It is customary for an outgoing President to grant 11th hour pardons, sometimes to surprising recipients. Of course, not all presidential pardons are created equal. To be sure, justice and mercy are worthy and occasional goals. But the end-of-term pardons often reveal other, less savory objectives.
- November 27, 1990 | FrontlineBill Moyers documents the scale of White House deceit and analyzes the failures of Congress, the press and the law during the 1980s Iran-Contra Scandal.
- November 4, 1987 | The Secret GovernmentThis fascinating and revealing documentary examines the Iran-Contra scandal as the most recent example of the continuing abuse of democratic values by unaccountable intelligence operations during the Cold War.