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MI6 and a senior detective have been accused of failing to disclose vital evidence in the death riddle of spy Gareth Williams.

A coroner suggested that the counter-terror officer, Detective Superintendent Michael Broster, was not being “completely impartial” towards secret services during the Scotland Yard inquiry.

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Coroner Fiona Wilcox and the family’s lawyer both delivered angry outbursts after it emerged that nine computer memory sticks and a black bag were overlooked for 21 months after the death.

The lead detective on the case was told about the evidence only on Monday.

Dr Wilcox also stated at Westminster Coroner’s Court that Mr Broster was offering “total non-sequitur” reasons for not passing on the evidence.

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph and Tom Morgan 

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Massacre at Amritsar one of British Empire’s many despicable events

This letter appeared in The Irish News today Wednesday July 15th 2020

IT WAS interesting to read in the excellent ‘On this day’ (July 9) that Edward Carson had defended the actions of Brigadier General Dyer in the House of Commons in relation to the massacre at Amritsar in India. 

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On April 13th 1919, thousands of civilians gathered peacefully in a walled garden in the city. In their eyes of both the governor of Punjab, Sir Michael O’Dwyer (from Tipperary) and General Dyer, his top military man in the city, such gatherings were proof that a second Indian mutiny was brewing. Blocking the main exit to the garden, Dyer marched in his men and ordered them to open fire, without giving any order to disperse.

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On April 13th 1919, thousands of civilians gathered peacefully in a walled garden in the city. In the eyes of both the governor of Punjab, Sir Michael Dyer, his top military man in the city, such gatherings were proof that a second Indian mutiny was brewing. Blocking the main exit to the garden, Dyer marched in his men and ordered them to open fire, without giving any order to disperse. In the 10 minutes that followed, hundreds fell dead and many more were wounded. According to legend, Udham Singh was among those injured and he vowed to take revenge.

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For 21 years he waited patiently. General Dyer had died in the meantime of natural causes but on March 13th 1940 Mr Singh exacted his revenge by assassinating O’Dwyer, at a public meeting in Caxton Hall, London. July 31st will be the 80th anniversary of the execution of Singh, who was hanged in Pentionville Prison and was believed to have been buried in the same grave as Sir Roger Casement. His story is told in the excellent book The Patient Assassin by Anita Anand. In the light of the Black Lives Matter movement there has been a lot of talk recently about the true history of the British Empire. The massacre at Amritsar was one of its many despicable events. In view of what happened in the formation and governance of the empire, I do wonder how people who consider themselves to be humanitarians can accept honours in its name. 

With many thanks to: Danny Boyd, Newtownabby, Co Antrim the North of Ireland, for the original letter which was posted in: The Irish News today

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Honesty is the best policy to deal with past horrors


THE Prime Minister’s (BOJO) reason for speaking out over attempts to haul down statues is a bit rich for a man who has spent his career being a stranger to the truth.

British (prick) Prime Minister Boris Johnson

He said to remove statues of colonialists and slavers would be to “lie about our history” – and he said with a stright face, as good liars do. “We cannot try to edit or censor our past. We cannot pretend to have a different history,” he said. The fact is he’s lying about history, censoring and editing what the political establishment does. And it’s not peculiar to the British  – every government does it.


History can be embarrassed which is why they try to destroy it. How many of us know about the slaughter of thousands of indigenous Kenyan people by the British in the 1950s? I didn’t until this week. Having snatched there lands (as they done in Ireland), they herded the Kikuyu tribe into concentration camps at a time when the horrors of Nazi Germany were fresh in the minds. Among practices were rolling people in barbed wire and kicking them about the yard until they bled to death. One internee was boiled to death and the British invented a castration device. You will find no official records of this as they were all rewritten or removed. The truth only emerged in 2012 when Kikuyu survivors launched a compensation claim. You’ll have to look very hard for an official account of the slaughter of thousands in Malaya, or the enforcement famine in Bengal in 1943.

Dominic Cummings  When they forcibly removed the inhabitants of the Chagos Islands to make way for a US airbase, the official version was the archipelago was uninhibited. I could go on. By its very definition colonialism is the subjugation of the indigenous population  – Spain, Portugal and Belgium all have similar skeletons in their cupboards. From the dawn of time people have been enslaved  – and the trade remains alive and well.

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Having said that, I’m not sure pulling down statues and banning episodes of Fawlty Towers the or trying to – ludicrously  – remove an episode of Father Ted will prompt countries to come clean about their pasts but never England they will never admit the truth of their atrocities

The blood stained Union Jack a disgrace of a flag and a disgrace to call yourself British

History and its various versions are one long chain of lies. The sad truth is can’t move on because we can’t  move on because we are constantly lied to. Something we in the North of Ireland know all about. There are too many tracks to be covered for us to be told or taught the truth – whether it be slavery, torture or murder. To be honourable is to be honest about about your past, so don’t expect anything to change because when Boris change because when when Boris change because when Boris talks about not having a different history he means he wants to protect the establishment version of that history and ensure Britain’s shameful secrets remain undiscovered.

With many thanks to the: Sunday World and Richard Sullivan for the original story 

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A so-called Irishman who worked for British Special Branch Intelligence Services claims in his new book there was no such thing as Collusion with loyalist paramilitary murders in the North of Ireland when all the evidence points otherwise

Good luck with your new book William on covering up British Collusion and Injustice in Ireland I emphasise the word cover-up

John Stevens, above in BBC Spotlight, previously gave the Public Prosecution Service half a billion words of investigatory evidence into alleged collusion. But this led to no prosecutions of intelligence personnel

On Brexit, facts and claims that are checked by the media expose chancers and charlatans to highlight lies, smears and misrepresentation.

This healthy scepticism is spectacularly missing in the legacy of the North of Ireland’s past.

William Matchett, an ex Special Branch inspector, holds a copy of his book ‘Secret Victory: The Intelligence War that Beat the IRA’.

He is Adjunct Fellow at the Edward M Kennedy Institute for conflict prevention, Maynooth University, Ireland

For the 50th anniversary of the start of the Troubles 12 hours by the national broadcaster. Although the top security experts were chief constables like Sir Ken Newman and Sir John Hermon, their strategic view was not transmitted.

What aired excluded the security element of a government strategy led by police and steered by police intelligence for nearly all of the Troubles.

Predictably, therefore, the cop most heard, John Stevens, was not of the Newman/Hermon mindset. To read his book, clearly, he believes the Bogside could have been policed like Basingstoke.

Not having charged intelligence personnel for the 1989 loyalist murder of Patrick Finucane, Cambridgeshire’s senior bobby used a vague collusion term. In 2003 he gave the Public Prosecution Service some half a billion words. The reply, four years later, stated the obvious, instructing collusion is not crime. Of real crime the huge file lacked evidence to prosecute intelligence personnel.

A gripping read in parts, no doubt. But so is Alice in Wonderland.

Healthy media scepticism should have asked: Why did a criminal investigation of enormous length and public cost invent non-crime?

No such question came because collusion as a story can run and run and run.

It ticks so many boxes.

• Human interest: corruption, secrecy and conspiracy theory.

• Politics: Provo republicanism’s hatred of ‘Brits,’ factional unionism, hard left, bleeding heart liberals, Dublin co-ethnic bias and London disinterest.

• Economics: law firms and so-called human rights groups.

• Academia: utopian theories of security and justice.

All donate to and benefit from the biggest tick box — blame. Or rather, demonising the security forces and security effort, especially intelligence.

Politics created a due diligence-free zone where narrative reigns.

These collusion findings, that the public believe, are based on evidence that has not stood up to scrutiny in a criminal court. This approach to reports that ruin reputations but do not meet the criminal burden of proof continued with the Police Ombudsman’s office, until collusion was recently described as “opinion” in an ongoing legal action.

Any such contrary finding is often ignored, by the media, who invite people on to give their own opinion, as the comeback cameo on screen by Stevens, now a lord, shows.

Bolstering the ranks of opinion formers, more views are sought from former terrorists untouched by remorse.

UDA leader Johnny Adair, PIRA diehard Tommy McKearney and UVF killer Laurence Maguire.

Three times zero is still zero (setting aside the gutter morality of convicted terrorists being given a platform to badmouth security forces, predominantly police, who put them in prison).

To be clear, there was some fine work done by the local Spotlight team where journalism did not meander into innuendo, hearsay or opinion.

For example, Jennifer O’Leary’s excellent exposé of ex-priest and ex-Provo Patrick Ryan was based on his own testimony of his own actions and motivations.

But there were huge problems in parts of the 50th anniversary BBC series. In the opening Peter Taylor documentary, the tragic tale of John Boyle in 1978 was told. An innocent boy shot dead by the SAS at a munitions hide. The implication could have been that the SAS killed many innocent Catholic civilians, took no prisoners and the police paid no heed.

It did not explain that police investigated the Boyle killing, prosecuting two SAS soldiers for murder. Both stood trial and were acquitted.

Over 25 years the special forces killed four innocent civilians (two Catholics and two Protestants).

As to a shoot-to-kill policy, I count seven incidents in the Troubles in which the SAS arrested 15 people (from a terrorist gun team in 1980 to a terrorist sniper team in 1997).

The latter were ideal candidates if there had been shoot to kill. Yet, they ended up in handcuffs, not body bags. Special forces deployed when the risk was highest.

Eight were killed in tackling the world’s deadliest terrorists. The norm, however, was cops confronting terrorist suspects, resulting in a 99% arrest rate.

But to show operational security in this light is to show its rule of law framework, which does not fit the collusion story typified in the televised history of the Troubles.

The collusion narrative is based on selective of partial accounts and opinion, rather than rather than evidence of a prosecutorial standard.

Even Carlsberg would struggle to beat this one-sided in anywhere else with a free press.

With many thanks to the: Belfast News Letter for the original story 

William Matchett is an ex Special Branch inspector and author of Secret Victory: The Intelligence War that Beat the IRA. He is Adjunct Fellow at the Edward M Kennedy Institute for conflict prevention, Maynooth University, Ireland

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