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February 17, 2006

Action Alert: Adams Fundraising Visa Denied

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Political Action Alert

Adams' Fundraising Visa Denied Again by US State Department

The US Special Envoy, Ambassador Mitchell Reiss, has barred Gerry
Adams once again from attending a fundraising event unless the
party endorses the PSNI. This time it is a Friends of Sinn Féin
breakfast at the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. on the morning
of March 16th.

The move by the US Administration is all the more galling and
mystifying at this time as policing reform remains the subject of
delicate negotiations with the British government, expected to
introduce legislation devolving policing and justice to elected
officials in the north of Ireland. Something SF has been
lobbying for.

Sinn Fein has pledged that if the British legislation is as
promised, it would call a Special Ard Fheis to consider movement
on its policing policy.

Oddly, the IRA moves over the past months in standing down as a
military force and totally decommissioning its arms seems to have
stimulated the US Administration to punish Sinn Fein. The first
case of banning Mr. Adams came just after these events in
November of last year. Without doubt, Sinn Fein is the number
one mover of the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process.

At the time of the first ban, Mr. Adams said, "Our position on
policing is very clear. The British government has agreed to
honour certain commitments. I am committed if and when they do
that to go to the Sinn Fein ard chomhairle [executive] to deal
with the issue of policing. These positions are matters of public

"The visa position, as I understand it, is absurd."

There also seems no end of the British [and Irish?] government
propagandizing in Washington and elsewhere in the U.S. over the
recent IMC [Independent Monitoring Commission] report which
contended, without any evidence or judicial backing, minor
evidence of IRA "criminality" and a few guns apparently floating
about republican circles. This despite the one hundred thousand
weapons legally held in predominantly unionist hands.

The IMC, which is neither independent nor monitors anything – it
is told what to report by the PSNI, just happens to be visiting
the U.S. What a coincidence.

Meanwhile, the DUP is opening a US office. There are no plans to
ban Ian Paisley from fundraising. The DUP will be rewarded for
its tireless efforts to wreck the GFA and return to the
unacceptable, bloody past.

Irish America must stand up.

We must send a powerful message to Amb. Mitchell Reiss, the
National Security Council, and whoever is responsible in the U.S.
Administration by supporting the Washington D.C. fundraiser
[details soon] and communicating our anger to the Bush
Administration [see contact info below].

Contact the White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20500

White House Phone Numbers

Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461


Send your comments to

Secretary of State, Dr. Condolezza Rice
220 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520
[202] 647-4000

Special Envoy, Dr. Mitchell Reiss
[202] 647-2972 ext 7312
Contact both by email:

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