Criminal gangs are going to be confronted in the only way they understand: head first and without mercy.
The Criminal Justice Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2009 contains measures to convict organised criminals on the evidence of a senior police officer when that evidence is corroborated by covert surveillance. There will be no need for juries or civilian witnesses who can be intimidated.
I have been saying for a long time now that these gangs are directly challenging the authority of our State. They feel no allegiance to our society, they contribute nothing. They kill our citizens. They terrorise our towns. They poison our peaceful lives.
They are subversives.
And yet, these people who hold nothing but contempt for our society and its laws are the first to hide behind the protections that were drawn up for compliant, contributing citizens.
I have always believed that these people are enemies of the State, and just as we wouldn’t offer elaborate protections to an enemy in a foreign country, we should likewise offer no such protection to an enemy within.
The murder of Roy Collins brought 5,000 people onto the streets of Limerick last week to demand action. That march was not to send a message to the criminals, who are nothing but illiterate thugs. It was to remind our legislators that their first duty is to us, the law-abiding citizens of Ireland.
There’s only one way to deal with these savages and that’s to crush them. Show them no mercy, as they have shown no mercy to their victims and no respect for the land that supports them.
In the past, I would have been very disturbed at the possibility of the Gardaí receiving new powers, and I’m still worried because I don’t believe our police force possesses enough professionalism. But on the other hand, these criminals threaten to destroy the fabric of our society.
Enough. It’s time to turn savage.
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