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

April 17, 2012

Honorable Christopher H. Smith, Chairman
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
234 Ford HOB
Washington, D. C. 20515

Dear Chairman Smith:

This letter will serve to follow up discussions we have had with Mr. Milosch and others of your staff regarding the subpoena of Boston College Irish records by Attorney General Holder and its corrosive impact on the Irish peace process. Your steadfast concern for the implementation of the Belfast Agreement and the British failure to observe some of its provisions has been much admired and deeply appreciated by all of us. Once again we find it necessary to seek your help.

As you may note from the attached, Senator John Kerry, Chairman, of Senate Relations, has raised with Secretary of State Clinton the problems raised by Attorney General Holder’s subpoena issued to Boston College. It is our consensus opinion that the chief law enforcement officer of the United States has no business responding to a request from the most lawless and political police force in Europe; he has ignored evidence of political prisoners like Gerry McGough and Marian Price and the use of juryless courts which are anathema to American justice values and he has failed to ascertain from the Secretary of State if to respond to this request would do irreparable harm to the peace process slowly unfolding in Northern Ireland. We ask that you consider this case and express similar sentiments to Attorney General Holder and Secretary of State Clinton. There are few Members of Congress who have your extensive knowledge of the treachery of British security forces and the lawless actions of the very same police force that is misusing the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT).

Yesterday Assistant U. S. Attorney General Healy-Smith sent a letter to the Court of Appeals 1st Circuit handling the litigation arising out of the Boston College subpoena case. In it she dismissed any threat to one of the litigants in the appeal, Anthony McIntyre and his family. You know first hand how dangerous N. I. can be. Less than six months after giving testimony to your Committee about the threats on her life, Rosemary Nelson was assassinated by the very same forces that now seek to use Attorney General Holder and his subpoena power. Would it not be appropriate for you to share that information with Attorney General Holder and Secretary of State Clinton in a letter to underscore your concern that the MLAT is being misused and the threats of violence are very real.

Thank you for your consideration of this request. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your consideration and for the most recent hearing of the Commission focusing on the many abuses of human rights in the North.


Seamus Boyle
National President
Ancient Order of Hibernians

Robert Dunne Esq.
Brehon Law Society

Thomas J. Burke Jr. Esq.
National President
Irish American Unity Conference

Attachment: Senator Kerry letter to Secretary of State Clinton