Oliver North Warned
of the Terrorism of Osama Bin Laden during the Iran-Contra Hearings in
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. Later versions of the story say the person
questioning Col. North was Senator Al Gore.
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.
Also, Senator Al Gore was not a member of the joint House-Senate
Iran-Contra Committee and did not do any of the questioning.
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
A real example of the story as it has
LEST WE FORGET--
Subject: A little history...
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 slimeball 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 Olie 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
'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
'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 untended spread like the virus they truly are.