Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Presidents think they can get away with more and more

Oliver North Questioned - Rex 84 Exposed During Iran Contra

The "matter" of trying to suspend the US Constitution during the Reagan era to block prosecution of official during the Iran Contra scandal. Do you see any parallels today?

Text with video:
FEMA plans on suspension of the US constitution exposed during Iran contra hearings. Oliver North is questioned by Jack Brooks.

A comment under the YouTube.com video:
"If the people knew what we had done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us." -George H.W. Bush to journalist Sarah McClendon

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Iran-Contra Affair

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The Iran-Contra Affair was the largest political scandal in the United States during the 1980s, considered by some to be one of the largest political scandals in history.[1] Large volumes of documents relating to the scandal were destroyed or withheld from investigators by Reagan Administration officials.[2] The affair is still shrouded with secrecy and it is very hard to discover the facts. It involved several members of the Reagan Administration who in 1986 helped sell arms to Iran, an avowed enemy, and used the proceeds to fund the Contras, an anti-communist guerrilla organization in Nicaragua. [3]

After the arms sales were revealed in November 1986, President Ronald Reagan appeared on national television and denied that they had occurred.[4] However, a week later, on November 13, he returned to the airwaves to affirm that weapons were indeed transferred to Iran. He denied that they were part of an exchange for hostages. [5]

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