So the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland wants an assessment of paramilitary activity.
Where to turn?
To MI5/PSNI of course, silly girl.
But no. Let’s have three Wise Persons. They will compile a report and all will be happy.
MI5/PSNI compile a report.
It is given to the Wise Persons, only one of whom has any experience of terrorism, crime or naughty people.
They read it, meet the authors, probe the authors, ask them for a bit more info and declare themselves happy.
Et voila! The report of the experts, the PSNI/MI5 is deemed good and accepted lock , stock and [missing]barrels.
Not a mention of Semtex.
Am I mad?
Answers on a postcard…
This man was the subject of an unfair prosecution and he had his conviction overturned, after a long battle.
He is understandably aggrieved about that and other matters.
He has made a number of complaints and he alleges that the Establishment has ganged up against him.
It would not be the first time in recent memory that the Establishment has done this.
It will be important for the legal system, in all its guises , to show that he has received good representation and a fair hearing at every turn. Otherwise all other campaigns by lawyers , for fair fees and for justice , are for naught.
I hope people out there are listening…..
Coming to a court near you soon, the latest On the Run, Michael Burns. Charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, he got a Letter on 18 June 2003 from the Northern Ireland Office, interfering in the criminal justice system.
Let’s see how this one goes.
Whilst the enquiry carried out by the NI Affairs Committee has , as suggested; ‘shone a light’ into a dark corner, it cannot hope to illuminate the true horror of “the peace process”.
OTRs, letters, RPMs and secret deals combined to ensure that a huge swathe of PIRA criminals remained untouched and the City of London remained un-bombed. That imperative was sold to the masses of Northern Ireland, [softened up by placemen, selected over the years], as the “Good Friday Agreement”, what a heart tugging nomenclature. For years the state had trawled the old Poly at Jordanstown for third rate academics whom the could put into positions of trust. They were relied on to influence their respective flocks that we should all forgive and forget. The architects of this plan in London, were clever Oxbridge types who had studied the activities of Mao, Hitler and Stalin. They have subsequently gone on to deal with Afghanistan and Libya.
The key to unlocking this puzzle is the fact that many PIRA commanders were state agents and informers for many years. Thus the state is vulnerable to legal challenge.
The idea that the state did not know of PIRA activities [participating informants] is laughable.
I , along with others, am getting there , inch by inch.
If the Westminster Executive would bend the rules in this instance, what else would they do to protect the stockbrokers?
It is interesting that the NI Attorney General felt that the judgement of Sweeney J. might be open to challenge in Europe. Of course, if Downey was another state informer, that would not be a path that the state would want to tread.
But that , given that the post Belfast agreement legal system in Northern Ireland is packed with safe pro-agreement puppets, Europe is the only option.
Geraldine Finucane is reported as saying “gunmen were two-a-penny in Northern Ireland. They don’t interest me. I’m interested in the chain of command.’ If she did say that , I agree with her. I, too, on the ninetieth anniversary of my father’s birth, am interested in the chain of command that led to his murder and the murder of my mother.
The chain of command led from the ASU , through Spike Murray, Bobby Storey and Brian Gillen , to Martin McGuinness. At least one of this group and possibly more, were State agents.
The murder of Pat Finucane, whom I knew, is no more replete with State involvement than many murders in Northern Ireland. Paramilitary organisations were so heavily infiltrated by the late 1980s that the State had overall control of who lived and who died.
The line parroted by the police , that “there are no fresh evidential leads” is a barefaced lie in many cases.
What government in the West does not target the leaders of terrorist organisations? Consider the behaviour of the Americans and the Israelis. Does it not strike the ordinary citizen of Northern Ireland that not one senior terrorist leader was prosecuted after the 1970s?
I am sure that there is information, given by State agents, which would lead to the prosecution of many senior paramilitary figures. To blame, for example, the Republic of Ireland for withholding information on Kingsmills is a clever red herring, dangled by the British and swallowed by people like Wiilliam Frazer. The truth is sitting in British files.
It’s time to prise it free and do justice for all those killed by the State.
So far , of course, unlike the Finucane family I have not had the advantage of any inquiry.
Next year I will deal, point by point , with the state’s cover up of McGuinness’ role and its refusal to prosecute him, despite evidence being available. I will be pressing the state for a prosecution for the murders of my parents.
I will also be pursuing the various pieces of evidence being withheld at present.
I will also set out how the PSNI in particular failed to respond properly to my requests. I have asked the Chief Constable for an explanation of the statements of Harris and Kerr regarding Ed Moloney.
Meantime , the issue of outstanding forensic evidence remains unresolved. I am promised a reply by early January, we will see.
I may well refer all these matters to the Police Ombudsman.
I will be availing of the offer of a meeting with the Attorney General.
My campaign goes on.
“In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer” Albert Camus.
Much is being made of the idea that whilst no progress can be made on flags and marches, agreement has been reached “on the past”.
Of course, it is not the past. It is for thousands of people, their present and their future. I am lucky. I have no physical scars or injuries. Thousands have. Many of us bear the scars in other ways.
So how can it be the past?
The answer is that it is a useful phrase for the DUP and SinnFein/IRA to deploy. It implies that the matter is not as important as the present or the future. Jobs, health, education, etcetera.
It connotes “get over it”.
Nor will it deal with the prosecution of people such as Martin McGuinness who directed the murder of so many people.
I have no notion of what might be suggested as an agreement on this between these two “warring” but avaricious parties.
It will be another shameful capitulation by the DUP .
Whatever it is , it will not be in the interests of those who are broken and maimed.
Mark my words.
Where bureaucracies overpower people , often in surreal, nightmarish milieu which evoke feelings of senselessness, disorientation and helplessness.
The present bureaucracy is administered by the Secretary of State.
Those who are not “pro agreement” are excluded from any organ of the state, including the executive or the judiciary.
The pro agreement people are showered with honours , power and influence.
Why? To prevent any bombs in London. Read Peter Hitchens in the Mail.
Losing a loved one “naturally” is always sad.
To lose a close family member “unnaturally” say in a car crash, is unexpected, inexplicable and difficult to come to terms with.
To lose a loved one , murdered, is horrific. The conviction of the perpetrator may bring some “closure” to use that overworked and somewhat empty word.
To lose both parents, murdered by a PIRA active service unit, in an operation approved by the man who is now deputy first minister is outrageous, unreasonable and a situation which no citizen of a functioning democracy should have to endure.
Worse, the state has been complicit in the protection of Martin McGuinness in pursuit of the chimera known as the “peace process”.
Readers might wonder what that process is, given the PSNI warning about attacks and recent newspaper articles alleging that Sinn Fein is controlled by the army council.
What price peace?
A price I will not pay.