More below the radar

Arson attacks on Orange halls continue, the latest apparently the third in two weeks. [“I would ask those people involved to desist..”? – Ed] Meanwhile, in addition to the violent incidents noted previously, there’s been another paramilitary-style shooting in west Belfast. According to Sinn Féin’s Alex Maskey,

“This type of attack is wrong and I know the overwhelming majority of people will acknowledge that fact. However the reality is that many people have become so let down and disillusioned by the failures of the policing and criminal justice system here that they can become indifferent towards this activity.” The onus is on political and community leaders but in particular on the PSNI and the PPS to show that there is an alternative to these attacks and that we as a community can and will make them work.”

Which conveniently neglects to mention those previously responsible for meting out such summary justice.. And then there are the now accredited, and funded, Community Restorative Justice schemes.

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  • the future;s bright, the future’s orange

    maskey making excuses for violence in west belfast tell us something new pete!

  • NCM

    Gee, I wonder why the Orange Halls are being attacked… I can’t think of any precipitating acts of murder against a Catholic in the past two weeks, say after a Rangers game… yep, it is a mystery why there might be some sectarian attacks against symbols of Protestant domination.

    Not condoning one bit, just saying, this kinda figures…

  • It was Sammy McNarry what done it

    but what about [[insert bad thing that protestants did here]]?

  • fin

    Except that Maskey wasn’t making excusing for violence. if only other politicans could learn to issue similar quality statements in response to sectarian murders.

  • kensei

    So, lets sum:

    Burning Orange Halls bad
    PSNI doing shit job.

    Mmmm, controversial. Wait, is it?

    Let’s further sum Pete’s post: Look who is saying this. Normally on here that is considere d”playing the man and not the ball”.

  • Pete Baker

    Wrong again, Ken.

    The point of interest is what’s being said, and what’s not being said.

    Hence the quotes. Perhaps that’s too subtle a point to register?

    Consider, for example, this from the Belfast Telegraph report – linked in the original post, but I know you don’t follow the links on principle.

    [Alex Attwood] “This is the third incident in the last week, all of which have been located close to each other. This suggests it’s possible that there’s a group using personal attacks as a perverse attempt to win favour with elements in the community and gather influence over that community.”

    If you have any further questions, just ask.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    fin: “Except that Maskey wasn’t making excusing for violence. if only other politicans could learn to issue similar quality statements in response to sectarian murders. ”

    No, Maskey was issuing the Mark 1, Mod. 0 platitude that gets trundled out at each and every one of these affairs — the victims and the sides change, but the politicians of all stripes love the same old platitudes and empty noise.

  • 0b101010

    Completed unrelated, but the below-the-radar story about laptops stolen from the DFP in Royston House is niggling at me for two reasons:

    1. Any information that goes walking from the NICS is a serious matter, worthy of more attention.
    2. Something like this has been repeated with every mention of the story:

    A spokesperson for Nigel Dodds’s Department of Finance and Personnel said: “In accordance with Northern Ireland Civil Service data security procedures all of the laptops were password-protected.

    Are the laptops using hardware- or software-based whole-disk encryption (e.g. BitLocker on Vista Enterprise); filesystem-level encryption; or, much more likely, do they simply have a Windows account password set?

    Windows accounts can be reset by almost any moron following instructions freely available on the web.

    If I’m correct — and note that they’ve made no reference to encryption — the DFP is either gleefully ignorant or intentionally attempting to whitewash the security issue to cover their asses. I concede that either, or both, is possible.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/8077957.stm
    http://www.dfpni.gov.uk/roystonincident-faqs.htm

  • Secret Squirrel

    No doubt if they were pushed to reveal the level of encryption/security they’d fob you off with some old crap like ‘..that’s confidential information that could perhaps assist anyone attempting to access the contents of the devices.’
    :o)

  • OC

    the victims and the sides change, but the politicians of all stripes love the same old platitudes and empty noise.

    Posted by Dread Cthulhu on Jun 07, 2009 @ 01:49 AM

    Sad, but apparently true.

    But nothing like attacking any symbol of British culture in order to promote pro-UI inclinations amoungst the Huns and Jaffas.

  • HJ McCracken

    As a prod that this tired with the whole religious divide thing, I can only wish the arsonists good luck–burn baby burn.