Lord Eames said what many had great difficulty in coming to terms with was that
"the state not only sought to be an honest broker during the conflict but also
played a combative role and, in this context, sometimes went beyond their own
rules of engagement".
He said it was one of the critical issues facing the group, difficult as it may
be for some in society to hear.
"Elements of the state, on some occasions, acted outside the law and through
handling of intelligence it could even be said innocent people were allowed to
"We cannot ignore that, in fact, the state sometimes acted illegally."
The group did not believe unionists had anything to fear from listening to and
trying to understand how the state conducted itself - discovering or admitting
wrong things were done could be a "liberating experience", he said.