To execute these alternatives and elude the laws, the NSC assumed the roles and responsibilities formerly held by the CIA. Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North directed these operations under National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane and Vice Admiral John Poindexter who succeeded McFarlane. In 1984, North recruited help from retired Air Force Major General Richard Secord.
“Secord and his associate, Albert Hakim, created ’the Enterprise,’ a private organization designed to engage in covert activities on behalf of the United States. The Enterprise functioning largely at North’s direction, had its own airplanes, pilots, airfield, operatives, ship, secure communications devices and secret Swiss bank accounts.”
- Lawrence E. Walsh, Iran Contra: The Final Report.
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