A remarkable BBC article, published yesterday, has removed the lid from over sixty years of intentional deception of the British public by the nation’s broadcaster.
For decades from 1933, the BBC worked hand in glove with the Security Service to ‘vet’ job applicants to keep out ‘subversives’ – that is, anyone with even a vague association with left-wing groups – a process known to those involved as ‘the formalities’:
Any found to have ‘subversive’ links who was already in the BBC was blocked from promotion into positions of influence by means of markers and comments on their files – which the BBC has also admitted removing before files were sent to, for example, industrial tribunals.
In other words, the BBC admits withholding evidence.
According to the article, the practice continued until the 1990s – but it also admits:
The BBC will not say whether any staff are vetted these days. “We do not comment on security issues,” a spokesperson said. But any residual vetting, of people needing access to classified information for emergency planning for example, would be open and known to the person. There is no more secrecy as once there was.
So it could well still be happening – and the claim that anyone being vetted now would know about it these days is only as believable as it should be from an organisation that just admitted sixty years and possibly more of deliberate deception.
The fact that the Security Services vetted personnel to ensure only Establishment-friendly figures reached positions of influence will surprise few. But the fact that the Corporation now admits actively and knowingly lying to us all is a remarkable admission.
One deserving of a lot more exposure than a minor article on the BBC News website.
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