The ‘Magic circle’ in Scotland is a description that some Scottish citizens (they) assert applies to a collective ring of purported establishment individuals who have engaged in sexual deviations, homosexual practices and paedophilia.
Twinned with this assertion, there is an overall contention by these same Scottish citizens that there was/is a conspiracy by these purported establishment figures that in order to foster and further their deprived ends they pervert the course of justice.
In Scotland the level of accusations rose to a fever pitch in the late eighties early nineties. Thus Lord Nimmo Smith was commissioned as a joint author of the Report on an Inquiry into an Allegation of a Conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Justice in Scotland (1993).
A notable casualty of ‘Magic Circle’ accusations was Lord Dervaird, other suspected judges such as Lord Weir avoided public opprobrium.
Lord Nimmo Smith’s 1993 report was in part withheld from public scrutiny.
Many notables, such as Sir Angus Grossart (Deputy Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland); Lord Hardie (judge of the Court of Session, and former Lord Advocate); Mr Ivor Reginald Guild (Ex-Senior. Partner of solicitors Shepherd & Wedderburn and prominent resident of the Edinburgh’s New Club); and the late Very Reverend Andrew Herron (former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland) of the Scottish establishment were subjectively linked either directly or indirectly with Lord Nimmo Smith’s findings.
Intertwined with ‘Magic Circle’ accusations, numerous suspected establishment figures were also perceived to combine together and to be members of quasi secret societies and privileged organisations such as the Speculative Society; the Faculty of Advocates; Edinburgh’s New Club, and Edinburgh’s Merchant Company where such alleged depraved establishment figures conspire against the public interest. ‘Magic Circle’ influence accusations continue to re-surface; notable are
(i) the case of the 100 year secrecy embargo by Lord Cullen upon the Dunblane enquiry;
(ii) the Fettesgate cover-up at Lothian & Borders Police Headquarters; and
(iii) the Lockerbie Disaster.
The ‘Magic circle’ is an example of conspiracy thinking in that it denotes the following characteristics:
- Absolute certainty (they) have the truth.
- Scotland is controlled to a greater or lesser extent by a conspiratorial group. In fact, (they) believe this evil group is very powerful and controls most nations
- Open hatred of opponents. Because these opponents (actually enemies) are seen as a part of or sympathisers with ‘The Conspiracy’, they deserve hatred or contempt
- Little faith in the democratic or judicial process. Mainly because most believe ‘The Conspiracy’ has such influence in Scotland, and therefore extremists spurn compromise.
- Willingness to deny basic civil liberties to certain fellow citizens, because enemies deserve no liberties.
- Consistent indulgence in irresponsible accusations and character assassination.
Historically, as is witnessed in the 17th century Scottish witch hunts, the Scottish temperament has a predisposition to public hysteria. The stupidity for the festering of ‘Magic Circle’ concepts lies with the establishment, and in particular I now believe with Lord Cullen, the Lord President of the Court of Session.
To rid Scotland of such fallacious ‘Magic Circle’ allegations I believe it is essential that we immediately move to a more open society and such matters as Lord Nimmo Smith’s supplementary papers and the Dunblane papers are published now.
Without openness and publication has arisen a witch craze feedback loop. From chaos and complexity theory we find that many systems, including social systems like witch crazes, self organise through feedback loops, in which outputs are connected to inputs, producing change in response to both (like a public address system with feedback, or stock market booms and busts driven by flurries of buying and selling).
The underlying mechanism driving a witch craze is the cycling of information through a closed loop. Medieval witch crazes existed because the internal and external components of a feedback loop periodically occurred together, with deadly results. Internal components include the social control of one group of people by another, more powerful group, a prevalent feeling of loss of personal control and responsibility, and the need to place blame for misfortune elsewhere; external conditions include socioeconomic stresses, cultural and political crises, religious strife, and moral upheavals.
A conjuncture of such events and conditions can lead the system to self-organise, grow, reach a peak, and then collapse. A few claims of ritual are fed into the system through word of mouth or the mass media. Individuals or groups deny the accusations.
The denial serves as proof of guilt, as does silence or confession. Whether the defender is being tried by the water test of the seventeenth century (if you float you are guilty, if you drown you are innocent) or in the court of public opinion today, accusation equals guilt.
The system grows in complexity as gossip or the media increase the amount and flow of the information. Witch after witch is burnt until the system reaches critical mass and finally collapses under changing social conditions and pressures.
Quite simply, openness and publication will break the false information loops and restore public confidence in the Scottish establishment system though admittedly many of establishments’ figures will loose status. That said, unless such individuals are exposed many more good and excellent people will be tarred with a bad brush.
Here is the complete report
Magic Circle Affair
I enclose below an article taken from the Sunday Mail which indicates the public’s continued interest in ‘Magic circle’ activities: it is deplorable that our judicial system mistakenly allows similar and worse stories to circulate about themselves.
UK'S MAGIC CIRCLE
Operation Ore detective's kid sex ring alert
THE American detective leading the worldwide hunt for internet paedophiles yesterday warned of high-level child sex rings in Britain.
Operation Ore, involving a wide range of agencies including the FBI, has revealed more professional people using the child porn sites in Britain than anywhere else in the world.
As fears of a British magic circle grow, Lieutenant Bill Walsh says he believes British detectives are on the verge of exposing sinister child porn gangs similar to those already busted in the US. He said officers had been shocked by the number of Britons identified as subscribers to child porn sites who held powers of power and influence.
Legendary rocker Pete Townshend, TV star is among the 7272 Britons whose names have been passed to police here for investigation. It is understood a second major rock star is on the list, along with two MPs, a peer a judge and at least 50 policemen. In Scotland, a priest, a social worker, an army cadet major and several police officers have been pulled in under Ore.
Walsh, head of a Texas internet child crimes task force, heads Operation Avalanche, the US branch of Operation Ore. His team uncovered the credit card details of 250,000 computer users worldwide who paid to access the websites, which feature sickening images of child abuse. The FBI are now planning to hand on hundreds more names to British police and several high-profile Britons are anxiously awaiting questioning.
Walsh, 50, said: "Really it has shocked me, the number of names in Britain compared to the size of the population. The fact that 50 of the names in Britain were police officers caused a stir. That was disturbing."
"It is a distinct possibility there are rings of people with the ability to protect each other. There are vast numbers of people on these lists who could be associated with each other. We hope that nobody will be spared by those carrying out the investigation."
The biggest porn ring discovered so far in the worldwide operation involved parents from several countries exchanging obscene pictures of their own kids.The investigation into the Danish-based ring, known as The Club, was called Operation Hamlet.
A 10- month investigation resulted in 45 children between two and 14 being taken from their parents. Arrests were made in the UK, the US, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden and France.
Operation Avalanche was launched after video tapes of a four-year-old girl being abused were seized by US postal inspectors in 1999. They were traced back to a Texan firm called Landslide Productions, which raked in £1million a month. Users gave credit card details and for £21 a month were able to view 5700 sites.
But Walsh said their subscription werethe tip of the iceberg. He said: "What they will find from hundreds of subscribers are scores who have abused real children. Most people who look at sites didn't wake up yesterday and decide this was something they wanted to do. The reality is it doesn't stop there."
Officers expected most of the images on the websites to have been either very old or taken in poorer countries.
But many of the images are of children and young adults in the UK, US and Europe.
This article was:
Operation Ore chief puts the UK on magic circle paedophile alert.(News)
Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland) | January 19, 2003
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