WASHINGTON — In his enthusiasm for the Contras, one private contributor went so far as to suggest rounding up a convoy of 18-wheel trucks to carry loads of used shotguns to Central America, the Iran-Contra investigating committees wrote in their report released Tuesday.
The idea came to light when the committees published a transcript of one of the first solicitations that private fund-raisers made on behalf of the rebels.
John Ramsey of Wichita Falls, Tex., proposed the novel scheme at an April, 1985, dinner in Washington with private fund-raisers Carl R. (Spitz) Channell, Richard R. Miller and Francis D. Gomez, a retired State Department worker. As Channell and Gomez pressed Ramsey to contribute money for automatic weapons, Ramsey offered the opinion that "a shotgun is the best thing to use in jungle warfare."
Wanted Tanks, Missiles
The report noted that this was "not exactly what (the fund-raisers) had in mind." Indeed, what they wanted were tanks, Red-eye missiles and AK-47 ammunition.