This letter appeared in The Irish News today Thursday January 4th 2018
FIFTY Glenanne victims’ families, with ‘Justice for the Forgotten’ and the Pat Finucane Centre, appealed (December 8) to constabulary chief George Hamiliton.
They asked him to aid their inquiry into crown collusion in the Glenanne Gang murders and stop stonewalling grieving families with frivolous delays. Mr Hamilton wants to make these families wait for the sort of watered-down inquiry that the DUP will agree.
He followed the script by James Brokenshire and British officialdom to block progress towards nationalists rights, much less national reunification – blame divisions and claim nationalist rights require a DUP permission slip. Crown officials think they can DUPe nationalists.
Mr Hamilton addressed his replay (December 15) to “elected representatives with responsibility for policing”, implying it was their problem not his. Two years ago, gifted a major platform at the West Belfast Festival, Mr Hamilton boasted: ” I’m not going to be fettered by secretaries of state, prime ministers or anyone else.”
Now he blames being fettered by politicians, judges, courts, budgets, too few detectives, political vacuums, lack of structures, legal challenges and the inability of political leaders to reach agreement.
The implications of Glenanne Gang collusion are stark. This criminal gang tallied more than 120 murders, like the Dublin-Monaghan bombings, Miami Showband etc. It included members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, Ulster Defence Regiment and paid agents, all supporting British rule. Any genuine police service would want to uncover the full scope of the British collusion network needed to committ and get away with so many murders.
European law and Belfast judges say these families have a right to know. Mr Hamilton, like Mr Brokenshire, pretends such rights can be ignored without DUP agreement. What can the Glenanne families expect from a DUP-agreed inquiry? While vetoing inquest funds Arlene Foster said: “a lot of innocent victims feel that their voice has not been heard recently and there has been an imbalance in relation to state killings as opposed to paramilitary killings”.
Would she agree to any inquiry that might uncover British state forces’ complicity in 120 loyalist killings? Does Ms Foster think Glenanne victims innocent or feel since supporters of British rule targeted them, they must be guilty of something? No matter the issue, British officials think they can blame divisions and play their sham DUP veto to trample nationalist rights. Can we prove them wrong?
With many thanks to: MARTIN GALVIN New York.