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August 3, 2011

"U.S. says online child pornography network dismantled"

The title of this post is the headline of this Reuters piece.  Here are the basics:

U.S. authorities said on Wednesday they have dismantled an online bulletin board allegedly used by 600 people in the United States and abroad to trade graphic images and videos of child sex abuse.

They said more than 70 people have been charged in the United States with taking part in the alleged child pornography network dubbed "Dreamboard," a private, members-only online bulletin board....

U.S. officials called it the largest prosecution of individuals who participated in an online child exploitation enterprise operated for the purpose of promoting child sexual abuse, disseminating child pornography and evading law enforcement.

Of those charged in the United States, 43 have been arrested in this country and nine foreign nationals have been arrested overseas, including accused bulletin board administrators located in Canada and in France, they said.

The board's administrators required prospective members to upload child pornography when applying for membership.  They also used encryption and aliases rather than their real names in an effort to avoid detection, the officials said.

The bulletin board, created in 2008, folded in the spring of this year when members became aware of the U.S. government's investigation, Justice Department officials said. The 600 members offered to trade images and videos of infants and children 12 and younger, contained in some 27,000 posts, the authorities said.  The criminal charges carry sentences ranging from 20 years to life in prison.

I am always pleased to see these kinds of reports indicating that the federal good guys have captured a whole bunch of baddies.  But I fear that, given the depressingly large number of individuals involved in child pornography offenses, this may amount to just a few more buckets of smut being bailed from this revolting ocean.

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I am also glad to hear that bad people are taken off the streets or internet. My fear is that the government has used its usual games to lure the naive into a criminal situation and using the result to pat themselves on the back. I hope I am wrong.

Posted by: J | Aug 3, 2011 10:00:51 PM

Is anyone else here old enough to remember the nightly news reports of how many enemy soldiers were killed that day in Viet Nam? Stories like this (and there sure seem to be a lot of them) always remind me of those. They also remind me of the myriad of news reports of huge drug busts (does the phrase "largest amount ever seized" ring any bells?). Perhaps I've grown overly cynical in my old age, but I tend to see this kind of news report as little more than a nearly verbatim repetition of official news releases.

This type of news story begs to have continuing follow-up regarding the dispositions of these cases. Since the public is forbidden from seeing the images (not that I think many would want to) to judge for themselves which fall afoul of the law and which do not, shouldn't there be some way of learning how many children (and especially how many previously unknown children) were involved (as harm to actual children is the primary argument for making child pornography illegal)?

This is not to say I condone the harming of children in any way. It is to say that I do not automatically accept the word of a law enforcement system which has arrested people for having pictures of their kids in the bathtub or babies on bearskins.

Posted by: Joe Power | Aug 4, 2011 12:05:40 AM

There is something lower than the child abuser and rapist, producing child porn. That is the feminist lawyer, a relentless enemy to our way of life, seeking to destroy the American family so that it is replaced by government bureaucracy.

Daubert hearings should apply to all feminist lawyer enacted legislation. One would then show that child pron reduces the incidence of sexual abuse of real children, the opposite of the feminist propaganda that justifies the law. The data are consistent across studies in several natural experiments in several nations. The law is therefore junk science and unconstitutional.

Those who report and prosecute takers of family pictures of kids in a bathtub should themselves be prosecuted for bring false charges.

The law itself, by raising costs and profits from child porn production is a cause of increased child abuse by criminal syndicates making these films. The legislators, the judges, the prosecutors and the jurors should themselves be prosecuted for suborning the production and sexual abuse of children around the world, by the the law and its prosecution.

During an old case of Supreme Court review of adult porn, a smart clerk pointed out to a Justice that some of the material viewed at his club would get the male Justices arrested. He switched his vote and got to write the majority opinion opening the flood gates to adult porn. Adult porn suborns prostitution, a crime in most states, the way child porn suborns child sexual abuse. I suggest that a clerk visit the homes of a female Justice, and ask for a family photo album. Pics of the Justice in a tub at age 2, nude. Bingo. Child porn production, Your Lordship. You will then see change, when the feminist lawyer becomes a target herself.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Aug 4, 2011 6:28:26 AM

Beyond the feminist lawyer, lying in wait, ready to pounce?

The animal rights lawyer. He wants animals down to bacteria to have human rights. You will need a hearing and a court order to take antibiotics for your strep throat.

That lawyer will enact Same Phyllum Marriage Act. Not that there is now anything wrong with marrying a fish.

Enjoy your pics of undressed dogs and horse. Those will be deemed prurient and you will be arrested if you possess them. Animal porn.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Aug 4, 2011 7:11:47 AM

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