The buried reality of collusion…

Just as an addendum to Pete’s post on the Eames-Bradley initiative, it’s worth reading this piece from Barney Rowan in yesterday’s Sunday Life, who reckons the one thing more than anything else that will scupper their plans is the over riding and the now locally untouchable role of the intelligence services in deciding where the ‘public interest’ lies:

…one of the biggest pieces in that jigsaw of our past is that relationship between Special Branch, the Army, MI5 and the agents or informers. It could be the gaping hole in the Eames-Bradley report – not because they will choose or want to ignore it, but because this particular jigsaw piece is hidden in the swamp of National Security.

This is the stuff that is buried because we are told it is not in the public interest. And yet understanding that relationship – the extent of it, what it involved, who it involved and who knew what and when, is crucial to the truth of the past.

Regardless of the outcome of their deliberations with the public, Eames-Bradley will not have it within their remit to recommend full disclosure of past events. As past experience shows, partial disclosure is not only less satisfactory, it is also highly amenable to political manipulation.

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  • Twinbrook

    its sad for the families of those killed by security force collusion or inaction, that the truth will never come out…
    How could any government nevermind the British admit to murdering its own citizens over politics..
    The truth is another victim of the *Troubles*

  • éireannach saolta

    I agree with that Twinbrook. The truth will never come out. Its a sad fact but where if anywhere has the truth ever come out after a conflict. The only truths that emerge will be competing and conflicting ones.

    The involvement of the security forces in the real IRA bombing in omagh will probably never come out.
    The real IRA members involved will probably never face prosecution.
    The same way Paisley and Adams will never face prosecution for all the illegal activities they were involved in