The Committee: political assassination in Northern Ireland
In 1991 Sean McPhilemy produced "The Committee, " a sensational documentary for British television that revealed that a group in Northern Ireland - drawn from the Unionist members of the business community, Protestant clergy, the police (RUC), and the British security forces - was systematically colluding with Loyalist terrorists to murder Irish Republicans and other Irish Nationalists. The documentary contained exclusive firsthand testimony of a member of the Loyalist committee responsible for the murders. This source provided a detailed account of how various assassinations had been planned and carried out. The broadcast of "The Committee" resulted in highly publicized legal proceedings in the High Court in London when the British Conservative government tried unsuccessfully to force the program makers to identify their source. Since the broadcast of his documentary, McPhilemy has struggled to protect his reputation in the face of various legal actions against him over the program. Harassed by British authorities and his life threatened, he has brought two libel actions against newspapers in London that sought to discredit him, and thus far has won one of these actions. The Committee gives a full account of the murder conspiracy, the making of the documentary, the subsequent legal proceedings and, even more importantly, additional evidence that substantiates the original allegations. In the meantime, the Committee allegedly continues to operate with impunity - and Loyalist terrorists carry on the killing.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
While McPhilemy is somewhat discredited following the outcome of the Prentice case the book should remain interesting for any open-minded observers of the recent conflict in the North of Ireland during the Troubles.
Review: The Committee: Political Assassination in Northern IrelandUser Review - Cindy Brandner - Goodreads
I think I have post-traumatic stress from reading this book. It swallowed my thoughts for a full week, and I even dreamed about the events chronicled in it. Sean McPhilemy has my utter admiration for ... Read full review