"do You Remember?"

  1. Most of us remember when North was being grilled as if he was guilty of un-American activities...guess we should have believed...

    You know, it's funny. I remember very vividly the Oliver North hearings, but did not recall the name of Osama bin Laden as the terrorist that North was threatened by. Has this slime ball been around that long? It's pretty evident, in hindsight that we should have listened to OLLIE!

    I was at a UNC lecture the other day where they played a video of Oliver North during the Iran-Contra deals during the Reagan administration.

    I was naive back then but was surprised by this particular clip. There was Ollie in front of God and Country getting the third degree.

    But what he said stunned me. He was being drilled by some senator I didn't recognize who asked him; 'Did you not recently spend close to $60,000 for a home security system?'

    Oliver replied, 'Yes I did sir.'

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

    'No sir,' continued Oliver.

    'No. And why not?'

    'Because the life of my family and I were threatened.'

    'Threatened? By who.'

    'By a terrorist, sir.'

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

    'His name is Osama bin Laden.'

    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?'

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

    'And what do you recommend we do about him?'

    'If it were me I would recommend 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 they showed of the clip.

    It's scary when you think 15 years ago the government was aware of Osama bin Laden and his potential threat to the security of the world. I guess like all great tyrants they start small but if left unattended spread like the virus they truly are.
    Last edit by betts on Nov 26, '01
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  3. by   willie2001
    No I don't remember much about the Iran Contra scandal, but this is certainly interesting. You know what they say about hindsight?
  4. by   P_RN
    Last edit by P_RN on Nov 26, '01
  5. by   Cindy_A
    Seems like Oliver North knew a lot more than a lot of people. Maybe if we'd taken Osama Bin Laden more seriously 15 years ago, 5,000+ lives would have been saved.
  6. by   nurs4kids
    From the first website PRN linked:

    Oliver North Warned of the Terrorism of Osama Bin Laden during the Iran-Contra Hearings in 1987-Fiction!

    Summary of eRumor:
    Oliver North allegedly told a congressional hearing that he had installed a security system in his home because of threats to his family by Osama Bin Laden.

    The Truth:
    According to the Congressional Record, there was no mention of Osama Bin Laden during the Iran-Contra hearings by Oliver North or anyone else. In fact, there was no mention of Osama Bin Laden in the Congressional Record at all in 1987, the year of the hearings.

    One of the charges against North at that time, however, was his accepting a security system for his home as a gift. He said he needed it because of threats against himself and his family by Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal.

    Paul Bedard whose column WASHINGTON WHISPERS appears on USNEWS.com contacted North who confirmed that he never referenced Bin Laden who, in fact, became a friend of the U.S. against Soviet invaders of Afghanistan.