In 1971 internment was introduced in Northern Ireland in a desperate attempt to stabilise the security situation.
Apart from local republican sympathisers the loudest howls of protest arose from Irish American groups, individuals and politicians who overtly espoused the cause of IRA terror.
Fast forward to 2002 — the US was embroiled in a messy conflict in Afghanistan.
A military detention prison was hastily set up at Guantanamo Bay in offshore Cuba.
The rule book was flung out the window and from then on until the present day hundreds of untried/unconvicted terrorist suspects have been subjected to the most vile forms of torture and degradation.
The US authorities have ignored condemnation from all parts of the world.
Even President Obama was frustrated by the administration when he sought to close down the Gauantanamo Bay hellhole.
In this context I would pose the question — Where have all the valiant champions of civil liberty been skulking for the past 14 years?
The same gang who were so quick to demonise our government when internment was introduced in Northern Ireland! Why the deafening silence?
It would appear that those who so energetically engaged in Brit bashing are quite happy to tolerate the stench in their own back yard.
What a sorry, pathetic bunch of hypocrites.
T. Coulter, BT38