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'Missing the Point' on Hostages, Iran and Reagan

December 21, 1986

The extent of prevarication and double-talk issuing from the White House has gone beyond even the most highly forced extent of credibility. In the Dec. 11 issue of The Times several of the members of the House panel which is conducting hearings state flatly and definitely that they are having difficulty obtaining documents from the White House. One is quoted as saying, "Getting those documents is like pulling eyeteeth."

In an adjoining column the Administration is quoted as stating that the White House is making full disclosure and has advised all members of the staff to make full disclosure of all matters and all facts concerning the Iranian arms- contra funds situation. The members of the House panel are representatives of the people of the United States. They have been elected by the people. The Administration keeps saying that the public is entitled to know all of the facts and that full disclosure thereof will be made. The flunkies in the White House chosen by the Administration and not elected by or, in their minds, not accountable to, the people, are deliberately withholding evidence and information which, Reagan has said repeatedly, the public is entitled to have.

What has happened to common sense? How long are the people expected to tolerate this flagrant display of duplicity and complete lack of integrity?

MICHAEL J. FASMAN

Beverly Hills

The Times is receiving about 50 Reagan-Iran-contra letters a day; the sentiment is 10 to 1 against Reagan.

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