Jigsaw puzzle (Image via MorgueFile)

Recently, I have spoken to four individuals, and they have a story to tell. Their stories provide the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. And when I put those pieces together, I can show that there exists a coverup.

So I talk to these individuals. And they talk to me, some reluctantly, some relatively freely, and we skirt around the edges of the questions I ask. And eventually, I have pretty much all the pieces of the puzzle.

Except one.

No one will go on the record.

When I ask why, I get different reasons. There are concerns about confidentiality. Or nothing will happen anyway, and they tire of the fight. Peer pressure to stay silent.

I offer anonymity. I’ll protect the source, but first, the source has to say the words to me on the record. On record doesn’t mean naming a source, but it means telling your story. Once you tell me the story, I can put the jigsaw pieces together, and show powerful men have lied.

No go.

And so, honourable individuals say nothing, and get on with their lives, and guilty men go free.

The truth shall set you free. But first, you have to say it.

Jigsaw puzzle (Image via MorgueFile)

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.