In what twisted reality does “reasons of national security” validate withholding evidence of child abuse because the perpetrator is/was a parliamentary or government representative?
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), who has been accused by Survivors of Organized and Institutional Abuse (Soia) of marginalizing survivors – had been hearing testimony and evidence regarding Liberal PM for Rochdale Cyril Smith’ abuse of power, and his indulgence in a sordid series of indecent episodes with young boys towards whom he had a special responsibility, when it came to light that British PM Theresa May used her position to suppress documents that are thought to shed light on years of ongoing pedophilia and child abuse within Westminster and contained names of “several” high-level politicians in the UK and US who are connected to an elite pedophile ring, citing reasons of national security as cause.
According to police, Smith had been investigated previously for serious allegations of sexual abuse of boys in care homes in Rochdale. The police investigation was dropped in 1970. Smith died in 2010 and two years later the Crown Prosecution Service admitted that he would have faced prosecution for allegations of child abuse where he still alive with allegations that had surfaced since.
Additionally, evidence was presented that MI5 had been aware at the time that the Director of Public Prosecutions had lied to journalists about not charging the MP, saying a case hadn’t been referred to them.
Prior to SOIA distancing itself from the IICSA, another victims’ group, Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (Sosa) – one of the largest victims’ groups involved, had also pulled out of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), describing it as a “stage-managed event”.
The IICSA has been plagued by problems since it was set up by then home secretary Theresa May in 2014 to investigate the handling of abuse by public bodies.
Labour MP Lisa Nandy was quoted as saying: “For far too many child abuse survivors, cover-ups, secrecy, institutions that act in denial will be far too familiar.
“And I’m not the first person to say that this feels like a cover-up. In fact there are a number of child abuse survivors who have been involved in the inquiry who are voicing those concerns as well.”