Adams in DC: Confirmed, and Still Ignored

Adams in DC: Confirmed, and Still Ignored
Chris Bray
Friday, May 30, 2014

A news story on the website of RTE, Ireland’s national broadcaster, confirms that Gerry Adams discussed his arrest with American officials during his visit to Washington. While the PSNI pursues new subpoenas, the RTE headline tells the whole story: “Adams arrest discussed at Washington briefing.”

An email to Adams’ office this morning produced a list of officials who met with Adams: In addition to a sizable group of Congressmen — gendered term intended, because he somehow only met with men — Adams met with some moderately well-placed officials at the State Department. The White House took relatively little notice of the meeting, sticking Adams with an official from the Office of the Vice-President. Imagine flying four thousand miles and then finding yourself in a meeting with the vice-president’s staff.

In any event, yes: Gerry Adams was in a foot race with the PSNI, talking to U.S. government officials about his arrest and the foolishness of the police investigation at exactly the moment the police are trying to get new subpoenas of the Boston College archival material that they hope to use against him.

Besides RTE, which news organizations noticed the presence in the capital of a foreign official engaged in a lobbying effort against a criminal investigation that the United States is helping with? Take a look:

adams blackout

When I picture the American news media, I imagine a little ring of saliva around the spot on the desk where they put their heads during nap time.

Adams in Washington DC: Blackout

Blackout
Chris Bray
29 May 2014

Gerry Adams is in Washington, D.C. today, “briefing senior political figures and the Obama administration on the current difficulties within the peace process.” He is, in other words, lobbying one of the governments that’s supposedly trying to put him in prison. Taking the mutual legal assistance treaty process and the PSNI investigation at face value, Adams is trying to talk a murder investigation off the rails — to use politics against the police. Of course, taking that investigation at face value is…problematic, and the more likely reality is that an Irish politician is employing diplomacy this morning against a nasty piece of British politics.

Still, the drama in the moment is extraordinary: The same month he walked away from four days of police interrogation over a murder, a prominent politician is in the country where the supposed evidence against him was found, publicly announcing his intent to meet with officials in the government that helped to get him arrested. It’s as if a murder suspect in New York City walked out of the interrogation room, smiled, buttoned up the cuffs of his shirt, and sauntered over to City Hall to have coffee with the mayor, patting a detective on the head as he left the precinct.

But then here’s the fucking incredible part: The American news media isn’t covering the visit at all. As I write this on Thursday morning, Adams has been in the country for about 24 hours, and no American news source that I can find has even mentioned his presence. He got to D.C. last night: nothing. Silence. Try your own search terms, but here are the results of a Google News search for “Gerry Adams Washington DC,” narrowed to the last 24 hours:

no gerry

Why is this not news? Adams is here to kill the PSNI’s new request for subpoenas, full stop. He’s here to prevent the complete disclosure of an entire archive full of detailed and extensive interviews about paramilitary violence in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. The stakes are plainly very high, for both Adams and Northern Ireland as a whole, and Adams will be urging the U.S. government to take a step that will put it sharply at odds with one of its closest allies. It’s a dramatic narrative and an important piece of policy news at the same time, crossing multiple beats: diplomacy, law enforcement, Irish politics, the state of the peace process in Northern Ireland. Reporters, who is Gerry Adams meeting with? Does he have a meeting at the Department of Justice?

How is it that this aggressive piece of high stakes diplomacy is drawing no attention at all?

Chris Bray Commentary: Do institutions learn?

Hand, Hot Stove, Repeat
Chris Bray
Monday, May 26, 2014

Do institutions learn?

In an extraordinary letter to the Boston Globe this weekend, Professor Emeritus Peter Weiler warns of a “crisis of governance” at Boston College. The crisis Weiler identifies relates to the university’s Belfast Project, oral history interviews with former IRA and UVF members that are now subject to federal subpoenas.

“To date,” Weiler writes, “nobody at the university has accepted responsibility for a project that has badly damaged the school’s reputation and harmed its prized relationship to both Ireland and Northern Ireland. Is nobody going to be held accountable? That seems a necessary first step to repairing the flawed administrative structures that allowed this train wreck to happen.”

Those flawed administrative structures are neatly elucidated in a May 5 public letter from several Boston College History Department chairs, past and present (including Peter Weiler). The department chairs reported that, with regard to the Belfast Project, they “had not been informed of the project, nor had they or the department been consulted on the merits of the effort or the appropriate procedures to be followed in carrying out such a fraught and potentially controversial venture.”

So the Belfast Project, conducted from 2001 to 2006, recklessly wandered into dangerous territory because it was sealed off from the institution that housed it, managed within the boundaries of isolated fiefdoms and run without formal oversight or informal professional advice. No one will tell this story better than Chronicle of Higher Education reporter Beth McMurtrie, whose long Jan. 26 report on the Belfast Project carefully documents a long series of institutional failures.

Today, eight years after the conclusion of the Belfast Project, and three years into an international legal and political battle over the project that shows no sign of ending in the foreseeable future, Boston College has had ample time to learn the lessons of its original failures. The project ran into danger because most faculty had no involvement in it and could offer no advice or oversight, and because the few critics who were given a look into the project were ignored when they expressed concerns. So the path to the least-bad potential outcome is a path that runs through the institution and its faculty. The cure for the failure of a project badly run in isolated fiefdoms is to bring it out of its isolated fiefdoms, integrating History Department and Irish Studies faculty into an institutional discussion about responses and solutions. The cure to a problem caused by not talking to faculty is to talk to faculty.

This medicine is not being applied at Boston College. No faculty committee has been established to examine and discuss the present crisis in the Belfast Project, formally or casually. Meetings on the possibility of new subpoenas are taking place in administrative enclaves, with lawyers and managers, behind doors that are closed even to senior faculty. If Boston College has a soul, it’s not being searched. The handful of people managing the crisis continue to do so in rigid isolation, institutionally and intellectually, pushing away their own internal critics. Having damaged the university by not listening to its faculty, they are not listening to their faculty.

This story of isolation and obstinacy is not simply the story of the Belfast Project; the limits of faculty governance at Boston College are well known, and a sore subject there.

William Leahy lives behind a moat, and he has drawn the Belfast Project inside the gates, with the flagrantly unhealthy Jack Dunn guarding all avenues of approach. Three years later, it’s clear that he’s not coming out to hold court with the rest of the institution.

The university’s trustees need to go in and drag him out.

 

News Media

Key articles that give the reader the most comprehensive overview of the issue are collected here.
Articles are in chronological order, with the latest news at the end of the list.

Secret Archive of Ulster Troubles Faces Subpoena
Jim Dwyer, New York Times

Boston College urged to remain silent
Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times

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

This Case Merits Close Inspection
Catherine Shannon, Boston Irish Reporter

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

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

Oral History, Unprotected
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Education

Boston College probe a threat to oral history research
Chris Bray, Irish Echo

Troubling Request
Kevin Cullen, Boston Globe

Fishing for Troubles in BC’s Archives
Ed Moloney and Anthony McIntyre, Boston Globe

US prosecutors subpoena college for IRA interviews
Kevin Cullen, Irish Times

Boston College tapes request ‘politically motivated’
Jennifer O’Leary, BBC News

Journalists seek to intervene in IRA oral history case
Kevin Cullen, Boston Globe

Taking Aim at the DOJ
Chris Bray, Cliopatria

Fighting for Confidentiality
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

Justice Department Does the Dirty Work
Sandy Boyer, Socialist Worker

A Chilling Effect on Oral History in this Country
Interview with Ed Moloney, The Wild Geese

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

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

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

Why is President Obama trying to damage the Irish peace process?
Niall O’Dowd, IrishCentral.com

Holder In Hot Water With Irish American Organizations
AOH & IAUC

The Troubling Secret History of the Troubles
Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

Boston College: Time for Resignations
Chris Bray

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

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

Wall Street Journal: IRA History Project Snags U.S. School
Devlin Barrett, Wall Street Journal

Boston College Saga Shows How the State Has Failed
Chris Bray, Irish Times

Chris Bray – Cliopatria

Chris Bray is a PhD candidate in the History Department at UCLA, and also a former United States Army soldier and journalist. His particular study of the Boston College case stems from his interest in the protection of research and the right of free inquiry. He blogs regularly for Cliopatria. His posts on the Boston College subpoenas are collected here.

Notes from a Balinese Cockfight, Officer

Moral Decency Requires That I Betray You

Troubles

Misfeasance

Misfeasance, Rounding the Corner Toward Malfeasance

DOJ on Boston College: Academic Freedom a Legally Meaningless “Quasi-Privilege”

Boston College (Cont.): AUSA Todd Braunstein, the Infamous Irish Politician

Boston College (Cont.): Fixing a Broken Frame

Boston College (Cont.): Fishing Harder

Boston College (Cont.): Taking Aim at the DOJ

Boston College (Cont.): Where the Fourth Amendment Goes to Die

Boston College (Cont.): Pushing Holder

Boston College (Cont.): The Inextinguishable Rule of Law

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

Boston College: Time for Resignations

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

Reckless Negligence: Expanding the Case Against Boston College

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

And Starring Jack Dunn as Tweedle Dee

Boston College Saga Shows How the State Has Failed

Nom nom nom

Scarce Solutions

A Passive Receptacle

Obvious Lying Tends to be a Bad Public Relations Tactic

Boston College: Someone Learned to Read

Too Bad You’re Missing It

The Heights of Credulity

Imagine a Rope, and Perceive It Around Your Wrists

Proof by Denial

One of These Days, Alice

A Most Unweclome Development

 

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
MAYJUNEJULYAUGUSTSEPTEMBEROCTOBERNOVEMBERDECEMBER

2012
JANUARYFEBRUARYMARCHAPRILMAYJUNE

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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