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he was later involved in the massacre of the miami showband in july 975 when 3 band members were killed by members of the klan and gang as they attempted to plant a bomb on the musician's boss. list paramilitaries harris boyle and wesley somerville were killed instantly as the bomb exploded from it surely. well the ulster defense regiment was the largest regiment in the british army it was geographically recruited here and the north of ireland and it only served here in the north of ireland it was essentially a counterinsurgency unit that was set up the big end of the troubles. that itself took over from the discredit the special switch was a special place philip that exists that since the 1920 s. . and it was clear from the outset that the u.d.r. was set up to recruit from within the loyalist unionist community. they were almost
entirely drawn from within the community. declassified documents from british sources from the prime minister's office from the minister of defense secretary of state's office make it quite shockingly clear that from the perspective of the british government it was acceptable to recruit so into the regiment who was an octave loyalist paramilitary who was a member of a loyalist paramilitary group. there's no doubt that the creation of the else the defense regiment was influence for the british show me boy the experience in the empire these kinds of locally right east regimens the what controls and commanded by british offices and as any intrinsic palls of the chain of command bridge show me were common through all of the counterinsurgency campaigns there was a real and genuine hype at the instigation of the regiments that it would be truly cry. i mean see would be known 6 hereon in character but it became apparent very
quickly that that was not going to be the case and the british army was winning in the if with the consequences which was that this would be in many ways the sectarian. many people for a little in this community joined the regiment to get weapons training and to steal weapons and according to the official documents that we funded the u.d.r. it was the largest single source of modern weapons showing to the loyalist paramilitary groups it was a recipe for disaster. and one of the things we noticed whenever we started to do the research was the large numbers of guns that were disappearing from both our you see and u.d.r. armories and places like. this is like the territorial army that was our volunteer force in. the can or to name but a few. now we have
a pictorial of just the devastating effect that one of these columns get out of this is main millimeter starting submachine gong stolen from b.s. on the 20th 24th to me in 1991 and subsequently used to kill a lot of people and seriously injured numerous other people and the attacks were these are the people that i. was with the charge also shows is who was using these columns on here we can see that some of the people who were involved in using these columns were also members of the are you see on the u.d.r. . we can also see as the who all was killed on one of those people who was killed and one of the force that acts with us was used was with my own father who was killed and on the farms over a bridge. behind. we do not as a matter of homes as a matter. of looking for problems. that is the domain of the i.o.c.
they are you see the police was created in the early 1920 s. at the same time as the state of northern ireland was created and it reflected the contested nature of the state it was almost 93 percent drawn from one community and as a both part time element on a full time element there was a militarized force from the outset it was framed on the colonial model of pretty police and. very fraught and fractious relationship with the. nationalist community . as a nonviolent civil rights movement korean force in the late 1960 s. it was the reaction of the r.u.c. to the absolutely and the attacks on the 1st civil rights marches by the police that actually energies the movement mobilized people and left the fuse for the conflict at the time. then in the 1960 s. and 1969 in particular we had a situation where there was coordinated loyalist attacks protectee on the catholic
population of belfast tens of thousands forced to flee their homes the irish army set up refugee camps along the border which put up the refugees flee in the north was striking about these attacks was that the r.u.c. the police actually took part in the attacks on the catholic community and belfast at the time. so instead of preventing them they were active participants in the burning of whole streets in belfast at the time. on the 5th of june 1906 the gang attacked a small rural pope called the rock bar near keady kind. of approaching the pope they shot a local man called mick mcgrath as he left the building. they then detonated a nail bomb which failed to explode.
this particular. members of the local police force the are used. as the attack took place. on and sensing least police officers the lord chief justice went so far as to claim . that they were trying to rid the. us accountable in which the nazi she used to choose. a very important landmark for the campaign and 999 was the fact that we acquired. a bit of john we are who was a former sergeant and they are you see he had been convicted of the merger all of a man called william strathairn and he had served 7 years in prison and prepares an
affidavit outlining. it became available to us in the spring of $9099.00. for the 1st time really we realized that the job of monaghan bombings was linked to so many other attacks north of the border. which was also linked to the miami show bound. to the cast of play and. the murder of john francis korean all of which took place in the republic. in february 2000 and more on judge baron who was conducting the inquiries into the dopamine and bombings mesh with john we are in paris there to lawyers. also mesh with john we are in paris at the same time it was a separate nation and i know all we arrange for the past for no consent. so to
arrange with them at that time as well. i think that the significance of the meeting with we're also we were able to test as often to be able to test the evidence that we put out there and put detailed questions to him we spent several days with them to put different parts of the jigsaw together and began to understand what it was we were kind of thanks to him and thanks to all the evidence that was becoming available for the course he was central to the counting so it was not really fatal me. it was. a member of our special patrol group special patrol was a section of the or you see that would have be the antiterrorist squad the
death but the riots of the store bones. we did not deal with audrey police to teach us to distracted men. we liked that type of auction so it would have attracted officers who would tended to to be more militant than the ordinary policeman. who was approached by gary armstrong in that so they explained to me god we should take the war to the ira instead of sitting back it was i think a lot of people's belief that the all year it was being a lot to operate without much opposition much endurance they explained to me they had already started this by. gone bomb attack on the rock bar and.
the os me if i would be interested in joining what they were doing. i told them i would need to know more about it yes of course i would be interested but they did explain to me that the wall quite a number of people involved. after the odd one meeting was arranged. material was there. in 6 in to me it was on the right you should tell me got a lot of jobs i've been gone up until that. such as dublin monaghan bombings. really fees. bridge. bar bombing and shooting.
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role model. for a crime i didn't commit. i always knew that he was innocent doesn't read to understand that nobody but. you know in the. trial was pretty much a farce. they are having the building for the trial. tell you nobody. stopped laughing not at all you want part of it all. through to me hasn't forgiven himself for something. i knew she was there and i knew exactly what about this to. people life. sometimes there's no explanation.
and. one of the things that i started to realize is that the noise in my head as it me i started the practice of organizing my why you are wrong and what i wanted my wife to be up by even when it conflicted with my internal annoyance so you know why are you i wrote a book but in my head i'm not smart enough people like me don't write books. but what i held myself to it was the action and i started to notice that i could co-exist with that while still living a life that went beyond. the world is driven by a dream shaped by one person or those great. i
am. the bears thinks. we dared to ask. some of the our you see men where names were involved over many years and a number of fatal bombings and shootings alongside paramilitaries in the ulster volunteer force they include r.u.c. man william mcarthur a self-confessed killer. also r.u.c. reserve constable lawrence mcclure police to be one of the gang's most experienced bomb makers who was convicted of causing or explosion and possession of firearms at the rock bar for which however he only received a suspended sentence or you see constable ian mitchell was also convicted of
causing an explosion at the rock bar and possession of firearms but similarly only received a suspended sentence gary armstrong who were also names escaped any conviction in the rock bar attack a lower the historical enquiries team a police unit set up to investigate historical murders says he was clearly a principal of fandor in a later book penned by armstrong after his release from prison he clearly details his role in the rock bar attack in a chapter called on fulfilled potential. between the middle of night in 72 when the gang really started its work until the end of 975 that's less than 3 years the gang had killed 89 people. in one month alone in april 9075 the 1st person they killed was dorothy trainer a protestant woman walking home with a catholic husband through it. down. within 3 days they'd killed martin mcveigh who
was murdered as he cycled home from work in the same town portadown a couple of weeks later they blew up a little cottage that was being renovated killing 2 brothers and a sister and the sister's unborn baby girl. and by the end of the month they'd also killed a man called boyle who had been sitting at his kitchen table looking at photographs of his newborn baby girl so there in just one month in one small geographical area you had 4 separate attacks in which 7 people were killed these attacks were remorseless and they ratcheted up the pressure until the end of 975 when a completely new development took place. as with previous attacks the modus operandi of the gang was to strike 2 targets almost simultaneously. in a white cross country the revie family sat down to watch a popular t.v.
show when gunmen entered the family home 24 year old john martin was hit as he sat in his chair while 22 year old brian was shot in the back trying to escape into a nearby bedroom. anthony the youngest brother dived underneath the bed for cover before the gunmen sprayed the bed with bullets. a little while later on they heard them through the door and. from on the bed. brian who was in the bible as. are you he was dead. and adding them all up into the guts and then john martin he was lyin in a pearl of blood. on a near it was all the dead. at around the same time gunmen burst into the home of the old guard family only 17 miles away and barely dogon country done. again. the
intention was to wipe out an entire family. as they rushed their way into the house they opened fire and barney wood who was his a number of times his brother joe who attempted to charge the gunman was killed instantly. but i was shot 1st and many are. spun me around and sunday by the time i knew. the body was dead. because a. he was in the ring at every were in. but i crawled out into the hallway. back to body was left and there to you get a well as an intensive care of course and was there for a week. the doctor here marar not mourning it. has years should be really hey if things are banned according to logic if you shouldn't
be here. because those are a ball of go one step for your heart. for noble perjury and the words. there was no they're both grossly nor muscle to stop what but it took at 90 percent turn on took a kidney with. as the smoke settled 3 members of the old guard family into revie brothers lay dead 17 year old anthony revie died later in hospital. the tally ation from the men's killings was swift brutal. the following evening a minibus of textile workers was stopped by members of the ira in king's mills not far from the review home where the killings had taken place the night before. these pictures tell the story of the horror that followed. up to 20 gunman surrounded the minibus it's catholic driver taken to safety the post its own boss. moaned on
mercilessly. policemen who arrived shortly afterwards told of bodies piled on top of one another. the gore and the personal effects give a hint of a conic. when we met shown we're impious one of the burning questions we have is why he and the others in the gang and not retaliated for the king's. as on so it was chilling he told us there was a plan and the plan mostly attack a primary school to kill all the children in the school to kill the teachers we asked him why it didn't go ahead and he tours because the e.v.f. leadership in belfast believed that the plan came from army headquarters came from military intelligence and a been planted that milledge intelligence wanted the whole situation to spiral out of control and this was too much for the e.v.f. and they refused to go ahead even for them it was a step too far. the
plot. that was decided on. was to shoot top were a school. in police. just on the outskirts of leaks. so we say sure don't screw during show the procedure the screw children teachers yes. yes. you're into those. yes i do indeed yes i do indeed. move. if that's hard hop and. i think there is nearly died.
there would have been a shocking retaliation. from the republican side. retaliation from the republican side. it would have eventually in a fairly short time i should say they told us quite the contrary into. proper. a civil war situation i think the country was almost already in a civil war situation but if that happened. even the moderates. on both sides were going to have to take sides on the was going to be. there and then there was going to be a serious serious civil war. we had a meeting with the chief constable the most senior police officer and the p s i accompanied by an assistant chief constable at their headquarters and we asked them
. what they intended to but the fact that a former police sergeant william a cry out about it publicly that he was also part of the plan to kill 30 children out of scope and their teachers. there was a pause they looked at each other and they told us that nothing happened on the was no intention of doing anything. he wasn't to be arrested. to be reinvestigated nothing would happen. and i think at that moment after we left. we talked about it and we realized that where else in europe would a former police officer plan to kill a large number of children and a school former employer would say that he had no plans to reinterview him as a result. of dunning street in london the british prime minister harold wilson was faced with what he called himself an apocalyptic crisis northern ireland was
spinning out of control and civil war could not be ruled out. amongst the options he considered were a dried withdraw and self government if the people of the north were on governable he could not go. in an atmosphere of near panic wilson called a council of war at his official country retreat checkers. the peaceful buckinghamshire countryside. also present was the secretary of state for defense. and the secretary of state for northern ireland greece on the security side was headed by so david house the general officer commanding northern aren't. well wilson attempted to control the worsening situation the hawks within british military intelligence hoped for a different outcome. where all out war could be waged on the ira. in the meantime gang were slaughtering anyone but republican targets. so we
asked ourselves why why these people and we drew up 2 lists one was of people who were unlucky enough to be caught up in indiscriminate car bombs and the other this was a people who were targeted or watched chased hunted at their work or at their home and we discovered to our surprise that every single one of those bar one. self starters people were making something of their lives they were ordinary people and then we asked ourselves why why these people. and the theory we came to was that frank kitson in his classic manual of counterinsurgency operations wrote that if you can't catch the fish either by rod or wide net then poison the water and author areas that these ordinary people were targeted to persuade other ordinary people to repudiate the ira a to withdraw support from the ira course didn't work had the opposite effect
violence begets violence if people can't trust the law they would take the law into their own hands it was completely counterproductive as well as illegal and immoral i think the stage we've reached as a longer stand. but i'm an. illegal cooperation. cooperation between. members of the security forces loyalist paramilitary groups sometimes as happened on of a jewel level and sometimes this happened on a more structural level in the 1980 s. and ninety's. there was no actual crime of collusion and this jurisdiction but clearly it was of the number of criminal acts by police officers and or soldiers and it's been a phenomenon throughout the troubles and we find collusion in many countries we find governments use and sue to canning's use deniable 3rd forces in order to carry a current or insurgency but not to deniable way. i think the role of loyalist
paramilitaries here some are they did what the security forces felt that they couldn't do because and theory they were by and by the rule of law and so they could use deniable 3rd forces to do it for them. is your media a reflection of reality. in a world transformed. what will make you feel safe. isolation community. are you going the right way or are you being. watched his face. in a world corrupted you need to descend. to join us in the
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