From The New Republic -
PETER KING'S CHANGE OF HEART
"King has previous form in these matters. For many years he was the IRA's most indefatigable apologist in Congress. Time and again King would excuse or defend a terrorist organisation that thought nothing, amidst its many other crimes, of torturing those it disapproved of or suspected of being informers...."
"Among the methods favoured by the IRA was the "Six-Pack" in which their victim would be shot in both ankles, knees, and elbows. Not to worry, however, since the IRA was "the legitimate voice of occupied Ireland."
That was not a one-off comment. King was not so much an appeaser of terrorism, but an active aider and abetter. In 1982 he told a pro-IRA rally, "We must pledge ourselves to support those brave men and women who this very moment are carrying forth the struggle against British imperialism in the streets of Belfast and Derry." Two years later what he called this "legitimate guerilla army" came close to successfully assassinating Margaret Thatcher.
It is good that King is finally ready to support those fighting rather than perpetrating terrorism. It's just a pity it took the murder of some of his own constituents five years ago to prod him along this path to decency - a path that has yet, alas, to lead him to condemning torture. Once an apologist always an apologist I suppose."