Double Take: Surprisingly Similar Contributions From SF MPs To Amnesty Debate
SF Deputy Premier, former IRA MP turned North Belfast MP Gerry Kelly and National President Declan Kearney used very similar (and at one point literally identical) wording when of the special session of the Assembly.
During the debate, all parties rejected the government’s idea of a general amnesty for crimes committed before 1998.
that of Mrs. O’Neill the contribution was as follows: “The proposals are not limited to providing legal protection to those who wear uniforms; they are actually meant to protect those who wore costumes.
“They aim to protect those in the upper echelons of British politics, military and intelligence, who designed, facilitated and covered the policy and practice of British state terrorism, which involved state killings and practices torture in interrogation centers, and presided over the importation of weapons and administrative collusion practices.
“Ultimately, the proposals are designed to isolate and protect British politicians at the highest level of government…
“It was a policy of collusion which armed and led loyalist paramilitaries, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of Irish citizens, many in my constituency.”
Mr. Kelly then went on to say, “The proposals protect those behind the scenes, those in costume and the obscure figures in the upper echelons who facilitated state killings, engineered torture practices in interrogation centers and presided over importation of weapons and the administrative practice of collusion. “
And Mr. Kearney then stood up to tell MPs: ‘The strategic objective of the amnesty proposals is to protect the politicians and decision-makers at the heart of the British political, military and intelligence establishment, the obscure and less obscure personalities and those who whose Cabinet decisions and interventions institutionalized and covered up the violence of state forces and their agents, those who presided over the state-sponsored massacres and summary executions of Irish citizens and authorized the reorganization and the arming of unionist paramilitary death squads …
“This is to block any investigation into the policy of internment and torture, the recruitment of counter-gangs to carry out assassinations in nationalist areas, the use of intelligence and psychological operations, the political approval of shooting operations to kill by clandestine military operations. . “
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