The Belfast Project

The ACLU of Massachusetts has submitted a friend of the court brief in support of two Boston College researchers who are challenging a court order that the college turn over confidential material obtained as part of the researchers' work for Boston College's Belfast Project oral history of the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland in the 1960s through 1990s. The British government is demanding the documents through the offices of the US government. The two researchers, Anthony McIntyre and Ed Moloney, have asked the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to block the release.

News Releases

ACLU joins fight to prevent disclosure of BC Belfast Project documents on conflict in Northern Ireland

Media

5.23.14

Northern Ireland seeks all Belfast Project interviews
Boston Globe

9.7.12

Boston College: IRA interviews should stay sealed
Associated Press

8.31.12

Irish Troubles researchers vow to go to US Supreme Court to protect Boston College interviews
Boston Globe

8.23.12

US and UK entangled in legal battle to release former IRA militants' stories
PBS Newshour

7.7.12

Boston College can't keep IRA materials confidential
Boston Globe

4.4.12

Irish future shouldn't get lost in violent past
Op-ed by Sen. John Kerry in Boston Herald

3.23.12

In Boston, journalist Moloney battles to protect sources
Committee to Protect Journalists

Boston College, the Belfast Project and the Academy of Betrayal: Protection of Academic Freedom Until It Becomes Inconvenient
Huffington Post

2.29.12

ACLU backs the secrecy of interviews at Boston College
Boston Globe

Court ruling could "have a chilling effect on academic research for years to come"
ACLUm blog

1.27.12

Boston College Caught In Dispute Over Belfast Project
WBUR

Documents

4.4.12

Background

Audio

3.22.12

Letter from Sen. Charles Shumer to Attorney General Holder and Secretary of State Clinton

2.29.12

Motion to File Amicus Brief

Appellant Brief

Motion to Quash

Affidavit of Ed Moloney

Affidavit of Anthony McIntyre