Prime is great! His convoluted ramblings will help honest-hearted faders everywhere! He also reflects the desperation that GB and others must be feeling. I do agree with a couple of his points:
1) The elders are expected to use common sense.
2) The 10/01/2012 BOE states the following; "At the same time that parents are warned about an individual, it would be appropriate for the elders to inform the individual that parents in the congregation will be discreetly informed." There are authorized channels to inform others about something of this nature.
Point #1 is difficult to enact because of the legalistic attitude and simple lack of training on the part of the Elders. They DON'T use common sense, they refer to the Shepherd the Flock book instead. It, and not the Bible is the Go-to book. The Shepherd book is a collection of the WTBTS favorite snippets of scripture they use to support their legalistic approach to worship.
Point #2. If the Elders were trained properly, and used common sense in the first place, the 10/01/2012 letter would not have been needed. Instead because they have been "trained" to protect the reputation of the WTBTS at all costs, they failed to act in a morally responsible manor.
I also feel that their is no reason to do away with the " Two witness " principle. If the WTBTS simply does the moral thing from now on the " Two Witness " rule can stay. Once the Flock feels comfortable that real change has been enacted then children will feel free to report any type of abuse in a timely manner. That will also serve to keep abusers out of the congregation. If abusers are confronted quickly, and the word speads that you will pay for your crime, then they will not have the needed enviroment to abuse. If the "Superior Authorities" are allowed to carry out their scripturally assigned role, then you have your second witness. Forensics results found during a proper investigation by trained authorities is your second witness.
The secrecy needs to end. Sins should be confessed to the congregation. An open atmosphere of trust should exist. That is simply not happening right now. Remember the sister who was sexually assaulted and murdered recently? The Jehovah's Witness community totally rallied around her family to support them. The WTBTS even sent official spokesmen. A horrible crime was committed and the perpetrator was dealt with by the " Superior Authorities." When a good PR session can result, and no money is on the line, it's amazing how moral the WTBTS can be.
It's amazing how PRIME can speak of paying taxes, but totally dismiss the context of Romans 13.
13 Let every soul be in subjection to the superior authorities, for there is no authority except by God; the existing authorities stand placed in their relative positions by God. 2 Therefore he who opposes the authority has taken a stand against the arrangement of God; those who have taken a stand against it will receive judgment to themselves. 3 For those ruling are an object of fear, not to the good deed, but to the bad. Do you, then, want to have no fear of the authority? Keep doing good, and you will have praise from it; 4 for it is God's minister to you for your good. But if you are doing what is bad, be in fear: for it is not without purpose that it bears the sword; for it is God's minister, an avenger to express wrath upon the one practicing what is bad.
The WTBTS will learn the meaning of this scripture.