Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton


April 18, 2012

Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
U. S. Department of State
2201 C St NW
Washington, D. C. 20520

Dear Madame Secretary:

As you know, our coalition of the largest and most active Irish American groups is very concerned about the subpoenas issued by Attorney General Holder to Boston College to obtain records from their Irish archives. We have asked Members of Congress and others to share our concerns with you in the hope that this misuse of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with the United Kingdom will be abrogated.

It is our position that whatever the result of the litigation connected with the British request, there is ample grounds to deny the Royal Ulster Constabulary the requested records. First, there are over 50 incidences of multiple killing of Catholics in which police corruption and planning is suspected. A recent hearing by Representative Chris Smith, Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, heard compelling evidence of collusion of police involvement in those killings. Why on earth would our chief law enforcement officer countenance for a minute the request of a police department which even the Prime Minister of Great Britain has admitted has been involved in lawless actions against Catholics? Second, the incident for which records is requested occurred 40 years ago (months after the slaughter Bloody Sunday) and was by admission of a former Chief Constable unlikely to result in a criminal prosecution. This is a serious misuse of MLAT by admission of the former Chief Constable! Third, there is simply no good that could come from this subpoena in the context of the fledgling Irish peace process. Dissidents on either side are the only beneficiaries if Attorney General Holder were to turn over the requested documents in this case which from start to finish is politically inspired.

We have brought this information to you before but we now need to know if you will explain to Attorney General Holder why he should not enforce the subpoena issued to Boston College. If you harbor any doubts about our request or any reservations about taking the action we seek, we wish to meet with you to explain and emphasize our actions. Our concern for this matter was recently heightened when Assistant United States Attorney General Healy-Smith sent a letter to the U. S Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit suggesting that the Department of State and the Department of Justice are of one mind about this case.

We are ready to meet with you at any time to reinforce our concerns and to further document our concerns. Please let us know when such a meeting will be possible. Thank you for giving this request your earliest consideration.


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