Capitol Hill. Thursday, January 13, 2005 —- Irish-Americans feel that — if there is to be a fair and balanced policy — Mark Thatcher should not be allowed to enter the U.S. , having pleaded guilty to involvement in the Equatorial Guinea coup attempt.
" Such an attempt surely comes under the heading of international terrorism", said Father Sean Mc Manus, President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus. " If Irish persons have been banned from entering the U.S. for far lesser reasons, then surely this would- be mercenary should be banned, too ? ‘ If you harbor a terrorist, you are a terrorist’, is the Bush doctrine. Then President Bush should apply it to Thatcher and bar him entry to the U.S.
Fr. Mc Manus went on to explain : " President Bush has already shown a double standard by funding a terrorist, Tim Spicer, with a $293 Million contract in Iraq. He must not now compound his error by giving safe harbor to Thatcher, a buddy of Spicer."
" Both Thatcher and Spicer belonged to a gang of English white guys out to plunder Africa, ‘ white man’s burden and all that’ . Spicer, now moved to Iraq, is plundering the American tax payer to the tune of $293 Million, with the blessing of President Bush"