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Justice For The Craigavon Two -Fight This Miscarriage of Justice

Posted in Alex McGuigan, Belfast, campaigns, Collusion, Community, History, Human Rights, Imperialism, Internationalism, Internment, Ireland, Police brutality, Political prisoners, PR, PSNI/RUC, RUC/PSNI, Sectarianism, Solidarity, Stormont, Supergrass Trials, Sureveillance, The Craigavon Two with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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By now the gross miscarriage of justice visited upon two men, John-Paul Wooton (who when arrested was merely 17 years of age) and Brendan McConville should be reverberating around the world.  Both were hastily arrested following the shooting of a member of the local paramilitary police force, the PSNI/RUC.  Both were held illegally over the maximum limit of time of detention for questioning that the British government supposedly legislates for.  Both men, during detention following arrest, at their trial and post-conviction, that saw them both imprisoned for life, have consistently denied any involvement in the ‘crime’ they have been accused of.  Add into the mix the significant involvement of the shady operatives of the British intelligence agencies, flawed electronic surveillance and highly dubious witnesses and we have all the ingredients of yet another ‘fitting up’ of Irish people by the British establishment seeking a hasty arrest and conviction for their satisfaction.

As we have seen in the not too distant past, the British judiciary who along with the Legislature and Executive constitute ‘Government’ in the so-called Liberal Democratic model, although supposedly independent of each other, they are very far from it, not least their use of Diplock political trials.  A casual glance at Hansard, where one can read Lord Denning’s legal opinion regarding overturning clear miscarriages of justices, in the following quote he is referring to the Birmingham Six:

“Just consider the course of events if this action is allowed to proceed to trial. If the six men fail it will mean much time and money will have been expended to no good purpose. If the six men win, it will mean that the police are guilty of perjury, that they are guilty of violence and threats, that the confessions were invented and improperly admitted in evidence and the convictions were erroneous.

“This is such an appalling vista that every sensible person in the land would say that it cannot be right that these actions should go any further.”

This attitude is still clearly prevalent within the British judiciary and structurally the British government, which in short means that it is better to have innocent people imprisoned than for the public to become aware of miscarriages of justice.  So much for Liberal-Democracy’s supposed in built ‘checks and balances!’

 

Justice For the Craigavon Two Website

Perhaps the best resource for learning more about the gross miscarriage of justice against young John-Paul Wooton and Brendan Mcconville is the excellent campaigning website Justice for the Craigavon Two which has excellent details regarding the entire case, the PSNI/RUC abuses, the deviant involvement of British intelligence agencies, the farce of a trial and the latest in the campaign to free these two innocent men.  I have included an article from the website in the form of a letter from The Craigavon Two, which everyone should read closely and please share this appeal from two innocent men:

We Are Innocent!

On the 30th of March 2012 we, Brendan Mc Conville and John Paul Wootton, were convicted, and sentenced to spend the rest of our lives in prison, for the fatal shooting of Constable Steven Carroll in Craigavon on the 9th of March 2010.

While We fully understanding and empathise with the grief of the Carroll family and with no desire to exacerbate that grief, we wish to take this opportunity to state publicly that we have been convicted of something that we had nothing to do with, we are innocent and we do not believe that we received a fair hearing at our trial under a diplock court.

Further to this we also believe that Justice Girvan erred in his judgement of the information presented and convicted us more on the emotional and political furore created by the case than on the evidence presented. For this reason we have instructed our legal teams to appeal our convictions.

This appeal will centre on the following pieces of evidential information that were never fully dealt with by Justice Girvan, they are;

  • The prosecutions’ key witness, witness M, despite having a prescribed impairment of his sight, claimed that he seen Brendan Mc Conville at a distance that would be medical impossible,
  • It took witness M almost a year to come forward with this information and since that date he has been given anonymity and provided for in protective custody.
  • Witness M’s eye-witness account described Brendan as wearing a coat of a different style and colour from that presented by the prosecution,
  • This coat, recovered within hours of the shooting, was dry yet the weather conditions at the time  were rainy,
  • The forensic examination of this coat and the fire-arm recovered after the shooting did not match,
  • Although multiple sources of DNA were found on the coat only Brendans’ were followed up on,
  • A tracking device that had allegedly been planted on John Paul’s car by MI5 and was used as evidence to place us at the scene of the shooting, went ‘missing’ for a period of time, only to be returned in an altered state and “with data missing”,
  • Although the assault rifle and several rounds of ammunition used in the shooting were recovered no forensic link was made with either of us.

In short a case that placed us at the scene and attributed any role to us was never made, let alone proven. Rather, because the PSNI/MI5 were under so much pressure to obtain a conviction, evidence was constructed and altered to ‘fit the case’ and not examined as pieces of information that could prove or disprove our innocence.

Hopefully this miscarriage of justice can be over turned at our appeal and this nightmare of suffering for us and our families ended. However, after the experience we have already had we do not have a great deal of confidence in the criminal justice system, hence, we are asking you, the public, to follow the course of our appeal and to see for yourself the manner in which information is dealt with and how ‘justice’ is being administered in your name. Let’s not wait 15 – 20 years to deal with a miscarriage of justice, let us do so now,

Yours

Brendan Mc Conville and John Paul Wootton.

Maghaberry Jail Co. Antrim

 

 

Please share, visit the campaign website and ask what you can do to help!  You could be next!

Alex Mcguigan

 

 

 

 

Operation Gladio in Ireland “Project Echoes”

Posted in Alex McGuigan, Bourgeoisie, campaigns, Censorship, Collusion, death squads, Imperialism, Internationalism, Ireland, Polarisation of the classes, Racism, Revisionism, RUC/PSNI, Sectarianism, State sponsored murder, SUMMARY EXECUTION, Sureveillance, Syria, Thatcher, zionism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars
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For those not familiar with Collusion and State sponsored murders in Ireland, Project Echoes was an alleged Operation Gladio linked secret joint venture involving Apartheid South Africa’s notorious Vlakplaas unit, Civil Co-operation Bureau (C.C.B), the RUC Special Branch, Armscor, Loyalist paramilitaries and members of the British security services. Some of the key players will be fairly well known, for instance Brian Nelson, British military intelligence’s Force Research Unit’s top agent and UDA chief intelligence officer. Project Echoes was just one of a series of Gladio-related operations in Ireland.

Other Project Echoes’ players from the South African Apartheid regime, such as ex-pat Loyalist, Charlie Simpson, Leon Flores, Eugene De Kock and Pamela Du Randt, will not be household names but they were key players in a murky world of collusion, torture, murder and international intrigue.  Former Tory MP, for Basingstoke, turned Paisleyite Democratic Unionist Party member, Andrew Hunter, who had long been in the pay of British intelligence, also figures prominently in the Project Echoes story.

An important part of the Project Echoes story, are the joint operations that resulted in the murders, or attempted murders, of exiled opponents of the Apartheid regime.  Arguably at the top of their hit-list was Dick Coetzee, a former hit-man for the Vlakplass unit, who ‘defected’ to the ANC in the late 1980s. Although, it should be stressed that Coetzee’s defection was more for self-preservation reasons, than any ideological conversion to anti-racism or multi-culturalism!

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Dulcie September, ANC Paris rep murdered by ‘Project Echoes’ operatives

Dirk Coetzee survived several assassination attempts, including one very near miss in London by a joint RUC/Loyalist paramilitary hit squad. Many others were not so lucky, including the ANC’s representative in France, Dulcie September, who was murdered by a similar squad in March 1988. A South African born academic, Adrian Guelke, who was a lecturer at Queens University, Belfast, was shot and badly injured by a pro-British loyalist hit-squad, in September 1991.  The unsuccessful murder bid occurred at his Fitzwilliam Street home, just off the Lisburn Road, in South Belfast. This attempted murder was a payment in kind to the Apartheid intelligence services by Loyalist paramilitaries based in Belfast and Mid-Ulster.

Another Irish academic, this time at the Coleraine campus of the University of Ulster, was also targeted several times by Loyalist paramilitaries at the behest of the Apartheid state. British military intelligence spooks linked to Project Echoes planted false stories in the media, wrongly linking the unfortunate lecturer to armed Republican groups in an attempt to primarily sabotage his career. Their other intention was to further raise his profile as a prospective target for assassination by pro-British Loyalist death squads.

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Paul Larkin in an expose on ‘Collusion’ and State sponsored murder in Ireland, has a chapter on the subject of Project Echoes in his book, A Very British Jihad. The Pat Finucane Centre and the Troops Out Movement also have some material on Project Echoes, which was available on their respective websites.

A name that constantly crops in all areas of this phase of the British Collusion project with Loyalist paramilitary terrorists is Irish born ex-pat, Charlie Simpson. Simpson, was a Loyalist paramilitary and British intelligence asset who served with units of the then Rhodesian Special Forces and later in Apartheid South Africa’s dirty world of state sponsored murder. In many respects, Simpson seems to have been the link man during key stages of Project Echoes, having accumulated years of specialist military training and indoctrination into the far-Right values of the various organs of the Apartheid state.

At some stage, hopefully, there will be a more in depth, comprehensive insight published into the foul and murky world of British state collusion with Loyalist paramilitaries and the murders of Irish citizens, often at the behest of foreign intelligence agencies. These brutal sectarian murders often occurred at the behest of reactionary, true Rogue States, such as Apartheid South Africa and Israel or as payment in kind for receiving military ordinance or training.

Paul Larkin’s book mentions assassination attempts on Apartheid South African dissidents and even London Mayoral candidate, Ken Livingstone, by joint RUC/UVF death-squads exported to London and guaranteed safe passage back to the North of Ireland. These contract murder attempts, at the behest of Apartheid South Africa, involved the late Loyalist Godfather and British security service asset, Billy King Rat Wright and Mid-Ulster RUC Special Branch members. The attempted hit on Ken Livingstone, was planned to take place as he made his way to work on the tube, to the then Greater London Council’s Headquarters.

Project Echoes remains an element of state-sponsored collusion that has largely escaped the glare of publicity and for many in this supposed era of so-called ‘new dispensation’, it will be an inconvenient truth.  Mid-Ulster, since the first years of the post-1969 period of conflict referred to as The Troubles, has always been at the heart of collusion between British state agencies and Loyalist paramilitaries. In many ways, that particular area of the north of Ireland, with it’s blurred lines between policing, British military intelligence and Loyalism, functioned as an open air, counter-insurgency laboratory.  It can therefore be no surprise, that some of the North’s most prolific and most protected Loyalist serial murderers originated in Mid-Ulster, for instance, Robin the Jackal Jackson and Billy King Rat Wright. The details of Project Echoes may never be fully exposed and like all dirty state secrets concerning British collusion in Ireland, the British government although clearly culpable, will censor, obstruct and frustrate those who seek the truth.

(I originally published a shorter version of this article in 2010 under the pseudonym ‘Iskra’ which was later shared by the Revolutionary Communist Party of Great Britain/Marxist Leninist’s website)

Alex McGuigan

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POLITICAL POLICING CONTINUES!

Posted in Sureveillance, Uncategorized, Vol. Matt McLarnon Cumann with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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The targeted stop and searching of a West Belfast IRSP activist at the hands of the British police yesterday, raises questions as to the existence of a team within the PSNI detailed specifically with following and harassing activists of the Republican Socialist Movement.

Late last year the Matt McLarnon Cumann reported on how its members while painting an anti-political policing mural on the Falls Road, were set upon by a number of men with English accents dressed in PSNI uniforms who disembarked from a jeep in military style formation before confronting our activists in an overtly aggressive fashion, beyond that of even usual home grown peelers.

On that night, the individuals with English accents appeared to direct local PSNI officers on how and when to search the IRSP members.
Yesterday evening, a member of the Matt McLarnon Cumann who was confronted by Brits that night at the mural site was followed while driving in the Clonard area before pulling over after being signalled to stop by the Jeep.

Once again men with English accents disembarked in a military like fashion surrounding the car at gun point, and once again on being joined by local PSNI officers, the Brits barked orders to local cops as regards how and when the activist (and his vehicle) was to be searched.

The local PSNI officers complied accordingly with their colonial bosses and conducted a prolonged and thorough search, including of children’s school bags which were in the car.

Notably one of the Brits appeared to have detailed knowledge of the member’s car, being able to shout to a local PSNI officer the location of a difficult to find switch which unlocked the boot of the car.

At no time during the search was the member even asked his name, suggesting that the Brits clearly in charge of the PSNI unit had prior knowledge of his personal information.

The nature of this search suggests to the IRSP that a British led unit of the PSNI has been tasked specifically with the following, harassing and searching of our activists.

Let us remind these people that our movement is one which has long endured harassment and worse at the hands of shadowy British military groupings. There is no more a chance of our members bowing to your harassment today than at any time in our past.

‘The IRSP never asked for any quarter during the armed conflict, as we afforded none, and that position remains the same. We caution those who would seek to suppress us or the Irish working class. Beware the thing that is risen.’

Source: Vol.Matt McLarnon IRSP Cumann, L/Falls, Belfast

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Editors note:  If any IRSP members, supporters or family members are approached by these faceless spooks please report it to your local area’s IRSP cumann, a known IRSP rep or go to Costello House, to ensure their sinister activities are known.  These undercover forces of British imperialism are active in all Republican areas and they certainly have not gone away! (Alex McGuigan)

Living In A Surveillance Society

Posted in activism, Human Rights, Sureveillance on August 2, 2013 by The Plough & The Stars

Whether we like it or not, there are few moments of the day which are actually our own.  Our fascination and fears of living in an Orwellian surveillance Dystopia are well founded, with near 100% CCTV blanket coverage in most population centres. It has become increasingly simple for those charged with spying on us to carry out their job and keep us under surveillance. In contemporary society, the vast majority of the population are electronically monitored from the moment we wake, until we close our eyes for the night and in the interim period of sleep, the All-Seeing Eye of electronic surveillance is constantly there, silently watching.

Tracking

Without even delving into the almost subliminal methods used to track our on-line browsing behaviour, by corporate giants like Google and Microsoft, lets examine an average day for “Mr/Ms Average” in a hypothetically average city. Mr/Ms Average wake up and over breakfast switch on the television for the morning news: Cable, Satellite and all digital viewing patterns are monitored, collated and filed by the ever present media corporations for financial and marketing purposes, at the very least.

If Mr/Ms Average checks their email or cellphone texts their activities are routinely monitored by the likes of Microsoft, Google, their ISP,  cell phone company, not to mention the various agencies charged with protecting national security. The cell phone, with built in GSM capabilities, that Mr/Ms Average is likely to carry to work has been proven to have the capability to accurately triangulate the phone’s position to within a couple of feet.  Not even Mr Orwell could have believed that one day we would quite willingly carry around with us a fully functioning homing beacon, tracking our every action, plus as an added bonus we would gladly pay dearly for the privilege of owning the most up to date, even more sophisticated model!

The journey to work whether by automobile, bus, plane or train is closely monitored by an ever growing forest of CCTV traffic-cameras, passively recording our journeys, from departure to destination.  A growing trend within the automotive industry is to fit new models with tracking devices similar to those previously only used by cash-in-transit armoured trucks. If Mr/Ms Average is employed in an office, shop or virtually any workplace their movements will be monitored by in-house CCTV cameras. Those who use computers in the workplace again invite the attentions of the previously mentioned surveillance giants and most probably their own employers logging their every keystroke. A lunch-break off-premises means further CCTV surveillance from other buildings en route not to mention the ever present cameras officially used to monitor crime in suburban and commercial districts.

Mr/Ms Average’s journey home will be under just as much electronic surveillance as their original journey to work and that’s without factoring in elements such as the ever present ‘law enforcement’, military and news media helicopters providing a near omnipresent eye in the sky. Google Earth and Google Streetview are now available to the general public at the click of a mouse, so just imagine how advanced the capabilities of satellite surveillance have progressed in the hands of those who have been in the spying business professionally for centuries!

Mr/Ms Average’s time is never going to be solely their own ever again. Even if they were to travel to the most desolate regions of the globe, that highly mobile tracking beacon also known as the friendly cellphone is capable of tracking it’s owner to within a few feet.

An Orwellian Dystopia?

For those who happen to be involved with political activism the probabilities that one is not just passively monitored but the subject of a much more intrusive surveillance is a safe bet. And even if someone is not the subject of active surveillance the knowledge that it is a distinct possibility can lead to states of hyper-vigilance and even paranoia in even the most level headed of us.

Should we worry about living in a surveillance society? That is indeed the $50,000 question but the reality of modernity is that Orwell’s dystopian surveillance society is already here to stay and the reality has surpassed any of his wildest dreams. Worrying about anything has never been an effective problem solving method and it is doubly futile to become over anxious about today’s surveillance realities. A simple awareness of the surveillance capabilities in modern society is as good as it gets and we can either adapt our lives accordingly or let paranoia prevail and opt out completely.

With password cracking programs readily available on the Internet to anyone with a computer and a little technical knowledge, the mind boggles as to the surveillance potential of the professional snoopers into our on-line behaviour. It has been said that if most of us knew how vulnerable our PC’s, MAC’s, smart phones, tablets and wireless systems were to hacking and surveillance, the more hypervigilant of us would probably never switch them on again.  Again, correlating with Orwell’s 1984 dystopia is the ‘doublespeak’ of which we are daily exposed to by the likes of Fox, the BBC, CNN and the monopolised media.

George Orwell’s 1984 Surveillance Dystopia has come, then passed and most of us did not even notice or care enough to realise that it has become a 21st Century reality.

“There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.” (George Orwell – 1984)

Alex McGuigan,
Belfast
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