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The Editor speaks: “… the release of the documents held for … Operation T*** … would not be in the public interest.”

Colin WilsonwebIf you filled in the blanks as (T) -“EMPURA” you would be wrong.

The wording “the release … would not be in the public interest” is the main reason given for the non-publication of the Operation Tempura documents by the Foreign and Commonwealth office via the Cayman Islands Governor.

Operation Tempura was executed here in Cayman by officers from Scotland Yard – the Metropolitan Police – investigating alleged corruption in our own police force.

Actually, the missing word above is not “Tempura” but “TIBERIUS”.

“Operation Tiberius was an official internal Metropolitan Police investigation. It found that certain ‘organised criminals’ were able to infiltrate Scotland Yard by bribing former and then serving corrupt officers; that the Metropolitan Police suffered ‘endemic corruption’. It is not known whether this police force has extirpated the problem.

“According to The Independent, the gangs used their contacts inside Freemasonry to ‘recruit corrupted officers’. The report concluded that this was one of ‘the most difficult aspects of organised crime corruption to proof against’.” – From Wikipedia

Craig Mackey, the Met’s deputy commissioner, said in a letter when he handed over only six heavily redacted pages of “Operation Tiberius” to the Home Affairs Committee, who had asked for them (the full report contained 170 pages), made the now familiar words “”In my view, the release of the documents held for … Operation Tiberius at this time would not be in the public interest.”

Isn’t it nice of these officials paid by us they can be judge and jury over our interests when it involves corruption?

Operation Tiberius was written in 2002. Operation Tempura commenced in 2007.

An email from former Assistant Commissioner of the UK Metropolitan Police John Yates to former Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan sent on Sept. 4, 2007, revealed in court records obtained by the “Caymanian Compass”, states the following: “We both agreed that neither [Mr. Kernohan] nor the governor [of the Cayman Islands, Stuart Jack, at the time] were appropriate to undertake this task due to potential conflicts….”

One can only speculate if some of the Met officers sent here to investigate our own alleged police corruption had been themselves under investigation.

In a story in Sunday’s (3) “The Independent”, Tom Harper, the journalist who has been following Operation Tiberius” has reported, “Documents show how organised crime networks were able to infiltrate the force ‘at will’.”

His article, under the banner “Police files reveal ‘endemic corruption’ at the Met”, states:

“Scotland Yard holds an astonishing 260 crates of documents on police corruption in one corner of London alone – and very few of the rogue detectives have ever been successfully prosecuted.

“A review led by one of Britain’s most senior police officers has unearthed a mammoth amount of intelligence spawned by Operation Tiberius, a secret police report written in 2002 that concluded there was “endemic corruption” inside the Metropolitan Police.

“The file found organised crime networks in north-east London were able to infiltrate the Met “at will” to frustrate the criminal justice system.

“The huge number of crates, revealed in a letter by Craig Mackey, the Met’s deputy commissioner, indicates the scale of criminality inside Scotland Yard’s north-east London units, which appears to have gone almost unchallenged since Tiberius was compiled 12 years ago.

“Research suggests that only a tiny number of the scores of then-serving and former police officers named as corrupt by Tiberius have been convicted.

“In a letter to Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, Mr Mackey warned that the mountain of evidence against his officers is likely to continue growing. He said: ‘This number [of crates] is likely to expand as linked operations are identified.”’

The article further states “intelligence was inexplicably shredded by the Met in 2001, including evidence that officers stole and trafficked illegal drugs, shared rewards with informants, faked applications for more payouts, sold confidential information to criminals and accepted bribes to destroy and fabricate evidence.”

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Does all this make you wonder whose interest is being kept from us? We just pay for it and ‘they’ hope our interest will fade away because they tell us it is not in our interest for us to know …. the truth?




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