Pluto author, Maurice Punch, whose book State Violence, Collusion and the Troubles: Counter Insurgency, Government Deviance and Northern Ireland was published in March of this year, has been interviewed by ‘New Books in Terrorism and Organised Crime‘.
If that lengthy title didn’t entirely give away the focus of Maurice’s book, this is what they had to say about it:
There are many books about the actions of terrorist groups but this book looks at the actions of the government response. A number of independent inquiries have revealed serious breaches of ethics and even criminal acts by these agencies; some of which have had fatal consequences for innocent members of the community. At the very least, some others have been extra-judicial killings. Maurice examines the evidence and lists the offences. In many respects the title summarises the book and its conclusions. He explains how the many decades of conflict saw ‘organizational deviance’ on the part of the collective policing and military agencies. The book is an excellent study of how enthusiasm can lead to justification of illegal actions with deadly results.
The interview, available to stream or download, is up on their website in mp3 form. It’s a long one, at nearly an hour, so we recommend brewing a nice cup of tea before you start. When you decide you want to look at the book a bit further, simply click here, or on the details below.
Counter Insurgency, Government Deviance and Northern Ireland
Documents in chilling detail how the British government turned to violent and illegal measures in its fight against Irish Republicanism.
“State Violence, Collusion and the Troubles brings to bear a mature, discerning and knowledgeable mind on a vexed area and the results are disquieting, fascinating and provocative.” – Paul Rock, Professor of Social Institutions, Mannheim Centre for the Study of Criminology and Criminal Justice, London School of Economics and Political Science
“A very insightful and close examination of what Britain did in Northern Ireland used to understand what states do elsewhere when dealing with insurgent violence. Punch has been exhaustive in his research and even-handed on a fraught topic. My earnest hope is that the book will be read by a wide audience.” – David Bayley, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University at Albany, State University of New York