The Dublin And Monaghan Bombings And The Apologist Agenda

On the afternoon of the 17th of May, 1974, as rush-hour commuters made their way through Dublin’s city-centre, three car-bombs exploded within the space of four minutes. The streets were filled with an unusually high number of pedestrians and vehicles due to a planned bus-strike and the targeted locations, Parnell Street, Talbot Street and South Leinster Street,… Read More The Dublin And Monaghan Bombings And The Apologist Agenda

Captain Robert Nairac, Britain’s Death Squad Adventurer

2016 may be the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916, and some journalists employed by the main titles of the Independent News & Media organisation may be half-heartedly mimicking a more liberal tone, but the old hands of the IN&M newsrooms remain true believers in a manipulative view of Ireland’s history which makes savage natives of the Irish, and civilizing colonists of the British. So there… Read More Captain Robert Nairac, Britain’s Death Squad Adventurer

Pat Finucane, The Assassination Of An Irish Lawyer By British Terrorists

More on the slow unravelling of the secrecy and deception which obscured most aspects of Britain’s counter-insurgency war in Ireland from the late 1960s to early 2000s. The family of Pat Finucane, the Irish lawyer assassinated in 1989 by gunmen from the UDA-UFF (the largest British terrorist faction in the country), is bringing a case to the courts in Belfast demanding a… Read More Pat Finucane, The Assassination Of An Irish Lawyer By British Terrorists

Special Forces, Special Operations, Special Rules

In a similar vein to yesterday’s post on James Fallows’ controversial critique of the United States’ military in the Atlantic magazine comes this article by Nick Turse over on Tom’s Dispatch examining the remarkable growth of America’s special forces contingents since 2001. As with Britain’s counter-insurgency war in Ireland from the 1970s to late ’90s (and arguably to the present day) a… Read More Special Forces, Special Operations, Special Rules

Plenty Of Sinister Fringes To Go Around

From a report by the “Irish” Sunday People newspaper in July 2004: “At least three Garda officers in the scandal-hit force in Donegal were secret agents for British military intelligence, The Irish People can reveal. Garda Special Branch detectives have launched a secret probe into finding the to date un-named moles who supplied intelligence on IRA… Read More Plenty Of Sinister Fringes To Go Around

Death Squad Britain – The Past That Won’t Stay Hidden

Regular readers of An Sionnach Fionn will know how many times we have examined in detail the activities of Britain’s various official and unofficial forces participating in its thirty year long counter-insurgency war against the Irish Republican Army and others in Ireland. Of the official forces perhaps the most infamous have been the covert units… Read More Death Squad Britain – The Past That Won’t Stay Hidden

Thoughtcrime Does Not Entail Death – Just Surveillance

Thanks to the big splash in today’s Guardian newspaper we now have more evidence of just how far we have travelled into an Orwellian present (not future). “Britain’s spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world’s phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams… Read More Thoughtcrime Does Not Entail Death – Just Surveillance

More Accounts Of Death Squad Britain

Veteran Irish journalist and author Ed Moloney and his colleague Bob Mitchell continue their investigations into the Military Reaction Force (MRF), a British Army death squad that operated in the north-east of Ireland during the early 1970s. Its notoriety and reckless nature (with carloads of heavily armed undercover soldiers carrying out random drive-by shootings of the civilian populace in the city… Read More More Accounts Of Death Squad Britain

Counter-Gangs – The Origins Of British Terrorism In Ireland

I’ve devoted considerable space on An Sionnach Fionn to cataloguing Britain’s dirty war in Ireland highlighting a wide range of evidence gathered over the last forty years by human rights organisations, journalists and historians. Now the independent news and current affairs site Spinwatch has worked with the Pat Finucane Centre to publish a new study, “COUNTER-GANGS: A history of undercover military units in Northern… Read More Counter-Gangs – The Origins Of British Terrorism In Ireland

Ian Hurst, Derek Haslam And Hackgate

More on Britain’s “super-spy” Ian Hurst (aka. Martin Ingram) with an alleged phone recording of the former soldier from the notorious Force Research Unit (FRU) in conversation with Derek Haslam, an undercover police officer from Scotland Yard. The FRU was a British Military Intelligence group that conducted part of Britain’s counter-insurgency war against the Irish Republican Army through the control of Britain’s terror… Read More Ian Hurst, Derek Haslam And Hackgate

Named And Shamed – The Faces Of Britain’s Death Squads In Ireland

Following the report by the former UN war crimes investigator, Sir Desmond da Silva, into the 1989 assassination of the Irish human rights lawyer Pat Finucane by British terrorists under the control of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, the former British paramilitary police force in the North of Ireland, a greater focus in now on those behind Britain’s “Dirty War” in Ireland. The veteran Irish journalist Ed Moloney, with his colleague… Read More Named And Shamed – The Faces Of Britain’s Death Squads In Ireland

Pat Finucane – A Victim Of Britain’s State-Sponsored Terrorism In Ireland

On the 12th of Februaray 1989 the respected Irish civil rights lawyer Pat Finucane was sitting down to a Sunday dinner in his north Belfast home with his wife Geraldine and their three young children. Pat was a northern Roman Catholic from a large working-class Nationalist family and Geraldine a northern Protestant from a middle-class Unionist background both of whom had met and fallen in… Read More Pat Finucane – A Victim Of Britain’s State-Sponsored Terrorism In Ireland

Fantasy Troubles Part III – Britain’s Superspies!

Back in December 2011 I addressed the grossly exaggerated issue of the alleged penetration of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army by British intelligence agents and double-agents in the 1980s and ‘90s, concluding that: “The majority of tactical intelligence gathered by the British Forces, the sort of intelligence that saw weapons and explosives captured, ambushes and attacks thwarted,… Read More Fantasy Troubles Part III – Britain’s Superspies!