Operation Countryman – Police Corruption

Operation Countryman was an investigation into police corruption that ran from 1978 – 1982 [2] It was the fourth investigation into police corruption in the seventies. Unfortunately it was another one which was derailed.

It was carried out by Dorset Police but suffered obstruction from the Met Police. The Chief Constable of Dorset Constabulary, Arthur Hambleton alleged that Countryman had been willfully obstructed by Commissioner McNee and Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Thomas Hetherington.

I have not had time to examine the FOI requests in depth on Operation Countryman on What Do They Know website [7]. It appears as though not much information on the investigation is left. The information was passed back to the Met police, which with the City of London Police, was one of the forces being investigated and henceforth it disappeared! The Home Office though do have some boxes of information.

The relevance to my posts on child sexual abuse is that an an analysis of legal authorities, police and customs is necessary in ascertaining what happened as regards child sexual abuse in London. [4] [5]

Other posts relevant are cathy fox blog category Paedophilia around Piccadilly [4]. The posts on police corruption [6] will be used in the future post on how the police corruption might have affected the child sexual abuse investigations [5]

I include the 1982 Granada World in Action programme on Operation Countryman [3] obtained by Ian Puddick, but primarily this post includes a summary of Operation Countryman from Power, Crime and Mystification by Stephen Box, as well as an analysis of Police crime. You may have to click on the pages to enlarge them.


1983 Steven Box Power, Crime and Mystification Tavistock Studies in Sociology [1] [1a]
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Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E] from SurvivorsJustice [F]blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G] and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma [J]


[1] 1983 Steven Box Power, Crime and Mystification Tavistock Studies in Sociology ISBN 0 422 76410 8

[1a] 1983 Steven Box Power, Crime and Mystification Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/041504572X?keywords=Power%2C%20Crime%20and%20Mystification&qid=1457188875&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

[2] Wikipedia Operation Countryman https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Countryman

[3] 1982 Granada World in Action (Banned) – Cleaning Up Scotland Yard https://youtu.be/Tcr6Ol7pKUU

[4] cathy fox blog category Paedophilia around Piccadilly https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/category/paedophilia-around-piccadilly/

[5] 2015 Sept 10 Cathy Fox Blog Lambeth Part 4 – Clive Driscoll The Truth about Child Sexual Abuse in Lambeth https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/lambeth-part-4-clive-driscoll-in-pursuit-of-the-truth/

[6] 2016 Feb 5 cathy fox blog The Fall of Scotland Yard https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/the-fall-of-scotland-yard/

[7] What Do They Know Operation Countryman https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/search/operation%20countryman/all

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

[B] NAPAC http://www.napac.org.uk/

[C] One in Four http://www.oneinfour.org.uk/

[D] Havoca http://www.havoca.org/HAVOCA_home.htm

[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post http://survivorsjustice.com/2014/02/26/triggers-what-are-they-and-how-do-we-work-through-them/

[F] SurvivorsJustice Blog http://survivorsjustice.com/

[G] Jim Hopper Mindfulness http://www.jimhopper.com/mindfulness/

[H] Jim Hopper Meditation http://www.jimhopper.com/mindfulness/#cultivate

[J] 2016 Jan 5 Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma https://hwaairfan.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/an-indigenous-australian-approach-to-healing-trauma/

This is all written in good faith but if there is anything that needs to be corrected please email iicsa

cathyfox the truth will out, the truth will shout, the truth will set us free

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” – Edmund Burke

“He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.” Charles Peguy

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Syria: What Price Peace?

A new year and a wealth of silly antics by politicos…..the world is going into the crapper and we are told about the mindless ramblings of presidential wannabes…..believe me when I say there are more important things than the people with diarrhea of the mouth……

For instance…..there has been a push to solve the Syrian thing….in other words a peace deal…..of which I have written a couple of posts…..

Source: A Peace For All Peace | In Saner Thought

And then this one…….

Source: Why the US pushes an illusory Syrian peace process | In Saner Thought

It appears that I am not alone in thinking that this is an awful idea…..not that a peaceful settlement is an awful idea but rather the attempts the world are embracing……

I said that the Syrian people should be consulted before any deal is inked….but there lies the problem…..just who is the spokesman for the Syrian people? The Syrian opposition groups have their demands……

  • Representation of the armed opposition: Core disagreements exist between the political and armed opposition. The most important gap is the question of who legitimately represents the Syrian population and the armed opposition. The exiled political opposition, the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), calls for its associated Supreme Military Command (SMC) to lead the armed opposition’s role during any transition period. The armed opposition in Syria, however, rejects the authority of the SMC, as its leadership is based outside of Syria.
  • Character of future Syrian state: The SOC, FSA, and Ahrar al-Sham agree on the desire for a unified, independent, and sovereign Syrian state. The character of this state, however, is the subject of much debate. Ahrar al-Sham, desires an Islamic state in Syria. As such, Ahrar al-Sham is against the establishment of a democratic and pluralistic Syrian state pursued by the SOC and the FSA. Ahrar al-Sham will only permit an electoral process to select candidates responsible for ensuring the implementation of Sharia law, although “voting on the sovereignty of sharia” is unacceptable.
  • The future Syrian judiciary: In accordance with disagreements regarding the character of a future Syrian state, Salafi-jihadist and Salafist groups pursue a post-Assad state ruled by Sharia law, and likely desire a Sharia court-based structure rather than a municipal system. The character of the future Syrian judiciary is not specified by most of the rest of the Syrian opposition; most groups merely call for a future judiciary to be independent from any future head of state. This ambiguity leaves space for those hardline, armed opposition elements with a determined vision for a Sharia-based future judiciary in Syria to shape future judicial structures.
  • Full destruction of the regime: Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) and other allied jihadist elements such as Jund al-Aqsa and Hizb al-Tahrir rejected the Riyadh conference and denied the possibility of any truce or political settlement with the Syrian regime. These groups maintain maximalist demands, including the full destruction of the Syrian regime and all of its institutions. JN’s leader Abu Muhammad al-Joulani accusedthose groups that were in attendance at Riyadh of committing “treason” and suggested they do not possess“the ability to implement things on the ground.” JN also held at least one demonstration against the Riyadh conference in Northwestern Syria.


But just who do they speak for these days?

Of course the US will have their input….but what is that?

The U.S. must support nationalistic elements of the opposition that desire a unified, independent, and sovereign Syrian state based on a municipal political system, while marginalizing those that desire the creation an Islamic state based on Salafi principles. Those groups that desire the latter currently possess the capability to spoil any future negotiated settlement, and the U.S. must therefore look towards the Syrian opposition more broadly to find a way to contain these irreconcilable elements. A great power settlement, without the approval of some of the most powerful elements on the ground, will only protract the Syrian conflict and radicalize the opposition further.

There is the problem….too many desires and not enough cooperation and in the end the Syrian people will suffer…..but some say that the localized ceasefires could be a good start to finding a sweeping peace deal……but is it?
Local truces are accepted for strategic reasons, in large part to further military goals; these deals enable the warring parties to fight another day…….

Source: Local truces will not lead to a ceasefire in Syria | Middle East Eye

Sorry people….this is a dead deal…..there are too many demands and too many hands….there will be NO peace deal as the situation stands today…..there may be lots of optimism but the truth is that peace will be as elusive this year as it was last year……

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