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Hoax - Oliver North Warned Congress About Osama Bin Laden in 1987

Outline
Long circulated message claims that, while testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings in 1987, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North warned questioning US senator Al Gore about a very dangerous Muslim terrorist named Osama bin Laden and recommended that an "assassin team be formed to eliminate him and his men from the face of the earth".



Brief Analysis
The claims in the message are untrue. Oliver North did NOT warn congress about Bin Laden in 1987. The terrorist that North identified at the Congressional committee hearings was Abu Nida, not Osama Bin Laden. The person questioning North was not Al Gore, but rather committee counsel, John Nields. There are also other significant inaccuracies in the message as discussed in the detailed analysis below.

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Last updated: November 5, 2012
First published: November 5, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


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Subject: A Memory from 1987 (This is bone chilling!!!) - Remember This?


Do You Remember 1987.......

I had forgotten all of this. Do you remember when the senators were giving Ollie North such a bad time? This brings it all into perspective doesn't it? Have a great day.

Thought you might be interested in this forgotten bit of information.........

It was 1987! At a lecture the other day they were
playing an old news video of
Lt.Col. Oliver North testifying at the Iran-Contra
hearings during the Reagan
Administration.

There was Ollie in front of God and country getting the
third degree, but what he said was stunning!

He was being drilled by a
senator, 'Did you not recently spend close to
$60,000 for a home security system?'

Ollie replied, 'Yes, I did, Sir.'

The senator
continued, trying to get a laugh out of the
audience, 'Isn't that just a little excessive?'
'No, sir,' continued Ollie.
'No? And why not?' the
senator asked.

'Because the lives of my family and I were
threatened, sir.'

'Threatened? By whom?' the senator questioned..

'By a Muslim terrorist, sir' Ollie answered.

'Terrorist? What terrorist could possibly scare you that much?'

'His name is Osama bin Laden, sir' Ollie replied.

At this point the senator tried to repeat the name,
but couldn't pronounce it, which most people back then
probably couldn't. A couple of people laughed at the attempt.
Then the senator continued.. Why are you so
afraid of this man?' the senator asked.

'Because, sir, he is the most
evil person alive that I know of', Ollie answered, and the Muslims are trying to take over America and destroy it from the inside out and putting their people into our political offices.

 

'And what do you recommend we do about him?' asked the senator..

'Well, sir, if it was up to me, I would recommend that an
assassin team be formed to
eliminate him and his men from the face of the earth.'

The senator disagreed with this approach, and that was all that
was shown of the clip.

 

By the way, that senator was Al Gore!

Also:
Terrorist pilot Mohammad Atta blew up a bus in
Israel in 1986. The Israelis captured, tried and
imprisoned him. As part of the
Oslo agreement with the Palestinians in 1993,
Israel had to agree to release
so-called 'political prisoners.'

However, the Israelis would not release
any with blood on their hands. The American
President at the time, Bill Clinton,
and his Secretary of State, Warren Christopher,
'insisted' that all prisoners be
released.

Thus Mohammad Atta was freed and eventually thanked
us by flying an airplane into Tower One of the World Trade Center
This was reported by many of the American TV networks at the time
that the terrorists were first identified.

It was censored in the US from all later reports.

If you agree that the American public should be made
aware of this fact, pass this on.

This has not been broken since 9/11/01,
please keep it going...

PLEASE DON'T BREAK IT!!!!!!

This is bone chilling!!!) - Remember This?





Detailed Analysis

Oliver North
Oliver North did NOT Warn US Congress About Osama Bin Laden in 1987
This message has now circulated in various forms for more than ten years. According to the message, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North warned US Congress about Osama bin Laden way back in 1987, but no one saw fit to act on the warning. The message claims that during questioning by a senator at the Iran-Contra hearings in 1987, Oliver North identified a Muslim terrorist who had threatened the lives of his family as Osama Bin Laden, a man North described as "the most evil person alive that I know of". The message also claims that North recommended that Bin Laden and his men be eliminated by a US assassin team. The message identified the senator who questioned Oliver North - and subsequently ignored his prophetic advice about Bin Laden - as Al Gore.

However, the claims in the message are untrue. North identified the terrorist Abu Nida as the one threatening his family, not Osama Bin Laden as claimed. And it was not Al Gore who questioned North. In fact, it was not a senator at all, but rather committee counsel, John Nields. In 2001, soon after the message went viral, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North himself responded to the claims via the statement reproduced below:


FROM THE DESK OF LTCOL OLIVER L. NORTH (USMC) RET.

NOVEMBER 28, 2001


OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS, I HAVE RECEIVE SEVERAL THOUSAND E-MAILS FROM EVERY STATE IN THE U.S. AND 13 FOREIGN COUNTRIES IN WHICH THE ORIGINATOR PURPORTS TO HAVE RECENTLY VIEWED A VIDEOTAPE OF MY SWORN TESTIMONY BEFORE A CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE IN 1987.

A COPY OF ONE OF THOSE E-MAILS IS ATTACHED BELOW. AS YOU WILL NOTE, THE ORIGINATOR ATTRIBUTES TO ME CERTAIN STATEMENTS REGARDING USAMA BIN LADEN AND OTHER MATTERS THAT ARE SIMPLY INACCURATE.

THOUGH I WOULD LIKE TO CLAIM THE GIFT OF PROPHESY, I DON'T HAVE IT.

I DON'T KNOW WHO SAW WHAT VIDEO "AT UNC." (OR ANYWHERE ELSE) BUT, FOR THE RECORD, HERE'S WHAT I DO KNOW:

1. IT WAS THE COMMITTEE COUNSEL, JOHN NIELDS, NOT A SENATOR WHO WAS DOING THE QUESTIONING.

2. THE SECURITY SYSTEM, INSTALLED AT MY HOME, JUST BEFORE I MADE A VERY SECRET TRIP TO TEHRAN, COST, ACCORDING TO THE COMMITTEE, $16K, NOT $60K.

3. THE TERRORIST WHO THREATENED TO KILL ME IN 1986, JUST BEFORE THAT SECRET TRIP TO TEHRAN, WAS NOT USAMA BIN LADEN, IT WAS ABU NIDAL (WHO WORKS FOR THE LIBYANS -- NOT THE TALIBAN AND NOT IN AFGHANISTAN).

4. I NEVER SAID I WAS AFRAID OF ANYBODY. I DID SAY THAT I WOULD BE GLAD TO MEET ABU NIDAL ON EQUAL TERMS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD BUT THAT I WAS UNWILLING TO HAVE HIM OR HIS OPERATIVES MEET MY WIFE AND CHILDREN ON HIS TERMS.

5. I DID SAY THAT THE TERRORISTS INTERCEPTED BY THE FBI ON THE WAY TO MY HOUSE IN FEB. 87 TO KILL MY WIFE, CHILDREN AND ME WERE LIBYANS, DISPATCHED FROM THE PEOPLE'S COMMITTEE FOR LIBYAN STUDENTS IN MCLEAN, VIRGINIA.

6. AND I DID SAY THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD MOVED MY FAMILY OUT OF OUR HOME TO A MILITARY BASE (CAMP LEJEUNE, NC) UNTIL THEY COULD DISPATCH MORE THAN 30 AGENTS TO PROTECT MY FAMILY FROM THOSE TERRORISTS (BECAUSE A LIBERAL FEDERAL JUDGE HAD ALLOWED THE LYBIAN ASSASSINS TO POST BOND AND THEY FLED).

7. AND, FYI: THOSE FEDERAL AGENTS REMAINED AT OUR HOME UNTIL I RETIRED FROM THE MARINES AND WAS NO LONGER A "GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL." BY THEN, THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT HAD SPENT MORE THAN $2M PROTECTING THE NORTH FAMILY. THE TERRORISTS SENT TO KILL US WERE NEVER RE-APPREHENDED.

SEMPER FIDELIS,
OLIVER L. NORTH

The current version of the message tacks on the further claim that 9/11 attacker Muhammad Atta was responsible for blowing up a bus in Israel in 1986 but was later released from prison at the insistance of the Clinton administration. However, this claim is also untrue. The 9/11 attacker was NOT the same man responsible for the bus bombing, although both terrorists share a similar name. An Anti-Defamation League article about the issue notes:

An Internet rumor claims that Mohammed Atta, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against America, was involved in an earlier terrorist bombing of an Israeli bus in 1986.
In fact, the perpetrator of the April 1986 attack was a 33-year-old Jordanian and a naturalized U.S. citizen, who went by the name Mahmoud Atta. The Mohammed Atta behind the 9/11 attacks would have been 18 years old in 1986 (he was born in 1968) and was an Egyptian citizen.

Thus, given that its claims are so far removed from the truth, sending on this message will do nothing other than spread misinformation and ill content. After more than a decade of continued circulation, it is high time that this misleading and inflammatory nonsense was finally laid to rest.

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References

Oliver North Warned Us About Osama bin Laden in 1987
FROM THE DESK OF LTCOL OLIVER L. NORTH (USMC) RET.
Muhammad Atta and 9/11
A Case of Mistaken Identity: Mohammad Atta Not Linked to Bus Bombing


Last updated: November 5, 2012
First published: November 5, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer