Several London politicians have come together to call for local authorities to disclose their membership to secret societies, like “Freemasonry”, in country’s biggest police force, according to London’s Police Oracle.
Liberal Democrat, Caroline Pidgeon, accused the secret society of being involved in a VIP pedophile ring, and suggested some celebrities were allowed to slip away or evaded prosecution because of their association with the secret society.
“I just feel we need to have transparency if people are to have full confidence in the police,” said Pidgeon.
Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe argued in favor of such a register:
“What is the issue that distinguishes this organization from any other? For me as a police officer secrecy of membership is a concern, and I think that police officers should be transparent…”
The Green Party representative added: “I think that the Masons are having to deal with a legacy of historic suspicion because of the secretive nature of Freemasonry at senior levels, but a bit more transparency would help them deal with this.”
London Mayor Boris Johnson agrees with making sure that there was no conflict of interest in investigating criminal cases but said that officers should not have to declare membership as a matter of course “any more than they should have to register membership of the W.I. [Women’s Institute]”.
Wisconsin’s top cop is also the states top Freemason. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is also known as “Most Worshipful Grand Master”.
Do memberships to these societies offer preferential treatment when promotion time comes around or turned cheek when rules are broken?
Something “secretive” does not mean it is necessarily bad. It means something is hidden and is not in plain sight. There is a reason it is hidden and usually it is because an organization does not want the public to know what goes on within the groups boundaries.
This is not the first time the issue of Freemasonry and the police has shown up. In the 1990s then Home Secretary Jack Straw attempted to force all police officers and members of the judiciary system to declare their membership to secret societies.
Mr Straw said membership of secret societies could lead to “perceptions of a lack of impartiality” in the criminal justice system.
I also discovered Freemasons have their own private court system.