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    There's a story in the Daily Mail about the Military Reaction Force, a unit set up by Brigadier Frank Kitson to conduct 'counter-terrorist' operations in 1970s Belfast. An insider had told the Mail how the unit carried out a policy of assassinations against 'IRA suspects', which broadened to include the general civilian population. At least 20 people were shot as a result of such operations in the period 1972-4. It's not clear who all of the victims were as the MRF used weapons more commonly associated with paramilitaries, e.g. Thompson submachinegun. The former assassin refers specifically to shootings at pubs in nationalist districts of Belfast, the details of which the Mail knows but does not publish. Being the Mail the story is couched in gung-ho 'taking the terrorists on at their own game' or 'operating on the very edge of the law' type terms - but it's clear their source has been engaged in random gun-attacks on unarmed civilians.

    The 'murder and mayhem' squad: Shocking new revelations by former undercover soldier who carried out 'shoot first, ask questions later' attacks on IRA terrorists for the British Army | Mail Online

    I encourage people to register on the Daily Mail website and point out their obligation to report such crimes - up to and including murder - to the relevant investigating authorities.

    On a separate note, BBC Panorama is apparently to show a documentary on the MRF in the new year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by picador View Post
    There's a story in the Daily Mail about the Military Reaction Force, a unit set up by Brigadier Frank Kitson to conduct 'counter-terrorist' operations in 1970s Belfast. An insider had told the Mail how the unit carried out a policy of assassinations against 'IRA suspects', which broadened to include the general civilian population. At least 20 people were shot as a result of such operations in the period 1972-4. It's not clear who all of the victims were as the MRF used weapons more commonly associated with paramilitaries, e.g. Thompson submachinegun. The former assassin refers specifically to shootings at pubs in nationalist districts of Belfast, the details of which the Mail knows but does not publish. Being the Mail the story is couched in gung-ho 'taking the terrorists on at their own game' or 'operating on the very edge of the law' type terms - but it's clear their source has been engaged in random gun-attacks on unarmed civilians.

    The 'murder and mayhem' squad: Shocking new revelations by former undercover soldier who carried out 'shoot first, ask questions later' attacks on IRA terrorists for the British Army | Mail Online

    I encourage people to register on the Daily Mail website and point out their obligation to report such crimes - up to and including murder - to the relevant investigating authorities.

    On a separate note, BBC Panorama is apparently to show a documentary on the MRF in the new year.
    There is no obligation to report crimes.

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    It's a pity for all of us they didn't investigate Frank Kitsons mad plans before he got to Ireland. He wasn't behind the door about them. Read his book makes for sobering reading.
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    The Daily Heil probably thinks the MRF members should be given knighthoods for killing uppity taigs. Anyone who buys their "Irish" edition should feel eternal shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackers View Post
    It's a pity for all of us they didn't investigate Frank Kitsons mad plans before he got to Ireland. He wasn't behind the door about them. Read his book makes for sobering reading.
    He was their leading create-an-insurgency expert at the time.
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    Thers a good chance this book should be in the same file as the nemises file another stirring tale of under cover steely eyed killers dreamt up by an army mechanic.
    have you met a loyalist Suggesting they really should become part of a united ireland would be like suggesting a space marine has sweaty man sex with an an Orc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by likesfish View Post
    Thers a good chance this book should be in the same file as the nemises file another stirring tale of under cover steely eyed killers dreamt up by an army mechanic.
    It can hardly be a coincidence that BBC Panorama have a documentary made about these assassins. It was meant to be shown last week but has been put off until the new year.
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    The Tommy Sands spoof of the " Willy MacBride " song applies here too.

    " ... an' all that auld talk about
    barb wire 'n smoke !
    Sure ye shouldn't a joined
    if ye can't take a joke. "
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    Quote Originally Posted by former wesleyan View Post
    The Tommy Sands spoof of the " Willy MacBride " song applies here too.

    " ... an' all that auld talk about
    barb wire 'n smoke !
    Sure ye shouldn't a joined
    if ye can't take a joke. "
    You are probably the snidest poster on this site.
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