Steep learning curve on terror
Nice to see Paul Gallagher (Write Back, June 26) learning something about the intelligence world from the book he is currently reading (Irish Conspiracies) about the life of Detective John Mallon of the RIC controlling a network of informers at the end of the 19th century.
Unfortunately, I didn't have that luxury. My learning process included scraping body parts into plastic bags caused by terror groups in the 20th and 21st centuries, who appeared to have carte blanche to kill whomever they liked.
I would liked to have been like Detective Mallon in the 19th century and prevented more.