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Fact Finder Mission

Story #1:

As we have reported, the Russian government sent a secret report to the U.S. Congress in 1993 implicating Presidents Reagan and Bush in a plot to delay the release of 52 American hostages in Iran in 1980. Though supported by a raft of other evidence, Russia’s report and other incriminating documents were hidden by a House task force which then insisted that there was "no credible evidence" to support the so-called October Surprise allegations.

Vice President Gore and deputy secretary of state Strobe Talbott are in regular contact with Russian officials, but they apparently have been unwilling to demand the details of what the Russian intelligence services know about this case. If the Russian report is true, Reagan and Bush would have engaged in a heinous crime that extended a kidnapping of American citizens and helped rig the outcome of a U.S. presidential election.

Mission #1:

We should demand that Gore and Talbott determine exactly what evidence Russian officials have.

Contact Vice President Gore at Office of the Vice President, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20500
phone: (202) 456-1414

e-mail:
vice.president@whitehouse.gov

Contact Strobe Talbott at U.S. Department of State, 2201 C St., NW, Washington, DC 20520
phone: (202) 647-9640.

Contact the Russian Ambassador, His Excellency Yuri V. Ushakov, at Embassy of the Russian Federation: Chancery
2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
phone: (202) 298-5700
fax: (202) 298-5735

Tell them you want the Russian October Surprise report fully explained.

[The full text of the Russian report is printed in the July/August issue of iF Magazine.]

Story #2:

In May, the House Intelligence Committee took the CIA’s admissions of contra-cocaine wrongdoing and put them back behind closed doors. The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Bromwich, told us that 98 percent of what was said at the hearing could have been public.

But the committee sensed that a lack of press interest allowed the panel to once again bury the contra-cocaine crimes – even though the CIA had judged that the evidence of this major scandal could be made public.

Mission #2:

We should demand that the leadership of the House Intelligence Committee – Rep. Porter Goss, R-Fla., and Julian Dixon, D-Calif. – respect the public’s right to know at least as much as the CIA does. They should hold public hearings that put these horrendous crimes in perspective.

Contact Rep. Goss at 108 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
phone: (202) 225-2536
fax: (202) 225-6820
e-mail:
porter.goss@mail.house.gov

Contact Rep. Dixon at 2252 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
phone: (202) 225-7084
fax: (202) 225-4091

Demand that the doors be opened and the people be let in.

Story #3:

More than a year ago, the House Banking Committee announced that it had cleared President Clinton and others of suspicion that they had collaborated in illegal drug trafficking at the airport in Mena, Ark. The committee promised a public report in the near future.

Instead, the committee has dragged its feet with no report issued. Committee officials say the public might have to wait many more months before seeing the evidence that supported the committee’s conclusion.

Mission #3:

We should demand that the House Banking Committee expedite release of its information so the public can judge whether the allegations against President Clinton were part of a dirty trick or whether there might have been something to the charges after all.

Contact Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa, the committee chairman, at 2186 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

phone: (202) 225-6576
fax: (202) 226-1278

e-mail:
talk2jim@mail.house.gov

Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-NY, the ranking Democrat, at 2310 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
phone: (202) 225-3231
fax: (202) 225-8693

Tell them you want to know what the facts are -- NOW.

Once, you’ve made contact and gotten a response tell us what you learned.
We will post the results on this "Fact Finders" page.