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  •  Iran Contra Conviction: not what you think (8+ / 0-)

    From Wiki wth a Howard Zinn quote:

    The Independent Counsel, Lawrence E. Walsh, chose not to re-try North or Poindexter. Caspar Weinberger was indicted for lying to the Independent Counsel but was later pardoned by President George H. W. Bush.[60]

    In 1992 George H. W. Bush pardoned six administration officials, namely Elliott Abrams, Duane R. Clarridge, Alan Fiers, Clair George, Robert McFarlane, and Caspar Weinberger.[61]

    George W. Bush selected some individuals that served under Reagan for high-level posts in his presidential administration.[62][63] They include:
    Elliott Abrams:[64] under Bush, the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director on the National Security Council for Near East and North African Affairs; in Iran-Contra, pleaded guilty on two counts of unlawfully withholding information, pardoned.

    Otto Reich:[65] head of the Office of Public Diplomacy under Reagan.
    John Negroponte:[66] under Bush, served as the Ambassador to Iraq, the National Intelligence Director, and the Deputy Secretary of State.
    Admiral John Poindexter:[67] under Bush, Director of the Information Awareness Office; in Iran-Contra, found guilty of multiple felony counts for conspiracy, obstruction of justice, lying to Congress, defrauding the government, and the alteration and destruction of evidence, convictions reversed.

    In Poindexter's hometown of Odon, Indiana, a street was renamed to John Poindexter Street. Bill Breeden, a former minister, stole the street's sign in protest of the Iran-Contra Affair. He claimed that he was holding it for a ransom of $30 million, in reference to the amount of money given to Iran to transfer to the Contras. He was later arrested and confined to prison, making him, as satirically noted by Howard Zinn, "the only person to be imprisoned as a result of the Iran-Contra affair."[68]

    Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. Horace Mann (and btw, the bike in kayakbiker is a bicycle)

    by Kayakbiker on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 07:45:57 PM PDT

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