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Time to End the Silence on Stakeknife


Martin Ingram • 12 March 2004

Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the debate surrounding the many issues, which form the nucleus of the 'Collusion' debate, indeed I am a regular reader of this product.

Let me state clearly that I am a person who is pro-Agreement but I also welcome the fact that your site is one which champions free speech.

With that in mind could I make the following points in reply to an article published in 'The Blanket' dated 19 Feb 04.

You make some very good points regarding the normal practice of arresting an individual who may have information, which may be of some evidential value.

Indeed no better example of that practice is the arrest and subsequent questioning of myself by the British Special Branch when inquiries into alleged breaches of the Official Secrets Act (OSA) were made by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) against myself.

Cast your mind back only a few years ago when a book, which I hasten to add was in no way connected to myself, was published which sensationally claimed many bodies had been deposited by Special Forces in a wooded area of Northern Ireland.

Quite rightly the author was arrested and flown directly to Northern Ireland by the Police, inquiries on the ground quickly established that this allegation was, to use a phrase 'bollocks' and bore no substance.

Whether or not the story had any foundation or not was immaterial in my opinion; the bottom line was a serious allegation involving an act of murder had been made. This allegation was quite rightly treated by the police seriously, although some would argue, that the only reason they went to such lengths was because they knew the story was bollocks in the first place.

Contrast this case and others with the situation in which the agent Freddie Scappaticci now finds himself.

In his own chilling words in the first part of an interview he gave willingly to journalists over ten years ago and which has been available to download over the internet, he admits to being involved in serious criminal acts, yet what has happened? Absolutely nothing.

That said, the book 'Stakeknife: Britain's Secret Agents in Ireland' is not about Mr Scappaticci himself, it is rather about the British state participation in terrorism and its willingness to engage all protagonists by proxy.

I believe Mr Scappaticci was himself a victim of the circumstances we found ourselves in and while he may be able to justify what he did, it is up to others in the British establishment to account for his actions. He was an agent for the state and the state cannot wash its hands of those actions.

Mr Scappaticci is a powerful witness to the activities of the British side and it is outrageous that nearly four years after I discussed Mr Scappaticci's role with the PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde (he was head of the Stevens Inquiry at the time), the establishment has still done nothing to protect this witness for any future inquiry.

Perhaps there are those in the establishment who would like to see Mr Scappaticci murdered, preferably by PIRA and thereby wrecking what is left of the Agreement.

Only a fool would believe however that Mr Scappaticci is safe for while PIRA remains on ceasefire there will be many many republicans who would have gone through Internal Security Unit procedures who will hold grudges, not least innocent volunteers who may have come within an inch of losing their lives.

I don't believe I need to go into detail about the volunteers killed as 'informers' who were not, I believe the book deals with that; families who had funerals at which there were a handful of mourners will be asking new questions; relatives will also bear grudges.

Whilst I have the pen to hand I would like to make a number of points made in the article published by Kathleen O Halloran on the 19 Feb 04. I would like it to be made very clear that I did not flee to the Irish Free State, as I was already resident here well before the conception of 'Martin Ingram' and have been for more than eight years.

To date I have never knowingly run from any fight, indeed I returned to the UK knowing that I was likely to be arrested and it would have been much the easier option to travel using false documentation rather than travel under my correct identity.

That would have been to dodge the issue, I wanted to look these people in the eye and let them call me a liar. Not one MOD person was present, nor was the question of accuracy raised at any time during my detention.

I don't blame Kathleen for getting this wrong because there has been a great deal of nonsense in some sections of the media but she incorrectly asserts that I must be disgruntled and that this must by implication form part of my motivation in releasing any information, which would embarrass my previous employers. How anybody could not be touched or indeed brought to tears by the vivid account relayed by Eamon Collins in his excellent book, Killing Rage is beyond me (see page 237).

The account of Scap laughing as he despatched someone from this earth was the reason I began to speak out.

As for leaving the Army on good or indeed bad terms, luckily I saved my last confidential report prepared by the now infamous Lt Col Gordon Kerr, which was a recommendation for promotion, and further more I have the documentation that proves that I left the services with an exemplary record. Journalists have seen and confirmed these aspects of my service record.

You are absolutely correct to state that history will record the truth of what I and my co-author Greg Harkin have revealed, indeed Harkin has had an exemplary record in investigating collusion, particularly collusion between loyalists and the British State.

It was the collusion between republican agents and the British which I detail in 'Stakeknife' which now go to the heart of what happened during the Troubles.

I for one am more than content to have any information that I have revealed judged by a fair minded legal system and of course a jury of fair minded persons.

It is now time for the public, not me, to challenge the system, to investigate much of what has been written in the Stakeknife book and test it in a court of law.

I believe my decision to become a whistleblower was the right one, but I am astonished that community and political leaders in Ireland have done absolutely nothing to contribute to this debate.

The onus is on them now, not me.

Perhaps though it is time for Martin Ingram to retire.




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