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Oliver North and Bin Laden
   The following e-Mail has been send around for a long time, but it is inaccurate. Boycott Watch researched this issue and contacted Mr. North. We concluded that Lt. Col. Oliver North was speaking about the well-known Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal and not Usama Bin-Laden. The email is a fraud.

   Click Here to read Mr. North's comments that were originally posted on his web site. (pdf)

This story is therefore not true and falls into the 'urban legend' category.

   Although there are no boycotts associated with this story that we know of, the e-Mail does put out erroneous information about all parties involved, and we are therefore publishing this correction.

   Editors Note: There are two known spellings for that name, and the initials "UBL" have been the standard notation for a long time. When referring to what Mr. North wrote, we used his notation, being "Osama". Our own comments use the standard notation, "Usama".
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Anyone remember this?? 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 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 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.

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 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

It was censored in the US from all later reports.

If you agree that the American public must be made aware of this fact, pass this on.
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Boycott Watch research has established that the Lt. Col. Oliver North was actually speaking about the well-known Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal and not Usama Bin-Laden
Please see Oliver North's comments on his own web site:

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