For years I've admired Professor Francis Boyle's efforts to secure basic rights for the Palestinians; but this book reveals his dark side.
In this book Francis's account of Irish-Illinois' successful MacBride campaign overstates his scant connection to it. Thus, he refers to the State, City of Chicago, and Cook Co. MacBride enactments as "a hat trick" attributable to himself. He refers to his brother, Jerry's, as his vital collaborator in that success. This is gross.
We brought Jerry to our early MacBride planning sessions. We applauded him when he promptly offered the help of himself and of his boss, Sam, of his law firm. The following week he described their efforts. A few weeks later we learned that his boss had signed a contract with the British Consul to organize opposition to enactment. Thenceforth Jerry sabotaged our MacBride efforts while posturing as a promoter. Desperate to stop Jerry's sabotages my wife and I contacted Francis and asked him to do something to save MacBride by stopping Jerry. Francis replied; "Jerry was small when I went away to school, and we have never been close." We accepted Francis' inability to get Jerry to stop, so we coped as best we could with the extra work required due to Jerry. Some of Jerry's sabotages are described by himself in his Lumpen Times series of 1993-96, republished in 2012 (see wwwdotchicagomoledotorg).
The Sam/British Consul contract expressly prohibited Jerry from promoting MacBride, yet Francis, on page 156, presents his supposedly alienated brother, Jerry, as a major factor in it. Francis wrongfully claims credit for work led by State Rep John McNamara in Illinois, and by Alderman Thomas Murphy in the Chicago City Council and, as directed by them, my wife and me, and the tens of thousands of signatories of our letters. Francis played no part in the campaign except as a visitor and knows little about it. It is partially true that he had a hand in the Chicago MacBride ordnance text. The strong Schenectady, NY one I tailored for Chicago was headed for enactment after I dismissed treacherous Alderman Pat O'Connor and gave the lead to Tom Murphy. Murphy had the votes, so, as I was working temporarily in Savoy, Illinois, I brought my MacBride ordnance text to Francis to be toughened up. Two days later I picked it up and was mystified as to why Francis had actually weakened it; but we acquiesced to his credentials. I handed it to Murphy, and it was enacted a few days later. Even Mayor Daley, and Aldermen Eddie Burke and Pat O'Connor who, together, had blocked passage for a year while collaborating with Jerry and Britain's Consul General, voted FOR it rather than oppose a landslide.
Earlier, we had gotten Illinois MacBride enacted in Springfield by a vote of 84 to 14 in the House (Dems 60 to 0) and 53 to 2 in the Senate. It took well over a year of weekends. Francis was not involved except as a two- or three-time visitor. This book constitutes a theft of credit.
In the matter of the Irish Holocaust of 1845-1850, Francis, on page 24, reveals his alliance with those covering up the British army's at-gunpoint removal of Ireland's food (as seen in my wwwdotirishholocaustdotorg.