'SECRET PAPERS' – THREE ACCUSED
Story of raid on an author's home
Highgate magistrates were told today that there was a "political background" to a case in which three men were alleged to have posed as GPO engineers to get into the home of David Irving, author of the controversial war book Destruction of Dresden.
Mr. Ivan Lawrence, QC, defending [*], told the Court: "This is a matter which has some political background to it. It is not a case of three young men embarking on a career of crime."
Each was allowed bail in his own recognisances of 50 with one surety of 250. Standing surety for all three were company director Leslie Jacobs, of Chatworth Road, Clapton.
Police-Sergt. Fred Tavener said the three men, who were accused
of breaking and entering, got into the home of Mr. Irving, of Alyn Court,
Crescent Road, Hornsey, yesterday afternoon.He went to the house in answer
to a call from Mr. Irving, who told him: "These three men say they are GPO
engineers but I don't believe them."
November 29, 1963
"POLITICS" HINT IN BREAK- IN CHARGE
Highgate magistrates were told yesterday
of a "political background" to a case in which three men posed as GPO engineers
to get into the home of Mr. David Irving, author of "The Destruction of Dresden."
THREE BAILED ON BREAK-IN CHARGE
Three men accused
of breaking into the Hornsey home of historian David Irving with intent to
commit a felony, appeared on remand at Highgate today and were again remanded
on bail totalling £900.
Bogus GPO men tried to grab Nazi papersHistorian tells of trio who came to test phone
Three young men tricked their way into historian
Mr. David Irving's flat by posing as GPO engineers, Highgate Magistrate were
Opening the prosecution case Mr. Henry Hargrave said:"You might
regard this as a rather unbelievable case."
Mr. Irving said, that Gable told him a large rewiring scheme was
in hand in the area and said they were increasing the voltage.
JEWS RAIDED FLAT "SEEKING NAZI PAPERS"
DAILY TELEGRAPH REPORTER
TWO young Jews who broke into the flat of
a man they believed was a Fascist hoped to find political material which
they could take to the Special Branch, said Mr.John Mathew, defence counsel,
at Middlesex Sessions yesterday.
Mr. Kenneth Richardson, prosecuting, said Carpel and Gable broke
into the flat by posing as GPO engineers and arranged to return later. Mr.
Irving checked with the Post Office and found their story was untrue.
January 17, 1964
Three fined for breaking into author's flat
When three young men were charged with breaking
into the flat of Mr. David Irving, an historian and author of "The Destruction
of Dresden," one of them told the police officers: "This man is a fascist.
We got in because we wanted to get some of his books and papers, as he knows
a lot of Nazis who are top brass."
Carpel and Gable pleaded guilty. F. pleaded not guilty and the prosecution
offered no evidence in his case. On the direction of the deputy chairman
(Mr. T.R. Fitzwalter Butler) the jury returned a formal verdict of not guilty
in the case of F.
This booklet is about a man of many possible faces and many possible allegiances. For the mainstream media and readers of the anti-fascist magazine Searchlight Tim Hepple was simply a member of the fascist British National Party who 'saw the light' and approached Searchlight asking if he could act as a mole for them. As such he seemed to follow in the footsteps of other Searchlight moles, the most famous being Ray Hill who in 1984 in a blaze of publicity and a World in Action documentary 'came out' exposing his former friends in the far right.
In April 1994 in a dramatic World in Action programme Tim Hepple appeared on camera as a source helping expose the violent Nazi group Combat 18. However, at the end of April a pamphlet 'A Lie Too Far', exposed Hepple as an agent provocateur in the Anarchist movement. This pamphlet focused on the list of names and details of C-18 thugs which Hepple encouraged Green Anarchist magazine to publish. The list contained many factual errors and was composed with intention of getting Anarchists arrested and encouraging C18/BNP members to mount-counter attacks. However the list had another purpose. They had been designed to put Green Anarchist under attack on 3 fronts – arrested by the state, attacked by C18/BNP thugs and also by anti-fascists. This would come about because after Green Anarchist had published them Searchlight would 'expose' the lists as being supplied by Nazis. The resulting smears would open the target up to attack from the Left/anti-fascists. It was this third front of desired assault – by their own comrades on the Left – that points most clearly in the direction of list passing as being part of MI5's current battle plan.
Luckily O'hara was able to prevent Green Anarchist from publishing the lists, but unfortunatly, unknown to him, Tim Scargill of the Class War Organisation was also passed a copy of this list (by presumed Searchlight assets still under investigation) and published himself. As O'hara had predicted Scargill was immediately attacked as a being a fascist.
O'hara responded by working on with Green Anarchist and Tim Scargill to produce a pamphlet, A Lie Too Far (ALTF), to try repair some of the damage and to prevent such events happening again. In ALTF Searchlight magazine, it editor Gerry Gabble, Ray Hill and Tim Hepple were accused of implementing a plot to physically and politically subvert the Anarchist movement. Searchlight was plotting against the British left. Why? Some would answer that Searchlight is an arm of the secret state. This pamphlet certainly does. Many years ago Duncan Campbell in the New Statesman unearthed a document which incontrovertibly showed that Gerry Gable had spread disinformation on behalf of MI5. This 'Gable Memorandum' was recently published by Lobster Magazine (issue 24).
ALTF contains extracts from letters which Hepple wrote to Green Anarchist's editor, and this publication uses letters not disclosed in ALTF to prove beyond doubt that Hepple was an agent provocateur. It is up to you to decide whether you should continue to buy searchlight. If you do- remember Searchlight is a thoughly discredited organisation serving the secret states' agenda.
"Leave it to the experts!"
"I have now given the names I have acquired to be checked out by British/ French security services, especially the French and German connections and the South American stuff is being checked by Geoffrey Stewart-Smith's institute. He has strong CIA links. (1), I may try somebody in the Israeli Foreign Office that I know for some checks on Kelly. It is now a time for waiting for a feed-back and also further checks here."
"I have attached a number of documents including the transcript of Kelly's interview with World in Action. It goes without saying that I would like this kept strictly secret."
'Strictly secret': one of a series of reports on other journalists which London Weekend Television researcher and Searchlight Publishing Chairman Gerry Gable prepared with a little help from "the experts".
In January 1964, three young men (2) were convicted at Highbury Magistrates Court for breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, after attempting to steal private papers from the self-proclaimed "mild fascist" historian David Irving. Despite the fact that one of them was unemployed and the other two gave their professions as "electrician", they were represented in Court by a Queens Council and Â£1,000 bail was put up by a businessman, company director Leslie Jacobs of Clapton. One of the three was additionally charged with stealing a GPO identity card which he used in the burglary: his name was Gerry Gable. Council for the defence told the court, "they hoped to find material they could take to Special Branch". (3)
Twenty years later the same Gerry Gable, reviewing Stuart Christie's Investigative Researcher's Handbook (which had included profiles of two leading right-wingers as examples of how to go about an investigation), dismissed the book with the scathing admonishment to "leave it to the experts".(4) We think our readers should be made aware of just which "experts" Mr. Gable has in mind, and why it is that Searchlight reacts so curiously whenever anyone outside their select circle dares step onto their jealously guarded territory of investigating the extreme Right.
Born in January 1937, Gerry Gable is a former member of the Young Communist League (YCL), and stood as Communist Party candidate in the Northfield ward of Stamford Hill, north London, in 1962. He was also linked to the Zionist 'antifascist' 62 Group nominally led by Harry Bidney (manager of the Limbo Club in Soho) â€” formed by veterans of the anti-Mosley 43 Group (basically a CP set-up) who thought the group had grown 'too liberal' â€” to counter the antics of Colin Jordan, John Tyndall, and the revived neo-Nazi movement of the early '60's. The 62 Group (mostly supporters of the Beginite Herut organisation, a political successor to the Irgun Zvai Leumi terrorist group) specialised in direct action, infiltration, dirty-tricks, and 'black-bag' jobs (burglary). Gable has retained an endearing affection for 'black-bag' jobs, as a means of gathering information on target individuals, ever since.
Parallel to the activities of the '62 Group, a small anti-fascist journal was founded in London to monitor the activities of Jordan, Tyndall & Co. The journal was called Searchlight. Amongst its early editors were Labour MP's Reg Freeson and Joan Lestor (both subsequently Government Ministers for Housing and Foreign Affairs respectively). Searchlight's "research director" was Gerry Gable. The journal ceased publication in 1967, but Gable, Maurice Ludmer (a veteran Communist and anti-fascist), and others stayed together as Searchlight Associates, in order to go on providing 'research material' on the extreme Right to journalists and broadcasters. In 1974 Gable and Ludmer collaborated in the production of a pamphlet detailing the background and nature of the National Front: A Well Oiled Nazi Machine. The instant success of the pamphlet (it sold out in a few weeks), helped by the wave of concern awakened on the Left by the seeming advance being made by the NF (and incidentally, the re-emergence of 'anti-fascism' as a bandwagon for groups like the SWP to use for their recruitment drives), prompted Searchlight Associates to resume publication as a regular journal. The pilot issue of the new Searchlight appeared in February 1975, with Maurice Ludmer as its editor. Ludmer and Gable were also amongst the first sponsors of the Anti-Nazi League.
Since then Searchlight has built up an impressive reputation for investigative reporting, and has done pioneering work of genuine value in exposing the activities and international links of fascist organisations. But the political expediency of a perceived identity of interest in the short-term, in the cause of 'anti-fascism' just as in 'anti-communism', is apt to lead one to work with some strange allies. In Searchlight's case, opposition to the 'extremists' of the Right has opened up the door to the extremists of the centre, for whom Right and Left are equally perceived as a threat to 'democracy'.
Not only has Gable admitted, as part of his defence in the 1963/4 burglary trial, that he hoped to supply information to Special Branch on David Irving, but a confidential memorandum written by him to his producers in London Weekend Television (where he worked until recently as a researcher/presenter on the London Programme: he is now trying to work his ticket with an alleged 'heart condition') on 2 May 1977 gave clear, hard, evidence that he has also engaged in a two-way traffic of information with the security services of several countries, and acted as a conduit of misinformation for MI5 against fellow journalists, and socialists. The memo was the subject of an article by Duncan Campbell and Bruce Page in the New Statesman in February 1980. Gable has never successfully refuted the information contained in the article. When Campbell and Page went down to LWT's offices to confront Gable with the evidence and demand some answers, Gable simply cleared his desk and fled, refusing to talk to them. This is in marked contrast to his previous meeting with Campbell, whom he took out to an expense account lunch during the 'ABC' Official Secrets case to pump him for information he could pass on to his friends in Special Branch.
The memo, written by Gable followed, he says, a lunch with a Security Service employee in May 1977. The nature of the official material received and recorded by him â€” mixed with large amounts of random gossip â€” indicates that much of it was coloured by phone-tap information and informer's reports. It consists almost entirely of libellous untruths about a group of 'target' individuals â€” the 'ABC' Official Secrets defendants, American deportees Philip Agee and Mark Hosenball, and several of their acquaintances. In certain respects, material from Special Branch had been deliberately falsified to mislead Gable and his employers. The timing of the memo showed clearly an intense interest on behalf of MI5 in manipulating events surrounding the Agee/ Hosenball case and the beginnings of the 'ABC' prosecution.
"Kelly is the KGB manâ€¦"
The person most frequently, and libellously, mentioned in its pages was not directly involved in either case: Phil Kelly, a journalist acquainted with both sets of accused men. Kelly was around this time one of the victims of a number of burglaries and thefts in London which were clearly designed to gather information and documents rather than valuables (Gable's proven speciality, as witnessed by the Irving trialâ€¦)
Admitted to be one of a series, the memo was headed "Agencies" presumably a reference to Gable's information sources (named, apart from MI5, as the CIA, French and German security, Stewart-Smith's FARI institute, and the 'Israeli Foreign Office'). It mixes up a few accurate facts with half-truths, and constructs upon them a series of fantasies, linking the Young Liberals with Cubans, Palestinian and German terrorists, various contributors to Time Out, members of the London Co-Op, and the KGB, into a deadly, all-encompassing conspiracy. Gable also asserts that an "eye-witness" who "had infiltrated the Palestinians and some left groups" (and is apparently well known to him) has backed up his claims. There is a remarkable similarity between information received by Special Branch when they stopped Kelly at Heathrow Airport in 1970, and the "eye-witness" story re-told by Gable in 1977. The implication must be that Gable was at least aware of a Special Branch or MI5 informer amongst left-wing groups and remained quiet about it.
Gable wrote: "The arrest of Campbell / Berry and Aubrey has caused a civil rights row, but according to my top level security sources, they inform me in strictest confidence that for about four years Campbell/ Berry/ Kelly and others have been systematically gathering top-level security material. Campbell, who claims to have only an interest in technological matters as far as the state is involved, had done four years detailed research into the whole structure of the other side of not only our Intelligence services but those of other NATO countries. He has also gone to people who work on top security contracts and started off by asking them about open commercial work their companies do and then gradually asked them for information on top secret work, including that on underwater detection hardware, which he clearly knows is beyond the pale."
"Politically it appears the group have no guiding light or line, but Kelly is the KGB man who reaps the goodies gathered by other peopleâ€¦"
"The security service accepts that once the real nature of this case begins to emerge they expect people like Jonathan Aitkin (the Tory MP, who has expressed support for the ABC) will fade away fast. The security service accepts that a number of decent people have signed up to support these people on civil rights grounds and also they unofficially accept all the shortcomings of the act they have been held under, but they say they are sure this has gone beyond the bounds of Press Investigation."
In the last few words of the memo Gable wrote: "I have now given the names I have acquired to be checked out by British/ French security servicesâ€¦it is now a time for waiting for a feed-back and also for further checks here." The feed-back never came of course, because the whole story was really just black propaganda.
The Infiltration Game
Searchlight obtains much of its information from imaginative use of the telephone, 'black-bag' jobs (of the sort Gable has been convicted for), snippets of gossip and information blackmailed out of vulnerable fascists eager to protect some guilty secret or other (usually of a sexual nature), and selected tit-bits fed to Gable from his "top-level security sources". The value of a great deal of the material they print is arguable. Often it is slanted to achieve other ends than simply 'antifascism'. Gable has recently lent himself to a series of manoeuvres, allying himself with former members of the Socialist Party of Great Britain (SPGB) who had joined the Libertarian Alliance, aimed at seizing control of the Alternative Bookshop in Covent Garden (a pivotal influence within the LA) and ousting Chris Tame (who has recently also come under fire in the pages of Searchlight) in what they hoped would be the resulting split.
On the rare occasion when they do print information from genuine anti-fascist infiltrators (two people, independently, during our researches expressed bewilderment at Searchlight's lack of interest in information gathered on fascists â€” in one case through a successful infiltration of the NF â€” which was offered to them), it is subject to a curious process of 'editing' before being published. Birmingham Communist Dave Roberts, who provided Searchlight with much of their information during the mid '70's, is a case in point.
Amongst the information passed to Searchlight in 1976 by Roberts (who was subsequently disowned by Gable after Maurice Ludmer's death), was the revelation that David King (a Birmingham Nazi known to have close links with the so-called "Column 88") had told Roberts in prison that he suspected fellow fascist Peter Marriner of being in touch with Special Branch. Marriner, a long-time Nazi activist in Birmingham, then local organiser for the British Movement and said to be involved with "Column 88", achieved notoriety when he was exposed as a fascist infiltrator of the Labour Party, International Socialists, and other left-wing groups during the Ladywood bye-election. Searchlight subsequently printed a long expose of Marriner's activities, but only after the local press had already picked up the beginnings of the story and blown Marriner's cover as election agent to Labour MP Brian Waldon and his successor, John Severs. Nowhere in Searchlight's coverage of the Marriner case was there any mention of a Special Branch connection. Marriner told the Left he was infiltrating the Right. He told the Right he was infiltrating the Left. If he was also in contact with Special Branch, just who was infiltrating who? And why, after they published so much else of the information gathered by Roberts, did Searchlight balk at exposing a leading Birmingham Nazi as an agent of the Special Branch? Interestingly enough, another of the defendants in the Irving burglary case with Gable in 1963, Manny Carpel, was jailed for 2.5 years in April 1981 after setting fire to a printing works in Sussex which printed fascist literature. Carpel described himself during the trial as a freelance journalist working for Searchlight. His defence lawyer, Leonard Krickler, claimed on Carpel's behalf that his client had helped the Special Branch in the past in the Midlands and Birmingham.
Gable's role in all this is open to speculation. He may be the naive tool (and fool) of the Special Branch. More probably, he appears in the classic role of "plausibly deniable" agent, used by "the experts" to do the dirty work which his "top level security sources" would rather not grubby their hands on. It is documented fact that Gable has been passing information to Special Branch, MI5, and foreign security services for 20 years; acted as a conduit for misinformation and 'black' propaganda between MI5 and the media (aimed in at least one case in affecting the course of criminal proceedings against fellow journalists); and concealed the existence and activities of at least one Special Branch or MI5 infiltrator inside left-wing groups.
We can not really shed any tears about Gable employing unscrupulous methods against fascists; but his activities in other directions give us cause for concern. We are entitled to ask Mr. Gable, when he scolds those who ruffle his feathers, to just which "experts" we should leave the task of investigating those who threaten our well-being: MI5, Special Branch, CIA, Mossad? It is also necessary to ask those genuine anti-fascists amongst the Searchlight staff and contributors, whether they are in fact aware of Gerry Gable's activities on behalf of his "top level security" chums? If they are and continue to have any dealings with the man, then we would have cause to question their motivations also. With "experts" like Gerry Gable, who needs fascists?
1 Besides having served as advisor to the British Military Voluntary Force which unsuccessfully tried to send mercenaries to the Congo, Biafra, and Southern Africa, former Tory MP. Geoffrey Stewart-Smith is the editor of East West Digest (an anti-communist rag sent free to all MP's), and director of the Foreign Affairs Research Institute (FARI). From a small beginning in 1966, by 1981 it was able to host an international conference which received a message of goodwill from President Reagan. FARI acts as an umbrella group for the Coalition for Peace through Security (CPS), located in the office above FARI at 27-31 Whitehall, which has also housed Freedom Communications International (yet another rabid anti-communist set-up) of whom Stewart-Smith is the director. Foreign Affairs Publishing Co. is a major publisher of right-wing books in England. The East West Institute/ FARI maintains close links with British, Dutch and American Intelligence.
2 Gerry Gable, Manny Carpel and David Freedman.
3 Evening Standard, 28 November 1963.
4 Searchlight, No.96, June 1983.
From Anarchy 36, 1983
Searchlight "clearly works on the notion
that if enough mud is thrown some of it
will eventually stick."
Nationalism Today Issue 41.
IMAGINE, IF YOU will dear
reader, that there were a Charity in this country run by criminals and political
'extremists' that published material of a political nature that attacked
open, legal and democratic political parties. Wow! Wouldn't that cause a
fuss? It would be all over the papers, the Charity Commission would swing
into action overnight... but, perhaps not...
Let us add the matter of the Charity's Communist/Zionist so-called "anti-racist" background and maybe, just maybe, the fact that certain strings are pulled by the Jewish Board of Deputies, Special Branch/MI5 and high ranking politicians who just might be Jewish, homosexual, Socialist or a lovely mixture of any of these.
"No! This couldn't happen! Not in democratic Britain" I hear the politically naive cry... but that's exactly what is happening and the Charity concerned is the Searchlight Educational Trust (hereafter: SET) Registered Charity No. 1013880.
But before we go onto the matter of SET, let us first take a look at Searchlight magazine which, as we'll see later is indistinguishable from SET, and some of the charming people behind it:
MRS. SONIA GABLE (SET Secretary):
Mrs. Gable is a former member of the National Party, National Front and League of Saint George (indeed at one stage she had a close relationship with 'Strasserite' Steve Brady of all three of these organisations, and other "nazi" activists - surely taking "infiltration" a bit far?). As well as being the secretary of SET she is also sales/circulation manager of Searchlight magazine. So, she was either a White racialist – in which case is hardly suited to be involved in an "anti racist" Charity such as SET – or a political infiltrator. Being (part) Jewish, one would think she had to be an infiltrator. Not so. Members of the League of St. George knew Miss Hochfelder was a Jewess (she wrote letters in the Feb and June 1978 editions of League Review defending Israel and Jews and condemning anti-Semitism and a Mr. C. Horner of Peterborough wrote a letter in the August 1978 edition attacking her for this). This lends credence to the view expressed by many that Sonia Hochfelder was a "Court Jew" in 'Nationalist' circles. The National Front also had Jewish members and Jewish membership of the BNP caused concern in C18 circles circa. 1993 and reportedly in his recent court case, BNP 'No. 2' Nick Griffin admitted that the BNP has Jewish members – so this is not a new phenomenon.
Should such a known "racist" (or a political operative – an infiltrator is hardly a part-time functionary holding tea parties) be the secretary of a registered Charity which flirts with the political process; especially when one looks at the political and criminal 'background' of her husband (and others) connected with Searchlight magazine and SET?
MR. GERRY GABLE (Editor of political journal Searchlight, shareholder of Searchlight Publishing Ltd., criminal and speaker at SET conferences):
Although not named as such, it is very likely that Mr. Gable is one of the main organisers of SET.
Mr. Gable was a member of the Young Communist League and the Communist Party of Great Britain. He left school at 15 years of age and started as a trainee journalist on the Communist Party's Daily Worker. After a year he left for what became a career as a Communist Party trade union official. He stood for the Communist Party on Thursday the 10th of May 1962 at Northfield Ward, Stamford Hill, North London. (These links remain. In 1986 Searchlight was distributed by 'Central Books Ltd.', a Communist Party front that distributes various Marxist literature). In 1962, after 10 years unbroken membership, he left the Communist Party to "concentrate on anti-fascist work and because the party had begun to adopt an anti-Israel line".
"...There is a man who has been involved to various degrees in the anti-fascist movement for many years now who is known to be a police informer and by his own admission has contacts in the security services... His name is Gerry Gable and his publication is Searchlight."
Black Flag, Autumn 1993.
His type of "anti-fascist
work" soon became clear. In November 1963 Mr. Gable was arrested and held
at Hornsey police station following a bungled attempt to burgle the home
of historian, David Irving. On the 14th of January 1964, Gable admitted breaking
into the flat with intent to steal. His associate Manny Carpel (see later)
also pleaded guilty. They were both fined £20. Gable was also fined
£5 for stealing a GPO pass card.
As editor of Searchlight, Gable is an expert at spreading lies and disinformation (see later evidence re. 'The Gable memorandum', secret state involvement and various incredible smears against individuals and organisations).
Gable is also a Zionist. His son served in the Israeli Defence Force (sic) which has been responsible for some of the worst crimes against unarmed civilians - even women and children (dare we mention the word 'racist' in attacks by 'superior' Jews against dispossessed Arabs?).
HARRY BIDNEY (Searchlight magazine's "hero", pimp, homosexual paedophile and criminal):
The Zionist terror group 'The 62 Group' (supporters of the terrorist Beginite Herut organisation in Israel) was unofficially based in the sordid Limbo Club in Soho. Gable was involved with the criminal '62 Group' and the Limbo Club was managed by Harry Bidney. After his death Bidney was described by Searchlight as an "hero".
In 1977 Bidney was found guilty of eight charges of living off the earnings of prostitutes. In court, Bidney was described as the company secretary of Calderhead Investments, which was headed by David Calderhead, who was jailed for, on his own admission, attempting to procure a 16-year-old boy to commit an act of gross indecency with the predatory homosexual Harry Bidney.
In the March 1997 edition of Searchlight Gerry Gable wrote of his joy at having a 60th birthday surprise party sprung on him by his fellow Searchlight criminals. He listed pimp Harry Bidney as one of just eight "old and dear friends" that had "passed on". But "The evening did not pass without fond memories of you all". How quaint.
DAVE ROBERTS (Editorial board member of Searchlight magazine and criminal):
Roberts joined the editorial board of Searchlight magazine in 1974 and infiltrated political organisations for Searchlight throughout the mid 1970's. Infiltrating some lunatic fringe organisations led him to being convicted at Birmingham Crown Court of conspiring with others to burn down an Asian restaurant. He was only given a suspended sentence, which he later served as a result of a criminal conviction. Despite such events, Roberts continued to work for Searchlight for some years.
Roberts was responsible for one of Searchlight's best-known 'neo-nazi shock' frauds – Column 88 in the 1970's (NB: Searchlight was still pushing the fictitious Column 88 to people without brains in the January 1990 issue – #175) This name has since been used (somewhat bizarrely) by the 'National Socialist Movement' (ex-National Socialist Alliance/C18, Sargent wing), who now publish a journal entitled Column 88.
MANNY CARPEL (Searchlight journalist and criminal):
Arrested alongside Gerry Gable (see above). On top of this, he was convicted the year before of assaulting P.C. William Nield and of having an offensive weapon (a metal butcher's hook). In 1967 he pleaded guilty, with Michael Cohen, of trying to break into a printing works (W.H. Jones Ltd. on 20th July, 1966) with intent to commit a felony and to possessing housebreaking tools by night. Later, when in court for setting light to a printworks in Uckfield, Sussex, and causing more than £50,000 worth of damage (November the 5th, 1980) he described himself as "a freelance journalist working for Searchlight". Despite his previous convictions, Carpel received a mere two and a half year sentence on the 13th of April 1981. (It is highly possible that the Searchlight criminals, under Gable's leadership, are planning to repeat this arson given their request in a recent issue – January 1998 - for all sorts of info on "...a well known printer in Uckfield").
Gerry Gable continues to maintain close links with Carpel.
MAURICE LUDMER (Deceased – former Searchlight editor).
Ludmer was a Communist Party supporter. In 1963 he sponsored a Mrs. O'Brien as Communist Party candidate in Moseley Ward of Birmingham in the local elections. In 1967 he performed a similar service for the Communist Party candidate Mr. Brian M. Chambers. As late as 1986, Elizabeth Ludmer, his wife and shareholder in Searchlight Publishing Ltd., was throwing garden parties for the Socialist Workers Party at her Moseley home.
Ludmer liked to promote violence against legal political meetings and demonstrations. An example of this was a meeting of the Young National Front at the Digbeth Hall in Birmingham in 1978. He was a member of the "steering committee" which whipped up a crowd which went on the rampage. The riot resulted in several police being badly injured and Saturday shoppers being terrorised by hoodlums.
Ludmer was also on the 'steering committee' of the Anti Nazi League in the 1970s. ANAL was then, as it is now, a front for the Socialist Workers Party, but was more of a 'broad front' then, containing people like Ludmer with his Communist Party connections. The 70's ANAL was far more violent than today's version (bear in mind that the 70's SWP/ANAL still contained the Red Action elements – kicked out in 1982 – who went on to form the violent Anti Fascist Action – see 'Searchlight – the Real Extremists', page 12, this issue), no doubt benefiting from Ludmer's love of organised violence against lawful demonstrations and meetings.
Searchlight continues this "proud tradition" by publishing names, addresses, phone numbers and work places of political activists, thus 'setting them up' for attack (see page 15). Great democratic credentials! Interestingly, ANAL seems to belong to the Harry Bidney fan club too. The ANAL and SWP were both based at the same address in Newcastle – above a sex shop!
DAVID EDGAR (Searchlight Publishing Ltd. shareholder ):
This man was also on the editorial board of Marxism Today. He may possibly still be involved with both Searchlight and Marxism Today. This further links Searchlight with open political activities.
MICHAEL COHEN (Searchlight photographer, shareholder in Searchlight
Publishing Ltd and criminal): Also involved and found guilty of the 1963 burglary attempt alongside Gable and Roberts. He also pleaded guilty to the W.H. Jones attempted break-in with Carpel (see above).
GRAEME ATKINSON (Searchlight's European correspondent and criminal):
Atkinson worked for (surprise surprise!) the Communist Party's Morning Star newspaper as its district reporter in Yorkshire and the North East.
When in Sweden he manhandled a young thalidomide victim, Ulf Ranshede, so badly that the Swedish police wanted him for questioning and placed him on official report.
He was convicted and fined together with Searchlight activist Michael Avril Loft of distributing an illegal leaflet during the October 1974 General Election which attacked a legal, political party (looks like SET has had good teachers!).
RAY HILL (Searchlight columnist and criminal):
Criminal: he jumped bail on a duplicate passport two days before he was due in court charged with a £2,000 credit card swindle. He went to South Africa to avoid criminal charges (and joined the South African National Front) and came back to England under a similar cloud. He was also facing charges in connection with the theft of £20,000 from a Masonic organisation called The Sons of England, for which he was secretary.
These events happened during the period when Mr. Hill was a member of various organisations that could be described as Fascist or National Socialist (though some do not fit that description); indeed, when he announced he was a "mole" he was Press Officer for the BNP. "So his "conversion" to 'anti-fascism' and the pay-roll of Searchlight magazine might have seen him change his law-breaking ways?" thinks the political novice.
Unfortunately not. Mr. Hill appeared in Lincoln Crown Court (March 1988) when a Mr. George Lewis was the defendant in the case of indecent assault of young males. In short, Mr. Lewis, who had been jailed in Zimbabwe for sexual offences, was the victim of blackmail by Ray Hill, whom Mr. Lewis claimed – despite working for Searchlight magazine – was still "anti-Jewish". The jury believed Mr. Lewis and he was acquitted.
Despite constantly condemning others for their "criminal" and "violent" past, Searchlight's main 'moles' – Ray Hill and Tim Hepple both fit this bill. Indeed, Gable adheres to the "East End Socialist and Communist tradition of raising hell and, when necessary, fighting on the streets"
Jewish Chronicle 23rd October 1987.
In his column in Searchlight
magazine Mr. Hill even referred to Black political activists as "Gucci-outfitted
bunches of middle-class wankers" (issue 204, June 1992, page 11). and referred
to Louis Farrakhan, the American Black Muslim (Nation of Islam) activist
as a "worm". (issue 158 – article 'Farrakhan of Worms' attacked Black activist
Lester Lewis for holding anti-Zionist and anti-Freemasonic views; he should
of course believe what his masters at Searchlight tell him to). Can such
talk be conducent to racial harmony?
Though he no longer regularly appears in Searchlight (due to embarrassment?) Mr. Hill's column did appear for many years after the South African affair and the Lincoln Crown Court episode.
Indeed, Ray Hill's column (Hill Street News) seems to have stopped after 1994. Of four copies of Searchlight we've seen of that year, he had a double page spread in each one, including a centre page spread. Some researchers claim this column was in fact written by others and was a concoction of news and gossip landing on Gable's desk, with Hill giving his name to it. Certainly in recent months another column 'News from the Sewers' has appeared which is a carbon copy of Hill's old column – maybe Searchlight feel there is little difference between Hill and the sewer. We'd tend to agree.
In the April 1994 issue of Searchlight, Gable prints a tribute to Hill: "Well you old sod, ten years later you're still on the team and, with love and respect to you and your family" – get the sick bucket! – "we hope you will be around for at least ten more". Indeed he is. But only just. Hill turned up at the 1997 60th birthday bash of Gable, proving he can still be wheeled out when times get hard.
TIM HEPPLE (Searchlight 'mole' and criminal)
This person is held by Searchlight to be their best example of an infiltrator in the far right. Hepple claims to have been a genuine Nationalist who "saw the error of his ways" and then decided to work for Searchlight. What many people have said is that Hepple in fact worked as an agent provocateur amongst the 'right' and the 'left wing' (BNP, Church of the Creator, Green Anarchist) and is nothing more than a State operative spreading disinformation. (see bibliography at the end of this article).
Whilst working at the BNP's head office in Welling, Hepple claims to have stolen "at least £40 a week" in loose money from incoming mail. (Page 19 of 'A Lie Too Far' – in Hepple's own writing) Is this sort of criminal activity promoted by Searchlight? Given the convictions of those connected with the magazine it seems likely.
THE REAL FACE OF SEARCHLIGHT
In December 1976, Searchlight was described by a stipendiary magistrate, Mr. John Milward, as "scurrilous and disreputable ... What purpose can there be in advertising opponents' meetings except for the purpose of identifying them and creating disorder and violence? This seems to be an attempt to stir up trouble which is to be very strongly deprecated."
Birmingham Post 31/12/76
above is just the tip of the iceberg – there are numerous other sources available
(ranging from trade unionist, journalist, Arab, anarchist etc.) that paint
an equally disgusting picture. In short, Searchlight magazine comprises of
a criminal gang, involved in political smears against legal political parties.
Furthermore, if Searchlight is so opposed to racism, why did it ban, in 1990,
a number of Black people from meeting in a London synagogue. It seems strange
that such an 'anti-racist' magazine should have no Black or Asian people
on its staff.
It also seems hypocritical for Searchlight/SET to constantly be haranguing people involved throughout the political spectrum and in housing associations, business etc. for their "extremist" past, given the past of so many people involved with Searchlight: political extremists, agent provocateurs and criminals with a chequered morality (to say the least!). Pots and kettles spring to mind!
More illegality: Searchlight, July 1998, reprinted and praised an illegal "Nazis in Worthing" leaflet asking 'anti fascists' to send mail to the 'Flag' NF without stamps on.The PSC also outline Searchlight's role in attacking Class War in 1985/6 (as they organised a 'Stop the City' campaign – deemed to be 'anti-semitic', does that mean most big Capitalists and bankers are Jews in Searchlight's eyes?). A report said "Despite the leading role of Searchlight magazine in the affair, and despite many approaches to the magazine for evidence, the sum total of material from Searchlight was nil. We are bemused by Searchlight's role in this affair." In the course of the enquiry Gable had admitted to monitoring anarchists (this is years before the Hepple/Scargill Green Anarchist affair).
So we have established
that Searchlight magazine has a lot of crooks (we suspect the rest are just
waiting to be caught!) and political opportunists behind it – but should
that detract from the sterling charitable work being done by SET? You betcha
The fact of the matter is that Searchlight magazine and SET are indistinguishable. If you pick up a copy of Searchlight magazine and scan it for SET adverts, you'll find the terms 'Searchlight' (the magazine) and the Searchlight Educational Trust are interchangeable. For example, in the June 1998 issue of Searchlight, there is an advert on page 14 headed "Get Searchlight's Community Response Handbook Free". This is the booklet produced by SET (which we'll return to later) 'When Hate Comes to Town'. Yet to read the advert, it is produced by "Searchlight". The advert closes "Searchlight would welcome any donations to help further our youth educational work" – again, Searchlight, not SET.
Further proof of this crazy crossover exists in advert for SET in Searchlight (e.g. back cover, February 1998 edition). It opens: "Searchlight has brought together all its 33 years' experience of fighting racism and fascism to produce this unique and comprehensive handbook." No mention of SET there and if it was the Searchlight staff behind the SET booklet – which is obviously the case given the mention of "33 years" – this will explain the very same tactics of lies, fabrications, half-truths and innuendo masked as "research" to fool the gullible, not to mention attacks on legal political organisations – as we shall see later.
But let's go back to the SET advert in the June 1998 edition of Searchlight. On the same page there is an article which attacks the British National Party (BNP) and the National Democratic Party (NDP) – both legal political parties, being attacked in a political magazine.
There is also a strange reluctance for SET's charitable status or its registered number to be included in such adverts. Are the Searchlight team trying to hide their light under a bushel along with their charitable status?
And is it any wonder – for not only are the names SET and Searchlight swopped all over the place, leaving you wondering who's who, but SET and Searchlight share exactly the same address, fax and phone number, which are also shared by 'Trade Union Friends of Searchlight', another front to scam funds.
WHEN HATE COMES TO TOWN
So, let us move onto the SET booklet itself. Although we have not seen a copy ourselves (loath to give £15 to a bunch of criminals, pimps and liars) let us instead look at a complaint made by the Third Way organisation at the end of 1996.
As with the other people Searchlight has attacked and whose material we quote from in this article, no one can accuse us of being in cahoots with Third Way. Indeed, we have often attacked Third Way in print in FC for being overtly pro-homosexual and pro-Zionist. But that makes our use of their complaint against Searchlight all the more believable. On the 15th of October 1996 Mr Patrick Harrington of Third Way sent a complaint to the Charity Commission about SET. This is what Third Way had to say about their complaint:
"The Third Way made a complaint to the Charity Commission against the Searchlight Educational Trust on 15 October 1996. We believe that SET have breached a number of the guidelines laid down by the Charity Commission regarding political campaigning by charities.
"Charities are given special tax exemptions, and our view is that the taxpayer should not have to subsidise political campaigns in which he or she may not believe.
"The issue itself is not new. There were complaints made about Oxfam (FC Ed: re. 'Free Front Line Africa' – anti South African campaign) in the early 1990s, and more recently Prime Minister John Major warned member charities of the Real World Coalition about meddling in politics."
Third Way made some very good complaints against SET, claiming that they broke three key Charity Commission guidelines:
32. A charity whose stated purposes include the advancement of education must not overstep the boundary between education and propaganda in providing balanced information designed to enable people to make up their own mind and providing one-sided information designed to promote a particular point of view.
44. A charity must not provide information which it knows, or ought to know, to be inaccurate, or which has been distorted by selection to support a preconceived position.
46. A charity must not issue material which supports or opposes a particular political party or the government.
From the evidence Third
Way gave it was clear that the booklet clearly broke the rules (No. 32) on
balanced information as lies were told and Third Way were not asked for their
opinion, or the facts concerning their organisation.
One lie that we can comment on, which Third Way tell the Charity Commission is an outright lie, is that the International Third Position (ITP) is a split from Third Way. As the ITP was founded in 1989 and Third Way wasn't founded until 1990, how can this be so? And this is just one example of countless such lies that could be clarified with a little real research. The fact is that Searchlight have repeated this lie on numerous occasions to 'muddy the waters' concerning Third Way and the ITP who are miles apart on matters of tactics, structure, ideology, morality, Race and Zionism. Searchlight want to give readers the impression that Third Way and the ITP are still (in some way) 'chums' or that there is much the same background to the two. "...these creeps were leading lights in the political soldier wing of the National Front before the final split in early 1990 when both groups took on the name Third Way" – Ray Hill, Searchlight March 1991.
In the February 1990 issue, the main article 'Video Nasties' warbled on about the December 1989 released video 'Revolution in Action' produced by 'TP Videos' on why many militants had left the NF, so the March 1991 'story' and every other little 'story' since then is sheer propaganda.
This is just one example of a KNOWN LIE being pushed by Searchlight. SET is continuing this charade, further proving that SET is a useful cover for Searchlight's premeditated lies and political propaganda (still, now that Searchlight are aware of the facts, thanks to the Charity Commission, we can expect them to drop that lie, along with all the others, can't we? And pigs might fly!).
SET also broke the guideline on accuracy (No. 44) and SET later admitted this in a private letter to the Charity Commission ("With one or two small exceptions, the Trust maintains that its account of the 'facts' is correct". Small exceptions? Does that mean lies? And who are they to judge their own "facts"? It seems strange that the Charity Commission would settle for that - but more on that later).
As for the guideline on political parties, SET breaks this umpteen times with its attacks on Third Way, as Mr. Harrington points out, but also with its attacks on the BNP, NF and many other legal bodies. Indeed, FC in its daily e-mail newsletter has asked all these organisations to make complaints to the Charity Commission against SET. We reiterate that request now – not for our own benefit, but for theirs.
So, to anyone looking
in on the SET set-up (groan!) it seems obvious that something is wrong. We
1. Searchlight full of (to coin a phrase) 'thuggery, buggery, arson and whores'.
2. Searchlight and SET sharing all the same address, fax and phone facilities and key personnel.
3. Searchlight and SET constantly swopping references to each other in the magazine and in SET promotional adverts.
4. Searchlight spreading lies about political opponents – and SET following this same "proud tradition" (sic), including deliberate lies about legal political parties.
So what action have the Charity Commission taken? After the Third Way complaint were SET closed down? Were their assets frozen while an inquiry was undertaken about their role in party politics? No. This is the reply Mr. Simon Haywood of the Charity Commission made to Mr. Harrington of Third Way:
" We cannot easily determine the truth of the statements in "When Hate Comes to Town", but would expect charities as a rule to carefully check the accuracy of any statements or literature they make public. With one or two small exceptions, the Trust maintains that its account of the 'facts' is correct. Where there is some doubt, we do not believe that there has been a deliberate attempt by the charity to mislead the public. However, we have made it clear to them that we would expect particular attention to be paid to the accuracy of the information they use in any future publications. Of course you may wish to consider addressing the charity directly with your concerns about the accuracy of its printed material. "
Who says there was no "deliberate attempt to mislead the public" – that's what Searchlight thrive on – ask the Green Anarchists, the Anti Racist Alliance, the BNP, the NF, the NDP, right wing Conservatives, Larry O'Hara, Alexander Baron, historian David Irving, the SWP and all the other people who have been lied about in Searchlight. We use the example of Searchlight as we wish to follow their example and make Searchlight and SET interchangeable terms, as well as their tactics and their personnel's backgrounds.
LIES: In 1987 Searchlight claimed its circulation was 7,250. Benn's Media Directory for 1987 said the circulation was a mere 3,800! Who's lying?
As for contacting SET about
such lies – one may as well ask David Koresh (of Waco 'fame') to sit and
ask the FBI why they want to come in and chat... prior to being burnt alive!
Should someone write in complaint to Searchlight, doubtless their details
would appear in Searchlight magazine, their bins would be trawled through,
their home might get attacked or burgled and they might just get a visit
at their place of work. The Charity Commission must realise that we are dealing
with a criminal gang here – not a bunch of flower power hippies opposed to
nasty racists. But yet again, it seems that SET are to be the judge, jury
and executioner on their own case!
Further into his reply, Mr Haywood says:
"After careful deliberation, whilst we do feel that parts of "When Hate Comes to Town" may go slightly beyond what was intended by the Guidelines, we do not consider that in the context of its work as a whole they constitute a sufficient reason to take punitive action against its trustees.
"Slightly beyond"! It attacks
legal political parties! Can you imagine a 'Final Conflict Educational Trust'
bringing out a booklet full of lies and half-truths about the Labour Party,
Conservative Party and various Communists and Anarchists? We'd be closed
down before you could say "conspiracy".
What the Charity Commission is trying to tell Joe Public – that's you and me – is that SET can get tax breaks to bring out literature full of lies and unsubstantiated claims against legal political parties (which we, as members of the public, may support, vote for, or even belong to), which goes against all the supposed rules; and yet because of who they are and their connections, SET are allowed (to all intents and purposes) to be their own judge on the matter and hence get away with it.
It's like someone saying that there was a paedophile who died of AIDS and abused children in his care, yet everything was swept under the carpet by local authorities whilst he was alive as he worked for a local Council and was a strong Labour Party activist (no, we haven't made that case up it happened not very long ago in Hackney, East London with Labour Party activist Mark Trotter) was told "We've had a complaint that you are a paedophile, but if you say you're not then that's fine by us".
SET may think they're off the hook – but we ask all FC readers, including those linked to "democratic, patriotic organisations" or who may be political opponents of SET/Searchlight regardless of their political viewpoint to make a complaint to the Charity Commission regarding SET's attacks on legal political parties and also to carefully scan future SET publications, conferences etc. for any potentially 'useful' material.
That SET have got away with it so far is, like so many of the people behind SET, criminal. Final Conflict has made a complaint against SET which is going through the system now. We urge everyone to apply pressure on the Charity Commission. Even if we can't close SET down (though they should have been a long time ago if certain strings weren't being pulled) let's at the very least make things difficult for them. Complaints about the Searchlight Educational Trust (Reg. No. 1013880) should be sent to: The Charity Commission, St. Alban's House, 57/60 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QX, England.
SEARCHLIGHT – "the scourge of Nazis"? Or crooks, opportunists
and worse, prepared to spread lies, and work with anti-Semites and thugs,
and attack the "left" as well as the "right" to further their own ends?
Hackney Gazette and North
London Advertiser 8th May 1962 – Gable stands for Communist Party.
Jewish Chronicle – 3rd September 1963, 26th August 1964 – attempted break-in of W.H. Jones, Carpel's assault on PC Nield and having an offensive weapon.
Evening Standard – 28th November 1963 – Gable and two others bungled burglary on historians home (front page lead story).
Evening Standard – 18th December 1963 – Gable and two others appear at Highgate Magistrates on stolen GPO pass.
Jewish Chronicle – 26th August 1966 – Carpel and Cohen plead guilty to breaking into into print works with intent to commit a felony and to possessing housebreaking implements by night.
Birmingham Post – 31st December 1976 – "Searchlight magazine was yesterday accused by a magistrate of inciting racial violence."
Daily Telegraph – 6th August 1977 – Harry Bidney fined £1,600 after being found guilty of eight charges of living off the earnings of prostitutes.
Guardian – 18th April 1979 – Ray Hill's bail jumping from South Africa.
Jewish Chronicle – 13th July 1979 – Ray Hill sentenced at Leicester Crown Court for attacking Mr. Peter Josephs (a Jew).
Guardian – 25th February 1980 – Maurice Ludmer interview in which he explains why he likes to promote illegal violence against demonstrations by legal political parties.
Focal Point – 30th May 1981 – Carpel jailed for two and a half years, for arson. Gable and Carpel plead guilty to breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony. David Roberts convicted of conspiring to burn down an Asian restaurant.
High Peak Reporter – 26th September 1986 – Atkinson sacked by the Morning Star after failing to disclose approach by the KGB to work for them (front page lead story).
News on Sunday – 24th May 1987 – founder of Searchlight, Reg Freeson, accused of being behind three anonymous press releases sent to Fleet Street designed to smear Ken Livingstone.
The Other Face of Searchlight – Thuggery, Buggery, Arson and Whores by the National Front's Security and Intelligence Dept. 1989.
Searchlight – Undermining Anti-Fascists, Defending Zionism by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (no date – possibly late 80's/early 90's). This is jam-packed full of information.
Before You Take The Searchlight Organisation's Advice on Racial Attacks... by Brixton Black People's Truth in Media Campaign. (No date).
New Target (The Searchlight Victims Support Group). "Searchlight Caught Lying Again" – issue 9, 1998
Black Flag, article – "Security Alert", Autumn 1993.
Direct Action, October 1988. Anti-Searchlight article.
National Front News, issues 85, 87, 88, 92, 101, 107, (Articles 'Exposing the Hatemongers'), 125 (The Russell Press, Searchlight's printers), 126 (Gable tracked down).
Nationalism Today issue 41 (circa 1987/88) – article Gable's Fables.
Lifting the Lid Off the Anti Nazi League by National Front Ex-Servicemen's Association. (1978). Background on extremists behind and lies of "respectable" anti-fascist group. As Searchlight have worked with ANAL and use similar tactics – this is worth reading for background information.
From Ballots to Bombs – The inside story of the National Front's Political Soldiers by Searchlight Publishing Ltd. (1989). For a good laugh at Searchlight's "journalism" – trawling through peoples' bins and three made up people's "tales" full of lies and propaganda.
Northern Star magazine (formerly Leeds Other Paper), #809 21st October 1993. Published from the same address Leeds Anti Fascist Action operate from (address in Searchlight). Contains excuses and lies about anti-BNP demo in which peoples' garden walls were taken apart for missiles to throw by 'anti fascists' (see 'Riot a "Highlight"' – page 15 this issue). It also contains a review of a play in Nottingham about "cottaging" – anonymous sex by homosexuals in public toilets (sounds like more friends of Harry Bidney!). NS (!) also contains a homosexual section which includes a photo of a leather clad homosexual with "marital aids". Good family entertainment. (NS had a hefty plug in the August 1991 issue of Searchlight).
Daily Mail, 16th March, 1984. "Lies, Damn Lies and Panorama" Report on the Searchlight backed "documentary" (sic) Maggie's Militant Tendancy.
Daily Telegraph, 13th March 1985. According to Labour MP Mr Robin Corbett, Gable "was the man mainly responsible for the programme 'Maggies Militant Tendency' which linked Tory Party candidates and members with the National Front." The BBC paid huge libel damages.
A Lie Too Far – Searchlight, Hepple and the Left by L. O'Hara. (Spring 1993).
At War With the Truth – The True Story of Searchlight Agent Tim Hepple by L. O'Hara. (Autumn 1993)
Searchlight On Gerry Gable: Secret State Asset Or Liability? by Alexander Baron.
Searchlight On The BBC by A. Baron.
Zionist Fanatic Exploits Your Suffering by A. Baron.
The Menace Of "Anti-Fascism" by A. Baron. (AFA exposed)
Jew-haters, Black-haters, Violent Criminals, Hypocrites And Liars
Condemned Out Of Their Own Mouths by A. Baron.
Searchlight On A Searchliar by A. Baron.
Searchlight On The "Jewish Chronicle" by A. Baron.
These People Don't Deserve Your Charity by A. Baron. An exposé of the Searchlight Educational Trust.
The Murderers of Christ by A. Baron.
Dave Roberts, An Obituary by A. Baron.
How The Searchlight Organisation Incites Hatred Against Jews by A. Baron.
LIARS OUGHT TO HAVE GOOD MEMORIES: The True, Unsanitised Story Of "Searchlight" Mole Ray Hill by A. Baron.
A Revisionist History Of The 1960s Synagogue Arsons by A. Baron.
Poison On The Rates by A. Baron.
ALEXANDER BARON v GERRY GABLE AND OTHERS: Summary Of One Of The Libel Actions Of The Decade (And Related Legal Actions) by A. Baron.
Searchlight on Gerry Gable's Nazi Links: Zeig Heil and Oy Vey! by A. Baron. (inc. information on Sonia Hochfelder/Gable).
New Statesman, 15th February 1980. Article on the London Programme and the 'Gable Memorandum'
Lobster, issue 24. The 'Gable Memorandum'.
League Sentinel, issue 31, 'Not Guilty!' – Searchlight lies about an alleged attempt to overthrow the new South African Government exposed. Searchlight's evidence came from Ronald Deuster, a gun-running rapist; issue 34, article 'Behind Enemy Lines' Gable and Searchlight in general.
'THE OTHER FACE OF SEARCHLIGHT' (1989):
"He is certainly no friend of the Palestinian cause – not only is he a self-confessed Zionist, but one of his sons is serving in the Israeli army helping to suppress the Intifada in occupied Palestine (reference: Jewish Chronicle 23/10/87)"
"At his 1964 trial, he admitted that he had hoped to find information in Irving's flat which he could pass on (presumably for a fee) to the Special Branch".
"..Anarchy magazine (no. 36) went further, saying that the memo gives "clear, hard evidence that he has also engaged in a two-way traffic of information with the security services of several countries and acted as a conduit of misinformation for MI5 against fellow journalists, and socialists"..." The memo in question was one of a series sent to colleagues on the London Programme and in true Searchlight/SET style "mixes up some actual facts with a number of half-truths and outright lies to "link" the Young Liberals, Cubans, Palestinian and German terrorists, contributors to Time Out, the London Co-Op and the KGB, in an all-encompassing conspiracy." (Memo reprinted in Lobster #24 - mid 1990's)
On Manny Carpel:
At his trial for the 1980 arson of a printworks, "In mitigation, his defence counsel, Leonard Krickler, claimed that Carpel had in the past helped the Special Branch in the Midlands and Birmingham."
DIRECT ACTION. Anarchist journal. (October 1988):
"while it is understood that mistakes can be made, Searchlight's cavalier attitude to facts is becoming all too common!...DA advises its readers to treat stories in Searchlight with a large pinch of salt."
A LIE TOO FAR by Larry O'Hara (1993):
Intro by Green Anarchist editor: "...Searchlight's pages are largely a concoction of sectarian gossip from Left, Right and the secret state, rumour, supposition and spite."
COLUMN 88. National Socialist Movement journal. (May 1998):
On Sonia Gable:
"I recall pagan Sonia, a devoted Odinist, speaking in support of a resolution at the NF AGM opposing the fluoridation of the public water supply with the warning that this was a ploy by the government to dull the wits of white people and undermine our ability to think strongly in opposing those who manipulate our lives. "Do what is natural!" was her closing line – impressive - if I had not witnessed the earlier incident with Steve Brady."
If Column 88 were to list black and Asian activists and crimes, publicising black home addresses, contacting employers over matters of political allegiance and generally publish a mix of lies under the blanket of a few truths to support a version of affairs so distorted as to arouse the wrath and financial support if the otherwise ignorant, Searchlight would be demanding jail sentences immediately. That Searchlight can escape such censure, whilst employing the equivalent of such consciously selective journalism, does not make it any the less of a hate sheet. For the prejudices in the pages of Searchlight are every bit as extreme as any of those on the 'right' it so righteously condemns."
TIOCFAIDH AR LA! Glasgow Celtic 'anti fascist' fanzine. (Issue 18 – late 1990's date unknown):
"Searchlight is a Zionist, right wing, 'anti fascist' magazine well known for 'outing' fascists which has in the past called for MI5, Special Branch and the powers of the PTA to be utilised 'in the struggle against fascism'!" (Ed: PTA = Prevention of Terrorism Act, a draconian piece of legislation).
BLACK FLAG Anarchist paper. (Autumn 1993):
Under the heading 'SECURITY ALERT':
"...There is a man who has been involved to various degrees in the anti-fascist movement for many years now who is known to be a police informer and by his own admission has contacts in the security services. He does not tolerate criticism lightly and resorts to smears and lies when confronted with evidence contrary to his own. He produces a magazine which devotes a liberal amount of space to attacking anti-fascists and anarchist/left wing organisations. His name is Gerry Gable and his publication is Searchlight."
"...Some of the evidence comes from Searchlight's mole in the BNP, Tim Hepple, who also tried infiltrating groups on the left – for Gable, or the police, or both?"
SEARCHLIGHT, HEPPLE, HILL, O'HARA AND SCARGILL
a booklet 'At War With Society' (AWWS) all about the infiltration of the BNP
and the Church of the Creator by Tim Hepple. Larry O'Hara pre-empted this
by publishing 'A Lie Too Far' about Hepple's infiltration of the right and
the left (e.g. Autonomy, Green Anarchist etc.) and especially his framing
of Class War activist Tim Scargill as a "State agent". After AWWS came out,
O'Hara answered with 'At War With the Truth'.
Whilst we do not automatically hold up everything O'Hara says as 'the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth', it does seem glaringly obvious that State agent Hepple passed on 'duff' BNP membership lists to Scargill who published them. Searchlight then attacked Scargill as a 'nark' – even though it was 'their' Hepple who was touting the lists in the first place (Hepple tried to get Green Anarchist to print them too).
Searchlight also attacked Scargill for his "fascist" past, whilst Hepple and Ray Hill are praised for 'leaving' their "fascist" pasts. In short, there do seem to be glaring double standards.
In closing we at FC can't leave the matter of Scargill and O'Hara without covering some basics.
Firstly Scargill goes on about wanting to recruit "fascists" to anarchism (just as he "saw the light"...) and yet he was prepared to print Hepple's list which contained the addresses of at least two elderly Nationalists that we know of. Scargill seems happy to set up Nationalist OAPs for assault and still has the gall to talk about wanting to 'convert' Nationalists! It's all a bit rum.
O'Hara tried to pass himself off as a genuine and honest researcher when he approached Nationalists, when he first appeared on the scene. In letters to 'ex' National Front activists (and doubtless other Nationalists) he sought information on many matters and even offered to pay "costs".
Some stupid people in Nationalist organisations even met up with him and gave him documents which were supposed to be 'internal' such as Cadre News and internal minutes from the 'Political Soldier NF' (thanks Harrington!). We know some of the people he met and corresponded with were connected with groups from right across the Nationalist spectrum (from NR Faction to the National Democrats).
We should not forget that O'Hara is an enemy of Nationalism. He wants to 'expose' Nationalists and possibly replace Searchlight. He claims to 'tell the truth' – but if dodgy evidence is put his way by State assets (within the left or right), he will use it against Nationalists. We know he already has used, and plans to use more of, such dubious "information".
One case was when he published some material against the Third Position. He quoted from Troy Southgate who used to be involved but left the TP for personal reasons, taking a few people with him (since when most have dropped out or returned to the TP). O'Hara printed his attack on TP "leaders" in London. But of the three people named as "leaders" only one was in London. Thus, propaganda from an unstable individual with an axe to grind is printed by O'Hara as "fact" (and not for the first, nor the last time).
O'Hara moans that because the Third Position (unlike others) won't contact him he has to use what he can get. But why should someone contact an enemy so they can defame you – even if that defamation is more 'reasonable' (sometimes) than that used by Searchlight? And why should O'Hara print unsustainable stories from political opponents as "fact" and then embellish them with his own theories – even the Robin Ramsey at Lobster has cautioned him about such nonsense. Lies are lies, theory is theory, however it appears.
When the history of the Movement is written – it will be written by us - not by a Socialist enemy of Nationalism!
Quite why certain Nationalists feel the need to give him information is beyond us at FC! He may be an enemy of Searchlight and useful as a thorn in their side. But – BE WARNED – he is no friend of ours! Those who have helped O'Hara are just as guilty as those who have helped Searchlight.
SEARCHLIGHT – THE REAL EXTREMISTS
IF YOU HAPPEN upon an
issue of Searchlight, you'll be amazed to read that this journal is a bulwark
of democracy and stands against the political extremes! It's all a lie! It's
clear that Searchlight has always been and still is linked with the Communist
Party. It also maintains links with the SWP's Anti Nazi League and others
of a dubious nature.
Take the April 1994 issue of Searchlight. On the back page is an advert for the Anti Nazi League, but more insidious is the listing 'Anti Fascist fightback' (formerly entitled 'Anti-Fascist Action contact addresses'), under which are local 'anti-racist' addresses – mostly those of AFA. This was run for many issues (at least from Feb 93 until April 94). But better still is a freebie advert on the back of the April 1988 issue of Searchlight which urges their readers to "Join Anti-Fascist Action" with AFA's address in London. The same issue of Searchlight had the gall to condemn the 'Political Soldier' NF for an interview in 'Nationalism Today' with an Italian framed and jailed by the corrupt Italian "justice" system for a crime he did not commit. Given AFA's credentials as open supporters (and doers) of bombings, this hypocrisy is just incredible!
For those not in the know, AFA are extremists led by Red Action and Direct Action. RA were kicked out of the SWP in 1982 for being too extreme. They are violent Marxists unequivocal in their support of the IRA and its bombing of civilian targets. Indeed, two of their members have been jailed (in a much publicised case) for planting bombs for the IRA in Central London.
In the June 1988 issue of Searchlight (No. 156) the regular column 'AFA in Action' applauds the AFA's efforts to stop 'Flag' NF organiser Mark Cotterill from holding activities. Nothing wrong there you might think. But this and other Searchlight material resulted in a doorstep attack with a knife and an iron bar by 'anti fascists' Richard Hansbury and Richard Heyes on Mr. Cotterill which resulted in him being rushed to hospital for facial injuries. Searchlight can claim another victim in its long, "proud tradition".
That a journal standing for 'law and order' (ahem!) against criminal "fascists" that is constantly asking for stricter laws and has made no attempt to hide the two way flow of information from the police (Special Branch/MI5) to/from Searchlight should publicly back such violent Marxists would be beyond belief if one wasn't aware of the criminal background of virtually everyone involved with Searchlight.
Other leftists (notably anarchists) have bemoaned the fact that Searchlight only assisted AFA as long as Red Action were at the helm, so maybe there is some sort of police-Searchlight-Red Action-IRA link- up with one or more of them spying on the others? If the State has been behind recent 'violent' "neo-nazis" is it so weird for them to be behind 'violent' Marxists?
But who are AFA? In their magazine 'Fighting Talk' they constantly carp on about attacking Nationalists and beating them physically – on the streets, in their homes and at work. This is something Searchlight clearly doesn't shy away from. In one case they (AFA) bumped into some football fans at a train station and ran away. The account changed in 'Fighting Talk' – the Nationalists were "run" all over the place. Hmmm.
So what sort of materials do they sell through the Searchlight sanctioned Fighting Talk? How about T-Shirts showing injured Nationalists and Protestant Orangemen? Or the records 'F### Fascism' by The Oppressed or 'Nazi Punks F### Off' by Napalm Death? (More tea vicar?) Or the charming sticker 'Who the F### are the BNP? (by Plymouth AFA – yet again, address in Searchlight). Just the sort of thing a Charity should endorse.
And Searchlight's promotion of Red Action's AFA is kindly reciprocated. In issue 71 of the paper 'Red Action' (Summer '95) Searchlight and Ray Hill are quoted as experts on fascism and Charlie Sargent's C18 in particular (same handler Gerry?), this a full two years after Green Anarchist had gone public on Searchlight's role in undermining the left-wing in Britain. The same issue of Red Action is full of the usual IRA propaganda "...the IRA and Sinn Fein refuse to have anything to do with them [fascists] and continue to denounce fascism and racism" (indeed, SF's only MP in the Irish parliament, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, put out a statement on the 13/1/98, reprinted in the FC daily e-mail newsletter – issue 280, 20th January 1998, welcoming non-White immigrants into Ireland, promoting the Refugee Act and condemning racism: "We live in a multi-cultural Ireland. That enriches us all." blah blah...). Indeed, Red Action's only gripe with Searchlight was the latter's insistence that 'nazis' and 'republicans' are linked (RA #71), Searchlight printed a photo of Dave Holland, according to them, the boss of the Southern White Knights, wearing a Sinn Fein baseball cap. Mind you, Gable also claims to have conducted an in-depth investigation into "possible links between the National Front and the Soviet Union" (ref. Jewish Gazette 14/11/86) – who mentioned conspiracy? The Observer said Gable is "a conspircay theorist who could spot Nazi architecture in a kindergarten sandpit".
Maybe the link between Searchlight and AFA can be explained by a letter in 'Fighting Talk' #5 (mid 1990's?). The letter is from an ex-62 Group activist and is full of praise for AFA's violence. Remember, the 62 Group was run from Harry Bidney's Limbo Club. So the fan-club of Bidney, the pimp, homosexual paedophile and criminal grows... What a surprise! In recent times even AFA and Searchlight have "fallen out", despite Gable sharing the dock with Red Action's leader, Gary O'Shea, for violence, in May 1991, against a mainly elderly audience at a League of St George meeting with Jeffrey Hamm, one of Mosley's right hand men. Nationalists were held by RA members and beaten and tortured during this incident, though (to escape prosecution) Gable claims to have helped Hamm and tried to stop the violence – and if you believe that, you'll believe anything! It would seem that even Red Action/AFA have had just about enough of Searchlight's lies and obvious links to the Secret State.
Searchlight are "one of the leading influences within the anti-fascist movement in this country" – AFA's Fighting Talk #17, Sept. 1997. You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours? A case of the criminal fraternity covering up for each other? The more you look at the murky world of Searchlight the more corruption, filth and lies you uncover.
Attitude – the journal of Leeds AFA which operates from the same address as Northern Star the pro-homosexual magazine – printed adverts for Searchlight in its Summer 93 and Spring 94 edition (and others presumably) in reciproc- ation for their address being in Searchlight. This is after the Green Anarchist exposé of Searchlight. How can Searchlight attack others as "extremist"?
# LATE NEWS # NB: In an important development AFA have now disbanded their own branches in Leeds and Huddersfield for spreading disinformation on anti-fascists and Nationalists. These branches were under the control of Searchlight people. AFA now state that Searchlight are following a sinister agenda.
O'HARA AND GABLE – COMRADES IN DISINFORMATION
AN EXAMPLE of how O'Hara
often repeats or continues the disinformation pushed by Searchlight – and
other disreputable sources – is the smear against the Third Position regarding
Julius Evola. Searchlight have pushed this outright lie many times (e.g.
Issue 271, January 1998) and O'Hara printed it in issue 1 of his 'Notes From
the Borderland' (NFB) Issue 1, Winter 97-98. It goes like this: "Ironically,
the spirituality of the ITP owes far more to the Italian pagan and occultist
Julius Evola, who criticised Mussolini from the Right..." (NFB).
This is cobblers. The Third Position does not sell nor recommend any of Evola's works. Even FC, which sells historical works not published by the Third Position would not sell anything by Evola.
Can O'Hara back this claim up with anything grounded in truth? Does anything the Third Position has printed, internationally, nationally or locally, portray Evola as one of our ideological forebears?
The Third Position sells (and has sold) works about and by Codreanu, José Antonio, Hilaire Belloc, Cecil Chesterton, G.K. Chesterton, A.K. Chesterton, Saunders Lewis, Cobbett, Penty, Irving, Fahey, Hearne, Tolkein and others.
Surely if Evola were so important he would merit a book or two, the odd mention here and there, a badge or a poster, even a photo or picture in a journal every now and then? No, sorry folks... there isn't any. This is just a figment of O'Hara's fevered imagination, and a further example of how O'Hara is not always the "expert" he claims to be.
Even FC has published material on Mussolini and Mosley in an attempt to learn from the Fascist movement of yesteryear (not that the TP are a Fascist movement - it has always been Distributist; but we at FC are proud to wear the "Fascist" slur thrown at us by idiots who don't even know what one is! Like 'political incorrectness' it has become a badge of office – an honour bestowed on those who fight the New World Order, if you will). Nothing has appeared about Evola.
In fact O'Hara is loathe to admit this himself. In one part of his smear in the first issue of NFB he says "While Evola does not now feature on ITP booklists" – giving the impression he once did – he later says "...the unacknowledged but massive ideological debt owed by the ITP to Evola". How sad Larry! Research would show you that the Third Position has never featured his works and that the TP does not have a "massive debt" – ideological or otherwise. Indeed, in the Spring 98 issue of Gazeta de Vest, the forward to Codreanu's The Prison Notes is reprinted. Printed for the first time in English by The Legionary Press, The Prison Notes' forward attacks Evola (along with Schuon, Guénon and Muti) for being "syncretist... New Age", "poisonous rubbish" and Freemasonic. It is compared to the writings of Codreanu and Sima: "...the Legionary Movement was Christian and Christian alone...". These aren't the words of an 'Evolan fan club'! (It has already been attacked by 'Evolans' in Europe).
As with Searchlight, O'Hara has an ongoing agenda – and it is to damage Nationalism whenever he can, whether subtly or not.
Post Script: In the September 1997 issue of Gazeta de Vest (English edition - available from FC for £2) there is an article on Evola which heavily criticises him for his anti-Christian works, but points out that far from 'dwelling' in occultism, he moved through it (hence some books 'midway' which admire Christianity and Christendom, but which promote paganism) and later forbade the republishing of his 'occultist' works, (e.g. Pagan Imperialism - 1928, which he admitted in his autobiography was published under the influence of Freemasons). In conversation with GV's editor it became clear that as a result of this, in his last days Evola found peace with Christianity. Whilst we welcome this, FC (and we dare say the TP) could never promote Evola because so many of his (self) forbidden books are promoted by idiots who should know better (or those with ulterior motives).
Post Script II: In the August 1998 edition of 'The Nexus', a New Zealand Satanist political fanzine, there is an interview with Troy Southgate, the leader (oooh – how despotic, Comrade – isn't that what you claim to have left the TP over?) of the 'NR Faction' which now embraces Black Metal, anarchism (though as a truly schizo bloke he still pushes Guilds – which his anarchist chums have attacked) and a bastardised version of the TP's position (and Southgate offers some ideas nicked straight from the TP Handbook – including the workers' Guilds!). Southgate, quite happily, quotes from Evola. He says the NRF "adhere to the birth-death-renewal cycle" – along with other pseudo-nonsense, and holds up "occultists such as Guido von List" (his words!) and the Freemason Gabriele d'Annunzio for adoration. Southgate and his one or two hangers on are occultists. They say that themselves. They have a debt to Evola's Masonic inspired works. The Third Position does not.
GREEN AND BROWN ANARCHIST
A SUPERB EXAMPLE of Searchlight
'Black Propaganda' (disinformation) is 'The Green and Brown Anarchist' (no
date – mid 1990s?) – Brown for the National Socialist Brownshirts of the
1930's. This two sided A4 leaflet served a number of important interests
Firstly it attacked their enemies at Green Anarchist. It linked them with "nazis", the ITP, the 'New Right' and crazy views which twist ruralism into some sort of obscene death cult. It also attacked the International Third Position, linking them with pro-holocaust views (linked in with population explosion/control extreme views – something we've exposed as a hoax in FC) and (again! – take note Mr. O'Hara – ever been taken in?) Evolan paganism (gnosticism etc.)
Its address was 'Green Action Network, Box 88, Magdalen College, Oxford.' Oxford is the traditional base for Green Anarchist. So 'GA' can be the fictitious Green Action – or the very real Green Anarchist, such are the schoolboy antics of Gable and co.
The leaflet promoted the utterly barmy idea of death camps, and a population cull to avoid world overcrowding. It mentioned a 'GA Cadre' (Cadre is a term associated with Third Positionist/'Political Soldier' Nationalism). It has a dig at O'Hara ('Fat Boy' O'Haw-Haw) and claims he "...is our link man with various progressive tendencies that have transcended their far-Right origins, such as Derek Holland's International Third Position." and goes on to say he is their protector as he supplies names and addresses of enemies. "Thanks to 'Fat Boy' O'Haw-Haw the Cadre of GA has twenty-four hour protection against the machinations of Stella Rimington and MI5".
So not only is Derek Holland made out to be the leader of the Third Position, but O'Hara is a "nazi" collaborater, promoter of attacks on Nationalists and some St. Michael-style protector against the State.
This is typical of Searchlight's method of putting disinformation with subtle digs and outright micky-taking. As the Third Position is one of the few organisations to have totally rejected all of O'Hara's attempts at contact, this "link" is a bit much!
Quite what Searchlight hoped to gain from this piece of pure fiction is hard to work out. From first sight it stinks to high heaven of Zionist/State 'Black Propaganda'. The only good Searchlight can hope to achieve is to fill it full of such wild innuendo, that perhaps some of the milder nonsense might stick.
Obviously this is the sort of propaganda Searchlight puts out from time to time which bears no imprint from themselves. They get in enough trouble for the nonsense they print already! Outrageous garbage like this – which activists like us know they're behind – would simply be too much for some of the liberal bleeding hearts and idiot journalists that read Searchlight, hence the secrecy.
In return for taking Gable to court,
Baron has been hospitalised by unknown assailants, been arrested, had his
house searched and was 'set up' by the police ("one of Gable's bent copper
friends" – Baron) – only to be aqcuitted at Southwark Crown Court (unlike
so many Searchlight criminals!).
What's interesting about this is that whereas normally something involving a non-Nationalist political activist (let's face it we Nationalists can have anything thrown at us and it's ok by all sections of the media even "anti-State radicals" [sic] if they mention it at all!) being beaten up, harrassed by the police and fitted up for a court case, especially after accusing an MI5/Special Branch front group (or stool pigeons) and winning, would be commented on in the press – or at least by someone like Paul Foot (the SWP honcho) in Private Eye. But not in this case. Interesting...
The main gripe against Mr. Baron is, along with the facts and old clippings he digs out, he also has a 'thing' about printing material which isn't for family consumption which puts a lot of people off reading or believing the good stuff he uncovers.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
They have been condemned for this by officialdom on at least one occasion (see boxed quote – The Real Face of Searchlight – on page 8). However, there have been other occasions which have probably been just as embarrassing for Searchlight. Under a heading 'Whoops, sorry' in Ray Hill's (yes, it's that criminal again!) column in the March 1993 edition of Searchlight, it was explained how Searchlight had printed information about one Barry Osbourne who worked as a housing officer for the London Borough of Newham. Barry Osbourne was a BNP candidate in the 1992 local elections in East London. Unfortunately the Mr. Osbourne at Newham council was a different person!
Criminal Ray Hill apologised "unreservedly" to the council and Mr. Osbourne (and said "we" – i.e. Searchlight as a whole – were "stupid" not to check the facts). One can only begin to imagine the treatment Mr. Osbourne got at the hands of non-Whites in multi-racial Newham! But this doesn't seem to have deterred Searchlight from this highly dubious activity.
There was another case when an apolitical friend of NF activist Phil Andrews in Middlesex, was named Derek Holland. Searchlight ran a story about the "NF chief", of the same name, living in "West London", again, without checking the truth of the story. Again, they had to apologise.
Setting up Nationalists – regardless of their age, sex or possible disabilities - is bad enough. Setting up total "innocents" as Searchlight clamour for more "insider news" and exposés against "fascists" is just unbelievable (or would be if the criminal and shady nature of the Searchlight clique weren't known).
We just hope one day there's a Nationalist called Tony Blair, Terry Wogan, Billy Bragg, Des Lynam or Michael Owens! Ho ho ho!
they'll run some scare
story about FC, the Third Position, terrorism, MI5, MI6, Libya, Mossad, the
Vatican, Croatia, the SS, UDA, IRA and even Mr. Whippy! We know that many
people look upon FC as "nasty racists", but that doesn't detract from all
the evidence in this brief look at Searchlight, the criminals behind it and
its shadowy backers.
Whether or not Searchlight denounce us as "fascists" (the BNP have!) and others as "fascist collaboraters", political novices etc. it is undeniable that a great volume of evidence exists which proves that Searchlight is a criminal gang spreading disinformation about people and organisations right across the political spectrum and that the Searchlight Educational Trust is continuing in this "proud tradition".
Violence, lies, pimps, homosexuals, paedophiles, agent provacateurs, anti-semites, Zionists and a registered charity! If that isn't material for the News of the World to jump on – then what is?
No doubt 'Fleet Street' will remain quiet though. That doesn't mean political activists of all kinds shouldn't. Searchlight is bad news. Don't read it. It exists to spread disinformation. Certainly NEVER buy it. Do you want your money going to help expose more people whom Searchlight dislike? You never know; Nationalist, Pro-Lifer, Anarchist, Anti-Zionist, Black, Socialist, Arab... Next time it could be you at the end of a Special Branch disinformation sting, courtesy of Searchlight!
Info on Searchlight, O'Hara, AFA etc., including copies of their propaganda as and when it comes out. Perhaps a Comrade who has access to a photocopier can send us anything relevant as and when.
Thanks to FINAL CONFLICT
EXPOSING THE HATEMONGERS
- Time to
come out of the closet
By A. DRUMMOND
BELIEVING Searchlight – the so-called 'anti-fascist magazine' – has just cost the BBC half a million quid. That is the extent of costs and damages the Beeb had to shell out when they gave up trying to defend a libel case brought by Tory M.P.'s Neil Hamilton and Gerald Howarth over the notorious Panorama programme 'Maggie's Militant Tendency' broadcast in February 1984.
Most of the paranoid drivel making up this
programme was, the BBC admitted, supplied by Searchlight. Searchlight
editor Gerry Gable was credited at the end of the programme, and three other
'researchers' similarly credited subsequently gave their address as that
of Gable's rag. Although we hold no particular brief for Tory M.P.'s, the
outcome of this case will have done a public
service if it teaches the media to think twice before using Searchlight stories, and if it serves to further discredit the rag as any sort of serious and honest source of information.
A major factor in the BBC's decision to
chuck in the towel and conceed the libel case is understood to have been
the threat of disclosures in court by the plaintiffs of the unsavoury background
of Communism, organised crime and sexual perversion involving children underlying
disclosures which would have finished the smear sheet for good.
As it is, it has finally been disclosed
in the mass media that Searchlight editor, Gable, and the magazine's founder
Maurice Ludmer, are – or were in the deceased Ludmer's case – Communists who
both stood as candidates for the Communist Party of Great Britain in local
elections. This of course makes a mockery of their claim to be 'defending
democracy', as the CPGB believes, or then
believed, in setting up a 'dictatorship of the proletariat'.
Still to be publically revealed is the
criminal connection. Gable is a convicted burglar. His staff writer Manny
Carpel has just done time for arson, and has convictions for sickening violence.
Both Carpel and Gable are former members of the '62 Group', a band of Zionist
thugs closely linked to organised
gangsterism in London's seedy Soho area.
The leader of the 62 Group was one Harry
Bidney, who received a grovellingly flattering obituary in
Searchlight when he died a couple of years ago. Bidney whose long criminal record opened with a
conviction in 1950 for selling black market silk stockings in a market in Boston, Lincs ran the Coffee Pot, a sleazy cafe in Soho's Berwick Street which was one of the earliest centres of hard drug trafficking in London. But his real profession as emerged in court convictions, was pimping for homosexual paedophiles, supplying them with under-aged boys obtained from Piccadilly's notorious 'meat rack'.
Searchlight's hero and guru was himself a pervert: his tastes ran to homosexually raping 13 year-old boys of 'Nordic' appearance whilst Nazi marching music played in the background! In 1978 Bidney and a rich Jewish businessman (also a generous contributor to 'anti-fascist' causes) for whom he pimped, were convicted of disgusting offences involving young boys.
Bidney, Gable and Carpel's 62 Group was itself an offshoot of the 43 Group. This 'anti-fascist' gang of hoodlums, which included Bidney, was led by one Jack 'Spot' Comer, a 1950's Soho gangland baron and vice racketeer.
The 43 Group had to cease trading when the Jewish Board of Deputies denounced it for extorting money with menaces from Jewish shopkeepers – if they didn't pay exorbitant rates to 'advertise on programmes' of dances run by the Group at the Dorchester Hotel (then run by Jews rather than Arabs), mysterious 'fascists' broke their windows!
The 43 Group was politically linked to Herut, and its terrorist arm, the Irgun Zvei Leumi, better known as the Stem Gang. This murdered and tortured British Servicemen in Palestine in the 1940's. It was founded by one Ze'ev Jabotinsky in 1943 (as in '43 Group).
Jabotinsky was a Fascist, a self-proclaimed admirer of Mussolini (whose Fascist grand Council was at one stage one-third Jewish, including the then Chief Rabbi of Italy). Jabotinsky's terrorism aided the Axis war effort in the latter stages of the War, tying down in Palestine British soldiers badly needed in the European theatre.
It is ironic that Searchlight is always accusing British Nationalists of 'being part of an international fascist terrorist conspiracy' when on far more substantial evidence the 'anti-fascist journal' could itself be linked with not only international Fascist terrorism but also Soho gangsterism and the sordid sex slavery of little boys.
No wonder they didn't want all this coming out in court in a blaze of publicity, and bolted, leaving their hapless mugs at the BBC in the lurch, to pick up the bill and, in some cases, possibly lose their jobs. Not that it will do them any good: the beans on Searchlight will soon be well and truly spilled when the NF publishes its already researched and long- awaited in-depth expose on it.
The disgusting creeping things that hide under Searchlight's little stone may think they got off lightly on the Panorama libel case. But the daylight will soon be shining in. Then watch Gable and Co. writhe!.