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Post by Guest on 04.10.10 21:43

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.@Timdavidday Hello by the way.
less than a minute ago via Dabr .@Timdavidday Because Jim Gamble headed a fresh campaign for information on the #McCann case.
2 minutes ago via Dabr in reply to Timdavidday
.Home Office says it wasn't prepared to let Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre a quango - leading to resignation of CEOP boss.

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A letter to Jim Gamble - May 2010

Post by Tony Bennett on 04.10.10 22:19

A reminder of this letter sent by The Madeleine Foundation to Mr Jim Gamble on 3 May this year.

He replied, after a reminder, on 16 July:

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The Madeleine Foundation
Asking the questions about what really happened to Madeleine McCann

Registered address: 66 Chippingfield, HARLOW, Essex CM17 0DJ
Email: ajsbennett@btinternet.com Tel: 01279 635789
Website: www.madeleinefoundation.org.uk Mobile: 07835 716537

Monday 3 May 2007

Mr Jim Gamble
Chief Executive
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
33 Vauxhall Bridge Road
LONDON
SW1V 2WG

Dear Mr Gamble

re: (1) Freedom of Information Act 2000 Questions
(2) CEOP’s close relationship with the McCanns - New video produced by Jon Corner and released by the McCanns, using images of Madeleine McCann with make-up and jewellery


We write to express our concern about the images of Madeleine used by the McCanns in relation to Madeleine on the recent video made by Jon Corner, which they released yesterday to much fanfare.

We do so for a number of reasons, including the very close nexus between yourself, CEOP and the McCanns (to which I shall refer below), and also of course because of your role as Chief Executive of CEOP, an organisation apparently dedicated to eliminating or minimising all forms of the exploitation of children.

The Madeleine Foundation is a membership organisation founded in 2008, partly to help learn the lessons from Madeleine’s disappearance, not least to campaign against the practice of leaving very young children on their own, thus exposing them to all manner of serious risks, not least that of being abducted. In a context where the McCanns’ spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said as recently as 19 February in a Channel 4 interview that Madeleine’s disappearance remains ‘a complete mystery’, we also continue to work with others to try to establish what really happened to her and we campaign on a number of child welfare issues.

The video in question features three images of Madeleine. One very striking one shows her in an unusual pose, shot from well below her face, wearing make-up, including much blue eyeshadow, lipstick and jewellery, and looking unhappy.

The McCanns have claimed that ‘the photo shows her when she was three after a raid on the dressing box’. However, it is very unlikely that Madeleine could have put the necklace on herself, nor applied eyeshadow in the manner shown in the photograph, nor applied the pink bow to her hair. The evidence from the photograph suggests that an adult made her up and of course an adult was on hand to take that particular image of her. Even if Madeleine had ‘raided the dressing box’, it is one thing to take a photo of something like that for your family photo album, but altogether another thing to release it for millions to see.

The McCanns explicitly approved the very public release of this video. As one newspaper reported: “Parents of Madeleine McCann, who went missing three years ago, have released a new video and photo of their missing daughter to mark the third anniversary of the girl's disappearance”. The photo the McCanns specifically chose to feature was the one with Madeleine made up, apparently by an adult and not by herself.
There has been strong adverse reaction by many members of the public to this image being used in connection with a missing child. Not least was that of Mr Mark Williams-Thomas, a former police detective and now leading criminologist and child protection expert, who has often in the past spoken with strong sympathy and understanding for the McCanns. His unambiguous reaction to this particular photograph yesterday, and promoted on his ‘Twitter’ blog, was that it was ‘so inappropriate’ and ‘so damaging’. With respect, we agree with him.

The McCanns have from the day Madeleine was reported missing claimed explicitly and on many occasions that Madeleine must have been abducted by a paedophile, or paedophiles, often described by them as ‘predatory’, ‘evil’, or ‘ monsters’. Yet the photo of Madeleine featured by her parents shows a child looking much older than her actual three years, due to the make-up and jewellery, as all the news media yesterday quickly picked up.

You may recall statements made by the McCanns claiming that they were advised by the police ‘not to show any emotion’ in front of the cameras. As one newspaper reported around the time the McCanns appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show: “The couple also admitted they had been advised not to show any emotion while in front of the media, because any potential abductor ‘may get a kick out of it’.”

It is therefore a matter of concern to us that the McCanns should project and promote an image of Madeleine which might well appeal to certain paedophiles, some of whom are unfortunately attracted to young children.

The general topic of the early sexualisation of young girls has recently been addressed by the Home Secretary, to whom you report and who appointed you. As a Guardian editorial earlier this year noted:

“It is a year since Jacqui Smith invited the TV psychologist Dr Linda Papadopolous to head a ‘fact-finding’ review. Her report describes a world where young girls who can barely walk are first cajoled into wearing high heels and T-shirts with Playboy motifs, before progressing into a grim future dominated by an internet-based youth culture that pressurises them into dress and behaviour which defines them overwhelmingly as sexual objects”.

The Home Office report stated: “The evidence gathered in the review suggests a clear link between consumption of sexualised images, a tendency to view women as objects and the acceptance of aggressive attitudes and behaviour as the norm”.

I enclose a copy of a letter sent yesterday to the chief public relations manager for the McCanns, Clarence Mitchell, expressing our concerns. In the light of the exceptional degree of publcity given by CEOP to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and your own high degree of personal involvement, we would request you to give appropriate advice to the McCanns as to whether it is right to use these particular images, and especially the ‘make-up photo’, to draw attention to a missing child. We consider it sets a most unfortunate precedent if the one girl whose image has most frequently been used by CEOP to promote concerns about missing and exploited children should now be portrayed by an image which clearly shows her lookijg like a much older child (as the press realised straightaway) and wearing make-up applied by an adult.

May we also draw your attention to one specific comment made on ‘Twitter’ yesterday: “If CEOP endorse this type of public relations for a supposed missing child, then their role in child protection has to be questioned!” This is your opportunity to say unequivocally on behalf of CEOP and on behalf of missing children everywhere that CEOP does not approve of the use of such inappropriate images.

Your degree of commitment, on behalf of CEOP, to the McCanns, has been immense, despite the doubts prompted by their being made ‘arguidos’ and being pulled in for questioning and the contents of the interim police report of senior police inspector Tavares de Aleida.

You have heavily featured Madeleine McCann on your website and in other publications about your work. You appeared together with the McCanns 12 months ago in a one-minute ‘viral video’, strongly emphasising that Madeleine was still alive and needed to be found. You also appeared on morning news shows side by side with the McCanns.

You also invited Dr Gerald McCann in January to be the keynote speaker at a conference of the abduction of children by paedophiles, a matter that concerned many of us, as there is not a shred of evidence that Madeleine was abducted by a paedophile. On top of all that, Home Secretary Alan Johnson recently asked you to recommend a new British police force to carry out a review and possibly a re-investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance and, according to press reports, you have already delivered your recommendation to him. In view of this intense activity on behalf of the McCanns, then, you are without doubt in a powerful position to advise them as to their choice of images being used to remind people about Madeleine. We trust you will provide suitable advice to them.

The role and activities of CEOP: Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests

We understand that CEOP has a role as a police force and has powers to investigate alleged crimes relating to missing, abducted and exploited children. We have also seen recent publicity in which, as we understand it, you have advised children, young people and their parents to report possible crimes against children such as ‘internet grooming’ directly to yourself and not to their local police force. We have also seen recent publicity in which you have publicly threatened ‘Facebook’ with various sanctions if they do not adopt your suggestion of a compulsory ‘panic button’ linked to your website.

We presume that as a public authority you must be covered by the Freedom of Information Act and therefore under the FOI Act we ask the questions below. If you are not covered by the Freedom of Information Act, we trust you would answer our questions anyway, as they are clearly in the public interest:

1. What legal powers are available to CEOP and its staff?
2. Under what powers can CEOP insist or encourage children, young people and their parents to report alleged crimes to CEOP rather than to their local police force?
3. What action does CEOP take if they have reasonable grounds for believing that an offence against children has been or is being committed; do they investigate and if necessary charge the offender themselves, or do they refer cases to the local police service, or does it depend on the circumstances? If so, what are the criteria for deciding whether a case is investigated by the police or by yourselves?
4. What campaigning work, if any, has been carried out by CEOP to stem the rising tide of the sexualisation of young children, upon which so many commentators have remarked recently?
5. How many staff does CEOP employ?
6. What was the annual cost of CEOP for the last year for which figures are available?
7. Please refer us to any campaigning work CEOP has done on the risks to children posed by known sex offenders released into the community or to any statements made by CEOP on this issue.
8. Has CEOP expressed a view on current proposals, supported at the last annual conference of the Liberal Democrats, to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to view pornography and visit sex shops; if so, please direct us to where any such statements may be found.

Finally, to the extent that CEOP is effectively addressing the main issues concerning missing, abducted and exploited children, we fully support your organisation’s work and I would be pleased if you could kindly send us a paper copy of your latest annual report.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Tony Bennett,
Secretary

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2 Oct - Madeleine Foundation letter to Cameron. 4 Oct - Jim Gamble letter to Theresa May

Post by Tony Bennett on 04.10.10 22:28

Did Jim Gamble become aware over the weekend of this extract from our weekend letter to Prime Minister David Cameron?

Point 6(d) of our list of 'other reasons for holding a public enquiry into Madeleine's disappeaeance':

Wny was there an entry against Dr Gerald McCann in the Child Abuse section of Leicestershire Police CATS system, and why is the entry now blank? CATS is the ‘Case Adminsitration and Tracking System’, developed in response to Recommendation 104 in Lord Laming's report into the death of Victoria Climbie, which recommended a national child abuse database. It is now used by more than a dozen police forces. The following is an extract from a statement made by Detective Constable Hughes to the Portuguese Police on 16 May 2008. For some reason this was over a year after Madeleine was reported missing:

Leicestershire Police Force
From: DC443 J.N. HUGHES
To: SIO, Operation Task Department:
Main Criminal Unit
Date: 16th May 2008

Ref: Background Information – Kate McCann

Dear Sirs,

In response to your letter of request, I can provide the following information regarding the above-mentioned subject.

[PART OF REPORT SNIPPED]

Kate McCann was born on March 5, 1968 in Merseyside…

Searches made of the local section of child abuse investigation shows a registration number 19309 in CATS (system of action location). A consultation with DC Soand from the department in question confirms that this is just a file reference, but as a complement to Operation Task system for the purpose of reference, if any investigation should be necessary by the department. No work has been done on the basis of this file.


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Was a record No. 19309 entered - but later wiped? One blogger claims Jim Gamble's men ensured that entry No. 19309 on the Leicesterhsire CATS system was wiped.

One thing is absolutely for sure. Jim Gamble and the McCanns were joined at the hip.

But something has pulled them apart. I can't see the McCanns getting many more invitations to address conferences on paedophiles snatching children.

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Re: Jim Gamble resigns from CEOP

Post by macy on 04.10.10 23:00

Tony, your link on twitters not working

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Re: Jim Gamble resigns from CEOP

Post by Tony Bennett on 04.10.10 23:20

@macy wrote:Tony, your link on twitters not working
Thank you, I am totally new to 'twitter', I have tweeted again providing a link just to our home page - but you can get to see the letters to and from Jim Gamble on our Articles page - just scroll down until you get to Jim Gamble's mug-shot, and the article is there

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Post by sharonl on 04.10.10 23:58

Here are the links

letter to jim gamble http://t.co/L2einIB

Reply from Jim Gamble 16 July 2010
http://tinyurl.com/3xr36xa

Letter to Home Office http://t.co/q2tQr3H

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Post by kangdang on 05.10.10 0:08

@Tony Bennett wrote:

Was a record No. 19309 entered - but later wiped? One blogger claims Jim Gamble's men ensured that entry No. 19309 on the Leicesterhsire CATS system was wiped.


Below is the claim I believe you are referring to Tony,

Here’s the link between the Casa Pia Orphanage children for paedophile’s scandal.

Gerry McCann was convicted for child sex abuses in 2002 [NOTE: This is an unsubstantiated allegation by a blogger called KaOssis - see below - it must not be taken as fact unless and until substantiated - T.B.] , although the evidence has been hacked and emptied from the case file by someone who has access to the National Sex Offenders Register, namely Jim Gamble [NOTE: This is another wholly unsubstantiated allegation by KaOssis. It must not be taken as fact unless and until substantiated - T.B.] though the CEOP mainframe connected to every police station crime files in the UK, the reference for this conviction still exists in the judicial reference files [NOTE: Another unsubstantiated allegation - T.B.] and confirms that Gerald P McCann was placed on the Child Sex Offenders Register following conviction in court, and is still on that register today! [NOTE: This conclusion is unsubstantiated and is itself based on a series of unsubstantiated allegations by this blogger - T.B.] .

[These edits made by T.B. 5 Oct 2010 to avoid any risk of libel action against the poster or the forum owner here].

http://missingmadeleine.forumotion.net/case-files-statements-f26/background-information-on-kate-gerry-mccann-t8611.htm

Leicestershire Police Force
From: DC443 J.N. HUGHES
To: SIO, Operation Task
Department: Main Crime Unit
Date: 16th May 2008
Refª
Subject: Background Information- Gerald McCANN

A search of the local section of the child abuse shows a registration number 19309 in the CATS system.? A consultation with the DC Soand from the department in question confirms that this is just a file reference, but as a complement to Operation Task system for the purpose of reference,…

Gerry McCann has been involved in a global child trafficking and paedophile ring since the mid 1990′s, he is also a Freemason and has links to the RIRA in Donegal, Ireland along with Jim Gamble CEOP, who is also a Freemason member. [NOTE: There are several serious allegations in that sentence, four against Dr Gerald McCann and two against Jim Gamble. So far as I am aware, there is not a shred of justification for any of these allegations. I must place that on record to help the poster and the forum owner avoid possible libel action - T.B.].

The following link will show you what the real picture is of the state of the UK and who is running the biggest child trafficking ring in the world!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJD9Gb3Dv7w

Jim Gamble and CEOP are not protecting chidren from online paedophiles, they are protecting their Hitler Youth paedophile ring with reverse psychology, the tricks of the Nazi SS to cover their criminal activity underthe guise of Youth! [NOTE: A serious libel if that can't be substantiated - T.B.]

Author of comment KaOssis

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Re: Jim Gamble resigns from CEOP

Post by aiyoyo on 05.10.10 2:00

I stand corrected, but if MPs, House of Commons, House of Lords, and Parliament are subject to the FOI Act, why is CEOP not subjected to the same.

Someone should write to the Officials to suggest that an entity such as CEOP, with remit to work with police forces, looking after welfare of children should more be legislated into the FOI Act. Otherwise, how to keep track of any abuse of power to hide crimes or protect criminals?

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Re: Jim Gamble resigns from CEOP

Post by aiyoyo on 05.10.10 2:01

@kangdang wrote:
@Tony Bennett wrote:

Was a record No. 19309 entered - but later wiped? One blogger claims Jim Gamble's men ensured that entry No. 19309 on the Leicesterhsire CATS system was wiped.


Below is the claim I believe you are referring to Tony,

Here’s the link between the Casa Pia Orphanage children for paedophile’s scandal.

Gerry McCann was convicted for child sex abuses in 2002 [NOTE: This is an unsubstantiated allegation by a blogger called KaOssis - see below - it must not be taken as fact unless and until substantiated - T.B.] , although the evidence has been hacked and emptied from the case file by someone who has access to the National Sex Offenders Register, namely Jim Gamble [NOTE: This is another wholly unsubstantiated allegation by KaOssis. It must not be taken as fact unless and until substantiated - T.B.] though the CEOP mainframe connected to every police station crime files in the UK, the reference for this conviction still exists in the judicial reference files [NOTE: Another unsubstantiated allegation - T.B.] and confirms that Gerald P McCann was placed on the Child Sex Offenders Register following conviction in court, and is still on that register today! [NOTE: This conclusion is unsubstantiated and is itself based on a series of unsubstantiated allegations by this blogger - T.B.] .

[These edits made by T.B. 5 Oct 2010 to avoid any risk of libel action against the poster or the forum owner here].

http://missingmadeleine.forumotion.net/case-files-statements-f26/background-information-on-kate-gerry-mccann-t8611.htm

Leicestershire Police Force
From: DC443 J.N. HUGHES
To: SIO, Operation Task
Department: Main Crime Unit
Date: 16th May 2008
Refª
Subject: Background Information- Gerald McCANN

A search of the local section of the child abuse shows a registration number 19309 in the CATS system.? A consultation with the DC Soand from the department in question confirms that this is just a file reference, but as a complement to Operation Task system for the purpose of reference,…

Gerry McCann has been involved in a global child trafficking and paedophile ring since the mid 1990′s, he is also a Freemason and has links to the RIRA in Donegal, Ireland along with Jim Gamble CEOP, who is also a Freemason member. [NOTE: There are several serious allegations in that sentence, four against Dr Gerald McCann and two against Jim Gamble. So far as I am aware, there is not a shred of justification for any of these allegations. I must place that on record to help the poster and the forum owner avoid possible libel action - T.B.].

The following link will show you what the real picture is of the state of the UK and who is running the biggest child trafficking ring in the world!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJD9Gb3Dv7w

Jim Gamble and CEOP are not protecting chidren from online paedophiles, they are protecting their Hitler Youth paedophile ring with reverse psychology, the tricks of the Nazi SS to cover their criminal activity underthe guise of Youth! [NOTE: A serious libel if that can't be substantiated - T.B.]

Author of comment KaOssis

Good grief, is that letter authentic?

Anyway, resigning simply because he disapproves of Govt planned merging of crime units suggests what?
Why would head of anti-crime against children disapproves of a merge. Fear of dilution of power?


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Trudy from Northern Ireland writes about Jim Gamble

Post by Tony Bennett on 05.10.10 8:16

Here's a message from a blog I saved a few months ago, from someone calling herself 'Trudy' from Northern Ireland. I've lightly edited it:



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Last night an NPIA spokesman said: “In disappearance cases it is common for the NPIA to advise investigating officers to consider the possibility of the involvement of family and close friends. The NPIA gave similar generic advice to the Portuguese police in the Madeleine McCann case.”

There are some issues going on here that I do not understand. I would like to thank this blog for allowing the truth to be posted about what happened during Operation Ore. We were posting in secret forums because we were afraid and still are. Afraid of Jim Gamble and what he can do to us. Let me tell you something about Jim Gamble.

There were four officers who applied for the post of Head of the Northern Ireland Police Service, and there was a position in Ireland for only one of them.

Matt Baggott and Jim Gamble were in the final running. We in Ireland would go to church and beg on our knees Jim Gamble was not chosen for this post.

Our prayers were answered. It was Matt Baggott who won. Jim Gamble is not interested in being head of CEOP. Jim Gamble is only interested in being in control.

Jim Gamble LIED under OATH in a Court of law, his actions caused people to take their lives. LIVES - people died because of his lies [NOTE: some of those named in Operation Ore committed suicide - T.B.].

I am also disturbed to hear Jim Gamble is involved in the Madeleine McCann case because he has not yet answered for his actions in Operation Ore.

Thank you.

Trudy,

Ireland

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Re: Jim Gamble resigns from CEOP

Post by kangdang on 05.10.10 8:55

Theresa May is right to consider the scrapping of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP's) and subsume its functions and responsibilities under the new National Crime Agency umbrella. CEOP's helped create the climate of hysteria that surrounds child protection issues today in which teachers are terrified of even touching children in order to restrain/comfort them. For example. as the Madeleine Foundation point out, CEOP's was involved in the "crucial early stages of the Madeleine McCann investigation which [led to the miscarriage of justice involving] Robert Murat". As Theresa May said earlier this year in relation to another pointless and expensive quango that needs getting rid of , the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), Britain's child protection measures need bringing back down to common sense proportions. It will be recalled that when the ISA was set up, its vetting procedures were so draconian that parents giving lifts to children were to be vetted.
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CEOP and ACPO

Post by Tony Bennett on 05.10.10 8:59

@aiyoyo wrote:I stand corrected, but if MPs, House of Commons, House of Lords, and Parliament are subject to the FOI Act, why is CEOP not subjected to the same?
CEOP is a 'quango', which stands for:
QUasi
Autonomous
Non-
Governement
Organisation.

So it's not technically a government organisation and therefore is exempt from the FOI Act.

In the same way - bizarrely - the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is also a 'quango' and therefore exempt from FOI Act.

These are two powerful organisations which should IMO be subject to the FOI Act.

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Re: Jim Gamble resigns from CEOP

Post by kangdang on 05.10.10 9:00

Tony, many thanks for editing Koassis comments which I brought to the forum.

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The unpopularity of Jim Gamble

Post by Tony Bennett on 05.10.10 9:04

@kangdang wrote:
Theresa May is right to consider the scrapping of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)... For example. as the Madeleine Foundation point out, CEOP's was involved in the "crucial early stages of the Madeleine McCann investigation which [led to the miscarriage of justice involving] Robert Murat".
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1317700/Online-child-protection-chief-quits-disagreement-Government.html#ixzz11T88yZHJ
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Yes, and look at the ratings on the comments!

Jim Gamble is for some reason deeply unpopular.

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A blog, not a Leicestershire police video

Post by Tony Bennett on 05.10.10 9:09

@aiyoyo wrote:
@kangdang wrote:
@Tony Bennett wrote:Was a record No. 19309 entered - but later wiped? One blogger claims Jim Gamble's men ensured that entry No. 19309 on the Leicesterhsire CATS system was wiped.
Below is the claim I believe you are referring to Tony,

Here’s the link between the Casa Pia Orphanage children for paedophile’s scandal. Gerry McCann was convicted [SNIPPED]
Good grief, is that letter authentic?
aiyoyo, most of that article kangdang put up was an extract from a blog, NOT a letter from Leicestershire Police.

Within kangdang's posting, however, there was also an extract from a letter from Leicestershire Police to the PJ.

http://mccannexposure.wordpress.com/2010/09/05/peadophile-ring-with-link-to-madeleine-mccann-jailed/

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Re: Jim Gamble resigns from CEOP

Post by aiyoyo on 05.10.10 12:14

@Tony Bennett wrote:
@aiyoyo wrote:I stand corrected, but if MPs, House of Commons, House of Lords, and Parliament are subject to the FOI Act, why is CEOP not subjected to the same?
CEOP is a 'quango', which stands for:
QUasi
Autonomous
Non-
Governement
Organisation.

So it's not technically a government organisation and therefore is exempt from the FOI Act.

In the same way - bizarrely - the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is also a 'quango' and therefore exempt from FOI Act.

These are two powerful organisations which should IMO be subject to the FOI Act.

Absolutely! It's a joke that they are not subject to FOI Act.
Maybe a letter to parliament to suggest that is in order.

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Re: Jim Gamble resigns from CEOP

Post by Cheshire Cat on 05.10.10 14:54

Interesting article - I have put the most interesting comments in bold:

Internet firms welcome CEOP chief's exit
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/05/ceop_isps/
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Exclusive Jim Gamble's resignation as Britain's most senior child protection policeman has today been welcomed by a broad coalition of internet firms, who said they had been alienated by his aggressive approach.

Major ISPs and websites joined to criticise the former Northern Ireland intelligence chief's strategy at the head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). They expressed hopes that a new regime will improve cooperation and therefore improve child safety online.

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Gamble's resignation was revealed last night, ahead of Home Secretary Theresa May's speech to the Tory party conference today.

An often controversial figure, he quit over May's plans to roll CEOP into the new National Crime Agency, which overturned his successful lobbying of Labour ministers before the election. They had agreed to grant the organisation more independence by making it answerable only to Parliament, rather than the government.

The Home Office pointedly responded by saying it wanted to build on CEOP's work but "does not necessarily feel this is best done by creating a new quango".

Internet firms, whose cooperation CEOP investigators rely on, echoed that view.

Malcolm Hutty, head of public affairs at LINX, the ISP cooperative, said the new structure, with CEOP investigators working under the same command as organised crime investigators, could help address current child protection issues online.

"As figures show, ISPs have effectively eradicated child pornography hosted in the UK," he said.

"The remaining problem is material hosted abroad, usually by organised crime gangs. If the change of structure means better cooperation between CEOP and international law enforcement specialists on organised crime, then this will be a good thing for child protection."

Other sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the departure of Gamble himself will offer the chance of a "clean slate" between industry and child protection officers. One criticised him as "an extremely aggressive person" and a "loose cannon" who "loves the media spotlight".

Gamble's supporters argue his zealous advocacy has been very valuable in improving child safety online.

He has used his media profile to lobby, for example, for websites to adopt the CEOP "panic button" and to complain that law enforcement agencies are required by law to reimburse ISPs for their retrieval of data on suspects.

A senior source at a very large internet firm said new leadership "would allow things to move on". CEOP's policing-style approach had not always been appropriate, he said, particularly as it has expanded to deliver online safety education. The source cited the Internet Watch Foundation as an example where a collegiate approach from authorities, in contrast to Gamble's, had been highly successful.

Gamble's supporters have meanwhile moved swiftly to defend him and criticise the government. Malcolm King, a former member of CEOP's advisory council, claimed on Today that the coalition risks appearing "pro-paedophile".

Sara Payne, the child safety campaigner, said she was "disgusted" at the government for "betraying" Gamble. ®


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Post by baconbutty on 05.10.10 15:09

But while in post at CEOP, Gamble applied for the top job at PSNI (it was given to Matt Baggott).
His dedication to CEOP therefore is perhaps not as full-on as Sara Payne et al seem to think.
If he had gone back to Northern Ireland, would Ms Payne have been similarly 'disgusted' at Gamble for 'betraying' the cause of exploited children?

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Post by sharonl on 05.10.10 20:07

Profile: Jim Gamble

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11475271

Jim Gamble resigned because he wanted greater independece for Ceop The resignation of Jim Gamble from his position as chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) has been described by campaigners as a sad day for child protection.

It is testament to Mr Gamble's pivotal role in bringing the issue of child abuse to the top of the news agenda.

Ceop, under his watch, has become internationally recognised for the work it has done to track paedophiles using the web.

Home Secretary Theresa May's decision to merge Ceop with the National Crime Agency was a step too far for Mr Gamble, who had long campaigned for greater indepedence for the unit.

He felt very strongly that the work the unit was doing was so important that it needed to be a stand-alone department.

Ceop was set up in 2006 and has been the driving force behind a range of activities designed to track and prevent online paedophile activities.

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It was able to track the exchange of photos and other materials related to child abuse on peer-to-peer networks, a previously-unmonitored area of the web and one hugely exploited by paedophiles.

It also campaigned for an online panic button for social networking sites to allow young people to report abuse.

Bebo and MySpace installed the button last year and Facebook finally adopted it in July this year.

Mr Gamble is regarded as an expert in online crime but he began his career in Northern Ireland as an ordinary offline policeman.

Hunting paedophiles

He quickly rose through the ranks and became the head of Northern Ireland's anti-terrorist intelligence unit in Belfast.

Promoted to Deputy Chief Constable, Mr Gamble became the deputy director general of the National Crime Squad, which later merged with the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

In this role Gamble began to gain his reputation as the UK's foremost hunter of paedophiles, heading up Operation Ore, the UK's largest ever police investigation into who was viewing internet child abuse images.

The operation identified over 7,000 suspects and led to more than 2,000 convictions but it proved highly controversial.

There were criticisms that the net was hauling in too many innocent people and that some of those convicted had not viewed images of child abuse at all but were actually victims of identity theft.

But there is little doubt that the work started by Mr Gamble has led to some of the most predatory paedophiles being stopped in their tracks.

In interviews, Mr Gamble was always keen to stress that, while his work was embedded in the online world, the images and activities the unit monitored were real children who were being abused.

He was key to changing the way the media wrote about the issue, asking that headlines about 'child porn' be dropped to reflect the true picture - that behind the grotesque images were hundreds of victims who could potentially be rescued.

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Post by aiyoyo on 06.10.10 4:45

Maybe he's a better offer!
That of Chief Director of at the 'Leave no stone unturned Madeleine Fund'?

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Post by sharonl on 06.10.10 7:02

Kate and Gerry McCann 'very upset' at resignation of child protection chief as government accused of cost-cutting
By Jack Doyle
Last updated at 6:47 PM on 5th October 2010

Kate and Gerry McCann weighed into the row over the future of the national anti-paedophile agency last night.
The parents of Madeleine McCann were said to be 'very upset and disappointed' by the resignation of Jim Gamble, the chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop).
Mr Gamble, a former senior police officer, resigned on Monday over plans to merge Ceop into a National Crime Agency.
Betrayal: The parents of Madeleine McCann (left) and Sarah Payne have expressed their anger over the resignation of Ceop boss Jim Gamble over merger plans. They claim the merger will put children at risk

He said the move was not in the best interests of children and young people.
Sara Payne, the mother of murdered eight-year-old Sarah, went further, accusing ministers of 'betrayal'.

Mr and Mrs McCann said it was 'extremely saddening' that Mr Gamble thought he had to quit.

They said in a statement: 'We are certain that he will be a huge loss to the field of child protection.
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'Knowing how committed Mr Gamble is to this cause, it is extremely saddening that he feels unable to continue to lead Ceop, apparently as a consequence of the proposed Governmental changes.
'The search for our daughter Madeleine has been greatly enhanced by the work carried out by the team at Ceop.
'We would like to thank Mr Gamble for all of his efforts, both for Madeleine and for all missing and exploited children.
'In this challenging economic climate, we urge the Government to remember the value of our children and the importance of the invaluable work which is necessary to protect them against the devastating crimes of child abduction and exploitation.'
Home Secretary Theresa May has pledged her support for efforts to protect children, but said in a statement that the country did not need a 'new quango'.

Mrs May said: 'The government recognises the importance of child protection and wants to build upon the work of Ceop, but does not necessarily feel this is best done by creating a new quango.'
A Home Office spokesman added that child protection would always be an 'absolute priority' for the Government.
Well respected: Jim Gamble was previously head of the Northern Ireland anti-terrorist intelligence unit
He said there were 'no plans' to undermine the work of Ceop or 'threaten its vital and important work'.

'We propose to build on Ceop’s invaluable work tackling sexual exploitation of children by placing it centre stage in the fight against all forms of serious and organised crime,' he said.

'We are determined that plans for the National Crime Agency will enhance all our capabilities and discussions are ongoing about how that will be done.
'Ceop already delivers excellent work as part of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Government is clear this work must continue.'
But victims groups and children's representatives attacked the proposals.

Mrs Payne, whose daughter was abducted and murdered by paedophile Roy Whiting in 2000, said Mr Gamble's departure was a 'devastating blow' for child protection.

In a joint statement with Shy Keenan and Fiona Crook - who jointly set up the campaign group The Phoenix Foundation - she said: 'We cannot begin to describe how disgusted we are with our own Government for betraying him and for betraying all of our children.

'This cannot be allowed to happen, we must stand up and fight, we must do what is right for the protection of our children against the crimes of paedophiles.'
Ceop, which was set up in 2006, was responsible for tracking paedophiles online and bringing them to court.
It is currently affiliated to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca). But under Home Office proposals, the agency will become part of a larger National Crime Agency in 2013.
A Ceop spokesman said it was not in 'the best interests of children and young people for Ceop to be assimilated into the National Crime Agency, as was announced a short while ago'.
He added: 'This direction of travel does not seem to have changed and Ceop's chief executive, Jim Gamble, has therefore offered his resignation to the Home Secretary with a four-month notice period.'
Mr Gamble was previously head of the Northern Ireland anti-terrorist intelligence unit in Belfast and deputy director of the National Crime Squad.

He was involved in a public row with Facebook earlier this year after the site initially refused to install an anti-paedophile 'panic button' on its site, before the site finally bowed to public pressure.
The application has been downloaded tens of thousands of times since it was launched in July.
to 'look again' at the need for an independent child protection agency.

She said: 'I am concerned that placing Ceop permanently within a larger law enforcement agency would not allow it to prioritise children and could lead to an imbalance in its approach by placing a disproportionate emphasis on criminal justice outcomes.

'The safety of our children is paramount. I therefore urge the Government to look again at the need for a unique and independent child protection organisation.'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1317962/Kate-Gerry-McCann-upset-resignation-child-protection-chief-row-agency-merger.html#ixzz11YWL2Nwt

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Post by aiyoyo on 06.10.10 16:18

What are they bleating on about for crying out loud.

Jim Gamble 'offered' to resign - it would suggest heated exchanges culminating in a 'put up or ship out.' Officials could have good reasons to want to curb his free rein days. Doesnt mean he has to quit - just mean lesser control for him. Well if he doesnt like that structure and chose to resign - tough.

Without having inside info of what transpired between HO and him, who are the mccanns to protest?
Are they interfering and trying to tell politicians how to do their work?

Anyway Theresa May promised the merger will be a better structure to continue the work of CEOP...what's their fuss?
I think they're getting personal because JG won't be around to shield them.




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Post by Guest on 06.10.10 16:25

@aiyoyo wrote:What are they bleating on about for crying out loud.

Jim Gamble 'offered' to resign - it would suggest heated exchanges culminating in a 'put up or ship out.' Officials could have good reasons to want to curb his free rein days. Doesnt mean he has to quit - just mean lesser control for him. Well if he doesnt like that structure and chose to resign - tough.

Without having inside info of what transpired between HO and him, who are the mccanns to protest?
Are they interfering and trying to tell politicians how to do their work?

Anyway Theresa May promised the merger will be a better structure to continue the work of CEOP...what's their fuss?
I think they're getting personal because JG won't be around to shield them.






You're spot on aiyoyo. What difference does it make who's in charge as long as they are committed and doing a good job. Someone else will be appointed in Gamble's place, but will he or she be so accommodating to certain people? wink4

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Post by Cheshire Cat on 06.10.10 16:29

@aiyoyo wrote:What are they bleating on about for crying out loud.

Jim Gamble 'offered' to resign - it would suggest heated exchanges culminating in a 'put up or ship out.' Officials could have good reasons to want to curb his free rein days. Doesnt mean he has to quit - just mean lesser control for him. Well if he doesnt like that structure and chose to resign - tough.

Without having inside info of what transpired between HO and him, who are the mccanns to protest?
Are they interfering and trying to tell politicians how to do their work?

Anyway Theresa May promised the merger will be a better structure to continue the work of CEOP...what's their fuss?
I think they're getting personal because JG won't be around to shield them.


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