ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS
BREHON LAW SOCIETY
IRISH AMERICAN UNITY CONFERENCE
AOH, IAUC & BREHONS CALL FOR HALT TO HOLDER SUBPOENAS & BRITISH MEDDLING
SENATE HEARING REQUESTED
The fight to stop the enforcement of the Holder subpoena of tapes from the Irish archives of Boston College has reached a pivotal point. Despite the serious constitutional issues raised in litigation by Moloney & McIntyre and our specific public policy justifications for NOT processing the subpoenas, the Attorney General appears poised to ignore both and fan the flames of dissent to the Irish peace process.
Brendan Moore, National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), stated: “We strongly reject this unprecedented abuse of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) to maliciously meddle in the affairs of the U. S. and Ireland.” In 14 months the Attorney General has ignored the failure of the U. K. to justify use of this Treaty and has failed to recognize the real harm done to the Office of Attorney General by colluding with the most discredited police force in Western Europe.
“We have concluded,” stated the National President of the Irish American Unity Conference (IAUC) Thomas J. Burke Jr. Esq., “that Mr. Holder’s view of upholding the rule of law, justice and democracy may not be shared by Members of Congress. If this U. K. request is allowed to proceed, it is likely to unravel one of America’s significant foreign policy successes.”
Mr. Robert Dunne, the President of the Brehon Law Society indicated that after two meetings with the Department of State there has been no response to our substantive arguments or the documents we have submitted. State lamely insists they are monitoring the situation. We are submitting a request as soon as possible to Senator John Kerry (D-MA) Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for a hearing on this proposed MLAT request. The coalition leaders indicated a willingness to discuss the matter at any time but with little interest exhibited by the Obama administration they see the letters released today as a final appeal.