May 25, 2011: Boston College’s IRA archives get subpoenaed

May 25, 2011: Boston College’s IRA archives get subpoenaed (Video)

During the Irish peace process, Boston College collected numerous interviews with IRA operatives promising to keep the records sealed until after their deaths. Now a federal subpoena could force BC to break its confidentiality agreement. Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn, Thomas Hachey of BC’s Center for Irish Programs, and Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen join Emily.

Emily Rooney interviews Jack Dunn and Thomas Hachey of Boston College, along with Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe, for WGBH’s Greater Boston program

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Background Information – Confidentiality, Dolours Price, Jean McConville, Threats to Researcher, IICD, and ICLVR
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US Government
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Chris Bray
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Boston College urged to remain silent

Boston College urged to remain silent
Irish Times
GERRY MORIARTY, Northern Editor

Sat, May 14, 2011

A WRITER and a former IRA prisoner have urged Boston College to resist attempts to force the college to disclose information provided to them by former republican and loyalist paramilitaries.

Boston College has been subpoenaed by the US attorney general’s office to release information that was provided in confidence to the college in an oral history project about the conflict in Northern Ireland.

The attorney general is acting at the behest of the authorities in the UK. PSNI detectives are hoping that this action will compel the college to release interviews provided by the late Brendan “the Dark” Hughes and Dolours Price, both of whom were former convicted senior IRA figures.

Detectives are seeking information that would relate to allegations and suggestions by Mr Hughes and Ms Price that Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams ran an IRA unit that was involved in several abductions and disappearances, including the disappearance of murder victim Jean McConville.

Mr Adams has repeatedly denied these allegations.

Author Ed Moloney used interviews Mr Hughes and the late David Ervine gave to the college as material for his recent book Voices From the Grave.

Former IRA prisoner Anthony McIntyre conducted the interview with Mr Hughes, a former senior IRA figure and estranged friend of Mr Adams.

Wilson McArthur, who is from a loyalist background, interviewed the former UVF prisoner and leader of the Progressive Unionist Party David Ervine. More than 50 other republican and loyalist paramilitaries have also given detailed interviews to Boston College, again based on the academic guarantee that details would not be disclosed until after their deaths.

Mr Moloney, who is now living in New York, deplored the attempt to compel the college to release details of the interviews. “I very much hope and expect that Boston College will resist this,” he said.

“It is very important that there is the freedom to write and chronicle history while it is still possible to do so, and to get accounts from people who were directly involved. This is vital,” he added.

“Part of the problem is that the conflict lasted so long. Unlike the Anglo-Irish War we can’t wait 20 years to interview people. If we don’t do this exercise now then we can forget it because a lot of the people will be dead,” said Mr Moloney.

“It is important to collect these valuable insights which help explain how and why the conflict happened, and to help prevent future conflicts.”

A spokesman for the college said: “Boston College is reviewing the subpoena from the US attorney’s office and is requesting additional information in light of the ramifications it poses regarding the safety of the interviewers and the impact on oral history projects as an academic enterprise.”

Researcher Anthony McIntyre, who had a number of disagreements with Mr Adams, said he suspected that the subpoena was motivated by a “British state agenda to embarrass Gerry Adams”.

“The college must resist this with all the force it can muster,” he added.

This move could have serious implications for similar history projects. “This is our worst-case scenario,” Mary Marshall Clark, the director of the oral history research office at Columbia University, New York told yesterday’s New York Times.

Boston College urged to remain silent

Boston College urged to remain silent
GERRY MORIARTY, Northern Editor
The Irish Times
Saturday, May 14, 2011

A WRITER and a former IRA prisoner have urged Boston College to resist attempts to force the college to disclose information provided to them by former republican and loyalist paramilitaries.

Boston College has been subpoenaed by the US attorney general’s office to release information that was provided in confidence to the college in an oral history project about the conflict in Northern Ireland.

The attorney general is acting at the behest of the authorities in the UK. PSNI detectives are hoping that this action will compel the college to release interviews provided by the late Brendan “the Dark” Hughes and Dolours Price, both of whom were former convicted senior IRA figures.

Detectives are seeking information that would relate to allegations and suggestions by Mr Hughes and Ms Price that Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams ran an IRA unit that was involved in several abductions and disappearances, including the disappearance of murder victim Jean McConville.

Mr Adams has repeatedly denied these allegations.

Author Ed Moloney used interviews Mr Hughes and the late David Ervine gave to the college as material for his recent book Voices From the Grave.

Former IRA prisoner Anthony McIntyre conducted the interview with Mr Hughes, a former senior IRA figure and estranged friend of Mr Adams.

Wilson McArthur, who is from a loyalist background, interviewed the former UVF prisoner and leader of the Progressive Unionist Party David Ervine. More than 50 other republican and loyalist paramilitaries have also given detailed interviews to Boston College, again based on the academic guarantee that details would not be disclosed until after their deaths.

Mr Moloney, who is now living in New York, deplored the attempt to compel the college to release details of the interviews. “I very much hope and expect that Boston College will resist this,” he said.

“It is very important that there is the freedom to write and chronicle history while it is still possible to do so, and to get accounts from people who were directly involved. This is vital,” he added.

“Part of the problem is that the conflict lasted so long. Unlike the Anglo-Irish War we can’t wait 20 years to interview people. If we don’t do this exercise now then we can forget it because a lot of the people will be dead,” said Mr Moloney.

“It is important to collect these valuable insights which help explain how and why the conflict happened, and to help prevent future conflicts.”

A spokesman for the college said: “Boston College is reviewing the subpoena from the US attorney’s office and is requesting additional information in light of the ramifications it poses regarding the safety of the interviewers and the impact on oral history projects as an academic enterprise.”

Researcher Anthony McIntyre, who had a number of disagreements with Mr Adams, said he suspected that the subpoena was motivated by a “British state agenda to embarrass Gerry Adams”.

“The college must resist this with all the force it can muster,” he added.

This move could have serious implications for similar history projects. “This is our worst-case scenario,” Mary Marshall Clark, the director of the oral history research office at Columbia University, New York told yesterday’s New York Times.

Secret Archive of Ulster Troubles Faces Subpoena

Secret Archive of Ulster Troubles Faces Subpoena
By JIM DWYER
New York Times
May 13, 2011

As the war in Northern Ireland was reaching its end in the late 1990s, two interviewers set out to collect memories of the conflict from men and women who had been involved as paramilitary fighters in some of the era’s most violent and grim episodes.

The interviewers, working for an oral history project at Boston College, brought two tools: a digital minidisk recorder and a promise of confidentiality. In exchange for candor, the people being interviewed were assured that the contents would remain sealed until they were dead.

Now, however, authorities in the United Kingdom want oral histories that were given to Boston College by two members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army for an investigation into murders and kidnappings committed nearly 40 years ago.

The materials were subpoenaed last week by federal prosecutors acting at the behest of British officials, Jack Dunn, a spokesman for the college, said on Thursday.

The subpoena is the first indication that a criminal investigation is under way into the disappearance of at least nine people in Northern Ireland during the early 1970s who were thought to have informed for British authorities about the activities of republicans who were working to end British rule. Among them was a widowed mother of 10 who vanished from Belfast in 1972 and whose remains were located on a beach 50 miles away, in 2003.

It is also the first attempt by the authorities in Northern Ireland to use the Boston College oral history collection to build criminal cases, a development that has alarmed archivists.

The precise contents of the collection have not been disclosed, but it is believed to contain 30 to 50 oral histories from both republicans and paramilitaries loyal to the British Crown, many of whom used violence in hope of winning their side of the argument over Britain’s role in Ireland.

The inquiry appears aimed at possible criminality by republicans, not loyalists.

The subpoena seeks the accounts of two former republican soldiers who accused Gerry Adams, the president of Sinn Fein, the republican political party, of running a secret cell within the I.R.A. that carried out the kidnappings and disappearances. Mr. Adams “has absolutely refuted that he had anything to do with it or had any knowledge of it,” Rita O’Hare, a spokeswoman for Sinn Fein, said on Thursday.

Not only has Mr. Adams long denied involvement in the death squads, but he has also consistently denied having been a member of the I.R.A.

Mr. Adams was the principal leader of the republicans during negotiations that led to the I.R.A. cease-fire in 1994. He was sent in March to Parliament by voters in the Republic of Ireland, the first time he has stood for election outside Northern Ireland.

Boston College has not yet decided how it will respond to the subpoena, and college lawyers, in trying to learn more about who issued it and why, were told that a court order authorizing it was sealed, Mr. Dunn said.

The subpoena puts an uncomfortable light on oral history projects that may offer promises of extended confidentiality that they may find difficult to keep under legal pressure.

“This is our worst-case scenario,” said Mary Marshall Clark, the director of the oral history research office at Columbia University. Interviewers for Columbia projects advise the subjects that whatever they say is subject to release under court orders, like subpoenas, and require them to sign consent forms, Ms. Clark said.

The authorities are seeking interviews conducted with Brendan Hughes and Delours Price, both of whom have admitted carrying out bombings in England and Northern Ireland. Mr. Hughes died in 2008, and portions of his history were published in “Voices From the Grave,” by Ed Moloney, and included in a film of the same name by Patrick Farrelly, Kate O’Callaghan and Mr. Moloney.

In the film, Mr. Hughes is heard being asked about the promise of confidentiality.

“Do you have a problem with committing all this to a secret tape to be used only after you have died?” the interviewer, Anthony McIntyre, asks.

“I don’t have a problem with that,” Mr. Hughes replied. “If I did have a problem with that, I wouldn’t be sitting here talking into the microphone. I think a lot of the stuff I’m saying here, I’m saying it on trust, because I have a trust in you. I have never, ever, ever admitted to being a member of the I.R.A. — never — and I’ve just done it here.”

Both Mr. Hughes and Ms. Price, once allies of Mr. Adams, fell out bitterly with him, in part over a peace process that they said did not achieve the goals that Irish republicans had fought for. Ms. Price’s oral history has not been made public — indeed, Boston College has not revealed the names of any living participants.

The college’s John J. Burns Library has amassed volumes of secret materials on Northern Ireland, including, this year, the papers of an international commission that oversaw the destruction of paramilitary arms dumps. They are sealed for 30 years. The oral history project is a joint effort of the library and the college’s Center for Irish Programs.

The republican interviewer, Mr. McIntyre, a former I.R.A. member who was imprisoned in the North and who has a doctorate in history, said that compliance with the subpoena would imperil frankness from paramilitaries. “The damage it would do to research at the university would be unimaginable,” he said. “People will hold onto their secrets forever.”

Article Links

Links to all press reports relating to the Boston College subpoena fight are collected here.
Articles are in chronological order, with the latest news at the end of the list.

2011
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2012
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MAY

Secret Archive of Ulster Troubles Faces Subpoena
New York Times

Authorities move to access ‘oral history’ tapes
RTE Radio 1
Audio interview with New York Times reporter Jim Dwyer

Boston College NI archive materials subpoenaed
Slugger O’Toole blog

British subpoena IRA records from Boston College oral archive
Irish Voice

Subpoena sounds alarm for academic historians
eats shoots n’leaves blog

Northern Ireland police seek access to Troubles tapes
BBC

US prosecutors seek access to IRA tapes
The Telegraph

Boston College Tapes Documenting The Irish Troubles Subpoenaed
Download Radio Boston report: http://audio.wbur.org/storage/2011/05/radioboston_0513_bc-tapes.mp3

Boston College urged to remain silent
Irish Times

US archive told to hand over confidential Troubles tapes
The Independent

Federal Prosecutors Subpoena Irish Oral Histories Housed at Boston College
“The Ticker” at the Chronicle of Higher Education

Feds subpoena interviews of IRA members from Boston College oral history project
Boston Globe

British demand Boston College hand over 40-year-old interviews of IRA members ‘admitting murder’
Daily Mail

U.S. college ordered to hand over testimonies of IRA men who ‘linked Gerry Adams to kidnap gang’
Daily Mail

BC faces dilemma over Irish archive
Boston Globe

May 25, 2011: Boston College’s IRA archives get subpoenaed
WGBH

U.S. government’s attempt to access college archive raises questions
Washington Post


JUNE

Boston College Fights Subpoena for Confidential Interviews on Irish Violence
Chronicle of Higher Education

Boston College seeks to quash British subpoenas seeking IRA oral histories
Boston Globe

BC asks for Irish project secrecy
Boston Globe

College Fights Subpoena of Interviews Tied to I.R.A.
New York Times

College: Academics also deserve protection from subpoenas
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

BC looks to block Troubles tapes subpoena
Irish Emigrant

A Fight To Keep Northern Ireland Interviews Secret
National Public Radio

Foot in The Mouth
Danny Morrison

Bangers Babble
The Pensive Quill (Anthony McIntyre)

Tale of the Tape Pits Law Against History
Sunday Times

Boston College fights legal bid over IRA interviews
BBC

Boston College embroiled in Northern Ireland politics and murder
Spero Forum

BC archives case heading for U.S. Supreme Court?
Irish Echo


JULY

Boston College (Cont.): AUSA Todd Braunstein [and] the Infamous Irish Politician
Cliopatria

Fears over attempts to find Disappeared
UTV

Hunt for Northern Ireland disappeared could be disrupted, warn investigators
The Guardian

Oral History, Unprotected
Inside Higher Education

The Whole Story Behind the Boston College Subpoenas
Chronicle of Higher Education

Boston College Archives Subpoena is tip of an iceberg
Out of the Jungle blog

BC pressed to give recordings to UK
Boston Globe

The Boston College Oral History Project and ‘Voices from the Grave’
An Phoblacht/Republican News

Northern Ireland police in U.S. court bid for tapes linking Gerry Adams to running secret IRA death squad
Daily Mail


AUGUST

BC should abide by subpoena, provide info in murder case
Boston Globe

‘Old RUC’ fear
Andersonstown News

Loose talk set the police on the trail of the Provos
Belfast Telegraph

Riverdalian in the thick of global privacy fight
Riverdale Press

Brehons back BC
Irish Echo

Boston College probe a threat to oral history research
Irish Echo

‘Globe’ disagrees with University’s stance, feels BC should abide by subpoena
Boston College Heights

Brehons, Globe, take different tack on BC archive
Irish Echo

Troubling Request
Boston Globe

Fishing for Troubles in BC’s Archives
Boston Globe

Boston College played major role in witch hunt against Gerry Adams
Irish Voice

Get Gerry Adams focus of Feds new subpoena of Boston College records
Irish Voice

The big dig
Irish Echo

US prosecutors subpoena college for IRA interviews 
Irish Times

BC tapes: PSNI accused of Adams witch hunt
Irish Emigrant

Adams witch-hunt casts dark cloud over peace process

A whiff of irony in the BC archives case
Irish Echo

Right of Reply: Gerry Adams was never target of Boston College Oral History project
Irish Voice


SEPTEMBER

Sinn Fein Response to Boston Globe (Letters to the Editor)
Boston Globe

“He is merely behaving as an echo chamber for Sinn Fein exasperation…”
Slugger O’Toole

Two involved in BC project on Troubles wade into legal fight
Boston Globe

PSNI move for IRA tapes should be ruled illegal: researchers
Belfast Telegraph

Journalists seek to intervene in IRA oral history case
Irish Times

Standing At Silly Point
The Pensive Quill (Anthony McIntyre)

Educating Rita
The Pensive Quill (Anthony McIntyre)

The Making of a Tout
DannyMorrison.com

Fighting for Confidentiality
Inside Higher Ed

Dear Danny
The Pensive Quill (Anthony McIntyre)

A Fight for the Record Books
The Heights

Irish Groups Angry Over British Subpoenas For Boston College IRA Interview Records
Irish Voice

Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold: Gerry Adams and the Boston College Subpoenas
The Broken Elbow (Ed Moloney)

New York Times: Historic Headlines – key events and their connections to today
The New York Times

Boston College IRA tapes: Researchers seek separate review
The Irish Emigrant

Why the Boston College Oral History Project Should be Discontinued
Irish Voice

Boston College Should Stand Its Ground
Irish Echo

A Hope that the Truth Wins Out
The Heights

Boston Strangled
Private Eye

http://archive.wbai.org/files/mp3/wbai_110917_130046rfeireann.mp3 (file available until 10 December 2011)
Download WBAI’s Radio Free Eireann show about the Boston College Oral History Archive

Groups Join BC Fray
Irish Echo

Justice Department Does the Dirty Work
Socialist Worker


OCTOBER

McGuinness Faces Questioning Over 10 Murders in IRA Tapes Sensation
Evening Herald

‘A Chilling Effect on Oral History in This Country’
The Wild Geese

Double Standards at Slugger O’Toole?
The Broken Elbow

Kerry Alerted to BC Case
Irish Echo

BC Archive Case Appears Politically Motivated
Irish Echo

Sec. Clinton asked to intervene on subpoena for oral histories of IRA members
The Hill

Irish News Responds to Moloney Criticism
The Wild Geese

Advocacy Groups Weigh In On Belfast Project Subpoena
The Heights


NOVEMBER

Irish Americans Meet Paterson in NY
Irish Echo

Former Head of Boston College Belfast Project Reasserts That ‘Irish News’ Reports Led to Controversial Subpoenas
The Wild Geese

Irish Radio Network, USA: Audio interview with Advocacy Groups Fighting Subpoena
Irish Radio Network

Boston College: The Role Of The Irish News and Sunday Life
The Broken Elbow

Boston College: Pushing Holder
Cliopatria

Fight British Request for Boston College Records
Irish American News

Activists Continue Efforts to Quash Belfast Subpoena
The Heights

Irish Radio Network, USA: Audio interview with Belfast Project Director Ed Moloney
Irish Radio Network


DECEMBER

Boston College: The Inextinguishable Rule of Law
Cliopatria

“The Logical (and Unconstitutional) Conclusion of the Government’s Assertions”
Cliopatria

Judge orders Boston College to hand over IRA secret tapes – Major setback in effort to protect IRA oral history interviews
IrishCentral.com

Response to Boston College decision
Ed Moloney and Anthony McIntyre

Why is President Obama trying to damage the Irish peace process?
IrishCentral.com

Federal Judge Refuses to Quash Subpoenas Seeking Confidential Records
Inside Higher Ed

Boost for British bid to obtain IRA tapes from US university
Belfast Telegraph

Boston College Must Release Oral-History Records, but Court Will Review Them First
Chronicle of Higher Education

Holder In Hot Water With Irish American Organizations
AOH & IAUC

College ordered to hand over IRA testimonies: Journalist Kevin Cullen
RTE

Judge rules against BC, appeal possible
Irish Echo

The Troubling Secret History of the Troubles
Esquire

Britain May Get Ahold of Secret IRA Interviews
Courthouse News

Boston College: Time for Resignations
Chris Bray

BC is ordered to turn over IRA materials
Boston Globe

Boston College: Disaster by Design or, The Family Doesn’t Shelter Orphans
Chris Bray

Audio: WBUR Radio Boston interview Ed Moloney and Jack Dunn
WBUR Radio Boston

US college agrees to give interviews with Dolours Price to prosecutors
Irish Times

Jean McConville files: D-day for Boston College
Belfast Telegraph

Britain to access tapes of ex-IRA member’s interview
Irish Examiner


Boston Globe


Belfast Telegraph


Belfast Telegraph


Boston Globe


Belfast Telegraph


JANUARY 2012

Adams may be quizzed over death of McConville
Sunday Independent

Researcher hits out at Boston College in IRA interviews row
Irish News

Fury as college researchers say IRA tapes have already been handed over to court
Belfast Telegraph

Reprieve for Oral History
Inside Higher Education

Judge: BC must hand Price tapes to prosecutors
Irish Emigrant

Dolours Price interviews received by US officials
BBC News

Loyalist wants Boston College tapes returned
Belfast Telegraph

Moloney angry over Troubles tapes
UTV

Transcript: BBC Radio Foyle Breakfast Programme interview with Belfast Project Director Ed Moloney
BBC Radio Foyle

BBC Radio Ulster

Newsletter

Irish News

Belfast Telegraph

Moloney, McArthur, McIntyre

Belfast Telegraph

Chris Bray

Belfast Telegraph

The Unalloyed Right of Government Officials to Breathtaking Stupidity and Obvious Negligence
Chris Bray

Transcript: Radio Free Eireann interview with Belfast Project Director Ed Moloney
WBAI, Radio Free Eireann

Transcript: RTE Radio One ‘This Week’ – Fran McNulty Interviews Anthony McIntyre
RTE Radio

IRA History Project Snags U.S. School
Wall Street Journal

Belfast Project interviewer fears for his life
RTE News

And Starring Jack Dunn as Tweedle Dee
Chris Bray

Boston College Saga Shows How the State Has Failed
Irish Times

Tapes may link Adams to IRA killing
Times of London

Boston College Defends Right to Keep IRA Interviews Secret 
WNYC

Scores of Paramilitaries Interviewed – Few Know Their Names
The Newsletter

Could the Secret Archive in Boston End Our Peace?
The Newsletter

Why Has Sensitive National Archive on Peace Process Been Sent to USA?
Fianna Fáil

ABC National Radio: IRA oral history murder implication – Interview with Eamonn Dornan
ABC National Radio

Times of London: Ulster needs peace. But it needs truth more
Times of London

Irish Times: Martin claims on NI archive ‘off the wall’, says Shatter
Irish Times

Boston College says IICD documents will remain confidential for 30 years
BBC News

Minister’s US Handover of Peace Process Files Criticised
Irish News

BBC: Martin McGuinness ‘disturbed’ by Boston College project
BBC


Daily Telegraph


Radio Free Eireann


BBC News

Boston tapes ‘give hope to victims’
News Letter


Huffington Post/Associated Press

If trust is lost, future promises naught but troubles for research
Times Higher Education

BC case a show, or just foolishness?
Irish Echo

College has fought to deny access to interview materials
Irish Times

Obvious and Dangerous Lies from Boston College
Chris Bray

Irish Radio Network, USA: Interview with Carrie Twomey
Irish Radio Network

Radio Free Eireann: Interview with Anthony McIntyre and Carrie Twomey
Radio Free Eireann

Nom Nom Nom
Chris Bray

Adams has ‘nothing to fear’ in Boston archives
RTE

Judge to BC: Turn over more materials
Boston Globe

Federal judge orders Boston College to release more Irish Republican Army recordings
Masslive.com


BBC News Northern Ireland


Newsletter


The Guardian


Boston Globe


Boston Globe

IRA archive work could endanger men’s lives
RTE News

Carrie Twomey: Release Of Irish Archives Would Put My Husband’s Life In Jeopardy
WGBH

Irish “Troubles” case in Boston pits researchers vs. police
Reuters

US judge finds no basis to stop release of IRA interviews
Irish Times

Judge tosses lawsuit seeking to block subpoenas for handover of secret IRA tapes
Washington Post

We won’t give up terror tapes, say researchers
Newsletter

Boston College has undermined all researchers and journalists who rely on confidential sources
Belfast Telegraph

Senator John Kerry’s letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

On Hold
Irish Echo

Showdown
Irish Echo

Boston College archives case has long reach
Irish Echo

Scarce Solutions
Chris Bray

Boston College Researchers Drink with the IRA, and Academics Everywhere Get the Hangover
Forbes

A Passive Receptacle
Chris Bray

John Kerry Getting Involved in UK Case Over Irish Republican Army Fighters
The Atlantic

WBUR: Boston College Caught In Dispute Over Belfast Project
WBUR

Kerry reaches out on Northern Ireland “Troubles” records
Reuters

WBAI: Radio Free Eireann interview with Ed Moloney and Carrie Twomey
Radio Free Eireann

Boston IRA Tapes in the Courts
ActiveHistory.ca

Informant Confidentiality in the Corporate University
Social Science Space


FEBRUARY

Congressman Gary Ackerman’s letter to Secretary of State Clinton

Irish American Republicans Call for Obama/Holder Subpoena to be Quashed in Irish Archives – Boston College Case
Irish American Republicans

Kerry seeks halt to BC archive interviews probe
Boston Irish Reporter

North needs to confront past quickly, says DPP
Irish Times

Chris Bray: Too Bad You’re Missing It
Chris Bray

Admins Alert Students Of Belfast Project
BC Heights

Chris Bray: The Heights of Credulity
Chris Bray

Chris Bray: Imagine a Rope, and Perceive It Around Your Wrists
Chris Bray

Haunted by the ghosts from our bloody history
Belfast Telegraph

Chris Bray: Proof by Denial
Chris Bray

Irish GOP have a go at Holder
Irish Echo

BC tapes: Letter from Congressman Joe Crowley to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Now Crowley pens BC concerns to Clinton
Irish Echo

Chris Bray: One of These Days, Alice
Chris Bray

CBS Evening News: Oral history of N. Ireland strife raises dilemma
CBS Evening News

Attorney General Holder and the Blind Eye
Irish American News

A 21st Century Pandora’s Box: Boston College, US Courts and News Media Stirring Embers in Northern Ireland
sabrams.com

Safeguarding research ethics must be key to our work, particularly when we aim to create external impacts on politics and society
London School of Economics and Political Science

Kerry wades into BC tapes dispute
Irish Emigrant

Getting Gerry Adams: Norman Baxter’s Long Crusade
Counterpunch

Law and academy clash in the long shadow of the gun
Times Higher Education

Researchers Weigh In On Belfast Project Legal Drama
BC Heights

Concerns raised over case of Boston papers
Irish Times

No moral reason why an amnesty can’t be offered
Irish News

5 Minutes With a Sociologist, Jailed for Refusing to Divulge Subjects, About the Controversy at Boston College
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Notice of Appeal from Boston College

Boston College: A Dramatic Climbdown Or A Sham Appeal?
The Broken Elbow

Chris Bray: A Most Unwelcome Development
Chris Bray

Boston College will fight court order releasing some Project Belfast records to British police
Boston Globe

Senator Robert Menendez’s letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Statement by the Council of the American Sociological Association
ASA

Boston College to fight federal court order to disclose secret IRA interview tapes
Washington Post

Boston College to challenge handover of interviews
Irish Times

BC Will Appeal Court’s Ruling, Protect Tapes
BC Heights

DÁIL QUESTIONS addressed to the Minister for Justice and Equality (Mr. Shatter)

ACLU plans to support BC Archivists in Brief
Boston Irish Reporter

Chris Bray: Boston College Burns the Seed Corn
Chris Bray

Transcript: Fran McNulty Interviews Boston College Spokesperson Jack Dunn and former Belfast Project Director Ed Moloney
RTE

Boston College Confidentiality – Public references to agreement

Called to Account
Chris Bray

State may play big role in Boston Tapes conclusion
Belfast Telegraph

Eagles Abroad Feel No Effect From Project
BC Heights

2 at BC profited from book based on Troubles tapes
Boston Globe

ACLU Files Amicus Brief in Support of Appellants Moloney & McIntyre
ACLU

Wide Awake in America
Chris Bray

ACLU joins in appeal of release of Boston College interviews
Boston Globe

Esquire: The Troubles We’ve Seen
Esquire


MARCH

Group backs secrecy on NI tapes
Irish Times

Could Boston Tapes case put peace process at risk?
Belfast Telegraph

Court ruling could “have a chilling effect on academic research for years to come”
ACLU

ACLU joins fight to prevent disclosure of BC Belfast Project documents on conflict in Northern Ireland
ACLU

The Short Show: Interview with Chris Bray and Carrie Twomey
John Smart Radio Show

WILL OBAMA QUERY CAMERON ON IRISH PEACE?
IAUC

CAMERON-OBAMA Talks Must Address UK Political Fishing Expedition in Boston College Archives: Irish American Groups
IAUC, AOH, Brehon Society

Irish America United: Statement of Coalition

Leaders’ BC appeal in advance of Cameron visit
Irish Echo

Gov’t to Judge: This is Gonna Be a Little Harder Than We Thought
Chris Bray

Howlers (Part One)
Chris Bray

Howlers (Part Two)
Chris Bray

Howlers (Final)
Chris Bray

Boston College: The Irish News & Sunday Life Revisited
The Broken Elbow

BC subpoenas are legally dumb and dumber
Irish Echo

O’Flaherty writes Clinton on BC case
Irish Echo

Conflicts in Ireland are topic of talk at AOH
Northeast Times Star

St Patricks Day: Radio Free Eireann interview with Carrie Twomey
Radio Free Eireann

Irish Radio Network USA St Patrick’s Day Special interview with Carrie Twomey
Irish Radio Network

Chris Bray: An Aside
Chris Bray

Congressman Eugene O’Flaherty’s letter to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton

Senator Charles Schumer Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

The People Who Ratified the US-UK MLAT Think the DOJ Is Wrong About What the Treaty Means
Chris Bray

Boston College, the Belfast Project and the Academy of Betrayal: Protection of Academic Freedom Until It Becomes Inconvenient
Huffington Post

Boston College Faculty Call for an Investigation
Chris Bray

Moloney and McIntyre thank Senator Schumer

ICAN: Problematic Stories: Documenting Conflict during a Peace Process
Performing the Peace

Irish Radio Network: Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson discusses Boston College Case
Irish Radio Network

Boston College IRA tapes saga: Schumer steps in
Irish Emigrant

Schumer’s concern over BC case
Irish Echo

How a noble exercise became a political act
Irish Times


APRIL

BCAAUP Writes To Leahy, BOT Asking For Investigation

Investigation may be a step in the right direction

Northern Ireland Police Threaten Academic Freedom

The Case for Research

Hot Pursuit

Wife of ex-IRA member key force in BC tapes case

Researcher faults BC over Belfast project

Explosive Troubles interviews set to surface?

IRA tapes row back in US court

Senator Scott P. Brown Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Irish future shouldn’t get lost in violent past

Senator John Kerry Op-Ed

Federal appeals court hears arguments in case of BC oral history project on ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland

BBC Radio Evening Extra: Andy Martin reporting from Boston

Appeals court hears case of secret IRA tapes

Audio of Oral Arguments, First Circuit Court of Appeals

Tough questions in UK quest for Irish archive in Boston

Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Congressman Steven R. Rothman Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Prosecutors questioned in ‘Belfast Project’ appeal

Thoroughly Reframed: The First Circuit Cuts Through the Haze

IRA members face ‘grave physical danger’ if recordings made for American college’s project are handed to British authorities, U.S. court hears

First Circuit hears oral argument in Boston College subpoenas case

Congressman Mike Doyle Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Boston Appeals Court Hears Case Of IRA Interviews

Transcript: Eamonn Dornan’s Oral Argument in the First Circuit Court of Appeals

Transcript: US Attorney’s Oral Argument in the First Circuit Court of Appeals

Radio Free Eireann interviews Belfast Project Director Ed Moloney After First Circuit Hearing

In Boston, journalist Moloney battles to protect sources

Cause and Effect – How About September?

Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Boston legal eagle John Foley updates us on the U.S. Court of Appeals Oral Arguments on the controversial Boston College Irish Tapes

Progress in Northern Ireland?

Congressman Tim Murphy Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Courtroom battle over IRA interviews

US Attorney Letter to Court

Mosquito Won’t Stop Buzzing in Court’s Ear

Issue of the ‘disappeared’ in the Troubles not going away

Inside the Boston archive

Getting Hillary involved is key to ending IRA tapes saga

House of Commons Written Answers 16 April 2012: Northern Ireland: Boston College

Wait, your honors!

Irish American Groups Write to Chairman Christopher H. Smith, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

Response to Department of Justice Letter to Court

Self-Inflicted Wounds

Belfast Project Director Ed Moloney interviewed on New York radio

Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder

Senator Richard G. Lugar Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder

Close Enough for Government Work

Lugar now intervenes in BC case

Opposition to Boston College Subpoena Grows; Holder Ripped for Response

Congressman Mark S. Critz Letter to Secretary of State Clinton and Attorney General Holder

Never Reveal Sources

Strong Irish Views at State Department

Carrie Twomey Letter to Senator Lugar, forwarded to Department of Justice and State Department

Department of Justice Response to Senator Lugar

House of Commons Written Answers 30 April 2012: Boston College

 


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