Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Looking the wrong way

BBC News - Newsnight - Paedophile priest left unmolested by Church and state
"Former priest Bill Carney was named as one of the worst paedophiles in Dublin's Catholic diocese in the Murphy report into clerical abuse there. However, for the last 10 years has been free to live quietly in Britain."
Bear in mind the current furore over the killing of Ashleigh Hall by a convicted sex offender who wasn't supervised sufficiently on release. Here we have the story of a paedophile protected by the church and state; a man assessed as having a "psychopathic personality disorder" and for whom "the prognosis for a cure is bleak".
We seem to continue to pretend that the internet is the cause of the world's ills and ignore the real problems that are out there. Today Chris Huhne (LibDem MP for Eastleigh) suggested that convicted sex offenders should tell the probation service their email address and IP address so that their online activities could be monitored.
That demonstrates eloquently how little many of our MPs understand the defining technologies of the early 21st century. Sadly his views are probably held by many probation staff and police officers. And in the meantime men like Carney are allowed to live a normal life without any controls whatsoever.

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