January 29 2022 — William Joseph Casey (March 13, 1913 – May 6, 1987) was the Director of Central Intelligence from 1981 to 1987. In this capacity he oversaw the entire United States Intelligence Community and personally directed the Central Intelligence Agency. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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Casey suffered a cerebral seizure on December 15 1986. He resigned on January 29 1987 and died on May 6 1987, less than 24 hours after the first witness in Congressional hearings on the Iran–Contra affair named him as having assisted in providing arms to Nicaraguan rebels after Congress forbade such support.
In a 1987 book, Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981–1987, Washington Post reporter and biographer Bob Woodward, who had interviewed Casey on a number of occasions for the biography, said that he had gained entry into Casey’s hospital room for a final, four-minute encounter.
According to Woodward, when Casey was asked if he knew about the diversion of funds to the Nicaraguan Contras,
“His head jerked up hard. He stared, and finally nodded yes.”
Independent Counsel, Lawrence Walsh wrote:
“Independent Counsel obtained no documentary evidence showing Casey knew about or approved the diversion. The only direct testimony linking Casey to early knowledge of the diversion came from [Oliver] North.”
Mr. Casey Died on May 6 1987. His family requested that mourners not bring flowers to his funeral, but instead donate to the Contras in Nicaragua.
Iran – Contra Scandal
On November 3 1986, the Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa exposed the Iran–Contra scandal. Senior administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, which was the subject of an arms embargo.
They hoped, thereby, to fund the Contras in Nicaragua while at the same time negotiating the release of several U.S. hostages.
Under the Boland Amendment, further funding of the Contras by the government had been prohibited by Congress.
This affair is usually regarded as one of the most important scandals in US modern history.
PS — On Christmas Eve 1992, President Bush ended the Iran-Contra investigation by Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh. Bush pardoned all those involved, including Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, whose trial was about to begin.
William Barr, Bush’s Attorney General at the time, did not oppose the pardons. In effect, Bush had found a way to pardon the only man the Constitution does not allow the US President to pardon: himself. [Lockerbie – Three Decades of Lies: J’Accuse…! Chapter II : The Usual Suspects]
Crossfire Examines William Casey Controversy — December 12, 1986
Robert Novak and Tom Braden are joined by Max Hugel and William Corson.
They discuss CIA Director William Casey’s role in the arms-for-hostages deal with Iran.
The video quality is rather poor but the interview is worth watching….
On This Day — CIA Director William Casey Resigns (January 29 1987)