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By Martin Ingram

An explosive exposé of ways British army intelligence particularly works-from the interior. This booklet offers the tales of 2 undercover brokers: Brian Nelson, who labored for the strength learn Unit (FRU), supporting loyalist terrorists and murderers of their bloody paintings; and the guy referred to as Stakeknife, deputy head of the IRA's notorious "Nutting Squad," the inner protection strength that tortured and killed suspected informers.

This publication is copublished with O'Brien Press, Dublin and is on the market in simple terms within the usa, it really is territories and dependencies, Canada, and the Philippines.

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What did I hope to get out of the Army? Probably an extension of school life: plenty of sport, good fun, a bit of adventure, and I would be paid for it as well. The careers officer recognised my motivation straight away and reassured me that sport played a pivotal role in Army life. The entrance exam was straightforward and at the end a senior officer interviewed me. He congratulated me on gaining the highest score that the career office had achieved to date, then left me to study a folder that detailed all the opportunities open to me in the Army.

The pre-selection course would involve many tasks. For instance, the prospective FRU student would be asked to go to a designated public house and engage a total stranger (of the same sex) in conversation. During this conversation, the student would attempt to extract from the unsuspecting member of the public various pieces of information, for example: name, address, date of birth, family details, home telephone number, job, place of work, hobbies, vehicle type, etc. The information extracted could be authenticated by the directing staff using local knowledge, electoral registers and, of course, the local police.

Chapter 1 Inside the Force Research Unit Ingram My path to involvement in the British Army’s Intelligence Corps, and subsequently in FRU, was not a straightforward one. In fact, I had no ambitions to become a member of the intelligence services at all, but the Army seemed to know from the beginning that this was where I belonged. Having had a normal, North of England upbringing in a family that was nominally Protestant, and a school career that was more sports-dominated than academically distinguished, I determined, at the age of seventeen to join the Army.

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