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Tarred, feathered and tied to a lamppost: Justice for a drug dealer on the streets of Ulster
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | August 28, 2007 | DAN NEWLING

Posted on 08/28/2007 3:25:41 PM PDT by lowbridge

Tarred, feathered and tied to a lamppost: Justice for a drug dealer on the streets of Ulster

Tied to a lamppost, he stands with his head and upper body covered in tar and feathers. A makeshift placard hung around his neck with a piece of string announces the reason for his treatment.

(The man is forced to carry a sign detailing his alleged crime)

This man was subjected to the painful tarring and feathering on the Taughmonagh estate, a loyalist stronghold in the city.

Locals had accused the victim, who is in his thirties, of being a drug dealer. And when police allegedly did not act, they took the law into their own hands.

Two masked men tied up the accused victim, poured tar over his head and then covered him in white feathers, apparently from a pillow case.

A small crowd including women and children looked on as the men then adorned their victim with a placard reading: "I'm a drug dealing scumbag".

Pictures of the punishment were sent to a local newspaper.

It is a very public humiliation, and a medieval one. Almost ten years since Northern Ireland's Troubles officially ended, this remains the crude face of justice on the streets of south Belfast.

(Local residents throw feathers over the alleged drug dealer)

The incident harks back to the worst days of the Troubles, when republican and loyalist paramilitaries would routinely punish alleged criminals. Untrusting of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, IRA enforcers would deliver brutal street justice to anyone who contravened their rules.

Sometimes they punished real wrongdoers, but often the victims were those who had simply got in the way of the IRA's own criminal activities.

Kneecapping - in which a victim's kneecaps were blown out with a shotgun - was one of the IRA's most infamous tactics.

The terrorists would also tar and feather Catholic women accused of forming relationships with British soldiers. Yesterday the loyalist Ulster Defence Association denied all involvement in the tarring and feathering, despite its strong presence on the Taughmonagh estate.

Indeed, one political analyst claimed it had been carried out by locals who had become frustrated at the lack of police action over a drug dealer.

(The man is left tied to a lamppost)

Frankie Gallagher, of the Ulster Political Research Group, said: "The UDA told the local community to go to the police about this. The community responded in the way it did because it had no confidence in the police."

By the time the Police Service of Northern Ireland was made aware of the incident, the victim - and his two attackers - had gone.

Margaret Ritchie, Northern Ireland's social development minister, said: "This kind of behaviour has no place in a civilised society."

Tarring and feathering has been used as a punishment for almost 1,000 years. During the third crusade to the Holy Land, King Richard ruled that any Royal Navy sailors caught stealing should be tarred and feathered.

And in 1623, the Bishop of Halberstadt in Germany used the technique to discipline a group of misbehaving nuns.

The punishment is probably best known, however, from its widespread use in America during the War of Independence in the 1770s, when it was used to punish those accused of loyalty to the British colonial power.

The victim was usually paraded around the streets in a cart as a warning to other would-be traitors.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drugs; ireland; justice; realjustice; tarredandfeathered; vigilantes; wod
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1 posted on 08/28/2007 3:25:44 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Legend! Epic and well done!


2 posted on 08/28/2007 3:27:49 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: lowbridge

Wow. That’ll learn him.


3 posted on 08/28/2007 3:28:54 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: lowbridge
... the Bishop of Halberstadt in Germany used the technique to discipline a group of misbehaving nuns.

“Misbehaving nuns”: did they show up on a “Nuns Gone Wild” video?

4 posted on 08/28/2007 3:29:47 PM PDT by Brujo (Quod volunt, credunt.)
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To: lowbridge
The punishment is probably best known, however, from its widespread use in America during the War of Independence in the 1770s, when it was used to punish those accused of loyalty to the British colonial power.

The victim was usually paraded around the streets in a cart as a warning to other would-be traitors.

Since this article is written from the point of view of the British, shouldn't that be would-be loyalists?

5 posted on 08/28/2007 3:32:21 PM PDT by Brujo (Quod volunt, credunt.)
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To: lowbridge

I wonder if he was dealing black tar heroin. Oh well...those eyebrows will grow back.


6 posted on 08/28/2007 3:33:23 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: lowbridge

Probably those that did the tarring and feathering had some alcohol in their blood stream


7 posted on 08/28/2007 3:35:54 PM PDT by uncbob (m first)
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To: Joe 6-pack

You can’t tar all drug dealers with the same brush!
Maybe they should buy more brushes?


8 posted on 08/28/2007 3:37:55 PM PDT by xroadie
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To: lowbridge

LOL!


9 posted on 08/28/2007 3:38:18 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: ScreamingFist

Works for me. What happens to repeat offenders?


10 posted on 08/28/2007 3:43:35 PM PDT by KyHammer ( The democrat leadrship is a traitorous bunch.)
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To: KyHammer
Works for me. What happens to repeat offenders?

Kneecapping?

11 posted on 08/28/2007 3:44:35 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: uncbob
Probably those that did the tarring and feathering had some alcohol in their blood stream

Vigilantes do not let vigilantes drink and lynch.

12 posted on 08/28/2007 3:45:23 PM PDT by lowbridge ("We control this House, not the parliamentarians! -Congressman Steny Hoyer (D))
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To: lowbridge
"This kind of behaviour has no place in a civilised society."

But it's OK for the Police and the Government to fail in it's primary duties of protecting the citizenry?
13 posted on 08/28/2007 3:47:16 PM PDT by rottndog (Government is a necessary evil, but as with all evils, the less of it the better.)
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To: lowbridge

John Murtha!!! are you paying attention?


14 posted on 08/28/2007 3:48:18 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Hillary's color is yellow.....how appropriate)
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To: lowbridge

Can we do this dhimmis and members of Cair?


15 posted on 08/28/2007 3:50:03 PM PDT by Charlespg (Peace= When we trod the ruins of Mecca and Medina under our infidel boots.)
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To: lowbridge

I have advocated the return of this for decades. We should drag corrupt politicians out of Congress and judges who release criminals right off the bench and tar and feather them, as we did in a far more civilized era.


16 posted on 08/28/2007 3:53:20 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Brujo

Considering the time period, they were probably objecting to having their convent dissolved, their valuables confiscated, and the mass suppressed.

But then, this is the Daily Mail we’re talking about.


17 posted on 08/28/2007 3:53:46 PM PDT by Eepsy (The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: lowbridge
"Margaret Ritchie, Northern Ireland's social development minister, said: "This kind of behaviour has no place in a civilised society."

Bullsquat...

That is PRECISELY how a civilized society should treat criminals in their midst..

18 posted on 08/28/2007 3:53:56 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: rottndog
But it's OK for the Police and the Government to fail in it's primary duties of protecting the citizenry?

Exactly. And if the "vigilantes" are caught, they can expect the full might and power of the gov to fall on their heads, unlike the dope pusher. In other news....Dope peddling down by 80% in Belfast......:)

19 posted on 08/28/2007 3:54:06 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: lowbridge

“This kind of behaviour has no place in a civilised society.”


It sure doesn’t bother me.


20 posted on 08/28/2007 3:56:01 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey (Believe nothing of what you hear or read and half of what you see.)
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To: lowbridge

We should legislate the same punishment for drug dealers here.


21 posted on 08/28/2007 4:04:29 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt.)--has-been, will write Duncan Hunter in)
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To: Brujo
Since this article is written from the point of view of the British, shouldn't that be would-be loyalists?

When it's convenient for them, the British left rationalize the American war of independence as some kind of class struggle and see the Americans as the good guys. Never mind that most of the founding fathers were aristocrats.

Stands to reason. The American left hate America and America's role in history. The British left feel the same way towards their country.
22 posted on 08/28/2007 4:04:43 PM PDT by antinomian
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To: lowbridge

How did they avoid the CCTV cameras?


23 posted on 08/28/2007 4:19:17 PM PDT by donna (The United States Constitution and the Koran are mutually exclusive.)
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To: donna
How did they avoid the CCTV cameras?

They chose wisely....?.........;)

24 posted on 08/28/2007 4:22:47 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: lowbridge
"This kind of behaviour has no place in a civilised society."

Neither does drug dealing.

25 posted on 08/28/2007 4:27:26 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: IronJack

I’m amazed, I thought this thread would have 200 replies by now...;(


26 posted on 08/28/2007 4:29:40 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: lowbridge
Margaret Ritchie, Northern Ireland's social development minister, said: "This kind of behaviour has no place in a civilised society."

She need to be tarred and feathered.

27 posted on 08/28/2007 4:38:26 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: UKrepublican
Ping - For your reading amusement.
28 posted on 08/28/2007 4:39:18 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: lowbridge
Kneecapping - in which a victim's kneecaps were blown out with a shotgun

I thought modern kneecaping involved the use of a Black and Decker drill. Indeed, before that a pistol was used. A shotgun could take off the whole leg, while the purpose of a kneecapping should be short term pain and a long term reminder.

29 posted on 08/28/2007 4:39:41 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: lowbridge

From Wikipedia, LOL:

Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was tarred and feathered for alleged acts of depravity against 15 year old Marinda Johnson in February 1832 by the brothers of the victim.


31 posted on 08/28/2007 4:45:37 PM PDT by donna (The United States Constitution and the Koran are mutually exclusive.)
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To: PAR35
A shotgun could take off the whole leg, while the purpose of a kneecapping should be short term pain and a long term reminder.

Agreed, I always heard kneecapping was done with a baseball bat. A shotgun tends to kill....I think the paper brought out the most extreme case, to scare the normal sheep....

32 posted on 08/28/2007 4:46:24 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: ScreamingFist
LOL!

Actually, it looks like the guy got off easy, as it looks like they just used some sort of blacktop sealer. Back in colonial times they usually used actual tar, which had to be heated up to around 140-160 degrees. This would leave nasty burns on the tar-and-featheree, with some of them actually dying of the burns.

33 posted on 08/28/2007 4:50:06 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (The Hunt for FRed November. 11/04/08)
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To: Caipirabob

I think it would be appropriate for Bill O’reilly to be Tarred and Feathered...for his lying and BSing.


34 posted on 08/28/2007 4:56:40 PM PDT by I slam Islam
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To: lowbridge
Can we trade the failed pussy-foot US drug policy and a large cadre of idiot judges for a platoon of trhese guys from Belfast??

We can throw in a few future presidential draft choices to named later...

Sounds fair to me

35 posted on 08/28/2007 4:59:28 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: lowbridge

The community responded in the way it did because it had no confidence in the police.”

IN AMERICA THE PROBLEM ISN’T THE POLICE. THEY BUST THESE CRETINS DAY IN AND DAY OUT ENDLESSLY.

Margaret Ritchie, Northern Ireland’s social development minister, said: “This kind of behaviour has no place in a civilised society.”

LATELY I OFTEN WONDER WHAT SOME PEOPLES DEFINITION OF ‘CIVILIZED’ IS....


36 posted on 08/28/2007 5:02:45 PM PDT by TalBlack
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Belfast remains a lawless place, where armed sectarian gangs do their will against an impotent police force.I doubt this guy was savaged by members of the city’s largely cowed citizenry. More likely, he was attacked by rival gang members. It’s about turf, not about fighting drugs.
37 posted on 08/28/2007 5:02:50 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: lowbridge

The Brits seem to have a huge problem with non-enforcement of basic laws. Parts two and three of this series discuss this, in the area of violent street crime.

The day reality hit home, part 2
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,2151532,00.html


38 posted on 08/28/2007 5:03:20 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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"Margaret Ritchie, Northern Ireland's social development minister, said: "This kind of behaviour has no place in a civilised society."

Neither does drug dealing!!!

39 posted on 08/28/2007 5:06:14 PM PDT by jackibutterfly
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To: lowbridge

Yikes! I’ve joked about tarring and feathering (and riding the honoree out of town on a rail) for many years.

First time I’ve actually seen a picture of the practice.


40 posted on 08/28/2007 5:12:47 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: Godwin1
Belfast remains a lawless place, where armed sectarian gangs do their will against an impotent police force.I doubt this guy was savaged by members of the city’s largely cowed citizenry. More likely, he was attacked by rival gang members. It’s about turf, not about fighting drugs

Actually, rival gangs would have blown his head off and dumped his body in a burning dumpster. Or do you suggest this is the new kinder, gentler gang warfare?

41 posted on 08/28/2007 5:14:14 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: lowbridge
Compton, California... ARE you watching?..
Los Angeles, East L.A., Detroit, Seattle, Boston...
42 posted on 08/28/2007 5:14:15 PM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: hosepipe

The only difference: in this country, MS-13 et al carry heavy arms and kill without a second thought.


43 posted on 08/28/2007 5:16:41 PM PDT by ZeitgeistSurfer (Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.)
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To: lowbridge
This man was subjected to the painful tarring and feathering...


44 posted on 08/28/2007 5:20:51 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Will I be suspended again for this remark?)
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To: ZeitgeistSurfer

So what do you suggest?


45 posted on 08/28/2007 5:21:30 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: ZeitgeistSurfer
[.. The only difference: in this country, MS-13 et al carry heavy arms and kill without a second thought. ..]

Pitting one gang against another would be better..
i.e. Vigilante drive bys dressed in gang costumes/colors....

46 posted on 08/28/2007 5:23:35 PM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: SLB

FYI.


47 posted on 08/28/2007 5:30:48 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (The Hunt for FRed November. 11/04/08)
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To: lowbridge

Ahhhhhh....street justice. Makes me smile.


48 posted on 08/28/2007 5:31:41 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (Hoping my 'carbon footprint' has crushed a few liberals)
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To: ScreamingFist

First we need to target one (drug) gang and show no mercy. My choice would be MS-13. We need a national law that defines membership in MS-13 as equivalent to being a terrorist. I would be in favor of execution within 24 hours.


49 posted on 08/28/2007 5:31:46 PM PDT by ZeitgeistSurfer (Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.)
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To: KyHammer
Works for me. What happens to repeat offenders?

Draw and quarter.

50 posted on 08/28/2007 6:07:58 PM PDT by A message
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