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Rep. Brendan Boyle calls for collusion hearing

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Congressman Brendan Boyle.

By Ray O’Hanlon

U.S. Congressman Brendan Boyle has officially requested a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing to examine what he describes as “the shocking revelations into collusion” between parts of the British government and terrorists on their payroll.

The revelations were aired in a recently broadcast BBC “Panorama” news documentary.

Congressman Boyle is also formally calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to intervene.

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"The BBC documentary shines a much needed light on this subject,” said the Philadelphia Democrat.

“As the report states: 'It is a fact there were murderers on the government payroll acting with impunity.' It is clear to me Congress must investigate these matters to ensure they are finally dealt with in a just way. I am also calling on Secretary Kerry and the State Department to support an independent U.S. inquiry into this matter."

Boyle added: "The Good Friday Agreement is one of the great foreign policy achievements of the last thirty years. It is important to remember this would have never happened without direct U.S. involvement to ensure all sides were listened to and represented.

“Similarly, it is quite clear to me that the issue of collusion between the state and terrorists will never fully be known unless the U.S. acts. The interests of justice demand it."

Boyle has spoken to New Jersey GOP representative Chris Smith, asking for a hearing before his committee in addition to the full foreign affairs panel. Smith chairs the House Human Rights Subcommittee.

Others, including Amnesty International, have called for an investigation after the Panorama broadcast which was entitled “Britain’s Secret Terror Deals.”