Iran Contra Coverup: Video in 8 parts (foundational for todays context)

Vatic Note: These 8 videos are priceless when seen in the context of todays environment. There was no way to know then how this would end up and how it would be played out. No one could have known except through hindsight. This was a mind blowing exposure of something even greater than the actual drugs and guns issue. The cover up was just as impressive. It is being fully exposed through these 8 videos that the foundation for the corruption EXISTING TODAY WAS established in 1988 during this time in our history.

Corporations/banks ran the operation as a shadow government and the analysis in these videos lays it out brilliantly. From that foundation laid by Bush (after his assassination miss, Reagan abdicated all power to Bush if they would allow him to live) came the fascism we are experiencing today with the same players involved. Corporate America, Wall Street Brokerage Houses (with the same international masters)  and the same players in gov, such as Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld etc. who had learned the lessons the exposure they received had given them, and  made changes for when they took over again under Bush Jr.

That is why they are far more successful this time than they were then. The cover up allowed them to remain free enough to do it again only this time better and with greater impact against the US and its people. Can we get out from under it? I dont' know but we are definitely going to try. Of that I have no doubt. We have tasted freedom and will never give it up willingly. There will be a cost to those trying to take it from us, of that I am sure.

Iran Contra Coverup: Video in  8 parts
December 07, 2008
Provided to Vatic Project by Erica Stuart, PHD, International Affairs, Ca., USA

Coverup: Behind The Iran Contra Affair (1988) 

(VN:  listen carefully to these videos and you will how this very issue in 1988 has definitely impacted us today.  Lessons are certainly available for us to learn as a nation and a people about our leaders in both industry and government, that we must NEVER  forget again and teach our children and their children etc.)

This documentary of the Iran Contra affair consolidates the evidence and conspiracy theories of the incident after the 13-week Congressional hearings proved inadequate, acting merely as "damage control" and failing to show any sincere effort to get to the real truth of the matter. Illuminated are the delays by the Reagan-Bush ticket in releasing the American hostages until after the election -- after outgoing President Jimmy Carter worked tirelessly to free them.

Accusations are levied that a "shadow government" regularly carries out covert activities at home and abroad, and the CIA is implicated in dealing in huge shipments of cocaine and with the profits supplying weapons to the right-wing activities of the Nicaraguan Contras. Also examined are the actions of Oliver North, who willfully ignored the Constitution in masterminding covert weapons deals with Middle-Eastern governments to additionally fund the Nicaraguan Contras. This documentary raised more questions than answers in a post-Watergate political climate where the public had become desensitized to scandal. ~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide

Oliver North and John Poindexter were indicted on multiple charges on March 16, 1988. North, indicted on 16 counts, was found guilty by a jury of three minor counts. The convictions were vacated on appeal on the grounds that North's Fifth Amendment rights may have been violated by the indirect use of his testimony to Congress which had been given under a grant of immunity.

In 1990, Poindexter was convicted on several felony counts of conspiracy, lying to Congress, obstruction of justice, and altering and destroying documents pertinent to the investigation. His convictions were also overturned on appeal on similar grounds. Arthur L. Liman served as chief counsel for the Senate during the Iran-Contra Affair. 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. In 1992 George H. W. Bush pardoned six convicted administration officials, namely Elliott Abrams, Duane R. Clarridge, Alan Fiers, Clair George, Robert McFarlane, and Caspar Weinberger.

George W. Bush selected some individuals that served under Reagan for high-level posts in his presidential administration. They include: Elliott Abrams: 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: head of the Office of Public Diplomacy under Reagan. John Negroponte: under Bush, served as the Ambassador to Iraq, the National Intelligence Director, and the Deputy Secretary of State. Admiral John Poindexter: 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 Breedan, 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 satirized by Howard Zinn, "the only person to be imprisoned as a result of the Iran-Contra affair."

May 7, 2009

In an interview with 9/11-Iraq fabulist and chief Cheney hagiographer Stephen Hayes, the Vice President explained why he was not following George W. Bush's guidance that President Obama "deserves my silence." Just like Oliver North and Cap Weinberger all those years ago, the "little guys" who architected and carried out waterboarding and other potential war crimes, Cheney insisted, deserve his protection:

"I went through the Iran-contra hearings and watched the way administration officials ran for cover and left the little guys out to dry. And I was bound and determined that wasn't going to happen this time. I think to George Tenet's credit-I don't agree with George on a lot of stuff-but I think he was of the same view and that's why we had all of these requests coming through for policy guidance and for legal opinions. And this time around I'll do my damndest to defend anybody out there-be they in the agency carrying out the orders or the lawyers who wrote the opinions. I don't know whether anybody else will, but I sure as hell will."

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