The BBC have acknowledged Martin McGuinness's terrorist past, but it's hidden away in this piece http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39341862
Here's an extract from that report to give you a flavour of the sort of man he was:
'However, several well-placed security sources agree that Martin McGuinness would have had advanced knowledge of virtually every Provisional IRA attack in his home city of Derry after he was appointed chief of staff.
"The bottom line is that nothing happened in Derry without Martin knowing about it," says one.
"He wouldn't have been involved in planning every attack, but he would have been told what was planned. If he didn't object, the attack went ahead. If he objected, it didn't. It was that simple, he had a veto"
One of the attacks police sources have claimed Martin McGuinness authorised was one of the most notorious of the Troubles.In October 1990, Patsy Gillespie, a Catholic who worked in a local army base, was taken from his home and strapped into a van containing 1,000lbs of explosives.
Labelled a "collaborator" by the IRA, he was told to drive the van to an army checkpoint at Coshquin near the border, while his family was held hostage.
When he reached his destination, Mr Gillespie was not given time to escape. The bomb was detonated by remote control, killing him and five soldiers.
"Given the way Martin McGuinness controlled the IRA in Derry at that time, it is inconceivable that he would not have had prior knowledge about such an attack because of its scale and the huge public outcry the IRA would have known would follow," says another former senior security source.
"He may not have drawn up the plan, but he would have known, and could have intervened to stop it."'
That's the freedom fighter that the BBC want to praise today. I'm rather more in agreement with Lord Tebbit.