Thursday, March 28, 2013

Paedophilia. As a career move, you could do worse

You may have heard rumours that Margaret Tatcher's cabinet was riddled with paedophiles. 

You probably know that the same Margaret Tatcher was close friends with the worst paedophile Britain has ever known, Jimmy Savile. That Savile  was handed the keys to Broadmoor hospital and was made head of a task force to introduce reforms by Health Minister Edwina Curry. She says, of course, that she has nothing to hide. 

It's funny though, that when asked by one of Savile's victims here on twitter, whether she had ever seen Savile with a child, she did not respond. At one point, I gently reminded Curry of the question she'd been asked. Silence. Like she says, she has nothing to hide.

Ken Clarke was the Secretary of State for Health (1988-1990) at the time when Savile was handed the keys to Broadmoor. That's the same Ken Clarke who has been accused of molestation by former child actor and investigative journalist Ben Fellows. A complaint has been lodged. We've heard nothing more about it.

This is the same Ken Clarke, by the way, who created a bit of a furore in 2011 when he suggested that "date-rape" is not really rape, and was forced to apologize.

In the only way that politicians ever apologize, of course, by insisting that that he'd been been misquoted, misunderstood. Whatever. 

There are so many interesting politicians in the UK who've enjoyed great careers by hobnobbing  with or covering up for paedophiles, or by discrediting those who try to expose them.

Take Clare Short, for example. When MP Geoffrey Dickens spoke gathered evidence and spoke in parliament to expose paedophiles, putting his life at risk and exposing himself to death threats,

Clare Short accused him of cynical self promotion.  

Margret Hodge was made Minister for Children by Tony Blair, after she has successfully covered up child abuse in children's homes in Islington.

Hodge has also privately expressed the view that the Evening Standard had paid former residents of children's homes to make up stories about abuse. 

I could keep going, telling you about the young Tony Blair being caught cruising for sex in toilets, the same Blair who as prime minister ordered a news blackout on Operation Ore, preventing high ranking politicians being prosecuted for "child porn".

I could go on and on, and one of two things could happen. You could say, "hey, this can't all be a coincidence". Or you could say, "hey, this is nothing buy circumstantial evidence, coincidence, hearsay, unsubstantiated rumors". Paedophiles and the people who support them for their personal gain are extremely good at covering their tracks. They have infiltrated politics, the judiciary, the police, our media, our universities. They are brazen and manipulative. In a way, the more outrageous their behavior, the less inclined the public are to believe it's true, because it's just too outrageous to be true. This is human nature. Good people have a hard time believing that people are evil. 

So I've decided to present to you the case of Elio di Rupo, Prime Minister of Belgium since 2012. Sometimes it's easier to see how things work with a bit of geographical distance. Also, in this case, the evidence from whistle blowers in the police and from his victims is overwhelming and well documented. He has of course never been taken to court. His victims have mostly been paid off or disappeared, one appears to have died at a rather young age.

Belgian MP Laurent Louis (much more about him in a later post) tried to expose Mr di Rupo as a paedophile, and to expose the cover-up of the paedophile ring associated Marc Dutroux. He sent a letter to his fellow MPs and all media outlets in 2012 with this in mind. 

Was Mr di Rupo questioned? Ha-ha, you must be kidding! Laurent Louis, on the other hand, was forced to undergo a psychological assessment to prove his sanity in order to remain an MP. He has also been harassed, threatened and beaten up. When trying to expose the Dutroux coverup in parliament, all his fellow MPs stood up and left in protest. He is due in court later this year on trumped up charges, among other things he's been accused of leaking the names of Dutroux's victims, names that had been printed by every newspaper in Belgium since the case started! When Mr Louis questioned a minister in parliament about a large amount of missing files related to paedophiles, she claimed to have taken the files home, and that the cleaning lady threw them out by mistake!

Last week, Mr Louis was accused of being the brain behind a foiled military coup in the former Belgian colony of the Congo. You couldn't make it up. 

As a matter of no interest whatsoever, I'll treat you to a couple of amusing coincidences. As well as both of them being paedophiles, Jimmy Savile and Elio di Rupo were/are both freemasons, and both have strong links to Leeds. Savile, as we know, was born and spent much of his life there, and di Rupo worked there for a number of years as a University lecturer. Ah, academia. One of the favorite haunts for paedophiles. Along with politics, the judiciary, the media, education, child protection etc etc

Extract from di Rupo's interview with the BBC in 2008:

"Embarking on adult life, Mr Di Rupo left behind his Catholic upbringing, and described himself in the 2008 interview as an "atheist, rationalist and free mason". Already as a student in Mons, he had become active in the Socialist Party and his political career took off in the city, where he rose to become an MP and mayor. One of his achievements in Mons was to set up an international festival of love films in 1984, an annual February event held, appropriately enough, around St Valentine's Day." 

Aaaah. Festival of Love Films. Isn't that nice?

Before showing you the evidence of prime minister Elio di Rupo's career as a paedophile (article roughly translated from French, I take responsibility for any errors), I'll just show you some recent pictures of di Rupo hobnobbing with world leaders who made special visits to Belgium. Make no mistake, the paedophile rumours, let alone evidence, surrounding di Rupo are so strong that no national security service could have missed it. America and Israel are obviously not fussed.

Elio di Rupo welcoming Israeli prime m

Article appeared in L’Investigateur, issue 89, 3 May 2001

We know that in Belgium, pedophilia is not viewed as a defect, but rather a springboard for a career in a country where paedophile networks are even more influential than the Masonic lodges. Used as a means of political blackmail, pedophilia doesn’t break careers, it helps them. This vicious circle is represented at all levels of political, economic, cultural, social and religious life in this country. 

The best example is that of the former Vice-President of the Government of Belgium, Elio Di Rupo, now president of the Socialist Party (sic. Prime Minster since 2012!). The Supreme Court under the authority of Councillor Fischer has just decided not to follow up his dossier! Another paedophile is free to act with impunity in Belgium.


There are actually countless testimonies and complaints against Elio Di Rupo on which weighs a heavy silence, one that nobody is particularly eager to lift. Let's look at the details found in the original criminal case against Elio Di Rupo to which we had access.

A police record dated 4 December 1996, with the number 46492, with the testimony of a the boss of the gay nightclub "The Cancan". The boss testifies that This pattern qualifies Di Rupo homosexual who frequented the bar twice a month in the company of young callboys. 

A police record from Namur, with the number 12852/98, in which Jean-Marie Rulens, client  boy prostitute at "The Brick" nightclub in Liège. He states that Di Rupo was always at the club, amusing himself with boys aged around 14, and he paid them 15,000 belgian francs as a “treat”. He also stated that Di Rupo had practiced fellatio and sodomy with minors. We met with Rulens who confirmed the report and gave supporting details.

A note from prosecution number 3766117528/96, which refers to the declarations of the same Rulens and which identifies two minors aged 13 and 14, SP and CV, having sexual contact with Di Rupo and a man called Grafé for "fees" of between 3,000 and 5,000 francs. 

In the report, Di Rupo stated "There was never any violence against the minors, who were willing." We found these two boys: they confirm having sex, one when he was younger than 14 years old, with the so called "Elvis" in nightclubs.

A record from Wavre Police station dated 29 October 1996. Monique Delneste told officers assigned to the case about the comings and goings of young people in the company of Elio Di Rupo in a nearby building. We interviewed Ms. Delneste and visited the building to conduct the investigation that the local police forces didn’t complete. Other testimonies from neigbours are in exactly the same vein as that of Mrs. Delneste.

A report from the National Police Brigade dated 9 October 1996 also emphasizes the “special relationship” between Di Rupo and boys. It also speaks of a certain E.M., who was a “protege” of the then Deputy Prime Minister, who has been found dead.

A report from Brussels Police Station, dated December 3, 1996 and bearing the reference number 3766118068/96. It tells of sexual relations between Di Rupo and boys aged 16 to 18 years. The report states: "Given the reputation of Mr Di Rupo, we will not pursue the case further."
A record from the Police Judiciary in Brussels, with the number 46663 in which states Mr. Robyns, the driver of Jean-Pierre Grafé (note: former minister), November 5, 1996. The driver will refers to "orgies" noting that his own role was limited to simply "serving drinks."

A confidential note from MM. Demanet, Attorney General and prosecutor in Charleroi, dated 28 November 1996. He speaks among others things of a certain Jean-Luc Finet, charged with possession of child pornography tapes. His diary included the name and address of Elio Di Rupo.

Another police record in which the minor L.H. claims to have slept with the famous Mr Trusgnach (the young man who played a key role in a previous whitewash Mr Di Rupo), in the apartment and the bed of the former minister Jean-Pierre Grafé.

Countless anonymous letters that would interest us even though there were several that indicate Di Rupo was caught redhanded in Mons with a minor under 14 years in a white Saab. This car comes up quite often in anonymous letters. This testimony is also confirmed by two police officers.

Testimonies and anonymous letters describing a car accident in which Mr Di Rupo was accompanied by a young boy in... Sars la Buissière, not far from the house of Marc Dutroux.

Testimonies that prove that Trusgnach, Di Rupo, Grafé and a big cheese from the National Bank, whose identity is known to us, were frequently seen together in the gay bars “Le Garage” and “Le Tunnel”.

Many other clues and varied pieces of information, often anonymous and therefore not credible enough to be used as evidence. But what is surprising is that there is no trace of such anonymous letters in the files of the investigators. Letters which indicated precise addresses and names who could be interviewed and checked for veracity.


We also met some of the victims of of Di Rupo. We needed to know more about the nature of his his casual encounters. We investigated and discovered his new meeting place in two linked apartments in a residential complex situated next to the Clinique Saint-Luc in Brussels. The apartments allow visitors a discrete entrance via different buildings are in the name of an old gentleman, a powerful member of the Socialist Party, Mr Raemackers, whose love of young boys is a secret to nobody, least of all to the law. A judicial investigation was also opened following on from our investigations, against Raemackers.

Finally, neighbors, traders and private individuals living on the lower floors and apartments nearby, confirm, without being able to certify the exact ages of the young men who accompanied Di Rupo, that this address in Marekelaan was still used as his meeting place until at least 1998. 

We also met with the father of one of the victims of Di Rupo who tells us: "My son boasted a political bigwig put his hand down his pants. It was only later that I learned it was actually Elio Di Rupo. "


But the clearest evidence was provided by two municipal policemen in Mons in August 1989. One evening and on two occasions the two policemen surprised Elio Di Rupo next to Lac du Grand Large in Mons with a boy of 12 and a boy of 13 in his car. This was during their regular patrol of an area which was well known as a “secret sexual play area” for illegal and perverse activities.

"The kids had their lower bodies naked," tells one of the officers.
The police obviously noticed the identity of the well known Italo-Belgian and the children who are adults today still remember what happened to them. The two police men had at the time made no written record, as their communal hierarchy at the time recommended that they did not. However, they changed their minds after we spoke to them, and finally three years ago, a complaint was deposited with the Officer of the Police Judiciary, Michel Steylemans. The latter received their deposition and finally, two years later, passed it on to the court. We already know the result: case closed. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

David Aaronowich showing pretend sympathy for victims *gags*

Beware the imperfect memory. Sometimes the real victim in a child abuse scandal is the person wrongly accused
David Aaronowich, The Times Newspaper, 20 April 2013

Imagine you are one of two unfortunate people. First you are J, in your mid-forties. More than 30 years ago, in your early teens, you were repeatedly sexually abused by a number of people, one at least of whom is fairly famous. At the time you were confused and powerless and even inclined to blame yourself for what was happening. Although you told one or two adults at the time, they didn’t believe you, or even became angry with you. Since then you have suffered from depression and have found it hard to give or take love. But now, watching the Savile story unfold, you feel strong enough to come forward and tell the police what happened. Perhaps now there can be a little justice.
Now you are X. You’re a 65-year-old man who was once in the public eye. A friend rings you up one day and asks you in slightly embarrassed tones if you know what people are saying about you. Gradually you realise what is happening. There is a police operation looking into historic child abuse involving famous and powerful people. No names of those who are accused have been released, but various hints have been dropped and now online sources — websites and Twitter — have begun to name you as one of the anonymous abusers. Someone — a victim, apparently — recalls you visiting a children’s home and attending a drunken party where you took part in abuse. And it isn’t true. Your head is in a spin. Your sense of self seems to dissolve.
And now wake up. There are far more Js than Xs, I am fairly certain. More abused kids who weren’t believed than people who have been wrongly accused of abuse. And as The Times revealed yesterday on its front page, the habit of keeping accusations against celebrities, VIPs and politicians secret from other parts of the force can only have led to important information not going where it might have been used to better investigate and prosecute crime.
As regular readers know, I have said it over Savile and said it again over the grooming cases that the stance of disbelief that greeted many of the victims of child abuse was worse than a shame. And this internal police confidentiality has no doubt worsened the situation of abuse victims and allowed celebrity abusers to carry on abusing. It’s an irony, of course, that the motive may well have been to prevent corrupt officers selling gossip to newspapers. Gossip that might have been true. Or might have been untrue.
Because how do you balance the situations of J and X? And what about X minus? The dead X, who cannot sue or refute an allegation? How do you deal with the possibility that what the victim remembers is false?
“So they’re lying, Mr Aaronovitch?” come back a score of tweets and e-mails. “You too join the ranks of those who disbelieve the victims. You are part of the problem.”
I think that people can be and often are wrong without ever telling a deliberate untruth. This has to do with how memory works and how it can be altered. Reading a book this week by the journalist Will Storr reminded me of the case of Carol Felstead, a nurse who died in 2005. In The Heretics Storr describes the series of fantasies, events and therapists that led to Felstead claiming that she had uncovered formerly repressed memories of incest and family abuse.
Storr visited some of her therapists, including a senior person at the British Medical Association and another who works at the prestigious Tavistock Institute. They all believed Felstead’s new memories of family abuse and had helped her to recover them. But what, asked Storr, about her 1997 fantasy of being raped in Conservative Central Office by a former Cabinet minister using a claw hammer? “It could have happened,” was in essence their reply. One spoke of another patient of hers who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Margaret Thatcher. “From the way she said this,” the therapist went on, “I could see this had been deliberately done. She’d been drugged by people using Spitting Image masks.”
What Felstead did was an extreme case of what is called confabulation, or “honest lying”, and is a particular problem in historic abuse. Imagine a confused memory of an event in early adulthood, iterated and reiterated, perhaps in the context of support groups and suggestive questioning. Does that not sound a little like what might have led to the false accusations against Lord McAlpine, hinted at on Newsnight last autumn?
Now add confirmation bias to confabulation. Felstead’s therapists obviously felt that her account of her abuse fitted their preconceptions. They zoned out information that sat badly with reality or found improbable explanations that suggested that their theories still worked. In the same way the police or other authorities dismissed without proper investigation the evidence of abused youngsters because they had the wrong histories, the wrong accents or the wrong appearance.
I raise this because of some of the reporting of Operation Fairbank and its offshoot, Operation Fernbridge. Fairbank was set up after the Labour MP Tom Watson told the Commons, at the height of the Savile revelations, that — among other things — there were serious accusations against famous people that had gone uninvestigated.
Fernbridge is a specific investigation into allegations that, in the early 1980s, teenagers were abused at a Richmond children’s home and at a nearby guesthouse. The investigative journalism outfit Exaro has published nearly 40 different short reports on Fernbridge since November, many of them dovetailing into stories carried in other newspapers.
Early on, Exaro’s editor claimed that there would be “seismic” revelations involving several former Conservative senior ministers. And Exaro’s work has, as they more or less admit, been expedited by systematic leaks from within the police operation itself. Exaro was somehow present when two men (neither of them famous) were arrested by police last month. On February 16 Exaro reported that police were “preparing to arrest” a former minister.
Of course, all this has fuelled online speculation about the identity of the still unarrested minister, about who the other ministers and celebrities are and what they supposedly did. Eccentric lists circulate. Confident claims are made. I’ve read them and they are easily found.
So there are victims and there are victims. And what this column is saying is let’s be careful — both ways — not to deal with one at the expense of the other. Who would want to be either J or X?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Please excuse this outburst, unless it's aimed at you

I just read someone’s comment on a blog, and now I can’t sleep. “David” commented on The Needle blog (which is excellent) that he didn’t want to read blogs by abuse survivors unless they were “intelligent” and “articulate”.

I guess it’s his loss. I don’t know why I bother to get angry.

Well actually, I do. It’s the presumption that abuse survivors should act in a way that “the public” can understand, accept and feel comfortable with that irks me.

But, the world and the people in it being what it is and what they are, I have decided to help improve communication with people such as “David” by putting together a list of helpful advice for child sexual abuse survivors.

The list is brought to you by the sarcastic, bitter and twisted part of my brain. To the many wonderful people who are not “David” or a similar person, I appologise in advance and profusely.


1) Be intelligent and articulate if you allow yourself to share your experiences with the general public

2) Don’t be angry. It’s upsetting.

3) Don’t cry. It’s disconcerting.

4) Don’t blame any of the following on the fact that you were forced to spend your childhood getting raped; eating disorders, mental instability, drug or substance abuse, criminal records, health problems, self harm, suicide or general fuckups. Grow up and take responsibility for your life!

5) Time’s a great healer. Heal. Now.

6) Be positive! There are starving children in Africa who are worse off than you.

7) Why didn’t you tell someone at the time?

8) If you did tell someone at the time and they ignored you, why didn’t you tell someone else?

9) Why didn’t you repeat 7) and 8) ad infinitum until satisfaction was achieved, even if you were ashamed, confused and scared shitless?

 10) In fact, why didn’t you, at the time of being an abused child, behave a bit more like an adult? Hmmm?

11) Tell the police.

12) If you already told the police, and they wouldn’t listen to you, remember that they are very busy people.

13) Tell you MP.

14) If you already told your MP etc. etc. refer to point 12)

15) Remember that people who rape children have beards and are generally unattractive (refer to mainstream media newspapers for evidence). Don’t accuse anyone who is charming, powerful or has connections with charity. Apart from Savile, who was a one off.

16) Don’t question the efficacy of the  legal justice system or the good intentions of those who govern, even if many of them side with or are proven to be paedophiles. What do you want, a revolution?

17) Remember that everything’s different now, and this shit doesn’t happen anymore.