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Iran-Contra: The Secret Government -- James Huchthuasen
United Methodist Church, San Luis Obispo, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA
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Iran-Contra: The Secret Government -- James Huchthuasen
Tuesday, June 12, 2018  10:00am - 12:00pm

United Methodist Church, San Luis Obipso

$5 for LLCC members, $10 for non-members

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For two years, as Congress blocked U.S. military aid for Nicaraguan rebels, Reagan Administration officials portrayed the contras as virtually penniless--but pledged, nevertheless, that they were carefully obeying the congressional ban.

"We did not solicit funds or other support for military or paramilitary activities either from Americans or third parties," then-National Security Adviser Robert C. McFarlane assured Congress in 1985.

The Iran-Contra scandal under President Reagan began when several high-level government officials became involved in the illegal sale of arms to Iran and use the funds that were raised to purchase and illicitly and covertly send weapons to the Contras in Nicaragua.

Before the scandal was over, over 138 administration officials were investigated, indicted, or convicted, the largest number for any American president.

For two years, as Congress blocked U.S. military aid for Nicaraguan rebels, Reagan Administration officials portrayed the contras as virtually penniless--but pledged, nevertheless, that they were carefully obeying the congressional ban.

"We did not solicit funds or other support for military or paramilitary activities either from Americans or third parties," then-National Security Adviser Robert C. McFarlane assured Congress in 1985.

The Iran-Contra scandal under President Reagan began when several high-level government officials became involved in the illegal sale of arms to Iran and use the funds that were raised to purchase and illicitly and covertly send weapons to the Contras in Nicaragua.

Before the scandal was over, over 138 administration officials were investigated, indicted, or convicted, the largest number for any American president.

Your instructor will enlighten you about the many details of the scandal as it unfolded and provide you with a short history of Nicaragua.  He will also talk about how to react to controversial government actions by gathering as much objective information as possible,  evaluating its validity, synthesizing that data with other information you may have, and drawing your own conclusions.

James Huchthausen taught political science and American history for 33 years, most recently at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita. He was granted a Fulbright scholarship to study in Perugia, Italy in the 1980s.  He received a U.S. Department of Education grant to study in Shanghai, China.  In addition, he was a member of a human rights delegation to observe events in Nicaragua on the tenth anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution. He met with President Daniel Ortega and was allowed to freely tour the country. 

If you would like to have the password for the member price for this course, go to www.lifelearnerscc.org for information on how you can become a member.

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United Methodist Church, San Luis Obispo, CA (View)
1515 Fredericks St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
United States

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Education > Classes

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Non-Smoking: Yes!

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