Tuesday, October 02, 2007

More Holes Than A Block Of Swiss Cheese

Derry INLA has discovered that a senior person in its ranks has been doubling as a British agent for two decades. The paramilitary organisation found out that the man had been passing information to both MI5 and Special Branch since 1985.

Apparently he was a central figure in the organisation throughout the 1980s and 1990s and would have been aware of INLA 'operations' in the city.

Of course, this comes as no surprise. Whether it's the provos, Irps or indeed loyalists, it's been obvious for years that the British infiltrated the north's armed organisations to such an extent that each of them was compromised beyond belief- Donaldson in the IRA, collusion between North Belfast UVF and the security forces, and now this senior INLA operative in Derry- the line between British state and paramilitary groups was hopelessly blurred.

What still has to be revealed is the extent to which each of our friendly neighbourhood terrorist groups was infiltrated. If you'd asked the British Government twenty years ago where they'd like paramilitary organisations to end up, the chances are that they would have said a) decommissioned and participating in the democratic process, or b) reduced to nothing more than an ineffective handful of irrelevant armchair generals- looking at the situation we have now, the proof of the pudding is in the eating: the provos became the former, the INLA (and increasingly the loyalist organisations) the latter. This clearly didn't come about by accident- it's obviously by design.

As the process moves forward, it's only a matter of time before more truths of the Troubles leak out. Watch this space.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I look forward to a full investigation of 'the spooks' - and then we will see what the 'Freedom Fighters' were really up to!!