Sunday, September 14, 2008

THE OMAGH BOMBER WAS A BRITISH AGENT?

Omagh

The biggest act of terrorism in Northern Ireland may have been the work of the British security services.

The bomb in the town of Omagh, in Northern Ireland, in August 1998, killed 29 people and injured more than 200.

Accusations have been made that the bombing was the work of a British double agent within the Real IRA.

The Sunday Telegraph, 14 September 2008, reports ( Words that might have saved Omagh ):

"GCHQ, the Government's organisation for intercepting electronic communications, was monitoring the conversations that the bombers had during the 90 minutes it took them to take the bomb from the Irish Republic to Omagh.

"There are transcripts of some of the bombers' snatched conversations as they transported their murderous cargo.

"And yet the information was not successfully exploited. It was not used to stop the bombing, and it was not used to help detectives bring the perpetrators to trial."

The purpose of the bomb may have been:

1. to discredit the people who want the British out of Northern Ireland

2. to allow the Blair government to make the UK more of a police state

3. to protect double agents within the IRA.

England has been trying to hold onto Northern Ireland for hundreds of years.

Kevin Fulton, an ex-British army soldier, says he was recruited by the British secret service to spy on the IRA in the 1980s.

Fulton alleged, in comments to the Guardian and Channel 4 News, that two days before the bombing, he met a senior member of the Real IRA in a pub in Dundalk.

He states that the man told him, “There’s something big on." The man had definitely "been making a bomb”.

Fulton said that he informed his RUC handler “within hours” and that his handler had subsequently confirmed that this information “was put into the system”.

A portion of Fulton’s interview with Channel Four:

Q: “You think that some of the people responsible for the Omagh bomb were informing at the time?”

Fulton: “Yes, no doubt”.

Q: “And they couldn’t be compromised?

Fulton: “I don’t think the Omagh bombers meant to kill people. The thing is they did, shit happened.”

Q: “Were the RUC warned about the bomb?

Fulton: “I wouldn’t say they were warned; they would have known that certain things would have happened, yes.”

Q: And you know that for sure?
Fulton: “Yes.”

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Fulton stated to the Guardian that he passed on the name of the Real IRA member he suspected of making a bomb to the RUC and also gave the suspect’s car registration number.

Fulton alleges that the British and Irish security forces allowed the bomb to travel in a stolen car from the nearby town of Dundalk to Omagh because if it was prevented it could lead to the compromising and possible exposure of agents within the Real IRA.

Why did Sinn Fein reportedly close their office the day before the bomb?

Why was the army confined to barracks?

Why did the RUC have only three men on the streets of Omagh and 24 men in surrounding areas?

A former British double agent, Michael Clark, stated: “It makes perfect sense for the army or the intelligence services to allow the progress and delivery of a device of some nature to preserve and protect the safety of an agent. I believe that is possibly the case”.

Is it possible that a British agent within the Real IRA planted the Omagh bomb?

The Force Research Unit (FRU) was an undercover security operation financed and run by the British state in Northern Ireland for more than two decades.




According to WSWS, "The FRU was a terror network that organised a series of covert intelligence and military operations and authorised their agents to carry out numerous illegal activities including bomb making, murder, and the shooting of RUC officers."

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2001/sep2001/ire-a04.shtml

Fulton claims that he became an IRA member on FRU instructions, and took part in a series of terrorist bombings in the 1980s and the early 1990s. These included the 1993 bombing that decimated the town centre in Portadown.

According to WSWS, Britain was "a political beneficiary of the Omagh bombing."

It led to a public outcry demanding an end to violence and helped isolate the groups opposed to the signing of the Northern Ireland Agreement.

According to WSWS, "the bombing provided a pretext for the Blair government to introduce new laws before a specially recalled Parliament."

These laws allow the conviction of someone belonging to a proscribed organisation on the evidence of a senior police officer alone.

A defendant’s right to silence was breached.

The measures include powers to convict people on the basis of conspiring within Britain to commit terrorist offences anywhere in the world, making it possible to criminalise and even ban a swathe of organisations opposed to regimes friendly towards Britain.

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2001/sep2001/ire-a04.shtml

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