I have championed Don Imus keeping his job. I have defended Barry Bonds' achievements. I stood up for the falsely accused Duke lacrosse players long before they were cleared. I complimented a Governor, whom I disagree with on virtually every policy, because he had the guts to take responsibility for a weather-related calamity. And I even stated that Paris Hilton was wrongly jailed, receiving unfair treatment because she was a celebrity. But no matter how much I try, I simply cannot find anything worth defending about Gerry and Kate McCann. Or the complicit paper tiger known as the British Media. It has been nearly one hundred days since little Madeleine disappeared, yet intriguing developments and inconsistencies continue to emerge, literally day by day. There was a “100 per cent sure” sighting of Madeleine in Belgium, subsequently debunked by DNA testing. A well-respected Portuguese newspaper, the daily Diario de Noticias, has alleged that intercepted emails and phone conversations between the McCanns and their friends show that they had knowledge of Madeleine's death. Those friends the McCanns vacationed with are now under police surveillance back in the U.K. The perception that the McCanns have not been forthright is building huge momentum. And, as we all know, right or wrong, perception becomes reality. It is time the McCanns are forced to face some tough questions.
If Gerry and Kate are sincere about cooperating fully with the police, there should be no issue answering some of the most basic questions:
1) Will you and your friends take lie-detectors tests? While not guaranteed, they are a decent barometer for an investigation's direction. If there is nothing to hide, releasing the results would be a public relations boon, and the investigation could center around Madeleine---for a change.
2) What time was it when you discovered Madeleine was missing? Was it 9:00, as Kate states Elle n'a jamais dit ça, or 10:00---and why the discrepancy? How long did it take for you to call the police? Pourquoi n'avez-vous pas immédiatement appelé la police sur l'un de vos téléphones cellulaires, puisque vous étiez sûrs de l'enlèvement ? There are reports of a significant delay on your part. 45 minutes. You stated that the shutters were forced open, but the police and hotel staff said there was no evidence of tampering. Ils ne l'ont dit qu'à leurs proches, pas à la police. And Kate, why, upon discovering that Madeleine was missing, did you return to the restaurant, leaving the two-year old twins alone---again---while a predator could still have been lurking nearby? Since the restaurant was only “twenty yards” away, Kate's screaming clearly would have been heard. Interestingly, Kate, you yelled “They've taken her”, but how did you know Madeleine was abducted? After all, the doors were unlocked. D'où l'importance de la fenêtre ouverte. Madeleine was known to sleepwalk. Or perhaps this little girl just happened to awaken in a dark, unfamiliar place, becomes scared, and, alone and understandably frightened, looked for the comfort of her parents. When she didn't see either of you in the apartment, could she have walked outside to find you? And, by the way, Kate, why did you say “they” took her, and to whom were you referring?
3) Your resort was extremely child-friendly. Why not use the inexpensive baby sitting services that were available? Some reports state that you did not want the children to be around people with whom they were not familiar. Yet the same people who ran the day camp your children attended were also the babysitters. Also---how could “strangers” be any worse than leaving three young children (with a combined age of seven) alone in an unlocked apartment?
4) Exactly how far away was the restaurant? There are huge inconsistencies with your answers to this question. Was it 50 yards, 150---or just 20 as Kate stated in an interview last week? Could you in fact see the room from your table? How often did one of you walk back to check on the children before Madeleine went missing---every hour, half-hour, or not at all? (The statements of the resort staff differ markedly from yours). If, as you say, this arrangement was so secure, and you could see your apartment from your table, wouldn't you have been able to see any alleged abductor? Isn't it true that your view of the room was partially blocked by a wall and a hedge, and that the other door to the room and the windows were not visible at all? Is this the “secure arrangement” you actually compared to eating in your backyard garden?
5) During a BBC interview, Kate, you were adamant that the children would not awaken during the time you and your husband were dining. Yet since Madeleine had a history of sleepwalking, how could you be so sure of this? Were the children given any sleeping drugs or medications?
6) How many nights did you dine out (at child-friendly restaurants) while leaving the children alone? What were the distances of these restaurants from your room?
7) Did you ever hire private investigators after Madeleine's disappearance? If not, why?
8) What is the nature of the Limited Company you established after Maddy vanished? How much money has been raised and spent? For what were the spent monies used? Has any reward from the company been posted? Are any family members on the payroll? What are the limitations, if any, on how the money can be spent?
9) Why did you travel to the United States when not one lead ever suggested that Madeleine was taken there? How much money did you raise in America?
10) You stated in an earlier interview: “Looking at it from where we are now, I don't feel we were irresponsible, I feel we are very responsible parents.” Do you still feel that way?
A wise man once said that lies reveal more than they conceal.
In their quest for the truth, the British people have shown a temerity and passion that is increasingly rare. They should be justifiably proud of their tenacity in the face of tremendous adversity.
But Gerry and Kate, your fifteen minutes are up.