The group was established by Paisley as a complement to the security forces (Paisley had previously been associated with the Ulster Protestant Volunteers loyalist paramilitary group).
He said he had replied to Paisley that these things could be dealt with only between governments.” Paisley did flirt with paramilitaries, most notably the armed Third Force he created in the early 1980s.
He was denied access to America and had his visa revoked for threatening violence.
“He publicly and privately urged HMG to up its game and protect our citizens.
That is a very far stretch from an attempt to go about the private procurement of arms. If my father was alive this story wouldn’t see the light of day.” Author, political commentator Dr.
The information had reportedly been withheld from the European court of human rights.
Also in 2014, the government was accused of a cover-up after it said it could not release information about the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program because the files had suffered “water damage” .
Documents in the National Archives have previously been key in revealing human rights abuses by the British state.
In 2014, for instance, investigators from the Irish broadcaster RTÉ uncovered a 1977 letter from the then home secretary, Merlyn Rees, to the prime minister of the day, James Callaghan, in which Rees claimed that ministers had given permission for torture to be used in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
Irish cabinet papers from 1987 reveal that the Israeli ambassador in London reported to the Irish government that Ian Paisley, then the Unionist firebrand leader, sought arms from Israel.