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Old 20-06-2018, 06:36 AM   #182
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Operation Spanner Dissected

Part 4

The Dragnet-Sting Operation and the Searches:
In 1983/84 the Obscene Publications Squad with the assistance of Manchester Police (headed by James Anderton) were believed to have operated or monitored (or both) a gay contact magazine, “Gay Galaxy” as a dragnet sting operation; (a honeytrap). This was the preliminary intelligence-gathering ground (and also the hunting ground) for the Spanner Operation, and was already underway by early 1983.
The magazine carried adverts that were much more extreme than other gay magazines. These were adverts from those who were into or seeking meetings, sessions or lifestyle witchcraft/ occult/ water sports/ S&M/ slavery/ incontinence/ piercing/ ab/ bdsm/ cp/ age play/ scat/ body modifications/ knife play/ pugilism/ mutilation etc.,and many more, and any such adverts that would normally be refused by the “straight” best-selling gay contact magazines. Obviously it did attract many advertisers and responders,as to the best of my knowledge;in the UK at least; whilst not requiring any membership,such contacts had never before appeared publicly available in a gay booklet prior to this in the UK. The magazine claimed to have been raided by the police several times, but still continued to publish adverts relating to all types of behaviour. A lot of adverts were either unlawful or requesting unlawful acts. It is believed that the OPB (via an anonymous Gay Galaxy box number) were offering cash rewards for people to forward unlawful and obscene material by post depicting unlawful and obscene acts, in addition to monitoring advertisers and responders.
The Obscene Publications squad at the time were carrying out raids on gay men claiming to be looking for snuff movies or child porn. Two such adverts that regularly either appeared in each or most editions of Gay Galaxy were similar to:
1) “Snuff movies wanted. Unlimited top cash price paid for extreme and underage movies”
2) “Extreme and bondage SM movies wanted – Unlimited cash prices paid for movies or swap, bizarre or underage extreme acts with cash adjustment either way”

(or words to that effect). There may have been others.
Gay Galaxy only ran throughout 1983, and I believe folded around 1984. Gay Galaxy was just a cheap typeset A5 size booklet with blue card cover front and back and carried no photos or images, only adverts, (printed in Manchester area).
The vast majority of those raided would have been single gay men, so the fact that they had been raided would not have been so much of a problem. Since they ( suicide victims) had not been yet charged (i.e: their name had not been released) they would have been potential defendants. However, if the figure 0f 82 potential defendants is correct, then that would suggest, at initial glance, that virtually 100% of all those threatened with charges by 1986 may have committed suicide.It is believed that suicide notes, where applicable, may have been either written by another hand to some degree, or written under duress. The fact there had been a blanket cover-up of the figures alone raises further questions, without even looking at the (possibly abundant) contradictory evidence.

The purpose of the magazine had been to proactively solicit evidence and engage in correspondence relating to behaviour deemed incompatible with Christian fundamentalist ideals, (in accordance with the Church of England "Christian Family Values" campaign - a.k.a. "Operation Spanner") and thus identify (and possibly arrange covert meetings with) those victims that may have been suitable for targeting, perhaps in addition to recovering and seizing movies related to elite child abuse, and snuff movies involving identifiable missing children or VIP's. It is believed that perhaps as many as dozens of adverts relating to various and all types of behaviour may have been placed by police each month in the magazine, with perhaps a total of up to 150 to 200 (or so) adverts appearing in each edition, with the most extreme examples originating from the police.
Some adverts in the magazine had at various times been actively seeking victims for such things as "play" kidnapping, suffocation, beatings and knife mutilation, and on the odd occasion, snuff films.
Nevertheless, merely advertising or responding to an advert in the magazine had often at times appeared as sufficient behaviour for being targeted.
Had the extreme and unlawful adverts appeared on behalf of private individuals, that would soon have been stopped and the culprits arrested. However, despite several raids by Manchester police claimed by Gay Galaxy operators - one of which was reported by the magazine to have taken all computers and files- those adverts never ceased and continued to appear every month.
Had those sort of extreme and unlawful adverts ever appeared in any other UK advertising source or publication before or since Galaxy? - Certainly not to my knowledge.

Since the ritual had been limited to three years for the actual (main) culling, and the purpose of the magazine was to swiftly and effortlessly seek and identify potential victims for the cull, (and particularly with the costs of running the magazine mounting all the time) full use would have been made of such an opportunity. It is believed that over 640 raids were initially carried out in that respect between 1983 and 1986.


“In Operation Spanner, the police had acted pro-actively through the use of gay magazines, to what was claimed __( by police and media)__ to be a child pornography or paedophile ring__________ however, details that emerged during the trial made it clear that this was not a child sex ring, and most of the actions involved were morality offenses rather than crimes.
The accused presented a plausible defense that their acts were consensual and victimless. only to have this dismissed by the judge. The media were thus able to present this as the conviction of a sex ring”.
Intimate Enemies: Moral Panics in Contemporary Great Britain
By Philip Jenkins
(scroll down).

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