Faces of the News by Kerry Waghorn by Kerry Waghorn

Faces of the News by Kerry Waghorn

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  1. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    A rotten apple from start to finish. Shredded evidence, resigned many times due to criminal actions.
    Attorney General Edwin Meese undertakes an internal fact-finding investigation focused on President Reagan’s involvement in the November 1985 sale of Hawk missiles to Iran (see 1985). Meese is apparently not interested in finding facts, because he refuses a request to assist from the FBI, and takes no notes during his interviews of administration officials.
    ‘Shredding Party’ – Additionally, during his investigation, National Security Council documents are altered or destroyed, including a presidential finding from December 1985 that retroactively authorized US missile sales to Iran (see November 24-25, 1985 and December 5, 1985); National Security Adviser John Poindexter will later admit to destroying this document. Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North holds what is later called a “shredding party,” destroying thousands of documents that would likely implicate White House officials in a criminal conspiracy to break the law (see November 21-23, 1986). The Iran-Contra investigative committee will later fault Meese for departing from “standard investigative techniques” during his investigation.
    Commission investigators note that while the Meese investigation claimed Reagan did not know of the August 1985 shipment of missiles to Iran (see August 20, 1985 and November 21-25, 1986), Reagan himself claimed in his previous testimony he did know of the shipments. When asked to clarify the inconsistency, Reagan shocks onlookers by picking up a briefing memo he had been given and reading aloud, “If the question comes up at the Tower Board meeting, you might want to say that you were surprised.”
    You couldn’t even prove the White House staff sane beyond a reasonable doubt.
    Ed Meese, on the Hinckley verdict

  2. pirate227

    pirate227 said, almost 3 years ago

    Just one of the Reagan regime crooks.

  3. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 3 years ago


    Hey Dumb Dumb, History Commons is a troll site for idiots to post their versions of what happened in history.
    If you’re gonna copy and paste and then cite from a website, at least make it a credible one.

  4. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    Meese was a cheap crook on any history site, do some research.

  5. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    As Reagan’s chief of staff, Meese was instrumental in the decision to crack down on student protesters at People’s Park in Berkeley, California, on May 15, 1969. Meese was widely criticized for escalating the official response to the People’s Park protest, during which law enforcement officers killed one student attacker and injured hundreds of protesters in their attempt to clear the street. Many students were bystanders and were caught in the police charge by the “Blue Meanies”. Meese advised Reagan to declare a state of emergency in Berkeley, contrary to the recommendation of the Berkeley City Council. This resulted in a two-week occupation of People’s Park by National Guard troops.
    During the 1980s, James McKay, an independent prosecutor, was appointed to investigate alleged financial improprieties by Meese while he was attorney general. As part of this investigation, McKay looked into Meese’s involvement in a Bechtel pipeline deal in the Middle East.18 The pipeline was to extend from Iraq to Jordan and was negotiated by Meese, Shimon Peres, Bruce Rappaport, Robert C. McFarlane, and others. Although he was not prosecuted, Meese ultimately resigned. Prior to his departure, several top Justice Department officials resigned in protest of what they and others viewed as improper acts by the attorney general.
    Meese became Attorney General in February 1985, holding this office until August, 1988, when he resigned due to his role in the Wedtech scandal.

  6. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Wedtech then began extending its reach to the White House, utilizing President Reagan’s press secretary, Lyn Nofziger, to contact public liaison officer (and future Senator) Elizabeth Dole. Through Dole, Wedtech won a $32 million contract to produce small engines for the United States Army. This was only the first of many no-bid deals that eventually totaled $250 million.
    By the final years of Reagan’s second term, Wedtech’s crimes had become too numerous to hide. An independent counsel was appointed by Congress, which later charged Attorney General Edwin Meese with complicity in the scandal (his close friend had worked as a lobbyist for the company and sought help from Meese on Wedtech contract matters). While Meese was never convicted of any wrongdoing, he resigned in 1988 when the independent counsel delivered the report on Wedtech. The independent counsel McKay never prosecuted or sought indictment of Meese, but in his official report, which is still confidential, he was highly critical of Meese’s ethics and urged further investigation of Meese’s role in that scandal and others (such as Meese’s efforts to help Bechtel Corporation build an oil pipeline for Sadam Hussain’s Iraq).

  7. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    In 1981, Edwin Meese, then an advisor to President Ronald Reagan, announced an $800 million budget in an effort to overhaul the computer systems of the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other law enforcement agencies. The following year, the Department of Justice awarded Inslaw a $9.6 million, three-year, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to implement a pilot program in 22 of the largest Offices of the United States Attorneys using the older 16-bit architecture Prime version (as in Wang, or IBM), which the government had a license to use.
    Then, in September 1991, the House Judiciary Committee issued the result of a three-year investigation. House Report 102-857 Inslaw: Investigative Report confirmed the Justice Department’s theft of Promis. The report was issued after the Justice Department convinced the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on a jurisdictional technicality to set aside the decisions of the first two federal bankruptcy courts. The House Committee also reported investigative leads indicating that friends of the Reagan White House had been allowed to sell and to distribute Enhanced Promis both domestically and overseas for their personal financial gain and in support of the intelligence and foreign policy objectives of the United States.The report even went so far as to recommend specifically further investigations of both former Attorney General Edwin Meese and businessman Earl Brian for their possible involvement in illegally providing or selling Promis “to foreign governments including Canada, Israel, Singapore, Iraq, Egypt, and Jordan.” The Democratic majority called upon Attorney General Dick Thornburgh to compensate Inslaw immediately for the harm that the government had “egregiously” inflicted on Inslaw. The Republican minority dissented. The committee was divided along party lines 21–13. Attorney General Thornburgh ignored the recommendations, and reneged on agreements made with the committee.

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    The only guy in Republican politics who can make Cheney look even a little “less crooked”, but not by much. At least drug dealer Meese never shot his hunting partner, claiming the victim was at fault for getting in his way.

  9. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Aw, c’mon. Everybody knows IT’S OKAY IF A REPUBLICAN DOES IT!

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