Wednesday, May 03, 2006


'British govt used UDA as death squad'

Did the British use the UDA? I was very interested to hear that the Pat Finucane Centre in Derry has claimed to have uncovered new evidence of collusion between the British army and loyalist paramilitaries.

The organisation says papers uncovered in London show the British government knew more than 30 years ago that the Ulster Defence Regiment was deeply infiltrated by loyalist groups.

The secret intelligence briefing concludes that between 5% and 15% of UDR member were also members of the UDA and UVF and the regiment was an important source of guns for these loyalist groups.

The Pat Finucane Centre says the Troubles could have ended years earlier if successive British Prime Ministers had acted rather than turning a blind eye to such information.

Worse still, it also claims to have found evidence that the UDA was used as a death squad as part of an official British government strategy to tackle the IRA.

Collusion is not an illusion and I am certain from my reading of this subject that elements from within British security were involved alongside loyalist paramilitaries in the murder of Irish people on both sides of the Irish border.

I am shocked and appalled however at the claim that it was "official British government strategy" to use the UDA as a death squad.

If this is true then it is a damning indictment of British rule in Ireland.

What the hell were the British up to in this island of ours?


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