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2The Daily Tar HeelWednesday, April 19. 1989
World aed Nation
Prosecution depicts North as. liar
From Associated Press reports
WASHINGTON Oliver North
was portrayed to his trial jury
Tuesday as a liar who couldn't stop,
and as "the Joe Isuzu of government"
who followed Hitler's maxim that
"the victor will never be asked if he
told the truth."
Said prosecutor John Keker, in
final arguments at North's trial: "If
Ollie North wanted to get it done,
he didn't care if he broke the law."
But, in return, defense lawyer
Brendan Sullivan said anyone "who
links Colonel North to Adolf Hitler
is not credible and should not be
believed." Sullivan called the compar
"This man is not Adolf Hitler, and
he doesn't do things like Adolf
The defense lawyer was scornful of
his opponents, saying everything the
government sees North as doing "is
through a dirty glass."
Why shouldn't North have thrown
papers away, he asked, when they
referred to the secret operations of
"In this case," Sullivan told the
From Associated Press reports
Bush on Tuesday signed into law a
$49,8 million package of non-military
aid to sustain the Contra rebels until
Nicaragua holds elections early next
Bush reiterated his pledge to
support a diplomatic solution in
Nicaragua and repeated his call for
the Soviet Union to advance the peace
process by ending its military aid to
Nicaragua's leftist government.
"The Soviet Union must match its
rhetorical support for the peace
process with concrete action to halt
military aid, to end subversion in that
region and to promote genuine
democracy in Nicaragua," Bush said.
Administration officials have
stated that they want to see positive
action in that vein by the Soviet
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jury, "the government is off track and
running wild, and you should stop
North, the former National Secur
ity Council aide who was at the center
of the Iran-Contra vortex, sat stone
faced at the defense table as prose
cutor Keker methodically tried to
dismantle his American-hero image.
"Telling the truth is something you
learned at your mother's knee," Keker
said. "Government by deception is
not a free government. Government
by deception is not a democratic
government. Government by decep
tion is not a government under the
rule of law."
After North's lawyer finishes his
closing argument today, there will be
rebuttal, and then the trial now
in its 12th week will go to the jury,
which will then be sequestered.
Keker told the jurors Tuesday, "I
will be asking you to return a verdict
of guilty as to each of these 12 counts
against Oliver North.
"The tragedy of Oliver North is of
a man who. cared so much for
freedom in Nicaragua, but forgot
about the demands of freedom and
receive more humanitarian aid
Union, and that it could result in a
more favorable economic or trade
stance toward the Soviets by the
Officials estimate the Soviet Union
provides about $500 million a year
to Nicaragua in military aid and
about the same amount in economic
A top State Department official,
meanwhile, said he had warned the
Contras that they risk a cutoff of the
new aid unless they expel a com
mander convicted of human rights
"Legally we would have the basis,"
to halt the aid, said Chris Arcos,
deputy assistant secretary of state.
He said that the Contra military
tribunal last month had convicted a
commander known by the nom de
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democracy here at home."
If convicted on all counts, the
maximum penalty for North could be
60 years in prison.
The charges include six counts of
lying to Congress and withholding
information; obstructing a presiden
tial inquiry and making false state
ments to investigators; altering,
shredding and concealing documents;
receiving an illegal gratuity a
security system at his home; stealing
money from an Iran-Contra account;
and conspiring to defraud the Inter
nal Revenue Service.
The charges focus on an alleged
attempt to cover up various aspects
of a secret Reagan administration
operation to aid the Nicaraguan
Standing behind a portable lectern
and using a huge chart that outlined
the charges, Keker contended that
North, a highly decorated former
Marine officer and White House aide,
had a defense of "the devil made me
North "blames other people.
'McFarlane made me do it. Casey
told me to do it,' " the prosecutor
guerre Commandante Mack, but that
the leader had been seen in the Contra
camps after the time he should have
Arcos said the Contra leadership
had assured him that they expel those
convicted of human rights abuses, but
he said he was trying to find out if
that had occurred with Comman
In brief remarks in a Rose Garden
ceremony before he signed the com
promise legislation his administration
worked out with Congress, Bush
threw the ball to Nicaragua's Sandin
ista government. '
"The success of the Central Amer
ican peace process and the prospects
of national reconciliation in Nicara
gua depend on full and honest'
Sandinista compliance with their
repeated pledges of democracy and
freedom," Bush said.
"It's clear that close international
scrutiny and sustained pressure will
be critical to induce Sandinista
WANT TO MAKE IT KNOWN TO THE
STAND BEHIND THE PROCLAMATIONS OF
Teresa Ann McLean
Amy Beth Goetzman
said. Robert McFarlane was the
national security adviser at the time
of some of the alleged offenses and
the late William Casey was CIA
"In time, a good man turned into
a bad man," said Keker in a low,
unemotional voice. "Once lying
becomes a habit, it's hard to stop.
He put his hand on the Bible and
swore to tell the truth."
He said when North was ques
tioned in November 1986 by the
attorney general and aides about the
diversion of Iranian arms sales profits
to the Contras, "they thought he was
telling the truth."
But, said Keker, "he was by this
time the Joe Isuzu of government."
"Isuzu" is a character in an automo
bile television commercial who tells
lie upon lie.
In August 1985, when two con
gressmen sent letters asking for
information about North's activities,
McFarlane and North gave false
answers, Keker said. North said he
supplied the answers at McFarlane's
The new aid package was worked
out on March 24 after lengthy
negotiations between administration
officials and congressional leaders.
Democratic and Republican lead
ers of the House and Senate joined
Bush at the signing.
The compromise represented a
major breakthrough in U.S. policy
toward Central America, following
years of conflicting actions. Bush's
agreement to forgo military aid in
favor of a diplomatic approach was
a break with the Reagan administra
tion's unrelenting push for military
support for the rebels.
The package calls for humanitarian
assistance to provide non-lethal aid
to the rebels until the Nicaraguan
elections scheduled for next
The money also could be used to
repatriate the Contras under condi
tions considered politically accept
able for their return.
Plan to close military bases
gets go-ahead from House
From Associated Press reports
WASHINGTON The House
voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to
back a plan to close 86 military
bases and scale back five more
despite complaints that the move
will not save as much as advocates
By a vote of 381-43, the House
rejected a resolution to disapprove
the recommendations of the Com
mission on Base Realignment and
Closure, giving the green light for
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney to
follow through on the panel's pro
posals beginning in January. "
"It is incumbent upon all of us
to make sure this base closing list
is implemented," the chairman of
the House Armed Services Chair
man, Rep. Les Aspin, D-Wis., said
moments before the vote.
Stadium inquiry begins
LONDON The government
began its inquiry Tuesday into the
stadium crush that killed 95 soccer
fans as the judge heading the
investigation vowed to prevent
such a disaster from happening
Sir Peter Taylor, a lord justice
of appeal, made the pledge before
touring Sheffield's flower-laden
Hillsborough Stadium, where the
deaths occurred in an over
The death toll in Britain's worst
sports disaster rose to 95 with the
death of a 14-year-old boy.
Cease-fire sparks exodus
BEIRUT, Lebanon Thou
sands of civilians fled west Beirut
on Tuesday as Christian and
Syrian gunners held their fire
briefly to allow the evacuation of
70 severely wounded Moslems to
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a French hospital ship.
Hundreds of cars packed with
suitcases, mattresses and blankets
sped down a seaside highway to
south and east Lebanon as the
wounded were assembled outside
the home of acting Prime Minister
Eight people were killed and 43 ;
wounded overnight as the city's I
divided population huddled in '
bunkers and bomb shelters for a
Pillars of flame from burning'
buildings lighted the sky and the
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Soviet troops being replaced .
MOSCOW Soviet troops irr
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teers to maintain order after"
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A doctor who treated victims of '
the April 9 clashes, in which at
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of the Georgian Academy of'
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