‘British army murdered Irish civilians’


This video from Britain is called Secret army unit had ‘licence to kill’ unarmed civilians Northern Ireland.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Army ‘terror’ unit murdered unarmed Irish

Friday 22nd November 2013

Ex-members speak out on Britain’s secret cell

A Covert British army unit which operated in 1970s Northern Ireland gunned down and murdered unarmed civilians with seeming impunity, former members have alleged.

As well as targeting suspected IRA members, it is claimed that the shadowy Military Reaction Force (MRF) also carried out drive-by shootings of nationalists despite there being no independent evidence that they were members of the paramilitary group.

Former members of the unit told the BBC’s Panorama programme that they believed they were not subject to military regulations prohibiting firing unless their lives were in immediate danger – known as the yellow card.

One said: “We were not there to act like an army unit, we were there to act like a terror group. We were there in a position to go after IRA and kill them when we found them.”

The reaction force had around 40 hand-picked men from across the British army. They operated in west Belfast at the height of the Troubles in the early 1970s but were apparently disbanded after 18 months.

Another ex-member said: “If you had a player who was a well-known shooter who carried out quite a lot of assassinations … it would have been very simple, he had to be taken out.”

Seven former members of the force said they believed the yellow card did not apply to them and one described it as a “fuzzy red line,” meaning they acted as they saw fit. Some said they would shoot unarmed targets.

Among those unarmed civilians believed to have been shot by the MRF was Patrick McVeigh, a member of the Catholic Ex-Servicemen’s Club who was fatally shot in the back in 1972.

Patrick Corrigan, director of Amnesty International NI, said the charity had long called for an independent investigation into allegations of extra-judicial executions by the security forces in Northern Ireland.

He said that senior police inquiries had been conducted but never fully published.

The revelations underlined the charity’s call for a new, mechanism to investigate rights violations and abuse in Northern Ireland which must include those who “pulled the strings.”

See also here. And here. And here.

A new book sheds much-needed light on the extent of police collusion during the Troubles, writes PAUL DONOVAN: here.

British secret torture center in Northern Ireland discovery


This video, recorded in England, says about itself:

Pat Finucane: Collusion and the Struggle for Truth, John Finucane

Jun 25, 2012

John Finucane, the son of Belfast human rights lawyer Pat Finucane, who was shot dead by loyalist paramilitaries, talks of his family’s struggle for the truth at an Edge Hill University event.

By Paddy McGuffin:

Britain’s dirty little secret

Wednesday 07 August 2013

The British government operated a secret deep interrogation centre in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, during its 1971 internment campaign but concealed its existence from European courts, it was claimed today.

On August 9 1971, around 350 people were arrested and interned without charge or trial in one of the most infamous operations of the Troubles.

Twelve of the internees were subjected to “deep interrogation” methods involving sleep deprivation, white noise, wall-standing, a diet of bread and water and hooding.

The use of the “five techniques,” as they were known, was officially outlawed by the Heath government in 1972. However, recent cases revealed that the British forces continued to use them up to and during the 2003 Iraq invasion.

In 1978 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared that the 12 and another two men had been subjected to “inhumane and degrading treatment” but stopped short of declaring it torture.

Evidence given to the ECHR by British officials suggested that they had been held at Palace Barracks near Hollywood and Ballykinler in County Down.

But newly declassified documents, unearthed by human rights group the Pat Finucane Centre (PFC), revealed that a secret centre was run in Ballykelly, County Derry, and that the 12 underwent the barbaric “deep interrogation” techniques there.

A previously secret Ministry of Defence memo cites a British Lieutenant Colonel saying: “It was very important to keep secure the existence and location of the centre at Ballykelly where the 12 detainees in question had been interrogated. It was not publicly known that this centre existed as well as others which were known.”

Prior to the ECHR ruling, a government-ordered inquiry was set up to examine the events of internment. But the inquiry, under Sir Edmund Compton, which delivered its report in November 1971, made no mention of Ballykelly.

Compton visited five interrogation sites but Ballykelly was not among them.

A subsequent probe the following year led by Lord Parker also makes no mention of Ballykelly.

Sara Duddy of the PFC told the Star: “We believe the two British inquiries should be binned, as with the Widgery inquiry into Bloody Sunday (commonly regarded as a whitewash).

“We also believe that what was done was possibly illegal under article three of the European Convention on Human Rights which states that there is an absolute prohibition on torture.

“The fact that the British government failed to disclose the existence of Ballykelly to the ECHR, which was investigating allegations of torture shows an absolute lack of respect for the court and human rights.”

The PFC said it had now written to the Irish government, which brought the 1978 ECHR case, to ask it to examine the claims that Britain deliberately concealed the information. It is also preparing a submission to the Committee of Ministers in Europe.

Families of victims of the 1998 Omagh bombing vowed today to take the British and Irish governments to court if they continue to refuse to hold a public inquiry into the atrocity: here.

Captive deer hunted in Northern Ireland


This video from (southern) Ireland says about itself:

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports very much welcomes the passing of legislation in the Dail on 29 June 2010 to outlaw the hounding of deer with a pack of dogs. The successful Wildlife Amendment Bill 2010 bans the Ward Union deerhunt which for 150 years has been terrorising tame red deer.

About carted deer hunting: In carted deer hunting, captive-bred deer were released and chased to exhaustion by a pack of hounds. Although the aim was not to kill the deer, the creatures suffered a gruelling cross-country chase which left them exhausted, injured and at risk of dying from heart failure. Deer have also died while being recaptured.

From Wildlife Extra:

Captive deer being hunted in Northern Ireland

Is deer ‘carting’ still happening in Northern Ireland

March 2013. A recent BBC report has highlighted the practice of ‘carting’ deer. Carting refers to the practice of hunting deer, usually on horseback, that have been kept in captivity for that purpose.

An undercover BBC film crew filmed a deer being kept in a trailer, and then in a shed, for several days, before being released minutes before the hunt appeared outside the shed.

Bovine TB

Ulster Society Prevention Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) have pointed out that this has happened in an area where authorities are currently testing badgers for tb in an effort to prevent tb in cows, yet this deer was kept on a farm with cows.

USPCA said “The law in Northern Ireland must change and consign ‘hunting with dogs’ to the waste bin of history bringing us into line with the rest of the UK. Until that objective is achieved any evidence of ‘carted’ stag hunting should be reported to PSNI as a suspected criminal offence.”

Wheatears and ducklings


Today, again the “Baillon’s crake reserve”.

Near the southern entrance, a sedge warbler singing.

In the canals: grey lag geese, tufted ducks.

Mallard ducklings.

A gadwall duck. One of several mute swan nests.

A northern lapwing, flying and calling.

In the southern lake, a male teal.

A little ringed plover on a mud bank. Little ringed plover photos: here.

Several coots have chicks. Canada geese have goslings.

A redshank.

Common terns flying. A male shoveler swimming.

In the northern lake: Egyptian geese. A common sandpiper on a muddy island. The big group of black-tailed godwits of weeks ago has continued their spring migration to elsewhere. Still, I hear godwit calls and see one on the muddy island.

This is a wheatear video.

Two northern wheatears on the southern dike of the northern part of the reserve.

A couple of Egyptian geese with goslings, standing next to a black swan.

In the northern meadow, oystercatchers and a hare. A barnacle goose. A greenfinch singing.

Snow bunting and Greenland wheatear in Northern Ireland – Photos: here.

Combat 18 nazi vandalism to Irish graves


This video from England says about itself:

MacIntyre Undercover – Chelsea Headhunters [a football hooligan gang in London]

Chelsea Headhunters were infiltrated by investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre for this documentary screened on the BBC on November 9, 1999, in which MacIntyre posed as a wannabe-member of the Chelsea Headhunters. He even had a Chelsea tattoo applied to himself for authenticity. He confirmed the racist elements to the Headhunters and their links to Combat 18, including one top-ranking member who had been imprisoned on one occasion for possession of material related to the Ku Klux Klan. In 2000, Jason Marriner, a member of the Chelsea Headhunters was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in organising a fight with supporters of a rival team, based on evidence captured by Donal MacIntyre and his team. This programme led to arrests and several convictions.

From the British Broadcasting Corporation:

Thursday, 18 June 2009 16:09 UK

Combat 18 slogans daubed on plot

A republican plot in Miltown cemetery in west Belfast has been desecrated with Combat 18 slogans, according to Sinn Féin MLA Paul Maskey.

“Overnight, racist and sectarian slogans, along with Combat 18 graffiti, were daubed on the republican plot in the cemetery,” said Mr Maskey.

“A considerable amount of damage has been done to the graves.”

A PSNI spokeswoman said officers were not aware of the attack, but added they would follow up any reports made.

See also here.

Romania’s ambassador has held talks with senior ministers at Stormont over a series of racist attacks that have forced more than 100 Roma people to flee their homes: here.

Attacks on Romanians in Belfast: here. And here.

Anti-fascist and human rights campaigners are to stage a demonstration in London tomorrow to condemn the sickening race attacks in Belfast which have forced over 100 Romanian immigrants to flee their homes: here.

One hundred Romanian Gypsies who have been subjected to a campaign of racist abuse and intimidation in Northern Ireland are quitting the six counties to return home: here.

Homophobia and racism on rise in Northern Ireland, survey shows: here.

British Labour Party in Northern Ireland? See here.

First ever Montagu’s harrier seen in Northern Ireland


Pallid and Montagu's harriers

From Good Animal News:

Birdwatcher makes first Ulster sighting of rare harrier over Larne coast

Published: April 11, 2007

A bird of prey spotted flying over Larne Lough has been confirmed as the first sighting of the rare Montagu’s harrier in Northern Ireland.

And the birdwatcher who caught sight of the harrier believes climate change may have played a part in bringing it to more northerly climes.

It was initially thought that the bird was a female hen harrier, but, thanks to video footage taken by birding enthusiast Cameron Moore, the Northern Ireland Rarity Committee has just confirmed that it was a female Montagu’s harrier. …

Montagu’s harrier is known as Britain’s rarest breeding bird of prey, travelling north in summer to breed in southern and eastern England – the northern edge of its range, which stretches down through northern Africa.

“The Montagu’s is a little smaller than our common buzzard and has a wing span between 100cm and 120cm and is dark brown in colour,” Mr Moore said.

“The upper wing has a dark line along the secondaries, its tail is long and has a series of bands with a white rump. They eat small birds, rodents and rabbits.” …

The harrier is not the only rare bird Mr Moore has spotted.

In January this year he was walking with his grandson along the shore in Whitehead when he caught sight of a rare Bonaparte’s gull, a bird native to Canada.

Birds and climate change: here.

Hen harrier in England: here.

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