Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Working within British 'law' with a vow NOT to use force against the British....... :



.......the rats were feasting on dead Irish people , dying mothers using the last of their strength to try and bury their children , weak and dying people trapped under the weight of dead family members who had died while trying to keep their children warm . But some tried to organise resistance .......

...the 'Repeal Association' , led by Daniel O'Connell in the early 1840's was one of the largest mass movements in Europe at the time ; it had its 'roots' in the 'Catholic Association' which , between 1823 and 1829 , led by O'Connell , and supported by the Catholic Hierarchy , organised the vast majority of the population into a political body seeking emancipation - for at least six years (1823-1829) the campaign was relentless ; civil unrest in Ireland and prolonged agitation in England itself concerning the issue .

The British Prime Minster , 'Sir' Robert Peel , relented in 1829 , and Catholic Emancipation was passed at Westminster . Daniel O 'Connell was a 'God' ; to the Irish , he could do no wrong , and he continued to press the British for more 'reforms' of the system .

...but , to the British , O'Connell was becoming more of a troublesome 'thorn in the side'.......



war and peace in rebel Cork ,
in the turbulent years 1916-21.

By Micheal O'Suilleabhain : published 1965.


"....... April 1920 - an IRA Unit had the RIC barracks surrounded , while another Unit were about to set fire to the near-by Courthouse , to draw the RIC out of their barracks ; but things went wrong ......."

" ...I looked at my brother , Pat - his face and hands were terribly burned . He told me to get a doctor as the other lads were badly injured , and to meet them at the old bridge . In a short time I returned with a doctor , and he treated the injured - in a few days we succeeded in getting them into hospital in Cork city . All four had been equally badly burned about the face and hands but , with the strength of youth and the spirit of the times on their side , they quickly recovered and were soon as active as ever .

How they fought their way downstairs from the top to the bottom of that pillar of fire is a mystery ; but again the spirit of those times was irresistible . The burning of the Courthouse had nearly cost us the lives of four of our best men ; I believe the enemy did not get the slightest information that any accident had happened . While the operation was in progress they made no attempt to interfere with it , but kept on sending up distress rockets ; a few nights later , however, they staged a counter attack . A party of RIC from Macroom, with one-hundred-and-fifty of the regular British Army , surrounded our house at Caherdaha ; they inquired for my brother Pat , who at the time was in a Cork hospital .

For two months previously , neither Pat nor I had slept at home - one hundred and fifty yards uphill from our house was a large barn which stood on the roadside , with a wide doorway opening on to the road from the ground floor . This doorway had no door ; inside were a few farm carts and some machinery , and overhead was a grain loft , and there we had installed two large beds . For some time , three of us - Pat , Donal Og and I had slept there . Since the night of the burning , Donal Og and I alone ......."



Since 1947 , the CIA has been a powerful force in covertly executing American internal and foreign policy . A major book detailing the workings , methods and sometimes incompetence of the secret service - 'The Agency ; The Rise and Decline of The CIA ' , by John Ranelagh , has recently been published .

Gene Kerrigan examines the books findings and assesses the importance of 'The Agency' and the role it has played over the last 39 years .

First published in 'The Sunday Tribune' newspaper , Dublin , 24th August 1986 , page 11.

Re-produced here in 21 parts .

(4 of 21).

The same kind of things (ie CIA interference) was going on in struggles to control political parties , unions and students across Europe - $400 million was pumped into Greece and Turkey . In the Middle East , the CIA financed the Nasser coup against King Farouk ; Nasser's colleague General Naguib got $12 million . The mother of King Hussein of Jordan got about the same , and King Saud of Saudi Arabia got $40 million . Minor officials were paid pro rata .

CIA agents were active in China and the Philippines , organising the support or suppression of guerrilla movements according to the interests of the U S . Meanwhile , a project known as MK Ultra was under way ...

...this was CIA jargon for the use of mind-bending drugs - from this came Project Bluebird and Project Artichoke . August Del Gracio , a criminal , was the first unsuspecting experimental subject .......