Wednesday 14 May 2003

Minister gagged media to guard dirty secret

This is why we have "D-Notices" and "Top Secrets" and "The Interests of National Security"... How is it in the Interests of National Security to cover up the fact that our ministers engage in and sanction activity which would be considered reprehensible by the people who elected them. The lies and spin that pour from people like Geoff Hoon is only matched in volume and odour by the amount of sewage produced by an average pig farm. I think we should throw all the files open and have a frank accounting of what our government has been doing for the last fifty years. Until that happens I refuse to believe ANYTHING that those bunch of corrupt arseholes in Westminster tells us.

"Tony Blair is a LYING TWAT!"

Hoon agreed to injunctions to protect army undercover unit

The defence secretary, Geoff Hoon, repeatedly gave his personal authority to an extraordinary series of gagging attempts on the army's undercover Force Research Unit and its IRA "mole" Freddy Scappaticci.

The propriety of his behaviour is in question after the revelations that the star informer was an IRA torturer whose handlers are alleged to have connived at the murder of innocent Catholics to protect him.

Mr Hoon was trying to stop the disclosure of grave allegations of illegal behaviour by soldiers, now under police investigation by Sir John Stevens, the Met commissioner. MoD officials and soldiers also stand accused of repeatedly blocking Sir John's inquiries, telling him lies, and even burning down his offices in Northern Ireland.

Mr Hoon's attempt to suppress everything about the FRU began 3 years ago, and continued until yesterday when the former FRU sergeant Martin Ingram gave evidence to the Bloody Sunday inquiry.

Mr Hoon tried to prevent Mr Ingram giving evidence. When the inquiry refused to accept this, Mr Hoon tried to have him heard in secret. Lord Saville, the chairman, again refused.

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