Keeping Up His Guard

North again refuses to talk

"I don't think there is another person in America who wants to tell this story as much as I do."

Despite that heartfelt declaration to Congress last December, Marine Lieut. Colonel Oliver North has now twice refused to answer their questions about his pivotal role in the Iran-contra affair. North first invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination before the House Foreign Affairs Committee; last week the former National Security Council aide showed no interest in testifying privately to investigators of the congressional select committees probing the scandal.

North bluntly informed the House and Senate committees that he would not submit...