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Lebanon Hostages / US-Iran Arms Deals #547308

NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 10, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Andrea Mitchell) Growing criticism over President Reagan's violation of own policy against negotiating with terrorists by shipping arms to Iran, via Israel, in exchange for release of some United States hostages held in Lebanon examined; details given, scenes shown. Secretary of State George Shultz mentioned not resigning; chief of staff Don. Regan said acknowledging damage to admin.'s credibility while also suggesting Reagan will invoke executive privilege in event of Congress investigations. Press spokesperson Larry Speakes' defense of administration's scheme outlined. [Former hostage Father Lawrence JENCO - regrets his release was due to arms deal.] [Former national security adviser Robert McFARLANE - denies US policy toward Iran has altered.] [Senator Richard LUGAR - defs. covert negotiations.] Secys. Shultz and Caspar Weinberger said both opposing secret White House operation.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Arthur Kent) Power of and role in Reagan administration of National Sec. Council, as illustrated by staff member Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North's coordination of Iranian arms shipments, examined; details given, scenes shown. His recent presence in Cyprus coinciding with release of hostage David Jacobsen recalled. North's career, include involvement in Iranian hostage crisis, Achille Lauro hijacking, invasion of Grenada and coordinating United States intervention in Nicaragua through network of retired American military and CIA personnel, reviewed. [Mercenary Jack TERRELL - cites North's necessary control of Central American events.] Evidence linking captured American gun smuggler Eugene Hasenfus to North explained. [Representative Dave McCURDY - opposes national security council implementing foreign policy.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Kent, Arthur;
Mitchell, Andrea

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