Once again, Fred Burks of wanttoknow.info has compiled a very useful list of mainstream articles that throws the details of any particular case of sexual abuse, including child sexual abuse, in a perspective so broad that it seems to implicate all of contemporary life.
Who does not know at least one person who was abused as a child? And not just by the PTB “out there” in the world, but also in the deeply private, and shameful, secret context of family — sibling, parent, grandparent, family friend . . .
Always, an abuse of power. Of control by the strong of the weak. Of an acting out of obsession, compulsion.
Someone told me recently that he heard from some channel or other that while ours has been the age of “Power,” the next will be the age of “Relationship.” Let us hope so! Certainly, when power is applied to what should be the intimate interchange of energies between two people, there is no relationship present, only domination. The “other,” treated not as Martin Buber would say, a “thou,” but as an “it,” a thing.
When, oh when, will we wake up?
“The world is not a collection of objects, but a communion of subjects.” — Thomas Berry
September 14, 2012
by Fred Burks
Sexual abuse has been around since the dawn of civilization. For the vast majority of time, it has been swept under the rug, particularly child sex abuse. Only in the last century has it even been talked about in public forums. The prevalence of this very sad and damaging behavior, especially child sexual abuse, has been and likely continues to be much more rampant than most would imagine. Yet the good news is that in recent decades, the awareness of sexual abuse and efforts to stop it have grown by leaps and bounds.
The summaries of the major media news articles on sexual abuse below may be very disturbing to read. Yet the fact this is now being widely reported and exposed in the mainstream media shows that the times are changing. This increased awareness is giving children and other victims of sexual abuse the confidence to find support. And as it becomes increasingly harder to hide abuse, those that abuse others are realizing that there are serious consequences. Some are even seeking help to deal with their uncontrolled sexual desires.
With growing public awareness of the severity of this key issue, the incidence of sexual abuse is almost certainly decreasing all the time. This cannot help but lead to a healthier and happier way of living for all of us. Please help by educating yourself and others so that we can stop the abuse and build a more caring and loving society. Together, we are making a big difference. Thank you for caring.
Massive Pentagon Child Pornography Accusations Not Investigated
The Pentagon porn story began in 2006. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] child pornography sting operation called Project Flicker produced payment records of about 5,200 people, many of whom provided Army or fleet zip codes or military e-mail addresses. Subsequently, the Pentagon’s investigative branch, DCIS, began going through the ICE list to identify who actually was a DOD employee. The investigation, however, only ran for eight months, and only cross-checked some 3,500 names for Pentagon ties. According to DCIS documents revealed in a Freedom of Information Act request, out of that 3,500, investigators uncovered 264 employees or contractors, including staffers for the secretary of defense. Nine people had top security clearances. But only about 20 percent of those 264 people were completely investigated. Fewer still were prosecuted. After about eight months, the entire probe was halted. It left about 1,700 names totally unchecked, 1,700 alleged kiddie porn customers, an unknown number of whom may still work in some capacity for the Defense Department. Late last summer, after investigations by “The Boston Globe” and Yahoo! News revealed the figures, a Pentagon spokesman promised to reopen the investigation, conceding that DCIS had stopped due to lack of resources. DCIS says it is now revisiting all 5,200 names. They have now identified 302 employees or staffers. [Yet] of the 302 people confirmed as DOD personnel or contractors, only 70 of them were actually investigated.
Note: To see the CNN video clip of this important news, click here. Isn’t it interesting that the Pentagon, with it’s huge budget, claims the investigation was stopped due to “lack of resources.” If you are ready to see how investigations into a massive child sex abuse ring have led to the highest levels of government, watch the suppressed Discovery Channel documentary “Conspiracy of Silence,” available here.
Predator Priests Shuffled Around Globe
2010-04-14, CBS News/Associated Press
There he was, five decades later, the priest who had raped Joe Callander in Massachusetts. The photo in the Roman Catholic newsletter showed him with a smile across his wrinkled face, near-naked Amazon Indian children in his arms and at his feet. The Rev. Mario Pezzotti was working with children and supervising other priests in Brazil. It’s not an isolated example. In an investigation spanning 21 countries across six continents, The Associated Press found 30 cases of priests accused of abuse who were transferred or moved abroad. Some escaped police investigations. Many had access to children in another country, and some abused again. A priest who admitted to abuse in Los Angeles went to the Philippines, where U.S. church officials mailed him checks and advised him not to reveal their source. A priest in Canada was convicted of sexual abuse and then moved to France, where he was convicted of abuse again in 2005. Another priest was moved back and forth between Ireland and England, despite being diagnosed as a pederast, a man who commits sodomy with boys. “The pattern is if a priest gets into trouble and it’s close to becoming a scandal or if the law might get involved, they send them to the missions abroad,” said Richard Sipe, a former Benedictine monk and critic of what he says is a practice of international transfers of accused and admitted priest child abusers. “Anything to avoid a scandal.”
Note: This is only the tip of the iceberg. If you want to understand how pedophile rings have infiltrated the highest levels of government, don’t miss the powerful Discovery Channel documentary on this available here.
Recent Charges of Sexual Abuse of Children in Hollywood Just Tip of Iceberg, Experts Say
2011-12-05, Fox News
If a spate of recent allegations proves true, Hollywood may have a hideous epidemic on its hands. The past two weeks have brought three separate reports of alleged child sexual abuse in the entertainment industry. Martin Weiss, a 47-year-old Hollywood manager who represented child actors, was charged in Los Angeles on Dec. 1 with sexually abusing a former client. His accuser, who was under 12 years old during the time of the alleged abuse, reported to authorities that Weiss told him “what they were doing was common practice in the entertainment industry.” Weiss has pleaded not guilty. On Nov. 21, Fernando Rivas, 59, an award-winning composer for “Sesame Street,” was arraigned on charges of coercing a child “to engage in sexually explicit conduct” in South Carolina. The Juilliard-trained composer was also charged with production and distribution of child pornography. Registered sex offender Jason James Murphy, 35, worked as a casting agent in Hollywood for years before his past kidnapping and sexual abuse of a boy was revealed by the Los Angeles Times.Revelations of this sort come as no surprise to former child star Corey Feldman. Feldman, 40, himself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, unflinchingly warned of the world of pedophiles who are drawn to the entertainment industry last August. “I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia,” Feldman told ABC’s Nightline. “That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry… It’s the big secret.”
‘Invisible War’ exposes widespread rape in U.S. military
2012-01-22, Chicago Tribune/Reuters
Rape in the American armed forces is an issue that has quietly been gathering attention over the past decade. The documentary “The Invisible War” [is] a devastating indictment of the government’s inaction on the issue. Director Kirby Dick brought a powerful weapon to his film: victim after eloquent victim, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard, Army and Air Force veterans who were assaulted by fellow officers, supervisors or recruits. They tell their stories in courageous detail, and it quickly becomes clear that these are not isolated incidents but a pattern reflective of a widespread rot within America’s military institution, one that betrays its essential values. One Marine, Ariana Klay, was raped by a fellow officer in the elite Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. A Navy officer, Trina McDonald, was drugged and raped repeatedly by fellow officers on a remote base in Alaska. Coast Guard recruit Kori Cioca was raped and then assaulted — smacked so hard in the face that it dislocated her jaw, causing her permanent damage and pain for which the Veterans Administration declines to provide medical coverage. Every woman in the film has had her life shattered by this event — not necessarily because of the rape, but because of the response by the military establishment. After lodging complaints, the women were met with indifference or targeted retaliation. They have had to leave the military. Some were threatened with violence. Almost none of the alleged perpetrators were brought up on charges or punished in any way.
Note: As this article appears to have disappeared from the Tribune website, you can also find it on the Reuters website atthis link. To learn about documented sexual abuse in secret CIA mind control programs, click here.
Homosexual prostitution inquiry ensnares VIPs with Reagan, Bush
1989-06-29, WantToKnow.info/Washington Times
A homosexual prostitution ring is under investigation by federal and District authorities and includes among its clients key officials of the Reagan and Bush administrations, military officers, congressional aides and US and foreign businessmen with close social ties to Washington’s political elite. Reporters for this newspaper examined hundreds of credit-card vouchers, drawn on both corporate and personal cards and made payable to the escort service operated by the homosexual ring. Among clients who charged homosexual prostitutes services on major credit cards over the past 18 months are Charles K. Dutcher, former associate director of presidential personnel in the Reagan administration, and Paul R. Balach, Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole’s political personnel liaison to the White House. Members of major news organizations also procured escort services from the ring, credit card documents show. These include Stanley Mark Tapscott, who was an assistant managing editor of The Washington Times. Before joining The Times, Mr. Tapscott worked for the Office of Personnel Management in the Reagan administration. A major concern, said the former official with longtime ties to top-ranking military intelligence officers, was that hostile foreign intelligence services were using young male prostitutes to compromise top administration homosexuals, thus making them subject to blackmail.
Note: How is it possible that this major story was not covered by any major media other than the Washington Times? For answers to this question, click here. For more on this astonishing case, don’t miss the excellent, reliable resources and the powerful, suppressed Discovery Channel documentary available here. For an insider’s story of how prostitution was regularly used to compromise politicians, click here.
Nebraska Inquiry Is Given File on Sex Abuse of Foster Children
1988-12-25, New York Times
A state file containing reports of physical and sexual abuse of foster children, based on interviews with some of the children and including one instance reminiscent of slave auctions, has been turned over to the Executive Board of the Nebraska Legislature. One of the reports in the file … is an account by [a] victim who described parties at various places, including Omaha and cities to which she was flown on the East Coast … including one in which the … teen-ager was made to stand nude at a party while she was offered at auction to the highest bidder. “I don’t know if they can prove it,” the source said, “but if one-tenth of what that girl is saying is true, I’d sure hate to have her talking about me.” The foster care agency’s submission of the file is among the latest developments in a case that began surfacing Nov. 4, when the Government’s National Credit Union Administration shut down the Franklin Community Federal Credit Union in Omaha. The agency … subsequently filed suit against Lawrence E. King Jr., Franklin Community’s manager and treasurer, charging him with diverting millions of dollars of the institution’s money to his own purposes. In all, the agency says, Franklin Community is missing $38 million. Mr. King has not been accused of personally engaging in child sexual abuse. But a number of widening Federal and state investigations into the credit union’s collapse are aimed in part at determining whether any of the money he is accused of embezzling was ever used to transport children or to pay them for sex.
Note: This article reveals only a small part of what is known about a sophisticated pedophile ring that reaches to the highest levels of government. For more on the suppressed Franklin Scandal, don’t miss the excellent, reliable resources and the powerful Discovery Channel documentary available here. Note also the Christmas date of this article. You might be surprised at how often the press discloses the most deeply revealing information on key cover-ups on holidays, when few read the paper.
Abuse Scandal Inquiry Damns Paterno and Penn State
2012-07-13, New York Times
In 1998, officials at Penn State, including its president and its legendary football coach, were aware Jerry Sandusky was being investigated by the university’s police department for possibly molesting two young boys in the football building’s showers. They followed the investigation closely, updating one another along the way. The officials did nothing. No one so much as spoke to Mr. Sandusky. Last month, Mr. Sandusky, for three decades one of Joe Paterno’s top coaching lieutenants, was convicted of sexually attacking 10 young boys, nine of them after the 1998 investigation, and several of them in the same football building showers. Louis J. Freeh, the former federal judge and director of the F.B.I. who spent the last seven months examining the Sandusky scandal at Penn State, issued a damning conclusion [on July 12]: The most senior officials at Penn State had shown a “total and consistent disregard” for the welfare of children, had worked together to actively conceal Mr. Sandusky’s assaults, and had done so for one central reason: fear of bad publicity.That publicity, Mr. Freeh said, would have hurt the nationally ranked football program, Mr. Paterno’s reputation as a coach of high principles, the Penn State “brand” and the university’s ability to raise money as one of the most respected public institutions in the country.
Vatican Declined to Defrock U.S. Priest Who Abused Boys
2010-03-24, New York Times
Top Vatican officials — including the future Pope Benedict XVI — did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even though several American bishops repeatedly warned them that failure to act on the matter could embarrass the church, according to church files newly unearthed as part of a lawsuit. The internal correspondence from bishops in Wisconsin directly to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope, shows that while church officials tussled over whether the priest should be dismissed, their highest priority was protecting the church from scandal. The documents emerge as Pope Benedict is facing other accusations that he and direct subordinates often did not alert civilian authorities or discipline priests involved in sexual abuse when he served as an archbishop in Germany and as the Vatican’s chief doctrinal enforcer. The Wisconsin case involved an American priest, the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy, who worked at a renowned school for deaf children from 1950 to 1974. But it is only one of thousands of cases forwarded over decades by bishops to the Vatican office called the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, led from 1981 to 2005 by Cardinal Ratzinger.
Note: If you want to know just how deep this goes, watch the powerfully revealing documentary “Conspiracy of Silence,” available at this link.
Report: Boy Scout files reveal repeat child abuse
Ausust 5, 2012, Boston Globe/Associated Press
Internal documents from the Boy Scouts of America reveal more than 125 cases in which men suspected of molestation allegedly continued to abuse Scouts, despite a blacklist meant to protect boys from sexual predators. A Los Angeles Times review of more than 1,200 files from 1970 to 1991 found suspected abusers regularly remained in the organization after officials were first presented with sexual misconduct allegations. Predators moved from troop to troop because of clerical errors, computer glitches or the Scouts’ failure to check the blacklist, known as the “perversion files.” In at least 50 cases, the Scouts expelled suspected abusers, only to discover they had re-entered the organization and were accused of molesting again. In other cases, officials failed to document reports of abuse in the first place, letting offenders stay in the program until new allegations came to light. One scoutmaster was expelled in 1970 for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy in Indiana. After being convicted of the crime, he went on to join two troops in Illinois between 1971 and 1988. He later admitted to molesting more than 100 boys. The “perversion files” naming suspected child molesters include admissions of guilt as well as unproven allegations. The confidential documents have come to light in recent years in lawsuits by former Scouts, accusing the group of failing to detect abuses, exclude known pedophiles or turn in offenders to authorities. The Boy Scouts have fought in court to keep the records from public view, saying confidentiality was needed to protect victims, witnesses and anyone falsely accused.
Note: Sexual offender lists are widely available to the public without endangering victims. Why would the scouts refuse to release the names of sexual abusers?
Pope ‘obstructed’ sex abuse inquiry
2005-04-24, The Observer (One of the UK’s leading newspapers)
Confidential letter reveals Ratzinger ordered bishops to keep allegations secret. Pope Benedict XVI faced claims last night he had ‘obstructed justice’ after it emerged he issued an order ensuring the church’s investigations into child sex abuse claims be carried out in secret. The order was made in a confidential letter, obtained by The Observer, which was sent to every Catholic bishop in May 2001. It asserted the church’s right to hold its inquiries behind closed doors and keep the evidence confidential for up to 10 years after the victims reached adulthood. The letter was signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected as John Paul II’s successor last week. Lawyers acting for abuse victims claim it was designed to prevent the allegations from becoming public knowledge or being investigated by the police. They accuse Ratzinger of committing a ‘clear obstruction of justice’. ‘Cases of this kind are subject to the pontifical secret,’ Ratzinger’s letter concludes. Breaching the pontifical secret at any time while the 10-year jurisdiction order is operating carries penalties, including the threat of excommunication. The letter is referred to in documents relating to a lawsuit filed earlier this year against a church in Texas and Ratzinger on behalf of two alleged abuse victims. By sending the letter, lawyers acting for the alleged victims claim the cardinal conspired to obstruct justice.
Retired FBI agent guilty of sex abuse
2004-02-18, Boston Globe/Associated Press
The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for what became a two-decade career. John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week … to 12 years in prison after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law enforcement career, his lawyer said. Conditt headed the internal affairs unit, which investigates agent wrongdoing, for the Office of Professional Responsibility at FBI headquarters in Washington from 1999 until June 2001, the FBI said. FBI officials said yesterday they had no information suggesting Conditt had any problems during his career and he was never the subject of an investigation. Assistant District Attorney Mitch Poe of Tarrant County, who prosecuted the case, said he wanted a longer prison sentence and was skeptical of Conditt’s claim that his molestation of children subsided during his FBI career.
Note: For powerful evidence in a Discovery Channel documentary that many top politicians are involved in sophisticated child sex abuse rings, click here.
Sex Crimes Cover-Up By Vatican?
2003-08-06, CBS News
For decades, priests in this country abused children in parish after parish while their superiors covered it all up. Now it turns out the orders for this cover up were written in Rome at the highest levels of the Vatican. [A] confidential Vatican document, obtained by CBS News, lays out a church policy that calls for absolute secrecy when it comes to sexual abuse by priests – anyone who speaks out could be thrown out of the church. The policy was written in 1962 by Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani. The document, once “stored in the secret archives” of the Vatican, focuses on crimes initiated as part of the confessional relationship. Bishops are instructed to pursue these cases “in the most secretive way … restrained by a perpetual silence … and everyone (including the alleged victim) … is to observe the strictest secret, which is commonly regarded as a secret of the Holy Office … under the penalty of excommunication.” Larry Drivon, a lawyer who represents alleged victims, said, “This document is significant because it’s a blueprint for deception. It’s an instruction manual on how to deceive and how to protect pedophiles … and exactly how to avoid the truth coming out.” Richard Sipe, a former priest who has written about sex abuse and secrecy in the church, said the document sends a chilling message. “You keep it secret at all costs,” Sipe said. “It’s happened in every diocese in this country.” According to church records, the document was a bedrock of Catholic sex abuse policy until America’s bishops met last summer and drafted new policies to address the crisis in the church.
South Florida’s ex-ICE chief to plead guilty to Internet child-porn charges
2012-06-25, Miami Herald
Anthony V. Mangione, the former chief of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in South Florida, plans to plead guilty rather than go to trial next month on Internet child-pornography charges, according to a federal court filing. It is customary for federal defendants who plead guilty to receive lower sentences after they accept responsibility and forego trial. Still, each of the charges accusing Mangione of transporting and receiving images of minors “engaging in sexually explicit conduct” carries a minimum-mandatory sentence of five years. Mangione … served as an agent with ICE for 27 years. During the past decade, ICE aggressively targeted child pornography, with Mangione frequently speaking out against “predators” who illegally share images through their computers. ICE also investigates migrant smuggling, illegal weapons exports, terrorism and drug trafficking. As the special agent in charge of ICE’s South Florida office between 2007 and 2011, Mangione often praised the agency’s efforts against child pornography in both the cyber and real worlds.
Note: To learn about documented sexual abuse in secret CIA mind control programs, click here.
Monsignor convicted of child endangerment in priest abuse coverup
2012-06-22, Los Angeles Times
A Pennsylvania jury [has] convicted Msgr. William J. Lynn of child endangerment for covering up sexual abuse of children by priests. Lynn, 61, is the first Roman Catholic official in the U.S. to be tried and convicted on charges related to the church scandal in which priests across the country sexually abused children for years. In the landmark case, prosecutors said Lynn reassigned pedophile priests in Philadelphia while covering up allegations of sexual abuse. By assigning pedophile priests to unsuspecting parishes, in an attempt to protect the church’s reputation and stave off lawsuits, Lynn exposed more children to potential abuse, prosecutors said. Prosecutors produced a list that Lynn compiled in 1994 naming 37 priests in the archdiocese who had been identified as pedophiles or were suspected of sexually abusing children. The trial was noteworthy because Lynn was not accused of sexual misconduct, but of covering it up. More than a dozen witnesses testified that they were sexually abused by priests who had been allowed to serve in their parishes even after being suspected or accused of abuse. Prosecutors said Lynn lied to parents about pedophile priests in an attempt to protect the archdiocese, and that he and other church officials were lax in responding to credible reports of abuse. In some instances, prosecutors said, Lynn suggested to accused priests that their young alleged victims had enticed them into sexual contact.
The Archbishop of Dublin challenges the Church
2012-03-04, CBS News 60 Minutes
An Irishman named Diarmuid Martin says the Catholic Church in Ireland has reached a breaking point, a crisis that he says results from the sexual abuse of children by priests and the cover-up by the Church. Martin has provided tens of thousands of pages of evidence against specific priests, and his words and actions carry extraordinary weight. That’s because Diarmuid Martin is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. There’s overwhelming evidence that the Church hierarchy was not only aware of the sexual abuse, but did little about it. The Dublin Archdiocese knew who the predator priests were, even wrote reports about them but then locked up the files. Investigators on a state panel, the Murphy Commission, asked for the files, but the Church refused until Diarmuid Martin became archbishop. The documents revealed that one priest admitted abusing over a hundred children. Another said he abused children twice a month for 25 years.Archbishop Martin believes thousands of children suffered similar fates. Martin: Abuse isn’t [just] the actual sexual acts, which are horrendous, but sexual abuse of a child is … a total abuse of power. It’s actually saying to a child, “I control you.” And that is saying to the child, “You’re worthless.”
Note: To see the video of this important piece, click here. It’s not just the church. To learn how child sex trafficking reaches to the highest levels of government, watch the revealing Discovery Channel documentary “Conspiracy of Silence” at this link.
Final Note: You may be angry or upset after reading this information. Many people are. However, consider that many of us have at times in our lives acted out of selfish motives when it comes to sexuality and ended up hurting others in one way or another. Let us take this information not only as a call to stop this kind of abuse at the nationwide and global level, but also as a call to examine our own sexual relationships and make a commitment to deep honesty and integrity in our own lives around this most sensitive issue.
And remember that with growing public awareness of the severity of this key issue, the incidence of sexual abuse is almost certainly decreasing all the time. This cannot help but lead to a healthier and happier way of living for all of us. Please help by educating yourself and others so that we can stop the abuse and build a more caring and loving society. Thanks for caring, and may we all work together to build a brighter future for our world. Together, we are making a big difference.
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