It is very ironic to see Lt. Col. Oliver North, et al choose to exercise their Fifth Amendments right to remain silent. However, I don't understand the inconsistency of claiming to exercise the privilege, yet making a passionate plea of understanding and/or choosing to answer certain questions. Also, if President Reagan really wanted to "find out" what happened, as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces he could call the individuals in and order them to tell him what happened. The bottom line is that the President has failed to follow a well-known legal maxim, to wit; one should strive to avoid "the appearance of impropriety."
KELVIN D. FILER
The Times is receiving about 50 Reagan-Iran-contra letters a day; the sentiment is 10 to 1 against Reagan.