Republican detained by MI5

The Irish News reports that Bernard Fox, a long-standing republican and former hunger striker, was detained by MI5 at Belfast International Airport on Friday, as he returned from a family holiday.
The Irish Times also has the story.According to The Irish News, two men identified themselves as MI5 and then,

“His solicitor Ciaran Shiels, from Belfast firm Madden and Finucane, said Mr Fox was “subjected to a series of bizarre questions relating to the peace process and the current political situation”. “Our client instructs us that whilst being held in an interview room he repeatedly enquired if he was under arrest and that he wanted his solicitor notified and present with him,” Mr Shiels said.
He claimed that when Mr Fox left the room, one of the men attempted to give him a telephone number to contact them in future but Mr Fox refused to accept the number.
He also alleged the registration of the car Mr Fox was travelling in was noted by police.

In a written statement, Mr Fox said it was “widely known within the republican community that I do have reservations, like many others, about the policing issue”. He insisted he is not a “so-called dissident”, and he said he was worried he would be labelled as such and had concerns about “where this confrontation could lead to”.

The Irish News says he has lodged a formal complaint with the Investigatory Powers Tribunal – an independent body which investigates complaints against the intelligence services.

  • Yokel

    Did they have badges saying MI5 on them?

  • Dr Strangelove

    They still stand at the arrival gate at London Heathrow greeting travellers from Belfast. Not too sure who they are looking for, dissidents or loyalists ?

    I wonder if they have the same welcome committee for flights from the Middle East/Muslim African countries or Pakistan ?

  • Inspector Clouseau

    Gerry and Marty aren’t interested in stuff like this, they only care about “civic policing” now.

  • Ingram

    Recruiting spies is the name of the game for any Intelligence agency, Sinn Fein seem content with the role of MI5 within British CRJ system so what is the problem?

    Ding Ding

    Ingram

  • Yokel

    Thats the Met though isnt it? I’ve been stopped a few times, usual thing, ID taken into a small room and I asuumed used to check things out. Handed back again, few questions and off I go.

    Having said that I havent seen them in about 2-3 years in any UK airport doing stops on the Belfast flights or even bothering their arses standing around. I suppose the little cameras mean they can drink tea behind closed doors.

  • URQUHART

    He should make a complaint to the Police Ombudsman immediately. Oh shit, of course he can’t – Sinn Fein negotiated an unaccountable MI5.

    Ah well, you get what you pay for.

  • Don’t you mean, MI5 have got what they paid for?

  • Sean

    there was never ever going to be local accountability for MI5 so what did Sinn Fein give up? Absolutely nothing!

    I bet even London has a hard time keeping MI5 accountable, once the spooks get the bit in their teeth they arent likely to relent.

    This sounds more like an attempted collusionistic recruitment that failed miserably. though i find it interesting that Bernard Fox felt comfortable announcing that they attempted to recruit him, at one time he would have tried to keep it quiet so that he wasnt questioned why MI5 felt he was vulnerable to recruitment. really interesting if you ask me

  • mickhall

    This cannot but be a warning to any other top provos who may be thinking of leaving the fold.

  • Jesus Christ

    Is this the cousin of the McKearneys, whose parents were killed by MI5 agent King Rat when he was inside and who was subsequently very beaten up by the Provos when they were bringing their brand of law and order to the dissidents.

    Dissident sounds so Soviet.

  • Ding but no dong

    Sean, you seem to be implying that integrity of Bernard Fox and his republicanism is ‘suspect’ because MI5 made an attempt to recruit him as an informer. Reasonable-minded observers who are devoid of such petty, malicious purpose would likely conclude that Bernard Fox’s publicising of the attempt indicates the opposite. Would it please you if Bernard Fox was suspected of being as an informer among his comrades? Isn’t that the motive behind your coy intimation?

    And what is an ‘informer’ or a ‘tout’ to Sinn Fein other than a man who supports the police, as Sinn Fein are poised to do? Informers and touts are the core modus operandi of both civic policing and the intelligence services. Why try to brand a man a tout in-order to do him harm when you actually do nothing other than brand him an upstanding subject of Her Majesty’s dominion according to 95% of your party’s supporters in a recent ‘poll’ at the Royal Dublin Society? Touts are the new black in the “republican” movement of Sinn Fein. Keep up with the changin’ times, kiddo

  • Yokel

    Sean

    There’s the opposite situation, Bernard felt so uncomfortable that he felt the need to go public and state that he’s in no way been or will be recruited by anyone.

  • joeCanuck

    MI5 are trying to recruit informers!
    This is shocking news.
    There should be a law against it.

  • Seamus Deery

    Sean
    Get a grip. If you were stopped and questioned by MI5, could I come on this site and hint very unsubtly,that you were a tout? I dont think you would like it too much. I would love to compare barney’s CV with yours, you probably couldn’t even lace his boots. It’s easy to throw out allegations. Ingram is still trying to peddle his McGuinness allegations but nobody’s buying it and he clearly hasn’t a shred of evidence or by God we would have seen it long ago. Ingram is just really hurt in a personal and professional level because he believes McGuinness got one over on him and one of his key agents. To him and you I say move on!!!!

  • joeCanuck

    Seamus

    Are you blind?
    The “proof” and “truth” about MMG will be revealed shortly after he is elected as DFM.
    I would bet on it.

  • Sean

    Ding but not dong – dang and seamus

    I did not in any way mean to infer he was a tout, it instead was an observation that years ago if he had said such things he would have been accused of already being a tout, and isnt it interesting how things have changed.

  • Yokel on Jan 30, 2007 @ 10:03 AM wrote “Did they have badges saying MI5 on them? “

    Didn’t you read the third paragraph of the Irish Thames article…”two individuals who identified themselves as being members of MI5.”

  • Yokel

    17. I was taking the rise……

    My post at 4 was in response to Dr Strangelove.

  • Ingram

    Seamus,

    This what I posted:

    Recruiting spies is the name of the game for any Intelligence agency, Sinn Fein seem content with the role of MI5 within British CRJ system so what is the problem?

    This what you posted ,making reference to me:

    Ingram is still trying to peddle his McGuinness allegations but nobody’s buying it and he clearly hasn’t a shred of evidence or by God we would have seen it long ago.

    Seamus, how did Martin McGUINNESS come into this subject? you seem to be wanting to deflect from the core point.

    That said, now you mention it just remember this? when I exposed Freddy Scap Gerry and Martin went on stage and defended him for over two years. I sat back with enough evidence to bury him there and then but waited over two years to play the tapes on Cryptome!at a time that I believed was the best.Adams and martin lied now and they lied now.

    If that had not worked with the tapes I would have released more material! it was not needed but it was available.

    The delay in making that information public allowed Sinn Fein to look public pratts defending a tout for over two years. Try asking Adams and Mcguinness about Freddy ?at one of those public meetings. try asking Adams about his close relatives caught touting who he spared from the clutches of death!

    I will play my cards when I choose and not before, you could of course ask why the NIO stopped the Op Phoenix investigation into McGuinness when the police were in a position to charge him with his FIRST EVER terrorist charge in Northern Ireland.

    In reltion to people discussing this subject and other agents within the Ra take a look at this that was posted to my site today:

    http://www.voy.com/187668/

    Back on thread now.

    Clearly the IMC are saying to Adams to co operate with the police over the murder of Robert McCartney and the subsequent clean up operation controlled by the IRA.

    They are just reminding him of his committement.

    Regards.

    Ingram

  • Red Mist

    Jesus Christ,

    Is this the cousin of the McKearneys, whose parents were killed by MI5 agent King Rat when he was inside and who was subsequently very beaten up by the Provos when they were bringing their brand of law and order to the dissidents.

    Nope entirely different person and family.