Two stories have brought the topic of pedophilia front and center. The first story involves continuing allegations regarding priests and children in the Catholic Church worldwide. It is now estimated that the Catholic Church has paid out more than $3 billion in settlements related to sex abuse allegations in North America alone. Eight Catholic diocese have declaredbankruptcy due to the related expense, including those in Tucson, Spokane, Portland, Davenport, Iowa and San Diego. The second story involves a sex scandal in the athletic program at Penn State University.
While these two ongoing scandals have received significant attention in the corporate media, they barely hint as to the real phenomenon of pedophilia and child sex slavery in America. There is, however, one story that has been the subject of serious investigative journalism that offers rare insight into the phenomenon. That is the story of the Franklin Scandal.
Nick Bryant describes his book on the Franklin scandal as the “story of a nationwide pedophile ring that pandered children to a cabal of the rich and powerful. The ring’s pimps were a pair of political powerbrokers who had access to the highest levels of our government. Nebraska legislators nearly exposed the ring in 1990, but its unveiling had the potential to produce seismic political aftershocks. The legislators’ efforts resulted in rash of mysterious deaths and the overpowering corruption of federal and local law enforcement, including the FBI, Secret Service, and Justice Department, effecting an immaculate cover-up of the trafficking network.”
The Franklin scandal was a story that touched me personally. In the spring of 1989, as Assistant Secretary of Housing, I was ordered to award government grants illegally and refused. I believed that the Cabinet Secretary who ordered me was being blackmailed. It was only later reading about the Franklin scandal that I realized that he had been implicated as the scandal attracted headlines in one of the leading Washington newspapers at that time.
I will be speaking with Nick about his courageous efforts to investigate and document the Franklin scandal, about pedophilia and control files and what all of this has to do with the real governance system operating globally today.
I will start with Money & Markets and Ask Catherine. Please post your questions for Nick and me at the blog.
In Let’s Go to the Movies, a comment on the documentary about the Franklin scandal, Conspiracy of Silence.
Nick Bryant on Pedophilia & Politics