Thursday, March 24, 2005


Thursday Thoughts:MI5

I've been reading Joe Tierney's extraordinary book, The Dublin And Monaghan bombings And The Murder Triangle, and a very interesting part of the book is in relation to MI5 involvement in political affairs.The following excerpt is taken from page 265:

"As mentioned in chapter 1, the decision by loyalists, assisted by their undercover allies in the various branches of the security forces, to bomb the Republic was taken shortly after the signing of the Sunningdale Agreement in December 1973 - long before the start of the UWC strike.The objective of both the bombings and the strike was twofold: (a) to collapse the Agreement and undermine the British Prime Minister of the time, Harold Wislon, whom sections of the right-wing British establishment believed was a closet communist with links to the Soviet Union and who was soft on republicanism and (b) to force the Dublin government into cracking down hard on activites of the IRA.
On a visit to Dublin in 1972, as leader of the Labour Opposition, Harold Wilson had said in a speech that he could envisage a united Ireland within fifteen years.The speech outraged those right wing elements, including a group of right wing officers within MI5, who Wilson himself believed later plotted against him.
In an interview with two British journalists, Barry Penrose and Roger Courtiour, in 1976, and shortly after his resignation, Wilson claimed that a right wing MI5 faction had been collaborating with American and South African intelligence to organise a smear campaign against him in the 1974/75 period. 'I'm not certain,' Wilson declared, 'that for the last eight months when I was Prime Minister I knew what was happening fully in Security.' He complained that the security services were incapable of distinguishing between socialism and communism and that a story had been put about of a 'pro-Soviet cell in No 10'. He alleged a level of interference by the security services that bordered on professional treachery and suggested a Royal Commission be set up to examine their accountability."

This is amazing stuff from an amazing book.This is why I'm surprised that the only blogs to have commentated on this book have been United Irelander and The N.Irish Magyar.Indeed, if one looks up the book's author 'Joe Tierney' in Technorati, United Irelander is found to be the only blog serialising his book.Why won't more people acknowledge Joe Tierney's story?


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