Right: the article from the Sunday Tribune of June 21st -
"Others oppose the extradition because they don't believe there is any evidence
others because of Garland's age and ill-health. Perhaps the best reason is that
the extradition warrant is a hangover from the Bush administration, with all that means in terms of unreliable intelligence,
lack of evidence and outright dishonesty".
There was a frank
and interesting article in the Sunday Tribune on June 21st in which regular columnist Diarmuid Doyle examined some of the
context and background of the extradition case against Sean Garland and concluded that the case was a hangover from the Bush
administration, "with all that means in terms of unreliable intelligence, lack of evidence and outright dishonesty".
The relevant section of the article is worth quoting here in full:-
"Seán Garland from Co Meath is somebody else who is trying to cope with the consequences
and inventions of the Bush administration's terrorism policy. On 21 November last year, a few weeks after the American people
had voted overwhelmingly for Obama, Bush's secretary of state Condoleezza Rice personally signed
an extradition request for 75-year-old Garland, whom the US believes is involved in a major counterfeiting operation involving
North Korea and the Russia mafia. The evidence against Garland is practically non-existent and the extradition request is
expressed in such general terms as to be meaningless. Garland appeared before the High Court last month; a full hearing of
his case is scheduled to be heard in July.
Garland has a colourful past. A
former member of the IRA, he led the 1957 attack on Brookeborough barracks in which Seán South and Feargal O'Hanlon, subsequently
feted in song, were killed. He later attempted to lead the IRA away from violence and towards left-wing politics, although
he was unsuccessful in both quests. The INLA tried to kill him in 1975. At 75, he is suffering from several serious illnesses
including diabetes and angina. He has also developed bowel and prostate cancer. Former FF senator Eddie Bohan believes Garland
would not last two months in a US jail.
A campaign to oppose Garland's
extradition was launched last week and is supported by a wide and lively cross-section of political figures – from Sinn
Féin's Gerry Adams to Ulster Unionist Chris McGimpsey; from Fianna Fáil's Chris Andrews to Labour's Joanna Tuffy – as
well as writers, actors and barristers. "It is not necessary to hold the same political worldview as another person to recognise
them as a person of integrity," said Chris Hudson, founder of the Peace Train movement in the 1980s. As Garland and the US
were part of the "tapestry of the peace process", he argued, it would serve no purpose to extradite him.
Others oppose the extradition because
they don't believe there is any evidence against Garland; others because of Garland's age and ill-health. Perhaps the best
reason is that the extradition warrant is a hangover from the Bush administration, with all that means in terms of unreliable
intelligence, lack of evidence and outright dishonesty.
Hopefully, the High Court
will feel the same".
You can read the full transcript of the article on the Sunday Tribune website at: http://www.tribune.ie/article/2009/jun/21/diarmuid-doyle-much-of-obamas-first-five-months-in/?q=Obama