Statement On PSNI Threat To Boston Archive

Ed Moloney with a statement in response to the British PSNI moving to raid the remainder of the Boston College oral history project. It featured on The Broken Elbow today 22 May 2014.

I call upon the US government to resist this fishing expedition by the PSNI and to remember that the major casualty of this bid to invade an American college’s private archive will be to undermine a peace deal that was in no small way the product of careful American diplomacy and peace building. The United States has the power to invoke vital foreign policy interests in order to reject this PSNI action.
I also call upon Boston College to vigorously resist this action and to rally the rest of American academe in the cause of research confidentiality. It is no accident that this move comes hard on the heels of BC’s spokesman Jack Dunn’s public announcement that interviews could be returned. This action by the PSNI raises serious questions about the motivation and control of the police in Northern Ireland. Those in the PSNI who took and approved this decision could hardly have been unaware of the grave political consequences of their planned action.


  1. The Rat in a Hat Morrison is giving yous all a mention on Twitter or should that, in his case, be Shitter Page...

    "Let's monitor every time Baloney, McIntout, Suzanne Moonbeam, Liquorish O'Hanlon et al, mention Adams & Sinn Fein!"

    Not too amused is he about Suzanne catching them out lying to the Queens own Sheep...

    Danny Morrison ‏@molloy1916 May 17
    @micheal1916 @SinnFeinElectio @GerryAdamsSF

    "There are only 49 women in that pic." - Suzanne Moonbeam, Sunday GetaLife"

  2. Just proves one more time that any revolutionaries' memoirs are not safe in the hands of such an imperialist state as the US. Feel sorry for naïve Irish who feel that if they have cousins in America or are married to Americans, this somehow means they would get a fair treatment in the hands of the US. Nursery school level of naivety.

  3. What do TPQ regulars have to say about Morrison's letter?

  4. Joe Denver,

    I can’t speak for anyone else but when Bangers drones on it is typically one pile of shite.
    In the letter he goes on about the British trying to suppress the rise of SF. The opposite of SF suppressing the RM in order to justify their secret dealing with the British the same British that Morrison complains were trying to keep away from the table.

    He is well off the mark there as the Brits funneled SF into a political role but they would prefer we believe they outwitted the Brits and won an occupied 6 county Ulster.
    I am waiting on him writing his memoirs entitled all the truths I never told. It is no wonder they sidelined him as he would be a political embarrassment to the party.

    He should stick to writing threatening articles, as that is what peace makers do threaten republicans that don’t agree with Adams.
    If you hadn’t flagged it up I wouldn’t have bothered reading it.

  5. That is an interesting read “you can’t just turn the page, you have to read it first.” I wonder how many Billy the Kid types are sitting comfortably knowing that in the north we don’t just turn the page but skip entire chapters or have them rewritten to suit the illusion of peace and occupation.

  6. from Tain Bo

    Joe you might want to read this