The Big Con

Has the Peace Process been all a big lie? Picking up on Martin McGuinness’ earlier quote, where those who are opposed to Sinn Fein’s efforts risk upsetting the apple cart by telling truths, Henry McDonald in today’s Observer quotes a former RUC officer, speaking about the recent O’Loan report into collusion.

‘Another similar inquiry would push people to the edge,’ said the officer, who has had more than 25 years in counter-terrorism operations. ‘A lot of these men have knowledge about the war, and what they would have to say might have huge ramifications for the entire political process.’

Has the process been built on a tissue of lies? Can it not withstand being pulled apart by truths? Is it all just one giant agreed-upon fiction? If so, what does that make the conflict that preceded it?

Meanwhile, it is being deemed in the public interest to not prosecute IRA fugitives and members of the security forces accused of collusion.

The UK’s Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney General are to be asked to shelve cases against on-the-run republicans as part of a final deal between Sinn Fein and Downing Street.
The government is also asking that no charges be brought against policemen and soldiers accused of colluding with loyalists. These include those named in files sent to the DPP by Sir John Stevens as part of his inquiry into the murder of lawyer Pat Finucane in 1989.

  • heck

    tell the SB officers to “bring it on”

  • DMCM

    If the real truth about what happened over the last 30 years is eventually revealed there will be a few senior Sinn Fein elected members who will not be able to show their faces again.
    There are touts in very senior positions

  • The new anthem for NI should be the theme music from “The Sting”

  • If the real truth about what happened over the last 30 years is eventually revealed there will be a few Brit govt/Loyalist elected members who will not be able to show their faces again.

    There is blood on the hands of senior elected officials, Brit govt/Loyalists.

    For every accusation there is a counter accusation.

    For every action there is a reaction.

  • joeCanuck

    How true Art.

  • susan

    “The Sting” is an excellent suggestion, Art Hostage, especially as there are no lyrics to argue over. People of all religions and none, people of all political persuasions and none — everyone free to rise as one to stand, hum, and glower together.

  • Plum Duff

    ‘A senior ex-RUC officer made clear that, if there was another ‘Operation Ballast’ – the codename for the ombudsman’s latest investigation – some officers would consider ‘outing’ a number of informers, including several leading republicans. A number of them refused to co-operate with her inquiry…’
    (From McDonald’s article)

    So, not only have former RUC officers sailed close to the obstruction of justice by refusing to appear before the Ombudsman, now they are threatening blackmail.

    What a great advert for ‘Ulster’s Finest’!

  • DMCM

    “If the real truth about what happened over the last 30 years is eventually revealed there will be a few Brit govt/Loyalist elected members who will not be able to show their faces again.”

    I totally agree with you Art Hostage.

  • headmelter

    ‘A lot of these men have knowledge about the war, and what they would have to say might have huge ramifications for the entire political process.’

    I wonder do they have ‘evidence’ and accurate documentation as a lot of evidence and documents related to other cases seems to have been mislaid or destroyed.
    It would certainly be a novel idea if it transpired the SB actually documented relevant information and catalogued evidence.

    Lets have a look then..

  • “The Sting” is an excellent suggestion, Art Hostage, especially as there are no lyrics to argue over
    Susan

    Susan, I am not sure, all together now,

    “Der der der der, der der, der der, der der der der der der der der der der…….

    Is this Catholic or Protestant?

  • gerry

    for once i agree with heck, bring it on.

  • wild turkey

    As Plum Duff said

    ‘So, not only have former RUC officers sailed close to the obstruction of justice by refusing to appear before the Ombudsman, now they are threatening blackmail. ‘

    The title to this thread is mis-specified. This is not a con in the sense of that great old family movie the ‘Sting’.

    This seems more like some convaluted and symbiotic protection racket.

    Art Hostage, instead of the theme song from the Sting, try this on for size. ‘Woke up this morning’. Theme song to the Sopranos by Alabama 3.

    For the next Big Brother Series, why not put some of these SB guys and supposed touts, from all sides, in the big brother house (well actually how about the debating chamber at stormont?) that would be, uh, interesting.

  • BonarLaw

    Plum Duff

    “So, not only have former RUC officers sailed close to the obstruction of justice by refusing to appear before the Ombudsman”

    Since when was the Ombudsman a court? I would be interested if you could point me to the legislation that creates an offence depending on ones’ response to her investigators?

  • abucs

    Seems to me the British government are in a little bit of a bind with this and have two options.

    One, if they try to draw a line under the past and escape some nasty history being recorded, then they have to deal with such things as dropping OTR cases and supporting Republicans in policing and justice. Personally i think they would have little worry scrapping the OTR’s, allowing combatants into policing, expanding CRJ systems and devolving justice and policing. This is more palatable to them than the second option. The trouble is the SDLP and unionist parties raise hell, so they have to proceed step-wise and it may appear to unionists sometimes that the government is “pandering” to SF.

    If they go the second route though and clean up policing the way it should in principal be, they would bar former combatants and investigate and chase out of the force those security personnel who have previously put in ‘overtime’. This is something they do not want to do because it will come out bad for themselves and found to largely be ‘authorised overtime’.

    So ironically, SF can drive the policing agenda and have the British Government pushing through the first option mentioned above against the wishes of the SDLP (in part) and unionist parties.

  • Plum Duff

    BonarLaw, as a non-lawyer, perhaps I phrased my comment too loosely, but it was meant it in the sense that their refusal to appear before O’Loan had the ultimate effect of denying full justice to the families of the victims the SB seemingly allowed to be murdered and beaten by their paid tout & serial killer.

  • Those with nothing to hide have nothing to worry about if the truth is revealed. The public has the right to know exactly what they are voting for and what those people have been up to (or not).

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