24 January 2004. Thanks to S.
More on Brigadier Peter Everson and secret agent handler "Carl," both cited below:
Joint Services Group is the successor name for the murderous Force Research Unit, MOD's uncover operations command in Northern Ireland.
Published by Lobster, 1996. pp. 22-24
Thomas Doheny worked undercover for Army Intelligence in Ireland. In March 1993, he was convicted in Omagh of stealing a car but the sentence was suspended for four hours allowing him to leave British jurisdiction. After crossing the border to the South, he moved to London where he was subsequently arrested and imprisoned. Alleging that he pleaded guilty under duress, Doheny claimed to be a victim of rivalry between competing intelligence agencies running agents across the border, one of which was the Joint Services Group, a unit previously only known to be responsible for coordinating intelligence-gathering in Northern Ireland.
In order to clear his name, Doheny launched a series of legal actions based on the document below. Except for brief references in the Guardian (18.11.94), News of the World (3.3.94), Private Eye (18.11.94) and the Ulster Newsletter (13 and 29.3.95) little has appeared on Doheny's case. Coming at a sensitive time with the peace process, the media bowed to pressure from the D-Notice Committee and refused to name names, except, that is, Colonel George Williams, one of the intelligence officers who died in the helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre in June 1994.
IN THE ROYAL COURTS OF JUSTICE
QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
LONDON WC2 2LL
For some time I was engaged in sensitive undercover work in and relating to Northern Ireland on behalf of Her Majesty's government for the Intelligence Corps (Joint Services Group) of Templer Barracks Ashford Kent TN23 3HH. I have been informed that a 'D Notice' has been issued in respect of media coverage of the circumstances arising out of my activities. I believe this work was of great benefit to the public and was of a nature to attract the hatred of subversive organisations and certain elements within the Royal Ulster Constabulary opposed to Army Intelligence operations of a covert nature, and has placed my life and lives of family members, in grave danger.
I was asked to set up a front company called Rose Northern Ireland Ltd. It was a Timber Frame buildings construction and sales company, but its true nature was to acquire intelligence on republicans in Ulster and the Republic of Ireland on behalf of the JSG, formerly under the command of Col. George Williams, and presently under the command of Lt-Col. P. Everson (0846) 609750. It was agreed from the outset that I would be recompensed all incurred expenditure.
I was sent on missions across the border into the Republic by an Army officer believed to be Captain Rowdon-Smith the former Whiskey Detachment commander of the JSG in Enniskillen, code name Carl, (0365) 32758. They identified all my targets in the Republic and Northern Ireland. My sole purpose in Northern Ireland was for covert intelligence action and as such I followed all the instructions given by the JSC and Col G. Williams at HQNI in Lisburn. At no time was my wife aware of my relationship with the Army. My wife comes from a Republican background, i.e. some members of her family are active within the republican Sinn Fein faction.
I was sent on missions into the Republic from a number of pre-arranged departure points, and given the name of a Military Police officer at an OPV on the border (0365) 748606. I was also given a secure telephone number to use if needed (0365) 324708, at St. Anglos Barracks where the JSG have a hangar to the rear right side of the base.
Carl was able to contact me at any time via my pager and on a number of occasions we meet at various Army posts and at the Drumshane Hotel out side of Irvinestown in Co. Fremanagh. At these meetings I would receive instructions for further missions in to the Republic and on selected targets in Northern Ireland. It was made clear from the out set to me of the risk to myself and my family should the Republicans discover the true nature of my work, and that I should not reveal even to the RUC at anytime my Intelligence work on behalf of the Army. I was informed that they could not even trust the RUC and I was not under any circumstances [to] trust anybody.
I continued to make inroads within the Republican movement and visited the targeted individuals identified by the Army in the Republic, and also at a number of Irish Army bases along the border, with a pro republican member of the Irish Army. I was ordered to establish links with a number of political officials in the Republic, which I did, and cultivate their friendship for any future assistance.
I became aware on a number of occasions upon leaving my home that a silver Ford Granada and a four door blue Volkswagen Golf were following me. I informed Carl who instructed me to go about my business as usual and that they were making enquiries. Their identity was revealed some time later on the Irvinestown to Enniskillen road. The car contained RUC police officers who asked what I was doing in Northern Ireland. We had an exchange of words and I left. Some time later I was informed that I would be left alone by the RUC to get on with my work for the Army. These RUC officers were in fact an Intelligence unit of the RUC opposed to covert operations by the Army.
This harassment by the RUC intensified to such a point that the Army were becoming alarmed at the prospect that I had been followed to an Army base on the border. I was frequently being stopped at night coming back across the border by RUC officers wearing webbing and armed, who were quite clearly Military drilled and were quite threatening in their manner. I reported this to Carl and continued to work, but the Army were quite clearly unable to hold the RUC in check. At this stage I was becoming alarmed myself as it was becoming clear that the RUC's interest was revolving around a target that I was given by the Army in Enniskillen some months previously. This individual introduced me to a number of Republicans I had previously met in the Republic on other missions for the Army. A number of these individuals are wanted in the UK for questioning in relation to terrorist offences committed in Northern Ireland.
As the RUC's harassment intensified I began to notice a change in my relationship to this target. It was at this point around the 10 June 1992 an incident happened at my home which resulted in the death of our unborn daughter when the RUC raided my home. The Army is aware of the nature of the incident, and even contacted the RUC at a very high level and again requested that I be left alone. I was informed by the Army that my work must continue at all costs, we buried our daughter on the 29 June 1992. Since this time the target in question, ******** *** [stars in original], has admitted that he is an informant of DS Peter Wray RUC and this clearly is the reason why the RUC is harassing me.
Around Christmas time December 1992 after attempting to come to terms with the loss of our daughter, the strain afflicting myself and my wife, along with the harassment by the RUC, made it impossible to live and work under these circumstances. My wife moved back to her family in the Republic and I waited for Carl to return from leave so I could inform him that I could no longer to on and that I was going to join my wife and daughter. I made my position quite clear - that promises were made by the Army in particular regarding the safety of myself and my family - and that I would be recompensed all incurred expenditure. I was informed to keep in touch which I did on a weekly basis.
Frequent attempts were made to get us to move back to the North. In fact I made four trips to an Army base on the border to drop intelligence material to the JSG, but I still refused to go any further in to Northern Ireland for fear of risking my life.
In about January 1993 I made [moved] to London and stayed with a friend who I have known for about 12 years. He works at the London Mennonite Centre and he is a Christian Missionary. From his home I contacted Carl to inform him I was in London and that I was most unhappy about the situation. He again attempted to talk me into going back to Northern Ireland. He stated "we have got the RUC under control now, everything is OK". My reply was I will think about it and I then went home to my family in Calway.
On the 08 March 1993 whilst at the London Mennonite Centre visiting my friend again, I was arrested by officers of the Metropolitan Police who stated that I was being arrested for the theft of a Fiat Tempra motor car and that I was being deported to Northern Ireland. I was removed to Holloway Police station where I where I telephoned Carl who was unaware of the situation that was going on, but he ordered me not to say anything to the Police and that under no circumstances was I to inform the RUC or any court that I was an Army Agent as this would place my life, and that of my wife and daughter in grave danger.
I of course complied with this request because of the risk of exposure and endangering my family and my loyalty to the Army and the Crown.
The following day I was removed to Northern Ireland and taken by car to Enniskillen where I was held for a total of four days. In these four days I was arrested four times, and subjected to illegal interrogation and psychological torture which included laughing at the death of my daughter. The RUC demanded to know the names of JSG personnel I was working with, and to identify who the Army had targeted for intelligence purposes in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. I refused to answer all the question put to me. At no time was I ever asked any questions in relation to the theft of the said car. At no time was any statement taken or was I ever interviewed in respect of the car, but I was directly interrogated in respect of my work for the Army. It was made quite clear to me that should I not give them the information they required they would inform the Republicans at the Crumlin Road Prison that I was a British Army spy. This would have been a death sentence. Although I was under extreme pressure and very fearful for my life and that of my family, I refused to provide the RUC with any information as ordered by the Army.
On the 12/03/93 I was removed from the RUC station and taken to Omagh Magistrate's Court under escort of eight RUC police officers in two cars. On arrival at the court I was made to sit in the hall with my RUC escort. At approximately 10 am the solicitor, Mr Fugusion, that the RUC had appointed, arrived at the Court and then entered the Court room with two RUC police officers, DS Peter Wray and J Latemir. I attempted to follow the others to the Court to hear what was being said against me, but the RUC officers in the hall with me physically prevented me from entering the Court. At about 10.30 to 10.45 Mr. Fugusion emerged from the court and was very upset. He took me into the Solicitors' chambers and said when enter that Court you will not be represented by me as I am coming off record. I asked what do you mean? He stated that the Magistrate and police had agreed that "if you plead guilty they would let you go, or if you pleaded not guilty you would be held at Crumlin Road Prison" (which would be a death sentence).
I never committed any crime and would never have pleaded guilty if my life had not been placed in danger by the Army and the RUC. I was given four hours to leave Northern Ireland or go to prison. I left Northern Ireland and in reality have been banned from entering Northern Ireland and the UK. This act of banning has prevented me from visiting the grave of my daughter whose death was caused by the RUC.
I returned to the United Kingdon and was arrested by the Metropolitan Police on 9 May 1994 whilst making a complaint at Tintangel House in the presence of DCI Pickard of CID2, who instructed TI Mark Newton of Hornsey police that I was to be removed from the building and arrested elsewhere because if anything happens to this man "heads will roll". I was taken to Belgravia police station where I was arrested on a committal warrant issued by Omagh Magistrates Court on 12/03/93 for a term of 12 months imprisonment, for the theft of a car that was never stolen. Mark Newton then informed me that the RUC were on the way. In fact I was held on this prison warrant for six months and released on the 07/11/04. Whilst in custody I was in frequent contact with Col. Williams, head of JSG, and the new head, Lt-Col Everson [telephone number] (0846) 609 750, and also the Ministry of Defence, in particular Gen. Sir Charles Guthrie (071) 218 7114, Colonel Commandant of the Intelligence Corps, Brigadier Springfield (071) 218 7849 at the War Office, then Director of the Intelligence Corps, and the present Director, Brigadier Laurie (0233) 657 242, Captain Moorby, Intelligence Corps Support Unit (0233) 657 331.
I was in great fear of my life and communicated this to the Army. I was left as it were on death row not knowing if I was going to live or die for four and a half months, until the Home Secretary granted me the right to remain in England.
As the Intelligence Corps and the Ministry of Defence are holding documents and information that is going to confirm that I was an agent of the British Army and that I was acting with authority engaging in covert action on behalf of her Majesty's Government in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, I would ask the Court to order a disclosure of such information and documentation, as is relevant to this action.
I would further ask this Court, that if it becomes necessary, for permission to issue witness summonses against Lt-Col. Everson and the Director of Intelligence, Brigadier M.I. Laurie, and the former Director, Brigadier E. P. O. Springfield. I further attach an index of Evidence for further consideration by the Court.
I have pursued the Army through every complaints procedure to seek compensation and damages for work undertaken on their behalf. The Intelligence Corps and the Ministry of Defence has blocked all my attempts at seeking redress and monies owed, they have deliberately mounted a cover up and are refusing to assist in seeking an investigation of any kind, I have attempted to settle this dispute in a dignified and honourable fashion but they have continuously and habitually rebuffed my approaches. I therefore have been left with no alternative but to bring these proceedings before this Court on this day the Twenty eight day of the twelfth month in the year Nineteen Hundred and ninety four.
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