''We believed very much in what we were doing and that our conduct was in furtherance of the president's policies. I also understood that this administration knew of my conduct and approved it....''

The retired Air Force major general who organized the contra resupply network denounced Attorney General Edwin Meese III for ''inaccurate disclosures about our operations'' at Meese's November news conference, and testified that $3.5 million in profits from arms sales to Iran was eventually used secretly to assist the contras. Secord also revealed that he had destroyed some records regarding the contra operation, including his telephone logs.

ROBERT W. OWEN/May 14 and 19:

''We have a burning deire to strike back at those whose intent is to enslave us, to try and stem the red tide that threatens to overwhelm us.''

The former State Department consultant testified about the role of the Central Intelligence Agency in providing Military maps and assistance to the contras, and described trips to New York City to pick up cash, which he turned over to Secord in Washington. Owen also testified that in November North said he expected to become ''the fall guy'' if the contra resupply network were exposed: ''{then-CIA director} Bill Casey knows it, and others know it, and I'm ready to take that responsibility.''


Fund-raiser Carl R. (Spitz) Channell ''said that, if one were to give approximately $300,000 or more, the president would actually meet with the contributor and thank him personally,''

The Texas widow contributed more than $2 million to the contra cause, and testified that she funneled most of it through Channell, who recently pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply the rebels military equipment funded by tax-deductable donations.


''North was feeling very good about what we had done....He said'Bob, you're never going to get a medal for this, but someday the president will shake your hand and thank you for it.' ''

The retired Air Force colonel who helped supervise the air resupply operation for the contras testified that North assured him ''we were working for the president of the United States.''Dutton said U.S. officials in Central America provided crucial assistance, enabling the aid effort to reach a peak last September, when 185,000 pounds of supplies were delivered in about 15 missions.


''I wanted some specific reassurance on the legality of passing this information {to the contras}, even though I was, and still am, convinced that this -- that my activity -- was legal and proper according to what was permitted at that time...under the Boland amendment.''

Castillo, a pseudonym for the former CIA station chief in Costa Rica,testified behind closed doors to the investigating committees. He described secret CIA support of the supply airlift to the contras, which included providing information on safe air routes,weather and other intelligence. Investigators said that Castillo's testimony described a pattern of CIA involvement far deeper than senior agency officials had led Congress to believe .


Attorney Willard I Zucker and Hakim ''did not want to pay the money to the person in the White House because of his sensitive position. I then asked ...who the person in the White House was, and to the best of my recollection {was told} it was Lt. Col. Oliver North.''

Lewis, a Washington attorney, testified that he was approached by Zucker, Hakim's financial manager, to find a way to get $200,000 to North's wife, Betsy, if something happened to him.


''The president repeatedly made clear in public and in private that he did not intend to break faith with the contras. He directed that we make continuing efforts... to help them hold body and soul together.''

The former national security adviser testified that president Reagan approved a June 1985 plan to ransom U.S. hostages in Lebanon, and personally intervened with the head of a Central American country to free a shipment of arms for the contras, which had been seized by a local military official. McFarlane made clear that the president had detailed knowledge of, and may have participated in, efforts to finance the contras with contributions from other governments. He also testified that Lt. Col. Oliver L. North was planning a ''shredding party'' to destroy sensitive documents.


''As a matter of fact, I developed an affection for Mr. Casey. I used to refer to him as 'Uncle Bill.' ''

The contra leader testified that he gave $90,000 in traveler's checks to North for a hostage rescue operation. Investigators disclosed that $2,440 of this was used by North at such places as grocery stores, a gas station and a woman's hosiery store. Investigators later said the total amount was closer to $98,000.


Col. North was concerned about Russian intelligence services trying to discredit him. I remember wondering whether we were involved in the beginning of World War III here. And he said, 'No Russia would never go up against us to save Nicaragua.' ''

The heir to a Texas oil fortune said he agreed to donate $130,000 to purchase two small planes for the contras after North explained that Nicaragua was rapidly becoming a Soviet ''foothold'' in Central America.

FELIX I. RODRIGUEZ/May 27 and 28

"I don't know if I got a sixth feeling or something, but after I saw all the people {in the resupply operation} I didn't feel comfortable with it, and I thought I'd better leave."

Rodriguez, a former CIA operative also known as Max Gomez, said he told North that Reagan could be "destroyed" by a scandal "worse than Watergate" if problems waith the contra resupply effort became public. Rodriguez said he thought Second was profiting from the operation.

ELLIOT ABRAMS/June 2 and 3

"I understood that there were many people, including the secretary {of state}, who viewed {North} as a loose cannon. In his behavior with respect to the Department of State, in my period, he did not behave as a loose cannon. I did not agree with that."

Abrams conceded the he made a "great mistake" in not telling a congressional hearing last November that he had solicited a $10 million contribution from the sultan of Brunei. He said he did not have Shultz's authorization to discuss the Brunei solicitation with Congress. But he denied playing an active role in assisting the contras at a time when Congress had prohibited U.S. military aid.


"Well, my investigation was probably as thorough as the one that had been conducted by the Hill."

The counsel to the president's Intelligence Oversight Board said he stands by his legal opinion that the Boland Amendment limiting official aid to the contras did not apply to the NSC. He also testified that this was his first job as a lawyer and that he had flunked the bar examination four times before passing it in Pennsylvania.


"And so I said to Col. North, I said, 'Now everything here is quite legal, "{the solicitation of funds for the contras from Taiwan}.' And he said, 'Oh yes, we've checked all that out, and there's no quesiton about that.' "

The assistant secretary of state contradicted McFarlane's testimony about obtianing funds for the contras from Country Three {Taiwan}. Sigur sid that while working for the NSC in 1985 he had solicited a contribution from the Asian nation and reported to McFarlane about his effort. McFarlane testified that he had told Sigur "absolutely no" about "any kind of approach," but Sigur did not recall any such warning.

JOHN K. SINGLAUB/May 20 and 21

"{Assistant Secretary of State} Elliott Abrams concurred in the solicitation of both Country Three {Taiwan} and Country Five {South Korea} and said that he would be the one that would give the signal."

The retired Army major general, a central figure in the private support network for the contras, testified that Abrams was more actively involved n efforts to raise money for the contras than he has acknowledged. Abrams informed the Tower Commission that he told Singlaub he could not help in the aid solicitation because "it's just not right."


"I had heard and talked with a good number of people in regrd to the plight of the Nicaraguan freedom fighters...{and} I wanted to do something about that."

The Colorado beer executive and longtime contributor to conservative causes said he approached William J. Casey about helping the contras. The late CIA director referred him to North, who convinced him to contribute $65,000 to purchase a small plane. Coors said he wired his donation to a Swiss bank account, as North had instructed.


"They have a saying in the Foreign Service that when you take the king's shilling, you do the king's bidding."

The former U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica testified that in mid-1985 North directed him to assist the contras in opening a "southern front" against the Nicaraguan armed forces. Tambs also siad he had numerous converstions with Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams about progress on a secret contra airstrip being built in Costa Rica by "private, patriotic Americans."


"I came up with the idea that Ollie had to be insured...I had become emotionally very attached to Ollie, still am...I thought it would be wise to set aside...a benefit for {him}."

Hakim, a business partner of Secord, testified that he established a $200,000 Swiss bank account as a "death benefit" for North's family. He told investigators of a nine-point arms-for-hostages plan he negotaited last year with Iranian officials; it called for the United States to sell 500 TOW missiles to Iran in exchange for that country's efforts to free one or possibly two American hostage held by pro-Iran factions in Beirut. Hakin also said that Secord twice told Iranian officials last year that the United States was ready to "fight the Russians in Iran" if the Soviets invaded.

FAWN HALL/June 8 and 9

"I believed in Col. North and there was a very solid and very valid reason that he must have been {shredding documents}. And sometimes you have to go above the written law, I believe."

Hall, former secretary to North, testified that she altered documents and helped shred a foot-and-a-half stack of sensitive papers at his direction. Hall, who expressed great loyalty and admiration for North, also testified that she had smuggled some documents out of the National Security Council offices after the Federal Bureau of Investigation began exploring the Iran-contra affair.

-Compiled by James Schwartz and Michelle Hall