"..In December of1978, in the midst of the chaotic collapse of the Shah’s reign, two of Perot's executives had been jailed in Teh ran. Held hostage, Perot claimed. The Ira man authorities were asking $12.5 million bail, but Perot called it ransom-retalia tion for the failure of Perot's people to continue servicing the Shah's computers. When an attempt to pay the bail failed—hopelessly entangled, Perot says, in bank-transfer paralysis-he decided to go the paramilitary route. He recruited a team of volunteers composed mainly of veterans already in his employ, brought in legendary ex-Green Beret colonel Arthur "Bull" Simons to command the mission, then flew off to Tehran..."