April 6, 1987 |
The hours before the mission had been tense, with arguments in smoke-filled rooms in San Salvador and anxious telephone calls to the controllers in Washington. And as the Southern Air Transport cargo plane made its secret night crossing into the forbidden black airspace of Nicaragua, in the cockpit tension rose again. But ahead in the jungle blazed a line of primitive beacons--three hilltops on fire--and behind them, brilliantly lit, the Nicaraguan rebels' "drop zone."
August 15, 1992 |
A federal judge, rapping his gavel and ordering the jury from the courtroom, threatened to hold former CIA spy chief Clair E. George in contempt Friday for repeatedly interrupting the prosecutor during a grueling cross-examination. George, on trial for perjury, false statements and obstruction of Iran-Contra inquiries, immediately apologized, saying later that the year had been "hell" for him. His lawyer, Richard A. Hibey, told U.S. District Judge Royce C.
August 28, 1990 |
Eugene Hasenfus, who says his life has been on a steady downward slide since being shot down by a Sandinista rocket in 1986 while taking part in the illegal Contra resupply operation, was shot down again here Monday by a federal district court jury considering his claims for back pay and legal fees. After five weeks of testimony and five days of deliberation, the six-member panel found Iran-Contra figure Richard V.
July 24, 1990 |
In the almost four years since he was shot down over Nicaragua, helping to touch off what was to become known as the Iran-Contra scandal, life hasn't been easy for Eugene Hasenfus. He says he was out of work for a year, his three children suffer continuing harassment at school and he is more than $100,000 in debt. In April the family's house in Marinette, Wis., burned down. "I wish I could change history, but I can't," Hasenfus, 49, said here Monday. "I just have to live with it."
August 5, 1988 |
President Oscar Arias Sanchez said Thursday that the Sandinista rulers in Nicaragua are "bad guys" who have "unmasked themselves" as anti-democratic and deserve to be punished for breaking the Central American peace agreement. In his harshest criticism of the Sandinistas, the author of the peace accord said he was prepared to urge non-military pressures on them to resume peace talks with U.S.-backed Contras and end political repression. He did not spell out any proposed sanctions.
July 31, 1988 |
President Reagan, reminding Democrats of their vice presidential nominee's past support for Contra funding, said Saturday that the Sandinistas' renewed crackdown on political dissent has created an opportunity for "a real bipartisan consensus" in support of new aid for the armed Nicaraguan opposition. In a bid to win Democrats' backing for a new Contra funding bill, Reagan, in his weekly radio address, complained that the Democrat-controlled House "removed the principal prod . . .
July 26, 1990 |
A jury in Miami was selected to decide a lawsuit that blames retired Air Force Major Gen. Richard V. Secord and a CIA-linked airline for the 1986 plane crash in Nicaragua that helped trigger the Iran-Contra probe. Cargo handler Eugene Hasenfus, who was captured and held for about three months after Nicaraguan troops shot down the plane, and the family of the plane's co-pilot, Wallace Sawyer Jr.
January 16, 1987 |
A small freighter that delivered U.S. guns to Nicaraguan rebels at a time when Congress had banned government aid to the contras later took part in an abortive attempt by Lt. Col. Oliver L. North to free American hostages in Lebanon with $1 million in ransom, government and maritime sources said Thursday.
June 19, 1987 |
Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez complained Thursday that continued U.S. aid to Nicaragua's contras is an obstacle to his peace plan for Central America, but he said he does not believe that the Reagan Administration is actively trying to sabotage his proposal. Nicaragua "can't become a pluralistic country if there is war," Arias told a press conference after two days of talks with President Reagan and other U.S. officials.
February 27, 1987 |
Bantam Books is rushing the Tower Commission's report into print, and copies are to be available in bookstores next Monday. "We decided (to publish) because there seemed to be an urgency to its contents that matched the public's potential broad-based fascination with what it has to say," Stuart Applebaum, a vice president of the company, said Thursday.