|Richard Haass unveils the Intl Ind Legacy Body (IILB)|
Haass Talks Result: The International Independent Legacy Body
The IILB will be introduced by Richard Haass after Christmas and will consist of these strands:
1. Legacy Body
Led by ex-police types (perhaps Boston's former Police Commissioner?) from random places around the world that mainly no one has heard of but everyone is assured are respected in their field, the Legacy Body will oversee the truth recovery and justice process. It will be populated by safe academics and journalists who will dig for the truth of the past but only so much and their work will be dominated mainly by discussion of what is and is not 'helpful' to the process rather than what did and did not happen.
2. Freedom of Information Plus
Legislation will be introduced in the UK and Ireland that allows the IILB access to state archives, but gives the state latitude to restrict information on the basis of safety and national security issues. An appeal process will be written into the legislation which will give the impression that this can be successfully challenged but will never be tested.
Participation in the process conducted by the IILB will give individuals legal protection - anything they tell researchers who are part of the IILB cannot be used in any manner and is told in complete confidentiality. This will be part of the IILB legislation. Those who do not participate, or refuse to, will be subject to the law, provided a case can be made against them. Given that access to anything that could possibly be used as evidence will be restricted under various peace process legislation, including the IILB remit, no one bar really annoying dissidents of whatever persuasion will ever be hauled before a court.
The Legacy Body will be funded by monies diverted from what is now currently pissing away in the piecemeal historical policing approach.
5. Investigative Procedure
The formal procedure for the IILB will follow along inquest lines, and a schedule of investigation and presentation will be drawn up and followed over a period of X amount of years.
6. Victims Role
Victims will be empowered and given recognition to their central standing in two manners:
- Firstly, they will be able to choose whether to allow their case to be processed by the IILB, or to take their chances in the criminal or civil courts. If they choose not to participate in the IILB, their ability to pursue criminal or civil cases will be restricted by the existence of the IILB and all the legislation that protects the information that results from it, and will only be championed by headcases and oddballs outside the great and the good of society.
- Secondly, an important section of every Legacy report will be the victim's statement, coupled with an examination by the Legacy Body of the impact of the event on the victim's life. This will validate the hurt felt by victims, and give them closure with the ability to express their feelings and experience while being recorded for history, ensuring they are not forgotten.
At designated points along the way the IILB will issue reports of its work, detailing the cases it has handled and the outcome of their investigation. At the end of its shelf-life a comprehensive report will be issued that simultaneously blames everyone and no one specifically for the conflict.
|Richard Haass and the conclusion of All Party Talks|
Mark my words. We've seen it all before, right down to the choreography of release currently ongoing. The end result of the Haass initiative won't be any different than what has already been agreed to and will be concluded in the same manner. Everyone will rattle their sabres for now, go have their Christmas dinners, then come together in the New Year with a new round of peace to process. Larkin's proposals are the roadmap the Haass talks are going down, and we'll end up with an IILB.
Will a Legacy Body bring any sense of truth, or justice? Who knows. Its real test of success for future generations will be whether or not it can stop the past from corrupting the present and provide the room for people to move on. Do we want the legacy of the past laid to rest, or do we want to hand on the legacy of the conflict? The choices made now will ensure we get what we deserve.