Sadly America did not outlaw terrorist fund raising for the IRA until after 9/11, meaning the IRA could quite legally raise funds in America.
Furthermore the US Judicial System continually prevented the extradition of IRA Terrorists from the US to Britain.
As for Ted Kennedy he was such a fat murdering oaf that nobody was particularly bothered about his opinion.
The sooner we Brits realise that there is no special relationship with America and forge close links with our European Allies the better.
Four things need to happen.
Firstly it's time for the Americans to withdraw their military personnel from British soil, so that Britain will then be free of US Bases just like it's neighbour France who told the US to get out in the 1960's.
Secondly a European Defence Pact Independent of the United States should replace NATO.
Thirdly UK Forces should be withdrawn from Afghanistan.
Finally we need to reappraise our relationship with the Americans and distance ourselves from US Foreign Policy and US led military missions abroad, which is what other European countries already do.