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Thatcher’s Murder Machine, the British State assassination of Patrick Finucane

Did Margaret Thatcher sanction the murder of Patrick Finucane? It is now up to PM Boris Johnson and his Home Secretary, Priti Patel, to order a full judicial inquiry into the murder to establish whether or not Thatcher gave Sir Patrick Walker, Director-General of MI5, the green light to assassinate him.

By Joseph de Burca


 


Introduction: Margaret Thatcher and the cold blooded murder of an Irish lawyer.


On 12 February, 1989, the UDA assassinated Patrick Finucane, a highly regarded Belfast solicitor, at his North Belfast home. Finucane, who was 38-years-old, was shot 14 times by two masked UDA gunmen who sledgehammered their way into his house. His wife Geraldine was also injured during the attack which took place while the couple was enjoying a meal with their young family.

Prime Suspect, former PM Margaret Thatcher: she sank the Belgrano and permitted RUC and SAS shoot-to-kill operations in Northern Ireland and covered up the shooting of an acknowledged – yet unarmed – IRA unit in Gibraltar. She is now the prime suspect in the murder of Patrick Finucane.

In 2019 the Supreme Court in London ruled that the British Government had failed to investigate the murder properly. The only tenable reason for this is because the murder was organised by MI5, the intelligence service attached to the Home Office.

A retired Canadian judge, Peter Cory, investigated the murder on behalf of the British State. During his inquiry MI5 officers broke into his office and stole some of the evidence he had accumulated.

Cory also told Geraldine Finucane that he had seen a document relevant to her husband’s case which was marked  ‘for Cabinet eyes only’. Mrs. Finucane knows no more. This raises the distinct possibility that her husband’s case was discussed in Whitehall in sinister circumstances prior to the murder. These revelations formed part of BBC NI’s compelling seven part Spotlight  series,  ‘The Secret History of the Troubles’. They have been ignored by the mainstream British media.

Put simply, the finger of blame is now pointing at Margaret Thatcher. It now looks like she gave MI5 the green light to murder a perfectly respectable, law abiding lawyer. If Thatcher  and her circle did not order the murder, why are the Tory top brass so terrified of an inquiry?

MI5 was led by Sir Patrick Walker at the time the assassination was planned and executed. If MI5 was involved, it is inconceivable he did not call  the shots – literally.

Geraldine Finucane
Dignity personified: Geraldine Finucane who was told by retired Canadian judge Peter Cory that papers relating to her husband Patrick were read at Cabinet level.  Was this before the shooting?  A full judicial inquiry is required to get to the bottom of the murder including this vital new revelation. For a start the inquiry should clarify when the file Cory described to Mrs. Finucane was created, what was in it and who read it. In particular, did Thatcher know about the MI5-FRU-UDA hit in advance?

When David Cameron was in 10 Downing Street he told the Finucane family that he could not order a public inquiry into the scandal. When Finucane’s brother Martin asked him why, he turned to Mrs Finucane and said: “Look, the last administration couldn’t deliver an inquiry in your husband’s case and neither can we”. According to Cameron this was because “there are people all around this place, [10 Downing Street], who won’t let it happen.” As he was saying this, he raised a finger and made a circular motion in the air.

Theresa May, who was Cameron’s Home Secretary between 2010 and 2016, before she became PM, did not order a proper inquiry either.

Now, only someone with the stature, independence, intelligence and integrity of Lord Saville, the man who led the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, can be permitted to lead one into the Finucane murder. The opportunity and duty to do the right thing has passed to Theresa May’s successor, Boris Johnson, and his Home Secretary, Priti Patel. Yet, will they prove every bit as disdainful and corrupt as Blair, Cameron and May and continue the cover-up?

Open invitation: Lord Armstrong and Douglas Hurd are invited to share their recollections of the Finucane case on this website.

Time is fast running out to hear what potentially key living  witnesses have to offer about the Finucane case. The list includes Thatcher’s former cabinet secretary Robert Armstrong,  who is now in his nineties (born March 1927) and her then Home Secretary, Douglas Hurd. The latter, born in March 1930, published a 524 page autobiography in 2003.  Unfortunately, there is no entry under the word ‘Finucane’ in its index. Village  offers both men the freedom of this website to inform our readers about what they know about the case, most particularly anything about ‘cabinet eyes only’ documents.

The evidence that continues to accumulate points to the probability that Finucane, a skilful lawyer, was targeted by the British State because he had mastered the intricacies of the Diplock Court system in NI and was representing his clients to the best of his very considerable abilities. A lot of Provos were walking free from court. In the mind of Thatcher and others in London, he had to have been a Provo and his death warrant was approved. In these circumstances, the task of assassinating him was passed to Walker and his gang of cutthroats at MI5.

The saga of silence gets louder. David Cameron told the Finucane family he could not call an inquiry because of  forces more powerful than he. Was he really so impotent or was he protecting Thatcher whom he admired greatly? Theresa May (left) seen here while serving as British Home Secretary and in political control of MI5. Another admirer of Thatcher, she resisted an inquiry into the murder of Finucane too.

However, Finucane was not a Provo. On the contrary, he represented both Republicans and Loyalists. Who ever heard of a Provo securing the freedom of the Loyalist enemy? Moreover, he was married to a Protestant. Finucane was perfectly innocent of any involvement with the IRA although he was vilified as a member after his death.

Insofar as the UDA was concerned, the kill-order was issued by Tommy ‘Tucker’ Lyttle, the UDA’s ‘brigadier’ or commander in West Belfast. Ian Hurst, who served with the then top secret Force Reconnaissance Unit (FRU) of the British Army, has stated “with cast iron certainty” that Lyttle was a British agent who was “handled” by the RUC’s Special Branch (RUCSB) using the codename “Rodney Stewart”.

Lyttle himself confirmed to an internal UDA inquiry that he had been a British agent, arguing that he had exploited the relationship to help the UDA.

The RUCSB served as MI5’s foot soldiers in Northern Ireland. Lyttle also told author Greg Harkin that his RUCSB ‘handler’ had asked him: “Why don’t you whack Finucane?”.

Lying Britannia: Boris Johnson, a notoriously shifty individual: he is unlikely in the extreme to inflame the Tory Party by ordering an inquiry into the murder of Finucane. Priti Patel (right), will she rise above the lies and subterfuge and become the Home Secretary to finally order a full judicial inquiry into the murder or the latest in a line of Tory politicians who believe it is acceptable to cover-up the murder of an Irish lawyer?

Village has uncovered fresh information that not only confirms Lyttle’s role as a British agent but places him at the heart of the MI5 and MI6 paedophile ‘honeytrap’ operation which swirled around Kincora Boys’ Home in Belfast in the 1970s. Lyttle was working for MI5 from the mid, if not early, 1970s.

The next three sections of this article will examine the sordid links between MI5 and the UDA, especially those involving Lyttle, before returning to the specifics of the murder of Finucane in Part Four. Part 3 will also examine aspects of collusion with the UVF.

[Regular Village  readers are asked to note that an earlier version of this story was published in February 2019 entitled ‘Her Majesty’s Hatchetman’.]


PART 1:  TOMMY ‘TUCKER’ LYTTLE AND KINCORA


TOMMY ‘TUCKER’ LYTTLE, THE UDA’S WEST BELFAST BRIGADIER

A democracy in name only: the UK is one of the few countries in the West where the State can get away with murdering a lawyer. Patrick Finucane (above) who was murdered in front of his wife and young family by MI5-controlled UDA gunmen while they ate a meal in their home.

The late Tommy ‘Tucker’ Lyttle is a pivotal figure in the assassination of Patrick Finucane. His MI5 file, if produced, will reveal the full sordid truth about {i} his role as a British agent; {ii} MI5 blackmail operations involving child abuse and {iii} MI5-UDA collusion in murder.

Lyttle was born in 1939. His son John, who became a journalist, has written that, “At first my father had no abiding interest in politics – it wasn’t a job requirement for machinists at Mackie’s foundry in the late Sixties – but his family was something he was fiercely protective of. The one he came from: three sisters, one brother, his adored mother and father, and the one he created and was dead centre of, as only an Irish patriarch can be: three sons, two daughters. My father and mother entered wedlock young – he was 18, Elizabeth Baird was 19 – customary at our end of the social scale. My siblings and I arrived more or less every two years – also customary”.

The man with a blood soaked handkerchief: MI5 hitman, Tommy Lyttle, a self-confessed MI5 agent inside the UDA. It was he who organised the assassination of Finucane.

John Lyttle has also explained that his father was seen by his family as “smart, very smart” – he did well at school and could have gone to grammar school on a scholarship but for a shortage of  funds.

Lyttle became involved with the UDA after a bomb atrocity in Belfast on 11 December, 1971. John Lyttle has quoted his sister Linda, about how their father became involved:

‘’There was an IRA bomb on the Shankill and my Ma and Elaine nearly got blown up. That started me Da off’. She hesitates, then says something that makes perfect sense. ‘Two kids were killed. The first time kids were killed. Me Da took it… personally. Don’t you remember?'”. But, John Little goes on, “I don’t remember. I have forgotten, or buried, much, a mountain of clippings, snapshots and unforgiven images: the gunman with the high-velocity rifle who aimed for someone else and nearly got my Da, the kidnapping that landed him on the front page of the Belfast Telegraph, a pistol to his head, midnight raids by police, various peaks and troughs as palace revolutions repetitively rocked the Ulster Defence Association. Old guard vs young turks, hardliners vs soft centres – they fall out, kill, regroup, splinter, my father somehow surviving each coup. But I instinctively know that what Linda says is true”.

Partners in crime: Loyalist terrorism came to rest on a tripod: MI5/RUC Special Branch, the Northern Ireland Office and British Military Intlligence.

By 1972 Lyttle had become a lieutenant colonel in the UDA’s ‘C’ Company, 2nd Battalion, Shankill Road. In 1973 he ran unsuccessfully for election to the NI Assembly. In November 1974 he visited Colonel Ghaddafi in Libya. In 1975 he rose to become the Brigadier of West Belfast Brigade, the UDA’s spokesman and a member of the Inner Council. He had a virtual free hand in running UDA operations in his domain and enjoyed a very high profile.


MURDER INC, THE UDA’s INNER COUNCIL

The Inner Council had come into existence after a meeting on 15 May, 1971, in the dining hall of North Howard Street school  which was attended by approximately 300 representatives from the various Loyalist vigilante groups sprinkled around NI. The Inner Council would soon organise a network of Loyalist murder gangs.

The UDA was divided into seven brigade areas: North Belfast, East Belfast, South Belfast and West Belfast, South-East Antrim, Londonderry and the Border Counties. The brigades consisted of battalions, companies, platoons and sections. The structure was ruled over by the Inner Council which was made up of the seven brigadiers and their various ‘staffs’. At one stage it consisted of over 50 people but was later streamlined.

Dial MI5 for murder: MI5’s Orwellian London HQ. The service is still resisting a full judicial inquiry into the murder of Patrick Finucane. On the right, Andrew Parker, who joined MI5 in 1983, and is now its Director-General. If MI5 has nothing to hide, why is it still resisting a sworn judicial inquiry?


WILLIAM McGRATH, THE ‘BEAST OF KINCORA’ AND THE BIRTH OF THE UDA

The delegates at North Howard Street included UVF and Tara members. William McGrath, the Leader of Tara, a Loyalist paramilitary organisation, was deeply involved. He produced a document which has been called the birth certificate of the UDA.

McGrath was close to two senior UDA leaders, Davey Payne and John McMichael.

The Beast of Kincora, William McGrath, paedophile, Orangeman and MI5 agent.

McGrath became Housefather at Kincora Boys’ Home a few weeks after the North Howard Street meeting. It is highly likely that he had become a British agent prior to the North Howard Street convention.


THE ‘ROMPER ROOM’ TORTURE AND MURDER NETWORK 

Tommy Lyttle was also a ruthless and violent man. Space does not permit a description of the appalling violence meted out by the UDA to random Catholic victims in the 1970s. Davey Payne established a string of human abattoirs known as ‘romper rooms’ where random Catholics abducted from the streets were tortured and murdered, often for the amusement of drunken UDA men and their girlfriends.

As a senior UDA leader, Lyttle was one of the men who was fully aware of these atrocious murders.

It is inconceivable that MI5 did not know who was running them, but they didn’t intervene. From MI5’s perverse perspective, they undermined support for the IRA and kept Catholics off the streets at night.

Human abbatoirs: the man who set up the UDA’s Romper Room torture and murder network, Davey Payne.

Lyttle’s son knew just how violent his father could be. He has written how when he was a boy, he once searched “through the pockets of my father’s overcoat for loose change. We kids are not supposed to, but we do. I plunge my hand in and feel this wet, wringing wet. I drag it out. It’s a handkerchief. With an embroidered ‘T’. The linen is as red as the red hand of Ulster, soaked with blood, saturated with blood, dripping with blood. I squeeze, though I shouldn’t. The red trickles through my fingers. I watch, repelled and exhilarated. My father is in the front room. I hear football match results. He isn’t injured, hasn’t said anything about a nosebleed, a fall. He hasn’t mentioned a friend’s accident. I return the handkerchief, go to the bathroom, wash my hands”.

John Lyttle has also written about an incident when he was “nine or ten”: ‘The wee small hours of the morning. I come downstairs. I want a drink of water. In the front room a man is tied to a chair. He’s battered and bruised. My father is there with how many others? Three? Four? I stare until I’m noticed. What do you want?’, my father asks. ‘A drink of water’. ‘Get him a drink of water’. I continue to stare until my water is brought. I drink it on the spot. ‘Not so fast’, my father cautions. I hand the glass back and tread quietly back upstairs and climb into bed beside my brother Bill. By daylight, I’m certain it’s a dream. It must be: I’ve dreamt of it ever since”. Even if it was a dream, it was exactly what Lyttle got up to in real life.


HER MAJESTY’S CHILD PIMP, TOMMY LYTTLE TRAFFICS RICHARD KERR  

Richard Kerr was a resident at Kincora Boys’ Home between 1975 and 1977. In September 1976 or thereabouts, Kerr was picked up at Kincora by two men who were driving a Volkswagen vehicle. Since the men used the front compartment boot for storage, they were undoubtedly driving a VW Beetle. Kerr was put in the front passenger seat. He was only 15-years-old yet had been a victim of the Anglo-Irish Vice Ring (A-IVR) – of which Kincora was a part – since he was eight.

State killer and child pimp: Tommy Lyttle trafficked at least one Kincora boy for sexual abuse. He is seen here talking to a member of the press.

The two men drove to a hotel on the Antrim coastline which overlooked the sea. Kerr recalls that it was like a “big old house” with stone statutes of ‘lions or other animals at the front of it with a country road leading up to it’. His driver was called Eddie and the trip seemed to him to have taken a few hours. After the group reached the hotel, Kerr was left waiting in the lobby area while the men went looking for another man. After about 20 minutes they returned with Lyttle and the group set out in the Volkswagen again for another destination. The men addressed Lyttle as “Tommy” openly in front of Kerr. Indeed, it would have been pointless to try to disguise Lyttle’s identity due to his high profile.

Kerr was supplied with a number of glass bottles containing Coca Cola which had been spiked. The effect of the liquid – whatever it contained – was to render him drowsy. He soon “felt out of it but not fully out of it” and began to drift “out of reality like being hypnotised”.

To MI5, the end justified the means: Richard Kerr at the approximate age he was supplied to men by Tommy ‘Tucker’ Lyttle of the UDA and his associates 

When they reached their destination – a hotel in the “middle of nowhere” – it was still daytime. There was a field to the rear of it. He recalls seeing “cows and sheep” around it. He believes it may have been near Newtownabbey. Kerr was ushered to a small room where he was handed over to an abuser, a man in his 30s with a NI accident who used Northern slang words. Despite his drowsiness, Kerr knew full well what was going to happen to him next. The man asked him to take off his clothes and “things like that”. The rape ordeal that ensued lasted between three and five hours with breaks in between during which Kerr was provided with a sandwich and taken out of the room. Sometimes his abusers gave him gifts to assuage their guilt or in a sick attempt to ingratiate themselves with him. This man gave him nothing.

The face of evil, Joseph Mains, paedophile and British agent.

It was dark by the time the nightmare ended. Kerr was then driven back to Kincora. No stops were made on the return journey. They got back to Kincora at approximately 9.30 pm. Kerr re-entered the premises through the front door and went into the TV room. A number of boys were present. William McGrath, the ‘housefather’ was on duty. The Warden, Joe Mains, who lived at Kincora, was also present. Neither of them asked him a single question about where he had been.


TOMMY’S GOON SHOW

Kincora was a brutal institution. In addition to being passed around to depraved perverts, Kerr was also bullied – and a lot worse – by some of his fellow residents. Some of the friction arose from the fact he was allowed out between Thursday and  Sunday although this invariably meant he was being subjected to sex attacks. Kerr must have mentioned this during his road trip with Lyttle because the UDA brigadier sent down two of his “goons” to intimidate the boys who were making life a misery for him at Kincora.

Both Mains and McGrath were present when the ‘goons’ bounded in but did nothing to impede them. The intruders set about terrorising Kerr’s tormentors. Witnesses to this event are still alive. After the intrusion of the two ‘goons’, even McGrath became wary of Kerr. This says a lot because McGrath was someone who was prepared to murder. McGrath was close to Davey Payne – the man who had invented the ‘romper room’ system – and once asked him to kill Roy Garland, the former Deputy Leader of Tara. He wanted Garland killed because he had begun to talk about McGrath’s abuse of boys in 1973.

A man who did the right thing: Roy Garland who risked his life to stop the abuse of children in Northern Ireland.

THE ENGLISHMAN WITH THE SUEDE FLARES

Kerr encountered Tommy Lyttle on one further occasion. Once again he was taken from Kincora to a hotel. This time he was escorted by the two ‘goons’ who had barged into Kincora. Their destination was a bar where they linked up with Lyttle. This time Kerr was destined for a man from the North of England whom he had never met before. He described him as a “nice person”; someone who was “well-dressed’ in a fashionable pair of flared trousers. The flares were made from suede. He remembers this vividly as he got to touch them after the man asked him to remove his trousers as part of the ritual of the abuse of that day.  Afterwards, Lyttle and his ‘goons’ returned him back to Kincora.


THE WHIP AND SADDLE BAR AT THE EUROPA HOTEL

Harper Brown manager of the Europa Hotel. He was a friend of Joe Mains, the Warden of Kincora and let him bring boys to the hotel to be abused by VIPs such as Enoch Powell MP and visiting journalists.

Kerr would encounter the UDA ‘goons’ again at the ‘Whip and Saddle’ Bar in the Europa Hotel in Belfast where Mains often brought him to be abused and later secured him a job through his friend Harper Brown, the then manager of the hotel.

The man with the flared trousers turned up at the hotel on at least one night.

The Whip and Saddle was well known in journalistic circles as a venue frequented by Unionist politicians with a sexual interest in juvenile males. Some of the journalists – including some from the Republic – made ribald jokes about the venue, especially by reference to its name.

Kerr would also meet the UDA ‘goons’ at a Loyalist drinking den  in Belfast.


THE GIRTON LODGE HOTEL

Lyttle also socialised at the Girton Lodge hotel which was a short walk from Kincora Boys’ Home. Richard Kerr was abused by John McKeague, a notorious Loyalist killer, at the Girton on three or four occasions. Kerr would receive a phone call ordering to go down to it, and would then walk down and arrive in about six minutes. There was a reception area on the ground floor with a small corridor off it which had rooms. The abuse took place in these rooms. There was also a bath at the venue. Kerr was given alcohol prior to the abuse he suffered at it.

McKeague, Lyttle and their associates would gather at the hotel. There was an area where cars could park out of sight from the road. All the abuse took place on the lower level.

Girton Lodge Hotel where boys from Kincora were abused.

There is no suggestion that Lyttle himself was an abuser. Indeed, no one has ever claimed anything remotely of the sort. He presumably mixed with the likes of McKeague for network and intelligence gathering purposes, something that suited both his UDA and MI5 associates.

Colin Wallace, a PYSOPS officer at British Army HQ NI, was aware of some of what was going on at the Girton and other hotels. Wallace wrote up and submitted this information to his superiors at British Army HQ NI in 1974 seeking clearance for the disclosure of it to the press. A second hotel was the Park Avenue, a third was called The Queens Court. One of the reasons General Peter Leng, one of the most senior British Army officers in NI in the 1970s, became worried about the Kincora allegations in 1974 was that he had been told that Kincora inmates were being lured into the UDA’s paramilitary activities. He also was aware that the two hotels where allegedly paedophile activities were taking place were also used as meeting places by the Leadership of East Belfast UDA. He also was aware that the Girton and Park Avenue were used as meeting places by the East Belfast UDA.  Indeed, the UDA had an office approximately three blocks away.

Contemporaneous evidence: Colin Wallace’s 1975 letter with a reference to “homosexual prostitution at a children’s home in Belfast”. Judge Hart was supplied with a copy of this letter and failed to appreciate its value.

Was Tommy Lyttle one of the sources of information that reached HQ NI about these hotels?

In September 1975, Wallace was disciplined for allegedly passing a restricted document to a journalist. During his disciplinary hearing, he wrote to his former boss at Army HQ NI referring to “attempts made by the Security Service to discredit various Loyalist politicians, including the Rev Ian Paisley, by linking MPs with Loyalist paramilitary figures involved in homosexual prostitution at children’s homes in Belfast”. Wallace gave copies of these documents to the HIA Inquiry in 2016 though it ignored them. Hart reported in 2017. He concluded that the State did not know about the abuse at Kincora.

Joe Mains, the Warden (i.e. boss) of Kincora was involved in paedophile activities at these hotels too. William McGrath lived very close to it.


TOMMY LYTTLE, A HINT OF REGRET?

John Lyttle, who is gay, has written about the moment when his father “sat on my bed, weeping. I had just reiterated the fact of my sexuality, and my reward was deep and sore sobbing”. The revelation would contribute towards a ‘distance’ between father and son.

Tommy Lyttle’s reaction might have been prompted in part by a measure of guilt about the sexual assaults perpetrated by older men on juvenile males, in which he was complicit.


PART 2: ALBERT ‘GINGER’ BAKER AND THE UDA’S KNOWLEDGE OF KINCORA


A CONFIRMED SPY, ALBERT BAKER AND THE MILITARY REACTION FORCE (MRF)

The Inner Council of the UDA knew about the sex attacks on children at Kincora from at least 1972.

Confirmed spy: an Englishman who worked at British Military HQ at Lisburn in the 1970s has confirmed to Village   that Albert ‘Ginger’ Baker worked for the MRF. On the left, Baker while in the British Army; Baker’s codenamed was ‘Broccoli’, (middle); Tommy Herron of the UDA’s Inner Council (right). Baker spied on Herron and the UDA for British military intelligence. He also carried out a series of gruesome murders during his operation. He appears to have had some sort of a nervous breakdown and confessed to murder. He was then thrown to the wolves by his handlers and spent years in prison. He made many revelations about dirty tricks which were ignored by the UK media. 

Albert ‘Ginger’ Baker was a British soldier who infiltrated the UDA for the British Army’s Military Reaction Force (MRF). The MRF was created by Brigadier Frank Kitson who is still alive. Kitson was obsessive about intelligence gathering. No fact was too small for his attention as a string of books he wrote about intelligence gathering attest. It is inconceivable that he did not know about Kincora through the MRF, Baker and MI5/6.

Chris Moore of BBC NI, author of ‘The Kincora Scandal‘, managed to track William McGrath down to Ballyhalbert, on the Coast of County Down, after his release from prison for the sex attacks he had perpetrated at Kincora. Moore extracted an amazing comment from McGrath who said, “This whole matter does not stop at Lisburn”. (p210) Lisburn, of course was home to a swathe of intelligence organisations including Military Intelligence, MI5 and MI6. This is consistent with a mountain of evidence which points to the fact that Kincora and other parts of the Anglo Irish Vice Ring (A-IVR) were ultimately controlled by officials at the Home Office/MI5; the Foreign Office/MI6 and officials at Downing Street.

Albert Baker is still alive and living in Belfast. He was not interviewed by the Hart Inquiry which concluded in 2017 that the abuse of the boys at Kincora had been restricted to the home itself and that the only perpetrators were members of its staff; moreover, that MI5, MI6 and military intelligence had not known about it.

Covert war criminal: racist and anti-Catholic bigot Frank Kitson who set up death squads in Northern Ireland after a career of murder, torture and mayhem in Britain’s colonies. Legal action by the family of one of his victims is ongoing in Belfast.

According to Baker’s family, his handler was a ‘Capt. Bunty’ whom he met in a Belfast coffee bar. Not only did Baker succeed in joining the UDA, he became a bodyguard to its Inner Council and monitored its leaders including Tommy Herron.

Baker had enlisted in the Royal Irish Rangers in Belfast in March 1970 at the age of nineteen with a character reference from Ian Paisley’s wife Eileen. He was sent for training in Ballymena, where he won prizes as a crack shot. From there he went to Warminister in England where the Regiment’s 2nd Battalion was based. After Warminister Baker received special forces training at Fort Hood, Heuston, and may have become a member of the SAS. He was then sent to the Persian Gulf where the SAS was being deployed. He returned to Belfast in 1972.  At first, he told people he was on leave from the British Army; later that he had deserted from it. He may have been on a mission to join the UDA all along.

Baker became a part of a barbarous torture and murder gang controlled by the Inner Council. He slipped out of Belfast at some stage before May 1973 with a lot of blood on his hands. One of Baker’s victims was Philip Anthony Faye, a twenty-one year-old waiter who had been serving the UDA Inner Council drinks at the Girton Lodge Hotel on 18 August, 1972. He was murdered on the orders of Tommy Herron.  Baker has admitted that: “There was me, V, ‘R’, and a few others doing security in the hotel. We’d move into the hotel and take the waiters’ coats and things. We’d be armed and we’d be walking through the hotel and down the lobbies and the corridors underneath. So the Inner Council was in this room and Faye came in with drinks. Tommy Herron found out the geezer was a Catholic and ordered his assassination in case he’d overheard anything. I went down to Island Street and assassinated him”.


THE ‘BROCCOLI’ CONFERENCE

On 24 May, 1973, a meeting took place in London. It was attended by Major General Frank King, the General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland (GCO NI), and the Vice Chief of the General Staff (VCGS), Sir David Fraser. Fraser was based in London. A declassified record of the meeting reveals that: “We have now got good intelligence on [Tommy] Herron [of the UDA] and the Protestant extremists”. Baker was Herron’s bodyguard, something that is consistent with him being the source of this information.

The document also reveals that Fraser brought GOC King “up to date and discussed the problem of protection of the ‘source’ of their information”.   Baker fits the bill as the ‘source’ perfectly. He certainly would have needed ‘protection’ from his erstwhile UDA colleagues who by then must have suspected he was a spy who had been privy to all of their secrets – including orders to murder – after he had disappeared from Belfast.

The source was codenamed “Broccoli”. Tom Griffin, a highly astute and intelligent observer of these matters, was the first to deduce that since the recipient of the information about “Broccoli” was Major General King – who was still in charge of the British Army in NI – “Broccoli” must have been an agent who had recently served in NI. An Englishman who worked at Lisburn, British Army HQ NI, has confirmed that Griffin was right. Baker was a British spy and his codename was indeed “Broccoli”.

Not equipped with a moral compass: General Sir David Fraser (left); Maj. General Robert Ford (middle); UDA marchers (right).

‘Broccoli’ cannot have been James Miller, another British soldier who also penetrated the UDA as he was not uncovered as a spy until the following year.

Griffin may also have struck the nail on the head with the observation that Baker’s “name would account for the Broccoli designation in a most apposite way, since he shared a first name and initials with James Bond producer Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli”.

After leaving NI, Baker suffered some sort of a breakdown. His direct involvement in a string of brutal tortures and murders may have contributed to this. A short while later he went to Warminister County Police Station to confess to murder. From this point on damage limitation became the order of the day: MI5/6, the MRF and the RUC would be protected though a few UDA killers would go on trial – and be acquitted – while Baker was locked away until 1992.

Tommy Herron was murdered by Loyalist opponents as part of an internal UDA feud in September 1973. Ian Paisley led prayers outside his home on the day of his funeral.


BAKER REVEALS WHAT THE UDA KNEW ABOUT KINCORA TO KEN LIVINGSTONE

In July 1988 Baker told Ken Livingstone who was an MP (and later Mayor of London) what he knew about Kincora. “The whole Inner Council of the UDA knew about it”, he revealed, “but no Inner Council members were involved in it. There were politicians and senior Northern Ireland Office officials involved in it. I know one who’s in the House of Commons. He’s one of your own men [i.e. the British Labour Party].” He also revealed that: “Well, as far as they were concerned it was being organised by British Intelligence and they kept away from that. They knew the intelligence services were running it.”

He spoke the truth but no one would listen: Ken Livingstone, one of a tiny number of British politicians who tried to expose the truth about Kincora. He was jeered in the Commons when he brought up MI5 dirty tricks.

William McGrath was particularly well known to the Inner Council. He was friendly with UDA men like Davey Payne and John McMichael. Indeed, McGrath had been pivotal in establishing the UDA. He also ran his own paramilitary organisation called Tara and had connections to the UVF. The UVF fell out with McGrath in 1971 because of his boasts about his links to British Intelligence. All of this made it likely – if not imperative – for the UDA to monitor McGrath who had been assigned a job at Kincora in 1971 and was close to other paramilitaries and politicians such as Ian Paisley, James Molyneux and Knox Cunningham. Hence, Baker’s assertion that the Inner Council knew about Kincora is entirely credible.

“I know for an actual fact that a Conservative MP was involved”, Baker further informed Livingstone. “The Inner Council members discussed Kincora and knew who was there because they had them under surveillance. The UDA have photographs of the people going into Kincora, of politicians, Unionist politicians. The Inner Council knew who was operating behind them. They knew they could be arrested, but given what they knew they could never be charged or face imprisonment for any length of time”.

It is interesting to note that Baker made reference to a Tory MP nearly three decades before Liam Clarke published a story in January 2015 in the Belfast Telegraph describing how a pair of whistleblowing RUC officers had revealed their knowledge of visits to Kincora by a Tory MP to him. (See also Village November 2017.)

The Inner Council’s knowledge of Kincora would also explain the precautions Tommy Lyttle took in and about the transport of Richard Kerr to his abusers. Lyttle knew better than to have been spotted anywhere near the shameful premises.


BAKER’S DEAL WITH THE PAEDOPHILE TORY MINISTER OF STATE FOR NORTHERN IRELAND

Paedophiles in positions of power: Edward Heath, paedophile prime minister (left); Van Straubenzee, a paedophile NI minister appointed by Heath; Sir Maurice Oldfield, (right) appointed by Heath as Chief of MI6. He abused rent boys and had a ‘friendship’ and a ‘relationship’ with Joe Mains the Warden of Kincora according to internal MI6 files released to the Hart Inquiry.

Ted Heath appointed Sir William Radcliffe Von Straubenzee MBE as the Deputy Secretary of State for NI in 1972. Just like Heath, Van Straubenzee was a lifelong bachelor and a paedophile. His role as a child molester emerged in July 2015 when ‘formerly’ missing files about paedophile politicians were ‘discovered’ in London at the Cabinet Office. The files, which included details about Van Straubenzee, were sent to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse in London.

A contemporaneous note made by Colin Wallace in 1974 while he worked at Lisburn British Army HQ as a PSYOPS officer in 1974. They reveal British Intelligence knew Von Straubenzee  was vulnerable to sexual blackmail. Dr Julius Grant, an international documents expert, verified these notes as authentic in 1987. 

Van Straubenzee is a likely candidate as the Tory MP who visited Kincora and was known to Baker and the UDA. Indeed, Baker’s probable knowledge about Van Straubenzee’s visits and his – Baker’s – work for the MRF offer likely explanations as to why Baker was able to secure a meeting in prison with Van Straubenzee after his conviction. At the time Baker was trying to secure a deal with Van Straubenzee about where he would serve his prison sentence.


PART 3: OTHER PARTS OF THE MI5-UDA JIG-SAW


JAMES MILLER, ANOTHER MI5 AGENT INSIDE THE UDA WHO KNEW ABOUT KINCORA

Other pieces from the UDA-Kincora jig-saw have fallen into place in recent years. In the late 1980s James Miller, another ex-British soldier, revealed to journalists that he had served as an MI5 agent inside the UDA. In 2017 the Hart Report stated that MI5 had acknowledged that Miller had been an MI5 agent and someone who knew about the sexual proclivities of William McGrath.

Out of his depth in a puddle: Judge Anthony Hart, a gullible and naive man who made so many elementary mistakes in his 2017 report that it stands as a dreaful example of how not to conduct an inquiry.  So convinced was he of MI5’s integrity, he bent over backwards to invent laughable theories when faced with hard facts of MI5 wrongdoing. On the other hand, he displayed a disdainful cynicism towards genuine victims with first hand knowledge such as Richard Kerr. 

Miller had also spied on McGrath for MI5. Unfortunately, Judge Hart made a calamitous error in his reporting of Miller. He concocted a speculative and nonsensical notion – purely out of his own imagination – in 2017 that MI5 had not reported what Miller told them about McGrath to the RUC – as they were obliged to do by law – because they wanted to protect Miller’s cover. Hart did not even bother to ask MI5 if his theory masight be true. Sadly, it was an impossibility because Miller fled NI in 1974 when the UDA discovered his role as a spy. The Kincora scandal was not exposed until 1980. So why did MI5 keep silent between 1974 and 1980?  Unfortunately,  Hart was not a man to pay attention to detail (as other astonishing mistakes in his report attest). What is worse, is that he took every opportunity to concoct excuses for MI5 while treating victims of abuse such as Richard Kerr with disdain. Beyond question, Hart was a man deeply out of his depth when it came to dealing with the world of dirty tricks. His report – in so far as Kincora is conerned – was a lamentable disaster.


THE SENIOR MI6 OFFICER JAMES ALLAN AND THE ‘RIBALD’ COMMENTS HE SHARED WITH THE UDA ABOUT THE VIOLENT CHILD RAPIST, JOHN DUNLOP McKEAGUE

Sectarian serial killer, John Dunlop McKeague, paedophile, bomber, torturer, assassin and MI5 agent.

John McKeague, a long-time associate of William McGrath, was another member of the A-IVR. On 23 May 1975 Andy Tyrie, the Supreme Commander of the UDA – who is still alive –  and another UDA commander, John Orchin, held a meeting with James Allan, a senior MI6 officer posing as a civil servant at the NIO. According to declassified British files, during the discussion there were “some ribald discussions of Mr McKeague’s proclivities”. (CJ/43734; also Margaret Urwin, A State in Denial at page 139.) This clearly demonstrates that MI6 and the NIO knew a lot about McKeague’s sexual deviancy. Incredibly, although Urwin’s book came out in 2016 and McKeague featured in the index, Judge Hart ignored the research and the declassified document it was based on. His report emerged in January 2017. Nor did Hart ask Tyrie to provide an account of the meeting.


TOMMY LYTTLE, BRITISH INTELLIGENCE AND SOUTH AFRICAN GUN RUNNING

Tommy Lyttle told author Greg Harkin that British military intelligence had provided him with assistance in importing arms into NI from South Africa.

There are other indications of the assistance NIO officials afforded to Loyalist gunrunners. In 1977 William McGrath sent a member of Tara called Colin Wyatt to Holland to procure guns for Tara. Wyatt returned home and was debriefed in McGrath’s house by someone McGrath introduced to him as an Under Secretary from the NIO. It was far more likely that the individual was an intelligence officer.


THE UDA PRESS RELEASE, A SHOT ACROSS THE BOWS OF MI5 AND THE NIO

There is yet further evidence of UDA knowledge of Kincora. On 21 February, 1982, at the height of claims that Kincora had been transformed into a child brothel by MI5/6, the UDA told the media that its eight-man Executive Committee was scheduled to meet the following day to decide whether or not to publish documents naming Unionist politicians involved in Kincora in its newspaper. The Belfast Newsletter reported a UDA spokesman who referred to a ‘wave of revulsion throughout Ulster about this case and people want to make sure that it never happens again. … Innocent people could be under a cloud of suspicion and may remain so until the names are released.”

The UDA never released a single name. Tommy Lyttle, who was still a brigadier of the UDA at this time, knew that an effective inquiry would expose his name once the Kincora boys were interviewed (not as an abuser, rather a trafficker). In reality the statement was a warning shot aimed at MI5 and the NIO to ensure that the matter was covered-up.

A sinister shot across the bows to MI5:  the UDA’s 1982 press statement

Unfortunately, the Hart Inquiry did not secure evidence from the UDA, nor Albert Baker, whose interview with Ken Livingstone had been published in Livingstone’s book, “Livingstone’s Labour” in 1989.


THE TRUTH IS A VOLATILE SUBSTANCE, WILLIAM McGRATH SPILLS THE BEANS ON MI5 TO JOHN McMICHAEL

Some Loyalist paramilitaries decided they would assassinate McGrath when he got out of prison. However, John McMichael, the UDA’s South Belfast Brigadier, ensured they didn’t, perhaps in return for McGrath having spilled the beans to him about what had really happened at Kincora. McGrath might have told him about Lyttle’s role in the scandal. McMichael was assassinated aged 39 by a car bomb in 1987.

Living on borrowed time: John McMichael and Tommy Tucker. McMichael believed Lyttle was a British agent.

McMichael believed Lyttle was a British agent. He shared his suspicions with his colleague Michael Stone, the Milltown Cemetery bomber. According to Stone: ‘McMichael constantly warned me about Tucker Lyttle and on this particular night he took the time to ram the point home. I distinctly remember him saying, “Tucker is a tout, so never tell him anything, don’t befriend him and keep him away from your UDA business”. He knew Lyttle had Special Branch handlers and was the weakest link in the UDA’s Inner Council. Also, he knew that Lyttle had a better and more intimate working relationship with the Special Branch handlers than his Loyalist brothers. McMichael wasn’t telling me anything I hadn’t discovered for myself. I had first-hand experience of Tucker the Traitor. (98)

McMichael was killed by a bomb planted in his car on 22 December 1987. The Provisional IRA claimed responsibility. Ever since his death, rumours have abounded that the IRA was assisted by McMichael’s enemies inside the UDA with James Pratt Craig and Tommy Lyttle cited as conspirators. No hard evidence has emerged one way or the other.


TOMMY LYTTLE ASSUMES CONTROL OF A HIGH SECURITY PRISON

After the Milltown Cemetery bombing during which Stone attempted to assassinate Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams while they attended the funerals of IRA members who had been killed in Gibraltar by the SAS, Lyttle visited Stone in prison. Amazingly, Lyttle managed to cancel all other visits to the prison and secured exclusive use of the visiting centre for an exclusive interrogation of Stone. He demanded that Stone tell him the names of those on the Inner Council who had approved the Milltown Cemetery attack. Stone refused and came away more convinced than ever that Lyttle was a British agent. How else could he have managed to gain control of what was taking place inside the prison?


THE MAINSTREAM UK MEDIA IGNORED ALLEGATIONS OF COLLUSION AND LET THE PRACTICE CONTINUE UNABATED

The darkness becomes visible: Alan Oliver who is refusing to talk about his time as a UVF assassin (top left) Laurence Maguire (top right) a man haunted by his past. It involved a series of murders he carried out for the British agent, Billy ‘King Rat’ Wright, of the UVF (bottom left). Robin ‘The Jackal’ Jackson (bottom right). 

The collusion between British State actors such as MI5 and MI6 and Loyalist murder gangs did not end after ‘Ginger’ Baker left Northern Ireland. On the contrary, it continued unabated. In the early 1980s two whistle-blowers, Capt. Fred Holroyd and Capt. Colin Wallace, both of whom had inside information about State collusion with Loyalist murder gangs, went to the press with what they knew. While they received a lot of positive attention in the Republic of Ireland and elsewhere, they were denounced in some quarters in the UK by journalists. This was a tragic lost opportunity as their allegations about collusion –  and a lot more besides – have been confirmed repeatedly ever since, most recently by the BBC NI’s excellent Spotlight  series. There is no doubt they knew what they were talking about: the highly regard Barron Inquiry produced by Irish Supreme Court judge Henry Barron, confirmed that in 1974 Wallace had prepared a list of most of those who participated in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings including Robin Jackson, also known as ‘The Jackal’.  Allegations about ‘The Jackal’ –  based on details provided by Wallace and Holroyd – appeared in the Dublin based magazine The Phoenix as early as 25 May 1984 in a piece written by Frank Doherty. Jackson was named in the piece.  Despite all of this and more, no one was ever charged with the Dublin bombings and ‘The Jackal’ was left free to murder at will. He died in May of 1998 from lung cancer aged 49. Overall, State collusion with Loyalist murder gangs deepened.

Jackson is outed as ‘The Jackal’ by journalist Frank Doherty in the Dublin based magazine The Phoenix. This picture can be expanded so that the article can be read.
Vindication: Wallace’s complaint about The Independent to the Press Council was upheld.

The high point of the push back against Holroyd and Wallace was an article in The Independent – the now defunct UK newspaper – by an Irish journalist called David McKittrick in 1987. Wallace complained The Independent to the British Press Council. His complaint was upheld.

Two declassified 1987 documents from the Northern Ireland Office provide an insight into McKittrick’s scepticism and are reproduced here. They were written by Brian. A. Blackwell of the Law and Order Division of the NIO and sent to other government departments including MI5.

A report written by Brian Blackwell for distribution to MI5 and others about David McKittrick
A further report  about David McKittrick by Blackwell for MI5 and others

Blackwell (now deceased) was a Colonel in the Royal Signals.  He had been stationed at Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn during the 1970s when he commanded 233 Signals Squadron as a Major. The Law and Order Division, as name implies, liaised with the various elements of the Security and Intelligence Services.  The Division was later renamed the Security and International Liaison Division.

One of the exceptional high points of The Spotlight series was Mandy McAuley’s interview with Laurence Maguire, a former UVF assassin, about the murders of innocent Catholic families by Billy Wright’s UVF gang. Wright, better known as ‘King Rat’ was a British agent.  His murder spree continued long after the likes of McKittrick and The Independent had attempted to debunk Holroyd and Wallace in respect of the earlier phase of collusion. Grotesquely, one of those who helped ‘King Rat’  was the notorious serial killer Robin ‘The Jackal’ Jackson. Holroyd and Wallace quite literally risked their lives in outing Jackson. Despite naming him to journalists and police, Jackson continued his murder spree.

Alan Oliver, another member of King Rat’s UVF murder gang refused to talk to Many McAuley when she confronted him at his place of business. He is presently refusing to talk about his past unless he is given immunity from prosecution. At the same time he claims that he has discovered God.

Poisoning the well of truth with lies: Thatcher’s letter to Sir Terence Higgins MP (Conservative) denying collusion and other dirty tricks.

Ironically, Margaret Thatcher was one of those who told MPs in the House of Commons that collusion was not taking place. One letter – reproduced here – gives an indication of the type of assurance she fed her fellow Tory MPs. It is addressed to Sir Terence L. Higgins MP and dated 12 March 1987.


PART 4: THE FINUCANE ASSASSINATION


TOMMY LYTTLE AND THE FINUCANE ASSASSINATION

Tommy Lyttle remained in place as a British spy inside the UDA after the killing of John McMichael. He would become central to the 1989 murder of Patrick Finucane, something that was organised in tandem with the RUCSB and MI5. The guiding hand of MI5 is the reason that Theresa May would not allow a sworn judicial inquiry into the Finucane murder when she was Home Secretary and as PM. Her lack of integrity was demonstrated after she persisted in this stance after the ruling of the Supreme Court in London on 27 February 2019. Her action was tantamount to being an accessory after the fact, politically at least.

There is no controversy about the fact that Tommy Lyttle – a British agent – issued the kill order. Indeed, we even know how he felt about it. According to the UDA’s Supreme Commander, Andy Tyrie, Lyttle was fearful that if he gave the order, he would become a target of IRA retaliation. Lyttle’s concerns are consistent with the fact that pressure was being placed on his shoulders by someone in control of him. Who else but MI5 could fill that role?


THE MURDEROUS ROLE OF BRIAN NELSON, FRU-MI5 AGENT

FRU whistle blower Ian Hurst (left) Gordon Kerr (middle) and after he left NI (left). Kerr knows the truth about the Finucane assassination.

The intelligence provided for the Finucane assassination was supplied by Brian Nelson, the UDA’s then Chief of Intelligence. Nelson was a sadist who, for example, beat, tortured and electrocuted a man called Jerry Higgins. (Stakeknife 171)

FRU whistle-blower Ian Hurst has revealed that it was Lyttle who ordered Nelson to compile the targeting information on Finucane.

Nelson was later arrested by a team led by Sir John Stevens, then serving as Deputy Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire. Stevens had been charged with investigating British State collusion with Loyalist paramilitaries. Stevens’ team confiscated Nelson’s files which contained various incriminating documents and photographs based on information supplied to him by the FRU. Nelson was put on trial for his part in the murder of various Republicans in 1992. His links to the FRU were acknowledged during the trial by no less a figure than Brigadier Gordon Kerr, the Head of the FRU.

Nelson pleaded guilty to 20 charges including five of conspiracy to murder in 1992 and was sentenced to 10 years. After his release, he disappeared. He apparently died from a brain haemorrhage aged 55 on 11 April 2011 but we only have MI5’s word for this.

Brian Nelson, another FRU-MI5 agent inside the UDA. He was responsible for torture and murder on behalf of the Crown.

QUARTERMASTER WILLIAM STOBIE OF THE UDA IS MURDERED

The gun which killed Finucane was supplied by Williams Stobie, a UDA quartermaster who was also a British agent, something he admitted to author Greg Harkin who wrote Stakeknife.

In 1992 Stobie’s role as a British agent led to an attempt on his life by his erstwhile colleagues, or at least this was the story the RUCSB put about. Stobie was taken to an alleyway where he was shot five times in the back and legs but somehow managed to escape. His death would have been a godsend for MI5.

In April 1999 he was arrested by the Stevens’ team and charged with Finucane’s murder. The charge was later changed to aiding and abetting the murder. The trial fell apart after Neil Mulholland, the then NIO press officer, refused to take to the witness stand.

William Stobie, State agent and participant in the murder of Patrick Finucane. He offered to testify and was murdered.

In 2001 Stobie let it be known that he was willing to testify at an enquiry into the Finucane murder and that while he would name his RUCSB “handlers”, he would not name any Loyalists. On 12 December 2001 he was shot dead outside his house.


UDA HITMAN BARRET SERVES 2 YEARS OF A 22 YEAR SENTENCE

The door of the Finucane family home was sledgehammered apart by two masked assassins while a third waited outside in a car. Ken Barret was part of the hit team. One of the gunmen shot Finucane in front of his family, 14 times. Barret later told the BBC’s Panorama programme that RUCSB officers had encouraged him to kill Finucane. The RUCSB is controlled by MI5.

UDA hitman Ken Barret, participant in the murder of Patrick Finucane

During the turmoil created by the arrests made by the Stevens’ team, Ken Barrett, rose briefly to become acting West Belfast Brigadier but in May 2003 he was arrested for the Finucane killing by Stevens. In September 2004 Barrett pleaded guilty to Finucane’s murder although there is some controversy about the precise role he played in it – driver or gunman. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he serve a minimum of 22 years. He was released in May 2006 after serving two years and has since disappeared.


LYTTLE TELLS HIS SON, “FUCKIN’ MI5 – THEY SET IT UP, GOT CORNERED AND RAN”

By late 1989 or early 1990 the ‘Young Turks’ inside the UDA were withholding information from Lyttle “because he was thought to be not reliable” according to one of then quoted in Peter Taylor’s book Loyalists (p209)

According to Michael Stone: ‘Tucker had a secret. He was a Special Branch informer and had several handlers. He cosied up to his RUC bosses and sold out his Loyalist brothers. To those of us who knew him, he was affectionately known as ‘Tucker the Fucker’. He was despised for bringing the Loyalist cause into disrepute with his covert relationship with the RUC”. (105)

An oasis of truth in a desert of lies: Sir John Stevens and Sir Hugh Orde, the Chief Constable of the PSNI. Here Orde is seen accepting the 3rd Stevens Report from John Stevens. Stevens is that rare thing: an honest British police officer who had the courage to stand up to MI5. At one stage his secure office in Northern Ireland was set aflame and evidence detrimental to MI5 destroyed.

As Stone has written, Lyttle “brought the full force of a major police investigation on the UDA” in 1989 when he “tried to justify the shooting of a Catholic man by passing a security-forces intelligence file to journalists…The outcry led to the establishment of the Stevens Inquiry to investigate collusion between the security forces and Loyalist paramilitaries. A year later [Lyttle] was arrested after his fingerprint was found on one of the restricted files”. (107)

The arrest took place in January 1990. The UDA had been using files containing State information to target IRA members for assassination. Lyttle was charged with receiving and passing unclassified security force intelligence files and intimidating potential witnesses. He was hauled up before Belfast’s Crumlin Road Court. His son John has written about how, ‘Policemen with machine guns haunt the back of the court as the prosecution rehearses the reasons bail should be denied to this “dangerous man”. The inquiry, being conducted by Chief Detective Inspector John Stevens into RUC and loyalist paramilitary collusion in the murder of suspected IRA terrorists, is still proceeding. Mr Lyttle, m’lud, has been accused of receiving and passing on classified security force intelligence files (“Fuckin’ MI5 – they set it up, got cornered and ran,” my father will later laugh), which is a serious charge. Quite as serious, it seems, as Mr Lyttle’s likely attempts to interfere with potential witnesses

Lyttle later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years.

Lyttle did not spill the beans on MI5 in open court. He continued to keep his mouth shut about MI5 and was released in 1994 on remission. Upon his release, he was summoned to appear before the Inner Council and admitted having worked for the RUCSB but excused himself on the basis that his relationship had been to benefit of the UDA, as indeed it had.

A prince among thieves: Sir John Stevens, a man of enormous integrity and courage, seen here with a poster asking for information about the Finucane murder.

Lyttle must have become angry at “fucking MI5” because he spoke to Greg Harkin, co-author of the book Stakeknife who went on to report that it ‘was Lyttle who ordered the murder of Mr Finucane’. Harkin adds that Lyttle, ‘was also the source of my story in 1990 exposing Brian Nelson’s existence and his subsequent arrest by the first Stevens Inquiry.’ Harkin also reported that Nelson had been ‘summonsed to Lyttle’s home in Sydney Street West and told to prepare a file on the lawyer’.

“When [Nelson] reported back to his [FRU] handlers’, Harkin has revealed, ‘rather than discourage him from taking on the operation FRU members actively encouraged him to go ahead and gave him every possible assistance. They provided photographs and map details of Mr Finucane’s home off the city’s Antrim Road. But even more alarmingly, two different handlers were involved in THREE separate reconnaissance missions at the Finucane family home’’.

Ground breaking journalist and author Greg Harkin and his book Stakeknife

Harkin also learnt that an ‘experienced FRU officer accompanied Nelson on two car trips to the street. Another officer, posing alongside Nelson as window cleaners, offered their ‘services’ to Mr Finucane’s neighbour so they could check out the rear of their target’s home. Mr Finucane didn’t stand a chance’.


THE DEATH OF TOMMY LYTTLE

Lyttle died on 18 October 1995, aged only 56 after a massive heart attack while playing pool in Millisle. Michael Stone recalls at the time ‘the young Johnny Adair was in charge of the UDA’s C Company in the Lower Shankill, and his battalion placed [a death notice] as coming from Tucker’s ‘friends in Tennent Street and Ladas Drive’, two well-known Belfast RUC stations’. (109)


PART 5: DOWNING STREET & THE FINUCANE COVER-UP


DAVID CAMERON, THE FINGER WAVING IMPOTENT PRIME MINISTER

In 2011 PM David Cameron’s Director of Security and Intelligence, Ciaran Martin, privately warned Cameron that senior members of Margaret Thatcher’s government may have been aware of what he cautiously described as “a systemic problem with loyalist agents” at the time of Finucane’s assassination and that nothing had been done about it.

The Finucane murder was investigated by the Stevens Inquiry after which a review of the evidence was conducted by Peter Cory, a retired Canadian judge who recommended a full-blown public inquiry. Tony Blair indicated his support for just such an inquiry.

The Finucane family met  Cameron in Downing Street on 11 October 2011. In a moment of rare candour, Cameron disclosed that there were powerful people around him – clearly more powerful than even he was in the realms of the dark world of intelligence – who were preventing a full-scale inquiry.

Fishing for the truth in a river of filth: retired Canadian Judge Peter Cory, an independent minded man of integrity.
Desmond de  Silva QC, his report was a severe disappointment. 

Instead of an inquiry, a review of the Stevens and Cory casefiles was ordered. It was conducted by Sir Desmond de Silva QC. It was released on 12 December 2012 and documented extensive evidence of State collaboration with Loyalist gunmen, including the selection of murder targets, and concluded that “there was a wilful and abject failure by successive governments to provide the clear policy and legal framework necessary for agent-handling operations to take place effectively within the law’. Significantly, however, de Silva concluded that there had not been a high-level conspiracy. The Finucane’s family denounced the Review as a “sham” and a “suppression of the truth”.

The Finucane family which has no intention of letting the British State away with murder.

Cameron responded by referring to the “shocking levels of collusion” outlined by de Silva. Still, there was not going to be an inquiry.

Theresa May was Home Secretary at this time and undoubtedly knows who inside the Home Office wanted to suppress the inquiry.


DOUGLAS HOGG’s ILLOGICAL AND INCENDIARY REMARKS

Douglas Hogg

The ‘whack Finucane’ discussion with Lyttle’s RUCSB handler took place in the wake of inflammatory remarks made by Douglas Hogg, then a Tory Home Office minister, in the House of Commons. Hogg stated that “some solicitors were unduly sympathetic to the cause of the IRA”. A rather obvious point presumably never occurred to Hogg: without lawyers who are prepared to appear for defendants, it would be impossible to hold trials and all sorts of criminals would walk free. Did Hogg think that any lawyer who took on the defence of an individual should do anything less than his or her level best? Did he think the lawyers who acted for the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four in the 1970s  – when everyone thought they were guilty – were also “unduly sympathetic”?

Hogg was hardly so bereft of intelligence that he made these remarks knowing that a hit against Finucane was in the works. It is more likely he was used as a pawn by MI5 to create an atmosphere conducive to the hit. Indeed, after the murder, he was blamed for inflaming Loyalist anger whereby the murder looked like it was an outburst by hot heads and not a calculated plot masterminded by cold minds.

Hoggs was promoted by Thatcher the following year to Minister of State at the Foreign Office. David Cameron made him a life peer in 2015 and he now sits in the House of Lords.


THE MAN WHO CALLED THE SHOTS, SIR PATRICK WALKER KCB, DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF MI5, 1987-92

In 1989 MI5 was led by Patrick Walker. Before he became top gun, he had served in NI and as Head of MI5’s counter-terrorism unit.

The man who got away with murder: Patrick Walker, D-G of MI5 at the time of the Finucane assassination (left).  Collusive MI5-FRU-Loyalist assassination was the hallmark of his tenure at MI5. Walker in later life (right). He was responsible  for countless murders of perfectly innocent Catholics at the hands of MI5 assets such as Robin ‘The Jackal’ Jackson and ‘King Rat’ Billy Wright.

If a full-blow judicial inquiry is established as a result of the Supreme Court decision of February 2019 into the Finucane murder, the questions it will have to address include the following:

  • What information is contained in the Cabinet level document Judge Cory told Geraldine Finucane about?;
  • What is in Tommy Lyttle’s MI5, MI6 and RUC files?;
  • What is in the MI5, MI6 and RUC files of William Stobie, Ken Barret and Brian Nelson?;
  • Is it possible that the RUCSB and the MI5 Station in Belfast arranged the slaying of Finucane behind Walker’s back?;
  • If Walker was involved, would he have acted behind the back of his superiors in Downing Street?;
  • Is there a paper trail which traces the root of advice which prompted Douglas Hogg’s statement about unduly sympathetic lawyers in Northern Ireland?;
  • Who placed pressure on Blair, Cameron and May not to call a full judicial inquiry, and why did they so act?
‘King Rat’, one of Patrick Walker’s most prolific assasins seen here sharing  a platform with William McCrea the former DUP MP who was appointed to the House of Lords by Theresa May in June 2018.

A properly run full inquiry also has the potential to unravel Lyttle’s entire history as a British agent including his sordid role in Kincora by simply reviewing his file.


PART 6: THE LINKED SCANDALS THAT REFUSE TO GO AWAY


THE HONEST EX-RUC OFFICERS WHO ARE SUING THE PSNI

There were some officers in the RUC who stood up to the malign influence of MI5 in the cover-up of the Finucane assassination. Foremost was Alan Simpson who led the RUC investigation into the atrocity. Simpson’s team included Trevor McIlwrath and Johnston Brown, two men with a similar mindset as him. In 2015 all three instigated proceedings in the High Court in Belfast against the PSNI, the successor organisation to the RUC. The basis of their claim – which has yet to come to court – is that the RUC obstructed the Finucane investigation to perpetrate a cover-up of a conspiracy to murder him in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Straight cops: Johnston Brown and his book; Trevor McIlwrath and Alan Simpson.

Simpson has revealed that within days of the assassination a senior RUC officer warned him not to get “too deeply involved in this one”.

In addition, they were fed misleading information about suspects.  “I do not need Special Branch coming up and organising one (murder) and then standing in a room with me keeping quiet and all the time knowing the true facts and leading me astray.”

Simpson has said that he has been left with a “deep sense of betrayal”.

Johnston Brown has written a book Into the Dark which provides his account of the scandal


THE LONDON INQUIRY WHICH LOOKS LIKE IT IS LETTING A SERIES OF OPPORTUNITIES TO GET TO THE TRUTH ABOUT ANGLO-IRISH CHILD SEX ABUSE SLIP THROUGH ITS FINGERS

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in London had a rare and valuable opportunity to shed some light on the role Tommy Lyttle played in the Kincora scandal but seems to have cast it aside. It was assigned the task of probing allegations about the existence of a VIP child abuse vice ring that revolved around Westminster. That ring reached across the Irish Sea. One participant was the Tory MP about whom Albert Baker has spoken – probably Van Straubenzee; another is a wholly separate Tory MP who visited Kincora in the 1970s but had died by the early 1980s according to two RUC whistle-blowers (and therefore cannot be Van Straubenzee who died in 1999); yet another MP was a member of the British Labour Party about whom Baker spoke to Ken Livingstone; and then there was Enoch Powell (see ‘Suffer Little Children’ on this website by clicking on the Enoch Powell tab/button at the end of this article for further details).

Albert Baker and the two whistleblowing RUC officers should also be asked to testify.

In the hot seat: Prof. Alexis Jay, one of a tiny number of people in a position to call MI5 to task. Is she letting the opportunity slip through her hands?

The present chair of the IICSA is Prof Alexis Jay.  She is the fourth occupant of that rather precarious piece of furniture. Let us hope that if she discovers the truth about the A-IVR, she will not be swept off her chair. Unfortunately, the omens do not augur well: if David Cameron was not allowed to establish a judicial inquiry into the murder of Finucane, what chance has Professor Jay of exposing the full truth about VIP child abuse since the same dark forces are lurking in the background intent on covering-up the truth.

Tommie Gorman of RTE

Tommie Gorman, RTE’s insightful NI correspondent, undoubtedly hit the nail on the head when he told viewers in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on the UK’s failure to investigated the Finucane assassination properly that he had no confidence that the British Government would call a sworn judicial inquiry. With Boris Johnson now in Downing Street, precariously as it may be, the cover-up will undoubtedly continue. So too will the Kincora cover-up.

Further reading: various books which may be of interest to readers who wish to learn more about the Finucane murder

 

Proving investigative journalism is not dead (in Ireland at least), the BBC’s Spotlight Team which dug up evidence about State collusion with the UVF and the existence of a document marked for ‘Cabinet eyes only’ relating to the Finucane case, and much more besides.