How long can they keep these crimes covered up?
Tuesday 22 July 2014
After the resignation of the judge leading the government’s paedophile inquiry, it is clear that the Establishment is rattled.
STEVEN WALKER reports on the investigations that could bring high-level child abusers to justice
The Establishment is getting jittery as more evidence of organised cover-ups of paedophile MPs emerges on a regular basis.
The Anglican Baroness Butler-Sloss, appointed by the Home Secretary to lead the over-arching inquiry into child protection which broadened the scope of the inquiry away from Parliament, resigned after admitting she covered up the sexual abuse of small boys by two Anglican priests in a previous inquiry.
It has since also emerged that her brother, the former Attorney-General Michael Havers, limited the scope of an inquiry into paedophile abuse at the Kincora Children’s Home in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. Cabinet minutes from 1983 reveal that Havers ensured that MPs and other prominent public figures were protected by restricting the terms of reference of the inquiry.
Chief constables from 13 forces are now conducting at least 21 separate criminal investigations. Simon Bailey, the chief constable of Norfolk who is running a national task force targetting VIP paedophiles, said 30 senior officers involved in investigating MPs, peers, and other “prominent” figures were now co-ordinating their work. The new police inquiries cover the whole country. These are allegations against elected officials, celebrities, people of public prominence and people directly connected to them. There is growing evidence that the Establishment may be getting rattled at the amount of information pouring into the public domain about the role of senior political, religious and judicial figures in protecting paedophiles linked to Parliament. Government whips are the latest to admit knowing about child sexual abuse by MPs but doing nothing about it while shredding incriminating papers. Norman Tebbit has also stated that a cover-up probably has taken place.
*A year ago, just after announcing that the Metropolitan Police were about to arrest a former Tory Cabinet minister, commander Peter Spindler was taken off the investigation and moved sideways to another job. Spindler had been leading the police criminal investigation into organised paedophiles sexually abusing young children from a council children’s home in Richmond on Thames. The suggestion is that powerful figures had complained about Spindler’s work in pursuing three major paedophile investigations and he had to be stopped.
The London Borough of Richmond on Thames was the local authority responsible for the Grafton Close children’s home where it is alleged children were procured and taken to the notorious nearby Elm Guest House where MPs and others attended organised parties to attack vulnerable children who were plied with alcohol and drugs and then orally raped and buggered. Terry Earland, former head of Richmond children’s services reported allegations to his boss Louis Minster, director of social services, made by worried social workers about what children were telling them.
Jenny (now Lady) Tonge was the new Liberal leader on Richmond Council and in 1983 was briefed, along with other senior councillors, about the reports of paedophile MPs visiting Grafton Close. Minster was sacked by the incoming Liberal administration which took control of the council in 1984. Tonge was a councillor from 1981 to 1990 and served as a chair of the social services committee. At this time Liberal MP Cyril Smith was a regular visitor to Grafton Close. Did she know about this or report it to the Liberal Party headquarters and MPs? She was Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park from 1997 to 2005 when she was made a life peer as Baroness Tonge of Kew.
Peter McKelvie, the former child protection manager in Hereford and Worcestershire who worked on the conviction of paedophile Peter Righton, said there was a “powerful elite” of paedophiles who carried out “the worst form” of abuse. Righton was referred to by Labour MP Tom Watson in 2012 when Hansard recorded that the police file relating to this founding member of PIE, who was convicted in 1992 of importing child pornography from Holland, needed to be re-examined. Watson suggests that the evidence file used to convict Righton, if it still exists, contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring connected directly to Parliament. The central allegation is that a large body of material seized in the police raid on Righton’s home prior to his conviction had not been fully investigated. Judges, peers, priests and MPs are among 20 prominent public figures who abused children for decades, said McKelvie, alleging that there is evidence linking a number of former politicians to an alleged paedophile network. Lord Warner, the former Labour health minister, is on record as saying that the allegations were credible.
McKelvie triggered a police investigation in 2012 when he revealed there were seven boxes of potential evidence of a powerful paedophile network, including letters between Righton and other paedophiles being stored by West Mercia Police. Operation Cayacos, among numerous other ongoing historical child abuse investigations, including Operations Fairbank, Fernbridge and Yewtree, is investigating allegations of a paedophile ring in Parliament linked to Righton. A Labour peer is now under police investigation although, due to apparent dementia, he is considered unfit to be prosecuted for paedophile offences.
Clive Driscoll, a former Scotland Yard detective, has claimed that he was moved from his post when he revealed plans to investigate politicians over child sexual abuse claims. Speaking about his inquiries in 1998 into activity alleged to have taken place in Lambeth children’s homes in the 1980s, Driscoll said that his work was “all too uncomfortable to a lot of people.” Another cover-up has been discovered in a report that Special Branch officers seized a paedophile dossier naming Establishment figures drawn up by Labour peer Barbara Castle in the 1980s. Officers citing “national security” confiscated the file which listed 16 MPs along with senior policemen, headteachers and clergy. The dossier was collated by the late Baroness Castle of Blackburn who handed it to Don Hale, the editor of her local newspaper the Bury Messenger. As well as key members of both the Commons and Lords, the dossier named 30 prominent businessmen, public school teachers, scoutmasters and police officers who had links to PIE.
John Pierce, the chief executive of Rochdale council who closed Knowl View residential school in 1994, recently denied knowing about reports of paedophile abuse of young residents at the special school founded by local MP Smith. He has gone on record to claim he knew nothing about three separate reports by health staff in 1988, 1991 and 1992 that paedophiles were abusing children as young as eight years of age. Yet Pierce was sent a copy of the 1991 report and Paul Rowen, who was leader of the council in 1992, said he had a number of meetings with Pierce in which the abuse at Knowl View was discussed.
The BBC disclosed details of another cover-up last week when it revealed that a high-ranking friend of Smith tried to warn off police investigating claims that he had been sexually abusing boys. A senior detective investigating the claims against Smith said a magistrate made “veiled threats” to officers. The detective’s 1970 report to the chief constable of Lancashire said there was “prima facie” evidence of the MP’s guilt. The director of public prosecution later advised against prosecuting. The 14-page report by the detective superintendent, which has been redacted, said that Smith would have been “at the mercy of a competent counsel,” but also reported that the MP’s magistrate “buddy” had warned of “unfortunate repercussions for the police force and the town of Rochdale” should he be prosecuted.
The officer, whose name has been redacted from the report, was investigating allegations of sex abuse by eight young boys, six of whom who had been at the privately-run Cambridge House care home in Rochdale. The home closed in 1965, prior to Smith’s election as MP for Rochdale. Police and Rochdale council are already investigating allegations that the Liberal MP sexually abused boys at Knowl View residential school for vulnerable boys which closed in 1992. Smith was a member of a Freemasons Lodge in Rochdale and this newspaper is continuing to investigate whether Freemasons within the Establishment actively covered up criminal actions in order to protect their brothers.
The Morning Star has yet to receive a response to a request to a masonic lodge in Rochdale (Liberty Lodge 5573) confirming whether Smith was a member and who were the senior officers between 1970 and 1990. The New Welcome Lodge, No. 5139, is a British Masonic lodge based in the Palace of Westminster open to all MPs and peers. Hundreds of MPs currently appear in the Masonic Year Book, along with the names of judges, senior police commanders and top Whitehall civil servants. The role of Freemasonry in protecting paedophile MPs has yet to be fully established, but suspicions will not go away.
Steven Walker is co-author of Safeguarding Children and Young People — a Guide to Integrated Practice (Russell House Publishers).
*[Mirror: Scotland Yard commander Peter Spindler has dramatically quit in the middle of the high-profile investigation http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-chief-peter-spindler-quits-1816009#ixzz38BoFfEwz ]
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@Naz_Nomad wrote:They don't need to keep them "covered up". All they need to do is throw the public another dead MP, or aging celebrity every time the investigation comes close to someone important. They can keep this up for decades. The public know that MPs and lords are a bunch of crooks, liars and kiddie fiddlers, and they shrug it off and say "Well, what can you do" and carry on voting for the same system that perpetuates these crimes. The mainstream media are months, sometimes years behind researchers and investigators who publish online.
I totally agree. All these "do gooders" who are crawling out of the woodwork to state their disgust at something THEY knew about way back in time. As you've said, it's so easy to throw in a dead person here and there, and it makes the great unwashed think they are doing something, It fills me with total disgust. The likes of Esther
OK this is where I take my leave for a few hours, and ignore all the posts on this topic, as it's "Classier to ignore it"
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;-)@Woofer wrote:Sorry, it will not copy and paste.
At least two MPs have received an explosive audio recording that threatens to blow the lid off the paedophile scandal at Westminster.
The digital recording is of an ex-Customs officer who positively identifies a former Conservative cabinet minister as being captured on a video of child sex abuse.
In a potentially incendiary move, MPs are weighing whether to name the ex-minister who is captured on the video in Parliament.
One MP told Exaro: “This could be a very important disclosure, and we need to address what we should do about it.”
In March, Exaro revealed how Customs officials were trying to silence one ex-colleague, Maganlal Solanki, who seized the video at Dover’s Eastern Car Terminal in 1982.
The video is political dynamite. Customs and Excise seized it, along with other “indecent or obscene” films and videos of children, from Russell Tricker, a businessman, as he attempted to bring the material into the UK from Amsterdam.
Senior managers took over the case at the time, and are understood to have passed the video cassette to the Security Service, MI5. Tricker was released, and no further action was taken.
Exaro’s story sent Scotland Yard and MI5 into a spin as they briefed in a desperate attempt to spread a fictional account of the incident, trying to limit its political impact. Police on ‘Operation Fernbridge’, which is investigating allegations against the ex-minister and other political figures of child sex abuse, claimed that they visited Solanki following our story.
Solanki has told friends that he has had no contact with the police.
One officer at the Metropolitan Police Service even claimed that the ex-minister had merely been caught with child pornography while driving back to the UK, and not captured on an abuse video.
It comes after the Met complained about Exaro’s “overly intrusive” investigation, as well as our disclosure that police had launched a smear campaign against an alleged rape victim who was a witness to Operation Fernbridge.
On the audio file, however, a Customs officer is asked whether “certain MPs” were included in the videos.
He replies: “It was a member of the cabinet.” He goes on to name the ex-minister.
We are not revealing the names of either the former Customs officer on the recording or the ex-minister on the video.
MPs will pass the audio file to the inquiry, which is to investigate many institutions in the UK – including political parties – over the sexual abuse of children.
They may pass it to police, but they are concerned about the evident lack of willingness at the Met to investigate the ex-minister properly.
Exaro was asked to listen to the audio to check whether it is genuine. We were able to verify its authenticity.
We did not carry out the recording.
One option is for MPs to arrange for Customs officers who were involved in the seizure of the video to be called to a hearing at a select committee in Parliament. This would potentially free the officers of the constraints of the Official Secrets Act, which is seen by many MPs as crucial to uncover the truth about claims of MP and VIP paedophiles.
On the digital recording, which is understood to have been recorded in February, the Customs officer refuses to say what the ex-minister is seen doing on the video.
The officer is plainly reluctant to say much on the recording about the incident, and expresses fear of prosecution for breaking the Official Secrets Act. But he clearly identifies the ex-minister as appearing on the video.
He says: “That person was involved, and that is why we had to seal the video. And then the department, the superiors took over.”
He was not surprised that there was no criminal action against the ex-minister, he added.
The audio, as well as the video if it can ever be traced, will be crucial evidence for the newly-announced inquiry into child sex abuse.
The inquiry had an uncertain start after Baroness Butler-Sloss had to stand down as its chairwoman. It came after Theresa May, home secretary, was warned that the baroness’s brother, the late Lord Havers as attorney general, limited an investigation into the sexual abuse of children 30 years ago at Kincora boys’ home in Northern Ireland
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The Irish Times
MI5’s murky role in Kincora scandal yet to be exposed
Kincora Boys Home – scene of homosexual prostitution scandal and never the subject of an inquiry. Photograph: Pacemaker
Thursday, 24 July 2014
The former British intelligence officer Colin Wallace told Radio Ulster last weekend that any inquiry into Kincora Boys’ Home will not be able to get to the truth if it doesn’t have access to evidence about the role of MI5. If that’s so, the chances of the truth coming out are near to nil. Wallace has been trying for 40 years to expose child sex abuse at the east Belfast home. He has been ridiculed, ignored, lied to and lied about, and, as Paul Foot demonstrated in “Who Framed Colin Wallace?” in 1989, fitted up for manslaughter. Peter Robinson has suggested the Belfast home be added to the remit of the UK Child Abuse Inquiry. Others want a dedicated Northern Ireland inquiry. It matters little. MI5’s interests will take precedence over the rights of raped children. In the early 1970s, Wallace was based in Lisburn, a member of an undercover “psychological warfare” unit which worked closely with MI5. He was involved in “Operation Clockwork Orange”, a MI5 plot to smear Labour prime minister Harold Wilson and “wets” in the Tory opposition.
In October 1974, Wallace told his superiors that he wanted out of Clockwork Orange. He then wrote a memo explaining in detail that destitute boys were being systematically sodomised by members of Kincora staff and were being supplied for abuse to prominent figures in unionist politics. The abusers – among them MPs, councillors, leading Orangemen and other influential individuals – became potentially important intelligence assets. MI5 had come across Kincora through its interest in paedophile “housemaster” William McGrath, also leader of an eccentric loyalist organisation, Tara. The agency didn’t report the scandal, but allowed it to continue while monitoring the abusers. It wasn’t until an Irish Independent expose in 1980 that official notice was taken. An RUC investigation led to the imprisonment of McGrath and two other Kincora staff. Two inquiries were then established in succession by secretary of state James Prior. The first, under complaints commissioner Stephen McGonagle, collapsed on its first day when three of five panel members resigned upon being told they couldn’t delve into any matter which might be the subject of police investigation. The collapse of an inquiry after one half-day session may be a unique occurrence.
Prior pledged to the Commons that a second inquiry under retired judge William Hughes would investigate allegations of a cover-up involving state agents. But Hughes announced he would examine only “the administration of boys’ homes” and wouldn’t take evidence about “allegations [of] any cover-up”. Roy Garland, who had briefly been McGrath’s second-in-command, had complained about Kincora in 1972 and identified McGrath as the main abuser. Hughes refused to call him. Robert McCartney QC, for the Kincora boys, expostulated: “Are my wits leaving me? A man who . . . put the finger on a man subsequently convicted for some of the most brutal acts of sodomy is not a relevant or material witness?”
Wallace’s offer to give evidence if allowed to deal with the role of security services was turned down. He sent a dossier to Mrs Thatcher, asking that it be passed to Hughes. It was not, and was later discovered to have been lost. Hughes did have a document from Wallace showing that he had raised Kincora back in 1974, but rejected it because there was no evidence that it wasn’t a forgery. His report found no fault with MI5. There were other bizarre events. Wallace supplied his dossier to Tory MP Teddy Taylor. It was stolen from a locked cupboard in a locked office at Westminster. MPs were furious at this encroachment on their rights. David Owen MP complained that even the Commons wasn’t safe from burglary. Some time later he opened his office in his Southend constituency and found the file on his desk. And so it goes on.
At a meeting in Downing Street in October 2011, David Cameron told the family of Pat Finucane that he couldn’t deliver a promised public inquiry into the murder of the solicitor in February 1989 by a UDA hit squad briefed by MI5.
Human rights campaigner Jane Winter, who was with the family, quoted Cameron saying, “Look, the last administration couldn’t deliver an inquiry . . . and neither can we, because there are people all around this place who won’t let it happen.” Ms Winter recalled that as he said this, Cameron raised a finger and made a circular motion in the air. Much, much more on MI5’s Kincora role is contained in Foot’s meticulously researched account, as explosive a book as has appeared about the North. It was virtually ignored when published 25 years ago but it should now be urgently reprinted. Meantime, the surviving boys of Kincora can have no reason for confidence that the story of a British state agency facilitating certainly hundreds and likely thousands of child rapes will be told any time soon. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/mi5-s-murky-role-in-kincora-scandal-yet-to-be-exposed-1.1875925?page=2
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A very long time it seems.
Interesting newspaper articles date from the 80's to the 90's.
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all the people all of the time. Abraham Lincoln.
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Selecting Baroness Butler-Sloss is an embarrassment in itself (amongst other things). There must surely be a person who cannot be found to have any link to others or perhaps not as it appears to be difficult to slot someone into place within a reasonable timeframe. It smacks of 'you just can't get the staff these days' and is a wonderful delay tactic.@Woofer wrote:Has Baroness Butler-Sloss been replaced yet or has this proposed Inquiry died a death ?
Perhaps Westminster is a seething, writhing bag of snakes after all and to not have this Inquiry back on its feet quickly and moving forward can do nothing but add fuel to such an observation.
This situation is something the incumbent government don't want prior to an election and any incoming government can blame the last government. As for a coalition government well it has Westminster all a dither about who are their bedfellows (forgive the pun).
It's a game of political ping-pong as usual and no-one is prepared to sacrifice anything in the name of justice.
Just my opinion of course.
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