I highly recommend a December 27, 2009, post at Daily Kos headlined “Blast from the Past. Gene Hasenfus: December 1986.” It is about an event I’d forgotten about but readily recalled once I read the article, which notes that:
Twenty-three years ago, a complete unknown sprang into the international lime-light. His name was Eugene Hasenfus. Shot down Oct. 5, 1986, while kicking crated cargo to anti-government terrorists from a CIA plane over the back-country of Nicaragua, his capture by Sandinista militiamen led to the exposure of what would become known as the Iran-contra affair. Three other crewmen died in the crash, but Hasenfus, against orders, had borrowed his skydiver brother’s parachute and, luckily for him – his name in German means "rabbit’s foot" – it opened. He landed in a jungle where he would manage to evade a Sandinista militia patrol for less than 24 hours. Upon his arrival at the Managua airport, a Sandinista soldier smiled and asked the sunburned, grime-caked Hasenfus, "What now, Rambo?" With this auspicious event began what should have been the complete unraveling of the Reagan administration.
Meteor Blade, writer of the article, adds: “When it came to Central America, that administration, with its ex-CIA Vice President and neo-conservative hatchlings making their early moves to dominate U.S. foreign policy, no deceit was spared the American people. Whether it was Guatemala, El Salvador or Nicaragua, we had your bold-faced lies, crafty lies, lies of the I-don’t-recall variety, revised memorandum lies, exaggerations, omissions, official misstatements, prevarications, phony redefinitions and historical revisions. Not to mention perjury.”
By the way, Hasenfus sued Richard Secord, Albert Hakim, Southern Air Transport (SAT) and Corporate Air Services (CAS)his employers and handlers in the Nicaraguan affair.” He lost but appealed the verdict.