Terrorists always need cash to operate
Published 03/01/2013 | 05:00
A SUCCESSFUL terrorist campaign with an overseas dimension requires substantial financing.
And a lot of money will be needed if the godfathers behind the new dissident alliance are to carry out their planned campaign of murder and mayhem on this island and in Britain.
According to anti-terrorist officers who spoke to the Irish Independent, evidence is already emerging the alliance is extending its influence in the highly profitable rackets that have been operated for decades in the border counties.
Another sinister development is the number of former Provisional IRA activists being attracted into fundraising activities with the renegades and then attempting to hide their assets under a myriad of schemes.
Ex-provisionals, particularly in east Tyrone, Derry and Belfast, are believed to be playing a key role in the new grouping's plans to bring their violent campaign to a higher level. The murder of prison officer David Black in October and last week's thwarted bomb attack on the car of a police officer in Belfast are proof of the alliance's intent.
But without the financing it is difficult for them to sustain a campaign in the North while also extending it to Britain. And this makes the role played by the Criminal Assets Bureau even more vital.
The CAB has proven its worth since it was established in the wake of the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996. The model is still being studied and adopted in a range jurisdictions.
However, the multi-agency bureau is not resting on its laurels and is continuing its crackdown on crime bosses.
The bureau has been one of the most innovative and successful anti-crime weapons in the last half-century and the Government must ensure that it has full backing as it takes on those whose raison d'etre is the destruction of the peace process.