There is much controversy about the Kilmichael ambush. Did Tom Barry order his men to kill uniformed men who had already surrendered? If so this is surely murder. Peter Hart said that Barry did do this. Meda Ryan who is a very partisan writer claims that what Hart said is a slur. I looked at the video made in the 1960s when he went to the site of the ambush and spoke about what he had done. I looked out for the tells of lying. People blink to replenish the moisture on their eyes. When one lies the blink rate goes up. People find it hard to look someone in the eye and lie. A liar usually averts their eyes at the crucial moment. A liar’s nose swells slightly with blood – the Pinnochio effect – and the nose itches. The liar rubs the nose. The liar touches his or her face as the actual word of the lie is said. Below is the transcript of the crucial portion of the video and the tells of lying he gave. Judge for yourself and look up the video on you tube.
These fellows shouting we surrender we surrender we surrender (blink) (blink)
we kept jogging on to them (blink – look to his right)
and (blink) we saw them some of them throw their rifles away (blinks and turns to his right and looks to his right)
and when they did (blink) three of this section (looks away to his right blinks touches his nose)
stood up (blinks)
and the Auxies opened fire immediately (blink blink blink blink) (turns head to his right and looks to his right)
they killed the two of ours after surrendering (blink blink)