Firewall: The Iran-Contra Conspiracy and Cover-Up

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - Political Science - 544 pages
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In this historic, first-person account, the independent counsel in the Iran-Contra investigation exposes the extraordinary duplicity of the highest officials of Ronald Reagan's administration and the paralyzing effects of the cover-up that Judge Lawrence Walsh and his associates unraveled. Iran-Contra was far more than a rogue operation conceived and executed by Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North with the backing of National Security Advisor John Poindexter, as the Reagan administration claimed. It was instead a conspiracy that drew in the chief actors of that administration: President Reagan, Vice President George Bush, Director of Central Intelligence William Casey, Secretary of State George Shultz, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, and Attorney General Edwin Meese, among others. With the president's support, the United States attempted to trade arms for hostages held by Iranian terrorists, then retained part of the proceeds from these undercover sales in Swiss bank accounts, where the secret money funded the guerrilla activities of the Nicaraguan Contras, a counter-revolutionary group that Congress had specifically forbidden the administration to support. An experienced and steely prosecutor, Judge Walsh built a powerful team of young lawyers to pursue the truth of the Iran-Contra affair through painstaking interrogations and reviews of hundreds of thousands of documents. His team confronted daunting barriers: some of the key players were given grants of immunity by Congress's own (and sometimes hindering) investigation, government agencies twisted claims of national security in order to hide the true nature of their activities, administration officials told outright lies in sworntestimony, and Republican leaders attempted to drown the investigation in a massive flow of often irrelevant material.
 

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Firewall: the Iran-Contra conspiracy and cover-up

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Walsh was the independent counsel for the Iran-Contra investigation from 1986 to 1993. Though he writes earnestly and with the highest integrity, his recounting of the events surrounding Iran-Contra ... Read full review

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gets three stars for going into incredible detail on an interesting topic. which it well should considering author was Special Counsel in investigation of Iran Contra. But man... get a ghost-writer. Reads like a 500 page legal brief. Read full review

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Contents

From Stonewall to Firewall
3
The Private War
16
Call to Counsel
23
Opening View
34
The Bramble Bush
48
First Convictions
72
Close Pursuit
96
Crossroads
115
Roller Coaster
291
Behind the Firewall
315
What the Secretary of State Knew
317
The NoteTaker
336
The Chief of Staff
355
The Presidents Protector
371
Like Brushing His Teeth
387
Political Counterattack
411

The Basic Indictment
138
Litigation The Courts Against the Congress
161
Half a League Onward
163
The Trial of Oliver North
182
Deniability Triumphant
210
The Trial of John Poindexter
222
Reversal and Revival
247
The CIA Cracks
263
Nuclear War
413
CHAPTER 23 An Unusual Proposal
434
Boomerang The Character Issue
451
Bob Dole Pardon Advocate
467
The Last Card in the Coverup
490
REFLECTIONS
517
INDEX
533
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Lawrence E. Walsh (1912--2014) was an American lawyer and former U.S. District Court judge and Deputy Attorney General who was appointed Independent Counsel in December 1986 to investigate the Iran-Contra affair during the Reagan Administration.

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