William Burns’ Petition PE685 to
the Scottish Parliament
100-Year Closure Order - Cullen Inquiry
[Ed. ~ This further
petition was submitted six days after the hearing of Petition PE652.
It was submitted without delay because I had a queasy feeling
PE652 would be "buried" without the Public Petitions Committee
(PPC) considering its requests. That is exactly what happened.
They "listened" to it but did not "consider" it.
This petition, PE685, was similarly "buried" without consideration
after the petitioner was refused permission to make an oral presentation
to the Committee. At the conclusion, the PPC merely "noted"
the content of the petitioner's submissions but did not address them.
Information received from me in my petitions and in my oral submissions
in PE652, and subsequently from other sources, would put the members
of the PPC to shame. LINK]
I, the undersigned, declare that the decision to impose
a 100-year closure order on the Petitioner’s correspondence with
the Cullen Inquiry into the Dunblane massacre, filed at COM21/4/105/1-2
with the National Archives of Scotland, was indefensible, an impediment
to natural justice, and contrary to the public interest, and which,
according to the Crown Office itself, “has no statutory basis
for such closure orders in Scotland”, and as such was imposed
according to no law. (See the submitted documents in relation to PE652
of 10 and 26 June 2003. LINK)
- Since I did not request the Scottish Parliament to enact legislation
in my earlier petition PE652 to prevent legal mechanics and other
furtive operatives in the civil service from arranging “Gagging
Orders” on files that are either embarrassing or incriminating
to themselves rather than damaging to any member or members of the
public, I would like to take the opportunity now to request the Parliament
to enact the appropriate legislation.
- Members of the Public Petitions Committee must be made cognisant
of the inevitability that, in the not too distant future, history
will be recording their important involvement in this and subsequent
petitions as the truth about the Cullen Inquiry is brought to light,
so I hope they search their minds and souls impartially before taking
any decision, lest it returns to haunt them. [Ed.
~ It has certainly done that. LINK]
The Petitioner, therefore, requests that the Scottish
Parliament takes the necessary steps to:
- enact legislation that clearly and accurately
defines what files can and cannot be put on closure orders, so that
the public can decide if it is: in the national interest; the public
interest; to safeguard an individual or a number of individuals’
human rights; or if it is to safeguard the vested interests of the
authors of the whitewashes; and
- enact legislation that clearly and accurately defines the maximum
time limits imposed on said closure orders.
18 Shore Road
Date: 4 November 2003