Belgian Brabant killers, police, extreme right, NATO

This music video is of Belgian band The Strangers, singing in Antwerp dialect their song Bij de Rijkswacht, about what was then the paramilitary Belgian national police. The tune of the song is In the Navy, by the Village People in the USA.

However, the Rijkswacht does not exist any more. In 2001, it was abolished, and reorganized as the ‘Federal Police of Belgium’, after scandals like the Dutroux affair.

This week, another Rijkswacht scandal became public; their links to the Brabant killers murder gang. It turned out that ‘the Giant’, probably the leader of the murderers, was a member of the Diane elite unit of the Rijkswacht. This raises questions once again, about the links of the Brabant killers to the extreme right and NATO.

Translated from Herwig Lerouge in Belgium, 23 October 2017:

Investigation of the Brabant killers, after 32 years of sabotage finally a breakthrough?

The gang of Nijvel [Brabant killers] terrorized the Belgian people in the 1980s with apparently gratuitous violence. The investigation got nowhere and was sabotaged. The PVDA [leftist political party of which Lerouge is a member] stated 32 years ago that it was an extreme right-wing cell within the Rijkswacht. Now that this appears to be real, there may be a breakthrough in the investigation into one of the biggest political crimes in Belgian history. …

Between 1982 and 1985, the Gang of Nijvel made 28 victims around the Delhaize and Colruyt supermarkets. They terrorized the entire population, but the investigation got nowhere. The PVDA and their then weekly Solidair, together with various journalists, said this was the most likely scenario 32 years ago: namely, behind the gang of Nijvel, there was an extreme right-wing cell within the Diane group, the elite corps of the then Rijkswacht. However, this was ridiculed as “fiction, good for police novels” by then Minister of Justice Jean Gol (of the right-wing MR party) and by Attorney General Deprêtre of Nijvel, responsible for the dossier. …

The Strategy of Tension is a way to control and manipulate public opinion by using fear, propaganda, disinformation, psychological warfare, provocateurs and terrorist actions.

In the 1980s we were in the midst of the Cold War. Part of it was the arms race between the West and the Soviet Union. Belgium also participated and wanted to install medium-range missiles and nuclear weapons against the Soviet Union. Against this, however, there were more and more protests. Hundreds of thousands of pacifists opposed that installation. Washington and the pro-American political world in Belgium were worried about these growing protests. The attacks of the Brabant killers caused panic and prepared the ground for a giant reinforcement of the Rijkswacht. The nuclear missiles came.

The Strategy of Tension, the repressive forces within the state that consciously provoke attacks to cause terror was a tried-and-tested extreme-right strategy in Italy in the 1970s and 80’s. Eg, the terrible attack in Bologna in 1980. The Italian extremist groups had close links with the Italian and American secret services.

Germany also does not appear to be sheltered from American maneuvers. Andreas von Bülow described the tactics of the American secret services extensively in the book Im Namen des Staates that he published in September 1998. Von Bülow was from 1976 to 1980 State Secretary for Defense in [the West German capital] Bonn and from 1980 to 1982 Minister of Research and Technology. He states that “US secret services have had a hand in all European terrorism, if they have not already fully or partially led them.” Italy, Germany? why not Belgium? Like the Italian and German extreme right, the (former) members of the elite group Diane had ties with Belgian fascist organizations and with United States agents.

Two investigative committees, not a single perpetrator

In Belgium, no single murderer of the Brabant killers has ever been imprisoned.

PVDA weekly on the Brabant killers, 32 years ago

From Belgian daily Het Nieuwsblad today:

Former acquaintance of ‘The Giant’ had already reported him to the police in 1998: “Since then, I felt very threatened”

An earlier acquaintance of ‘The Giant’ of the Gang of Nijvel reported his name to the detectives in 1998. “But in twenty years nothing happened,” said Marc Van Damme, that man, to VTM News. …

A number of statements made by “The Giant” also showed that he was militarist. “There should be a coup d’état,” said the Giant, according to Van Damme. …

When in the late 1980s messages were received in the media about possible links between the gang and the Rijkswacht, Van Damme also made that link. His former acquaintance seemed to have the profile of ‘the Giant’. When Van Damme saw a robot photo of ‘the Giant’ in 1998, it became clear. “I stood before the red light, the picture was right before me and I realized it was him.” Van Damme called the detectives to tell them he suspected that an acquaintance of him was a member of the gang of Nijvel. “But they did not really do much,” said Van Damme to VTM.

Van Damme, however, decided not to go further when he felt a few days after his report to the police that he was being spied upon. “For a few days, a car was suddenly at my door with two people in it. I felt incredibly threatened.” Van Damme has since felt like he was spied upon. That’s why he did not use his own phone for a long time, fearing that it would be traced. “


Munich knife attack, terrorism or not?

This video from Germany says about itself:

21 October 2017

An unidentified knifeman has attacked and wounded several people in downtown Munich, local police reported, adding that the perpetrator is still at large.

Meanwhile, the perpetrator is no longer at large, the suspect has been arrested.

From Reuters news agency, 21 October 2017:

German police rule out terrorism in Munich knife attack

That knife attacker had injured eight people.

According to daily The Independent, the perpetrator is ‘a blonde man in his 40s’.

I have the feeling that if the attacker would not have blonde, but black hair and/or would have been called Muhammad and/or would have been a refugee, police in Bavaria would not have declared that soon that he was not a terrorist.

French neonazi terrorist plot

This video says about itself:

Le Pen‘s Battle To Move France To The Political Right

Moving Right (2012): Marine Le Pen‘s battles with her far left rival for place in French Assembly.

From AFP news agency:

France charges eight over plot targeting politicians, mosques

22 Oct 2017 08:00AM

PARIS: France has charged eight men, including three minors, following an investigation into far-right activists allegedly plotting to target politicians and mosques, prosecutors announced on Saturday (Oct 21) in Paris.

The men – aged between 17 and 29 – are accused of being party to a “criminal terrorist conspiracy”, and of links to Logan Alexandre Nisin, a militant who was arrested near Marseille in June.

Nisin is the founder of a group dubbed OAS. He was detained after posting that he planned to attack blacks, militants, migrants and “scum”.

The 21-year-old had earlier come to the attention of French authorities as the administrator of a Facebook page glorifying neo-Nazi Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in a bomb and gun rampage in 2011 in Norway.

The prosecutor’s office in Paris said that the group formed by Nisin “had plans to commit violent actions with vague outlines”.

Anti-terror police had arrested 10 people on Tuesday over the alleged plot, but two of them, including Nisin’s mother, were released, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.

Among the potential targets for attacks were places of worship, including mosques, politicians, “people of North African descent or black people” and “anti-fascist” activists, a probe source said.

“The organisation was planning purchases of weapons and paramilitary training. Some were already trained in shooting,” the source added.

OAS was the acronym for the Secret Army Organisation, a French far-right paramilitary group that fought to stop Algerian independence.

Nisin was formerly active in the far-right political group Action Francaise.

Belgian Brabant killers, new information

This BBC video says about itself:

Operation Gladio: NATO’s 1985 Brabant Massacres in Belgian Supermarkets

10 July 2014

Friday September 27 [1985]: more or less 20:00 armed robbery and a killing in the Delhaize supermarket on rue de la Graignette in Braine-l’Alleud. Less than $6,000.00 was stolen. Three people were killed, two people wounded.

Friday September 27: more or less 20:30 (only 15 to 25 minutes after the first attack that night) armed robbery and a killing in the Delhaize supermarket on Brusselsesteenweg in Overijse. Less than $25,000.00 was stolen. Five people were killed, one person wounded.

Saturday November 9 more or less 19:30 armed robbery and a killing in the Delhaize supermarket on Parklaan in Aalst. Less than $25,000.00 was stolen. Eight people were killed, a few more people wounded.

Translated from Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws today:

Brabant killers: ‘The Giant’ has been unmasked


After 35 years, ‘the Giant’ of the dreaded Brabant killers gang has finally been de-masked. According to the judiciary he is a deceased former national policeman from Aalst and a former member of the Group Diane elite unit.

A year ago, a relative of the Aalst man C.B. contacted the federal judicial police about his past in the Brabant killers gang. It brought bloodshed between 1982 and the end of 1985 with terrorist attacks on, eg, department stores. They killed 28 people. “Just before he died at 61 years old in May 2015, he told his secret,” said the relative. “He was the Giant of the Brabant killers.”

According to Wikipedia, ‘the Giant’ may have been the leader of the Brabant killers. That policeman cum Brabant killers Giant had extreme right political vieuws, according to Belgian daily yHet Nieuwsblad.

The Brabant killers gang has been connected before with some policemen, with NATO and with the Belgian extreme right. The supposedly anti-terrorist elite unit Group Diane has been connected to the Brabant killers before, by Jef Vermassen, lawyer of Brabant killers victims. The Brabant killers were far-right terrorists, Vermassen says.

Pinochet torturers sentenced in Chile

This Spanish language 15 December 2016 video is about a commemoration in Chile of the kidnapping, disappearance, torture and murder of five months pregnant Reinalda del Carmen Pereira Plaza by the secret police of dictator Pinochet.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Ex-cops jailed for ‘disappearance

CHILE: A judge sentenced 35 former agents of General Augusto Pinochet’s secret police on Wednesday for the 1976 kidnapping and torture of a pregnant Communist Party member who was never seen again.

Judge Miguel Vazquez sentenced Pedro Espinoza, Juan Hernan Morales and Ricardo Victor Lawrence to 10 years in prison. The 32 others received seven-year jail terms for their part in the crime or four years as accessories.

Five-month-pregnant medical technician Reinalda Pereira, who aided dissidents resisting the dictatorship, was kidnapped on December 15 1976.

See also here.

Photo of Reinalda del Carmen Pereira Plaza

This photo commemorates Reinalda del Carmen Pereira Plaza.

British establishment child abuse cover-ups

This video from Britain is called Jimmy Savile and Tony Blair.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

The right royal cover-up continues

Thursday 19th October 2019

Edward Heath, Cyril Smith and an ex-archbishop of Canterbury are just a few of those exposed as part of the great abuse cover-up. PETER FROST worries the full the truth will never come to light

HARDLY a day can go by without another revelation about another Establishment figure being a child abuser or worse.

The latest story reveals that MI5 knew the country’s chief prosecutor had covered up a sex abuse inquiry into Cyril Smith but did nothing because it was not its job to expose paedophiles.

The files released by the intelligence agency show it was aware that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had lied to a newspaper over its decision not to prosecute Smith. But MI5 decided not to make the information public because its duty was to “defend the realm” rather than to expose a prominent politician accused of being a paedophile.

Another similar case has seen ex-Tory prime minister Edward Heath named by Wiltshire police who tell us — far too late of course — that Heath would have been questioned over sex abuse claims, if he was alive, when they came to light.

Of course a glimpse at the internet will demonstrate that Heath has been under suspicion for abusing young men and worse for years — accusations that have always been swept aside by the Establishment.

Yet another inquiry into abuse by Church of England Bishop Peter Ball has revealed just what a corrupt and hypocritical bunch the religious arm of the British Establishment really is.

This time the high-ranking Establishment figure who conspired to cover up sexual abuse and other wrongdoing was non-other than the ex-archbishop of Canterbury George Carey.

An independent report found that senior Church figures colluded over a 20-year period with Ball, who sexually abused boys and men.

This is just one arm of a veritable octopus of Establishment cover-ups that touches clergy, government, police, intelligence services — right up to the very peak of British society, including several ex-prime ministers and even one heir to the throne.

When Ball was first accused of gross indecency against a 17-year-old boy in 1992, a string of senior Establishment figures — including Carey, other top clergy, Cabinet ministers, a High Court judge, public school headmasters and magistrates — came forward in his support, lobbying the police and Crown Prosecution Service.

Ball’s lawyers also told the police they had a letter of support from a high-ranking member of the royal family. It wasn’t hard to guess which royal they wanted to think they were talking about. When he was arrested Ball was Bishop of Gloucester, which covers Prince Charles’s Highgrove Estate. Ball described Prince Charles as a loyal friend.

Even after his disgrace Ball was offered, and accepted, a home in a cottage on the Prince’s Duchy of Cornwall estate. He continued to enjoy close relations with Charles, even reading the homily at Charles’ father-in-law’s funeral in 2006.

All that high-level lobbying meant Ball escaped prosecution for the offence. He received only a police caution.

The bishop continued visiting public schools until 2007. A fresh investigation was opened in 2012, which led finally to his conviction for multiple and serious sexual abuse.

One of Ball’s victims, Neil Todd, attempted suicide three times before killing himself in 2012. In the recent church report Ball was portrayed as the victim, whereas the church offered little compassion for the vulnerable and young Todd, being “most interested in protecting itself.”

This is an echo of a much earlier report from Baroness Butler-Sloss, who in an earlier review of abuse by Church of England clergy admitted she was more interested in protecting the reputation of the church than anything else.

Theresa May, both as home secretary and today as Prime Minister, has staunchly refused to include abuse accusations about the Kincora children’s home in Northern Ireland.

Why is Kincora so important? Because there is abundant evidence that MI5, MI6 and other British intelligence agencies know that many high-ranking British Establishment figures were personally involved in the abuse. These included Lord Mountbatten — great uncle and mentor of Prince Charles.

It was Mountbatten who introduced the notorious Jimmy Savile into the royal family and paedophile Savile too became a regular Buckingham Palace guest and a mentor, adviser and fixer to Prince Charles.

Savile was never prosecuted but he certainly raped, molested and abused over a thousand children, many of them helpless patients in hospitals to which Tory minister Edwina Currie had given him uncontrolled access.

May’s refusal to include the Kincora boys’ home in the general inquiry is certainly because it would expose the connection between paedophiles, MI6, MI5 and the royals.

Prince Charles often described Jimmy Savile as one of his best friends. He wanted Savile to be Prince Harry’s godfather — wiser counsel stopped that but the two men shared holidays and much else.

Royal patronage and the Establishment cover-up that came with it certainly shielded Savile. He was never prosecuted and when he died the BBC broadcasted sycophantic tributes. Only later was the ghastly truth revealed.

These Establishment cover-ups go back a long way. Many years ago respectful press barons keen to get honours would keep royal and political scandals from the public view.

By the 1960s and ’70s it was more difficult keeping these things under wraps. Some say the new wave of mass cover-ups started with a dossier compiled in the 1980s by the late Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens and which he passed to the then-home secretary Leon Brittan.

Dickens, who died in 1995, told his family that he had details in the dossier that would blow the lid off the lives of powerful and famous child abusers.

In 1981, Dickens named the former British High Commissioner to Canada, Sir Peter Hayman, as a paedophile in the House of Commons. Parliamentary privilege meant he could not be sued for slander.

In October 1978, Hayman left a package of paedophilia-related material on a London bus. The police traced the package to him and then found his diaries describing sexual acts with children. Hayman was never charged.

In 1983, Dickens claimed there was a paedophile network involving big, big names — people in positions of power, influence and responsibility and threatened to name them too in the Commons.

In 1984 Dickens met with and gave his child abuse dossier to the home secretary, Brittan. Much later it would be revealed that Brittan too was himself an abuser.

Dickens received many threats for naming important and powerful paedophiles — threatening calls were followed by burglaries at his London home.

In 2013 Labour MP Tom Watson asked the Home Office for Dickens’s dossier. They told him it had been referred to the police at the time but had not been retained.

The matter was raised again in July 2014 by then Labour MP Simon Danczuk. Former director of public prosecutions Lord Macdonald said the circumstances in which the dossier had gone missing were alarming and recommended an inquiry.

Lord Brittan confirmed that he received what he described as a substantial bundle of papers from Dickens in 1983, when he was home secretary, and that he handed them all over to the relevant officials for further investigation.

A Home Office review said that information it received between 1979 and 1999 had been passed on to the relevant authorities.

Lord Brittan suggested his information had been passed to the police, but Scotland Yard told the Guardian it has no record of any investigation into the allegations.

According to the Telegraph, Mark Sedwill, then permanent secretary to the Home Office, admitted that it had lost, destroyed or simply not been able to find at least 114 potentially relevant files.

This has led to accusations of a high-level cover-up from some unexpected quarters. Senior Tory MP and former children’s minister Tim Loughton is one who has accused the Home Office of trying to hide the facts.

Lord Tebbitt has told BBC’s Andrew Marr he believes there had been a cover-up because at the time people instinctively tried to protect the system. “I think at the time most people would have thought that the Establishment, the system, was to be protected, and if a few things had gone wrong here and there it was more important to protect the system than to delve too far into it.”

May, who was home secretary for seven years, must take much of the responsibility for the most recent stages of the great cover-up.

She was finally persuaded in July 2014 to hold a review into many historic child abuse allegations. The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse finally tried to start work on July 9 2015.

May first appointed Baroness Butler-Sloss to chair the review despite the fact that she was the sister of Sir Michael Havers, who had as Tory attorney general suppressed the reporting of abuse claims in the 1980s. Butler-Sloss stood down as chair of the inquiry just a few days into the job.

The next chair was Fiona Woolf, who quickly resigned when it was discovered she was great friends with Lord Brittan and his wife.

It took some time to find the next chair. She was Justice Lowell Goddard, a New Zealand high court judge. When she resigned after less than 18 months she was replaced by Professor Alexis Jay. The inquiry was given new terms of reference but few believe it will ever produce any meaningful report.

In July 2015, previously lost Whitehall files were discovered. In one, dated November 1986, the then head of MI5, Sir Antony Duff, accepted a denial by an MP that he was a child-abuser, but noted that “the risk of political embarrassment to the government is rather greater than the security danger.”

The missing dossier has been linked with stalled investigations into the Elm Guest House child abuse scandal. Hayman was just one of hundreds of high-ranking visitors to this brothel near Barnes Bridge.

Prime minister Edward Heath, Liberal MP Cyril Smith, the Queen’s art historian Anthony Blunt, several other Conservative politicians, Buckingham Palace staff and a Labour MP were others on the long list of those accused of visiting.

In January 2015, an academic researcher found a file of allegations against unnatural sexual proclivities by high-ranking people. The document had gone to the prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the early 1980s. It was a classified report on Hayman’s original case but it was the handwritten notes by Thatcher that were most interesting — she was insisting that Hayman was not to be named.

She had written a “line to take” note saying: “Say authorities have carried out an investigation. Nothing to suggest that security prejudiced.”

The internet is full of everything from careful evidence-based case-studies to wild conspiracy theories. So how do we find the real truth?

Sadly we don’t because millions of pounds and thousands of work hours have produced enough smoke and mirrors to make sure that rare and dangerous commodity, the truth, will remain well hidden for many years to come. And that is just how those in the highest positions of power like it.