Parallel development: the Workers Party and the Progressive Unionist Party in Northern Ireland

[…] and UDA member David Fogel gave an interview to the London Times.(1) In it he denounced sectarianism and said that he hoped that one day ‘the Official IRA and the UDA would work together, because both organisations have the working people at heart’ (Boulton, 1974; 182-183). Sadly, for all that Glen Barr’s founding of […]

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The SAS, their early days in Ireland and the Wilson Plot

AMBUSH: the war between the SAS and the IRA James Adams, Robin Morgan and Anthony Bambridge (Pan, London 1988, 200 pp £3.99) Following the Gibralter shootings, the Sunday Times ‘Insight’ team lead the campaign to discredit eyewitness accounts of how the SAS killed the IRA unit.(1) Ambush is their account of the shootings and […]

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Wallace Clippings planted on Chapman Pincher

Just for the historical record, these rather faded cuttings from the Daily Express are just two of the stories that Wallace planted on Chapman Pincher while working in Information Policy. By Chapman Pincher the man who gives you tomorrow’s news -today THE SECURITY forces in Northern Ireland are facing a serious threat from American ex-Vietnam … Read more

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Out of the blue and into the black

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[…] Robert Nairac to Duncan Campbell of The New Statesman in 1984, they were credible because Holroyd was a loyal Army Intelligence Captain with absolutely no sympathies for IRA terrorism. (1) Despite efforts on the part of Martin Dillon in The Dirty War (Hutchinson, 1989) to smear Holroyd as an embittered ex-soldier motivated purely by […]

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The Enemy Within; the IRA’s War Against the British

[…] As usual with British authors working this field, most of his sources are unnamed; but his ‘former officer at the Yard’, ‘a contact in MI5’, ‘a senior IRA intelligence officer’, ‘a former general’, ‘a friend in the RUC’ and so forth, tell a story of continuous internecine warfare between the various bureaucracies, and covert […]

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Northern Ireland redux

[…] it was clear evidence to anyone. Taylor describes how, using state intelligence, the UDA’s ‘targeting’ of the Nationalist community improved: fewer Catholics were murdered at random, more IRA members. Another way of describing these events would be this: the British Army was running the UDA’s assassins against the IRA – and successfully, too. In […]

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MI5: New Threats for Old? Turning up the Heat: MI5 after the Cold War

[…] Box 4769, London WC1N 3XX; cheques payable to Larry O’Hara. Since 1945 MI5 has had three main domestic targets: Soviet bloc espionage, the British Left and the IRA. With the Soviet target gone, and the British Left of no consequence for the foreseeable future, all that remains of the old agenda is the IRA. […]

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Wallace on Pincher on Wallace

[…] formally transferred to it on promotion. It is significant that neither MOD nor the security services prevented that transfer. p. 160 ‘Clockwork Orange attempted to link the IRA with the KGB and other foreign intelligence agencies supplying weapons and explosives. Wallace, for example, had the task of planting a false story that a submarine […]

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The Cecil King coup plot

[…] of these European groups did not engage in mass terror against the general public.(15) The situation in Northern Ireland was different, but not completely different. The Provisional IRA were (and remain) a green fascist terrorist organisation with a petty bourgeois politics and political leadership whose occasional pretensions to social radicalism are a sham.(16)However, they […]

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The Myth of the SAS

[…] a serious embarrassment. According to de la Billiere, for a while 22 SAS had ‘the smell of corruption hanging over it’ (p. 289). The War against the IRA When de la Billiere finally became Director of the SAS at the end of 1978, its main commitment was to combat terrorism both in Britain and […]

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