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The irancontra affair was the product of two separate initiatives during the administration of president ronald reagan. President ronald reagan addresses the nation after congressional hearings on iran contra affair duration. Special reports cocaine, conspiracy theories and the cia in. An actual scandal, one that remains mysterious to this day, seemed to me to be much. Irancontra affair scandal that erupted after the reagan administration sold weapons to iran in hopes of freeing american hostages in lebanon. Read the preface to the 2000 edition of the book, president reagan, the role of a lifetime, by lou cannon. Joint hearings on the irancontra investigation keywords.

The irancontra affair american experience official site pbs. The desire to fund the sandinista rebellion in nicaragua ultimately has been combined with. Cia involvement in contra cocaine trafficking wikipedia. Popular iran contra affair books meet your next favorite book. As malcolm byrne demonstrates in his very fine book, the irancontra affair. Secret teams and covert operations in reagan era marshall, jonathan, scott, peter dale, hunter, jane on. Full text transcript and audio of oliver north opening statement at iran contra hearings lieutenant colonel oliver north. It was barr who closed the lid on irancontra, freeing virtually the entire bushclinton. The final report on iran contra, which has rarely been seen but was found in the crest archive, makes this explicitly clear. The robert gates file the irancontra scandal, 1991 confirmation hearings, and excerpts from new book safe for democracy.

Many comparisons have been made between russiagate and the earlier scandals of watergate and iran contra, but the similarities are at best superficial, explained robert parry on june 28, 2017. Nov 17, 2015 watergates punk cousin, the irancontra scandal, lurks in the background throughout karen olssons new novel, all the houses. The iran contra conspiracy and coverup by lawrence e. Transcripts from the hearing in the new york times record the following. Representative thomas foley discussed testimony from the iran contra hearings. The hearings ran from 5 may 1987 to 6 august 1987, and the report was published in november, with a. Consortium news record on russiagatehow cn covered the. Latest news, headlines, analysis, photos and videos on irancontra. These claims have led to investigations by the united states government, including hearings and reports by the united states house of representatives, senate, department of justice, and the cias office of the inspector general. Walsh iran contra report chronology of key public events. Senator inouye, the committee chairman, twice intervened, ruling that the question was highly sensitive and classified, and should only be discussed in executive session.

Several additional witnesses were heard and several others recalled in the coming weeks, including rodney mcdaniel nsc staff member who took notes at the presidents daily intelligence briefings and michael ledeen former consultant to the nsc. The existence of rex 84 was first revealed during the irancontra hearings in 1987 and reported by the miami herald on july 5, 1987. News part 1 oliver north day 6 morning abc 14 jul 1987 duration. The televised hearings of the irancontra select committees focused very narrowly on the iran arms sales and the diversion of some of the concomitant profits to the contra cause. Transcripts from the hearing in the new york times record the following dialogue between congressman jack brooks, norths. The committees held joint hearings and issued a joint report. Mcfarlane sought reagans approval, in spite of the embargo against selling arms to iran. William barr and the irancontra scandal the millennium report. Congressional committees investigating the irancontra affair. The research is thorough, yet byrne is able to narrate the.

Finally, ladies and gentlemen, it takes little sophistication to realize that the motive for the irancontra hearings was an attempt to weaken a popular republican president and to provide support for a potential impeachment against him, but as we realize, even impeachment proceedings by a joint senatehouse committee is unconstitutional, and. Other documents may be requested under the freedom of information act. During the early 1980s nicaragua was led by a newly established government known as the sandanistas. Caso irancontra, popularized in iran as the mcfarlane affair, the irancontra scandal, or simply irancontra, was a political scandal in the united states that occurred during the second term of the reagan administration. On may 5, 1987, the world tuned in to watch the joint hearings of house select committee to investigate covert arms transactions with iran and the senate select committee on secret military assistance to iran and the nicaraguan oppositionsoon to be known as the irancontra hearings. As the mosaic of the irancontra affair comes together, the deception by key figures in the reagan administration is increasingly evident. North testifies publicly under grant of immunity before congress.

It actually goes into great depth about the intricate activities that encompassed the selling of arms to iran and the funding of the contras. His diaries, email, and memos on the kerry report, contras and drugs. Feb 18, 2012 news part 1 oliver north day 6 morning abc 14 jul 1987 duration. Malcolm byrne discusses his new book, irancontra, at. Speaker of the house jim wright dtx later recalls that house committee chairman lee hamilton and i bent over backwards to be fair to the republicans. The iran contra affair was the product of two separate initiatives during the administration of president ronald reagan. Joint housesenate irancontra committee history commons. President reagan and national security adviser robert mcfarlane. The senates final report on irancontra showed extent to. In the televised iran contra hearings, north was asked by congressman brooks to discuss the alleged contingency plan to suspend the american constitution. Oliver north is sworn in july 7, 1987, before the congressional committee investigating the irancontra affair. List of books and articles about irancontra affair online.

Mar 14, 2011 rex 84 was publicly mentioned during the iran contra hearings in 1987. As you all know by now, my name is oliver north, lieutenant colonel, united states marine corps. Mar 15, 2017 while some of the inherent problems in the tower commission, such as senator towers conflict of interest and family ties to cia, have been documented, the fact is that none of the governments investigations into the matter were able to proceed without obstruction. Along with a leading role in the irancontra scandal in which north helped sell arms to iran to fund the contra war north is also said to have employed air and. Rex 84 was publicly mentioned during the irancontra hearings in 1987. The irancontra conspiracy and coverup by lawrence e. Iran relations project, which promotes multinational and multiarchival. Along with a leading role in the iran contra scandal in which north helped sell arms to iran to fund the contra war north is also said to have employed air and.

Reagans scandal and the unchecked abuse of presidential power, by malcolm byrne. The limitations of each helped lead to an inconclusive end to the affair, which has had implications for the. The hearings ran from 5 may 1987 to 6 august 1987, and the. The records of independent counsel walsh include security classified and otherwise sensitive information. The irancontra affair american experience official. Many comparisons have been made between russiagate and the earlier scandals of watergate and irancontra, but the similarities are at best superficial, explained robert parry on june 28, 2017. Caso iran contra, popularized in iran as the mcfarlane affair, the iran contra scandal, or simply iran contra, was a political scandal in the united states that occurred during the second term of the reagan administration. Irancontra is the first fulllength account of the affair to study and assess the various official investigations that were convened the tower commission, the joint congressional hearings, and the independent counsels inquiry. The desire to fund the sandinista rebellion in nicaragua ultimately has been combined with the need to rescue american hostages in iran. Special reports cocaine, conspiracy theories and the cia. In 1987, amid the irancontra inquiry, investigators found that the scandal fit within a larger republican scheme for manipulating. Popular iran contra books meet your next favorite book. Like the previously issued tower commission report, they conceptualized the crisis as a problem of cowboy bureaucrats out of control, and thus suggested that.

Irancontra hearings closing statement ladies and gentlemen, the public phase of our hearings is now over. The book takes the reader through the original letters, meetings and policy. Through out 198586, the reagan administration was selling weapons to iran illegally in order to encourage iran to free hostages in the middle east. Senior administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to the. Miller pleads guilty to conspiracy to defraud the united states. Listen to malcolm byrne discuss his new book irancontra. This book is a very good overview of the irancontra scandal, and it is well written. Congressional committees investigating the irancontra. In 1987, a joint congressional committee held hearings investigating the secret sale of arms to iran in exchange for hostages and to fund the contra rebels in nicaragua. Irancontra hearings contradict rule of law speeches. Reagans scandal and the unchecked abuse of presidential power kansas, 2014. November 9, 2012 the irancontra scandal had a big effect on the united states but it had a huge effect on nicaragua.

President ronald reagan addresses the nation after congressional hearings on irancontra affair duration. Viewers made comments about the hearings they have seen so far. What are quality books about the irancontra affair. As a handful of white house officials began to creep into my book, i was struck by. The irancontra affair 20 years on documents spotlight role of reagan, top aides. Retired general secord sets up contra supply operation retired air force major general richard secord becomes deeply involved in organizing a covert supply operation for nicaraguas contras under the name airlift project. Offhandedly, this inaccurate term entered history as shorthand for the public scandals of illicit arms sales to iran coupled with illicit weapons deals for nicaragua.

But if fiers is correct, topranking cia officials not only knew about the operation and did nothing to stop it. Irancontra hearings oliver north testimony 1987 youtube. The hearings were called to order about two months after the release of the tower commissions report that was ordered by president ronald reagan, which did not blame reagan directly for the irancontra affairs, but said he should have been more informed about the events. The irancontra affair popularized in iran as the mcfarlane affair, the iran contra scandal, or simply irancontra, was a political scandal in the united states. Iran contra affair scandal that erupted after the reagan administration sold weapons to iran in hopes of freeing american hostages in lebanon. It may interest you to know that we have concluded our hearings in 41 days of testimony, which includes one day of executive session, and this was in accordance with our. The lunch ends with gemayel pushing for the united states to help him. The congressional committees investigating the irancontra affair were committees of the united states house of representatives and of the united states senate formed in january 1987 to investigate the irancontra affair. William barr and the irancontra scandal the millennium.

Finally, ladies and gentlemen, it takes little sophistication to realize that the motive for the iran contra hearings was an attempt to weaken a popular republican president and to provide support for a potential impeachment against him, but as we realize, even impeachment proceedings by a joint senatehouse committee is unconstitutional, and. Mycspan users can download up to four full congressional sessions or hearings for free each month. The democratic and republican leaders of congresss joint irancontra investigation begin meetings to discuss the logistics of the upcoming public hearings see may 5, 1987. My best friend is my wife betsy, to whom i have been married for 19 years and with whom i have had four wonderful children, aged 18, 16, 11, and 6. Contradictions, disarray and a case for impeachment the purpose of this essay is to analyze the irancontra scandal and to argue whether the president of the united states, ronald reagan, deserved impeachment as a consequence. Watergates punk cousin, the irancontra scandal, lurks in the background throughout karen olssons new novel, all the houses. The reported effort by president trump to pressure the f. Joint housesenate irancontra committee was a participant or observer in the following events. Iran contra hearings closing statement ladies and gentlemen, the public phase of our hearings is now over. The irancontra affair american experience official site. Irancontra itself is a euphemism for the outrageous fraud perpetrated by government criminals for profit and control. Joint hearings on the iran contra investigation keywords. In 1987, amid the iran contra inquiry, investigators found that the scandal fit within a larger republican scheme for manipulating.

In the room where the irancontra hearings had been held, staffers were. A number of writers have alleged that the united states central intelligence agency cia was involved in cocaine trafficking during the 1980s. While some of the inherent problems in the tower commission, such as senator towers conflict of interest and family ties to cia, have been documented, the fact is that none of the governments investigations into the matter were able to proceed without obstruction. With the stroke of a pen, bush gleefully set free six of his irancontra criminal flunkies, and effectively decapitating special prosecutor lawrence walshs sixyear long irancontra probe. The final report on irancontra, which has rarely been seen but was found in the crest archive, makes this explicitly clear. President reagan, in 1982, sent american marines to beirut as part of a. Nov 27, 2015 to understand the iran contra scandal, two nations must be understood and contextualized. The irancontra affair 19861987 the washington post. In 1985, while iran and iraq were at war, iran made a secret request to buy weapons from the united states. Operation garden plot is a subprogram of rex 84 program, short for readiness exercise 1984, the militarys plan to impose martial law and intern dissidents and others in an undisclosed number of concentration camps. Latest news, headlines, analysis, photos and videos on iran contra.

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