Smears and dirty tricks

Chilling to see yet another Guardian article today slating the VIP child sex abuse allegations. In the midst of ongoing police investigations into the systematic rape, torture, and murder of children by MPs, cabinet ministers and even former prime ministers, we hear a lot about “witch hunts”, with calls for greater protection for suspects from the defenders of Ted Heath, Paul Gambaccini, Harvey Proctor et al.

Meanwhile, a series of articles in the mainstream media have mounted a dirty tricks campaign against Operation Midland witness ‘Nick’, branding him a “fantasist” and a “Walter Mitty’ character (incidentally, the same labels applied to Iraq whistleblower David Kelly). Recently the Mail printed a semi-pixellated photograph which showed him quite clearly, together with identifying information. Witnesses in sexual offence cases are entitled by law to media anonymity. If the Mail’s intention was to try to unmask ‘Nick’, this amounts to witness intimidation.

Despite all the headlines about “dropped” investigations, Operation Midland has not been dropped, it has actually been stepped up. Only unnamed sources have been quoted as having “doubts” about the credibility of main witness ‘Nick’, and the claims against him appear to be entirely unsubstantiated.
Yet the Guardian continues to print these stories.

The Guardian claims the Suffolk investigation was “dropped” when it’s claims were found to be unsubstantiated, but reports elsewhere suggest that the real reason is that the witness withdrew cooperation after the police referred his baby son to social services on the grounds of “risk of future harm”. Social services took no action on the referral as they felt it was groundless. In which case, why was the referral made? Again, this smacks of witness intimidation.

Meanwhile, reports have just hit the headlines of 13 new investigations into claims of police corruption in child sex abuse investigations. This brings the total number of IPCC child abuse suppression investigations up to 31.
According to the IPCC, the majority of the investigations stem from allegations made by retired Met officers, and all relate to allegations about suppressing evidence, hindering or halting investigations, and covering up the offences because of the involvement of members of parliament and police office.

For the police whistleblowers, it’s a brave move, they’ve had no reassurance that they’ll be immune from prosecution, or that their pensions are safe.
And just look what happened to previous whistleblowers such as Colin Wallace, who spent 6 years in jail for a manslaughter which he didn’t commit – the result of a dirty tricks campaign which almost destroyed him.

Yet the Guardian have little to say about the great body of evidence suggesting that investigations into VIP child abuse have been routinely suppressed, ignored and dismissed – for decades.

Personally, I’d trust the retired police officers risking their pensions to speak about about what they claim they were forced to withhold, over the media commentators spouting the establishment line.


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