Oliver North & Iran-Contra Dakota States Pd:4
Iran-Contra • Trading weapons for hostages. • Affair between the U.S and Iran. • U.S was supplying the weapons. • Iran was keeping hostages for the weapons. • Weapons were the main cause. • Scandals within their own country.
Involvement • Iran was the main contributor • Lebanon soon later became involved. • U.S was the main supplier • Nicaragua became involved later. • C.I.A was involved with secret missions. • Ronald Reagan was president at the time. Lebanon Iran U.S
Oliver North • He thought trading Iran would help. • Trying to save the U.S hostages. • Traded weapons for the soldiers. • He took money from special agencies. • The bank had $2.8 million in funds. In Iraq Oliver North, December 2007
The $2.8 Million • The funds would go to National Endowment for the Preservation of Liberty. • An organization that wanted no part in government.
Sale of Weapons • November 1986 it was made public. • Ronald Reagan fired Mr. North. • In July 1987 he had to testify. • North admitted that he had lied. • He was later charged with other things.
Charges • May 1989 was the final charges. • Was charged sixteen felony counts. • Acceptances of an illegal gratuity. • Aiding in the obstruction of a congressional inquiry. • Abetting in the obstruction of a congressional inquiry. • Destruction of documents.
American Civil Liberties Union • July 20, 1990, North's convictions were vacated. • He got limited immunity for his Congressional testimony. • The testimony couldn’t be used against him later in life.
Alleged Drugs • Transportation of cocaine and marijuana. • Plane being used to carry humanitarian aid to the Contras. • That was previously used to transport drugs. • Michael Palmer owned the planes. • He was one of the largest marijuana traffickers. • Palmer received over $300,000 from the Nicaraguan Humanitarian Aid Office.
Admitting • North admitted to shredding the government documents. • North is denied entry to Costa Rica. • Involved in major drug trafficking. • $14 million to finance came from drugs to Costa Rica.
Aftermath • In 1994, North ran for Senate for Virginia. • North raised $20.3 million. • Through telemarketing. • Fundraising Events. • Contributions from major donors. • $18 million from nationwide direct mail solicitations.