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Into the Dark
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I served as a frontline detective in the Royal Ulster Constabulary CID for 30 years.One of my core duties was source handling.It is certainly not for the faint hearted. This area of Policing is fraught with many difficulties moral,legal and ethical. One has to walk a very finely balanced but nonetheless clearly defined line between source protection and strict compliance with Home Office Guidlines and the Criminal law.
I quickly discovered that many of our RUC superiors had little or no experience of the dynamics involved in running informants. Many others who exhibited a little knowledge had no interest because of their absolute fear of the potential trouble it would bring from our professionally jealous elements within our RUC Special Branch who saw the running of paramilitary sources as solely their domain.
Personally speaking I begged to differ. I found it to be a professionally rewarding duty. My CID colleagues and I often obtained vital information that flowed from our own well placed sources that was often instrumental in saving the lives of our threatened fellow citizens.In many cases our information came in from former SB agents who like Kevin had become somewhat disenchanted with their SB handlers. This was commonplace throughout my service in the RUC.
I have never met Kevin Fulton but having read his book I can readily identify with the treachery and the betrayal he alleges he has suffered at the hands of MI5 or the RUC Special Branch. He gave of his best. That fact rings true from every page. He stepped up to the plate and acted out his role as he saw it.
It is testament to his character that he was able to move seamlessly from his honourable post as a regular Britih soldier where he had worked in an atmosphere of strict discipline and of rules and regulations into the nightmare world of "pretending" to be a Provo Terrorist, a very dark place where the only rule is "there are no rules" and sudden death can befall you in a heartbeat.
Fulton very quickly finds himself caught up in IRA activity that he had no control over and was not of his making. He is suddenly going on the offensive against the very people he was put in place to protect. He relates how he gets little or no real guidance from his British military handlers.
Read of his terrifying experiences as he so bravely attempts to do his masters bidding while at the same time courageously walking that very thin tightrope of maintaining his credibility and the day to day trust of his newfound and extremly suspicious provo compatriots.
Read how the Nutting Squad eventually arrested him and held him. Terrifying and gripping! I highly recommend this book as a must for anyone interested in the murky world of agents, sources and State sponsored double dealing.
A "Walter Mitty" no! An Unsung Hero? Absolutely!