College prepared to return NI tapes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27286543
A very worrying possible direction for archival material. Regrettably the highly emotive case of the McConvilles could ignite passions concerning the keeping of incindiary archival records.
The difficulty for historians and especially historians of complex insurgencies is that oral histories are a vital source of information. But given recent prosecution (sometimes extrajudicial and illegal hounding of combatants by security forces) of ex-Paramilitaries, one wonders does this mean that ex-RUC and ex-soldiers are going to be interviewed about the abuses they committed and ordered during the troubles?
The government on both sides of the border perhaps do not realise just what a minefield they are getting into by setting this precedent. Realistically speaking if you’re allowing the arrest of politicians on grounds of allegedly ordering kidnappings/murders, on the grounds that an interview exists in which said individual was implicated in said attack, then one must logically accept the fact that members of the British Army’s MRF recently interviewed by the Panorama programme, should be arrested and interviewed.
General Frank Kitson, Mike Jackson, et al should be concerned if this is the path the PSNI and possibly the Historical Enquiries Team is willing to go down. What is it they say about tides and boats rising?