US Government Helsinki Commission Focus on Collusion


Just hours after the ‘brouhaha’ of the St Patricks Day celebrations in Washington a very different gathering focusing on Irish affairs took place in the US Capital.

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (The Helsinki Commission) met to take evidence about collusion by the British Military with paramilitary gangs during ‘the troubles’.

Helsinki Commission Chair Rep. Chris Smith told the meeting:

“For years, British officials denied collusion in crimes committed by paramilitaries,” he went on “In recent years, evidence has mounted that its security services enabled or had advance knowledge of a substantial number of paramilitary murders. We hope to find out what the British government has done in response.”

There were two significant witnesses to provide testimony to the Commission.

Veteran journalist Anne Cadwallader who wrote the groundbreaking book ‘Lethal Allies’ about the slaughter wrought by murder-gangs in Ireland and also Geraldine Finucane widow of murdered Belfast lawyer Pat Finucane who is still endeavouring to establish the truth about the collusion of the British State in her husbands murder.

The Celtic League has said for years that the counter-insurgency policy of the British State in Ireland was underwritten by a strategy to utilise locally recruited murder gangs. This was a strategy that was openly taught at the British army staff colleges of the day and was a strategy the British had developed first in Malaya and subsequently in other colonial ‘emergencies’.

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It seems now the process of establishing the depth of this collusion is now unstoppable and we can only hope that the Helsinki Commission remains focused on this objective.

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J B Moffatt (Mr)

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Celtic League


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