I just finished reading Nick Bryant’s new book, The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal.
The book delves deeply into the 1980’s national pedophilia ring headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska and made famous by attorney John DeCamp’s book, The Franklin Cover Up which was the basis of a documentary, Conspiracy of Silence. Bryant adds a new round of evidence and description that gives the reader more rich detail to understand that such activities have been highly organized and protected at the highest levels of business and government.
The publication of Nick Bryant’s book was made possible by one of our favorite publishers, Trine Day Publisher Kris Millegan has created an important business making sure that the most material of corporate media’s material omissions see the light of day.
The Franklin story is a story that my life touched personally. I worked for Jack Kemp when he was Secretary of HUD at the time the scandal broke into the national press. Kemp’s involvement with the leaders of the pedophilia network is mentioned in Bryant’s book.
Washington reporter Paul M. Rodriguez managed to get the story on the front page at the time.
I blogged the story of why I believed that Kemp was being blackmailed at that time. See “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.”
The Franklin story is a story of immense importance. It demonstrates a number of important characteristics of political corruption.
American leaders often have “control files.” A control file is a file with information, such as documents or pictures, that subject you to blackmail. As a practical matter, it is impossible to manage significant financial fraud or manage $1 trillion a year of money laundering through the US financial system without control files. Pedophilia is quite useful in creating control files.
The Franklin story gives the reader a well researched case study in which federal, state and local enforcement protects wealthy and powerful pedophiles and targets and destroys those who try to protect children from them or hold them accountable.
The Franklin story provides those who take the time to learn it with an example of why lobbying your Congressman may involve overcoming more than a preference for large campaign contributors.
It also provides some important lessons about how to protect your children from sex abuse. It is easier said than done, but certainly easier when you understand that the establishment requires a steady flow of children for personnel benefits and to make covert operations such as mortgage fraud and narcotics trafficking go.