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Central America / Reagan Policy #89366

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 10, 1984
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(Studio) Congress reaction to White House challenge to Nicaragua's right to take case against United States to World Court and United States mining of Nicaraguan harbors with White House support and CIA direction noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Senator Barry Goldwater, chairperson Senate Intelligence Committee reported blasting CIA dir. William Casey in letter attacking United States mining of Nicaraguan ports as violation of international law; letter quoted on screen. Casey's Capitol Hill efforts to explain Nicaraguan operation and Senator's reaction noted. [Senator Don. RIEGLE - anticipates war if administration policy isn't changed.] Senator support for nonbinding resolution of Senator Edward Kennedy mentioned include endorsement by Senator Howard Baker; probability that requested aid for anti-Nicaraguan rebels will not pass House discussed. Representative Thomas O'Neill's claim that White House lied about informing him mentioned.
REPORTER: Ann Compton Artist: Freda Reiter

(DC) President Reagan's effort to avoid discussing subject today noted. [REAGAN - declines comment during photograph session with president of Dominican Republic.] White House statement later on United States contingency plans for using combat troops in Nicaragua, status of CIA war against Nicaragua and criticism that Congress has not been fully advised of administration's activities in region quoted on screen, discussed; administration noted also claiming intensification of guerrilla activity, allegedly backed by Cuba.
REPORTER: Rita Flynn

Compton, Ann;
Flynn, Rita;
Jennings, Peter

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