Monthly Archives: November 2013

Dirty Wars

Over the coming week, Exaro News are hosting panel discussions after screenings of the film ‘Dirty Wars’.

Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill stumbles upon a US night raid gone badly wrong in a remote corner of Afghanistan, where a witness swears to having seen American soldiers digging bullets out of the bodies of pregnant dead women. Intent on exposing the truth, Scahill is drawn into a dark and disquieting world of covert operations underpinning the ‘War on Terror’—unknown to the public, and carried out across the globe by men who do not exist on paper and may never be held to account.

An explosive and daring piece of filmmaking, Scahill and director Rowley throw open a Pandora’s box of black ops, kill lists, drone strikes, and clandestine wings of the US military, for whom the war-torn Middle East has become a lawless Wild West. In an era in which the ethics of state security grow thornier by the day, DIRTY WARS is essential viewing.

Picturehouses

There are three events:

Sunday 1st December 2013, 3pm screening at the Greenwich Picture House with host Mark Watts.

Friday 6th December 2013, 6pm screening at the Oxford Picture House with host Nick Fielding.

Saturday 7th December 2013, 6.30pm screening at the Hackney Picture house with host John Davidson.

You can book online on the Picturehouses website or call the Box Office on 0871 902 5734 (10p a minute from a landline)

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Army Dreamers

The Friday Night Song

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Stuart Hall Faces 15 Charges Of Rape

We’ll have to wait and see if this has further consequences. Is he alleged to have acted alone ?

It looks like my own speculation about a possible plea bargain earlier in the year is miles off the mark.

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Ex-BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has appeared in court facing 15 charges of rape and one count of indecent assault involving two girls.

The allegations relate to girls aged 16 or under and are said to have taken place in Greater Manchester and Cheshire between 1976 and 1981.

He sat in the dock at Preston Crown Court as future hearing dates were set.

The next appearance at court will be on 28 February, when he is expected to enter a plea.

BBC News

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Cat Amongst The Pigeons.

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Well, that last article about Carole Kasir certainly stirred things up.

I can understand why.

For most, the ‘Mary Moss Documents’ are the primary source of information on Elm Guest House and by challenging the credibility of Carole Kasir, whose testimony appears at first glance to be central to those documents, it might appear that I’m discrediting the documents in toto and by doing that suggesting that child abuse did not take place at Elm Guest House. Certainly, some have chosen to interpret my post that way. In fact the majority of documents are not connected to Carole Kasir’s testimony.

This is all very disappointing for me for a number of reasons. Firstly, no one appears to have paid attention to the three points that I made at the end. So, for the record; I have no doubt whatsoever that child abuse took place at Elm Guest House. Let me repeat that: ‘no doubt whatsoever’. I can not say at this stage the extent of it or exactly how organised it was but that adults sexually abused children at Elm Guest House is not in question in my own mind.

Secondly, I’m extremely disappointed by the reaction to that post by some people. They appear unable to realise that by clinging to every aspect of the popular version of events, regardless of whether they can be clearly shown to be untrue,  they risk distracting attention from credible evidence of child abuse. How does that help victims ?

The Needle has always sought to be informative and we’re going to continue to publish as much information as is possible within the constraints of the law and while respecting undertakings of confidentiality.

For me this is not about hits on a blog or popularity on Twitter, for me this is about establishing the truth and putting it in the public domain and that is what we’re going to do.

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Operation Fernbridge: Carole Kasir, A Liar ?

Vindictive Liar ?

Vindictive Liar ?

Over the last year I’ve had contact  with a number of confidential sources who have helped me to form a better understanding of the kind of person Carole Kasir was.

My view, at this time, is that she was a selfish, vindictive, manipulative liar, and an alcoholic.

If Chris Fay and I disagree it is not that she lied to him, which he accepts, but how much she lied to him.

Following the raid on the Elm Guest House in June 1982, Carole’s son was taken into care and placed in Grafton Close children’s home and the evidence appears to show that eight years later Carole Kasir approached NAYPIC with a view to maligning those people responsible for taking her son into care.

I know of two clear examples where she did this. Examples where two men Carole Kasir accused of child abuse at Elm Guest House couldn’t have plausibly done so, two men who were involved in the care of her son. Both of these men have been described to me by those that have met them as decent, honourable, child welfare professionals, both now retired, who had spent their working life protecting children from abuse and who were certainly not responsible for it.

Given these clear examples where Carole Kasir has been shown to have lied, is it reasonable, in the absence of any corroborating evidence, to assume that in every other case she told the truth ?

I’m not suggesting that everyone she named is innocent, only that Carole Kasir is not a credible source and that without corroborative evidence it would be extremely foolish to suggest that all men that she named were child abusers.

That does not mean that the ‘Mary Moss Documents’ do not contain interesting evidence and information which raises important questions.

1) Why do Elm Guest House room-bookings refer to ‘children’ ?

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2) What was the exact nature of the involvement of Spartacus at Elm Guest House ?

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3) What was the exact reason for the raid on Elm Guest House ?

These questions stand outside of Carole Kasir’s testimony and are still valid in my view.

Note 1: This post does not allude to any person who is currently awaiting trial.

Note 2: The view that is expressed here has been formed as a direct result of six different, independent confidential sources all with very different perspectives on this subject.

Note 3:  Some posts were removed from this blog because I felt that they either may prejudice a future trial or because I felt that they might mislead readers.

Note 4: I have never been pressured by anyone to remove any post.

Note 5: This is the limit of what I wish to publish on this subject at this stage.

If you have information connected to Operations Fairbank or Fernbridge you can call them direct on 0207 161 0500.

Or you can contact NAPAC on 0800 085 3330 free from landlines, 3, EE, Vodafone and Virgin mobile phones or 0808 801 0331 free from O2, EE and Vodafone mobile phones.

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Stuck In The Middle With You

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Ian Watkins Pleads Guilty

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Ian Watkins the former lead singer of Lostprophets, has pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to rape a baby.

I don’t normally swear but ‘what a sick f#@&!’

This afternoon Watkins, 36, lead singer with the Lostprophets, is facing jail after dramatically changing his plea at the start of trial on a string of sex charges.

The singer – a former boyfriend of BBC radio and television presenter Fearne Cotton – pleaded guilty to sex offences involving the babies of two women fans.

He pleaded guilty to attempting to rape the 11-month-old baby of a fan ‘Woman A’ and conspiring to rape the baby daughter of another fan ‘Woman B’.

The two fans, both in their twenties and from different parts of England, are also facing jail after admitting their role in the sex offences on their own children.

Paedophile: Cardiff Crown Court heard Watkins was videoed committing the depraved acts and was ‘clearly identifiable’ because of his many tattoos and his voice

Cardiff Crown Court heard Watkins was videoed committing the depraved acts and was ‘clearly identifiable’ because of his many tattoos and his voice.

But Watkins claimed not to remember doing it because he was a ‘heavy user’ of class A drugs including Crystal Meth at the time.

Watkins spoke only to enter his pleas as he admitted attempting to rape the baby.

The singer, dressed in a three-piece dark blue suit, also admitted sexually assaulting the baby by touching him.

He was filmed committing the sex acts on the baby the day after Lostprophets final album Weapons was released.

Daily Mail

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