The truth is Margaret Thatcher likely ordered the Pat Finucane murder — British can never reveal the truth about the killing of civil rights lawyer

By: Niall O’Dowd | Published Thursday, December 13, 2012,

The latest British inquiry into the death of  Pat Finucane is again leaving massive questions unanswered.
The  Guardian newspaper editorial headline said it best; “Pat Finucane murder:  collusion, contrition, but not the whole truth.”
My strong belief is that  the whole truth is that Margaret  Thatcher ordered the Pat Finucane murder on February 12, 1989.
That  is the key reason that no British Prime Minister will ever allow a public  inquiry into the killing of the Belfast civil rights lawyer gunned down in front  of his wife and children at his home.
He was shot 14 times while his  widow, Geraldine, who was injured, tried to save him.
His only offense  was to defend suspected IRA men and women too well in their court  hearings.
I am not at all surprised that David Cameron uttered words of  regret and then refused a public inquiry after the Da Silva report was issued  yesterday.
Geraldine Finucane, a woman of immense courage,called it for  what it was.
“This report is a sham. This report is a whitewash. This  report is a confidence trick dressed up as independent scrutiny and given  invisible clothes of reliability. Most of all, most hurtful and insulting of  all, this report is not the truth,” she told reporters afterwards.
She knows what the truth is. The order to kill  her husband came all the way from the top and David Cameron or any other British  Prime Minister can never allow that truth to be revealed.
He can’t admit  the British kill civil rights lawyers, can he?
Patrick Finucane was  bringing the case of the Gibraltar 3, three IRA members shot dead in cold blood  in March 1988, to Europe, which was going to be a massive embarrassment for  Thatcher, who very likely gave the order for them to be shot dead  also.
That court later found the three had been shot unlawfully. They had  their hands up in surrender when they were shot down.
Finucane was doomed  by a top government official. A member of Thatcher’s government Douglas Hogg, a  Home Office minister, stood up in the House of Commons three weeks before  Finucane was murdered and stated that some lawyers in Northern Ireland were  “unduly sympathetic” to Irish Republicans.
He was directly referring to  Finucane and signaling the killers to go ahead.
The new inquiry shows  that MI5 was perfectly aware of the Finucane murder plot as were the RUC Special  branch.
The Stevens inquiry into the Finucane killings stated, “My  Enquiry team also investigated an allegation that senior RUC officers briefed  the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, the Rt Hon  Douglas Hogg QC, MP, that ‘some solicitors were unduly sympathetic to the cause  of the IRA.”
Mr Hogg repeated this view…and the Enquiry concludes that “the Minister was compromised.”
In this latest enquiry, Sir Desmond Da  Silva wrote, “My review of the evidence relating to Patrick Finucane’s case has  left me in no doubt that agents of the State were involved in carrying out  serious violations of human rights up to and including murder.”
Those  agents did not act alone, they did so on orders from on high — all the way to  10 Downing Street.
Thatcher’s reaction to the finding that her minister  was responsible for the death of a lawyer?
She promoted him to Minister  for Agriculture, all the better to keep him quiet.
Hogg was not alone in  fingering Finucane of course. It went much higher in the government, all the way   to the top.
It was a time when Thatcher apparently believed she  could win the war if only those pesky lawyers would stop getting guilty  terrorists off. She also faced massive embarrassment in Europe over the  Gibraltar killings.
The killing was sanctioned and carried out by the  British state. Of all the crimes committed in Northern Ireland, the Finucane  murder is the one which successive British government, of whatever hue, have  most resisted investigating.
Pat’s problem was that he was too good at  his job of defending Irish men and women arrested for alleged crimes against the  state.
He had to be got rid of. The leader of the gang that killed him  was a British special branch agent named Tommy Lyttle. The man who confessed to  being the Ulster Defense Association hit man was Ken Barrett, also a special  branch agent.
The UDA man who supplied the gun was William Stobie, also a  special branch agent. He was killed by the UDA, by a British agent  in  2001, when he threatened to tell the truth about what happened to Pat  Finucane.
Hogg and Thatcher might as well have been in the room when the  gun went off fourteen times – they were just as culpable. The naming was the  equivalent of painting a target on Finucane’s back – everyone knew who Hogg  meant.
The British government had made their preference known.
And  all the whitewash in the world will never remove the truth about what happened  to Pat Finucane


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