Freemasons, Pedophilia and the Case Of Keith Harding

By Thomas Müller of The New Nationalist

The case of Keith Harding provides more smoking-gun proof that pederasts infiltrated British establishment, government and Freemasonry. They are using its pervasive influence to protect their fellow perverts’ evil predations and are involved in the largest pedophile ring in the world.

Shamed: Harding was unmasked as an active member of the Paedophile Information Exchange and believed to be membership secretary of the group who wanted the age of consent lowered to four. PHOTO: Daily Mail/SWNS.com

The Mercurius Lodge in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, was founded by U.K. spy agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) agents and boasts of its heritage on its website. The Mercurius Lodge is known as the Spies Lodge, as over the years many intelligence officers have become members. Keith Harding was the Worshipful Master and most senior member of the Spies Lodge.

The Daily Express revealed that Lodge’s Worshipful Master Keith Harding was convicted of an indecent assault against four children, ages 8 and 9, in 1958. He became classified as a Schedule 1 offender, which meant the offence remained on his criminal record all of his life.

His name was also on a list of about 400 Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) members seized by police in 1984, the year the organisation disbanded. Harding told a friend that he kept hidden in a safe a list of more than 1,000 PIE members with prominent names, including top politicians from the Thatcher era.

Birds of Feather
Cyril Smith manspreading in Parliament

Harding socialized regularly with MPs Leon Brittan and Cyril Smith at his world-renowned workshop. Brittanwas a high ranking official, including Home Secretary and at the center of controversies, such as illegal wiretapping and rape allegations. Like Jimmy Saville, it was revealed that Smith was a prolific child predator and known as such dating back to 1979. Again, we had another cover up. There are numerous rabbit holes with these characters.

The U.K. has liberal libel laws and a low bar with which to bring suits. It works effectively to shut down accusations and public revelations about pedos and rapists in prominent positions.

In 1980, Harding appeared alongside pedophile television presenter Jimmy Saville in a Christmas special of “Jim’ll Fix It.”

Harding in middle shown on BBC with his running buddy Jimmy Saville, a notorious child sex offender.

He was an antiques expert who did restoration for royalty. He was subsequently given the Freedom of the City of London and became a member of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. He also ran a museum regularly visited by children. Social services reports from 1995 are said to describe his convictions as a “real cause for concern” and warned that children should not be left unsupervised with him.

 

Harding was married and divorced and had two children. In 2007 he established a same sex civil partner relationship. He died in 2014.

Worshipful Master is the highest honor and most senior and important functionary of any Masonic Lodge. No Mason can rise above the 18th Degree without the unanimous agreement of the entire Supreme Council. Allegedly to advance beyond the 18th Degree, members are severely vetted and background checked. Convicted pedo Harding was a 33rd degree Mason. It is a certainty that Keith Harding’s security services’ file would have been accessible to most GCHQ staff, above janitor level, at the click of a mouse.

The GCHQ is well known for its open advocacy and leadership in LBGT “rights” and issues. It lit up a colourful display at the Cheltenham home of the intelligence agency to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). Inquiring minds would like to know: What are their views on pederasty? Harding’s PIE organization advocated four years as the age of consent.

In 2014, this “rights advocate” GCHQ was caught up in a revelation that they were nefariously harvesting intimate Web cam exchanges of Yahoo users. The leaked document, was unearthed the The Guardiannewspaper, who stated, “Unfortunately … it would appear that a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show intimate parts of their body to the other person.”

The newspaper claimed the operation code named Optic Nerve stored images to agency databases regardless of whether individuals were suspected of wrongdoing. The operation allegedly took place between 2008 and 2012. During one six-month period, more than 1.8 million Yahoo users were targeted.

TNN Takeaway: GCHQ possesses images of nobodies jerking off on a Web cam, but they apparently don’t have the wherewithal to identify the pedo criminal background of the highest ranking member of an influential Mason Lodge with significant GCHQ presence. This is hardly isolated either. It is prima facie evidence of capture and compromise by some very nasty operatives and elements.


U.S. Misreads Pakistan’s Antifragility

Pakistan thrives on disorder and adversity, pursuing Nassim Taleb’s notion of antifragility. In India, Pakistan is bemoaned as a failed terrorist state.  In Washington D.C., Pakistan is smeared as a duplicitous state, a posturing friend in the guise of a surreptitious foe. In Europe, Pakistan is hailed as one of the smartest countries in the world. In the Muslim world, Pakistan is acclaimed as a protective nuclear-state that would safeguard the holy cities of Makkah and Medina. Despite chronic energy shortage, Pakistan’s stock market is a top performer in the world. Pakistan’s cricket team has risen from slimy rigging scandals to win the 2017 international championship.

Pakistan, this land of Osama bin Laden and Malala Yousafzai, harbors both predators and preys with open hearts and clear conscience, baffling rectilinear moralists, orthodox policymakers, and nations as strong as the United States.

U.S.-Pakistan Entanglement

The U.S. policymakers consistently fail to understand Pakistan’s antifragility. For example, for over twenty years (1976-1998), the U.S. made every effort to prevent Pakistan from developing the nuclear weapons technology. President Jimmy Carter used “carrots and sticks” to pressure Pakistan to abandon its nuclear program. On cues from Carter, Prime Minister Morarji Desai threatened to smash by force Pakistan’s first nuclear bomb in the silo.

In 1979, the quantum mechanics of US-Pakistan entanglement shifted. When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, President Carter offered a huge aid package to seek Pakistan’s assistance, which Pakistan rejected as “peanuts.”  The U.S. had little option but to downsize its sticks and increase the quantum of carrots.  When price was right, Pakistan came on board to train the “freedom fighters” repelling the Soviet occupation.

On the nuclear issue, the U.S. Congress followed a legislative track to force Pakistan into submission. In 1985, Congress passed the Pressler Amendment to withhold military and economic assistance if Pakistan was found to be manufacturing a nuclear device. In 1998, Pakistan exploded six underground nuclear devices as a tit-for-tat reaction to the Indian nuclear tests. President Bill Clinton imposed economic sanctions under the 1994 Glenn Amendment and the 1961 Symington Amendment formulated to deter nuclear proliferation. Despite these sanctions, subsequent U.S. Presidents found ways to waive sanctions. In fact, Pakistan’s antifragility improved even further.

In 2001, the 9/11 terrorist attacks deepened the U.S. entanglement with Pakistan. The U.S. could not invade Afghanistan, then the home of Al Qaeda, without Pakistani assistance. Shrewd Pakistan ditched the Taliban government and allowed its territory and airspace to be used for transporting the U.S. military equipment and forces to invade Afghanistan. Thus, Pakistan mined a golden opportunity to have the economic sanctions lifted and furthermore have its nuclear-weapons recognized. The Pressler Amendment, the Glen Amendment, and the Symington Amendment, indeed the entire legislative track of economic sanctions fell flat on its nose. The U.S. money began to flow into Pakistan, like never before.

Now for more than fifteen years (2001-2017), the U.S. is fighting a failed war in Afghanistan, wasting billions of tax dollars. During this time, Pakistan has accelerated its nuclear weapons program, fast approaching the rank of a formidable nuclear power with efficacious short range and long rage delivery systems. Officially, Pakistan’s nuclear defense rhetoric highlights possible attacks from India, but its nuclear program has profound international implications for Asia and the Middle East.

To further fortify its antifragility, Pakistan has initiated a chaotic political shift from military rule to democracy. Unlike Arab nations, Pakistan has realized that Muslim dictatorships (Saddam, Gadhafi, Assad, and Iranian theocracy) have been easy Western military targets and that electoral democracy (even if limited to a few families) is a better sociological and geopolitical defense against possible Western invasions.

China-Pakistan Relationship

When the U.S. policymakers and Congressmen visit Islamabad to complain about the Haqqani network operating from Pakistan, they confront a pack of Aflatoons (Platonic philosophers), some in military uniforms, some in pinstriped suits, and a few in shalwar-kameez, prattling hypotheses on the density and intractability of the Afghan conflict. These Aflatoons contend that the Americans see a clouded reality that deviates from the pure forms of understanding. After listening to softly-delivered Pakistani reservations against destroying the Haqqani network, the U.S. Senators return home saying ““If they don’t change their behavior, maybe we should change our behavior towards Pakistan as a nation.”

While the U.S. policy makers are still tied to the dysfunctional “carrots and sticks” policy toward Pakistan, the rise of China as a superpower has dramatically altered the geopolitical dynamics in the world, particularly South Asia. A deepening relationship between China and Pakistan, touted as “taller than the mountains and deeper than the oceans,” is releasing Pakistan from the economic and military dependency on the U.S.

For Pakistan, shifting toward China has been an ascending hypotenuse. China is a contiguous neighboring state while the U.S. is a distant outsider. China has veto power in the Security Council to protect Pakistan from any India-prompted or Western coordinated aggressive policy. For example, China blocks resolutions in the UN Sanctions Committee to ban Pakistani “terrorist groups” tormenting India. Most importantly, China is able and willing to spend loads of money in Pakistan that the U.S could never do.

Yet Pakistan woos the U.S. as a potential ally. This is a remarkable piece of geopolitical antifragility. Pakistan does not think in binary terms. Picking either the U.S. or China is never a serious option. After the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush’s unforgettable command “you’re either with us or against us” was principally aimed at Pakistan. Pakistan heard the command, sided with the U.S. in the invasion of Afghanistan, but quickly backtracked to its non-binary mindset.

Pakistan provides logistical support to the U.S. armed forces but stubbornly refuses to fight the American war in Afghanistan. This indeed is the Haqqani network paradox.

Now, China, Pakistan, Russia, and the Taliban are determined to force the U.S. out of Afghanistan. The U.S. is relying on India’s Modi to beat the odds of the Taliban regaining control of Afghanistan. Unfortunately, India cannot deliver what the U.S. needs in Afghanistan – a victory.

While the Afghanistan war lingers, the Chinese diplomats and government executives visit Islamabad and meet the Aflatoons. The ambiguity, the complexity, and the intractability that the Americans routinely face in Pakistan, all disappear leaving behind a clear-headed Confucian aphorism that the relationship is superior to transactions. In all these Chinese visits, Pakistan declares its unwavering commitment to the notion of One China, reaffirms China’s sovereignty over the South China Sea, and offers complete control of the Gwadar seaport for transporting the Chinese goods to Africa and the Middle East.

Amid chaos, political upheavals, energy shortage, domestic terrorism, and cross-border firings with India, Pakistan disregards the U.S. Pavlovian strategy of behavior modification and reinforces its own antifragility.

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L. Ali Khan is the founder of Legal Scholar Academy and a professor of law at Washburn University, Kansas.

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