OPERATION END GAME - 13
"I write with reference to my previous discussion with the Solicitor General concerning matters which have been brought to my attention which may be relevant to the enquiry currently being conducted by Wiltshire Police into Mr Power,Chief Officer, States of Jersey Police." David Warcup June 2nd 2009 to the Home Affairs Minister
What you are about to read in this post is simply staggering.
This is just the beginning of what can only be best described as the complete and utter Lunacy of Acting Chief Officer David Warcup and Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand. Some would be right in saying that it is straight forward corruption in public office You are about to see what happens when people get desperate. Graham Power put a huge spanner in the works when he decided not to go quietly on November 12th 2008.
After the shambolic original suspension - the bullying allegations - the safe cracking - ILM's new suspension -house raiding of Stuart Syvret - they had found nothing.
That is how, and why, the name "OPERATION BLAST" came into our lives.
Let us begin.
I have been interested in Operation Blast for a very long time. It is only now that after exposing all the previous corruption we now land at Blast. It all started with the Statement, Home Affairs Minister, Ian Le Marquand made in the states on the 16th June 2009.
This is the part of the Statement that jumped out at me;
Senator B.I. Le Marquand:
It is my duty to inform this Assembly that on 2nd June 2009 I received a formal written report from the Acting Chief Officer of Police, which confirmed to me the details of Operation Blast. I was first informed of the general details in relation to Operation Blast by a letter from the Solicitor General dated 30th April 2009 and requested further information prior to making any decision in relation thereto.
The first question I asked myself was this; Who informed the Solicitor General of these files and why. I emailed the Attorney General Tim Le Cocq who was Solicitor General in 2009 and asked him. I reproduce the email and reply below.
From: rico sorda
Sent: 20 February 2012 16:30
To: Tim Allen
Subject: Attorney General (Operation blast)
Dear Attorney General,
I hope you can help me with my enquiries into the suspension of the former Chief of Police Graham Power QPM.
In 2009 you were the Solicitor General.
Mr Power was suspended on the 12th November 2008. What concerns me at this present moment is the second suspension which occured in June 2009. On the 16/6/2009 Home Affairs Minister Ian le Marquand brought a statement to the States concerning Operation Blast. This is a quote taken from said statement;
"It is my duty to inform this Assembly that on 2nd June 2009 I received a formal written report from the Acting Chief Officer of Police which confirmed to me the details of Operation Blast. I was first informed of the general details in relation to Operation Blast by a letter from the Solicitor General dated 30th April, 2009, and requested further information prior to making any decision in relation thereto. I am able to reveal the following information"
Im trying to work out what happened here. The Home Affairs Minister states that he was first informed of Operation Blast by a letter from your good self, is this correct? The reason for my cocern is the fact that the Law Office were advising the Home Affairs Minister during the former Chief of Polices suspension. How did the Solicitor General end up with details concerning files held at the Police HQ? I hope there is a simple answer here. What im seeing is a mirror image of the first suspension of Graham Power QPM. This concerns me greatly. The letter you sent to the Home Affairs Minister results in a formal written report from David Warcup that results in Graham Power being suspended again.
I hope you can clear this issue up for me.
Mr R Sorda
From: Tim Allen
Subject: RE: Attorney General (Operation blast)
To: "rico sorda"
Date: Thursday, 23 February, 2012, 9:59
Dear Mr Sorda,
I write further to my email of the 20th February.
I have now had the opportunity to mention this matter to the Attorney General. It is not clear the basis on which you ask for information and any inquiry relating to statements made by the Home Affairs Minister is of course a matter for that Minister and not for the Attorney General. The Attorney General has, however, asked that I refer you to the answer that he gave as Solicitor General in the States Assembly on the 30th June 2009 (at Hansard reference 3.15) in response to an oral question asked by Deputy Shona Pitman and in particular to the answer that was given to a supplemental question asked by Deputy Le Claire (at reference 3.15.1). These questions and answers are of course in the public domain.
Ok , lets go and have a look. What i'm trying to establish here is who told the Solicitor General about the files at Police HQ. Here is the Hansard from June 30th 2009. Fair play to Deputy S Pitman for getting this question in. Look at how the Solicitor General doesn't want to say who it was that informed him about Operation Blast.
3.15 Deputy S. Pitman of H.M. Solicitor General regarding when H.M. Attorney General was first informed about Operation Blast
Would H.M. Solicitor General inform Members when, and how, the Attorney General was first informed about Operation Blast?
Mr. T.J. Le Cocq Q.C., H.M. Solicitor General:
I am not sure if the question has changed a little bit in form. I am answering the question as written and not the question as recently stated which appeared to be directed to me personally.
I think, as I understand it, you are answering the question on behalf of the Attorney General.
The Solicitor General:
The Attorney General is currently away from the Island appearing in the Privy Council and accordingly is unable to answer this question. He asked the Deputy to defer the question to the next sitting so that he could answer it but the Deputy has declined to do so. As the question is directed to the Attorney General personally and is about his state of knowledge, I cannot answer it for him. He has, however, copied to me an email that he sent to the Deputy as part of an exchange about whether or not the Deputy would agree to defer this question. In it, among other things, he said: “So let me be clear, neither the present Solicitor General nor I participated in any way in setting up of files by the police in Operation Blast. We were not aware of their existence or proposed existence before or during the time when they were set up and maintained. We were not consulted about them and during that time gave no permission or consent in relation to them and were not asked to do so. We were wholly unaware of them, in my case, until 4th April this year when the S.G. (Solicitor General) mentioned it to me.” He also said this in his email that the former Solicitor General was out of the Island and that he had no reason to believe she knew anything about it either. I do not think I can assist the Assembly any more on the Attorney General’s statement.
Yes, Deputy Le Claire.
3.15.1 Deputy P.V.F. Le Claire:
Could I ask the Solicitor General when the Attorney General was first told of Operation Blast, in what manner was he told by the Solicitor General of the operation and what was the reason why the Attorney General was told at the time he was told?
The Solicitor General:
The question is directed to the Attorney General’s state of knowledge. The answer is that he was told about it by me on 4th April. I am, however, not at liberty to go any further into the matter than that because obviously anything I know about the matter is subject to legal privilege and I cannot discuss that in these circumstances.
Deputy P.V.F. Le Claire:
I understand. Thank you.
I have seen other supplementary questions but may I just advise Members who are in the precinct that we will proceed to the ballot at 11.15 a.m. when the Question Time comes to an end and perhaps they would be kind enough to return to their seats if they wish to participate in the ballot. Deputy Tadier.
3.15.2 Deputy M. Tadier:
Operation Blast, it would seem, should be very easy to resolve because it seems that nobody set the files up and nobody knows anything about them, so it should be an open and shut case. But the question I would ask if the Solicitor General is in a position to answer, is he aware if any socially or politically prominent non-States Members have also had files on them?
The Solicitor General:
I have no information about that. Even if I had information, I would not be at liberty to reveal it to the Assembly for the reason I have previously articulated: that of legal professional privilege.
3.15.3 Deputy S. Pitman:
If such files were set up in the interests of national security for the Island, who would authorise this?
The Solicitor General:
I am afraid I do not know the answer to that which is, after all, a hypothetical question. What I can say to the Assembly is that neither the Attorney General nor the Solicitor General have any authority in connection with the setting up of police files
Right, we now know that someone mysterious told the Solicitor General T. Le Cocq sometime between late March and the 4th of April 2009 as it was on this date that he informed the Attorney General William Bailhache about the files.
The person who informed the Solicitor General was none other than Acting Chief Officer David Warcup. Remember the quote from the top of the posting. Also remember the timeline.
June 2nd 2009 - Acting Chief of Police David Warcup writes to Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand and discloses details of some files held down at Police HQ under the code name 'Operation Blast.' These files contain information relating to States Members and former States Members. David Warcup states that he has brought it to the attention of Ian Le Marquand as it may be relevant to the enquiry currently being conducted by Wiltshire Police. He also informs the Minister for Home Affairs that he has had previous discussions with the Solicitor General about these files. End.
This is the letter he sent;
Senator I Le Marquand
Home Affairs Department
11 Royal Square
2 June 2009
I write with reference to my previous discussion with the Solicitor General concerning matters which have been brought to my attention which may be relevant to the enquiry currently being conducted by Wiltshire Police into Mr Power,Chief Officer, States of Jersey Police.
On 16th March 2009 it was brought to my attention that, there are currently two files secured in the States of Jersey Police Special Branch Offices under the name of Operation Blast. These files contain information relating to States Members and former States Members.
I have established that these files were created in February 2006, apparently following an encounter by one of the subjects of the file with a States of jersey Police Officer. The conduct and manner of that individual was apparently the trigger to creating the files.
Also brought to my attention was an email dated 24 February 2006 from former Superintendent ****** ****** to a member of staff in Special Branch. This email appears to have been sent at the direction of the Chief Officer, Mr Power, which requested that information on States members be kept in secure files within Special Branch.
It would appear that between February 2006 and November 2008, files were updated albeit on an infrequent basis. The information contained within these files includes personal contact details of States Members, taken from the official States of Jersey Government Website; print out of convictions from the Police National Computer and the States of Jersey Police Operational/Intelligence database. The files also contain information from secure sources such as police intelligence reports and sheets detailing the checks that had been carried out in respect of each individual. It is apparent that full criminal record checks have been carried out on all States Members in 2006.
The files have been given a security classification of 'Secret' and have not been retained under what would be described as the standard arrangements for the retention of intelligence data.
Examination of these also indicates that in addition to the Chief Officer, members of the States of Jersey Police Senior Management were aware of the existence of these files and directed that certain information to be retained therein.
The existence of the files is known to only a very small number of officers , and does not appear to have been disseminated further.
Following discovery of the files referred to above , I am now referring the matter for your attention.
In considering how you may wish to deal with this matter I should point out that there are items of information which are highly sensitive and which cannot be disclosed under any circumstance outside the police intelligence community. Furthermore, given the sensitive nature I have initiated any enquiries in relation to the specific content of each individual file. I do however intend to initiate a formal review of the retention of intelligence in this area to ensure that all information is retained and handled in accordance with established best practice and in accordance with current legislation.
Should you require any further information then please advise me directly
Acting Chief Officer.
What is the Acting Chief of Police David Warcup doing contacting the Jersey Law Office and Home Affairs Minister about sensitive files kept a Police HQ? Is it not his job as a senior ranked police officer to know how to handle such sensitive information? What is the States of Jersey Police Force meant to do when sensitive information comes through the Police Station relating to states members or members of the public - put in the bin? - send it to the JEP in a brown envelope?
Should the Law Office or Home Affairs be having anything to do with this in the first place? There is secret sensitive material kept at Police HQ. David Warcup and Senator Le Marquand use it as another attempt to discredit Graham Power and get him suspended again.
I just can't get over what is happening. In fact I believe it goes beyond Lunacy.
This bit is simply staggering;
"I write with reference to my previous discussion with the Solicitor General concerning matters which have been brought to my attention which may be relevant to the enquiry currently being conducted by Wiltshire Police into Mr Power,Chief Officer, States of Jersey Police."
By June 2009 Graham Power has been suspended for over 6 months. Wiltshire is getting bogged down. They keep missing completion dates. What the hell has this got to do with Graham Powers suspension. What has files down the Police Station got to do with alleged mismanagement of a Child Abuse Investigation? There can be no doubt about the real integrity of David Warcup - this man was in up to his eye balls.
How about this . This is mind blowing:
"The files have been given a security classification of 'Secret' and have not been retained under what would be described as the standard arrangements for the retention of intelligence data."
Acting Chief Warcup, why didn't you just do what you were paid to do. Sort it out with zero fuss. Maybe regulations had changed between 2006 and 2009. Why are you running to the Law Office and Home Affairs.
This stinks it just simply stinks
Im so angry at what my Government has been up to.
This all stems from the Child Abuse Cover-up
And I can tell you right now
It gets worse.
Enter stage right; Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand