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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Bill McLaughlin) Reagan administration's arms-for-hostages scheme to win release of Americans held in Lebanon and resulting in current Iran/Contra Congress hearings said apparently only encouraging hostage-taking; details given, scenes shown. Admin.'s new policy toward hostages discussed. [Peggy SAY - notes consequences for hostages such as brother Terry Anderson of administration's decision to halt all efforts to free them.] [Terrorism expert Robert KUPPERMAN - defs. government's decision.] [Former hostage Benjamin WEIR - hopes alternatives will be considered.] [Former hostage David JACOBSEN - favors hostage negotiations.] [Hostage's wife Virginia Rose STEEN - sends husband message.] Colonel Oliver North mentioned. [Mideast expert Shireen HUNTER - thinks ignoring terrorists may be effective.]
- McLaughlin, Bill;
- Rather, Dan
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