Long Before Epstein: Sex Traffickers & Spy Agencies

Elizabeth Vos reviews the unsavory history of intelligence agencies providing protection to child sex-trafficking rings.  

Jeffrey Epstein’s compound in the Virgin Islands. (YouTube)

By Elizabeth Vos
Special to Consortium News

The alleged use of sexual blackmail by spy agencies is hardly unique to the case of Jeffrey Epstein. Although the agencies involved as well as their alleged motivations and methods differ with each case, the crime of child trafficking with ties to intelligence agencies or those protected by them has been around for decades.

Some cases include the 1950s -1970s Kincora scandal and the 1981 Peter Hayman affair, both in the U.K.; and the Finders’ cult and the Franklin scandal in the U.S. in the late 1980s. Just as these cases did not end in convictions, the pedophile and accused child-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein remained at arms’ length for years.

“For almost two decades, for some nebulous reason, whether to do with ties to foreign intelligence, his billions of dollars, or his social connections, Epstein, whose alleged sexual sickness and horrific assaults on women without means or ability to protect themselves… remained untouchable,” journalist Vicky Ward wrote in The Daily Beast in July.

The protection of sex traffickers by intelligence agencies is especially interesting in the wake of  Epstein’s death. Like others, Epstein had long been purported to have links with spy agencies. Such allegations documented by Whitney Webb in her multi-part series were recently published in Mintpress News.

Webb states that Epstein was the current face of an extensive system of abuse with ties to both organized crime and intelligence interests. She told CNLive! that: “According to Nigel Rosser, a British journalist who wrote in the Evening Standard in 2001, Epstein apparently for much of the 1990s claimed that he used to work for the CIA.”

Vicky Ward, who wrote on Epstein for Vanity Fair before his first arrest, and claimed the magazine killed one of her pieces after Epstein intervened with editor Graydon Carter, said in a Tweet that one of Epstein’s clients was Adnan Khashoggi, an arms dealer who was pivotal in the Iran Contra scandal and was on the Mossad (the Israeli intelligence agency) payroll. This was also noted in a book “By Way of Deception” by former Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky.

The Times of Israel reported that Epstein was an “active business partner with former prime minister Ehud Barak” until 2015, adding: “Barak formed a limited partnership company in Israel in 2015, called Sum (E.B.) to invest in a high-tech startup…. A large part of the money used by Sum to buy the start-up stock was supplied by Epstein.” 

Webb wrote he “was a long-time friend of Barak, who has long-standing and deep ties to Israel’s intelligence community.” On the board of their company sat Pinchas Bukhris, a former commander of the IDF cyber unit 8200.

Epstein’s allegedly protected status was revealed by Alexander Acosta, the former U.S. attorney in Miami who gave Epstein an infamously lenient plea deal in 2007. Acosta, who was forced to resign as President Donald Trump’s labor secretary because of that deal,  reportedly said of the case: “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone.”

Alexander Acosta: “Told to leave it alone.” (Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

Kincora Boy’s Home

Several cases in the unsavory history linking intelligence agencies and sex scandals put the allegations against Epstein in context. Among these was the U.K. Kincora Boy’s Home, where at least 29 boys were reported to have been targeted at the Belfast, Northern Ireland, facility from the mid-1950s until the late 1970s, until it was shut in 1980. It also involved the alleged protection of child sexual abusers at the home and among their clients.

The Irish Times wrote that “destitute boys were systematically sodomised by members of Kincora staff and were supplied for abuse to prominent figures in unionist politics. The abusers – among them MPs, councillors, leading Orangemen and other influential individuals – became potentially important intelligence assets.”

The Belfast Telegraph also quoted former Labour Party MP Ken Livingstone, who said: “MI5 weren’t just aware of child abuse at Kincora Boys’ Home – they were monitoring it. They were getting pictures of a judge in one case, politicians, a lot of the establishment of Northern Ireland going in and abusing these boys.”

Three staff were eventually convicted of sexually abusing minors, which included the housemaster William McGrath, a loyalist “Orangeman” and allegedly an MI5 agent, according to the Belfast Telegraph in July 2014.

Kincora Boy’s Home. (YouTube)

Although the U.K.’s Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry ultimately found  no credible evidence to support the allegations, two former U.K. intelligence officers maintained their claim of MI5’s involvement: Brian Gemmell says he alerted MI5 to the abuse at Kincora and was told to stop his investigation; and a former army intelligence officer, Colin Wallace, “consistently claimed that MI5, RUC special branch and military intelligence knew about the abuse at Kincora and used it to blackmail the pedophile ring to spy on hardline loyalists,” according to The Guardian.

The Irish outlet, An Phoblacht, wrote: “The systematic abuse of young boys in the Home and the part played by the British intelligence organisations to keep the scandal under wraps ensured that one side of the murky world of Unionist paramilitarism and its links to the crown forces was kept out of the public domain for years.”

In the U.S., the New York State Select Committee On Crime in 1982  investigated nationwide networks of trafficking underage sex workers and producing child pornography. Dale Smith, a committee investigator, noted that call services using minors also profited from “sidelines,” besides the income from peddling prostitution.  Smith said they sold information “on the sexual proclivities of the clients to agents of foreign intelligence.” Presumably, this information could be used to blackmail those in positions of power. Smith added that one call service sold information to “British and Israeli intelligence.”

The Hayman Affair

Ken Livingstone “MI5 monitored abuse at Kincora Boys’ Home. (World Economic Forum)

Another U.K. scandal included allegations that Sir Peter Hayman,  a British diplomat and deputy director of MI6, was a member of the Pedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

Police discovered that two of the roughly dozen pedophiles in his circle had been writing to each other about their interest in “the extreme sexual torture and murder of children,” according to the The Daily Mail.

In 2015, The Guardian reported that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had been “adamant that officials should not publicly name” Hayman, “even after she had been fully briefed on his activities….formerly secret papers released to the National Archives shows.”

Still, Hayman was unmasked as a subscriber to PIE in 1981 by M.P. Geoffrey Dickens, who also reportedly raised the national security risk of Hayman’s proclivities, implying they were a potential source of blackmail sought by intelligence agencies.

The British tabloid The Mirror reported that intelligence agencies, including the KGB and CIA, kept their own dossiers on U.K. establishment figures involved with PIE and the abuse of minors, to blackmail the targets in exchange for information.

Hayman was never charged for his association with PIE: The U.K. attorney general at the time, Sir Michael Havers, defended the decision and denied claims that Heyman was given special treatment.

Labour Party MP Barbara Castle allegedly gave a dossier she compiled on pedophiles in positions of power to U.K. journalist Don Hale in 1984 when he was editor of the Brury Messenger. Hale alleged that soon afterward, police from the “Special Branch, the division responsible for matters of national security,” raided his office and removed the Castle dossier. They then threatened him with a “D-notice,” which prevented him from publishing the story on the threat of up to 10 years in prison. 

The Finders Cult

Another group accused of trafficking children, which had links to intelligence agencies, was the “Finders” cult. In 1987, The Washington Post reported that two members were arrested in connection with the alleged abuse of six children. Investigators found materials in Madison County, Virginia, which they said linked to a “commune called the Finders.”

Vauxhall Cross, London, headquarters of British Secret Intelligence Service.
(Laurie Nevay, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons)

Besides nude photographs of children, a Customs Service memo written by special agent Ramon Martinez refers to files “relating to the activities of the organization in different parts of the world, including “London, Germany, the Bahamas, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Africa, Costa Rica, and Europe.”

Martinez’s memo notes that a Finders’ telex ordered the purchase of two children in Hong Kong. Another expressed interest in “bank secrecy situations.” The memo also documents high-tech transfers to the U.K., numerous properties under the Finders’ control, the group’s interest in terrorism, explosives, and the evasion of law enforcement.

Martinez describes the swift end to his investigation. He wrote that on April 2, 1987, he arrived at the Metropolitan Police Department and was told that all the data was turned over to the State Department which, in turn, advised MPD that “all travel and use of passports by the holders was within the law and no action would be taken. Then he was told that the investigation into the Finders had become a CIA internal matter. The MPD report was classified, not available for review” and “No further action will be taken.”

Martinez was not the only person with unanswered questions. The U.S.News & World Report wrote that N. Carolina Rep. Charlie Rose (Dem.), chair of the House Administration Committee, and Florida’s Rep. Tom Lewis (Rep.) asked “Could our own government have something to do with this Finders organization and turned their backs on these children? That’s what the evidence points to,” says Lewis, adding that “I can tell you that we’ve got a lot of people scrambling, and that wouldn’t be happening if there was nothing here.”

The leniency shown by the State Department and the fact that the CIA would designate the investigation of the Finders group as “an internal matter” raises serious questions. What motive might have driven the CIA to associate with or protect a child abuse ring?

Harry S. Truman State Department building. (Paco8191, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)

The Franklin Scandal

The Franklin Scandal erupted in 1988, centering on a child-trafficking ring operating in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lawrence E. King Jr., a former vice chairman of the National Black Republican Council: It was alleged that children were provided to politicians in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, among other illegal activities.

The late former state Sen. John Decamp alleged in his book “The Franklin Coverup” that a special committee of the Nebraska Legislature launched a probe to investigate the affair, which involved King being indicted for embezzling money from the Franklin Credit Union. The committee hired former Lincoln, Nebraska, police officer Jerry Lowe, whose reports  suggested that King was involved in “guns and money transfers to Nicaragua,” and was linked with the CIA.

James Flanery, an investigative reporter at The World Herald who reported on the scandal,  told associates that King was “running guns and money into Nicaragua,” and that the CIA was heavily involved.”

Like many scandals before and since, the Franklin case ended with no prosecution of the perpetrators. However, Paul Bonacci, one of the alleged victims, was indicted for perjury. He had alleged that he was sexually abused as a minor in Nebraska and around the country where he was flown by Lawrence King.

In 1999, the Omaha World Herald reported Bonacci was awarded $1 million in damages due to his lawsuit against King and other alleged perpetrators. Decamp, who was Bonacci’s attorney, told the newspaper “Obviously, you don’t award $1 million if you don’t think he (Bonacci) was telling the truth.”

Given the history of child trafficking rings that were allegedly connected with or enjoyed the protection of intelligence services, it is possible that similar claims about Jeffrey Epstein are something the authorities, though unlikely, should investigate.  

Elizabeth Vos is a freelance reporter and regular contributor to Consortium News. 

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55 comments for “Long Before Epstein: Sex Traffickers & Spy Agencies

  1. Zhu
    August 30, 2019 at 03:10

    Has anyone blamed space aliens yet? Or Trump? Or a guard seeking tevenge fir cheating his granny?

  2. Paul
    August 29, 2019 at 13:43

    You’re rather candid when you say that the traffickers have ties to intelligence agencies.

    In fact, the intelligence agencies actually run these child rape, sex trafficking and blackmail operations.

  3. wilde
    August 26, 2019 at 20:10

    Wasn’t the Franklin scandal related to Boys Town connected with a religious organization. It it was also related to funding for the Iran Contra scandal perhaps a certain CIA director in the Order of Malta was connected to another form of financing that was going on to evade Congressional funding?

  4. August 26, 2019 at 19:56

    Wasn’t the Franklin scandal related to Boys Town? Doesn’t that have a religious affiliation which might be in line with Nicaragua and cross the path of a CIA director involved with the Order of Malta?

  5. Barbara
    August 26, 2019 at 15:20

    The movie RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT explains how the sex slave trafficking works in the :US. It is frightening how easy it occurs. Until those in power stop looking the other way and are determined to stop this perversion it will never stop.

  6. Abe
    August 25, 2019 at 22:09

    US and Israeli spy agency activities in the United States are by no means limited to sex trafficking.

    Details about CIA and NSA surveillance activities conducted in the United States were revealed in the disclosure by Edward Snowden in June 2013.

    A top-secret document provided by Snowden also revealed that the SIGINT National Unit of Israel routinely receives raw intelligence data (including those of U.S. citizens) from the NSA.

    An agreement between the NSA and its Israeli counterpart places no legally binding limits on the use of the data by the Israelis.

    Billions of dollars per year are spent by US government agencies to purchase software systems, including intelligence programs developed by private companies with direct links to Israeli intelligence agencies such as cyber warfare Unit 8200, which is subordinate to the Israel Military Intelligence directorate.

    In addition to enormous security risks embedded in US government tech platforms, commercial systems and software produced by Israeli companies linked to Israeli intelligence put US citizens at significant risk.

    The political implications of these government and consumer tech security vulnerabilities are staggering.

    The fact that Israeli intelligence agencies have been given the means to spy on American citizens is of major concern. Surveillance of US citizens by Israel, and the potential for political blackmail of US government officials by Israel, should prompt immediate investigation.

    In addition, many pro-Israel Lobby organizations trying to influence US politics have direct links to Israeli government ministries, military, and intelligence agencies.

    In 2016, Al Jareeza installed an undercover journalist inside several Washington–based pro-Israel Lobby propaganda organizations, including the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), Stand With Us, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the Israel on Campus Coalition, the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) Fuel For Truth, and The Israel Project (TIP).

    https://www.youtube.com/user/electronicIntifada

    The Al Jareeza documentary series, “The Lobby – USA” exposed a covert war waged by the pro-Israel Lobby in America. News of the controversial documentary in October 2017 prompted efforts to censor its broadcast.

    In February 2018, it was reported that Qatari leaders had reassured the leaders of Jewish American organisations that Al Jazeera would not be airing the documentary series on the Israel lobby in the United States.

    According to Haaretz, the Qatari government had reportedly hired Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s former aide Nicolas Muzin to open communications channels with Jewish American organisations. Earlier, the network had sent letters to several American pro-Israel organisations informing them that their employees would appear in the documentary. These letters generated speculation that the Qatari government had reneged on its earlier promise to block Al Jazeera from screening the controversial documentary which, like the earlier British series, had utilized clandestine footage and recordings of pro-Israel Lobby propaganda activities.

    In March 2018, a group of US lawmakers including Democratic Congressman Josh Gottheimer, Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin, and Ted Cruz penned a letter urging United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate whether Al Jazeera should register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. They also urged the Justice Department to investigate reports that the network had infiltrated non-profit organisations and accused Al Jazeera of broadcasting “antisemitic”, “anti-Israel”, and “anti-American” content.

    In April 2018, the Zionist Organization of America’s president Morton Klein claimed credit for lobbying the Qatari government not to screen Al Jazeera’s documentary series focusing on American pro-Israel Lobby.

    In late August and early September 2018, leaked portions of the documentary series were aired by several outlets including The Electronic Intifada. In early November, The Electronic Intifada released the four episodes of “The Lobby – USA”.

    • Litchfield
      August 26, 2019 at 14:02

      Thanks for this overview of Israeli penetration of American intelligence software and agencies.

      The USA and indeed the world is under siege by this flea (Israel) crawling up the Elephant’s butt (USA). And by regularly biting the USA the flea gets the elephant to flick its tail and thrash its trunk and charge, and the whole world is gored by the elephant with the flea on its butt.

      How to get rid of this flea????

  7. Auralee
    August 25, 2019 at 21:01

    Above all, I want to know who partook. Many are still in power, and still subject to blackmail.

  8. jo6pac
    August 25, 2019 at 18:56

    Zhu
    August 25, 2019 at 02:34

    I don’t know newsbud but Mintpress is worth checking all the time.

    • Zhu
      September 1, 2019 at 02:15

      Well , Jo6Pac, I look at GODLIKEPRODUCTIONS every so often, but I don’t believe what I read there.

  9. LAnon
    August 25, 2019 at 15:35

    Ye gads, Spike!
    These are the excuses that the British establishment has used for years. Please stop.

    Epstein, like Saville, was a predatory paedophile, he sought out vulnerable young people and groomed them.
    He honed the skills of his vile trade for many decades, just how is a vulnerable young girl going to be able to resist such tactics?

    Maybe research ‘grooming’ before attempting to water down these horrific crimes.

  10. Larry Shea
    August 25, 2019 at 12:17

    Adnan Khashoggi was not only an arms dealer, he was also a money launderer and a cocaine kingpin who worked with and for the CIA. Please, see the article: “The Jeffrey Epstein Social Network & the Container Ship Crime Wave.” This excellent article can be found online at Daniel Hopsicker’s Madcow Productions. So, let’s see; Donald Barr was former OSS, William Barr (aka Robert Johnson) was CIA, Adnan Khashoggi was an asset of the CIA, and Jeffrey Epstein Epstein claimed that he worked for the CIA in the 90’s. Please, also see, “Creating a Crime: How the CIA Commandeered the DEA.” This article, which was written by Douglas Valentine for Counterpunch (counterpunch.org), was published on September 11, 2015. Dennis Dayle, who was the former chief of an elite DEA enforcement unit made the following statement for the record: “In my thirty-year history in the Drug Enforcement Agency and related agencies, the major targets of my investigations almost invariably turned out to be working for the CIA.” The quote is from “Causes and Cures National Campaign on the Narcotics Epidemic: Final Report, (Washington, D.C., 1991) 9.

  11. August 25, 2019 at 10:30

    Epstein’s private island was wired for video, literally everywhere, so that couples could not take off somewhere for a private get-together. If that doesn’t sound like an intelligence service’s elaborate “honey trap,” I don’t know what does.

    Hard to see why Epstein and Company would record literally everyone, unless they were creating compromising material for potential blackmail or political pressure. Who would be interested in videos of a number homely, older men making love to young women, other than a blackmailer or a spy agency? But we have no evidence or even suggestion of blackmail. Many of Epstein’s big-shot friends remained his friends for many years, returning for visits again and again.

    But there are suggestions, in the way his case was handled by prosecutors for his conviction in 2008 and the highly unorthodox sentencing he received, of some kind of powerful outside influence at work. There’s just no question about that. And, of course, his sentence allowed a complete return to the same arrangements he had had in New York to just continue on a private island, perhaps only adding a certain new sense of exotic adventure for visitors.

    • countykerry
      August 27, 2019 at 18:21

      “Who would be interested in videos of a number homely, older men making love to young women, other than a blackmailer.”

      The older men were NOT making love ! None of this behavior had anything to do with love !

    • ML
      August 27, 2019 at 21:07

      Correct, countykerry. Mr. Chuckman also describes that “couples could not take off somewhere for a private get together”…. What? “Couples”? He must mean lecherous, ethically challenged fools taking advantage of disadvantaged, exploited teen girls. Geeezus. And yes, “making love” had nothing to do with this despicable child abuse. But you can’t shame the shameless… Thank you, countykerry, for being a good person and calling out this ridiculous misinterpretation. The moral bankruptcy of some commenters on these Epstein pieces is absolutely stunning.

  12. Angus
    August 25, 2019 at 08:30

    They are the authorities. That’s precisely the problem.

  13. August 25, 2019 at 08:01

    It’s really automatic. Spy agencies recruit using blackmail, so their recruited members are going to have unfashionable and illegal habits. Spy agencies know a lot of secrets, so they have the material to engage in blackmail against leaders who try to subdue the agency. Vicious circle.

    • August 29, 2019 at 15:14

      These are called “control files” and most of the politicians in D.C. have one. The ones that don’t are at risk of being “Wellstoned” if they make waves. Nothing is as it seems when organized crime runs the show.

      What I find interesting is the focus on Israel which is far from guiltless, but remember until recently the age of consent in Vatican City was 13 and the Brits, well everyone knows the aristocracy’s perverted appetites. There’s a common (evil) thread that runs throughout these (and other) groups that no one (except David Icke) ever tugs on. Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil…

  14. August 25, 2019 at 02:27

    Why did Clinton’s help a child trafficking operation in Haiti?

    And slavery is back in Libya?

    Epstein?

    What better way to get access to kids than war?

    Where is # MeToo?……crickets

  15. CitizenOne
    August 24, 2019 at 23:03

    Well researched article on one of the key tactics that intelligence uses to blackmail their targets they want to neutralize or hold a sword over their heads. Not only that but it does not nor does it always involve children. Adults that are tools for anyone trying to gain control over another person often use seduction and illicit sex as blackmail when the target is confronted with evidence that the relationship is known about and that the details of it if revealed would tarnish and perhaps severely damage the reputation of the targeted individual. It is a tool used by not just intelligence agencies but also the mob and any underhanded organization that hits below the belt.

    That was the strategy of the FBI and its attempts to control MLK. They wiretapped his telephone, bugged his hotel rooms and eventually got a sex tape. When nobody in the press would publish it without sources that the FBI was unwilling to disclose they mailed the tape with a suicide note to MLK saying he would be destroyed by the tape and rather than facing his impending character assassination he should consider suicide to preserve his honor and legacy.

    The FBI told MLK to kill himself.

    On April 3 1968 MLK delivered his last speech. Part of that speech was an open recognition of the ruthless forces that tried to convince him he should kill himself rather than be shamed by sexual indiscretions. In the speech he said the following, “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live – a long life; longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”

    The next day April 4th he was assassinated. The rest of the history of that crime is also mired in controversy. James Earl Ray was arrested and convicted but tried many times from jail to change his plea to innocent. His requests for a trial were never granted and he died in prison. The King family believes that MLKs death was at the hands of the government to this day.

    Is it not feasible that the FBI upon failing to convince MLK to commit suicide would take matters into their own hands?

    The whole unraveling of events begins with information obtained by wiretapping and bugging that King had committed illicit sex acts. The attempts to derail King and end his career or in the end his life stemmed from the initial dirt the FBI had on him about sex.

    Initially Hoover approached Bobby Kennedy with his demands that Bobby Kennedy should authorize the wiretapping and bugging of King, which as Attorney General, Bobby Kennedy could do. He initially refused Hoover’s demands until Hoover produced evidence of JFK’s sexual improprieties and threatened to go public with the information in his possession. Upon examining the evidence and fearing the damage it could do to the presidency, he changed his mind and begrudgingly authorized the FBI to use whatever spy technology they had to eavesdrop on every private conversation MLK had.

    MLK was assassinated April 4th 1968 and Bobby Kennedy was assassinated June 8th 1968 two months later. Mopping up operations for those who knew too much.

    The point is that sex has been used as a tool by the powerful since the beginning of time as a way to completely control individuals over allegations of sexual impropriety. It is one of the most powerful means to control others and to get them to bend to ones will as are many blackmail situations.

    Given what we know of history, there is motive and opportunity for those who would like to see a compromised and vulnerable Jeffery Epstein’s voice silenced as he was one who knew too much about the methods used by powerful people in high places to exercise control over others.

    That is why his activities were allowed for so many years and also why he is now dead.

    • Gregory Herr
      August 25, 2019 at 01:03

      I recommend William Pepper’s research on the MLK assassination.

      Also illuminating:
      https://ratical.org/ratville/JFK/Unspeakable/MLKconExp.html

      One of MLK’s finest hours was a speech he gave exactly a year prior to his assassination. Margaret Kimberley and Joanne Leon discuss:
      http://aroundtheempire.com/2019/01/31/ep88-beyond-vietnam-feat-margaret-kimberley-2/

    • Bob Van Noy
      August 25, 2019 at 09:59

      For what it’s worth, from Elizabeth Vos’ article to Citizen One’s comment and now your excellent links Gregory Herr, this is the reason that Consortiumnews has become the indispensable site for news and commentary. Many thanks to all…

    • Cool Indian
      August 26, 2019 at 18:40

      J J Chicago was the FBI’s homeboy in MLK’s org.

  16. Sally Mitcheell
    August 24, 2019 at 19:49

    Monsters in suits they are the chosen ones and they can make their fantasies into reality that allow abuse to happen on any unfortunate child they want their sickness to choose. .We certainly do have a problem with mental illness in the world This is what the sick in power have become and the rest of us are too busy struggling for survival to want to know or believe or care. The disinterest is heartbreaking.we must mass socially to help human nature turn this behaviour around. Thank you for making me to never forget

    • Doc
      August 25, 2019 at 12:21

      Beautifully and cogently expressed, and right on target.

      Please, blog more posts with this perspective – the People need your insight.

  17. Spike
    August 24, 2019 at 18:16

    This is an astonishing piece. If true, that actual pedophilia — the sexual molestation of children who have not yet reached puberty — is so common that it involves stunning numbers of people in high positions, then the world is an even worse place than I thought it was.

    But what has mostly been going through my mind these past few weeks is how taboos on behaviors that really should not be so taboo have been used over the decades to extort, blackmail and hold in check powerful figures. J. Edgar Hoover’s famous files that presumably noted adultery and homosexuality were used to hold and increase Hoover’s power, and yet he couldn’t touch the Mafia because they had evidence of Hoover’s own homosexual activity. So the cost to society has been considerable.

    It is not accurate to describe Epstein as a pedophile. Those girls were teenagers, reproductively viable young adults. Need I say that when the entire history of the human race is considered, most people were born to adolescents, because the luxury did not yet exist of living beyond the age of 20 or 30, so if one wanted to procreate, one had to do it early. Civilization has brought with it an extended period of preparation for adulthood, but that has not changed human physiology or delayed the onset of sexual behavior. It has only been since the 1980s that this fierce taboo against sex with teenagers has been a part of cultural hysteria.

    I, along with everyone else in the general public, have only the vaguest knowledge of what transpired within the residences of Jeffrey Epstein. But it sounds like these girls were paid generously for their services and they kept coming back week after week. I think I read that one girl said she had been raped by Epstein twenty times. Did she not, after the first ‘rape’, go home to her parents, where she was presumably housed, fed, and clothed, where she did not tell her parents what happened, and then the next week returned to chez Epstein a second time, and then a third, and so forth? If that was the case, then every episode after the first was not a rape, which means that the first episode was not a rape also.

    Every sanctimonious hypocrite who refers to the infamous Epstein parties as ‘sex trafficking’ ‘pedophilia’ should admit that, barring the need for discipline to avoid cheating on one’s wife or to protect an elite reputation, they would have been happy to be given a consenting teenage girl as a party favor.

    The point being made is that were there not this regressive cultural hysteria against teen sex then this whole mess, with it’s likely extortions, would not have happened. There is a price society pays for this, and it’s quite a bit more than just the death of one unscrupulous billionaire.

    • Alan Ross
      August 25, 2019 at 09:23

      “…should admit that, barring the need for discipline to avoid cheating on one’s wife or to protect an elite reputation, they would have been happy to be given a consenting teenage girl as a party favor.”

      I think many men would have reservations about having sex with 13 year old girls. Just because, at an earlier time in civilization it might have been necessary to procreate by having sex with very young women does not justify it now. Does the reservation have to do with the fact that 13 year-olds do not have fully developed personalities? Our criminal justice systems are beginning to recognize that young men and women under 18 are not really adults.

    • ML
      August 25, 2019 at 12:07

      Thank you, Alan Ross. I have made similar comments several times in the reply sections of these articles. Thearche begins before menarche, often a couple years or more before menarche. It can begin at 8, 9, or 10. That is puberty- therache followed by menarche. Children’s bodies are not completely matured enough at the young end of the teen years to have sex. And of course, their minds, their judgement, their ability to see through deceit is extremely compromised at young ages. That’s why teens are generally so dangerous behind the wheel of a car- lack of good judgment. The brain is still developing. When you add in the poverty some of these kids experienced and the promises of money, clothing, food, you get exploitation which people like “Spike” don’t seem to see. Any person who thinks like he does isn’t safe around children- be they 7 or 17.

    • Litchfield
      August 26, 2019 at 14:21

      And their bodies, too, are not yet mature. Sexual maturity is not the only marker of adult physique. Just one little example:
      “About 95% of a young woman’s peak bone mass is present by age 20, and some overall gains in mass often continue until age 30. The average boy has his fastest rate of growth in height between ages 13 and 14, and stops growing between ages 17 and 18.”

      A girl of 13 may be menstruating, but that doesn’t mean that her physique is up to the strains of pregnancy and childbirth, not to mention producing a healthy foetus. Or breast-feeding an infant. That is before we even talk about her ability to care for and take responsibility for an infant.

      The puberty argument has some validity for sexual experimentation with same-age kids—they are starting to get interested in sex, so that is a normal marker—but is not an excuse for adult men to be fooling with emotionally immature but also probably physically immature girls. Or boys, for that matter.

    • August 26, 2019 at 12:52

      Spike, you are not alone and that is scary. Your words:

      “Every sanctimonious hypocrite who refers to the infamous Epstein parties as ‘sex trafficking’ ‘pedophilia’ should admit that, barring the need for discipline to avoid cheating on one’s wife or to protect an elite reputation, they would have been happy to be given a consenting teenage girl as a party favor.”

      Sanctimonious hypocrite? Party favor?

      Epstein was a pervert and a pimp at the least.

    • Cheyenne
      August 26, 2019 at 12:58

      It’s not sex, it’s assault.

      These girls are at risk for more than ‘just’ rape. Sick perverts fantasize about power over the vulnerable. What is the ultimate ‘power over’?

      Torture and murder.

      Spike basically gives these monsters a free pass AND equates adultery and homosexuality to the rape, torture and murder of minors.

  18. L:arry Shea
    August 24, 2019 at 17:22

    Please, follow up by reading the well-researched article: “CIA Covert Operative William Barr Nominated by Trump for Attorney General. His Role in the Iran Contra Affair.” Also do a Google search on William Barr/Robert Johnson. Robert Johnson was reputed to be a codename that Barr used while he was working for V.P., George H.W. Bush in the 80’s

  19. Lefthanded Hammer
    August 24, 2019 at 15:40

    Tnx CN, Whitney… Re: Epstein Complications
    AtLast… USS Liberty explained… Tnx yall

  20. Robert Mayer
    August 24, 2019 at 15:36

    Tnx CN, Whitney… Re: Epstein complications: ATLAST… USSLiberty explained!

  21. August 24, 2019 at 14:43

    CIA out of control, even according to Colby JFK… If MK ULRTA had really ever stopped maybe they would of said sorry or explained themselves before their deaths, With all the facilities available to intelligence services all this organized crime could be “solved” but what if the intelligence agencies are the criminals? You can research for years but how much evidence does anyone need, just look at it.

    • Raymond Comeau
      August 26, 2019 at 11:46

      You are exactly correct. The Intelligence agencies are the chief criminals who protect Deep State.

  22. Taras77
    August 24, 2019 at 14:16

    This is an excellent article.

    The author mentions Whitney Webb and her excellent series on Mint Press; here is the last of a four part serious:

    https://www.mintpressnews.com/genesis-jeffrey-epstein-bill-clinton-relationship/261455/sl

    Very long but well worth the read; as is well known, Bill clinton (slick) is up to his eyeballs in mena drug traffic, etc.
    Also, to state the obvious, current AG Barr does not come off as a leading charger on a white horse for justice and accountability during his previous stint as AG under bush I. Could cause some to link to reasons for long delay of doj in releasing fbi,doj files, now over 90 days since trump gave the go ahead to release.

  23. Amanda
    August 24, 2019 at 12:38

    Excellent article. Yes, this seems to be standard operating procedure and how our politicians are controlled behind the scenes.

    Dave McGowan referred to this as the “Pedophocracy” in his book Programmed to Kill here: https://www.docdroid.net/riM594s/david-mcgowan-programmed-to-kill.pdf and here: http://www.whale.to/b/pedophocracy.html He also gets into the Dutroux case in Belguim, which you wrote about here: https://consortiumnews.com/2019/07/11/the-revelations-of-wikileaks-no-4-the-haunting-case-of-a-belgian-child-killer-and-how-wikileaks-helped-crack-it/

    • Amanda
      August 24, 2019 at 12:55

      Oops, meant to say “standard operating procedure for the intelligence agencies”

  24. homer
    August 24, 2019 at 11:05

    You seemed to leave off quite a few names that are important to this piece one being, Jimmy Savile.

  25. michael
    August 24, 2019 at 08:27

    The naive days of Joe McCarthy and the Lavender Scare are long over. Homosexuality and marital affairs no longer serve as effective blackmail materials, replaced by the leverage of filmed pedophilia, and torture and killing of sex objects.
    Whitney Webb’s coverage both historical through Epstein shows what America, or at least, its Intelligence Agencies have become, closely invested in the Mafia and Israel, as well as our financiers and politicians. Her last in her Epstein coverage: https://www.mintpressnews.com/genesis-jeffrey-epstein-bill-clinton-relationship/261455/

  26. Zhu
    August 24, 2019 at 03:25

    A lot of “alleged” and “it is possible” here.

  27. August 24, 2019 at 01:30

    I will never clap for another politician as long as I live. Not a single politician has stood up for Epstein’s child rape victims and Alexander Acosta’s excuse to defend Epstein’s victims confirms that our criminal justice system turns the other way for pedophiles or anyone as long as they have lots of money or power. Meanwhile, our own government spies on law-abiding citizens. Our laws no longer protect whistle-blowers or law-abiding dissent especially when we have military police and criminal intelligence agencies that operate without civilian oversight. God help us save ourselves from ourselves. “Try as I may I can not escape the sound of suffering”. Julian Assange

  28. bardamu
    August 23, 2019 at 23:29

    Fine article.

    Given that “intelligence” agencies with no functional oversight and regularly involved in black ops use these things, and that a fresh use surfaces every few years, it seems parsimonious to conclude that they are a regular part of some subsection of intelligence community and, by extension, government operation. It makes little sense that this sort of of business is forever starting and stopping: that would be difficult to do.

    Given that neither of the two major US parties have shown any interest in pursuing such connections, it seems clear that neither see any political advantage in pursuing it. A parsimonious conclusion is that at least some powerful members of media and both parties are involved, and that the connections are enough of an open secret that people know not to pursue it.

    By extension, do we avoid the conclusion that this is in some way a mafia-run government?

    • caseyf5
      August 24, 2019 at 07:53

      Hello bardamu, Instead of a “mafia-run government” I would like to suggest a Columbian Drug Cartel government or some other sinister, more evil, group or groups.

    • August 24, 2019 at 19:45

      Well, Criminal is criminal. No organization can match the war-making State for criminality. As long as that’s clear, make any comparison you like. The war-making State is a terror organization and, as such, it’s not going to shock us when we find it involved in widespread abuse of children or anything criminal. War, then, isn’t alone the health of the State (Randolph Bourne.) Any darkness you may wish to think of will be found committed by the State and its worshippers. This is the thought behind the expression that aggression of one State toward another (par for the course with the United States) is the supreme crime, including within that crime all others.

      Edward Herman’s thoughts about terrorism:

      === =
      The really massive and significant growth of terrorism since World War II has been that carried out by states… Contrary to [Claire] Sterling’s foolish remark about the “colossal” armaments of retail terrorists, state military resources are vastly larger… State terrorism is also much more important than non-state violence because it is rooted in relatively permanent structures that allow terror to be institutionalized….” -pg 83 of “The Real Terror Network” by Edward Herman
      = ===

      Substitute “child abuse” for “terrorism” in the above quote and you’ll find that it works. Is the ‘institutionalization’ of child abuse not what we are seeing here?

    • John Wright
      August 25, 2019 at 16:43

      The Deep State is simply an international mafia of smaller mafias, the center of which is the international banking cabal. While their various alliances may shift over time, their primary interest, to remain in power, stays the same.

      The vast global Ponzi scam that is international banking has swelled to its bursting point and the current chapter of that fraud needs to be closed and restarted. Much of what we are now seeing are the end games of the various mafias scrambling for the best positions as this round of the game comes to a close.

      Of course, none of this would be possible without the consent of the mostly ignorant masses.

      Most people just don’t want to know.

    • JoAnne
      August 26, 2019 at 19:25

      Yes. And apparently the locus of control has shifted from the US to Israel via the Russian Jewish mafia.
      My conclusions about this, as a graduate in anthropology, human ecology and counseling psychology–supplemented with some sociobiology and neuropsychology–is that our predatory instinctual behaviors have outstripped those for care-giving. Combined with instinctual formation of social dominance hierarchies in addition to “mobbing” (otherwise known as “group think” or mass hysteria, peer-pressure, etc.), we have created some real mean mfs that have seized control of most cultures, resulting in institutionalized predation and a “predator paradox ” of self-destruction. Those cultures that have maintained better control of violent aggression, exploitation are at a competitive disadvantage in their conscientious cooperation.
      Well, my point is, the tragedy has an evolutionary, neurobiological, medical/public health dimension that should not continue to be overlooked and uninvestigated. Although it is probably too late for most of us, there will be a few visionary leaders who will institutionalize compassion and eco wisdom on a small, local scale. Gangster free. First we have to admit we are not as intelligent and ethical as we want to believe as a species. We’ve done great things, but we also produce psychopaths, “minions” and a majority of intimidated, confused, denial prone, oblivious “subjects”.

    • August 27, 2019 at 02:15

      JoAnne, great comment. I am often lost when arcane stuff appears but your comment makes sense to me. I take your remarks to be about good and evil and how when a society dismisses values taught over the centuries, it unties the moorings that a functioning society needs. You don’t have to be religious to see the importance of the Ten Commandments which other religions may state in a slightly different way.

  29. Larry Shea
    August 23, 2019 at 18:21

    Yup, Check out former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert. See the video clip on NewsBud, “The Hastert Scandal: What the Media Isn’t Telling You.” The title of the piece is, The People’s Campaign: The Real Hastert Case All in One Place. The above-mentioned video clip can be accessed within this article. More elite deviance!

    • Amanda
      August 24, 2019 at 12:54

      Larry Shea-

      Yes, Sibel Edmonds has spoken about the FBI having blackmail information on Denny Hastert being a pedophile. No doubt, this is why he was given the position of Speaker of the House, since he was completely controlled. Sibel Edmonds has also spoken about Jan Shakowsky getting caught in some kind of lesbian honey trap by either Turkish or Israeli intelligence https://www.newsbud.com/2010/10/19/%e2%80%98kosher%e2%80%99-schakowsky-still-aipac%e2%80%99s-number-one-darling/ More on Shakowsky and her husband and Hastert is here: https://www.newsbud.com/2017/02/17/newsbud-special-report-state-secrets-sibel-edmonds-uncovers-the-untouchables/

      I’ve also heard Cynthia McKinney reference blackmail files.

    • Luther Bliss
      August 28, 2019 at 14:16

      You mean John Dennis Hastert the longest-serving Republican Speaker of the House in history (1999-2007).

      To Repeat: The longest-serving Republican Speaker of the House in history was a serial pedophile who had been entrapped by Turkish intelligence.

      One more time: Between the vital years of 1999 to 2007, the top House Republican was “epsteined”

      Once more, in case this is the first time you’ve even heard his name: Dennis HASTERT.

    • August 24, 2019 at 19:47

      Newsbud? I’ll pass.

    • Zhu
      August 25, 2019 at 02:34

      What’s wrong with newsbud? Please tell all! I’ve never heard of them before. Nor Mintpress, for that matter.

    • JoAnne
      August 26, 2019 at 19:36

      Is that sibel Edmonds? She was great until she got recruited by those nazi cowboy ranchers in So. Oregon/No.California.

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