In the scandal, he was accused with the fees of illegally offering weapons to Iran in trade to free of charge U.
Iran—Contra affair North's mugshot, taken on the day of his arrest North came into the public spotlight as a result of his participation in the Iran-Contra affaira political scandal during the Reagan administration, in which he claimed partial responsibility for the sale of weapons through intermediaries to Iranwith the profits being channeled to the Contras in Nicaragua.
It was alleged that he was responsible for the establishment of a covert network which subsequently funneled those funds to the Contras. Congress passed the Boland Amendment to the House Appropriations Bill of and following years , which prohibited the appropriation of U.
However, he gave the wrong number of the Swiss bank account intended to launder the money, and it went instead to a Swiss businessman. A Senate committee investigating the transaction tracked it down so it could be returned to Brunei.
His family was moved to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and lived with federal agents until North retired from the Marine Corps the following year.
During the hearings, North admitted that he had lied to Congress, for which, along with other actions, he was later charged. He defended his actions by stating that he believed in the goal of aiding the Contras, whom he saw as freedom fighters against the Sandinistas and said that he viewed the Iran-Contra scheme as a "neat idea.
He also testified that Robert McFarlane had asked him to alter official records to delete references to direct assistance to the Contras and that he had helped.
He was indicted on 16 felony counts, and on May 4,he was initially convicted of three: He was sentenced by U. North performed some of his community service within Potomac Gardensa public housing project in southeast Washington, DC.
Consequently, North's convictions were reversed. After further hearings on the immunity issue, Judge Gesell dismissed all charges against North on September 16, North lost, garnering 43 percent of votes, while incumbent Democrat Charles Robb , a son-in-law of President Lyndon B.
Johnsonwon reelection with 46 percent. Coleman received 11 percent. North's candidacy was documented in the film A Perfect Candidate. This was the biggest accumulation of direct-mail funds for a statewide campaign to that date, and it made North the top direct-mail political fundraiser in the country in In the book, "North addresses issues of defense against global terrorism, Jihad, and radical Islam from his firsthand perspective as a military officer and national security advisor and current Middle East war correspondent.
This is a nonfiction book that gives a firsthand account of the Americans who have volunteered to join the United States Army. The book was a collection from the dozen years North and the Fox News Channel have traveled the frontlines of the War on Terror.
During those years North and his team have profiled hundreds of soldiers and chronicles what it means to be a hero. In the book he continues the journey by following these soldiers from the battlefield back to the home front.
North was the host of the television show War Stories with Oliver North from toand is a regular commentator on Hannityboth on the Fox News Channel.
North appears in an episode of Auction Kings to have his Marine Corps sword returned after it was lost and presumably stolen in North was credited as a military consultant in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II and voiced himself in one level of the game.
Stan Smith searches under his house for Oliver North's hidden gold. In he received story credit for an episode of the TV series The Americans where the protagonist Soviet spies infiltrate a Contra training base in the United States. The charity has been criticized by conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel for distributing too little of its funds for charitable purposes.
Retrieved October 16, Oliver Laurence North (born October 7, ) is an American political commentator, television host, military historian, author, and retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant colonel. He was convicted in the Iran–Contra affair of the late s but his convictions were vacated and reversed.
In addition to naming other people as illegal operatives, the scapegoat of it all was Lieutenant Colonel Oliver L. North. Only months before he was being heraled in the New York Times as "President Reagan's Man of Action", and now North was being handed the blame of all guilty of illegally negotiating deals with Iran and Nicaragua.
Besides his commentaries and hosting his show War Stories with Oliver North () on the Fox News Channel, Lt. Col. North is a best-selling author of three books: "Under Fire", "One More Mission - Return to Vietnam" and "Mission Compromised".
An essay or paper on Story of Oliver North. In October and November , two secret illegal U.S. Government operations were publicly exposed.
In addition to naming other people as illegal operatives, the scapegoat of it all was Lieutenant Colonel Oliver L. North. Former U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North was born in San Antonio, Texas on October 7, to parents Oliver Clay North, an Army major, and Ann Theresa Clancy.
He trained at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, and during the Vietnam War led a counter-insurgency marines platoon, winning a Silver Star and . But the trial of Colonel Oliver North added a new dimension, as a nation wondered, "just who did issue those orders?" In the administration of President Ronald Reagan embarked on a plan to secure the release of American hostages by illegally selling arms to Iran.