By Marica Micallef
According to a shocking Metropolitan Police report leaked to The Independent back in 2014, organized crime gangs used secret networks of Freemasons to corrupt the criminal justice system.
“Operation Tiberius, written in 2002, found underworld syndicates used their contacts in the controversial brotherhood to ‘recruit corrupted officers’ inside Scotland Yard, and concluded it was one of ‘the most difficult aspects of organised crime corruption to proof against’.
The report – marked ‘Secret’ – found serving officers in East Ham east London who were members of the Freemasons attempted to find out which detectives were suspected of links to organised crime from other police sources who were also members of the society.”
Freemasonry, famous for its secret handshakes, has long been suspected of having members who work in the criminal justice system, particularly the judiciary and the police.
Operation Tiberius was the second secret police report to be made public in that time to highlight the potential issue.
“Project Riverside, a 2008 report on the rogue private investigations industry by the Serious Organised Crime Agency, also claimed criminals attempt to corrupt police officers through Freemason members in a bid to further their interests.”
Concerns about freemasonry’s influence on the criminal justice system prompted former Home Secretary Jack Straw to order that all police officers and judges declare their membership in the organization in 1998.
However, ten of Britain’s 43 police forces refused to participate, and the policy was scrapped due to legal threats. At the time, the United Grand Lodge of England declined to comment. The readers should know that in England and Wales, the Grand Master of the Freemasons is Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, who is first cousin to both the late Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh. He was initiated as a Freemason in Royal Alpha Lodge No. 16 in London on 16th December 1963. He completed his Second Degree on 30 January 1964 and his Third Degree on 5 June that same year, and served as Master of the Lodge in 1965. Even the late queen Elizabeth’s father, his late Majesty King George VI was a freemason. He had held a number of important positions within the United Grand Lodge of England, which is the governing body of Freemasony in England and Wales, and even the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and some districts overseas. It is estimated that it has around 200,000 members meeting in over 7,000 lodges throughout the country. It might be more. It is up to you, readers, to think of the implications of this for England.
According to the Independent, Operation Tiberius discovered that organized crime syndicates such as the Adams family and the gang led by David Hunt were able to infiltrate the Met “at will.”
How many of you want to have a guess as to what is the probability that this is still the case in England?