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  1. During the Iran-Contra hearings, Senator Daniel Inouye remarked that "[There exists] a shadowy Government with...the ability to pursue its own ideas of the national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself."

  2. Oliver North solicited $10,000,000 from the Sultan of Brunei as a way around US rules on funding Contras in Nicaragua. The money never went to them, but to a Swiss businessman instead because North entered the wrong bank account number.

  3. The infamous Contra game cheat code "UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A, START" was created by Kazuhisa Hashimoto to give himself a leg up in the game, but forgot to remove the code when the game was shipped to masses.

  4. Nicaragua filed a legal case against the United States for the fact that the US helped the contras. The US was found to have broken multiple international laws. To this day the United States still refuses to accept the court ruling even though they admit to committing the crimes

  5. The only person to serve prison time for the Iran-Contra Scandal was a minister who in protest stole a street sign named for John Poindexter.

  6. The International Court of Justice ruled in 1986 that the US violated international law by supporting the Contras rebellion against the Nicaraguan government. Rather than make reparations as ordered by the Court, the US blocked enforcement in the UN 6 different times with its veto power.

  7. The Congressional "majority report," which was issued by the Democrats, blamed the National Security Council for running its own foreign policy through private contractors, although it didn"t personally blame the president.

  8. The hearings were broadcast on CSPAN, which is how Oliver North became a household name. He appeared at the hearings wearing his Marine uniform, complete with all of his combat medals from Vietnam.

  9. There are a variety of clarinet types including the piccolo clarinet, the E-flat clarinet, the soprano clarinet (in D and C), the B-flat clarinet, the A clarinet, the basset clarinet, the basset-horn clarinet, the alto clarinet, the bass clarinet, and the contrabass and contra-alto clarinets.

  10. Most of those indicted on crimes related to the Iran-Contra Affair were charged with "process crimes:" perjury, obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence, etc.

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The Democrat controlled Congress ran hearings on the affair from May to August 1987.

President Reagan ordered his own investigation of the scandal, known as the Tower Commission, in 1986. Although the Tower Commission absolved Reagan of criminal liability, it did state that he was negligent and should have known what his subordinates were doing.

The ICJ ruled in 1986 that the US violated international law by supporting the Contras' rebellion against the Nicaraguan government. The Reagan administration vetoed 6 UN Security Council resolutions on the issue & refused to make reparations despite 2 UN resolutions calling for its compliance.

The girl on the cover of the album 'Contra' by Vampire Weekend had no idea that her photo was on the cover of the #1 selling album until her daughter brought home a copy. The candid portrait had been taken 30 years earlier...

The CIA funded the Contra uprising in Nicaragua with the money of illicit drugs sales in the United States

The most notable person charged was Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North. North was indicted on obstruction of justice based primarily on the testimony of his secretary, Fawn Hall.

The phrase ‘pros and cons’ is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase 'pro et contra' (for and against). According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this phrase has been in use in the abbreviated form since the 16th century.

President Ronald Reagan's support of the right-wing Contra rebels in Nicaragua is an example of the domino theory from the 1980s. Reagan and many others believed that if Nicaragua was allowed to be communist, unhindered, than the rest of central America could fall.

Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis was also involved in aiding Fidel Castro, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, The Iran-Contra Affair, as well as several other major Cold War Era events.

Félix "The Godfather" Gallardo ran one of the largest drug cartels in the world, the Guadalajara Cartel. He was protected by the CIA because they considered him a valuable asset due to the financial and material assistance he gave the Contras in Nicaragua.

The video game Contra was called Probotector in Europe and the characters were turned robotic in order to get around Germany's censorship laws.

An activist Indiana Minister was the only person imprisoned as a result of the Reagan Administration's Iran-Contra Affair in the mid 1980s.

When the government’s official Tower Commission Report (about Reagan’s involvement in the Iran Contra) was finished, it was published and became a bestseller in book stores across the nation.

Ronald Reagan started the modern tradition of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey to distract from the Iran-Contra affair and speculation that he would pardon central figures in the scandal

In all the convictions related to the Iran-Contra Scandal, only one individual found guilty did any prison time. He was a minister that stole a street-sign with Poindexter's name on it and held it for ransom.

That, following the release of GoldenEye, the Contra Dam has become a popular place to bungie jump. More than 10,000 people have made the dive.

A San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb uncovered and documented a ring of contra mercenaries had created a pipeline of cheap Colombian cocaine in to the communities of South Central L.A. and Compton during the early 1980s, just as the "crack epidemic" was taking off.

The New York Times broke the scandal in 1986.

The Brennan torpedo,patented by Irish-born Australian inventor Louis Brennan in 1877. It was propelled by two contra-rotating propellors that were spun by rapidly pulling out wires from drums wound inside the torpedo and is regarded as the world's first practical guided missile.

Operation Golden Pheasant was an emergency deployment of U.S. troops to Honduras in 1988, in response to Nicaraguan attacks on Contra logistics in Honduras.

Although Israel and Iran were enemies, and still are, Israel was the middleman in the arms sales to Iran.

Reagan at first denied that anything wrong had happened on his watch, but once the Congressional reports and the Tower Commission reports came out he admitted the scandal had taken place.

The ACLU successfully defended Oliver North and overturned his Iran-Contra convictions

The ACLU helped Oliver North overturn his conviction for the Iran-Contra scandal.

The only person who went to prison related to the Iran-Contra Scandal was former minister Bill Breeden, who stole a sign named after John Poindexter (the National Security Adviser who was implicated in the scandal) and held it for ransom