MI5 accused of covering up sexual abuse at boys’ home

MI5 accused of covering up sexual abuse at boys’ home by Vikram Dodd and Richard Norton-Taylor.

From the post:

MI5 is facing allegations it was complicit in the sexual abuse of children, the high court in Northern Ireland will hear on Tuesday.

Victims of the abuse are taking legal action to force a full independent inquiry with the power to compel witnesses to testify and the security service to hand over documents.

The case, in Belfast, is the first in court over the alleged cover-up of British state involvement at the Kincora children’s home in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. It is also the first of the recent sex abuse cases allegedly tying in the British state directly. Victims allege that the cover-up over Kincora has lasted decades.

The victims want the claims of state collusion investigated by an inquiry with full powers, such as the one set up into other sex abuse scandals chaired by the New Zealand judge Lowell Goddard.

Amnesty International branded Kincora “one of the biggest scandals of our age” and backed the victims’ calls for an inquiry with full powers: “There are longstanding claims that MI5 blocked one or more police investigations into Kincora in the 1970s in order to protect its own intelligence-gathering operation, a terrible indictment which raises the spectre of countless vulnerable boys having faced further years of brutal abuse.

It’s too early to claim victory but, Belfast boys’ home abuse victims win legal bid by Henry McDonald:

Residents of a notorious Northern Ireland boys’ home are to be allowed to challenge a decision to exclude it from the UK-wide inquiry into establishment paedophile rings.

A high court judge in Belfast on Tuesday granted a number of former inmates from the Kincora home a judicial review into the decision to keep this scandal out of the investigation, headed by judge Lowell Goddard from New Zealand.

The Kincora boys’ home has been linked to a paedophile ring, some of whose members were allegedly being blackmailed by MI5 and other branches of the security forces during the Troubles.

Until now, the home secretary, Theresa May, has resisted demands from men who were abused at the home – and Amnesty International – that the inquiry be widened to include Kincora.

The campaigners want to establish whether the security services turned a blind eye to the abuse and instead used it to compromise a number of extreme Ulster loyalists guilty of abusing boys at the home.

If you read carefully you will see the abuse victims have won the right to challenge the exclusion of the boys home from a UK wide investigation. A long way from forcing MI5 and other collaborators in sexual abuse of children to provide an accounting in the clear light of day.

Leaked documents, caches of spy cables, spy documents, always show agents of the government protecting war criminals, paedophiles, engaging in torture, including rape and other dishonorable conduct.

My question is why does the mainstream media honors the fiction that government secrets are meant to protect the public? Government secrets are used to protect guilty, the dishonorable and the despicable. What’s unclear about that?

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