Thursday, 9 February 2017

Colin Wallace what the HIA child abuse inquiry redacted -here it is

By Robin Ramsay

 By their redactions shall ye know them In the 45 page essay on his case and matters relating to Kincora which Colin Wallace submitted to the Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry, only two sections were redacted before the material was placed on the HIA site. They are in italics below. 

Colin Wallace: As the Inquiry is aware, some of the allegations made by [Robin] Bryans, and which the Sussex Police were presumably aware of from the documents Bryans circulated, involved some of the most prominent people in the country at that time. In particular, he claimed that a former British ambassador to the Irish Republic had sexually abused boys from a Dublin 

 The ambassador, he claimed, also had a lengthy homosexual relationship with Peter Montgomery’s brother, and later, as Chairman of the Travellers Club in London, he had introduced Peter Montgomery and his brother, Anthony Blunt and Peter Hayman to the Club. Peter Hayman, is now known to have been a serial paedophile. From this we can see that not only were there links between McGrath, Knox Cunningham and Peter Montgomery, but also that Cunningham and Montgomery were linked with homosexual activities involving prominent people in Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic and London. When Fred Holroyd and I interviewed Robin Bryans he told us about a Belfast artist/painter called Sidney Smith who was allegedly a close friend of Sir Knox Cunningham and who was one of a group of paedophiles who frequented the Ormeau Park area of the city. Bryans had apparently known Mrs Smith’s family for years and she had admitted to him that her husband had sexually abused their daughter when she was a child. According to Bryans, the Smith family moved from Belfast to London where Smith became an active member of a paedophile group made up of very well known personalities. He also said that Mrs Smith had told him about some of the very famous people who visited their home in London prior to the break-up of their marriage. I am not going to refer in this submission to some of the names mentioned to me by Bryans because the Inquiry is already aware of who they are and I have no way of knowing if the allegations made by Bryans are correct. In his book, Let The Petals Fall (published in July 1993) he [Bryans] says: ‘The Jewish artist best-known to Knox Cunningham was Sidney Smith of Belfast who took part for years in a child sex abuse ring on both sides of the Border. John McKeague never faced prosecution for his sexual activities with consenting teenager boys and British Intelligence monitored every devious move made by Knox Cunningham to cover up the criminal tracks of fellow Orangemen. Knox never hesitated to flex his legal muscles for illegal purposes as a Queen’s Counsel. Knox could also cite chapter and verse about Sidney Smith's similar immunity from prosecution over his years of sex with unconsenting children as young as three years.

 Smith’s protection by famous people applied not only on both sides of the Border in Ireland but on both sides of the Atlantic.’ Although the sexual abuse allegations relating to Sidney Smith pre-date the Kincora sexual abuse allegations, the links between McGrath, Knox Cunningham, and Peter Montgomery and others make them relevant to the HIA Inquiry. The second redacted section is on pp. 49/50 and concerns a British agent – i.e. a civilian volunteer, not an intelligence officer – in Northern Ireland, James Miller. Miller gave evidence to the Saville Inquiry but was was identified only as ‘Observer B’. His MI5 handler ‘Julian’ described him as ‘perfectly reliable and truthful’ and ‘an extremely brave fellow’. Julian also reported in that in 1971, when Miller infiltrated Tara, an extract from an intelligence assessment of him described him as ‘very tough, physically and mentally. A most trustworthy and enthusiastic agent, whose enthusiasm sometimes leads to incaution’. ‘Julian’ told the Saville Inquiry that a report on Miller in November 1972 described him as ‘a reliable agent whose reports are essentially detailed, providing, I would think, valuable “op int” [operational intelligence] for the security forces’. The fact that his reports are described as ‘essentially detailed’ is important as the more detail an agent gives the easier it is to check its reliability. 

So there is the HIA strategy laid bare. Three witnesses, Colin Wallace, James Miller and Roy Garland, said that the security services knew about McGrath’s abuse of the boys in his care and did nothing. The inquiry’s report claims that Wallace fabricated his 1974 memorandum which shows this; Roy Garland is falsely described in the report as a sex partner of McGrath and is thus (sort of) discredited;6 and material showing Miller’s reliability as a British agent in Northern Ireland is redacted. Also suppressed are suggestions that the McGrath trail leads out into the wider homosexual subculture in Northern Ireland among the Protestant social elite. 6 These are discussed in ‘Colin Wallace and the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry’ in this issue. Grauniadia Well, the Guardian has run another story about Julian Assange, this time attributing to him things he hasn’t said.

Thanks to Lobster Magazine

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