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FBI ran website sharing thousands of child porn images

WASHINGTON — For nearly two weeks last year, the FBI operated what it described as one of the Internet’s largest child pornography websites, allowing users to download thousands of illicit images and videos from a government site in the Washington suburbs.

The operation — whose details remain largely secret — was at least the third time in recent years that FBI agents took control of a child pornography site but left it online in an attempt to catch users who officials said would otherwise remain hidden behind an encrypted and anonymous computer network. In each case, the FBI infected the sites with software that punctured that security, allowing agents to identify hundreds of users. Full Article

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I have 5 bucks that some of these FBI agents are viewing these images of naked kids.

I think that every one of the children who were “re-victimized” every time anyone looked at their picture should immediately sue the FBI for the millions of dollars in lost “potential earnings” and their required lifetime of victim counseling immediately!!!

You can bet these same images are now being shared all over the world.
A lot of people will never read the media article, help them out by posting it everywhere.

Our government is EVIL!

Haha, that’s hilarious and predictable. If only the public knew how far any government pursuing such efforts is willing to go. Basically during some operations the self proclaimed good guy actually does worse than the bad guy.

You said it! The public is so manipulated and deceived by the government that their collective heads would explode if they knew even a fraction of the truth of what goes on behind scenes.

As citizens who got caught up this clusterfu*k by whatever means we ALL know first hand how dysfunctional and ridiculous the entire mess is.

I am disgusted beyond words and for me that is a rare thing!
This is just an insult to real victims and nothing more needs be said.

Owning and distributing child pornography is illegal. Is law enforcement allowed to commit felonies to make arrests? Or is it that they are immune from prosecution because they were serving a legitimate law enforcement purpose?

It is illegal. Given the (dubious) claim in U.S. statutes that the distribution of images harms children, then they have just ‘harmed children’.

The difference between citizens and cops, of course, is that they will get away with it. Prosecutors will refuse to prosecute them.

If, one follow the logic these children are harm, regardless who sending it out. cop or otherwise.

They were creating crime. not fighting crime.

“Officials acknowledged those risks, but said they had no other way to identify the people accessing the sites.” Why are these agents so hell bent on prosecuting people that they would allow these images to be downloaded, thus losing control of these images where they may be re-posted to other parts of the web? Would it not be more wise to just remove the site and remove the problem from the web once and for all? If the site is taken down and removed no one would be able to access this material it wouldn’t be downloaded and redistributed. I… Read more »

You forgot the part where the government is forced by law to tell a person they labeled a child pornography victim that their images and/or videos have been possessed, received or distributed by a new individual. That’s of course if the “victim” is known or can be found. It matters not where in the world a victim may live, they will be mailed a notification letter if possible from the United States government. So if someone doesn’t know the U.S. government will tell them because its required under federal law. Here are all the problems with this: 1. There might… Read more »

Janice, would like to chime in on this. Many lives have been affected by this action. Children and adults. I can understand setting up drug stings. No one is harmed in that kind of operation. But by the government’s own definition, they have clearly broken it. How can my possession of 20 images compare to the government viewing posting of thousands. Who harmed the victims of this crime more. I at least take responsibility for my actions.They hide behind their warped explanation of ” attempting to stop the illegal activity of people actually posting”. I wonder how many of these… Read more »

I’m confused about the “re-harm” notion. Let’s assume there are some pics of me (from way far back in time) as a baby, nude on a bearskin rug. If someone is looking at those photos and getting his (or her) jollies: 1. I dont know it and, frankly, don’t care, and; 2. if I’m not even aware of it, is it harmimg me? Seriously, I think our “justice” system has gone bats-in-the-bellfree crazy.

Haven help us! The whole country is turning into one big Florida!

What if someone gets his/her thrills looking at Donatello’s statue of “David”? Shall we go back nearly 600 years to the statue’s creation to try to find and compensate the model?

I think you might find that some in law enforcement are selling this stuff, as many a revenuer did to confiscated booze during prohibition. Greed is a more powerful, if not the most powerful, criminal motivator than sex.

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