The Home Office Cover Up Of The Operation Ore Child Pornography Investigation And Any D-Notices

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Dear Home Office,

Under the Freedom Of Information Act please provide the following information:

I am requesting information about the Operation Ore Child
Pornography invetigation, the cover-up by the Blair administration and any D-Notices served on the main stream media in relation to Operation Ore. I have enclosed a summary of the case here:

The Sunday Herald : Child Porn Arrests Too Slow
Herald And Sunday Herald : Sunday January 19th 2003

Operation Ore : The Police enquiry which plans to arrest a further 7000 men across the UK , in addition to Who guitarist Peter Townshend, for buying Child pornography online is set to end in disaster with many suspects walking free.
Detective Chief Inspector Bob MacLachlan, former head of Scotland Yard’s paedophile unit, told the Sunday Herald that the lack of urgency in making arrests will lead to suspects destroying evidence of downloading child pornography before they are arrested.
The Sunday Herald has also had confirmed by a very senior source in British intelligence that at least one high profile former Labour Cabinet Minister is among Operation Ore suspects. The Sunday Herald has been given the politicians name but, for legal reasons, can not identify the person.
There are still unconfirmed rumours that another senior Labour politician is among the suspects. The intelligence officer said that a “rolling” cabinet committee had been set up to work out how to deal with the potentially ruinous fall-out for both Tony Blair and the Government if arrests occur.
Since the September 2002 Operation Ore arrest of Detective
Constable Brian Stevens, a key officer in the inquiry into the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, the public have been aware that wanted suspects had downloaded Child pornography from a US website called Landslide.
MacLachlan, who was one of the main officers on Operation Ore before his retirement last year, said “Sufficient warnings have been given that if people haven’t got rid of their computers then they are either stupid, don’t believe they’ll be arrested or are so obsessive about their collections that they can’t destroy it. As time goes on, the chances of successful prosecutions will diminish with speed and the information out there must impact on the
With only 1200 men arrested so far, MacLachlan says that claims by Police Chiefs and the Government that they were prioritising paedophile crime were “smoke and mirrors”. Paedophilia is still not a priority on the Home Office’s National Policing Plan for 2003-06.
MacLachlan claimed that before he left Scotland Yard his team were under-staffed, over-worked, under-funded and reduced to using free software from computer magazines.
There are around one million images of an estimated 20,000
individual Children being abused online. Some Police seizures involve hauls of more than 180,000 images. Last year, images of 13,000 new Children were uncovered. Only 17 Child victims have been identified worldwide.
Police have also revealed that images of Fred West abusing one of his Children are among Child pornography available for downloading from the internet. It is unclear whether the Child was West’s murdered daughter Heather.
Peter Robbins, the Chief Executive of the Internet Watch
Foundation, which works with the Police, Government and internet service providers, in tackling paedophilia online, says software is in development which could remove child pornography from the net forever. The software should be ready in two years.
Police say that the list of rich and famous Operation Ore suspects would fill newspaper front pages for an entire year.

Please provide the following information:
1. What D-Notices were served on the main stream media by the Blair administration in realtion to Operation Ore and the cover up? Were any other legal restrictions imposed on the main stream media in relation to reporting Operation Ore and the cover-up?

2. A copy of all minutes of meetings and communications between the Home Office and the main stream media in relation to Operation Ore and the cover-up.

3. Was a D-Notice (not legally binding and strictly advisory) served on the BBC in relation to Operation Ore? Were any other legal restrictions imposed on the BBC in relation to reporting Operation Ore and it's cover-up?

4. Was Margaret Hodge's daughter Lizzie Watson ( at the time a BBC employee) involved in the decision making relating to reporting on Operation Ore? Was Lizzie Watson operating under instructions from the Home Office or any other part of the Blair administration?

5. Is any part of the main stream media still subject to a D-Notice on Operation Ore or any other restrictions preventing it's reporting? If so please name each main stream media outlet affected.

6. How many BBC employees were under investigation in relation to Operation Ore? Please list them all by name and job title at the time.

7. Apart from Lizzie Watson what other family members of Blair's administration were employed by the BBC at the time of the Operation Ore cover-up and were operating under instructions from any part of the Blair administration?

8. How many members of the Blair administration were under investigation in relation to Operation Ore? Please list them all by name and job title at the time.

Yours faithfully,

Sean Moran

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antipaedo left an annotation ()

Under the Freedom Of Information Act please also provide information regarding the police investigation over the accusations from children in this link below:

and related videos, which can be easily found on that site. According to these children the whole school and other schools are involved as well as the cafcass, local authorities and the police. Now that it has been decided that these children are in "care" of the involved local authorities, it seems obvious that the crown court/family division in London are involved as well.

my e-mail address is: