Claim: During the 1987 Iran-Contra hearings, Oliver North warns Congress that Osama Bin Laden was "the most evil person alive" and the "an assassin team [should] be formed to eliminate him and his men from the face of the Earth."
Snopes evaluation: FALSE
Exerpt of forwarded e-mail:
Subject: Fw: FW: Do you remember 1987........
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 terrorist, sir,' Ollie answered.
'Terrorist? What terrorist could possibly scare you that much?'
'His name is Osama bin Laden, sir,' Ollie replied.
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