All this, of course, is music to the ears of the tiny group of dissidents who still populate America. The Brennan case gives them a raison d'etre they had previously lacked.
If DHS begins to make an issue of the other IRA men as well, we can expect a major boost for the anti-peace process elements.
Obama Won Irish Votes
SENATOR Barack Obama's defining experience as a young politician was his defeat when running for Congress against establishment incumbent Bobby Rush on Chicago's South Side in 2000.
Obama was a state senator at the time and looking to move up and he thought that Rush, a former Black Panther, was probably vulnerable. The Chicago Democratic machine thought otherwise, though, and Rush went on to win easily in a defeat that seemed to end Obama's chances of a national career.
As Time magazine notes this week, "The only ward he had won was the largely white working-class Irish Catholic 19th ward, where the local party organization had endorsed Rush but a state legislator, Tom Dart, broke ranks for Obama.
"Dart walked the precincts and marched with Obama at the annual South Side St. Patrick's Day parade, passing out O'BAMA buttons with shamrocks. Nearly three-quarters of the ward - a conservative community of cops, firefighters and schoolteachers - went for Obama, suggesting a wider reach among white voters."
Interesting that Obama developed his first real white following among a working class Irish base in Chicago.
As he almost certainly faces into a general election against Senator John McCain, his ability to win over those working class Irish votes in key states such as Pennsylvania and Ohio will decide whether he can become president or not.
As Time point out he has done it once before, though against a very different opponent.
Bertie for President?
FORMER Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Bertie Ahern may well run for president of Ireland in two years time, according to some Fianna Fail insiders.
The belief is that Ahern is still addicted to politics and power and that the presidency may offer him the one last opportunity to grasp it. Though the Irish presidency is largely a symbolic job, Mary Robinson and now Mary McAleese have shown how the position can become a staging ground for worldwide recognition.