Congress should heed your excellent editorial advice (Oct. 9), "A Likely Story." Final congressional approval of the $100 million in contra aid voted last August should be delayed until the Reagan administration truthfully answers the many questions raised by the shooting down inside Nicaragua of the American transport aircraft carrying weapons to the contras.
The Reagan Administration and the CIA have adamantly denied any involvement with the flight that ended in wreckage on Nicaraguan soil, leaving two Americans and one Nicaraguan contra dead, and another American captured and facing possible trial. Yet mounting evidence suggests that the White House and the CIA are both heavily involved in the right-wing private supply network that has been providing the weapons used by the contras to slaughter innocent civilians in Nicaragua.
The credibility of the Reagan Administration, which is very much at issue here, has already been seriously undermined by its recently exposed "disinformation" campaign directed against the Libyan government. The Administration lied to the press and the American public when it falsely claimed that there was growing evidence of new terrorist attacks being planned in Libya, and that the United States was on a "collision course" with that country.
We also remember well how Reagan's secretary of defense, Caspar W. Weinberger, falsely told the American people in 1984 that the CIA was not involved in the mining of the harbors in Nicaragua, the act of U.S. aggression that prompted the Nicaraguan government to bring its successful lawsuit against our government in the World Court.