IAUC Urges Secretary of State Clinton to Use Offices for Withdrawal of Subpoenas Against Boston College
October 12, 2011
IAUC National President Tom Burke directed a letter today to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requesting her immediate attention and assistance in obtaining withdrawal of subpoenas issued on behalf of the British Government on Boston College. The subpoenas attempt to obtain oral histories and other materials archived in the college’s Burns Library that could ultimately destabilize the peace process in the north of Ireland.
The peace process “is already threatened by a faltering economy and dissident activities by loyalist and republican elements,” Burke said. Release of the materials sought by the subpoenas would be contrary to U.S. foreign policy and national security interests and has a high potential for severely undermining the peace process which has been an important foreign policy objective of the United States for the past fifteen years. The administration of President Bill Clinton, a principal architect of the Good Friday Agreement, helped negotiate the GFA which was signed in 1998 by the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The results of the historic agreement have been the establishment of stability and relative calm to the North of Ireland.
While the legal proceedings are currently before the US District Court in Boston, President Burke is requesting the Secretary of State to convey to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder the serious foreign policy and national security threats that are implicated by the subpoenas. The IAUC is calling for all concerned Irish activists to contact their members of Congress and request their assistance in asking for the withdrawal of these subpoenas by the British government.
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