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(44)  Ollie North names Osma Bin Lindin, and the US Senator interviewing him was Al Gore. No way!!! Here is the hoax and the truth.


IT WAS 1987!

At a lecture the other day they played an old 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 some 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 this 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 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 what do you recommend we do about him?" asked the senator.
"Well sir, if it were 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.

If anyone is interested, the Senator turned out to be none other than Al Gore.

Wrong!!! Colonel Oliver cited assassination threats by Abu Nidal, leader of the terrorist organization Fatah Revolutionary Council, as the reason he accepted the home security system from Richard Secord in his testimony before the Senate Select Committee in 1987.

The home security system cost $16,000, not $60,000 as the email claims.

As for Osama bin Laden, in the early 1980's he was busy founding Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK) with Palestianian Brotherhood founder Abdallah Azzam.

MAK recruited Arab volunteers to fight in Afghanistan and channel private and government aid to some AFghan Mujahideen factions. Osama bin Laden formed al-Qaida in 1988 after splitting off from MAK. Most terrorism experts date Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida's first forays into terrorism to a bombing in Aden, Yemen in 1992.

As for Al Gore questioning Oliver North during his testimony before the Senate Select Committee, he was not a member of the committee and so did not have the opportunity to question Oliver North.

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