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.
When I come across an industrial strength shredder, I just can’t restrain myself. pic.twitter.com/Sddfjxvb9X— Oliver North (@OliverNorthFNC) June 10, 2014
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.
1st the CIA Glomar joke, then the Oliver North shredder picture–it’s a matter of days before Jose Rodriguez poses w/ tape-crushing-machine.
— KatherineHawkins (@Krhawkins5) June 10, 2014
,@OliverNorthFNC I’m sorry. Were we not paying enough attention to you?
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) June 10, 2014
@OliverNorthFNC Ho ho ho. It’s funny because once you committed felonies using a paper shredder one time
— Tadeusz Kosciuszko (@TadKosciuszko) June 10, 2014