You’ll remember Rep. Peter King (R-NY-2nd) recently saying, in September 2013, Senator Ted Cruz’s followers are a “dark stain in American political psyche.” This weekend he accused Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) of being “part
of that ‘hate America crowd,” and said Senator Paul “doesn’t deserve to be in the United States Senate,” and furthermore, is a liar. Astonishing, to say the least, but it shouldn’t be. Today, although it’s been out there for awhile, I’m learning of King’s support for the IRA (Irish Republican Army) which is listed as a terrorist organization in the U.K. and the RIRA (Real Irish Republican Army) in the U.S. today. Over the decades there have been IRA spin-offs that have morphed the organization into different entities. I am not clear which, if any, King DID NOT support. His paternal grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. He has been an unapologetic IRA supporter, also embracing the IRA’s Islamic support, including a decades-long arrangement with Muammar Gaddafi for the supply of arms to use against Britain. He also supports Charlie Rangel.
The first proven connection with Libya was discovered in 1973 when the Irish Navy boarded a ship called the Claudia, off the Irish coast.
They found five tonnes of weaponry supplied by Libya.
Links between Gaddafi and the IRA re-emerged in 1986 after Gaddafi’s adopted daughter was killed along with more than 100 other people by US bombing raids launched from UK bases.
The Libyan leader has said he resumed contact with the IRA in the aftermath of those air raids…
In 2003, the BBC’s Mark Devenport spoke to an intelligence source who said there was no question that Libyan arms had greatly enhanced the IRA’s deadliness. Source: BBC – there’s more here
Once again, British colonialism rears it’s dastardly head.
As Mr. King, a Republican, rose as a Long Island politician in the 1980s, benefiting from strong Irish-American support, the I.R.A. was carrying out a bloody campaign of bombing and sniping, targeting the British Army, Protestant paramilitaries and sometimes pubs and other civilian gathering spots. His statements, along with his close ties to key figures in the military and political wings of the I.R.A., drew the attention of British and American authorities.
A judge in Belfast threw him out of an I.R.A. murder trial, calling him an “obvious collaborator,” said Ed Moloney, an Irish journalist and author of “A Secret History of the I.R.A.” In 1984, Mr. King complained that the Secret Service had investigated him as a “security risk,” Mr. Moloney said.
In The Guardian piece linked above, King is quoted saying the I.R.A. “never attacked the United States. And my loyalty is to the United States.” Yes, but what at Gaddafi?
Yet somehow one doubts that that is really King’s position. He defended IRA terrorism because he is intensely Irish and hated the British occupation, period. If in some parallel universe the IRA had committed a terrorist act on American soil, we can wonder what side he would have chosen (it should be noted that quite a few prominent Irish-American politicians, of the right and the left, either defended or failed to denounce IRA violence).
The Guardian article takes issue with his House hearings on Islamic terror, so there’s that.
In 1985, the Irish government boycotted the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City, the biggest celebration in the Irish American calendar. The cause of its umbrage was Peter T. King, that year’s grand marshal and someone the Irish government said was an “avowed” supporter of a terrorist organization, the Irish Republican Army.
King, then a local politician on Long Island, was one of the most zealous American defenders of the militant IRA and its campaign to drive the British out of Northern Ireland. He argued that IRA violence was an inevitable response to British repression and that the organization had to be understood in the context of a centuries-long struggle for independence.
“The British government is a murder machine,” King said. He described the IRA, which mastered the car bomb as an instrument of urban terror, as a “legitimate force.” And he compared Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein, the IRA’s political wing, to George Washington. Source: Washington Post, March 2011
King sounds like the apologists for the “Palestinians”, Hezbollah, Hamas, al Qaeda, and every other murderous bunch of Islamists around the world. The IRA were butchers. Their goal was to murder as many civilians, especially the elderly, women, children, the most defenseless, as they could. Peter King supported these butchers.
King thinks car bombs are a “legitimate force”. We wonder how he would have felt had the car bomb that was discovered in Times Square a few years ago – with no help from the NSA or the Patriot Act – had gone off and killed dozens of New Yorkers? If a car bomb under the control of the IRA is legitimate, certainly this one would have been too, right?
Congressman King has rudely and crudely disparaged two Republicans (Cruz and Paul) who have never been formerly accused of abusing Congressional privilege, tax-evasion or lying. I’ve searched for anything similar from King denouncing the devious corrupt liar, Rep. Charlie Rangel (R-NY-13th), who has called House Republicans “terrorists” and more damaging to the U.S. than al-Qaeda, but Rangel has high praise for fellow-New Yorker Peter King and King is a mutual admirer of Rangel. Peter King is the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. Uh-huh.
The first video below is Rand Paul’s announcement of a class action lawsuit denying the right of the NSA to collect our private data. If you have a cell phone you can join the lawsuit here. This is considered the first lawsuit of it’s kind challenging the constitutionality of the National Security Agency (NSA), although both the House and Senate have tried to upend the intrusions through legislation without success due to Harry’s Reid’s road blocks. The second video is Peter’s King’s latest rant on Paul’s unworthy Senate seat.
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