Brennan to be deported by end of this week?

I think the Belfast Telegraph had the latest development on the deportation of Maze escapee Pól Brennan from the US first, but the BBC and the Irish Times follow up. He had reportedly been due to be deported on May 18th but had petitioned US homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano to grant him a deportation waiver. Apparently, it has now been confirmed that he will be deported by the end of this week. From the BBC report

The Pòl Brennan support group said the decision was wrong and have begun a campaign to have the deportation cancelled. “This is an unjust decision which goes against everything the US stands for, and it punishes Pòl and his family for his political past,” the group said. “This goes against the tenets of the Good Friday Agreement, which allowed former combatants in the conflict to move on with their lives and not be persecuted for their political pasts.”

Adds Apparently, that’s despite Sinn Féin “making representations on Pól’s behalf to the US authorities”.

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  • 6countyprod

    His ‘political past’? Terrorist past, more like!

  • OC

    “Your Lordship, ’tis I true that I murdered my parents, but I should receive mercy because now I’m an orphan.”

    Funny how SF will bring up some event from hundreds of years ago to justify their murderous acts, but Brennan should be let off the hook because he’s escaped justice for 20 years.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    OC: “Funny how SF will bring up some event from hundreds of years ago to justify their murderous acts, but Brennan should be let off the hook because he’s escaped justice for 20 years.”

    Is that any different than Unionists / Loyalists celebrating victories hundreds of years in the past and bristling at mentions of Loyalist violence mere decades in the past? Both sides have things they need to let go of and let lie in the past, or, at least, find some accommodation.

    Both sides have their bastards. Frankly, I won’t week to see him put on a plane and shipped back to the UK — he’s not a political refugee, he’s a fugitive from his prison sentence. Hell, the US needs to send him back if only to get the extradition ratios into line.

  • Pete Baker

    Dread

    According to the BBC report

    “It is understood that if deported Mr Brennan will be sent to the Republic of Ireland.”

    Presumably because he has/had an Irish passport and the UK authorities are not seeking extradition.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Pete Baker: “Presumably because he has/had an Irish passport and the UK authorities are not seeking extradition. ”

    Then why do they (the UK) bitch about the ratio of extraditions if they don’t bother to ask for their criminal folks back? I mean, for all the bitching in the UK re: McKinnon, why not ask for the hood?

    I’m at a loss why Homeland Security would *want* to keep the hood here in the US. I know GAA sports on this side of the pond are dying a slow death, but it surely isn’t a HS priority…

  • sinless

    Nice family, the Brennans. Shame SF don’t really give a f-k about him. Maybe he should have gone to Central America like McCabe’s killers.

    Myanmar has Aung San Suu Kyi. We have Pol.

    Orangies: what will ye do to help this man?
    Orangies answer: Same as SF, which is FA.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Hey Dread,

    Both sides have their bastards. Frankly, I won’t week to see him put on a plane and shipped back to the UK—he’s not a political refugee, he’s a fugitive from his prison sentence. Hell, the US needs to send him back if only to get the extradition ratios into line.

    Sammy Morse and I were arguing over the weekend about whether you were pro-republican or not. I thought you weren’t and I guessed he must have been imagining someone else 🙂

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Comrade Stalin: “Sammy Morse and I were arguing over the weekend about whether you were pro-republican or not. I thought you weren’t and I guessed he must have been imagining someone else :)”

    Since someone finally asked…

    I am a Protestant (lapsed Episcopalian) Nationalist with a definite Law and Order bent. Thus, I am the moral equivalent of the black-footed ferret, in terms of N.I. politics.

    Arguably, I am a recovering Republican.

  • exile

    [I]I know GAA sports on this side of the pond are dying a slow death, but it surely isn’t a HS priority… [/I]

    Haha, I enjoyed that. Anyways, there could be a bit of a GAA renaissance coming your way – there are now county football panels), mainly in the west, with up to half the players unemployed (~15 players).

  • Family member

    Hey Sinner,
    Seems you have your wires crossed, or maybe an axe to grind. I would like to paise Sinn Féin for all the tireless work they have done on póls behalf.
    Unlike most others, you know those who are showing an interest at this late stage, Sinn Féin and Póls family have been working behind the scenes to bring the only logical resolution to this dispicable situation. Pól is as entitled to enjoy the peace dividend as anybody else. What justice is there in a aging man behind seperated from his loving wife for the sake of a piece of paper being stamped?? Remember Pól was merely awaiting the receipt of his renewed work permit when he was arrested by an over zealous immigration official.
    Why would the brits seek Póls deportation, remember they stopped seeking his extradition more than ten years ago. In fact, the only decent thing the brits could have done in this situation was to pressure the U.S. to see the error of their ways, but i guess the lap dog mentality didn’t end with Blair!!!
    In relation to where Pól will be deported to, why would an Irishman not be deported to Ireland?
    Instead of outdated, hate filled, secterian rants would it not be better to treat this case as the human trafedy that it is?

    Beir bua

  • Skintown Lad

    What did he do?

  • RepublicanStones

    ‘Since someone finally asked…’

    And here’s me thinking you were from the planet Vhrool !

  • Dread Cthulhu

    RS: “And here’s me thinking you were from the planet Vhrool ! ”

    Y’know, RS, I know you think you’re a wit and I will allow you’re about half right… but, frankly, there are only so many “counter-productive” acts that a body can explain, leastwise if they have intellectual honesty.

    Besides, if you were going to make that sort of mistake, I’d be from R’lyeh…

  • RepublicanStones

    Dread, I get the feeling you dislike me 🙁

    But thanks for correcting me as to your home planet.

  • sinless

    Family Member: Why the attack on me? I wish him all the best, at all levels. On the plus side, I am sure Martin Ferris will pick him up when he gets out.

    And to further clarify: Sinn Fein and the Provos make me sick. Though I understand families have to crawl to the powers that be, I can think of nicer people than them to bend the knee to.

    I would like to see justice for all Irish republican prisoners in Britain, the US, Ireland, Lithuania and so one. Frankly my dear, most people don’t give a damn. But let us see how it goes.

    The return of Mr Brennan will give Adams sometihng to slabber on about.

  • sinless

    http://www.irishfreedomcommittee.net/POWs/ifc_pow_dept.htm Brennan’s mug shot is here. Somebody cares.

    http://www.irishfreedomcommittee.net/POWs/IPOWS_LIST.htm
    http://irpwa.blogspot.com/

    Just some of the others wearing the felon’s cap, the noblest crown etc

  • Dread Cthulhu

    RS: “Dread, I get the feeling you dislike me :(”

    I might, if I bothered to give the matter any thought.

    RS: “But thanks for correcting me as to your home planet. ”

    Another poor sally, RS. R’yleh is a city. Mayhap if you’d read something other than talking points and manifestos, you’d have broader appreciation for literature… but then, mayhap not.

  • RepublicanStones

    ‘I might, if I bothered to give the matter any thought.’

    How will i sleep tonight !

    Don’t really go in for manifestos, (whats the point in reading a bunch of promises they’re not gonna keep). Sci Fi and horror aint my bag either as regards literature, although I wouldn’t be so pompus as to believe people who don’t share my personal taste have no appreciation for the art form.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Mayhap, RS, but I wasn’t the one who decided to snipe, either.

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