Case 1:11-mc-91078-WGY Document 37 Filed 12/27/11 Page 1 of 2

Case 1:11-mc-91078-WGY Document 37 Filed 12/27/11 Page 2 of 2

English: Gerry Adams at the International Conf...
Rory Dubhdara"Peace process" in peril over BC tapes- The Irish Emigrant, Dec. 28th, 2011In April, 1998 the Anglo-Irish conflict ended with the signing of the Belfast Agreement at Hillsborough Castle. Three decades of armed hostilities, which began with Britain’s violent suppression of the Catholic civil rights campaign, came to an end. The difficult work of securing the peace began. Implementing the terms of the Agreement has proven difficult, and fears remain. The fruits of non-violence can be found throughout the North and the collaborative work of First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy Minister Martin McGuinness is proof of that progress. But can this peace last if built on a lie and not justice? As the result of a recent British request, Attorney General Holder and Secretary of State Clinton have a unique opportunity to insure this progress is sustained.By way of background, there were two key elements leading up to the adoption of the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement which are not present today but which, then, brought a halt to British treachery. First, the US envoy, former senator George Mitchell, not only gave added voice to the Irish government but ensured the inclusion of several justice provisions in the treaty. That was then and this is now. Our president’s only reference to Ireland to date was in a 24-hour stop-over visit at the Obama ancestral home on his way to London, and even then there was no reference to the pact.MediaSecond, the attention of the American media in 1998 hindered British attempts at sabotage and smear while talks struggled. After decades of censorship of Sinn Fein and British dirty tricks via tabloids like the News of the World, Americans were for the first time hearing the other side and smelled a rat. Today, understandably, the work of securing the peace attracts less media attention than drone strikes in Afghanistan, bombs in Iraq and the roar of the Arab Spring.That media indifference explains how the latest British efforts to undermine the Irish peace process have received scant attention. In February of this year the British, pursuant to a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), requested Attorney General Holder issue a sealed subpoena for oral history records held in the Burns Library of Boston College. The College is opposing the subpoena because to respond would violate the promise to loyalist and republican donors to not reveal contents until their deaths.It is now apparent that this request was little more than a politically motivated attempt to smear Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein and a member of the Irish Dail. Such ham-fisted tactics certainly cast doubts upon the credibility of the British and their commitment to peace, but is it a game changer? Is it enough to destabilize the peace process? It could well be.JusticeIn recent years there have been other distressing signs that the fruits of justice, the very foundation of peace, are proving elusive. The treaty’s promises of justice and truth are being undermined in subtle and sinister ways.Consider these related developments:In June, 2010 British Prime Minister Cameron ends 40 years of lying about 13 Catholics killed on Bloody Sunday. However, no one is held accountable. Not Chief Justice Lord Widgery, the author of the whitewash report in 1972. Not Lt. Col Derek Wilford, who still wears his Order of the British Empire awarded by the Queen for his “service” on that day. The media proclaimed a new day had dawned, but no one asked why they stopped lying.Here’s why:The murder of 13 in Derry was the “known” part of proceedings. Not so well publicized are the events of May, 1974 in which no-warning bombs in Dublin and Monaghan shopping centers killed 33 civilians. Cameron has refused to respond to the 2008 unanimous Declaration of the Irish Dail seeking an explanation of the British Army’s role in these bombings. Without media scrutiny or US questioning or concern, the British government feels under no obligation to explain its involvement in Ireland’s equivalent of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It is still the largest single loss of life on Irish soil since the 1916 Easter Rebellion.Al Hutchinson, the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, has been forced to resign early due to allegations that he slowed the pace of investigations and that draft reports detailing the role played by police corruption were edited on his watch. The RUC/PSNI have been hiring back retirees to work on the very cases under question and have suspended a program to recruit more Catholics as required by the Patten Report. The “justice” system there is rife with such horrors which underscore British deceit.Police Ombudsman's Office Belfast


English: New Cathedral Buildings, Police Ombud...
Police Ombudman's Office Belfast

In October, Prime Minister Cameron acknowledged that security forces colluded with loyalist death squads in the killing of attorney Patrick Finucane. But he rejected the long- promised independent public inquiry into the defense lawyer’s assassination. He instead “pulled a Widgery,” opting for a private review of documents by a respected solicitor. The government would rather cover up the facts and truth of the murder, than risk any more exposure of its “dirty war” in Ireland.

Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal insists that “credibility is the coin of the realm in international relations.” Britain’s actions in the “long grass,” away from a probing media or US demand for accountability, are threatening the Irish peace process. The bona fides of the US come into question, if its presumed “ally” seeks to undermine a pact it worked so hard to achieve. Holder can, before it is too late, restore American credibility in the peace process if he declines to turn over any documents requested by the British until they address these justice issues.


Michael J. Cummings,

Member, National Board, Irish American Unity Conference.

[Gerry Adams is seen here in the early 1970s with Brendan Hughes, who contributed to Boston College’s Belfast Project before his passing in 2008.]

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