I read this yesterday in a copy of The Atlantic Monthly and was quite blown away by the intrigue and espionage. My reading of it came fast on the heels of Vicky and I watching Patriot Games with Harrison Ford. Both the article I’m speaking of, Double Blind by Matthew Teague, and Patriot Games are to do with the Irish Republican Army.
I’ve long been interested in all things Ireland, and in particular I have been fearfully observant of the IRA. When I was in Belfast I was quite shocked by how “The Troubles” still had such a lasting effect on the people there. Interestingly Crawford took us around town and pointed out some IRA sites giving us some background to the whole period. My friend Nigel and I remarked afterwords that we could actually feel the adrenaline pumping through our veins as we listened to Crawford speak. I even managed a picture from Shankill Road!
Teague’s piece is about the British agents who had infiltrated the IRA and took it down. It is a shocking story that you would have to read to believe. It sounds like a Hollywood movie of the likes of Patriot Games. It is unbelievable to think that these men actually went through with pretending to be IRA men, keeping their identities to the point of having to actually kill other British agents.
Read it and be amazed!