FBI OK’d Downloads of Kiddie Porn By 100,000 Users of a Nasty Site

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The FBI controlled, and allowed thousands of downloads from,  “the largest remaining known child pornography service in the world” for nearly two weeks last year. Now, they’ve charged some 1,300 individuals with related crimes.

Your tax dollars at work: For 13 days early last year, the FBI controlled one of the largest kiddie porn sites on the internet, providing 100,000 or more registered users access and the ability to download, without restriction, any of more than 23,000 sexually explicit images and videos of children as young as toddlers. At least some of those images depicted a pre-pubescent girl having sexual intercourse with adults, USA Today and others reported this week.

And this wasn’t the first time the FBI has pimped a kiddie porn site: The agency admits it has used similar approaches to the one it used with Playpen, the above cited site, to get down to the ‘short and curlies,’ as it were, of other web pulls for perverts anxious to further exploit children who’d already been taken advantage of as they were photographed in ways no child should be.

RT.com, a web site based in Russia, says the Playpen sting resulted in the arrest of 1,300 individuals, with more, potentially, to come.

The Playpen web site existed on what’s known as the ‘dark web,’ which is only accessible through use of a software program called Tor, which bounces users from one host site to another to shield their true identity. The FBI, though, used a Tor-beating program to blast past the deception and identify the ‘true’ IDs of users’ computers.

Even within the FBI, there have been some who’ve questioned the legality of the agency’s functioning, in effect and fact, as host of a kiddie porn web site – one since described as “the largest remaining known child pornography service in the world,” as RT.com put it. The Justice Department was quoted in a USA Today article as saying that “children depicted in such images are harmed each time they are view, and once those images leave the government’s control, agents have no way to prevent them from being copied and re-copied to other parts of the internet.”

Somewhat illogically, an attorney for one of the men caught in the Playpen sting said, “What the government did in this case is comparable to flooding a neighborhood with heroin in the hope of snatching an assortment of low-level drug users.”

Wikipedia says that, with much research having been conducted, “much disagreement persists regarding whether a causal connection has been established” between users of child porn and pedophilia.

But another Wikipedia entry notes that, “ Prepubescent pornography is viewed and collected by pedophiles for a variety of purposes, ranging from private sexual uses, trading with other pedophiles, preparing children for sexual abuse as part of the process known as “child grooming“, or enticement leading to entrapment for sexual exploitation such as production of new child pornography or child prostitution.”

But USA Today noted:  “Lawyers for child pornography victims expressed surprise that the FBI would agree to such tactics – in part because agents had rejected them in the past – but nonetheless said they approved. ‘These are places where people know exactly what they’re getting when they arrive,’ said James Marsh, who represents some of the children depicted in some of the most widely-circulated images. ‘It’s not like they’re blasting it out to the world.”’

 

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