Oliver North

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Early life

Marines career

Iran-Contra affair

Main article: Iran-Contra

Political involvement



  • US Marine Corps: Lieutenant colonel

Corporate media

  • Fox News: Host of War Stories with Oliver North (2001-2016)




Main article: Iran-Contra

Drug trafficking

CIA involvement

Political connections


External links

  • New Republic, "Inside Ollie's Mind", 1987/02/16
  • Vietnam Veterans Against the War, "I Had Ray Davis's Job, in Laos 30 Years Ago Same Cover, Same Lies" by Robert Anderson, 2013 fall: "In Laos, the program I was attached to carried out a systematic assassination of people who were identified as not loyal to US goals. It was called the Phoenix program and eliminated an estimated 60,000 people across Indochina. We did an amazing amount of damage to the civilian infrastructure of the country, and still lost the war. I saw one team of mercenaries I was training show us a bag of ears of dead civilians they had killed. This was how they verified their kills for us. The Green Berets that day were telling them to just take photos of the dead, leave the ears. Mel Gibson made a movie about all this, called Air America. It included in the background the illegal drug operation the CIA ran to pay for their operations. Congress had not authorized funds for what we were doing. I saw the drug operation first hand too. This was all detailed in "The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia" by Alfred McCoy. I did not connect the drug smuggling with the Phoenix program until Oliver North testified about it at the Iran-Contra hearings. Oliver North was a leader of the Laos operation I was assigned to work with."