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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:25 PM

47. It's where the phrase "October Surprise" comes from...

Actually the phrase goes back even earlier, but most people think of October of 1980. Bill Casey (Reagan's CIA Director) is allegedly the pivotal character is a plot to bribe the Iranian government to withhold release of the hostages until after the election, in return for future consideration in the form of covert arms sales.

While there's never been conclusive evidence of the conspiracy, knowing what we now know about the Reagan Administration (selling arms to Iran and funnelling the profits illegally to terrorist cells in Nicaragua), the allegation certainly do not seem all that far-fetched.

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