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NCJ Number: 118505 Find in a Library
Title: Antiterrorism in Northern Ireland (From Antiterrorist Initiatives, P 107-131, 1989, John B Wolf -- See NCJ-118499)
Author(s): J B Wolf
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Press
New York, NY 10013
Sale Source: Plenum Press
233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter provides an overview of British policy and tactics in countering the terrorist activities of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Northern Ireland.
Abstract: British military operations in Northern Ireland have been reduced due to the increased use of electronic surveillance and the expanded use of the police to conduct investigations and arrests. The British Royal Marines have a crack commando unit known as the SBS. This unit is prepared to mount various counter-terrorist operations and defends Britain's North Sea oil rigs from terrorist attack. The Irish army and its police force have stepped up efforts to curb IRA activities across the border. The British have a system of informant development and control as well as emergency laws and court procedures for addressing the terrorist threat. The British prefer, however, to use the regular court system for dealing with terrorist defendants. Allegiance to the traditional court system has prevented emergency measures from being used arbitrarily. An arrested terrorist has an opportunity to appear before a tribunal presided over by a judge and to be represented by counsel. The effectiveness of the British antiterrorism tactics is manifested in a reduction in guerrilla strength, the incarceration of 1,200 terrorists, and IRA reluctance to engage in a sustained campaign in major cities. 46 notes.
Main Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics
Index Term(s): Electronic surveillance; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Irish Republican Army (IRA); Northern Ireland
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