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5.0 out of 5 stars Corruption In High Places, February 22, 2006
This review is from: The Franklin Cover-up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska (Paperback)
Lawyer and former state senator John Decamp's book can't be easily dismissed as a wild conspiracy theory, given all the evidence presented in the book and the solid reputation of many who believe in the crimes and the cover-up. One victim of abuse comments that this corruption must stop because next time it could be your kid. Not for the faint of heart, the book covers many grisly details of satanic ritual murder and torture of children by prominent members of society and a subsequent cover-up orchestrated by law enforcement and the press. I believe the problem will grow worse if you let people who are supposedly here to protect us and keep us informed abuse their positions of privilege, trust, and authority for their own gain or security. We might have to start limiting the amassing of great wealth and power because people who get a great amount of wealth and power think that they can get away with anything. And so far, they have.

John Decamp's dilemma was whether to confront the problem of the crimes and cover-up or just look the other way and take the easy way out. Being a man of integrity and courage is not as easy and glamorous as being hero on TV. There were a lot of death threats and strange deaths of people who got involved with prosecuting the case. Some lost their seats in the legislature and some had financial setbacks purposely caused by their enemies. It could be that the case involves a blackmail situation in which politicians are tempted with illicit sex and drugs and then pressured to vote the blackmailer's way or else wrongdoings will be made public. That's one of the reasons why you want your representatives to be incorruptible.

The case also involves the S and L crises, the Iran Contra scandal, and the pedophile group NAMBLA, Omaha boys town, girls club, the FBI, Omaha police, and locally, nationally, and internationally known VIPs.

An Omaha newspaper took sides during the trial and presented the story as being a feverish fantasy cooked up by the victims. One of the victims was even convicted of perjury, but once you read Decamp's explanation of the details of the case, you see that this shouldn't have happened.

Decamp has been in cases in which people have been falsely accused of child abuse; he does not think this is one of them. He says to falsely accuse someone of abuse is the worst thing you can do, except abuse or let others abuse and then cover it up.

Decamp eventually got involved in other cases which had the government or law enforcement doing something unethical against citizens and then often the media would get the story wrong. He covers such cases as the OKC bombing, Montana Freemen/Militia, and Gordon Kahl, the tax protester. He wonders why OKC crime scene was destroyed so quickly. The Montana Freemen weren't actually trying to take over a town; it was just a case of police paranoia. Law enforcement officials shot Gordon Kahl because of a suspicious police bulletin that said he was armed and dangerous. They handled the situation in "shoot first, ask questions later" manner.

It's always scary when authorities become corrupt, because the citizen can't trust them to protect them when crimes are being committed since some of the authorities are committing the crimes. Although there seems to be some trustworthy people in government that could be turned to in the Franklin Case, there weren't enough of them around to override the authority of corrupt officials. According to the Franklin case, it seems many corrupt prominent people are involved in violent satanic cults. This scandal deserves much more coverage than its gotten.

Decamp gives us a good look at how sleazy politics and the legal system can be. In order to win an election, you always have to get on the good side of the "kingmakers" and then do as they say once you're in office. Corrupt officials in the legal system were often able to make sure that the truth would not be believed in the Franklin case.

The Franklin Cover-up is a non-fiction morality tale which reminded Decamp of Herman Melville's Billy Budd in which an innocent person is sacrificed to keep the system going and keep those in authority in their secure positions.
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