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As the mainstream media circus is getting into full swing with what would appear to be a massive distraction campaign from the essence and core issues surrounding the child abuse allegations against both establishment and public figures, and a wider abuse network of which they appear to have been a part, now is an opportune time to introduce some simple and clear questions, all of which remain hitherto unaddressed and unaswered.
No allegations, no speculation, simply unanswered questions that, in light of the level and extent of criminal abuse involved, urgently need to be addressed:
This list is by no means complete, but it is certainly an uncontroversial starting point for further investigation, as would be the publication of the pulped Jillings Report, and some explanation from the mainstream media journalists that have interviewed Steve Messham as to why they never bothered to show Messham a photograph of the man against whom he had made allegations.
A Telegraph article, Victim apologises to Lord McAlpine after admitting abuse claims were a case of mistaken identity, states:
Steve Messham, who appeared on Newsnight to make the allegations about the anonymous Tory, said that it came to his attention that a photograph handed to him in the 1990s, which he was told was of Lord McAlpine, was in fact not the former treasurer.
This raises a number of supplementary questions:
And so we enter a bizarre world where a victim becomes further victimised.
The danger now, as a combination of Tory MPs and peers calls for even greater press regulation following the phone-hacking scandal and the Leveson inquiry, is that what little investigative journalism remains in media generally is brought to an abrupt halt -- as has happened with the ceasing of further Newsnight investigations -- and that even less light is shed on the murky and sinister world in which the abuse of vulnerable children takes place. Remember that the original investigation into Jimmy Savile's crimes was cancelled in 2011, when the Director General was Mark Thompson, not George Entwistle who is now in the firing line.
Another danger is that, instead of setting about efforts to understand how a wrongful implied allegation came to be and determine who was actually being accused, a battle now is being waged for one man's reputation against the ability of the media and Internet users to speak freely, with status and wealth trumping the rights of abuse survivors to seek justice by speaking out.
The tragic irony of these developments is that, if the rumours and speculation about Jimmy Savile had made it onto the Internet and been widely circulated among the general public through the media a long time ago, Savile's repeated instances of sexual abuse would have been brought to an end a long time before his death, thereby giving his countless victims the opportunity to see him face justice for his crimes.
If that irony alone isn't great or tragic enough, McAlpine is using threats of libel action against media establishments and the Internet generally, the same threats of libel action used by Jimmy Savile to prevent his own sexual abuse antics from being exposed, to effectively shut down any further inquiries into what are incredibly serious and disturbing allegations made by survivors of abuse.
The law should not be a tool for the powerful to silence the weak. And this is all about power: men over women, celebrity over the unknown, rich over poor.
Additional reading: Lost in Care - http://j.mp/LostInCarePDFLost in Care - Report of the Tribunal of Inquiry into the Abuse of Children in Care in the Former County Co...
One of the things the media, even at a national level, still does not seem to have grasped, is that their major power (and perhaps their most serious cultural failing) namely the power of omission, is dead.
Let’s be clear – the power of the British media is simply immense, absolutely immense.
For all the fears, some justified, some not, the British media has of a post-Leveson world, in order to be reasonably confident of retaining their freedom, influence – and respect – the mainstream media has to wake up to a whole new paradigm.
That paradigm is this:
The editorial “freedom” that the media used to enjoy - to pick and chose what stories it would not run – that freedom to “omit” – that great power to filter the very type of stories to be published, and thus control the terms of debate – is gone.
The World Wide Web has killed it; killed that power of omission, stone-dead.
From the most excellent blog of Jersey ex-Senator Stuart Syvret.
House of Commons
Wednesday 24 October 2012
The House met at half-past Eleven o’clock
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East) (Lab): The evidence file used to convict paedophile Peter Righton, if it still exists, contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring. One of its members boasts of his links to a senior aide of a former Prime Minister, who says he could smuggle indecent images of children from abroad. The leads were not followed up, but if the file still exists I want to ensure that the Metropolitan police secure the evidence, re-examine it and investigate clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No. 10.
The image below show's the sculpture 'Prospero & Ariel' from Shakespeare's 'The Tempest', created in 1932 by Arthur Eric Rowton Gill. 'Prospero & Ariel' was designed, sculpted for, and stands above the main entrance of the BBC's office and studios in Portland Place and Langham Place, London.
Gill was a deeply religious Roman Catholic, as was Jimmy Savile, the latter of which received a Papal Knighthood, an honour also bestowed on media mogul Rupert Murdoch and crooner Bob Hope. Eric Gill is the Gill in the name of the Gill Sans font.
The second image shows another 1932 Eric Gill sculpture for the BBC headquarters that opened in 1934, 'Ariel Between Wisdom and Gaiety', featuring legs-akimbo Ariel, some wandering hands and an interesting Latin inscription.
Sir Christopher Bland, former chairman of the board of governors of the BBC (1996 until 2001), set about "his greatest extravagance: Buying books and anything by Eric Gill, the 20th-century British painter and sculptor", including:
"more than 120 engravings, important illustrated books, and more than a handful of sculptures and carved domestic objects by Gill. He paid £1,800 for Gill's book The Four Gospels, published in 1931 by the Golden Cockerell Press. || Bland, who hangs sacred and profane images on separate walls in the same room of his house in Hampshire, says his interest in Gill is purely as an artist/craftsman."
Bland doesn't specify precisely which dark arts and crafts of Gill's pique his interest.
In 1989 a biography of Eric Gill by Fiona MacCarthy revealed how Eric Gill's personal diaries described his paraphiliac sexual activities in detail, including that Gill sexually abused two of his own daughters, had incestuous relationship with his sisters, and that he even performed sex acts on the family dog.
For some of Gill's fans, even looking at his work became impossible. Most problematically, he was a Catholic convert who created some of the most popular devotional art of his era, such as the Stations of the Cross in Westminster Cathedral, where worshippers pray at each panel depicting the suffering of Jesus.
In 1998, spurred on by a cardinal's praise for Gill, Margaret Kennedy, who campaigns for Ministers and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors, called for the works to be removed.
"Survivors couldn't pray at the Stations of the Cross. They were done by a paedophile. The very hands that carved the stations were the hands that abused.
"He abused his maids, his prostitutes, animals, he was having sex with everything that moved - a very deranged man sexually."
But the Catholic Church would not budge an inch.
Which makes it look a lot like that sort of behaviour, for some at least - including Jimmy 'I can get anything, there's nothing I can't get, and there's nothing I can't do" Savile - is how you get to make your mark at the British State's Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, in Roman Catholicism, and in government.
In 2005, Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie became Founding Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition that examined the issue of extraordinary rendition and other related issues.
In the 'Intelligence and Security Committee' debate of 18 March 2010, Andrew Tyrie states:
I created the all-party parliamentary group on extraordinary rendition in December 2005 to try to get to the bottom of the issue of rendition, and of any possible UK involvement in it. After careful thought, I made a number of specific allegations. The first was that the UK had facilitated or been complicit in rendition. The second was that Diego Garcia was being used for that purpose. The third was that the UK's armed forces might also be involved in rendition. It is worth recalling the blanket denials with which those points were met.
First, I shall quote the then Foreign Secretary, Mr. Straw, who likened what I and others were suggesting to conspiracy theories. He said:
"Unless we all start to believe in conspiracy theories and that the officials are lying, that I am lying, that behind this there is some kind of secret state which is in league with some dark forces in the United States... there simply is no truth in the claims that the United Kingdom had been involved in rendition".
Let's just clarify Straw's clearly-stated premise to remove any element of doubt about what it was he said.
Straw claimed that the only way it was possible that the UK was involved in rendering whomever the UK-lackey's masters in the US was if "the officials are lying, I [he, Jack Straw] am lying" and that there exists a "secret state... in league with some dark forces in the United States."
Simple enough, right?
We now have this, published today:
UK intelligence officers knew of CIA's rendition plans within days of 9/11
Meeting at British embassy in US raises questions about repeated denials by MI5 and MI6 of connivance in torture
guardian.co.uk, Monday 22 October 2012 13.06 BST
Jack Straw, who told MPs in 2005 there was 'simply no truth in the claims that the United Kingdom has been involved in rendition'. Photograph: David Gadd/Allstar/Sportsphoto Ltd
Within days of the 9/11 attacks on the US, the CIA told British intelligence officers of its plans to abduct al-Qaida suspects and fly them to secret prisons where they would be systematically abused.
The meeting, at the British embassy in Washington, is disclosed in a forthcoming book by the Guardian journalist Ian Cobain. It raises serious questions about repeated claims by senior MI5 and MI6 officers that they were slow to appreciate the US response to the attacks, and never connived in torture.
The meeting signalled to British officials that the US was preparing to embark on a global kidnapping programme which became known as extraordinary rendition. Cobain reveals that at the end of a three-hour presentation by Cofer Black, President George Bush's top counter-terrorist adviser, Mark Allen – his opposite number in MI6 – commented that it all sounded "rather bloodcurdling".
A few weeks later, in early October 2001, at a secret meeting at Nato headquarters in Brussels, US officials drew up a list of "necessary measures to increase security", Cobain discloses. They included flights to and from secret prisons in Asia, Africa, and throughout Europe. "Quietly, Britain pledged logistics support for the rendition programme, which resulted in the CIA's Gulfstream V and other jets becoming frequent visitors to British airports en route to the agency's secret prisons," writes Cobain.
Over the next four years CIA rendition flights used British airports at least 210 times. The book reveals that Washington asked the UK for permission to build a large prison on Diego Garcia, the British territory in the Indian Ocean where the US has a large bomber base. The project was dropped, for logistical rather than legal reasons.
However, Diego Garcia was used as a stopover for CIA flights taking detainees to secret prisons around the world. And in secret memos, Labour ministers said in early 2002 that their "preferred option" was to render British nationals to Guantánamo Bay, Cobain records. MI5 and MI6 officers carried out around 100 interrogations at the US prison on Cuba between 2002 and 2004.
Yet for years ministers emphatically denied any British involvement in America's rendition programme. As late as December 2005, Jack Straw, then foreign secretary, was telling MPs there was "simply no truth in the claims that the United Kingdom has been involved in rendition". Just a year earlier, we now know, MI6 – under Straw's watch and with the blessing of ministers, officials say – helped to render two leading Libyan dissidents to Muammar Gaddafi's secret police.
Despite the post-9/11 Washington embassy and Nato meetings, and other evidence of their early involvement in rendition, MI5 and MI6 witnesses told the parliamentary intelligence and security committee (ISC) that it was some time before they knew what the US was up to. As late as July 2007, the misinformed ISC stated in a report on rendition that MI5 and MI6 "were … slow to detect the emerging pattern of renditions to detention".
Cobain's book, Cruel Britannia, says the British military operated a "torture centre" throughout the 1940s "in complete secrecy, in a row of Victorian villas in one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in London". They also ran an "interrogation centre" near Hanover in Germany. Evidence from newly released records shows that British involvement in abuse was common earlier – in the colonies, later in Northern Ireland, and much more recently in Iraq.
The book reveals that Allen (who was later to develop a cosy relationship with Gaddafi's intelligence chiefs) expressed concern after the post-9/11 meeting in the UK embassy in Washington about what would happen once the Americans had "hammered the mercury in Afghanistan". Al-Qaida would simply scatter elsewhere, destabilising entire regions, Allen suggested. A CIA officer who was present at the embassy meeting remarked later that while the British appeared laid back, "it was clear they were worried, and not without reason".
Let's recap on Jack Straw's quote again:
"Unless we all start to believe in conspiracy theories and that the officials are lying, that I am lying, that behind this there is some kind of secret state which is in league with some dark forces in the United States... there simply is no truth in the claims that the United Kingdom had been involved in rendition."
The fact that there now exist truthful revelations regarding the UK's complicity with the US's 'extraordinary rendition' programme (read: torture of political opponents labelled 'terrorists'), there would seem to be only one option left for Jack Straw.
Straw should now make an official statement that the 'conspiracy theories' of which he spoke can now be regarded as 'conspiracy facts' and that there does indeed exist a "secret state... in league with some dark forces in the United States" and further that, "the officials [were] lying and [he, Straw, was] lying."
We can only wonder if these are the very same "dark forces" include the "many dark actors playing games" of which Dr. David Kelly spoke shortly before his own demise in 2003.
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