Monthly Archives: August 2017

August 22 2017 – “Reporter Who Exposed BBC Pedophilia Cover-Up Found Dead” – News Punch

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Reporter Who Exposed BBC Pedophilia Cover Up Found Dead

Liz MacKean, the former British investigative reporter who exposed Jimmy Savile and the culture of pedophile protection at the BBC, has been found dead.

Liz MacKean, the former British investigative reporter who exposed Jimmy Savile and the culture of pedophile protection at the BBC, has been found dead. She was 52.

MacKean worked at the BBC until she quit in 2013 after executives decided to ban her groundbreaking and brave investigation into predatory pedophile Jimmy Savile in order to protect him and other pedophiles.

Dismissed by the establishment as mad and dangerous, MacKean was finally vindicated when the truth about Savile’s pedophilia eventually came out in 2012, a full year after MacKean first tried to bring his notorious crimes to light.

The BBC, who blocked her groundbreaking investigation from airing and spent the next few years attempting to destroy her reputation, are reporting that she died of “complications from a stroke.”

Acknowledging her life was under threat during the time she was investigating Savile and BBC elites, MacKean said her conscience left her no option but to pursue the truth and expose the culture of pedophila. The mother of two children believed it was her duty.

When it became public that BBC News blocked her investigation from airing, she admitted on Panorama: “I was very unhappy the story didn’t run because I felt we’d spoken to people who collectively deserved to be heard. And they weren’t heard.

“I thought that that was a failure… I felt we had a responsibility towards them. We got them to talk to us, but above all, we did believe them. And so then, for their stories not to be heard, I felt very bad about that. I felt, very much, that I’d let them down.”

Big name stars

Liz MacKean is the second high profile BBC journalist to die in suspicious circumstances after attempting to expose the truth about the pedophile ring operating in the upper reaches of the establishment. Jill Dando, former Crimewatch host, also tried to alert her bosses to the pedophile ring at the BBC, warning that “big name” stars were implicated.

Jill Dando, who was 37, was shot dead on April 26, 1999 on the doorstep of her West London home in a crime that still remains unsolved.

Before she died, Dando had passed a file to senior management in the mid-1990s, proving that big name BBC stars, including Savile, were involved in a pedophile ring, but senior management chose to cover up the child abuse rather than organize and investigation.

No one wanted to know” when Dando raised concerns about the alleged ring and other sexual abuse claims at the BBC, according to a former colleague and friend.

I don’t recall the names of all the stars now and don’t want to implicate anyone, but Jill said they were surprisingly big names.

 “I think she was quite shocked when told about images of children and that information on how to join this horrible paedophile ring was freely available.

“Jill said others had complained to her about sexual matters and that some female workmates also claimed they had been groped or assaulted.

“Nothing had been done and there seemed to be a policy of turning a blind eye.”

The former colleague said female BBC staff confided in Jill, one of the best-known TV faces of the day after fronting primetime shows including Holiday and the Six O’Clock News as well as Crimewatch.’

The source said: “I think it was in the mid-1990s. She was seen as the face of the BBC and a magnet for women with problems.

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Jersey Evening Post

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August 17 2017 – “[Wiltshire] Police chief ‘120 per cent convinced’ Edward Heath was a paedophile” – The Independent – February 19 2017

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/mike-veale-convinced-edward-heath-paedophile-wiltshire-police-child-sex-abuse-a7588101.html

Police chief ‘120 per cent convinced’ Edward Heath was a paedophile

Mike Veale reportedly swayed by ‘very close similarities in the accounts given by those who have come forward’

The head of the police force investigating reports of child sexual abuse by Sir Edward Heath reportedly believes in the allegations “120 per cent”.

Chief Constable Mike Veale, of Wiltshire Police, is reportedly convinced by testimony from alleged victims of the former Conservative Prime Minister because they have given similar accounts to investigators.

In December Mr Veale defended the investigation and said it was not a “witch hunt”.

A source told the Mail on Sunday: “Mr Veale believes in them 120 per cent and thinks they are totally convincing. There are very close similarities in the accounts given by those who have come forward.

“The same names used for him, the same places and same type of incidents keep coming up. What stands out is that the people giving these accounts are not connected but the stories and the details dovetail. It contains disturbing stuff. Investigators have been shocked by what they have learned.”

In response to the report, a Wiltshire Police spokeswoman cited Mr Veale’s previous defence of the investigation.

He said at the time: “It is my role to ensure the investigation is proportionate, measured, legal and necessary. If abuse has occurred then it remains relevant to support those affected and seek to bring to justice any person still living who may have committed associated criminal offences.

“It is important to identify any vulnerable individuals who require safeguarding today. The legal role of the police service is to, on behalf of the public, impartially investigate allegations without fear or favour, and go where the evidence takes us.

“Critically, it is not the role of the police to judge the guilt or innocence of people in our criminal justice system. As this remains a live ongoing criminal investigation, unless there are operational reasons to do so we will not be commenting any further on the detail of this case until such time it has concluded.”

A second source told the newspaper they believed Wiltshire Police detectives had “come round to the view” that the claims had previously been covered up.

Sir Edward, who was Prime Minister between 1970 and 1974, died in 2005. He had lived in Salisbury for a number of years and Wiltshire Police appealed for information about claims he was involved in abusing children after the Independent Police Complaints Commission began investigating whether a similar claim, made in the 1990s, had been handled properly.

A retired senior officer alleged that Wiltshire Police deliberately caused a criminal prosecution to fail in 1994 after the defendant, a brothel owner, threatened to tell the press she supplied Sir Edward with underage boys for sex if the trial went ahead. But the trial was dropped because witnesses refused to testify, the IPCC said, and it found no evidence of wrongdoing.

At the time of its appeal, Wiltshire Police said: “Sir Edward Heath has been named in relation to offences concerning children. He lived in Salisbury for many years and we would like to hear from anyone who has any relevant information that may assist us in our enquiries or anyone who believes they may have been a victim.”

 

 

August 15 2017 – “Charges for priests who don’t report child abuse?”

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-2a2c-Australia-Charges-for-priests-who-dont-report-child-abuse/#.WZLzcfkrKUk

Australia: Charges For Priests Who Don’t Report Child Abuse?


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PRIESTS who fail to tell police about suspected child sexual abuse, even if discovered during religious confession, should face criminal charges, Australia’s most powerful investigative authority recommended yesterday.

The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse recommended national legislation to make it a criminal offence for people to fail to report child sexual abuse in an institutional setting.

Clergy who find out about sexual abuse during a religious confession would not be exempt from the law.

“The right to practise one’s religious beliefs must accommodate civil society’s obligation to provide for the safety of all and, in particular, children’s safety from sexual abuse,” the commission declared.

“Institutions directed to caring for and providing services for children, including religious institutions, must provide an environment where children are safe from sexual abuse.

“Reporting information relevant to child sexual abuse to the police is critical to ensuring the safety of children.”

August 14 2017 – Legal protection for lying politicians may be removed

http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/08/13/legal-protection-for-lying-politicians-may-be-removed/

A LAW which protects politicians from being prosecuted for lying to official inquiries could be changed as part of an overhaul of the rules on parliamentary privilege, the JEP has learned.

A review of parliamentary privilege has, according to the Greffier of the States, been under way for months and the arrangements involving committees of inquiries make up part of the work.

The review was commissioned by the Privileges and Procedures Committee, which handles States reform and standards, earlier this year and has now been completed by Sir Malcolm Jack, a former Clerk of the UK House of Commons.

He has submitted his report and it is due to go to PPC next month.

Earlier this week Islander Madeleine Vibert, who was abused at Haut de la Garenne in the 1960s and 1970s, described the current law whereby members of the public can be prosecuted for perjury if they lie on oath to a committee of inquiry but States Members cannot as ‘unfair’.

She called for it to be changed.

Her comments came after St Helier Deputy Andrew Lewis was found to have lied to the States and the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry when giving evidence about the suspension of former police chief Graham Power.

Following the inquiry’s conclusion that it had been lied to, Mr Power said that the inquiry had appeared to allege that Deputy Lewis had committed perjury.

However, Attorney General Robert MacRae said that parliamentary privilege extended to committees of inquiry and therefore politicians were protected from prosecution for the offence, even if they were found to have lied.

PPC recently concluded that Deputy Lewis had breached the States Members’ Code of Conduct through his actions. It is yet to announce what, if any, sanction it will impose.

Mr Power has welcomed the review of the law and said changing it would be an important step towards restoring faith in the justice system and the Jersey authorities.

States Greffier Mark Egan said: ‘The purpose of the review was to look at existing legislation and case law on parliamentary privilege with a review to recommending how it could be improved, drawing on experience in other jurisdictions.

‘The scope of the review includes the possibility of providing for States Members to be subject to prosecution, if they commit perjury when under oath before a committee of inquiry.’

PPC has not yet seen the report but would be responsible for taking forward any legislative changes that may arise out of it.

 

August 12 2017 – Historic Child Abuse Panel Member: “I was silenced…”

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Historic child abuse panel member: “I was silenced by Theresa May’s advisors to ensure she became PM”

Theresa May Sharon Evans Child Abuse Inquiry

In an extraordinary interview recorded yesterday, a child abuse survivor who served on the Government’s independent inquiry into historic child sexual abuse has claimed she was silenced by Theresa May’s advisors to ensure that Ms May became Prime Minister.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of Ms Evans’ startling claims about her time serving on the inquiry.

Speaking to talkRADIO, Sharon Evans, a former journalist and the founder of Dot Com Children’s Foundation, said that the panel were “promised the child abuse inquiry would be open”, but after a short while she saw that it was ‘so obvious that everything was about the control and suppression of information” and that the supposedly independent inquiry had absolutely “no independence’.

Ms Evans claimed that the contracts panel members were made to sign by the Home Office were used to stop them from speaking openly about “very serious allegations about very public figures” – allegations which she says were taken back to the inquiry leaders, but ‘nothing was being done about” them.

The former panel member, who quit after questioning the true ‘independence’ of the inquiry, told talkRADIO:

 

It became very clear to myself and Graham when we went round to listening meetings, and were being given very serious allegations about very public figures, which we took back to the inquiry and nothing was being done about. Months in, they couldn’t actually tell us how the information was going to be used.

 

I was chairing the panel on one day, and I suggested that we wrote to Theresa May, who was the Home Secretary, to express our concerns. At the end of the day I was taken to one side and it was made clear to me – this is what I was told – that Theresa May was going to be Prime Minister, that this inquiry was going to be part of this, and that if I didn’t toe the line and do as I was told, if I tried to get information out I would be discredited by her advisors.

 

Ms Evans also says that she was gagged by the Home Office during a Parliamentary Committee meeting, describing how she was given a 23 page document detailing exactly “what she may and may not say”.

Evans says that she believes it was the Home Office – then under the leadership of Theresa May – trying to suppress and control precisely what information was released to MPs during Committee meetings:

I have got a document, it’s 23 pages. When I appeared in front of the Home Affairs Select Committee – which should be where you openly and honestly answer the questions and challenges of MPs, and where it’s actually an offense not to tell the truth – they (the Home Office) provided me with a 23 page document telling me exactly what I may and may not say.

Ms Evans says that she was so alarmed by the nature of the Home Office gagging document that she went to the clerk of the Parliamentary Committee to tell him that she feared she may not be able to tell the truth because of it.

Sharon Evans also had an extremely depressing message for the victims of the Grenfell tragedy about what she has learned about Establishment collusion during supposedly ‘independent’ inquiries such as this:

When asked by interviewer John Nicholson about her advice to the Grenfell Inquiry panel members, Evans said:

I think from what I’ve been hearing that people are already being encouraged to come and give information informally – and this is where we started on the child abuse inquiry – but the thing is it seems like it’s exactly the same. I want to stop them going down the same road where their information is controlled and suppressed, because when there is an inquiry they can control information and decide what is released.

You can listen to Ms Evans’ extraordinary interview with talkRADIO below:

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Jersey Deputy turns down Advisory Panel role

August 12 2017 – “The Jersey Way” – When a Lie is not a Lie

http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/08/08/if-i-had-lied-i-wouldve-ended-up-in-la-moye/

“If I had lied, I would’ve ended up in La Moye”

Haut de la Garenne – Jersey

THE law that prevents politicians from being prosecuted for perjury if they lie to official inquiries should be changed in the wake of the Deputy Andrew Lewis case, according to a woman who was abused at Haut de la Garenne.

Madeleine Vibert (57) said it was unacceptable that had she lied to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry she could have ‘ended up in La Moye’ whereas the Deputy – who did lie to the inquiry – continues to hold office and faces no legal ramifications.

Ms Vibert – who has spoken out about the sexual, physical and mental abuse she suffered at the home in the 1960s and 1970s – said that such injustices, along with the involvement of former Bailiff and now Senator Sir Philip Bailhache in offering legal representation to Deputy Lewis when he appeared before a States disciplinary panel over the matter last week, only add to the perception of authority figures closing ranks out of self-interest.

‘That law has got to be changed. I want it changed,’ she said.

The Privileges and Procedures Committee, which is in charge of States reform and standards, last week found that Deputy Lewis had breached the Code of Conduct for politicians when he lied to the Assembly about the suspension of former police chief Graham Power in 2008.

It is currently considering what action should be taken against him.

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry also found that he had lied to it in official evidence, which led to calls that he should be prosecuted for perjury.

However, it later emerged that under the States of Jersey Law politicians cannot be prosecuted for lying to a committee of inquiry as an extension of parliamentary privilege, which allows them to speak freely in the Assembly without fear of prosecution.

Ms Vibert, who was one of more than 200 witnesses to give evidence to the inquiry, said the St Heier Deputy had let Islanders down.

‘Andrew Lewis cannot be trusted, he lied on oath, he lied to the inquiry, he lied to his colleagues and to us,’ she said.

‘I had to put my hand on the Bible, we all had to, and if I had lied I’d be up at La Moye.’

She added that she wanted the States of Jersey Law changed so that politicians and members of the public are treated equally in such situations, with perjury charges possible for both if necessary.

Full interview in Tuesday’s JEP.

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COMMENT: ‘He does not deserve to pay for that mistake with his political career’

John Boothman

http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/08/08/comment-he-does-not-deserve-to-pay-for-that-mistake-with-his-political-career/

“The Jersey Way”, Doublethink, and Andrew Lewis

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“Andrew Lewis did see the full Report, but didn’t see the full Report. Doublethink” ~ Richard W. Symonds

http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/08/03/deputy-could-be-suspended-for-breach-of-states-code/

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August 3, 2017 7:41 pm

Deputy Andrew Lewis was the Home Affairs Minister who suspended former Police Chief Graham Power amid much controversy in November 2008 – over his handling of the historical abuse investigation, Operation Rectangle.

Today, he appeared for the second time in front of the panel investigating historical abuse. The panel heard how, during a private States debate, the then Home Affairs Minister told his colleagues he had ‘read an alarming report from the Metropolitan Police’ which heavily criticised Power’s conduct – but today he denied ever seeing that report.

He was also shown evidence of different statements he’d made to other investigating forces and investigations – including Wiltshire Police – where he said he had seen a report by the Metropolitan Police.

He [Andrew Lewis – AL] was questioned by Counsel to the Inquiry, Cathryn McGahey [CMG] and Panel Chair Frances Oldham QC [Chair].

CMG: So it wasn’t right to tell Wiltshire Police that you’d seen the report?

AL: Well I had seen the report. I’ve seen extracts of it.

CHAIR: But the question is, did you see the whole report of extracts from the report?

AL: I only saw the bits of the ACPO report that the Chief of Police felt were appropriate for a Minister to see.

CMG: So why did you tell Wiltshire Police that you had seen it?

AL: Well, I had.

CMG: There’s a difference isn’t there between seeing a report and seeing extracts that the Chief of Police thought it appropriate for you to see?

AL: Yes I had seen the report, I had seen elements of the reports. I’m sorry if I didn’t put the word ‘extract’. I had seen elements of the report, we all had. It was also shown to Mr Walker and Miss Kinnard.

CMG: So that was inaccurate as well.

AL: I would not say it’s inaccurate as well. I’m very clear. I saw the report.

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1. http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/08/04/deputy-lewis-disappointed-by-ppc-ruling-that-he-broke-code-of-conduct/

“Deputy Lewis maintains that he did not lie and merely used poor wording, but during the PPC hearing he admitted that some Members may have been ‘misled’ by his remarks”