RUC had no warning, NOTE he is not saying MI5 had NO WARNING
Claims and counter-claims about the security forces having had prior knowledge of the Shankill bombing can be used to cloud over a very important issue.
The security forces may have well have not been given warning as they say, however they are not denying at least one “informant,” “state agent,” “tout” or whatever you want to call them was involved in the mass-murder.
This can be linked to a very, very long list of mass-murders carried out by IRA/MI5 stretching back decades, anyone with the slightest degree of intelligence would have spotted a pattern emerging in this scenario, though I do not expect anyone within “political unionism” to detect it or cause any fuss over it.
Most people would also be aware that “informants” will never pass on all the information they receive to their handlers, they will hold back any stuff which they suspect would lead to their immediate discovery, so it is possible an agent did have prior knowledge of the Shankill bomb and did not pass it on, it is also possible the information was passed on and never acted upon.
We will just have to wait and see what further developments happen in this murderous scenario, though I have no expectation “political unionism” will be able, or willing to see that justice is done for the victims.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?