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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Killing Finucane


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In light of the last post on the Omagh bombing prosecution, I take note of the fact that friend Justin O'Brien has just published a study of the 1989 murder of Pat Finucane. Finucane, a Northern Ireland solicitor who specialized in human rights and civil rights cases, mainly on behalf republicans, was shot in his home in front of his wife and children as they prepared to sit down for dinner. The crime was ghastly enough, but as O'Brien shows the killing of Pat Finucane was a good deal more, for it involved collusion of state in both setting up and covering up the murder.

The book does not hit the stores for a couple of weeks, but Justin provided me an advanced copy yesterday. With just a few pages read, I am already hooked in this story of a war on terrorism that went terribly wrong -- and the lessons for current practitioners of homeland security should read it with care....
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