‘We hope this will bring some sort of closure – Margaret Campbell.
THE widow of a factory worker murdered by loyalists more than 40 years ago is to sue the chief constable and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Margaret Campbell alleges the police and British army along with the UDR colluded to protect the UVF gunman who shot her husband Patrick Campbell at their home in 1973. No-one has ever been convicted of the sectarian cold blooded murder, which is belived to have been carried out by the notorious Glenanne gang – a loyalist Mid-Ulster murder squad who, legal representives of the family claim, was linked directly and indirectly with the so-called security forces. “We hope this will bring some sort of closure,” Mrs Campbell said. “We’ve nothing to lose. If my husband’s death had been investigated at the time there might have been other lives saved.” Patrick Campbell, a father of three, was gunned down and murdered at his home on Cline Walk, Banbridge, Co Down on October 29 1973. His wife and 10-year-old daughter, Donna, narrowly escaped injury after a burst of gunfire was aimed down the hallway. Mrs Campbell, who choked back tears as she re-lived the harrowing moment, said: “It never leaves you and never will. When the guns went off my legs collapsed. I crawled up against a radiator and Pat came down on top of me. “The bullets blew a hole in [Donna’s] bedroom door and they were embedded in the headboard of her bed. If she had got up she would have been dead too.” It is claimed the alleged gunman, Robin Jackson, was an agent who worked for the RUC/PSNI and Special Branch (MI5). Jackson, a former UDR (so-called Ulster Defence Regiment) soldier later dubbed the Jackal, pictured right, was thought to have been behind some of worst atrocities of the Troubles including the Monaghan bombing in 1974 and the Miami Showband massacre in July 1975. He was a member of the Glenanne gang – a UVF unit with connections linked to the UDR and RUC and also linked to around 120 murders in Counties Armagh and Tyrone over a five year period in the 1970s and it is believed Patrick Campbell was his first victim. Jackson worked alongside Mr Campbell at the Down Shoes factory in Banbridge. A week after the shooting police found 79 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition at his home and he was singled out three times by Mrs Campbell during a police identity parade at Castlereagh RUC station as the man responsible for producing a handgun when killers came to her home. RUC so-called officers also found a notebook with names, addresses and vehicle registration details which it is alleged came from the corroupt UDR intelligence sources. However, it was decided (by so-called powers to be) that there was insufficent evidence to secure a conviction. The Jackal (Jackson a former UDR soldier) which was later a British army unit disbanded. Died in 1998, aged 50. An investigation by the Historical Enquires Team (HET) found that Jackson’s “later notoriety, with the benefit of hindsight, raises suspicions about his involvement and gives rise to the concerns expressed by the family”. Solicitor Kevin Winters, who is representing the family, said: “The civil action being taken by Margaret Campbell on behalf of her family against the PSNI/RUC and the MoD is an important development in their movement towards closure, truth, justice and accountability regardinging the murder of Pat Campbell in 1973. “The litigation will expose the level of collusion which was evident in the activites of the RUC/PSNI, and UDR and other British state agents in the Armagh and Tyrone areas.”
With many thanks to the: Irish News, for the origional story.
A BRITISH soldier known to have been involved in eight ‘shoot-to-kill operations played a part in at least one other deadly ambush, an inquest heard on Wednsday December 17.
Details emerged during a preliminary inquest hearing in Belfast into the murders of three PIRA men in Co Tyrone in June 1991. Lawrence McNally (38), Peter Ryan (37) and Tony Doris (21) were murdered after the car they were travelling in was ambushed by the SAS. The vehicle was reported to have been hit by up to 200 rounds of gunfire, it was cold blooded murder. It is beleived the three man PIRA unit were making their way to carry out an attack. The Irish News revealed last month that a British army officer was involved in a string of shoot-to-kill operations resulting in the murders of 16 people between 1983 and 1991. During Wednsday’s hearing, it emerged that the officer – who had a command position in the the Co Armagh ambush – was also involved in the SAS operation that resulted in the murders of two other PIRA members Dessie Grew (37) and Martin McCaughey (23), pictured below, in October 1990 near Loughgall in Co Armagh. The information was not disclosed during a 2012 inquest into their murders. Following the verdict of lawful killing returned by the the inquest jury, Martin McCaughey’s sister launched a legal challenge to quash the ruling.
Central to it was a refusal by the Ministry of Defence to disclose information about the involvement of military witnesses in other ‘lethal force incidents’. The case is due to be heard next year. Solicitor Fearghal Shiels, of Madden and Finucane Solicitors, who also represents the McCaughey and Grew families as well as the daughter of Lawrence McNally, said disclosure is critical to the inquest process. “The issue of non-disclosure in this case is much more fundamental, however, as it concerns the failure to disclose details of the involvement in other lethal force shootings, and murders, by the British soldiers who opened fire on Martin McCaughey and Dessie Grew,” he said. “What is more surprising, and what we say makes the coroner’s decision to defend these proceedings untenable, is that information concerning soldiers’ involvement in other lethal force incidents is now being routinely provided in other cases.” It also emerged that a soldier who fired shots in the Coagh ambush, referred to only by the initial B in legal papers, was involved in a separate SAS operation near Strabane in Co Tyrone in November 1990 during which INLA member Alex Patterson was shot dead. Barrister Karen Quinilvan said the same undercover soldier British was identified during the McCaughey and Grew inquest as soldier G and gave evidence that he did not fire his weapon. A solicitor for the MoD said the document presented to the coroner was in “draft” form. Coroner Jim Kitson also heard details of other undercover soldiers involved in the Coagh ambush. It emerged that two soldiers were also involved in the Loughgall ambush and massacare during which eight PIRA men, pictured right, and a civilian where gunned down and shot dead by the SAS in May 1987. One soldier was also involved in a British undercover ambush that resulted in the murders of four PIRA men at Clonoe, near Coalisland, in February 1992.
With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News, for the origional story.
A WEST Belfast man has joined a South Armagh farmer in denying charges of addressing meetings on behalf of, and belonging to, or professing to belong to the PIRA.
The case against Padraic Conner Wilson (55), pictured above, at the top, of Hamill park, Andersontown, will be reviewed in the new year, as will that of Sean Geard Hughes (52), of Aghadavoyle Road, Jonesborough. Wilson denied four charges at his formal arraignment before Belfast Crown Court. They alleged that the two sets of offences were committed between January 1 and March 31 2005. Two of the charges accused him of having “addressed a meeting and the purpose of his address was to encourage support for a proscribed organisation, namely, the Provisional Irish Republican Army, or to futher its activities”. The other two alleged that at the time he was either a member of the PIRA or professed to be a member. Last Tuesday his co-accused, Hughes, denied four similar charges in that he also allegedly addressed two meetings (concerning the rape of Mairia Cahill), to promote the PIRA and that he “professed to belong to a proscribed organisation, namely, the Provisional Irish Republican Army”, or actually was a member.
With many thanks to: The Irish News, for the origional story.
Originally posted on julianichim:
Friday Jan. 2nd
Call the British Consulate demand that all charges be dropped and that the Judiciary not be used to intervene in the democratic process.
+1 416 593 1290
Gary Donnelly, Community Activist, Irish Republican and City Councillor is currently facing six months for writing a political slogan demanding an end to internment. The collaborators and their lackeys in the judiciary are using his arrest which was politically motivated as an excuse to unseat him from his seat in city council. This is a a clear attempt to punish the people of Derry for electing an Irish Republican. On Jan. 2nd take a stand and calls the brits to tell them what you think about this attack on peoples right to politics.
Drop ALL Charges!!!
End The Persecution of Irish Republicans!!!!
No Use of The Judiciary to Interfere in The Democratic Process!!!!
We have 25 food banks here in the North of Ireland, because a significant number of people cannot afford to eat. (Stormont’s politics suggests that MLAs will probably debate having separate food banks for Protestants and Catholics)
OH dear, what happens now? David Cameron has gone home and the local parties have finally realised that instead of arguing about the flag on Stormont’s roof, they should have been checking that the institution had a solid economic fundation.
The flight of the English earls from the Belfast talks shows that what passes for politics here has little relevance in the real world of public sector finances and what was called the construtive ambiguity of the Good Friday Agreement has, inevitably turned destructive. The parties forgot to ask who would pay the bill. The agreement was signed in 1998 under a Labour government, which the political parties assumed would show a benign economic attitude towards our social and economic difficulities here. But by failing to include any social or economic references in the agreement, they apparently assumed that there would always be a Labour government and that it would always be benign. It was a huge error because it tied Stormont to the prevalent ideological model at Westminister. Since 1979 that model has been increasingly right wing. So the peace process effectively arranged to catapult us from a 1960s welfare state into what is now advanced Thatcherism. (They call it re-balancing the economy.) In fairness, no-one in 1998 could have foreseen the collapse of capitalism and the role of the Irish and British states in bailing out failed banks. The subsequent economic extremism of David Cameron’s government could not have been imagined then. However, it was increasingly clear that Blair would continue Thatcher’s (pictured right) abandonment of government’s responsibilites to its citizens. For example, seven weeks after the Good Friday Agreement, Tony Blair transferred the power to set interest rates from government to the Bank of England. No-one here cared much. It is a bit late to complain about Thatcherism at this stage. We now find ourselves hitched to a model of largely unregulated capitalism, in which Apple and Google pay practically no UK taxes, while 1,000 teachers here face redundancy. Of course, it is disgraceful, but by the time of the St Andrews Agreement in 2006, it was clear that British politics had swung significanly to the right. The role of government in society was declining. Few here noticed because, they believed, Stormont would always be wrapped in financial cotton wool. Anyway, few cared, because the economic boom had convinced us that we did not need a government if we wanted to own several houses. So the parties apparently believed that international capitalism would be the best driver of our economy, based largely on the fickle nature of foreign direct investment. They ignored the fact that capitalism produces inequality, which hinders economic growth, as evidenced by a recent report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Greed is economically inefficient, but it is the basis for David Cameron’s economic policy. As a result we now live in a society in which our Attorney General has accused the Bank of Scotland of “criminal fraud”. Meanwhile, we have 25 food banks here, because a significant number of people cannot afford to eat. (Stormont’s politics suggests that MLAs will probably debate having separate food banks for Protestants and Catholics.) This echoes the one million people in Britain who now rely on food hand-outs. Tory peer, Baroness Jenkin, suggests that part of the problem is that the poor do not know how to cook. (With respect, your ladyship, a more shocking problem facing the poor is that, unlike, the rich, they do not have servents to do their cooking for them. Imagine that.) It is hard to know if the Stormont parties did not recognise the changing economic landscape at Westminister or just decided to ignore it. Either way, they are now paying the price for their sectarian bun-fight, apparently oblivious to the increasingly harsh financial conditions in the real world. Their main economic policies of anyone who will prop Stormont up financially. (The rest of us can go to food banks.) That is why the parties asked for more money. The time to ask for it was in 1998 or 2006, not in terms of simple cash hand-outs, but in terms of developing a sustainable economic model based on state investment in education, research and development, information technology and infrastructure. Stormont was built on what were called special political arrangements to take into account our special political conditions. It was the wrong call. What we needed were special economic (not just financial) arrangements. It is a bit late now because the British state no longer does that sort of thing.
With many thanks to: Patrick Murphy, The Irish News, for the orgional story.
Rebranding Christmas: More public bodies are refusing to give the festival its name for fear of causing offence
Originally posted on The Ugly Truth:
“The politically correct brigade on the council think it’s fair game to discriminate against Christians by calling Christmas ‘Winterfest’,” said Edward Cook, one of many residents who complained to the Stoke Sentinel. “I assume it is so that Muslims are not offended.”
The Muslim Council of Great Britain has made it clear where it thinks the followers of Islam stand, by adapting a famous, fashionable wartime poster to say: “Keep Calm, It’s Christmas”. This was released with the words: “Who wants to ban Christmas? Not Muslims. None of us will be offended if you go ahead and enjoy the Christmas cheer.”
Jesus is an important prophet to Muslims. “So whether you are celebrating Christmas or not, may these holidays bring joy and happiness to you and your loved ones. Keep calm and carry on.”
OCDG: Now who would want to banish Christmas and also pass the blame on to…
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Today a broad and diverse group of people met to discuss the drug problem in Kitchener and how to create alternatives. The meeting started with a speech from a local organizer then Gary Donnelly from the Creggan Community Collective attempted to speak. Due to technical issues he could not be heard despite various forms of improve including putting the phone in a cup. The meeting continued and he sent a message that was read later.
The discussion, which got de railed at times, focused around the results of the survey that was released yesterday. From the discussion it became clear that the results fell under three categories one alternative sober activities to keep youth off of drugs, two information and legal assistance to defend peoples basic rights and three input from people so that they can have a say in identifying the problems that they are facing and come up…
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FOUND THIS VIDEO: http://youtu.be/vTJLS5Vp83I
Christians beat girl to death in the name of God19.07.2013
A growing practice among the Fundamentalist Christians who beat children in the name of God. They preach that God commands in the Bible to beat the child with a rod. This news clip shows one adopted girl that was beaten to death.
Parts one and two combined in this video.
Prov 22:15: “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”
Prov 23:13: “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.”
Beating Babies in the Name of Jesus? The Shady World of Right-Wing ‘Discipline’ Guides
There is a brutal movement in America that legitimizes child abuse in the name of God. Two stories recently converged to make…
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