Oliver North
Recipient of the Purple Heart medal
Oliver North
Oliver Laurence North is a retired United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, political commentator, television host, military historian, and New York Times best-selling author. He is currently the host of War Stories with Oliver North on Fox News Channel. North was at the center of national attention during the Iran–Contra affair, a political scandal of the late 1980s.
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The Iconic Hollywood Sign Got A Dope Makeover For The New Year
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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Author William Novak Says Laughter Is The Best Holiday Gift
Huffington Post - 2 months
William Novak has co-authored the memoirs of Nancy Reagan, Magic Johnson, Oliver North, and Tip O'Neill. His co-written Lee Iacocca book broke sales records and triggered a revolution in non-fiction. These days, Bill Novak has turned his attention from celebrities to the lighter side of life. The release of his latest book -- Die Laughing: Killer Jokes for Newly Old Folks -- gave us a chance to talk about one of our favorite subjects, laughter. Q) Have you always told jokes? A) I would love to tell you that I was one of the class clowns, but I wasn't. I was the guy who really appreciated the class clowns and wanted to be their friend. I just loved to laugh. I adored MAD Magazine as a kid. I was crazy about Saturday Night Live, especially in the early years. And I loved the comedians on Ed Sullivan. Of course I'm hardly unique in this respect. Most of us love to laugh. Q) Were jokes better back then? A) We seem to be losing jokes from our national culture. Today's comedi ...
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This is awkward…
Fox News - 6 months
It was awkward when VP Cheney became Vice President and I had to figure out how to address his wife.  Lynne and I had worked together for years at CNN and when we sat in adjoining make up chairs at CNN, I addressed her as Lynn. Out of respect for the office of the Vice President of the United States, I started addressing her as Mrs. Cheney.  At first it felt phony but over the years I got accustomed to addressing her formally and now it would be awkward if I were to see her and call her Lynne. The foregoing brings me to Donald Trump.  I have never socialized with him (I never socialized with Lynne Cheney even when we were work colleagues.)  When years ago he first appeared on ON THE RECORD I called him Donald.  I am not sure why I addressed him informally from the start but it felt more natural.  Perhaps because of his fame, he is like Cher, Oprah and Madonna, people with first names only. As is my custom on TV, I usually address people by their titles, or formally.  Only recentl ...
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From San Bernardino to Brussels, terror victims share somber bond - In 'War Stories: Fighting ISIS,' Fox News takes hard look at the battle of our time - Oliver North: Fight to win or don't fight
Fox News - 11 months
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Hillary Clinton and the Syrian Bloodbath
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In the Milwaukee debate, Hillary Clinton took pride in her role in a recent UN Security Council resolution on a Syrian ceasefire: But I would add this. You know, the Security Council finally got around to adopting a resolution. At the core of that resolution is an agreement I negotiated in June of 2012 in Geneva, which set forth a cease-fire and moving toward a political resolution, trying to bring the parties at stake in Syria together. This is the kind of compulsive lying that makes Clinton unfit to be President. Clinton's role in Syria has been to help instigate and prolong the Syrian bloodbath, not to bring it to a close. In 2012, Clinton was the obstacle, not the solution, to a ceasefire being negotiated by UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan. It was US intransigence - Clinton's intransigence - that led to the failure of Annan's peace efforts in the spring of 2012, a point well known among diplomats. Despite Clinton's insinuation in the Milwaukee debate, there was (of course) no ...
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VIDEO: Why Recapturing Ramadi from ISIS Is Important
Fox News - about 1 year
Iraqi forces have warned civilians to leave Ramadi. Lt. Col. Oliver North went ON THE RECORD on why it’s important for US-aided Iraqi forces to take Ramadi back from ISIS The post VIDEO: Why Recapturing Ramadi from ISIS Is Important appeared first on Gretawire.
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This Is What It Looks Like When The U.S. Ignores A Refugee Crisis
Huffington Post - over 1 year
As Jorge Alberto Rosal drove along a highway through the Guatemalan province of Zacapa on Aug. 12, 1983, a military jeep stopped his vehicle and several plainclothes men forced him to get inside their truck instead.   His wife, Blanca Vargas de Rosal, called the police when he didn't return home that night. When they didn’t find him, she desperately searched detention centers, military bases, hospitals and, eventually, morgues, trying to find her husband, a 28-year-old agronomist. She never did. Blanca was two months pregnant. Her daughter, María Luisa, was only 9 months old. “The memories that I have are collected memories,” María Luisa Rosal told The Huffington Post earlier this year. “From my grandparents, my mom, my cousins, the people that knew him… Most of them talk about how brilliant he was. And how loving he was. And how fair.” The Guatemalan government acknowledged responsibility for the disappearance of Jorge in a settlement with the Inter-American Commission on ...
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Oliver North sounds off on lack of media access to US forces
Fox News - almost 2 years
Effort to 'censor the news'
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VIDEO: Military Raises Alert Level, But Are We Safe?
Fox News - almost 2 years
Watch Col. Oliver North give his perspective ON THE RECORD and weigh in! The post VIDEO: Military Raises Alert Level, But Are We Safe? appeared first on Gretawire.
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Congratulations to Lt. Col. Oliver North – he just welcomed his 16th grandchild (a boy)!
Fox News - almost 2 years
The post Congratulations to Lt. Col. Oliver North – he just welcomed his 16th grandchild (a boy)! appeared first on Gretawire.
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Col. Oliver North talks hosting 'Saving Private K-9'
Fox News - almost 2 years
Fox News military analyst reacts
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A “mini-marathon” of WAR STORIES W/ OLIVER NORTH starts tonight at 8pm/ET on Fox Business!
Fox News - almost 2 years
The post A “mini-marathon” of WAR STORIES W/ OLIVER NORTH starts tonight at 8pm/ET on Fox Business! appeared first on Gretawire.
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VIDEO: ‘Proxy War’ in Yemen – and the US Is in the Middle
Fox News - almost 2 years
Watch Lt. Col. Oliver North give his perspective on tonight’s ON THE RECORD and weigh in. The post VIDEO: ‘Proxy War’ in Yemen – and the US Is in the Middle appeared first on Gretawire.
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VIDEO: How Much Firepower Do Our Arab Allies Have – and Need – in the Fight Against ISIS?
Fox News - about 2 years
And is the Obama administration dragging its feet in providing aid? Watch Lt. Col. Oliver North sound off on tonight’s ON THE RECORD. The post VIDEO: How Much Firepower Do Our Arab Allies Have – and Need – in the Fight Against ISIS? appeared first on Gretawire.
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Oliver North: Obama has no foreign policy strategy
Fox News - over 2 years
Fox News military analyst weighs in
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Judge H. Lee Sarokin: The Need for Constitutional Lines in the Sand
The Huffington Post - about 3 years
"I don't care if the NSA is listening in on my telephone calls. It is protecting us from terrorists and I have nothing to hide." This is the reaction that I have heard most often when discussing the NSA spying network. Of course, the NSA claims that it is just collecting phone numbers -- not listening in, but, in any event, people do not seem to care. They don't know what the fuss is all about. The same reaction occurs in respect to challenges about "God" in the pledge of allegiance, religious displays during Christmas, the cross on Mt. Soledad in San Diego -- litigation which has been going on for decades. Except for those directly affected or actively participating in the dispute, the public is generally indifferent. The fights are ridiculed as both a waste of time and money. But let's thank that "god" -- who or whatever he or she may or may not be -- for those that draw the line. Conservatives are critical of judges who are "soft on crime," "coddle criminals" and su ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Oliver North
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 70
    In 2014 he received story credit for an episode of the TV series The Americans where the protagonist Soviet spies infiltrate a Contra training base in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details In 1990, North founded the Freedom Alliance, a 501(c)(3) foundation "to advance the American heritage of freedom by honoring and encouraging military service, defending the sovereignty of the United States, and promoting a strong national defense." The foundation's primary activities include providing support for wounded combat soldiers and providing scholarships for the sons and the daughters of service members killed in action. Beginning in 2003, Sean Hannity has raised over $10 million for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund through Freedom Concerts and donations from The Sean Hannity Show and its listeners. The charity has been criticized by far-right-leaning blogger Debbie Schlussel for distributing too little of its funds for charitable purposes. Hannity, North, and other charity spokespersons say that all of the net proceeds from the Freedom Concerts are donated to the fund.
  • 2012
    Age 68
    North was credited as a military consultant in the 2012 video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II and voiced himself in one level of the game.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 55
    He also served as co-host of Equal Time on MSNBC for a couple of years starting in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details North is currently the host of the television show War Stories with Oliver North and a regular commentator on Hannity, both on the Fox News Channel. North appeared as himself on many television shows including the sitcom Wings in 1991, and three episodes of the TV military drama JAG in 1995, 1996, and 2002 as "Ollie", a close friend of the deceased father of Tracey Needham's character Meg Austin. In addition, he regularly speaks at both public and private events. North appears in an episode of Auction Kings to have his Marine Corps sword returned after it was lost and presumably stolen in 1980.
  • 1995
    Age 51
    From 1995 to 2003, he was host of his own nationally syndicated radio program known as the Oliver North Radio Show or Common Sense Radio.
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  • 1994
    Age 50
    This was the biggest accumulation of direct-mail funds for a statewide campaign to that date, and it made North the top direct-mail political fundraiser in the country in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details North was lampooned as "The Mute Marine" during the 1986 season of Saturday Night Live. North has written several best-selling books including Under Fire, One More Mission, War Stories—Operation Iraqi Freedom, Mission Compromised, The Jericho Sanction, and The Assassins. His book American Heroes was released nationally in the United States on May 6, 2008. In the book, "North addresses issues of defense against global terrorism, Jihad, and radical Islam from his firsthand perspective as a military officer and national security advisor and current Middle East war correspondent." He writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column through Creators Syndicate. On November 5, 2013, North's American Heroes on the Homefront, was released. This is a nonfiction book that gives a firsthand account of the American volunteers who have volunteered to join the United States Army. The book was a collection from the dozen years North and the Fox News Channel have traveled the frontlines of the War on Terror. During those years North and his team have profiled hundreds of soldiers and chronicles what it means to be a hero. In the book he continues the journey by following these soldiers from the battlefield back to the home front.
    In the 1994 election, North unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate as the Republican Party candidate in Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details Republican Senator John Warner of Virginia endorsed Marshall Coleman, a Republican who ran as an independent, instead of North. North lost, garnering 43 percent of votes, while incumbent Democrat Charles Robb, a son-in-law of President Lyndon B. Johnson, won reelection with only 46 percent. Coleman received 11 percent. North's candidacy was documented in the 1996 film A Perfect Candidate. In his failed bid to unseat Robb, North raised $20.3 million in a single year through nationwide direct-mail solicitations, telemarketing, fundraising events, and contributions from major donors. About $16 million of that amount was from direct mail alone.
  • FORTIES
  • 1991
    Age 47
    After further hearings on the immunity issue, Judge Gesell dismissed all charges against North on September 16, 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Allegations were made, most notably by the Kerry subcommittee, that North and other senior officials created a privatized Contra network that attracted drug traffickers looking for cover for their operations, then turned a blind eye to repeated reports of drug smuggling related to the Contras, and actively worked with known drug smugglers such as Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to assist the Contras. Journalist Gary Webb asserted in his journalistic series and book Dark Alliance, that North developed the idea of using drug money to support the resistance movement. Organizations and individuals involved in the supply chain under investigation for trafficking included the company SETCO (operated by large-scale trafficker Juan Matta-Ballesteros), the fruit company Frigorificos de Puntarenas, rancher John Hull, and several Cuban exiles; North and other U.S. government officials were criticized by the Kerry Report for their practice of "ticket punching" for these parties, whereby people under active investigation for drug trafficking were given cover and pay by joining in the Contra supply chain. Notably, cocaine trafficker and Contra Oscar Danilo Blandón was granted political asylum in the U.S. despite knowledge of his running a drug ring.
  • 1990
    Age 46
    North performed some of his community service within Potomac Gardens, a public housing project in Southeast Washington, D.C. However, on July 20, 1990, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), North's convictions were vacated, after the appeals court found that witnesses in his trial might have been impermissibly affected by his immunized congressional testimony.
    More Details Hide Details As North had been granted limited immunity for his congressional testimony, the law prohibited a prosecutor from using that testimony as part of a criminal case against him. To prepare for the expected defense challenge that North's testimony had been used, the prosecution team had—before North's congressional testimony had been given—listed and isolated all of its evidence. Further, the individual members of the prosecution team had isolated themselves from news reports and discussion of North's testimony. While the defense could show no specific instance in which North's congressional testimony was used in his trial, the Court of Appeals ruled that the trial judge had made an insufficient examination of the issue. Consequently, North's convictions were reversed.
    During his trial, North spent his last two years on active duty assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps in Arlington, Virginia. He resigned his Marine Corps commission in 1990 following his indictment for conspiring to defraud the United States by channeling the profits from US arms sales to the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
    More Details Hide Details Eventually North was cleared of all charges. North received the following military awards and decorations: North came into the public spotlight as a result of his participation in the Iran–Contra affair, a political scandal during the Reagan administration, in which he claimed partial responsibility for the sale of weapons through intermediaries to Iran, with the profits being channeled to the Contras in Nicaragua. It was alleged that he was responsible for the establishment of a covert network which subsequently funneled those funds to the Contras. Congress passed the Boland Amendment (to the House Appropriations Bill of 1982 and following years), which prohibited the appropriation of U.S. funds by intelligence agencies for the support of the Contras. The money was passed through a shell organization, the National Endowment for the Preservation of Liberty, to the Palmer National Bank of Washington, D.C., and then to the Contras.
  • 1989
    Age 45
    He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gesell on July 5, 1989, to a three-year suspended prison term, two years probation, $150,000 in fines, and 1,200 hours of community service.
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    He was indicted on 16 felony counts, and on May 4, 1989, he was initially convicted of three: accepting an illegal gratuity, aiding and abetting in the obstruction of a congressional inquiry, and ordering the destruction of documents through his secretary, Fawn Hall.
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  • 1988
    Age 44
    North was tried in 1988.
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  • 1987
    Age 43
    In July 1987, North was summoned to testify before televised hearings of a joint congressional committee that was formed to investigate Iran–Contra.
    More Details Hide Details During the hearings, North admitted that he had lied to Congress previously, for which and other actions he was later charged. He defended his actions by stating that he believed in the goal of aiding the Contras, whom he saw as freedom fighters, against the Sandinistas and said that he viewed the Iran–Contra scheme as a "neat idea." North admitted shredding government documents related to his Contra and Iranian activities, at William Casey's suggestion, when the Iran–Contra scandal became public. He also testified that Robert McFarlane had asked him to alter official records to delete references to direct assistance to the Contras and that he had helped.
    On February 11, 1987, the FBI detected an attack on North's family from the Peoples Committee for Libyan Students, a sleeper cell for the Islamic Jihad, with an order to kill North.
    More Details Hide Details His family was moved to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and lived with federal agents until North retired from the Marine Corps the following year.
  • 1986
    Age 42
    In November 1986, as the sale of weapons was made public, North was dismissed by President Ronald Reagan.
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    In an August 23, 1986, e-mail to National Security Advisor John Poindexter, North described a meeting with a representative of Panamanian General Manuel Noriega: "You will recall that over the years Manuel Noriega in Panama and I have developed a fairly good relationship," North writes before explaining Noriega's proposal.
    More Details Hide Details If U.S. officials can "help clean up his image" and lift the ban on arms sales to the Panamanian Defense Force, Noriega will "'take care of' the Sandinista leadership for us." North told Poindexter that General Noriega could assist with sabotage against the ruling party of Nicaragua, the Sandinista National Liberation Front. North supposedly suggested that Noriega be paid one million dollars in cash, from Project Democracy funds raised from the sale of U.S. arms to Iran—for the Panamanian leader's help in destroying Nicaraguan economic installations.
    While also at the NSC, he helped plan the U.S. invasion of Grenada and the 1986 Bombing of Libya.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 39
    In 1983, North received his promotion to lieutenant colonel, which would be his last. During his tenure at the NSC, North managed a number of missions. This included leading the hunt for those responsible for the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing that killed 299 American and French military personnel, an effort that saw North arranging a midair interception of an EgyptAir jet carrying those responsible for the Achille Lauro hijacking.
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  • 1981
    Age 37
    North began his assignment to the National Security Council (NSC) in Washington, D.C., where he served as the deputy director for political–military affairs from 1981 until his reassignment in 1986.
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    He attended the Command and Staff Course at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and graduated in 1981.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 27
    North was promoted to captain in 1971 and served as the commanding officer of the U.S. Marine Corps' Northern Training Area in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
    More Details Hide Details After his duty in Okinawa, North was assigned for four years to Marine Corps Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. He was then promoted to major and served two years as the operations officer of 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, commanded by then Lt. Col. John Southy Grinalds, 2nd Marine Division in Camp Lejeune at Jacksonville, North Carolina.
  • 1970
    Age 26
    In 1970, North returned to South Vietnam to testify at the trial of LCpl Randy Herrod, a U.S. Marine formerly under his command who had been charged with the mass killing of Vietnamese civilians.
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  • 1968
    Age 24
    He received his commission as second lieutenant in 1968 (he missed a year due to injuries from an auto accident).
    More Details Hide Details One of North's classmates at the Academy was future secretary of the Navy and U.S. senator Jim Webb, whom he beat in a championship boxing match at Annapolis. Their graduating class included Dennis C. Blair, Michael Mullen, Charles Bolden and Michael Hagee. North served as a platoon commander during the Vietnam War, where during his combat service, he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, and two Purple Heart medals. At the time of his Silver Star, Second Lieutenant North was a Platoon Commander leading his Marines in Operation Virginia Ridge. North led a counter assault against the North Vietnamese Army, as his platoon took on heavy machine gun fire and rocket propelled grenades. Throughout the battle, North displayed "courage, dynamic leadership and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger". He then became an instructor at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia.
  • 1967
    Age 23
    In 1967, North married Betsy Stuart; they have four children.
    More Details Hide Details Although raised in the Roman Catholic faith of his mother, North has long attended Protestant or evangelical services with his wife and children. North is a board member in the NRA and appeared at NRA national conventions in 2007 and 2008. The second episode of the Disney television movie Earth Star Voyager (1988) features an excerpt of Oliver North's congressional testimony that is played over the PA system on the bridge of the Earth Star Voyager spaceship. It is explained that the radio waves containing North's statement have been traveling from Earth into space, and the spaceship Earth Star Voyager has traveled so far from Earth that it is detecting radio transmissions from the past. Lou Reed's album New York (1989) contains the song "Sick of You", which references the Iran-Contra affair with the lyric: "And Oliver North married William Secord (sic) and gave birth to a little Teheran."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 19
    While at Brockport, North spent a summer at the United States Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and gained an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1963.
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  • 1961
    Age 17
    He grew up in Philmont, New York, and graduated from Ockawamick Central High School in 1961.
    More Details Hide Details He attended the State University of New York at Brockport for two years.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Born
    North was born in San Antonio, Texas, on October 7, 1943.
    More Details Hide Details He is the son of Ann Theresa (née Clancy) and Oliver Clay North, a U.S. Army major.
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