1960 TO 1989

ROGUE NATION

– 1001 FORGOTTEN ANNIVERSARIES THAT SHAME BRITAIN

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1960

19.09 – Douglas-Home considers the ‘crocodile option’ for Congo’s prime minister

1961

17.01 – MI6 arranges the assassination of Congo’s first prime minister

18.09 – MI6 probably involved in assassinating the UN General Secretary

20.12 – Our man in Saigon defends the Diem dictatorship

1962

27.04 – Macmillan urges Kennedy to liquidate Indonesian president Sukarno

07.05 – Harold Macmillan praises South Vietnamese dictator Diem

01.07 – ‘Heartbreak day for the unwanted’ under new racist regulations

27.10 – Public kept in the dark as nuclear bombers readied for Armageddon

1963

11.04 – Arms for Iraq despite suspicion they might be used against civilians

10.05 – Foreign Secretary – We must prop up the Saudi dictatorship

07.09 – Secret agreement to covertly support regime change in North Yemen

12.09 – SAS report on Yemen terror op – ‘Our mining has got the Wogs angry.’

03.12 – Sensitive files on Kenyan counterinsurgency ops removed to Britain

10.12 – U.K. declares state of emergency in Aden, a move condemned by the U.N.

1964

21.01 – Our man in Aden authorises terror for terror policy

21.07 – Douglas-Home lies about British backed terror operations in Yemen

10.08 –  Even the Labour leader ‘terrified’ of upsetting America over Vietnam

14.10 – UK ambassador on our ‘friendly’ but ‘barbaric’ Saudi ally

1965

24.03 – Harold Wilson declares his full support for U.S. war crimes

13.06 – Britain backs escalation of U.S. assault on Vietnam

24.06 – U.K. stages a coup in Sharjah to ensure the state’s dependency on London

25.09 – Britain suspends the Aden constitution and imposes direct rule

18.12 – Medical reports reveal routine use of torture at British run prison in Aden

1966

03.02 – Cabinet backs UK’s support for American bombing of North Vietnam

06.07 – A Yemeni civil servant’s brief encounter with Britain’s Guantanamo

06.08 – Ungrateful Sheikh Shakhbut of Abu Dhabi deposed by British led coup

12.12 – U.N. condemns Britain’s use of military force and torture in Aden

30.12 – U.K. strikes deal with U.S. to expel the inhabitants of Diego Garcia

1967

01.02 – Ministers avoid discussing Vietnamese victims of American bombing

07.07 – ‘Defensive’ weapons for Nigeria’s Junta to slaughter Biafrans

08.08 – Minister – oil means we must back Nigerian junta against Biafra

15.08 – Birmingham Airport’s role in covert arms airlift to Nigerian junta exposed

17.08 – Newspaper reveals U.K. supplying Nigerian junta with fast patrol boats

04.12 – Minister – backing Nigeria’s assault on Biafra will benefit B.P. and Shell

1968

29.01 – Foreign Office admits U.K. supplying Nigerian death squads with arms

02.03 – Law to stop Kenyan Asians with British passports from ‘flooding’ Britain

1969

19.03 – 312 Paras invade the small Caribbean island of Anguilla 

27.03 – Harold Wilson lies to cover up British complicity in Biafran war crimes

12.08 – RUC incites loyalists to attack Derry’s Catholic residents

01,09.1969 – Wilson indifferent to Gadaffi coup in Libya as long as the oil flows

1970

19.07 – Massive oil blow out poisons Nigerian farmland

23.07 – Shell pressures Britain to back coup in Oman

1971

25.01 – MI6 backs Idi Amin coup

05.02 – Britain recognizes Idi Amin following coup in Uganda

14.07 – Ugandan dictator Idi Amin guest of honour at Buckingham Palace

09.08 – Six, including priest, shot dead by British troops in West Belfast

09.08 – Hundreds of Catholics arrested under ‘internment without trial’ powers

11.08 – Three shot dead and another dies after a mock execution in Belfast

17.10 – Routine use of torture in Ulster exposed

1972

30.01 – Fourteen unarmed Catholics shot dead by the army

12.06 – British army urges tolerant approach to loyalist paramilitaries in its ranks

03.07 – British army allows protestant paramilitaries to patrol alongside them

09.07 – Army snipers kill five in West Belfast including three children and a priest

09.07 – Armoured car rams furniture van to stop Catholics moving into homes

09.07 – British army’s double standards in Portadown

07.08 – Edward Heath – ‘Use money freely’ on bribes and propaganda

18.10 – PM advised to be ‘economical with the truth’ over Irish detentions

20.12 – Report recommends trials without a jury for Irish terror suspects

1973

31.01 – UDA remains legal despite murders and arms stockpiles

03.04 – Irish shopkeepers bombed for not serving members of the security forces

1974

24.04 – Foreign Secretary cites copper as reason for arming Chile’s dictatorship

07.05 – Ulster defence regiment gunmen murder a Catholic couple

24.06 – Ministers and MPs learn of Harold Wilson’s secret H-bomb test

01.10 – UDR soldiers, many with terror links, keep weapons in their homes

20.11 – Harold Wilson – Nuclear weapons help us to woo Washington

1975

09.04 – Loyalist UVF remains legal despite openly boasting of killing Catholics

19.04 – Post Office argues against commemorating the American Revolution

15.05 – Cabinet – Uranium more important than ending Apartheid in South Africa

07.07 – Foreign Office warned not to disclose compromising data on Ulster

29.08 – Harold Wilson orders ministers not to be friendly with PLO delegates

11.11 – MI6 and the Palace in coup against Australia’s Labour government

1976

07.07  – Minister rules out sanctions against South Africa

02.09 – Government memo admits the UDA is merely a front for loyalist terrorism

1977

31.03 – Labour government afraid of U.S. ethical stand on Apartheid

01.11 – Britain vetoes full economic sanctions against Apartheid South Africa

1978

18.01 – ECHR – British forces resorted to ‘inhuman and degrading treatment’

17.02 – Callaghan – ‘I won’t be pushed’ into sanctions on Apartheid South Africa

13.06 – Queen confers a knighthood on Romanian tyrant Ceausescu

09.11 – Britain determined to veto U.N. sanctions against Apartheid South Africa

1979

22.01 – Labour government approves using depleted uranium in ammunition

1980

26.01 – Thatcher considers options for terror operations in Afghanistan

1981

12.02 – MI6 warns of UDA terror but UK refuses to proscribe the organisation

01.03 – Bobby Sands starts his hunger strike

05.05 – Bobby Sands MP dies after 66 days on hunger strike

26.05 – UK refuses to proscribe the UDA after finding a large cache of weapons

08.10 – Margaret Thatcher toasts Pakistan’s dictator Zia

1982

01.05 – Disbelief among troops that they might have to die for Falkland Islands

02.05 – Argentine ship sunk while outside exclusion zone killing 323

15.05 – Stephen Spender – the war over the Falklands ‘goes on like sickness.’

1984

02.06 – Margaret Thatcher welcomes Apartheid leader P.W. Botha

1985

08.03 – MI6 behind massive Beirut car bomb which kills 80 people

16.08 – Margaret Thatcher admonished for colluding with apartheid South Africa

22.10 – Revealed – 34 MPs hold investments in Apartheid South Africa

1986

11.03 – Thatcher hosts terror leader Abdul Haq at Number 10

31.06 – T.R.G. belatedly opposes pro-apartheid policies, for business reasons

1987

01.01 – Documents belatedly expose British-Israeli collusion in the Suez crisis

17.10 – Margaret Thatcher insists that she can’t meet the ‘terrorist’ A.N.C.

1988

15.07 – Margaret Thatcher refuses to discuss Nelson Mandela’s release

13.10 – Sir James Cleminson boasts U.K. is apartheid’s most reliable partner

19.10 – Members of Sinn Fein banned from broadcasting