Daily Archives: March 5, 2011

Prince Andrew Duke of York begs for government backing over relationship to Tunisian dictatorship

“We need some govt backing here.”

The Duke of York was pleading for government support last night after it emerged that he entertained the son-in-law of a Tunisian dictator at Buckingham Palace.

Telegraph | Mar 5, 2011

By Laura Roberts, and Gordon Rayner

The Duke held a lunch for Sakher el-Materi, whose wife is the daughter of Zine-al-Abidine, the deposed president, at Buckingham Palace in October last year. The regime collapsed three months later.

The event was attended by more than a dozen executives from British multi-national companies.

Mr Materi, 29, was at the time one of the country’s most successful businessmen, and had been tipped as a possible presidential successor. He has since fled Tunisia and is under investigation for money laundering.

In an email sent in error to The Daily Telegraph last night, Ed Perkins, Prince Andrew’s press secretary, asked UK Trade & Investment, for which the Prince is a UK Special Representative, to “stand behind him”.

He wrote: “Am deploying the line that he [Materi] was vice-chairman of the chamber of commerce. Will ukti stand behind him? We need some govt backing here.”

The engagement was recorded publicly in the Court Circular. Materi was then the vice-chairman of the British Tunisian Chamber of Commerce. Buckingham Palace last night defended the Duke’s meeting, saying that at the time it was “entirely legitimate”.

The Duke has faced mounting criticism over his choice of business and personal associates. There has also been pressure for him to resign from his position as Britain’s trade ambassador.

Yesterday he decided to sever links with Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender whom he visited in New York last December. Epstein recently served a prison sentence for soliciting an underage girl for prostitution.

It also emerged that he had used a business trip to the Gulf to try to find a buyer for his house.

A former diplomat has told The Daily Telegraph that the sale of Sunninghill in Berkshire was “on the agenda” during meetings with members of one of the ruling royal families in the Gulf.

Buckingham Palace has always insisted that the sale of Sunninghill in 2007 was a “private” transaction conducted by a trust on the Duke’s behalf, without his involvement.

Last night, Chris Bryant, the shadow justice minister, called on the Duke to resign. “It’s just unsustainable that he should remain as the public face of British industry abroad,” he said.

Prince Andrew ‘hosted lunch for Tunisian dictator’s son-in-law’ at Buckingham Palace

Shady contacts: Prince Andrew

Shady contacts: Prince Andrew

The Duke of York has finally admitted that meeting the disgraced billionaire recently was ‘unwise’ and has ruled out further visits to the Florida mansion where Epstein sexually exploited underage girls.

Daily Mail | Mar 5, 2011

Prince Andrew hosted a business lunch for the ousted Tunisian dictator’s son-in-law just three months before the regime was toppled, it was claimed today.

The Prince, who was acting in his capacity as Britain’s special trade representative, is said to have hosted Sakher el-Materi, the 29-year-old son-in-law of Tunisia’s deposed president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, at a Buckingham Palace reception last October.

Prince Andrew is said to have met the son-in-law of ousted Tunisian president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, pictured right,last October

The lunch was attended by dozens of executives from British companies hoping to forge lucrative business opportunities in Tunisia.

Materi, who was one of Tunisia’s most successful businessmen, was hotly tipped as a successor to Ben Ali but has since fled the country and is under investigation for money laundering.

The claims, published in the Guardian newspaper, follow revelations that the prince has promised to sever his controversial links with child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The Duke of York has finally admitted that meeting the disgraced billionaire recently was ‘unwise’ and has ruled out further visits to the Florida mansion where Epstein sexually exploited underage girls.

In a warning that may have come from the Queen, the duke’s aides have advised him that his continued association with the paedophile risked damaging the reputation of the monarchy.

Now the humiliated duke, the fourth in line to the throne, has backed down and cut ties with Epstein, 58, in the hope that he can draw a line under the sordid association.

But pressure is mounting on the royal to resign his post as trade ambassador.

Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant told the Guardian he thought Prince Andrew’s dubious contacts had gone beyond what is acceptable.

Meanwhile the Prince’s press secretary, Ed Perkins, sent an email in error to The Daily Telegraph last night in which he asked UK Trade & Investment, for which the Prince is a UK Special Representative, to ‘stand behind him’.

Last night the Prince admitted that meeting the disgraced billionaire recently was ‘unwise’ and has ruled out further visits to the Florida mansion where Epstein sexually exploited underage girls.

Regarding the Buckingham Palace lunch, a spokesman for Prince Andrew defended the meeting, telling the Guardian that his actions were totally legitimate as at the time, Materi was the vice-chairman of the British-Tunisian chamber of commerce.

He said: ‘Whatever has happened since, at the time it was a legitimate public engagement.

‘He [the Duke of York] was expecting to go to Tunis this year as part of a UK Trade and Investment visit and this was a legitimate occasion at which he could meet British business people investing in Tunisia.’

Nurses sacked after horror games with patients revealed

Nurses deprived dying man of food

Photographed patients’ genitals for game

It was unclear how many residents had their genitals photographed in the game.

Sunday Telegraph | Mar 6, 2011

NURSES have been sacked from a nursing home for allegedly depriving a dying man of food and photographing residents’ genitals in a game called the “Genital Friday Club”.

One of the New South Wales’ top nursing homes, William Cape Gardens, on the Central Coast, ran an independent investigation into the atrocities before sacking two nurses, allegedly the ringleaders, on February 16.

A third nurse was suspended and has since been reinstated, while a fourth nurse resigned.

The horrific treatment at William Cape includes claims that three nurses told an elderly woman with dementia that her husband was having an affair with her best friend while she was in care.

A whistleblower told The Sunday Telegraph that when food was withheld from an elderly man, the nurse allegedly said: “He was going to die anyway and this way it would make it quicker.”

Staff were forced to sign confidentiality agreements over the scandal.

The whistleblower said the “Genital Friday Club” had been going on “for some months and was known of by quite a few members of staff”.

A second staff member said at least one nurse took photographs of elderly residents’ private parts on an iPhone and asked colleagues to guess who they belonged to.

William Cape’s spokesman Tim Allerton, from a public relations firm, said it was unclear how many residents had their genitals photographed in the game.

He said relatives of a female and male resident were given a full explanation and apology, which they accepted.

“In regards to the allegations (that a dying man was starved), we can’t really comment on that. We’ve reported it to police and it’s in their hands,” he said.

NSW Police and the Federal Department of Health and Ageing have both launched investigations.

A department spokeswoman said it was treating the allegations “very seriously” and a full investigation had been launched by the Aged Care Complaints Investigation Scheme, with investigators to go to the home tomorrow.

Lynda Saltarelli from the action group, Aged Care Crisis said it was one of the worst cases of abuse at a nursing home she had heard of.

While the home said it was in the process of informing relatives of its residents, families that The Sunday Telegraph spoke to were shocked to learn of the investigations.

Peter Thirgood, whose mother Edna lives in the home, was shocked to hear of the alleged behaviour.

“How disgusting. I know some people are not happy around there,” he said.

William Cape’s provides care to 121 residents and was a finalist in the Property Council’s awards for retirement homes last year.

The allegations come 10 months after The Sunday Telegraph went undercover in two Sydney nursing homes to reveal the routine neglect and abuse of the elderly.

Warlocks To Put Spell On Charlie Sheen To “Save” Him

“We want to try save him…”

bostonist.com | Mar 5, 2011

By Matthew Gannon

Photo of Salem Warlock Christian Day. Photo: http://www.festivalofthedead.com

Sunday night can’t come soon enough for the warlock community. As you know, warlocks everywhere are outraged that Charlie Sheen mocked their beliefs by describing himself as a warlock in some of his recent rants and they want to “magically bind” him in response.

Apparently, the binding ceremony is planned for Sunday in Salem. Local warlocks and witches like Christian Day and Laurie Stathopoulos, called Lorelei, will perform a ritual at 3 p.m. at Crow Haven Corner at 125 Essex Street to stop his negative use of “warlock,” and also help Sheen solve his problems. “We want to try save him, as well as not have ourselves slandered,” said Stathopoulos, a former fan of Sheen’s show, Two and a Half Men.”


Stathopoulos said the purpose of the ritual is to suppress any of Sheen’s “dark forces.” She feels “his soul is starting to wander to the other side.”

School bus company owner charged in rape of girl, 5

bostonherald.com | Mar 5, 2011

By Natalie Sherman

The owner of a private school bus company yesterday was charged with raping a 5-year-old Everett passenger.

Sergio Lara, 53, owner of Maya Transportation, was arraigned for rape and indecent assault charges in Chelsea District Court and held on $100,000 cash bail.

The girl was being driven home by Lara when the alleged assault occurred Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities. She reported the attack to her parents, who took her to the hospital and called police, authorities said.

“She’s a smart, brave little girl,” Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. “Too often, the victims of abuse are afraid or ashamed to disclose what happened, but this child did exactly the right thing.”

Lara, whose company operates in Revere, Chelsea and East Boston, has no criminal record. His lawyer did not return calls for comment yesterday.

Britain’s Prince Andrew associated with elite pedophile ring catering to royalty, politicians and businessmen

Organiser: Ghislaine Maxwell looks on as Andrew put his arm around Virginia. Robert Maxwell’s daughter invited her to work as Epstein’s personal masseuse soon after her 15th birthday

She describes being flown across world to meet Prince Andrew

Epstein trained her ‘as a prostitute for him and his friends’

“Epstein had trained me to do whatever men wanted. I was a paedophile’s dream.”

Daily Mail | Mar 2, 2011

Prince Andrew and the 17-year-old girl his sex offender friend flew to Britain to meet him

By Sharon Churcher

As the UK’s special representative for international trade, the Duke of York holds an important position, requiring sound judgement and widespread respect.

But those qualities have been thrown into question since photographs of Prince Andrew with his billionaire financier friend Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted child-sex offender who was jailed for 18 months for soliciting underage prostitutes, appeared last weekend.

Today, however, even more serious doubts are cast on his suitability after a woman at the centre of the Epstein case revealed to The Mail on Sunday that she had, as a 17-year-old employed by Epstein, been flown across the world to be introduced to the Prince.

On one of those occasions Virginia Roberts was subsequently paid $15,000 (£9,400). Her shocking account of her four years as Epstein’s personal masseuse is supported by court documents, an eyewitness, photographs and flight details of Epstein’s private jets.


One of those girls, Virginia Roberts, has this week lifted the lid on life in the Epstein zoo, describing how, at the age of 17, she was flown to London to meet the Duke, spending time with him alone after a night on the town. In a civil claim filed against Epstein in Florida – one of a dozen claims by alleged victims settled out of court – she describes how, from the age of 15, she was “continually exploited to satisfy [Epstein’s]) every sexual whim” and “sexually exploited by [Epstein’s] male peers, including royalty, politicians, academicians, businessmen and other professional or personal acquaintances.”

One picture, said to have been taken by Epstein during Andrew’s first encounter with the girl in March 2001 and published today by The Mail on Sunday, shows the Prince with his arm around her waist.

This is not the first time the Duke of York’s judgment and choice of associates have been questioned. He appears to relish the company of super-rich oil billionaires from the Middle East, North Africa and the former Soviet Union.

The peculiar sale of his former marital home to a Kazakh businessman for £15 million after it had languished unsold for five years at £12 million has never  been satisfactorily explained.

In the recent leak of American diplomatic cables it was revealed that he had criticised an official corruption investigation into the huge Al-Yamamah arms deal between Britain and Saudi Arabia, while he is also said to be close to Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the beleaguered Libyan president, and may have had a role in the early release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Al Megrahi.

But it is Andrew’s friendship with Epstein, whom he has known since at least 2000, and with Epstein’s confidante Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the late disgraced newspaper baron Robert Maxwell, that gives most concern.

He was first seen with the pair on holiday in Thailand, and was pictured cavorting with Ghislaine at a Halloween fetishthemed party in Manhattan.

The photograph that appeared last weekend shows the prince strolling through Central Park with 58-year-old Epstein. Andrew was said to have spent four days at his New York mansion in December, when he was joined by other distinguished guests, including Woody Allen, at a dinner.

It is by no means the first New York soiree Andrew has attended as Epstein’s guest.

A lengthy profile of the financier in Vanity Fair magazine some years ago reported that Andrew was a guest at a cocktail party thrown by Epstein and Maxwell packed with young Russian models. ‘Some guests were horrified,’ said the article’s author, Vicky Ward.

It should not be forgotten that Epstein is a registered sex offender after recently completing his sentence for offences relating to child prostitution.

However, he avoided trial on more serious charges that carried a potential life sentence. And no one reading The Mail on Sunday’s interview with the woman who was prepared to testify against him can be in any  doubt of the seriousness of the charges.

Epstein, a Wall Street money manager who once counted Bill Clinton and Donald Trump among his friends, became the subject of an undercover investigation in 2005 after the stepmother of a 14-year old girl claimed she was paid $200 (£125) to give him an ‘erotic massage’.

The subsequent FBI probe uncovered at least 20 girls levelling sexual allegations against him. Eventually, Epstein struck a ‘plea bargain’ with prosecutors – a practice not permitted under British law – under which he was allowed to plead guilty to two relatively minor charges.

Police claim that his donations to politicians and his ‘dream team’ of influential lawyers deterred prosecutors from bringing more serious charges of sex-trafficking. The deal certainly kept the names of a lot of Epstein’s famous friends out of an embarrassing court case.

However, an unusual part of the agreement was that Epstein’s alleged victims were allowed to bring civil proceedings against him.

He has so far made 17 out-of-court settlements, and some cases are ongoing. One of these girls was to have been a key witness for the prosecution had the case gone to trial. She was just 15 years old when she was drawn into Epstein’s exploitative world in 1998.

In her civil writ against him, under the pseudonym Jane Doe 102’ she alleged that her duties included being ‘sexually exploited by Epstein’s adult male peers including royalty’.

Now, horrified by the evidence of Epstein and Andrew enjoying each other’s company in New York, Jane Doe 102 has agreed to waive her anonymity and tell for the first time her deeply disturbing story.

Her real name is Virginia Roberts and she now lives in Australia, where she is a happily married mother of three.

Over the course of a week during which she spoke at length to The Mail on Sunday, she appeared sometimes vulnerable, and sometimes steely, but always quietly resolute and consistent.

Revisiting events from a past that she had hoped she had left behind,Virginia occasionally buried her face in her hands.

Some recollections – and, for reasons of taste, not all the details can be included here – caused her to flush with shame. ‘I’m telling you things that even my husband didn’t know,’ she said.

Virginia, who has undergone counselling to try to come to terms with her past, is honest about her initiation into Epstein’s depraved world.

She was a troubled teenager, whose slender figure, delicate complexion, hesitant voice and soulful blue eyes made her look young for her years.

Born in Sacramento, California, in August 1983, Virginia spent her early years on a small ranch on the West Coast of America.

This seemingly idyllic childhood ended when she was sexually molested by a man close to her family.

The fallout from that led to her parents temporarily splitting up. Blaming herself, Virginia began to get into trouble Aged 11, she was sent to live with an aunt but repeatedly ran away.

Living on the streets, she was beaten up and slept with at least two older men in return for food. ‘I was a paedophile’s dream,’ she says.

Three years later, she was reunited with her family and started a new life with her father who had moved to Palm Beach,

Florida, where he was maintenance manager at Donald Trump’s country club, Mar-a-Lago.

Virginia got a part-time job as a changing room assistant –which is where, soon after her 15th birthday, she met Ghislaine Maxwell, who invited her to work as Epstein’s personal masseuse.

‘I was wearing my uniform – a white miniskirt and a skin-tight white polo top – when I was approached by Ghislaine,’ Virginia says.

‘I told her I wanted to become a masseuse and she said she worked for a very wealthy gentleman who was looking for a travelling masseuse.

I’d get training and be paid well.’Virginia’s father gave his blessing, believing his daughter was being handed the opportunity to learn a skill and to work for a wealthy and respectable employer.

He drove her to Epstein’s pink mansion on the Palm Beach waterfront – he also owns a nine-storey home in New York, the city’s biggest private residence; a 7,500-acre ranch called ‘Zorro’ in New Mexico and Little Saint James, a private 70- acre atoll in the US Virgin Islands.

Virginia says: ‘Ghislaine said I was to start immediately and that someone would drive me home.

My father left and I was told to go upstairs.’ She was led by another woman through Epstein’s bedroom into a massage room where he lay face down naked on a table.

He started to interviewed Virginia. This was unconventional, but Virginia had no suspicions. Presumably, she thought, this was how the wealthy conducted their business.

Epstein elicited the information that Virginia had been a runaway, and was no longer a virgin.

Virginia was then told to start massaging Epstein, under the instructions of the woman who had shown her in. The massage quickly developed into a sexual encounter.

Virginia was uncomfortable, but reluctant to deny such important people. ‘My face was red with embarrassment,’ she says. ‘But I felt under immense pressure to please them.

The whole time it was going on, they were promising me the world, that I’d travel with Jeffrey on his private jet and have a well-paid profession.’ Afterwards, she was given two $100 bills and told to return the next day.

That was the beginning of the four years she spent with Epstein.

For three of those years, she was under Florida’s age of consent, which is 18.

Virginia was fascinated by his life story: the son of a humble New York City parks worker, he was a teacher before becoming a Wall Street broker and friends with the upper echelons of the political, financial and academic establishment.

As a confused teenager, Virginia easily fell into the practice of sexually gratifying him for money.

He guaranteed her a minimum of $200 each time she gave him what he called an ‘erotic massage.’

Virginia said: ‘I would always receive the money immediately. He would give me the cash from a wad he carried in a black duffel bag or an assistant paid me.

’And, because of the way Epstein had warped her sensibilities, every time she took the cash, Virginia felt even more indebted to him. Secretly, he was also preparing her for an even more disturbing role.

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London School of Economics struck deal to train Libya’s future leaders

The London School of Economics struck a deal to train hundreds of “future leaders” of Libya, according to leaked diplomatic cables.

telegraph.co.uk | Mar 3, 2011

By Laura Roberts

The disclosure will raise further questions over the university’s relationship with the Gaddafi regime.

The cables, which record a briefing for US diplomats by the Libyan National Economic Development Board (NEDB), state: “The NEDB is co-operating with the UK Government and the London School of Economics (Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi’s alma mater), among other UK institutions, on an exchange programme to send 400 ‘future leaders’ of Libya for leadership and management training. Eventually, [an official of NEDB] explained, 250 additional Libyan ‘future leaders’ would also be trained in Libya.”

The LSE’s links with the regime have faced scrutiny following a pledge of £1.5million from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam, a former student at the LSE and one of its most generous benefactors.

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The university has received £300,000 from the dictator’s son which it has since promised to put towards a scholarship fund for North African students.

The LSE also confirmed it was investigating claims that Col Gaddafi’s son plagiarised his PhD thesis.

Speaking this week, Sir Howard Davies, the LSE director, admitted he felt “embarrassed” by the university’s ties with the family.

. . .


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Unmanned spy drones and facial recognition cameras could soon be the norm

Britain is the one of the most watched countries in the world with more than four million public or privately owned CCTV cameras Photo: ANTHONY UPTON

Unmanned spy drones, CCTV that recognises faces and cameras in the back of taxis could soon be the norm on the streets of Britain, the Home Office admitted yesterday.

Telegraph | Mar 2, 2011

By Tom Whitehead

Ministers signalled that advances in technology meant there was nothing to stop such controversial surveillance measures becoming commonplace.

The warning came in proposals for a code of practice to better regulate the spread of CCTV amid fears there will be “unchecked proliferation” without it.

Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner, said last year that Britain is heading towards becoming a surveillance state of unmanned spy drones, GPS tracking of employees and profiling through social networking sites.

He said the relentless march of surveillance had seen snooping techniques “intensify and expand” at such a pace that regulators were struggling to keep up.

The Coalition Government has pledged to row back the surveillance state and restore civil liberties.

Proposals contained in the Protection of Freedoms Bill last month included giving the public the power to take councils to court if they can argue CCTV is being abused or is intrusive.

A consultation on plans for a code of conduct for those using CCTV was published yesterday which will be monitored by a new Security Camera Commissioner.

The document said CCTV is often only of “limited value” to police investigations because images can be poor or cameras badly positioned.

But it added that “modern digital technology is on the cusp of revolutionising the use of CCTV”.

It said features such as powerful zoom, 360 degree vision, facial recognition “are coming closer to being an established part of the CCTV landscape”.

“New uses for systems, for example in taxis, are a natural part of industry growth”.

It added that while emerging technology such as remote unmanned airborne vehicles may not currently be widespread, “there is scope for their unchecked proliferation and attendant ricks if they are not considered within any overarching strategy”.

Britain is the one of the most watched countries in the world with more than four million public or privately owned CCTV cameras – one for every 14 people. Police have admitted that, in some cases, only one crime is solved for every 1,000 cameras.

Under the proposed code, police forces and councils who want to set up CCTV systems will have to be open and clear about what they will be used for and why.

West Midlands Police apologised last year over a controversial CCTV scheme which saw more than 200 surveillance cameras installed in two largely Muslim neighbourhoods.

The code may also say how long data, including images from automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras, should be retained.

James Brokenshire, the crime prevention minister, said: “CCTV and ANPR systems play a vital role in the prevention and detection of crime.

“However it is important they are used in a way that does not invade law-abiding people’s privacy or undermine the public’s confidence in them.

“That’s why we are establishing this code and that’s why we are asking the public what they think should be in it.”

Daniel Hamilton, director of campaign group Big Brother Watch, said the move was “a step in the right direction”.

La Toya says Michael Jackson’s death a ‘conspiracy’

Undated handout photo provided by Stradley, Chernoff & Alford LLP, legal firm, on July 29, 2009 shows late US pop star Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray. Murray is more than 770,000 dollars in debt and his luxury resort home in Las Vegas faces foreclosure, court documents filed in Nevada have revealed. (AFP/STRADLEY, CHERNOFF ALFORD LLP/File)

Freemason Dr. Conrad Murray. She believes Murray was the “fall guy” and considers her brother’s death part of a bigger conspiracy. (AFP/STRADLEY, CHERNOFF ALFORD LLP/File)

The Joy Behar Show: La Toya says Michael Jackson’s death a ‘conspiracy’ VIDEO

monstersandcritics.com | Mar 4, 2011

By April MacIntyre

Tonight on The Joy Behar Show singer and “Apprentice” contestant La Toya Jackson talks about the upcoming trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. She believes Murray was the “fall guy” and considers her brother’s death part of a bigger conspiracy.

Joy: Do you think he (Dr. Conrad Murray) is guilty?

La Toya: Do I think he’s guily? Joy, I’ll tell you what I think, as I’ve said from day one I truly believe that he was the fall guy. I believe that it was arranged he was the fall guy and they used him to do what they’re doing. And I will always believe that and I’m certainly hoping that the truth comes out during the trial that, as you know, was pushed back until May.

She went onto say that…

“This is a conspiracy that we’re dealing with. And a lot of people don’t know that or understand it.  They only know what the media feeds you.

She also said that Michael feared that people were trying to kill him:

“Well Michael told me, before he passed he told me that he was afraid and thought he was going to die he thought he was going to be murdered.”

. . .


La Toya: Michael Jackson’s death a “conspiracy”
Here’s a sneak peek at Friday’s interview with La Toya Jackson. In this clip, La Toya tells Joy why she thinks Dr. Condrad Murray was the “fall guy” in her brother Michael Jackson’s death. She believes that his death was the result of a conspiracy.

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