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AFA 29–34: The Iran-Contragate Scandal

Pt. 1: The Drug Con­nec­tion (AFA 29)
Part 1a
41:28 | Part 1b [1] 41:46 | Part 1c [2] 37:20 | Part 1d [3] 36:57 | Part 1e [4] 41:40
(Orig­i­nal­ly broad­cast June 14, 1987)

Focus­es on the role of drug prof­its and the cocaine trade in financ­ing the Con­tra sup­port effort. In addi­tion to exam­in­ing the Chris­tic Insti­tute’s affi­davit, the dis­cus­sion focus­es on the “Piz­za Con­nec­tion” and its ties to the Iran-Con­tra scan­dal.

Pt. 2: Ter­ror In Latin Amer­i­ca (AFA 30)
Part 2a
44:14 | Part 2b [5] 42:00 | Part 2c [6] 44:35 | Part 2d [7] 42:24 | Part 2e [8] 15:04
(Orig­i­nal­ly broad­cast June 28, 1987)

Extends dis­cus­sion of the Ter­pil-Wil­son oper­a­tion cov­ered in AFA num­ber 4 to events in Cen­tral Amer­i­ca. The pro­gram presents evi­dence of Cen­tral Amer­i­can provo­ca­tions planned by Ter­pil & Wilson’s asso­ciates and the group’s cen­tral posi­tion in the Iran-Con­tra scan­dal.

Pt. 3.1: The Desta­bi­liza­tion Of Pres­i­dent Carter (AFA 31‑A)
Part 3a
47:09 | Part 3b [9] 41:35 | Part 3c [10] 41:02 | Part 3d [11] 42:54 | Part 3e [12] 14:07
(Orig­i­nal­ly broad­cast August 30, 1987)

Exam­ines how indi­vid­u­als dis­cussed in AFA pro­gram num­bers 4 and 30 coop­er­at­ed in a num­ber of oper­a­tions aimed at desta­bi­liz­ing the pres­i­den­cy of Jim­my Carter by manip­u­lat­ing the Iran­ian hostage cri­sis of 1979 — 80. The broad­cast cen­ters on the role of Amer­i­can polit­i­cal fig­ures in effect­ing that cri­sis, the fail­ure of the “Desert One” hostage res­cue attempt of April 1980 and the appar­ent “Octo­ber Sur­prise” deal to delay the release of the hostages and assure Carter’s reelec­tion defeat.

Pt. 3.2: An Inter­view with Farah Man­soor (AFA 31–2)
(Orig­i­nal­ly broad­cast 1987; 450 min­utes)

This series of inter­views cov­ers the land­mark research of Farah Man­soor, a mem­ber of the Iran­ian resis­tance whose his­toric research on the rise of the Khome­i­ni regime doc­u­ments the deci­sive role of the Unit­ed States in devel­op­ing Islam­ic fun­da­men­tal­ist forces in that coun­try as the anti-com­mu­nist suc­ces­sors to the Shah’s gov­ern­ment. Farah has doc­u­ment­ed that U.S. Ambas­sador to Iran, Richard Helms, learned that the Shah had can­cer in 1974. For­mer Direc­tor of Cen­tral Intel­li­gence Helms prompt­ly informed the CIA and Depart­ment of State with the result that, by 1976, George Bush’s CIA was active­ly sup­port­ing and groom­ing the Khome­i­ni forces. The sub­se­quent takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, the with­hold­ing of the U.S. hostages until after Pres­i­dent Carter’s defeat was assured, the Khome­i­ni gov­ern­ment itself and the Iran-Con­tra scan­dal prop­er were all out­growths of this pro­found and long-stand­ing rela­tion­ship. It should be not­ed that parts of this rela­tion­ship have been mis­un­der­stood as what has become known as “the Octo­ber Sur­prise.” Although there was, mas­sive col­lu­sion between the Rea­gan-Bush cam­paign and the Khome­i­ni forces dur­ing the 1980 elec­tion cam­paign, there was no “deal” cut dur­ing the cam­paign. Rather, the “deal” was part of a covert oper­a­tion begun years before and the col­lu­sion dur­ing the cam­paign was an out­growth of it. These inter­views are also part of AFA pro­gram num­ber 38 (Part 5).

Pt. 4: Stag­ing the Fourth Reich (AFA 32)
Part 4a
44:00 | Part 4b [13] 40:54 | Part 4c [14] 42:01 | Part 4d [15] 35:54 | Part 4e [16] 29:16
(Orig­i­nal­ly broad­cast Sep­tem­ber 13, 1987)

Sets forth evi­dence that the U.S. nation­al secu­ri­ty estab­lish­ment may have been plan­ning a fas­cist coup in response to a ter­ror­ist inci­dent or provo­ca­tion. The pro­gram deals pri­mar­i­ly with the “Rex 84” mar­tial-law con­tin­gency plan and its imple­men­ta­tion in response to a ter­ror­ist “inci­dent”. Rex ’84 appears to stem from a con­tin­gency plan to intern black Amer­i­cans in con­cen­tra­tion camps.

Pt. 5: The Cov­er-up, Part A (AFA 33)
Part 5a
45:26 | Part 5b [17] 40:14 | Part 5c [18] 44:49 | Part 5d [19] 37:06 | Part 5e [20] 14:10
(Orig­i­nal­ly broad­cast Octo­ber, 1987)

Sets forth evi­dence that the U.S. nation­al secu­ri­ty estab­lish­ment may have been plan­ning a fas­cist coup in response to a ter­ror­ist provo­ca­tion. The pro­gram deals pri­mar­i­ly with the “Rex 84” mar­tial-law con­tin­gency plan and its imple­men­ta­tion in response to a ter­ror­ist “inci­dent”. Rex ’84 appears to stem from a con­tin­gency plan to intern black Amer­i­cans in con­cen­tra­tion camps.

Pt. 6: The Cov­er-up, Part B (AFA 34)
Part 6a
44:34 | Part 6b [21] 38:40 | Part 6c [22] 45:13 | Part 6d [23] 39:49
Part 6e [24] 8:10 | Part 6f [25] 43:28 | Part 6g [26] 40:07 | Part 6h [27] 13:15
Part 6i [28] 9:59 | Part 6j [29] 28:24 | Part 6k [30] 25:28 | Part 6l [31] 17:21
Part 6m [32] 6:24 | Part 6n [33] 29:23
(Orig­i­nal­ly broad­cast Decem­ber 13, 1987)

Explores con­nec­tions between Iran-Con­tra­gate “inves­ti­ga­tors” and the peo­ple and insti­tu­tions they were sup­posed to exam­ine. Vital sup­ple­men­tary infor­ma­tion con­nects the Iran-Con­tra scan­dal with the 1981 shoot­ing of the Pope and events described in AFA pro­gram num­bers 18 — 21. Includes numer­ous adden­da.