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September 18, 1991
Convicted of serious crimes by a jury, Oliver North owes his freedom today to an appellate court's rigorously applying what conservatives used to call "technicalities" to free criminals. That's fine, but North's defenders should be aware that this case has significantly extended the protections of the Fifth Amendment -- the right against self-incrimination -- not just for North but for any similarly situated defendants in the future.One of the oddest aspects of the whole Iran-contra investigation and prosecution has been the incessant yammering of the Wall Street Journal about the high cost of prosecuting North and his fellow conspirators in their plot to subvert the United States government.
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April 10, 1992
Manuel Noriega's defense attorney said over and again during the trial of his client that the case "smelled all the way to Washington." In fact, many professionals in the State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department in Washington reportedly opposed prosecuting the Panamanian dictator on drug-related charges, on the grounds that this would harm inter-American relations and reveal embarrassing facts about U.S. activities....
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April 10, 1992
Manuel Noriega's defense attorney said over and again during the trial of his client that the case "smelled all the way to Washington." In fact, many professionals in the State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department in Washington reportedly opposed prosecuting the Panamanian dictator on drug-related charges, on the grounds that this would harm inter-American relations and reveal embarrassing facts about U.S. activities....
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By ROGER SIMON | November 18, 1991
George Bush has been getting a lot of criticism these days just because our economy is in the toilet and Americans are depressed and dismayed.But why look on the negative side? Why look on the domestic side? On the positive side, Bush is 2-0 when it comes to foreign military adventures.He may not know how to solve the problems of unemployment, recession, or rising health care costs, but he knows how to drop a bomb, send in a tank, or dispatch an infantry battalion.In 1989, his first year in office, he won Rookie of the Year honors by invading Panama and snatching Manuel Noriega (who no doubt will go to trial just as soon as we get done with William Kennedy Smith.
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By ROGER SIMON | November 18, 1991
George Bush has been getting a lot of criticism these days just because our economy is in the toilet and Americans are depressed and dismayed.But why look on the negative side? Why look on the domestic side? On the positive side, Bush is 2-0 when it comes to foreign military adventures.He may not know how to solve the problems of unemployment, recession, or rising health care costs, but he knows how to drop a bomb, send in a tank, or dispatch an infantry battalion.In 1989, his first year in office, he won Rookie of the Year honors by invading Panama and snatching Manuel Noriega (who no doubt will go to trial just as soon as we get done with William Kennedy Smith.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | August 29, 1991
MIAMI -- A former Panamanian ambassador passed $10 million in bribes to Manuel Antonio Noriega in return for permission to fly nearly 20 tons of cocaine into the United States, a federal prosecutor said yesterday.The disclosure came in U.S. District Court as Ricardo Bilonick, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with the deposed Panamanian leader to smuggle cocaine through their country in the mid-1980s.Bilonick, a former diplomat and businessman who holds a law degree from Tulane University, is said to be one of the prosecution's most important witnesses against General Noriega.
NEWS
December 2, 1995
Gen. Maxwell Thurman, 64, a retired Army general who led the 1989 invasion of Panama and was a principal architect of the all-volunteer Army, died yesterday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 1990.Called "Mad Max" and "Maxatollah" by colleagues for his aggressive style, General Thurman delayed his retirement at the request of the Bush administration so he could lead the effort to oust Gen. Manuel Noriega's regime.He was named commander of the U.S. Southern Command, based at Quarry Heights, Panama, in September 1989, with responsibility for forces in South and Central America.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | December 23, 1990
PANAMA CITY, Panama -- These are the mother's memories.Henry Lepold Bailey's cold hands are laced as if in prayer, a glittering St. Jude's medal dangling from his neck. He is wearing a black sweater and cream-colored shoes.When they slashed open the body bag, she recognized her son's worn clothes and the medal.On that languid afternoon in the Garden of Peace, by a freshly reopened mass grave stacked with military-issue body bags, Beverly Smith gazed at the steamy blue skies of Panama and thought about her dead son and stray dogs.
FEATURES
July 10, 1999
Today in history: July 10In 1850, Vice President Millard Fillmore assumed the presidency, following the death of President Taylor.In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state.In 1919, President Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate, and urged its ratification.In 1925, the official news agency of the Soviet Union, TASS, was established.In 1940, during World War II, the 114-day Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces began attacking southern England by air.In 1943, during World War II, U.S. and British forces invaded Sicily.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Scott Hettrick and Scott Hettrick,Los Angeles Times | November 6, 1992
DEEP COVER(New Line, 1992)There have been so many films that come from the cookie-cutter mold about drugs and breaking up cartels and bringing down drug lords that you may think you're about to see another one when you shove "Deep Cover" into your VCR. But writer Michael Tolkin ("The Player") has injected a few intriguing new political aspects into the familiar premise.Larry Fishburne plays idealistic police officer Russell Stevens Jr., whose personality profile is nearly identical to that of a criminal.
NEWS
September 18, 1991
Convicted of serious crimes by a jury, Oliver North owes his freedom today to an appellate court's rigorously applying what conservatives used to call "technicalities" to free criminals. That's fine, but North's defenders should be aware that this case has significantly extended the protections of the Fifth Amendment -- the right against self-incrimination -- not just for North but for any similarly situated defendants in the future.One of the oddest aspects of the whole Iran-contra investigation and prosecution has been the incessant yammering of the Wall Street Journal about the high cost of prosecuting North and his fellow conspirators in their plot to subvert the United States government.
NEWS
January 5, 1994
WANT TO TEST your mental endurance? Turn on radio station WVRT-FM (104.3).Capitol Broadcasting of Raleigh, N.C. recently bought the station, which used to play adult contemporary pop music under the nickname Variety 104. Capitol is trying to shoo that audience over to its other adult pop station in Baltimore, WWMX-FM (106.5).So for a couple of weeks, Capitol is playing the same handful of songs over and over again on 104.3, interrupted only by a cryptic announcement that says "Format Under Construction," with the sound of jackhammers roaring in the background.
NEWS
December 6, 1990
When President John F. Kennedy secretly briefed Sen. J. William Fulbright on the ill-fated, impending "Bay of Pigs" operation aimed at overthrowing Castro in Cuba in 1962, the senator asked, 'My God, Mr. President, what if we win?"
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