Posts Tagged ‘Kincora Boys’ Home’

Lobster: Sunday Times Ran MI5 Smear Stories against Maurice Oldfield

March 10, 2018

It seems that the Sunset Times has a long history of smearing people for the powers that be, and that the libel about Mike being an anti-Semite and Holocaust Denier is just the latest of these vile smears.

I found this interesting little snippet in Lobster’s review of Martin Dillon’s The Enemy Within: The IRA’s War against the British (London: Doubleday 1994), in issue 30, page 41. It reads

Stories about Maurice Oldfield ’emanated from the ongoing conflict between MI5 and MI6… MI5 used RUC Special Branch to circulate stories about Oldfield going to the town of Comber to pick up young men (and) that the ageing spy chief was involved in the Kincora boys’ home in East Belfast. (p. 192). (This story, I seem to remember, was first run through the Sunday Times).

The Kincora Boys’ Home was the centre of a major scandal in the late 1970s, when it was revealed that the children in the care home were being sent out to be abused by high-ranking members of the Loyalist community in Ulster.

Going forward in time, it was either the Sunday Times, or its sister paper, the Times, that smeared Michael Foot, the former Labour leader, as a KGB spy, codename ‘Comrade Boot’. Foot did what Mike intends to do, and sued. He won. But obviously the paper hasn’t learned anything, and is still merrily flinging mud for the benefit of the Tories and the Israel lobby.

Vox Political: What Happened to the other 39 Indecent Images Patrick Rock was Caught With?

June 1, 2016

Here’s another Tory scandal on top of a scandal. Yesterday Mike put up a piece reporting the trial of Patrick Rock, the Cameron aid, who was caught and arrested by the rozzers for possession of 59 indecent pictures of children. According to Mike’s article, however, he’s only being charged with possession of 20. So what’s happened to the other 39? Mike reasonably asks if there’s been a stitch up.

Has there been a stitch-up in the child abuse imagery case against Cameron’s aide Patrick Rock?

The article Mike quotes from and links to states that the images are category C. This is the mildest level of child pornography. It states that the children are clothed, but placed in sexualised positions. Mike therefore considers it highly possible that Rock will therefore get off, and the trial would stop as soon as it starts because the evidence against Rock is less than convincing. Rock is claiming that it is no more immoral than Britney Spears performing for her video, Hit Me Baby One More Time, when she was 16.

You are left wondering if the evidence has been altered in order to prevent Rock from going to gaol. The other 39 images could have been quietly ditched, because they were much harder and would have had Rock sent to prison if shown to a court and jury.

On the other hand, there could be a more innocent explanation. It may well be that much of the evidence against Rock was considered too weak on its own to get a conviction against Rock, and so the police have concentrated on using the strongest evidence. Either way it, all looks very suspicious.

The trial should also be the centre of even more attention, coming as it does at the same time there is another investigation of murky events at the Kincora Boys’ home in Northern Ireland in the 1970s and ’80s. This was the centre of a major child abuse scandal, including allegations that the boys were being prostituted out for the sick pleasure of leading Ulster loyalists. And there are strong suspicions that this was also covered up, not just because of the abusers’ membership of the Establishment, but also because of the desire to close ranks amongst the British elite against the Nationalists during the Troubles.