Moral quicksand, and no high ground

Despite revelations about lethal undercover British military activity in Belfast in 1972, suggestions by the North's AG for a blanket end to prosecutions over the period of the Troubles should be seriously considered, writes Tom McGurk.

24th November, 2013
Clearly in the North, especially among politicians, the word amnesty still dare not speak its name.

To be frank, John Ware's Panorama documentary on the Military Reaction Force (MRF), the British army's secret intelligence-gathering and counter-insurgency group, astounded this writer, a veteran reporter of that period in Belfast. Those of us working there at the time knew of the MRF's existence. In 1972 I had researched both the Pat McVeigh killing and the extraordinary Four Square Laundry affair (another clandestine and lethal MRF operation). But few of us then could quite...

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