Hints Of Conspiracy

The Iran-contra hearings will renew pressure on the White House

It is a uniquely American ritual. A concerned and curious citizenry gathers in an electronic version of a Colonial town meeting to watch their elected representatives grill Government officials, high and low, about a sorry episode in contemporary history. The viewing can be painful yet mysteriously exhilarating, boring at times yet somehow fascinating. It is an odd self- flagellation, but out of it can emerge a catharsis. The Government's secrets are exposed, its actions explained, condoned or condemned. The issue is faced. The nation moves on.

The process begins again this week as klieg lights illuminate the solemn faces of 15...

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