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Who Guards The Guards?

It is only circumstances and environment that make burglars, therefore anybody is liable to be one.
I don't quite know how I have managed to escape myself.
- Mark Twain

Brendan Hughes • 10 April 2002

Who robbed Castlereagh? The IRA? UVF? UDA? RUC top brass? MI5? CID? Special Branch? Or is it a mix of them all? A bit of this and a bit of that and we the public can take our pick? Why not throw a few more into the hat such as FRU, the RIR or even what passes for the KGB these days? They are all still there - none have gone away you know.

I apologise for all the questions even if they do have a purpose - just as those who robbed Castlereagh surely did. And what could that be? Clearly there is somebody who does not want us to know what is going on. But that is nothing new in this place. If we are the most politically informed population in Western Europe, as we are sometimes told, I don't know how - because there is never anybody willing to tell us anything. The ordinary people on the ground have to sit like spectators at a football match watching the ball go back and forward and are expected to cheer if one crowd score in the blame game by making it appear that the other side are guilty. Anyway we are none the wiser now three weeks after it all happened.

I was in Castlereagh - not on St Patrick's Day. I just want to make that clear before the cops come booting my door in as they have with so many others. It was always the last place in the world I wanted to be, or would want to go back to, even if it was for a bit of thieving. On paper it is a holding centre but for those of us who suffered in the place it was a torture chamber - and you knew you were there. Whoever did it must have had great courage - republicans have plenty of that. Or, and more believable, they did not need courage as they knew they were coming out again and alive. Now, who would that be, desk sergeant?

Whoever did it, one thing is for sure, nobody in these areas will get a pay rise because of it.













































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