Oliver North still loves his paper shredder

In this Dec. 18, 1986 file photo, Oliver North is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington prior to testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Lois Lerner of the IRS joins a diverse roll call of people who have invoked their Fifth Amendment right not to answer lawmakers’ questions over the years. North cited his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer committee question availing the Iran arms sale. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
In this Dec. 18, 1986 file photo, Oliver North is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington prior to testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Lois Lerner of the IRS joins a diverse roll call of people who have invoked their Fifth Amendment right not to answer lawmakers’ questions over the years. North cited his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer committee question availing the Iran arms sale. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

So, what is the statute of limitation for poking fun at yourself for committing a felony?

For Oliver North, it’s apparently just shy of three decades.

 

For a little history refresher, North was a National Security Council staffer in the Reagan administration who became infamous for his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal. He disposed of incriminating documents by shredding them and having his secretary Fawn Hall – last seen working at a bookstore in Southern California, by the way – sneak them out under her skirt. For the duo, shredding papers was something of a cheap thrill.

You’d be hard pressed to find a reference to North that doesn’t include his predilections for shredding. And for that matter, a reference to paper shredding that doesn’t mention North. He loved that machine, and it seems, he still does. The one he used in the late 1980s was a $7,500 model nicknamed 007, according to a 1987 LA Times story. That article suggests North’s office shredder was a pretty standard model as paper shredders go.

Naturally, North’s posing with a paper shredder brought out the best in Twitter snark. Nothing like an old political scandal to bring out nostalgia for simpler (?) times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.
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