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CIA Files Say Staffers Committed Sex Crimes Involving Children. They Weren’t Prosecuted.

Source: buzzfeednews.com 12/1/21

Declassified CIA inspector general reports show a pattern of abuse and a repeated decision by federal prosecutors not to hold agency personnel accountable.

Over the past 14 years, the Central Intelligence Agency has secretly amassed credible evidence that at least 10 of its employees and contractors committed sexual crimes involving children.

Though most of these cases were referred to US attorneys for prosecution, only one of the individuals was ever charged with a crime. Prosecutors sent the rest of the cases back to the CIA to handle internally, meaning few faced any consequences beyond the possible loss of their jobs and security clearances. That marks a striking deviation from how sex crimes involving children have been handled at other federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration. CIA insiders say the agency resists prosecution of its staff for fear the cases will reveal state secrets.

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Fear of revealing state secrets? That’s nice!

The whole thing is ridiculous. I’m sure every government agency and branch has similar problems. Under the current system little or nothing will change because this just happens to be a much larger set of problems than anyone wants to address. Yet at the same time non government workers and contractors are the “real bad people”. When in reality few people are truly worse or better than most others. Some just get away with for x, y, z reasons.

CIA : Criminals in Action on the government’s dime and citizens payroll. All those involved need to be prosecuted even the ones who knew about the abuse and did nothing. Are there agents who killed Epstein, so he wouldn’t tell who was involved in his sex trafficking of minors.

I guess I am ignorant. I don’t understand how prosecuting a person employed by the CIA commiting sex crimes against children risks national ssecurity. Can someone educate me?

My wild guess is the manner in which some of the conduct happened involved the use of classified and secret technology. I don’t think any agency of any government would want their methods revealed.

Let’s say someone had access to a criminal network that is being tracked by another agency and the person used connections available to them to acquire CP or illegal services involving minors under eighteen. In prosecution to prove that a crime was committed the government would likely have to reveal more information than they want about how the defendant broke the law. This in turn could compromise ongoing operations in a number of ways and be a huge embarrassment.

Another thing they are worried about is having someone in their own defense go into detail about what exactly their job was and have that information get out.

If people think state secrets are going to be revealed in a court case for one of these people and are the real reason for dismissing these cases, then I have waterfront property in Kansas to sell you. The big reason would be they wouldn’t want to acknowledge there is a potential problem in the land of spooks and then actually come to grips with how deep it actually is/could be, which mirrors the DoD from years ago at the Pentagon. “State secrets” is the overarching reason why a lot of things are not publicized or seen through public completion to avoid the headache their employee(s) may have created. Methods and secrets are why the three letter org of domestic law services choose to hide things like this.

In 2009 there was a big scandal when CP was discovered on a number of computers in the penatgon, and that story mysterioulsy disappeared. But now that we have seen some of the peculiar behaviors of the upper brass latley this doesn’t surprise me. It is obvious that some of them are indulging in many things in the penatgon rather than paying attention to the fitness of the military and national security.

You are absolutely correct, Eric. The upper brass isn’t worried about how we could hold our own against China or Russia, they are only worried about putting out numbers… how “tough” they are prosecuting crimes they made up and basically shifting the focus away from their unwillingness to do their jobs or the fact that they lied to the Afghans about protecting them. They want the focus to be on lazy sting operations instead of the blood they have on their hands…

I’m sure the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, DOJ and most Police departments have terabytes of illegal images somewhere in their databases, for training purposes of course, or so, at the very least, when they come across illegal images as part of an investigation, they need to determine whether they are new production, or have been around for a while. I doubt they have very strict controls on who in their agencies has access to the files.

Interesting how the military has no problem prosecuting people under the UCMJ that have security clearances (some very high) when they themselves are setting the sting to deployed individuals in war zones and not following ICAC rules (in adult chat rooms, starting the sexual chat, sending pictures of obvious adults).
There wasn’t any worry about secrets being leaked then. In fact, they give their troops Ambien so that they are more likely to chat back!
Funny how there are acceptable losses within an organization (and average citizens apparently don’t matter) and yet people from the CIA are a protected class of people.

So, what happened to the “If it saves just one child”? Now, that child is not important enough anymore? HHHHmmmhhhh…so many contradictions. Abolish the registry and treat everybody the same and fairly!

The prosecutors in the Eastern Dist. of Virginia have a reputation as being some of the most mean-spirited and overly punitive in the country when it comes to federal sex offenses. I worked on a CP case out of that district (as a crim. defense investigator) about 10-15 years ago or so, in which the defendant was over 70 years of age, and was in the business of marketing old “nature films” produced in the 1950s via US Mail, featuring nudist camp participants, including some teenage boys in the buff. No sex acts, no focus on genitalia, nothing that amounted to pornography. Just nudity. These prosecutors were unrelenting in their pursuit of a conviction. The case lasted 4 years, in which they charged him with distribution and conspiracy, seeking to incarcerate him for 20 years. The case finally resulted in a plea bargain where the deft. was sentenced to 2 years in custody. Typical prosecutors…the same brave and moral souls working hard to put someone in prison for ten years for forgetting to include a phone number on some form when updating registry info…but then giving a pass to government agents.

And they then defend not prosecuting the CIA agents for CP offenses by claiming that the “victims” are not identifiable and so they will have a hard time obtaining a conviction??? For real??? Are they serious??

Good point! And yet they have no problem obtaining a conviction or plea out when there isn’t even a victim to begin with- just a made up person for a sting! A sting which a well-known defense attorney said was “akin to shooting fish in a barrel” when it came to baiting young men for the prosecution. I guess these are all part of the not so invisible caste system we have in America- where the rules are different for everyone…

Last edited 1 month ago by Just a Thought

Most of the victims in CP are not identifiable. That never prevented a single prosecution from going ahead in any other jurisdiction

A bill is not needed to stop that. Its a waste of time and money. What’s needed is arrest warrants. About 5200 of them.

If anyone doesn’t realize how much power the CIA has, I’d suggest reading the book titled SURPRISE, KILL, VANISH by Annie Jacobsen or just search title 50 CIA

The President of our country can authorize the killing of anyone in the world. I would venture to say that the CIA can do whatever they want without repercussion.

@LPH

Not quite. POTUS cannot authorize the killing of Americans anywhere in the world. There is Title 50 guidance of what can and cannot be carried out abroad with POTUS authorization, but Americans are not on the list of those who can be in the cross-hairs of being killed by the org with two vowels and a consonant at the direction of the top dog. Otherwise, it would be murder in any court of law that is no better than a hit directed by a crime syndicate leader and done by a hit man.

Covert actions are secret and classified, designed to be denied by the President and hidden from the public. Plausible deniability and collateral damage are two phrases often used when the intended target is killed while saying that person wasn’t the intended target (IE, could be anyone, foreign or a US citizen). It’s a great book to read and enlighten the US’s evil ways.

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