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A licence to murder
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A Licence to Murder

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Britain stands accused of helping known terrorists to assassinate suspected enemies of the state during the 1980s.

A major, two-part Panorama investigation reveals the extent to which some members of the British intelligence services colluded with - and even tried to direct - loyalist death squads in Northern Ireland.

A handful of active IRA terrorists were assassinated, but so were some innocent Catholics.

Dirty war

Government death squads are normally associated with South American dictatorships and unthinkable in a modern democracy like Britain.

With disturbing new documentary evidence and exclusive interviews, the distinguished investigative reporter John Ware exposes the secrets of Britain's dirty war.

The programme focuses on the five tumultuous years that preceded the search for peace.

1985 to 1990 was very much the dark before the dawn.

The Provisional IRA was still throwing everything it had at the British security forces, and re-armed loyalist murder gangs were assissinating IRA terrorist suspects and Catholics alike.

Controversial murders

John Ware uncovers the role of Military Intelligence and RUC Special Branch officers in one of the most brutal and controversial murders of the "troubles": that of Belfast solicitor, Patrick Finucane.

He exposes the lengths to which both services have gone in their attempts to disguise such criminal activities.

This Panorama special is the result of 13 years of research by Ware, who has had unrivalled access to secret papers and sources, and is produced and directed by Eamon Hardy. The same award-winning reporter-producer team made Panorama's ground-breaking Who Bombed Omagh?

Production Team:
Reporter: John Ware
Producer: Eamon Hardy
Assistant Producers: Sarah Mole, Fiona Crack
Editor: Mike Robinson

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Denis Murray, BBC Ireland correspondent
A BBC Ten O'clock news report on the Panorama investigation
Ken Barrett
"Finucane would have been alive today if the Peelers hadn't interfered."
Alan Simpson, Detective Superintendent RUC 1970-93
"This was a most vicious and angry attack... particularly venemous... so much hate attached."
Det. Sgt. Benwell, of the Stevens Inquiry 1989-1994
On how he thinks the army is not telling the truth about the murder of Finucane.
Watch the BBC One trail
"A story of death squads... Panorama exposes the truth"
Panorama: A Licence to Murder




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See also:

19 Jun 02 | Northern Ireland
New inquiry call over lawyer's murder
06 Oct 00 | Archive
Who Bombed Omagh? October 9 2000
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