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Westminster child abuse network and the culture of impunity

Allegations of pedophilia and abuse of the most horrific kind, including even reports of murder seem to be surfacing continually, almost daily at times, so much so that the issue has been forced squarely back on the table. Could 2015, which will mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta be the year in which all that is in the dark finally comes to light?

Police have apologised to victims of Jimmy Savile after concluding that officers missed opportunities to properly investigate the serial abuser over alleged sex offences against children when he was still alive.
North Yorkshire Police made the apology after an investigation into the activities of Savile and his friend, the former mayor of Scarborough, Peter Jaconelli, concluded there would have been enough evidence to consider prosecuting both of them.
The force said 35 people had come forward with allegations - 32 cases related to Jaconelli, between 1958 and 1998, and included allegations of indecent assault, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, gross indecency and rape.
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In the case of Savile, there were five reported offences, from 1979 to 1988, which ranged from sexual assault to rape. Two people claimed to be victims of both men.
A police spokesman said: "Sufficient evidence has been uncovered to suggest that, had they been alive today, files would have been submitted for consideration by the Crown Prosecution Service regarding potential criminal charges against Peter Jaconelli and Jimmy Savile, relating to young people.
North Yorkshire Police launched Operation Hibiscus in February after a BBC Inside Out programme prompted 35 people to come forward with reports of sexual abuse by Jaconelli and Savile.
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy said: "The findings of Operation Hibiscus clearly suggest that there would have been sufficient evidence from 35 individual victims for the Crown Prosecution Service to consider criminal charges against Peter Jaconelli and Jimmy Savile, had they been alive today.
"The available information indicates that, historically, the police missed opportunities to look into allegations against these men whilst they were still alive.
Jessica Standley, of Slater & Gordon, which represents 169 victims, said: "Savile's victims were routinely ignored when they reported the abuse and countless opportunities to investigate him were missed, not just by police but also in other organisations he was involved with.
Perverts Jimmy Savile and his 'shadow' Ray Teret kept an office calendar where they gave boys and girls star ratings.
Teret, of Altrincham, Greater Manchester, raped a teenage girl with the disgraced television presenter and was branded a 'monster' as he was jailed for 25 years for a string of historic sex offences against 11 young girls.
The 73-year-old, known as 'Ugly Ray', was sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court after earlier being found guilty of seven rapes and 11 indecent assaults, which took place between 1963 and 1979.
He was cleared of various sexual offences in relation to six other complainants.

Jimmy Savile and his 'shadow' who raped underage girl with TV star kept sick 'calendar' of schoolchildren By EMMA GLANFIELD and SAM WEBB FOR MAILONLINE 12 December 2014

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While no one has been officially charged as part of the wider investigations about the Westminster child abuse network, police are now looking into numerous allegations of historic child abuse, which allegedly involve powerful and influential individuals, and which date back many decades.
While acknowledged predators like the late Jimmy Savile and Cyril Smith MP, never faced justice in their lifetime, there seems a real possibility that enough new evidence is coming to light which might mean some of those involved, and whom may still be alive, could at last end up in court facing trial.
In fact, so much new evidence is apparently being brought to the attention of the authorities, and so many witnesses, sources and officials are calling for justice, that it seems like the dam is about to break, the lid firmly off Pandora's Box.
And as more and more witnesses and victims come forward, and the reality is gradually absorbed into the wider public consciousness, there seems a real chance that those who have abused their positions of trust in such a monstrous way will pay the price.
It may be likely, according at least to a dossier handed by John Mann MP to Scotland Yard, that in the past, key potential whistle-blowers on the Westminster pedophile network were murdered, in order to prevent them unearthing what is potentially one of the biggest crimes and scandals in British political history.
If some of those who have committed these unthinkable crimes, against some of the most vulnerable in society, end up jailed with lengthy sentences, this would at least be some step towards restoring justice in the eyes of an ever disillusioned public.If we can challenge the culture of impunity that currently exists, and ensure these people are punished, we have a chance of stamping out the culture that allowed such predators to operate in the first place.
Bearing in mind that among those allegedly named as part of the on-going investigation is a judge, public scrutiny and pressure will most certainly be needed, to fully hold the system to account, that is, of course if any charges are indeed brought about.
For this to happen, assuming we see some of these Masonic pedophiles face trial, we need to ensure that this issue is absolutely and unequivocally not a taboo. Everyone needs to understand the magnitude and seriousness of these cases, because it’s more than likely that this ring is still in operation according to reports.
Many people are already skeptical as whether or not the justice system itself would be capable of working against those who work directly within it.
And if no one has been jailed or been punished, it stands to reason, that there would have been no motive for networks of serial abusers to cease their activity and simply stop.
An informed public opinion, with a determined will, must exist in order for there to be any chance of justice. It is only the public after all, the real jury, which can hold the entire system to account, should that system fail to bring justice.
We can only ask for a fair judge and jury if and when charges are eventually brought to any of those implicated in these investigations.But one does sense that when the dam does eventually break, it will actually resemble an avalanche.
The 'political' culture needed for these crimes to have continued for so long, is so insipid, so vulgar and self-serving, that it stands to reason that this powerful clique will do almost anything to protect itself and to avoid the long arm of the law. Such is the nature of power.
And the evidence coming to light suggests that when necessary, they have done just that.
It’s a bitter pill for many to swallow. Consider, that in the 'mother of all parliaments', where over the last decade or more, we have seen countless cases made to go and bomb other countries in the name of democracy, that all the while the most sickening depravity was being indulged in by high ranking ministers and MPs.
Indeed, according to the files complied by John Mann MP, former and serving ministers and MPs are identified as having been among the abusers. And one senses this is simply the beginning, the tip of the iceberg. It’s hard to imagine such people suddenly rolling over without a fight.
In the 1980s, Geoffrey Dickens MP handed over vital information to the then home secretary Leon Brittan concerning child abuse parties attended by key trusted public figures. Progress was never made as a result of the dossier being handed to Brittan, but by some strange twist of fate, the dossier became 'lost'.
Let's hope the new information given by Tom Mann MP just a few days back doesn't suffer such a convenient fate.
Rumors that parliamentarians are being used, compromised and blackmailed by different competing interests due to their activities at VIP child abuse parties, and the threat of those activities being made public are rife. It certainly would explain why despite clear knowledge among those who needed to know that this abuse was indeed taking place that nothing was ever done about it.
If whistle-blowers have been killed for knowing the truth, then it seems like fear is the main pillar which has prevented this house of cards from toppling for so long.
Theresa May, Nick Clegg, and other senior political figures have all called for Scotland Yard to be given more power with these investigations, with the view to ensuring that now retired Special Branch officers and detectives, who it is believed have vital information regarding many of these cases from the past, will not be prevented from coming forward and providing evidence, by the Official Secrets Act.
It seems that while there has been resistance for many years from within the establishment that the walls of secrecy surrounding this network of child abusers are eroding. Public outrage is being accompanied with the political will to examine cases dating back many decades, and also cases in recent history.
Could 2015, which will mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta be the year in which all that is in the dark finally comes to light? We can only hope this will be the case.
The horrors which would have taken place at Elm Guest House in Barnes, South West London do not bear thinking about.
The sheer number of people coming forward now, speaking out about their ordeals, is having a domino effect, and evidence for a case must surely be mounting. Police are expressing confidence that they believe many of the victim's accounts. There are consistencies in their testimonies and statements
Cyril Smith, Jimmy Savile and other seemingly untouchable members of the elite establishment (the Porn Empire) never faced justice. But perhaps they are the last to evade jail terms. Seeing some of these criminals firmly behind bars would certainly be a step toward rooting out the kind of corruption and abuse of power which has tainted our political system for so long. Maybe 2015 is the year in which we finally see this begin to happen.

Westminster child abuse network: Could 2015 be the year we begin to see justice? December 30, 2014



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