Posted by | March 8, 2011 12:42 | Filed under: Top Stories

Congressman Peter King, about to begin hearings on the radicalization of Muslims, was considered a threat in 1984 by the Secret Service because of his support for the Irish Republican Army. (h/t Kos)

The GOP in Nassau tried, unsuccessfully, to muzzle him, and he complained that the FBI was opening mail sent from Ireland, including letters from Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams. In 1984, the Secret Service listed him as a threat when President Reagan made a trip to Nassau County to watch a Special Olympics event.

After the Good Friday Agreement, there was more trouble for the IRA during the Bush 41 administration, and political problems for King.

IRA operatives were arrested in Colombia on suspicion of aiding Marxist guerrillas, angering the Bush administration; a gun-running ring was exposed in Florida, and, against Mr. King’s advice, Mr. Adams traveled to Cuba to meet Fidel Castro.

Only after 9/11 did King finally back away from the IRA, calling upon them to disband.

A bank raid in Belfast by the IRA netted $51 million, and shortly afterward IRA men stabbed a Belfast Catholic to death and then intimidated witnesses into silence – both episodes highlighting the IRA’s accelerating drift into criminality.

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