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The years of the Reagan Administration, and the cabal that surrounded him, left the oh so many changes in this country and society. Many of those that surrounded him and that administration, in and out of government then, were around, again in and out of government, during the previous administration of jr bush including daddy bush especially.

Yesterday the country celebrated an offshoot of the economic legacy, black friday, the herding of shoppers, with as reported many violent acts ensued as in previous years, to buy buy buy, thing is we don't produce much of what they bought anymore, another legacy.

The National Security Archive at George Washington University reminds us of another very important legacy that still shapes what our government does as seen during the very destructive years of bush jr. and many of the same characters of past ideologies once more in the government control game, never really leaving, and bringing along younger converts.

The National Security Archive is an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The Archive collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A tax-exempt public charity, the Archive receives no U.S. government funding; its budget is supported by publication royalties and donations from foundations and individuals. On March 17, 2000, Long Island University named the National Security Archive as winner of a Special George Polk Award for 1999 for "piercing self-serving veils of government secrecy" and "serving as an essential journalistic resource. "

Ronald Reagan with Caspar Weinberger, George Shultz, Ed Meese, and Don Regan discussing the President's remarks on the Iran-Contra affair, Oval Office. 11/25/86. Source credit: Courtesy Ronald Reagan Library

* Presidential 'Exposure' and roles detailed in Special Prosecutor Reports

* Reagan Briefed In Advance on Each Group of Missiles Sold to Iran

* Bush Chaired Secret Committee that Recommended Mining Harbors of Nicaragua

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 365

Washington D.C., November 25, 2011 – President Ronald Reagan was briefed in advance about every weapons shipment in the Iran arms-for-hostages deals in 1985-86, and Vice President George H. W. Bush chaired a committee that recommended the mining of the harbors of Nicaragua in 1983, according to previously secret Independent Counsel assessments of "criminal liability" on the part of the two former leaders posted today by the National Security Archive.

Twenty-Five years after the advent of the "Iran-Contra affair," the two comprehensive "Memoranda on Criminal Liability of Former President Reagan and of President Bush" provide a roadmap of historical, though not legal, culpability of the nation's two top elected officials during the scandal from the perspective of a senior attorney in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh. The documents were obtained pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the National Security Archive for the files compiled during Walsh's six-year investigation from 1987-1993.

The posting comes on the anniversary of the November 25, 1986, press conference during which Ronald Reagan and his attorney general, Edwin Meese, informed the American public that they had discovered a "diversion" of funds from the sale of arms to Iran to fund the contra war, thus tying together the two strands of the scandal which until that point had been separate in the public eye. The focus on the diversion, as Oliver North, the NSC staffer who supervised the two operations wrote in his memoirs, was itself a diversion. "This particular detail was so dramatic, so sexy, that it might actually-well divert public attention from other, even more important aspects of the story," North wrote, "such as what the President and his top advisors had known about and approved." read more>>>

Documents and President Reagan's 1990 Testimony - Video's (39 parts):

We've been living, along with the far reaching into the western world economies, the oft forecast collapse of the economic policy changes that started back then. And we've been also living, though rarely mentioned, the very destructive foreign and domestic policy legacy that arguably stated then as well. Will we ever get a full picture of what went on not only in the previous administration but their congresses as well, for the past decade couldn't have happened the way it did without those congresses help or lack of.

I'll close this off with another blast from the past and out of another administration, that aired last night on the PBS News Hour:

AIR DATE: Nov. 25, 2011 New Nixon Tapes Reveal Details of Meeting With Anti-War Activists

Recently released audio recordings detail President Richard Nixon's surreal meeting with anti-Vietnam War protesters at the Lincoln Memorial one night more than four decades ago. Ray Suarez reports. Transcript

As I watched and listened, the nixon rewriting of his history only a few days after this took place, my mind visited all that was really happening in relation to his administration and the government agencies of at the time. Like the FBI file building on individuals, especially us veterans of Vietnam and the huge anti-war movement within the military and once discharged from, of the anti war movement by the agencies and using agent and civilian infiltrators to gather the needed intelligence to discredit as well as build needed meme's around their policies and so much more.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    CCR:"If you're a torturer, be careful in your travel plans. It's a slow process for accountability, but we keep going."

    by jimstaro on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 05:19:50 AM PST

  •  Somewhat Related. I Read A Truth Out (9+ / 0-)

    story the other day. They did a FOIA to the FBI asking for any emails or documents related to the Occupy movement. They were told the FBI had NONE. Ponder that for a second. The FBI has no documents. Never once talked about the OWS movement.

    How much you want to bet 10, 25, 50 years from now we will learn that was totally untrue?

    I hate to think what the documents years from now will find about Iraq and our "War On Terror."

    In other news, NATO killed six more children in a drone attack in Afghanistan:

    Abdul Samad, an uncle of four of the children who were killed, disputed the government’s version of the attack. He said his relatives were working in fields near their village when they were attacked without warning by an aircraft.

    His brother-in-law, Mohammad Rahim, 50, had his two sons and three daughters with him. They were between 4 and 12 years old and all were killed, except an 8-year-old daughter who was badly wounded, Mr. Samad said.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 05:29:24 AM PST

    •  As Soon As OWS Started (2+ / 0-)
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      And grew rapidly, i.e. real grassroots and not what the powers that be want, the days of past came flooding back in!!

      Read that same, and the headlines of many media outlets that grew from, and first thought was 'Bull Shit', files are being built and they're picking their own leaders of to build them on, bet MOT has one going on him as well as the Marine who berated the NYC police!!

      One of the smartest moves of OWS was in each Not seeking out nor appointing leaders, what the government wants as well as the so called media need, and especially those possibly rising to National which is what would happen thanks to government, wall street and the media!

      CCR:"If you're a torturer, be careful in your travel plans. It's a slow process for accountability, but we keep going."

      by jimstaro on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 05:56:42 AM PST

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      •  I want to know what the FBI told the mayors (1+ / 0-)
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        to convince them that the Occupy Movement merited the violence used to close them down. Long after I'm pushing up daisies I'll bet its revealed that most of the instigators of confrontation with the police were actually federal employees.

        Bring them all home NOW. There is no longer any excuse.

        by llbear on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 12:47:48 PM PST

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    •  There is no way, NONE, that (2+ / 0-)
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      they don't have massive files on anyone even remotely linked to OWS.  Hell, I'll bet every word published about it on this blog has been saved to their archives.  Makes you wonder how they can say that they have nothing, and with a straight face, no less.  

      -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

      by luckylizard on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 08:52:09 AM PST

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  •  When Nixon Invaded Cambodia (2+ / 0-)
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    I was in CounterInsurgency/SERE in Coronado in my last of four years. Shortly after, had three days from graduating to the plane flight so couldn't even fly home, I was In-Country!

    CCR:"If you're a torturer, be careful in your travel plans. It's a slow process for accountability, but we keep going."

    by jimstaro on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 06:18:29 AM PST

  •  nt (3+ / 0-)
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    "Nonviolent in the face of police brutality." Scott Olsen's email signature

    by BOHICA on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 07:22:30 AM PST

  •  i remember gorbanifar (sp?) testifying about the (3+ / 0-)

    trade of missiles (i think it was him) and i think in denial of it, or not knowing of it, he referenced 1/2 a missile and i wondered what a unit of trade that was equal to- one hostage?? i remember thinking if it wasn't trade, why the fraction of a missile- you wouldn't buy half a missile- you'd just set a price for a whole one.

    Progressives will lose all major messaging battles until they picket the limbaugh/hannity megastations and boycott those stations' local sponsors.

    by certainot on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 07:46:30 AM PST

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