Top Secret Intelligence Unit To Quit Belfast

#1
Just spotted this one

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1574148,00.html

Top secret intelligence unit will quit Belfast for new role in Iraq
By Michael Evans, Defence Editor

THE most secret military unit serving in Northern Ireland is to be pulled out of the Province and posted to Iraq and to other operational missions overseas.

The Joint Support Group (JSG), which runs agents under the control of the Intelligence Corps, is one of a number of units expected to leave Belfast as part of the “normalisation process” under which the Government plans to cut troop levels by more than half to about 5,000.

Paul Murphy, the Northern Ireland Secretary, announced in February that MI5 will take over primacy for national security intelligence in Northern Ireland by 2007.

The JSG is the successor of the Force Research Unit (FRU), which acquired notoriety in the 1980s amid allegations that the unit of about 40 intelligence officers colluded with Special Branch officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the loyalist terrorist Ulster Defence Association (UDA) in the murder of several republicans.

Brian Nelson, who was the UDA’s chief intelligence officer when he was recruited to become one of the FRU’s top agents, was jailed for ten years in 1992 after admitting five counts of conspiracy to murder. He died of a brain haemorrhage in April 2003.

The FRU and its former leader, Brigadier Gordon Kerr, who became military attaché in Beijing, are the subject of continuing inquiries by Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, who retired as Metropolitan Police Commissioner in January.

The JSG has continued the role performed by the FRU, although agent-handling rules were tightened after concerns were raised over the level of control of informers after Nelson’s confessions.

The Government’s intention is to complete the withdrawals from Ulster within two years of a final peace settlement but steps are being taken to exploit the unique experience gleaned in Northern Ireland in theatres of operation elsewhere in the world.

This month Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, announced the establishment of a new regiment, the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR), to provide covert surveillance expertise for operations by the SAS and the Special Boat Service.

Although he did not specify which experts he had in mind, the new regiment is largely based around the surveillance specialists of the 14th Intelligence Company, also known as “the Det” (Detachment), which has operated in Northern Ireland for many years.
That doesn't sound very Top Secret!
 
#2
"Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington"... ??!!
Is that a serious title? Where the hell is Kirkwhelpington?
You mean you can choose nay obscure little village in the arrse end of nowhere and get a peerage?
There's hope for me yet!

The Future Lord Slightly Nasty of Bootle
 
#3
Slightly_Nasty said:
"Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington"... ??!!
Is that a serious title? Where the hell is Kirkwhelpington?
You mean you can choose nay obscure little village in the arrse end of nowhere and get a peerage?
There's hope for me yet!

The Future Lord Slightly Nasty of Bootle
Can i be King Sarge of Waterlooville??

Can I, Can i, Huh huh huh
 
#4
Slightly_Nasty said:
Where the hell is Kirkwhelpington?
Kirkwhelpingtonshire I'd wager. If it isn't a shire, then it should be.

Lord Felize of Throdgington-Bandersnatch(shire)
 
#6
Not very current either, look at the name od the Defense sec... or the part about the Recce Unit thingy.

Which probaly why the press have the stroy.
 
#8
Darth_Doctrinus said:
The story was originally fed to the press on April 17th.
Yet it turns up in the Times in August? I always preferred the Indy myself.

I can't get a peerage unless I quit my application to be next pope and go for a cushy CoE job in the Lords. Cardinal of Sin perhaps.
 
#9
If you visit the Cryptome Search Page and type in FRU, JSG or Northern Ireland etc you can find some interesting documents. Some of the information purportedly comes from disgruntled ex-agents who are unhappy with their treatment. I do not vouch for the veracity of such claims, but the documents maybe of interest.
 
#10
lolol - I'm in there! :D

Chuffed to fcuk! It's all b0ll0x, mind you!

Edited to add: Having said that, anyone who has been anywhere over the water in the last 10 years probably has a mention, so it's not that big a deal.
 

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#11
doomsayer said:
If you visit the Cryptome Search Page and type in FRU, JSG or Northern Ireland etc you can find some interesting documents. Some of the information purportedly comes from disgruntled ex-agents who are unhappy with their treatment. I do not vouch for the veracity of such claims, but the documents maybe of interest.
Absolutely: they've got some real t0ssers mentioned on there!
 
#14
Tommyhawk wrote

"Not very secret if the press is aware of the unit."

Well they went though such names as Snecky Beakys, Fragel Rock, That lot we don't talk about, before their final name of Muppets stuck.
Was mid 80's before I found out who they where, but that is another story.
john
 
#15
Slightly_Nasty said:
"Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington"... ??!!
Is that a serious title? Where the hell is Kirkwhelpington?
You mean you can choose nay obscure little village in the arrse end of nowhere and get a peerage?
There's hope for me yet!

The Future Lord Slightly Nasty of Bootle
Kirkwhelpington is in Northumberland, near Rothbury, charming little village.
 
#19
Prodigal said:
That Cryptome search page is a bit scary......doesn't it worry the likes of darth etc?!
You should exercise caution when using the search page (along with the rest of the internet) - do not type in something that is not already in the public domain!
 

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