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Report Discredits U.S. Institute of Peace
Distorts truth and offends Irish-Americans


Father Sean Mc Manus, Irish National Caucus • April 30, 2004

Capitol Hill. April 30, 2004 ---The United States Institute of Peace has published a Special Report on international terrorism that can only invite ridicule and bring anger on the prestigious body. (The Washington-based Institute was created by Congress and its Board of Directors is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate).

The report, "How Modern Terrorism Uses the Internet," (Special Report 116, March 2004) purports to "distil some of the findings from an ongoing, six-year study of terroists' use of the Internet". Written by a Senior Fellow of the Institute, Gabriel Weimann, it claims:

"The IRA's website contains a page on which visitors can make credit card donations".

"It does not take six seconds, let alone six years, to realize that is a ridiculously absurd and totally stupid statement," said Father Sean Mc Manus, president of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus. "The IRA does not have a web site. It is a secret army. How does any "expert" think that British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern, would allow such a web site?"

He went on to say : "I'm sick and tired of so-called experts on terrorism speaking nonsense about The Troubles. It is deeply insulting to Irish-Americans --- as if the Irish do not deserve to be taken seriously, and that words, facts, history and the truth mean nothing when it comes to them".

Father Mc Manus concluded by calling on the United States Institute of Peace to issue an apology for such a unprofessional Report.


[Ed.'s note: You can read the full report online at the United States Institute of Peace website: How Modern Terrorism Uses the Internet]














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