election release of the US embassy hostages in Tehran...

http://www.merip.org/mer/mer151/cover-blowback

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Reply what you probably didn't hear about iran-contra (Original post)
HiPointDem Apr 2013 OP
midnight Apr 2013 #1
madokie Apr 2013 #2
Demeter Apr 2013 #3
HiPointDem Apr 2013 #4
quaker bill Apr 2013 #5
Demeter Apr 2013 #7
Demeter Apr 2013 #8
mtasselin Apr 2013 #6
timdog44 Apr 2013 #16
ljm2002 Apr 2013 #9
UTUSN Apr 2013 #14
xchrom Apr 2013 #10
Octafish Apr 2013 #11
think Apr 2013 #13
think Apr 2013 #12
HiPointDem Apr 2013 #15
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Electric Monk Apr 2013 #17
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Coyotl Apr 2013 #19

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 04:53 AM

1. I remember Oliver North had a huge fence installed on his personal property and made the tax payers

pay for it... But they didn't want us to know all the real details of this mess....

"In all of these instances, the committees went out of their way to disguise the ugly reality of covert actions. By ignoring the sordid operational details, the report focuses on policy makers who went bad rather than the fact that such operations by their very nature, even when sanctioned by Congress, violate basic democratic values"

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 04:59 AM

2. Kick for later

This should be required reading for all Americans

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 05:48 AM

3. Most significantly, We Never Heard of Any PROSECUTIONS

let alone imprisonments...

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Response to Demeter (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 05:50 AM

4. not strictly true.

 

Thomas G. Clines -- Indicted February 22, 1990, on four felony counts of underreporting his earnings to the IRS in the 1985 and 1986 tax years; and falsely stating on his 1985 and 1986 tax returns that he had no foreign financial accounts. On September 18, 1990, Clines was found guilty of all charges. U.S. District Judge Norman P. Ramsey in Baltimore, Md., on December 13, 1990, sentenced Clines to 16 months in prison and $40,000 in fines. He was ordered to pay the cost of the prosecution. The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., on February 27, 1992, upheld the convictions. Clines served his prison sentence.

http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/walsh/summpros.htm

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Response to Demeter (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 06:19 AM

5. I did

from Wikipedia:

Caspar Weinberger, Secretary of Defense, was indicted on two counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice on June 16, 1992. . Weinberger received a pardon from George H. W. Bush on December 24, 1992 before he was tried.
William Casey, Head of the CIA. Thought to have conceived the plan, was stricken ill hours before he would testify. Reporter Bob Woodward reported Casey knew of and approved the plan.
Robert C. McFarlane, National Security Adviser, convicted of withholding evidence, but after a plea bargain was given only 2 years probation. Later pardoned by President George H. W. Bush
Elliott Abrams, Assistant Secretary of State, convicted of withholding evidence, but after a plea bargain was given only 2 years probation. Later pardoned by President George H. W. Bush http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/walsh/summpros.htm.
Alan D. Fiers Chief of the CIA's Central American Task Force, convicted of withholding evidence and sentenced to one year probation. Later pardoned by President George H. W. Bush
Clair George Chief of Covert Ops-CIA, convicted on 2 charges of perjury, but pardoned by President George H. W. Bush before sentencing.
Oliver North, member of the National Security Council convicted of accepting an illegal gratuity, obstruction of a congressional inquiry, and destruction of documents, but the ruling was overturned since he had been granted immunity.
Fawn Hall, Oliver North's secretary was given immunity from prosecution on charges of conspiracy and destroying documents in exchange for her testimony.
Jonathan Scott Royster Liaison to Oliver North was given immunity from prosecution on charges of conspiracy and destroying documents in exchange for his testimony.
John Poindexter National Security Advisor, convicted of 5 counts of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, perjury, defrauding the government, and the alteration and destruction of evidence. The Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that overturned these convictions.
Duane Clarridge An ex-CIA senior official, he was indicted in November 1991 on 7 counts of perjury and false statements relating to a November 1985 shipment to Iran. Pardoned before trial by President George H. W. Bush.
Richard V. Secord Ex-major general in the Air Force who organized the Iran arms sales and Contra aid. He pleaded guilty in November 1989 to making false statements to Congress. Sentenced to two years of probation.
Albert Hakim A businessman, he pleaded guilty in November 1989 to supplementing the salary of North by buying a $13,800 fence for North with money from "the Enterprise", which was a set of foreign companies Hakim used in Iran-Contra. In addition, Swiss company Lake Resources Inc., used for storing money from arms sales to Iran to give to the Contras, plead guilty to stealing government property. Hakim was given two years of probation and a $5,000 fine, while Lake Resources Inc. was ordered to dissolve.

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Response to quaker bill (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 08:01 AM

7. Those were White-washes, not prosecutions

All the CYA they could possibly arrange...a conspiracy that continues to this day.

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Response to Demeter (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 08:03 AM

8. Prosecutions Define the Crime and Deal out punishment

White washing obliterates the first and ignores the second.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 07:18 AM

6. care

Americans didn't care back then they sure in the hell don't care now. Again we have another case where the media does not do their job, until they do, and hold all these politicians accountable for their crimes against Americans and other people around the world things will get worse. Encourage people to start watching Free Speech and Current, to name a couple.

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Response to mtasselin (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 03:44 PM

16. The fourth estate is now

the bought and paid for estate. A black eye on the media. The official watchdog of government has failed us.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 08:24 AM

9. I remember that Casey was going to be questioned...

...in the case. It was a big deal. Then he suddenly came down with a brain tumor. Then he was dead.

I thought it was suspicious at the time. The timing was just too convenient. Talked to a relative of mine years later and she told me she had the same reaction when she heard about his sudden illness.

But of course, that is not proof of anything. The whole Iran-Contra thing, on top of the Watergate deal, made me realize that what we know publicly about what our government does, and what goes on behind the scenes, can be very different. That's when I first realized that yes, Virginia, there really are conspiracies, in our very own government.

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Response to ljm2002 (Reply #9)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 02:09 PM

14. & *that's* when Bob WOODWARD interviewed CASEY, during the coma!1 n/t

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 08:29 AM

10. du rec. nt

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 09:10 AM

11. Poppy Bush most benefited by pardoning his co-traitors BEFORE trial.

Stopping six prosecutions and in the process saving his own pimply arse.

http://www.consortiumnews.com/2006/032906.html

Like Ford did with Nixon.

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Response to Octafish (Reply #11)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 12:44 PM

13. Inside K&R

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 09:31 AM

12. If you don't want it public just call it top secret and classify it.....

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 03:39 PM

15. kick

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #15)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 10:20 PM

17. +

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 10:41 PM

18. K&R!!!!!

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 10:57 PM

19. I was stabbed nine times while in Central America writing about illegal Contra aid

a few months before the scandal broke. I narrowly escaped death thanks to quick action be locals. I still think the White House tried to kill me.

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