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Old 10-11-2012, 07:41 AM
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Default 1987 Iran Contra hearings

I just inadvertently stumbled across something that at the time was so easily dismissed as laughable and has since become forgotten by most...yet is so prolific today. It's an excerpt from Oliver Norths testimony during the Iran Contra hearings.

It was 1987.

Lt.Col. Oliver North was testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings during the Reagan administration.

There was Ollie in front of God and country getting the third degree, but what he said was stunning!

He was being drilled by a senator, 'Did you not recently spend close to $60,000 for a home security system?'

Ollie replied, 'Yes, I did, Sir.'

The senator continued, trying to get a laugh out of the audience, 'Isn't that just a little excessive?'

'No, sir,' continued Ollie.

'No? And why not?' the senator asked.

'Because the lives of my family and I were threatened, sir.'

'Threatened? By whom?' the senator questioned.

'By a terrorist, sir' Ollie answered.

'Terrorist? What terrorist could possibly scare you that much?'

'His name is Osama bin Laden, sir' Ollie replied.

At this point the senator tried to repeat the name, but couldn't pronounce it, which most people back then probably couldn't. A couple of people laughed at the attempt. Then the senator continued. Why are you so afraid of this man?' the senator asked.

'Because, sir, he is the most evil person alive that I know of', Ollie answered.

'And what do you recommend we do about him?' asked the
senator.

'Well, sir, if it was up to me, I would recommend that an assassin team be formed to eliminate him and his men from the face of the earth.'

The senator disagreed with this approach, and that was all that
was shown of the clip.

By the way, that senator was Al Gore!

At the time people thought North was crazy for saying that and the hearings were quite the fiasco...but looking back at it today Norths legacy should have been that of a statesman and hero.
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