Friday, May 18, 2007

Lawbreakers and faux patriots gather in Gwinnett

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2007 at 4:59 PM

What do you call an American who supports terrorists and sells sophisticated weapons to the mullahs who run the anti-American regime in Iran?

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Why, you call that person a headliner at Sean Hannity’s “Freedom Concert” scheduled for July 10 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. And the headliner’s name is, of course, Oliver North, who befouled the uniform of a Marine Corps officer by committing treasonous acts that became known as the Iran-Contra Affair.

Violating a law called the Boland Amendment, North was the point man in constructing the scheme that sold arms to Iran and funneled the money to Ronald Reagan’s pet terrorists, the Nicaraguan Contras. Those fellows, as detailed by investigative author Gary Webb, also raised money by selling cocaine on the streets of Los Angeles. North himself was well aware of the Contras’ – and possibly federal agents’ – drug dealing or complicity in drug dealing. North’s handwritten notes about funding the Contras from July 12, 1985, state: "$14M [million] to finance came from drugs." Two DEA agents later said that in 1985 North had wanted to take $1.5 million in Medellin Cartel bribe money that was carried by a DEA informant and give it to the Contras. North was convicted on three felony counts – but like many lawbreakers avoided justice because of a convoluted technicality, that he had been immunized in testimony to Congress.

The other headliner at Hannity’s faux patriotism rally is C&W singer Lee Greenwood, famed (if you can call it that) for his “God Bless the USA.”

Although Greenwood was of the right age to serve his country in Vietnam, he was a Nevada blackjack dealer at the time and claimed a “hardship” to keep him out of the military.

That seems to be a theme among Hannity and his friends. Hannity – who is all for letting young American men and women die in Iraq in order to prop up the failed presidency of George Bush – could have served in the first Gulf war. Nope, the Fox chickenhawk and agitator for the Chickenhawk-in-Chief was obviously too good and too much involved in his career as a budding right-wing prevaricator to don a uniform.

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