Sixteen Films screenwriter Paul Laverty (pictured at left) has called out CIA chief John Brennan, seeking an apology from him "for all the misery and murder that the institution has caused around the world." The former human rights lawyer was speaking in Effernagh, County Leitrim, at an August 16 commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Irish government's expulsion of local socialist and activist Jimmy Gralton, accompanied by Sixteen Films partner and director Ken Loach.
Left, Paul Laverty on the film set of "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," with Sixteen Films collaborator Ken Loach (far left), 2005. Courtesy of Sixteen Films.
According to an account in yesterday's Leitrim Observer, Laverty stated: “We owe it to those who have lost their lives to remember that the CIA as an institution is responsible for the horrendous deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents. In essence, it is a State terrorist organization that has caused more hurt than ad hoc freelance terrorists like Osama Bin Laden.”
Brennan was reportedly attending a Gathering event in Kilteevan, Roscommon, when the Gralton commemoration took place.
Laverty and Loach teamed with producer Rebecca O'Brien to create the 2006 Palme D'Or winning film "The Wind That Shakes the Barley." Loach directed the 1990 film Palme D'Or-nominated film "Hidden Agenda," set in Northern Ireland. The trio are filming "Jimmy's Hall," a feature film depicting Gralton's story, in Sligo and Leitrim through September.
Learn more about the project and Sixteen Film's dramatizations of the Irish freedom struggle on The Wild Geese.
* Paul Laverty (The Wild Geese)
* 'Hidden Agenda': (Internet Movie Database)
* Paul Laverty: (Internet Movie Database)
* Human rights, the CIA and Jimmy Gralton Leitrim Observer, Aug, 23, 2013