Doctored Documents, Civil Servants Above The Law (Part 2)
The documents analysed by the Forensic Science Service were all handwritten originals. The purpose of the forensic analysis was to ascertain the authenticity of a one page handwritten letter signed by a Civil Servant. To fully appreciate the importance of this particular letter, it is vital to first know how it originated. On receipt of documents obtained following a FOI request, it was noticed that numerous documents with several different signatures appeared to have very similar handwriting. I telephoned a Civil Servant who had supposedly written two of the suspicious documents. He initially told me he would have to check it out and get back to me. He didn't. On my second call to him, he confirmed that he had written both of the documents attributed to him. I asked him to send me a handwritten letter confirming what he had just told me. He did and it arrived a few days later. I saw that this letter was highly questionable. It was obvious to me from the outset that this was not an authentic handwritten letter and was clearly someone's poor effort at copying. It was really pathetic, like a school boys first attempt at a fake note to cover his absence. It is this letter that was the focus of the FSS analysis.
One day after this letter arrived, another letter unexpectedly arrived from the Civil Servants Superior. In this letter, the very superior Civil Servant insisted that all documents written by his subordinate were authentic.
Without much further ado, the following is from the 'Document Examination Report' of the Forensic Science Service:
'I understand that my duty is to assist the Court on the matters within my expertise and I hereby confirm that I have complied with that duty. I further understand that this duty overrides any obligation to the person from whom I have received instructions in this matter.
The handwriting comprising the questioned letter appears carefully written and the characters themselves show very little variation. These features are what I would expect to see if the writer of the letter had simulated (copied) someone else's handwriting. Simulating another person's handwriting suppresses the writer's own natural handwriting characteristics'.
That's at least three people involved, the Civil Servant who copied (simulated) another's handwriting, the Civil Servant who's handwriting was copied and the superior Civil Servant who claimed in writing that the letter was authentic. By any definition that's a conspiracy, but it didn't stop there. This was a cover up that spread through several Government Departments, An Garda Siochana and all the way to the top of the political and legal ladder and all of this was done with one clear purpose, to protect a really untouchable Civil Servant.
In Part 3, what was covered up, what the DPP had to say and much, much more.