Subject WHERE GEORGE WAS DURING IRAN-CONTRA Written 426 pm Feb 25, 1991 by christic in cdp

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Subject: WHERE GEORGE WAS DURING IRAN-CONTRA ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Written 4:26 pm Feb 25, 1991 by christic in WHERE GEORGE WAS DURING IRAN-CONTRA Project Censored: Nomination for the "Ten Best Censored Stories of 1990" Although the events of the Iran-contra scandal have faded from the minds of the American press, the unanswered and perhaps the most intriguing question continues to be: "Where was George?" Despite the vast experience that Bush acquired while serving as U.S. ambassador to China, director of the CIA, and head of the Reagan administration's task force on combating terrorism, his assertion that he was "out of the loop" has yet to be challenged or explored by the mainstream press. But new material from North's diaries, which has yet to be widely examined or disseminated by the mainstream media, combines with previous evidence to paint a different picture of Bush's role. The new evidence was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the National Security Archive and Public Citizen. The diaries provide additional evidence that Bush played a major role in Iran-contra from the beginning. He passed up repeated opportunities to cut the transactions short or at least make President Reagan think twice. While the secretaries of state and defense were both cut out of the arms-for-hostages deals after objecting to it, Bush attended almost every key meeting. While publicly stating that, "It never became clear to me, the arms for hostages thing, until it was fully debriefed, investigated and debriefed by (the Senate Intelligence Committee on December 20, 1986)," White House logs show that Bush attended the first key Iran-contra meeting on August 6, 1985. It was at this meeting that Reagan, Bush, Schultz, Weinberger, and Chief of Staff Donald Regan heard National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane present the first deal--a swap of 100 TOW anti-tank missiles to Iran in exchange for the release of four American hostages in Lebanon. Neither the Tower Commission nor the congressional committees elicited from any of the participants in the Aug. 6 meeting any memory of Bush's position on the issue. Bush's staff has said he was not present, citing their own records in conflict with the White House logs. Additionally, the combination of the North diaries, the congressional committee's report, and White House logs place Bush at key meetings on January 6, 7, and 17; May 29; July 1 and 29; August 6; and October 3rd of 1986. While mounting evidence continues to thoroughly contradict the President's disclaimers, The White House sticks by its stock response: "The vice president's role in the Iran-contra affair was completely examined in the congressional inquiry, and we have nothing to add." Evidently, the mainstream press doesn't either. SOURCE: THE WASHINGTON POST (Outlook), 7/10/90, "Where George Was," by Tom Blanton, pp C1-C5. End of text from Source: Peacenet Via New York Transfer News 718-448-2358, 718-448-2683 --- [ This file has travelled through the Socialism OnLine! BBS at +1-719-392-7781, 24 hours, 300-9600 bps HST/MNP/V42bis, on its way to you, the reader of this file. Please share any information you have about "big brother." Venceremos! ]


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