Britain’s Secret Terror Force BBC 1 9pm. Leo Telling Producer and Director.
Posted by celticman on Fri, 22 Nov 2013
The Troubles. 1972. The IRA set off 1800 bombs in Belfast that year. They set up roadblocks to protect Catholics from the tit-for-tat drive-by shootings from Loyalists. The British Government or British Army decided to introduce the counter-insurgency tactics used in Kenya by Brigadiers with hyphenated names. But this was closer to home and it wasn’t blacks that were being shot, albeit it was working class Catholics. Hard working fathers like Patrick Veight. Children like eighteen-year old Daniel Rooney. Geoffrey Johnson stands up in the Houses of Parliament and tells its members that there was no shoot to kill policy operating in Northern Ireland. That somehow sounds vaguely familiar. The Parachute Regiment shooting unarmed civilians in what became known as Bloody Sunday. Death on the Rock of Gibraltar.
Here elite British soldiers seconded to the Military Reaction Force (MRF) seven men interviewed, said plainly they had a job to do and they done it. That job was killing people. They did their job and had no regrets. I have no argument with those soldiers. There was an almost comic interlude when the reporter John Ware was sent somewhere in Australia to interview a closed front door. Behind that door was Clive (Tap) Williams he refused to be interviewed as was his right. He was also named as the shooter and tried for the murder of Daniel Rooney. At the trial his weapon of choice for black ops such as this was shown to be the Thomson Machine Gun—favoured by the IRA. Unfortunately, for him the weapon was traced and the casings forensically matched with a weapon he claimed not to have, but admitted later he did have. Routine forensic hospital swabs of those injured or killed in sectarian shootings also showed another consistent pattern, the victims had not handled weapons or explosives. Tap Williams was not convicted of any offence. This is the equivalent of the dog ate my homework routine. Follow the career paths of those in the MRF such as Tap Williams and Lieutenant Hamish McCurrach who like most upper-class chappies admitted to having a Thompson machine gun in his armoire and had loaned it to Tap for the night, as one does, and you’ll find a path of career promotion. Tap gets promoted. Lieutenant Hamish become Brigadier General McCurrach.
So to draw a line under all this. We had The Shankhill Butchers, Mad Dog and the Reverend Ian Paisley (now residing in a segregated heaven). We had Gerry Adams and the IRA blowing everybody up. We had the British Army and Tap doing whatever the hell they wanted, because they were in the right. It was illegally legal. Something like the Jerremy Kyle show with souped up Cortinas of the seventies Sweeney era, Thomson machine guns and shooting out of car windows at men with long hair, that look a bit suspect and probably aren’t even working. God help us. It could never happen now (Discuss).