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The FBI Just Gave 215,000 Sickos Child Porn, So They Could Make 25 Arrests

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The FBI has embarked on a new strategy to catch people dwelling in the depraved world of online child pornography, and it is raising some eyebrows. For almost two weeks, the FBI ran one of the internet’s largest child pornography websites and allowed users to download thousands of illicit images and videos.

“The Justice Department acknowledged in court filings that the FBI operated the site, known as Playpen, from Feb. 20 to March 4, 2015. At the time, the site had more than 215,000 registered users and included links to more than 23,000 sexually explicit images and videos of children, including more than 9,000 files that users could download directly from the FBI. Some of the images described in court filings involved children barely old enough for kindergarten.”

For all of this dissemination of child porn to people around the country and the world, the FBI brought charges against just 25 people, nine of whom remain unidentified. They have been unable to link specific people to these nine network addresses.

The obvious question is, was it worth letting 215,000 people have access to a giant library of child porn for two weeks in order to catch 25 people? Is it not enough to shut down the site and apprehend the enabler(s), to stop it as soon as possible?

This is actually the third time the FBI has seized a website and continued to run it for a short period of time. The first known operation took place in 2012, when the agency seized three sites and relocated two servers to an FBI facility in Omaha.

In this latest operation, more than 100,000 registered users visited Playpen while the FBI ran it for 13 days, browsing a collection of 23,000 images and videos of children, some of them directly downloaded from the government’s computers. Some images included prepubescent females having sexual intercourse with adults.

“At some point, the government investigation becomes indistinguishable from the crime, and we should ask whether that’s OK,” said Elizabeth Joh, a University of California Davis law professor who has studied undercover investigations. “What’s crazy about it is who’s making the cost/benefit analysis on this? Who decides that this is the best method of identifying these people?”

The FBI argues that when it seizes a child porn site, it has a “window of opportunity” to catch users who would remain hidden. They target sites like Playpen in the dark web that are only accessible to the public through Tor, which operates via file sharing between user’s computers. Once the FBI seizes a website and moves the servers to a government facility, they infect the site with malware that punctures security and reveals the users’ internet addresses.

“That approach is a significant departure from the government’s past tactics for battling online child porn, in which agents were instructed that they should not allow images of children being sexually assaulted to become public. The Justice Department has said that children depicted in such images are harmed each time they are viewed, 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.”

Besides allowing the content to remain on the website to be downloaded and spread, “it did not block the site’s users from uploading new [content] while it was under the government’s control. And the FBI has not said it had any ability to prevent users from circulating the material they downloaded onto other sites.”

The government always considers seizing an illegal child pornography site and removing it from existence immediately and permanently,” said Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr. “While doing so would end the trafficking of child pornography taking place on that one website, it would do nothing to prevent those same users from disseminating child pornography through other means. The decision whether to simply shut down a website or to allow it to continue operating for a brief period for a law enforcement purpose is a difficult one.

Whether or not it truly was a difficult decision, once the FBI gained the technical milestone to hack Tor’s anonymity, they did not hesitate in putting it to use by seizing and running child porn websites. Some would call it a sick variant of a sting operation. The jury of public opinion will assuredly deliver its verdict.

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  • Wtf

  • 10 Lively Facts About Population Growth

    Postconsumers Content Team April 9, 2014 10 Lively Facts About Population Growth2015-03-18T16:11:31+00:00 Environmentalism

    Facts About Overpopulation

    We don’t talk much about overpopulation at Postconsumers because, frankly, we’re more concerned with how the people who do populate the planet choose to live and find their own individual level of satisfaction (paired with responsible choices). But the rate at which the world population is compounding is staggering, and it has some major implications for one of our favorite topics, the sustainability of the planet. Today, take a look around you and then think about these ten facts regarding population growth.

    Fact One: A Dozen Years, A Billion People

    A dozen years is how long it took the world population to increase by one billion people. Between 1999 and 2011, global population increased by a billion people. As you’ll see below, most of this population increase took place in developing nations where resources are even more limited.

    Fact Two: 1985 Wasn’t Just a Big Year for Shoulder Pads

    It somehow seems appropriate that the opulent eighties would mark such a pivotal point in the relationship between overconsumption and overpopulation. According to mec.ca, that was the year that the world’s demand for resources first exceeded its supply.

    Fact Three: Population Growth Isn’t Just About Babies

    Overpopulation is also driven by the ever-increasing life expectancy. Currently, in the U.S., according to the World Health Organization, the average life expectancy is 79 years old for women and 74 years old for men. As recently as 1950, those life expectancy numbers were 71 years old for women and 66 years old for men. And if you go all the way back to 1900, the numbers were 48 years old for women and 46 years old for men. While it may seem irrelevant to compare the current day to over 100 years ago, in reality an increase of almost 35 years per person is a rapid and significant switch for the planet.

    Fact Four: Teacher May be the Job of the Future!

    Well, but only if we pay them, but that’s another topic! In the world this year, there will be just over 125 million births. If fertility remains the same, that means that by the time those babies are old enough to go to school, there will have been another 625 million births.

    Fact Five: Something Is Decreasing Its Lifespan, But It’s Not Humans

    • Sounds like agenda 21 bull. We are far from over populated.

    • We are very far from over population. Will never happen within the lifespan of any human being on the planet now. You do realize the entire worlds population can fit within Alaska alone, comfortable. I think you are confusing over consumption with over population. Yes many people on this planet take more then they need. If that is the point you were trying to make.

    • Definitely not “overpopulated” . we are just “under-spaced” . people have this weird sense of comfort when they pack into dense cities for some reason. And then people who have more money than most control large amounts of land. Like said above^ all 7 billion of us would fit in a pile in the grand canyon and take up only a tiny part of it…the problem is how people pack into densely populated areas, as well as many people are greedy beyond savior. Research shows that earth can handle 20 billion+ people (resource wise) . space wise is MUCH MUCH more than that,but obviously there wouldn’t be enough resources. You also have the issue of unshared resources…so there might be enough for 20 billion+ but when small groups of people control large amounts of resources ( I.e UNITED STATES CORPORATION) You have many unfair things going on in the world..the goal is to get everyone (everyone that even stands a chance,third world countries do NOT stand a chance at this point in time) dependent on the Federal Reserve note, or in other terms “the dollar” . Once everyone is dependent on it( its already happening, there are few countries left that do not accept the federal reserve and its goals)they can then “officially” make the dollar worthless, and begin to implement a new currency, this time a one world currency.

    • And by “this time” I mean that this will now be the 4th time that this has happened. The 4th bankruptcy of America started in 2001. I will post a link explaining how america goes “bankrupt” every 70 years. (Due to laws that require the debt to be settled after 70 years)

    • Read this man, Michael Rivero’s, entire statement. He pretty much covers all of the history that has been happening. Read here http://www.yourstrawman.com/

    • Mosh Morris Michael Rivero is working with Time Warner === CONTROLED OPOSITION .

    • Look at the space used as graveyards. We don’t optimize the space we have. We waste more resources than people pay attention to. The world isn’t overpopulated. It is run by greedy fucks that think of themselves and their lifetime, what they can aquire personally. There is a movememt of people trying to restructure how society exists. Finding a balance between technology, resources, humanity, and the ecosystem. But they are met by much resistance from companies that care for nothing except profits. Agenda 21 is real and it is the 1% elitist fucks in leadership roles globally and their family, friends, and business partners that they care for. Not humanity. They’re more than happy wiping out as much of society as they can, but we outnumber them so they go about it slowly, for now. Look into the type of socialism they plan to inact. It won’t effect them so much as the millions of slaves they plan to keep around. No family structure. No self-worth, only preservation of government. No religion, other than government. It’s truely mindnumbing, when you go down that rabbit hole of knowledge. These people have been setting this up since around the mid-1950’s at least. Don’t believe me, good. I don’t care. I woke up long ago to what is going on. The UN is already allowed by the U.S. government to a pilot program, which is active in 25 cities. To “assess” domestic threats. They will be using any crisis they can to slowly strip guns from people that possess large legal arsenals. Most of this plan will take place right under your noses, while you eat up mainstream media and nonstop entertainment. —peace—

    • J.B. Hamilton ALL People you described the greedy fucks need to be Executed.

    • Mosh Morris

    • Israel Snyder.. How’s about ya lead by example and shoot yourself in the dick 🙂

    • Shaun Sheep it would funner to shot you

    • Shaun Sheep you can be a bitch it dont mean shit to me

    • Shaun Sheep stop drinking ass hole

  • Why did they only arrest 25 out of 215k?

  • The pedos working for the government and FBI sure loved it. :poop:

  • ” The Ends justify the Means..” so speaks political expediency.

  • The FBI has a giant collection of child porn? Wouldn’t one delete it when found?

  • Not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslim.

    • Nope

    • Timothy McVeigh was a Christian and a terrorist.

    • Timothy Mcveigh was born Catholic but never practiced any religion. He once said he didn’t believe in hell while incarcerated so he wasn’t a christian. So sorry.

  • The police will engage in high speed dangerous pursuits just to catch a broken tail light…regardless of how many people they hurt or property they damage as long as they catch that 1 person

  • A damn shame.

  • This makes the FBI no different to the paedos.

    The FBI had to maintain and administer the site to keep it running, they openly endorsed child porn by taking over a website and then ALLOWING it to continue, regardless or what ever BS story they give.

    They enabled them to have access to whatever was on the site. They even allowed them to download videos.

    Having access to the site means that the FBI had every members name and email addresses. To make only a pathetic number of arrests is simply inexcusable. Each and every member of that team should be held under the same laws as of those they arrested.

  • Thats 25 caught pedos. If you have a better idea, put it in action.

  • YEP SOUNDS JUST LIKE PEOPLE THAT DON’T KNOW SHIT ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT .

  • On another note, shit… What are they doing with all that child porn? Why isn’t it destroyed..? Who authorized them to use other parents children’s pictures as bait? They need to be arrested for possession of child pornography, and distribution of child pornography

    • Exactly what I was thinking. Why is there a child porn library?

    • I expect the FBI/NSA have the largest child porn library in the world….and there not getting rid of it anytime soon….

    • No I think the Vatican has the largest library

    • Yeah I wondered the same thing. Like on one hand its awesome they got some pedos arrested. One the other, they gave them child pornography. They possessed child pornography. That’s pretty fucked up on their part. That makes them just as bad as the rest of the pedos.. wtf fbi wtf

    • It’s their own private collection. Everyone knows the upper echelons of government are filled with pedophiles and other sexual deviants.

    • if you watch tthey’re trying to make pedophile a normal thing overtime

    • the collection was already there they just moved the server to their own servers and kept it running the pedophiles ran the site before and it got hacked, the goal was to catch the people who ran it. that’s why such a low number of people where caught, they aren’t concerned with people who posses child pornography, they want the creators of child pornography and the people who run the sites that host it.

    • Scott Duby

    • I’m sure they got this discusting material from the makers of it. Those sick perverts already made it, and I’m sure distributed it previously. If using that material helps get sicko’s that would hurt our children or grandchildren, more power to them. Those of you worried about the children and parents why weren’t the parents protecting the children ?
      Ask yourself where this material comes from.

    • They are obviously above the law

    • I agree with Daniel! They have fucking pedophile dolls, not just rumor!! I didn’t feel like clicking on the links or going into details but this is just googling pedophile doll…

    • No matter why they did it. They possessed child pornography. There are other ways to catch the pedos than to continue exploiting innocent kids…

  • #FBIDisgrace #Shameful

  • Sounds like a set up, why don’t they go arrest the pedophiles at the Pentagon and GOP .

    • Why is this about the GOP? Liberals are just as much to blame if not more. Keep feeding the hate.

    • Because the GOP are at their very core, a ideological group bent on the preservation of patriarchal societal structure in which women and children are submissive to men above all else. People with such a mindset would be assumed to be statistically more likely to engage in violent and/or abusive acts toward those they perceive to be beneath them within that societal structure. I’m sure you can put two and two together.

  • No doubt the sick paedos at the top get their pictures while a few at the bottom take the hit. Just like everywhere else, the ones at the top are safe…

  • looking to the day where this kind of governmental activities is out lawed .

  • This was probably just a means for the pedophiles in the FBI and elsewhere in government to share their kiddy porn without worrying about getting busted.

  • BUT NOT ENOUGH…SHOULD START WITH THE TOP..THE BREAK AWAY CIVILIZATION OF THE ONE PERCENT ….THE ELITE ROTHSCHILD GANG….SUB-HUMANANITY…DELETE THE ELITE..

  • most of the porn came from the personal collection of politicians and their fucked up rich buddies and lobbyists.

  • well, the only good pedo is a dead one, those 215k all have names and faces,….

  • Disgusting

  • Feeding the prison industry

  • How many did bill Clinton bang?

  • What kind of insanity is this?!!!

  • The government is a fucking bunch of idiots. And people still don’t can’t see what’s going on.

  • Who’s in charge here?

  • “Some images included prepubescent females having sexual intercourse with adults.” I think what you meant was “some of the images included adults raping prepubescent females.” FIFY

  • Not to mention how useful it would be in ransomware scheme/scams. . .
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/20/washington/19cnd-scotus.html?_r=0

  • Well if the fbi gave child porn to anybody; wouldn’t they have to possess it before they can give it out? So they’re all literally pedophiles as well, no?

  • It’s was probably politicians personnel porn collection

  • WTF?

  • Hold on, how many laws did they break, making and disemminating indecent images of children, storing illegal images of children, entrapment, how many more charges?

    • I agree. But its not entrapment unless the agency providing it forces you to break the law. But there are very many laws to protect the lawless and very few laws upheld to protect civilians.

  • Just like the fuggin “Drug War”…The new quote for the gov “We are not suppliers”

  • Sounds like distribution to me… Sick.

  • Diego pero quieres vivir ahí

  • Why?

  • Not as bad as sending guns to Mexico but why does government have such a bad memory and a bad moral compass?

  • bet the government men sit in their offices and watch porn?

  • Way to go !! Entrapment… After you’ve watched it,,.. Let’s go make some money .. Eh !!?!.

  • At one point law enforcement agencies were the biggest peddlers of child porn for use in stings while the Pentagon was traced and found to be the biggest consumer.

  • FBI should be charged for distribution.

  • Pedophiles with a badge.

  • Be on a fed grand jury for a case not fun at all

  • Just like the War on Terror or War on Drugs, they have to create it first, or expand it, so they can justify their existence and profit off of it in every way imaginable, including having access to more children for blackmailing politicians..

    • How can an officer of the law have a quota unless crime is manufactured?

    • Some crimes are manufactured. Speed traps and other things they give tickets for on the road are many times just to make money

  • The remainder was the FBI

  • This makes my point about some police dept.s Because yo are an addict they will supply you with what you desire to arrest you..Drugs,porn etc..

  • There probably would be many more arrests but they aren’t authorized to go after the ruling class…

  • What the fbi does best: breaking the law to catch people breaking the law

  • But some how the Elite pedophiles that run this planet still walk free. With plenty of evidence but it is being covered up. Google and youtube UK Elite pedophile cover up.

    • Pete Townsend is a crime fighter! Lol yeah its kinda sick. If you are rich you can change your own crime title.

  • well they need to start meeting thei quotas i supose

  • Like flooding a town with drugs to bust some low level users.

  • According to federal law this is complicity.Providing the pics is a crime.

  • What’s next the ATF giving weapons to drug cartels?

  • Incredible.

  • Sounds like an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit where they screwed up and all the bad guys got away with it. FAIL.

  • The US Government used its own stash, heh..

  • THAT MAKES THEM COMPLICIT AND ALSO GUILTY OF USING CHILD PORN TO PROFIT FROM IN THEIR BUSINESS…ALSO ENTRAPMENT AND VIOLATING THOSE CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AND IF NOT REAL BUT FAKE CREATED KIDS THEN IT IS NOT REAL CHILD PORN AND IT IS WRONGFUL ARREST WITH MALICE INTENT..

  • Just like they arrest people for small amounts of drugs. They threaten them with jail time, or offer to turn them into informants to go after their dealers. Thus making them snitches, just to make more arrests. They’re not interested in helping people, duh.

  • They arrested their own for pedlling pedo shit….

  • Wtf

  • I like how people are comparing kiddie porn to drugs. While both are illegal, one isn’t morally reprehensible.

  • Sounds like the pathetic War on Drugs

  • If the government made it available they need to be held accountable. Do you think that the parents of the minors would have allowed the government to use there childs picture or likeness. You cant claim entrapment because they did not make the individuals involved download the meterial. But look at Pete Townsend, he had money so he is considered a crime fighter.

  • Just more crime on top of more crime by these sick pedo tyrants.Had enough yet America??????? The answer to 1984 is 1776!!!

  • How on earth can this make any sort of sense to the fbi? way to go dumbasses

  • wow

  • That’s there speed, they could care less about the children. And that’s obvious

  • No, it seems like a disgusting way to share their illegal pedophile collections. It is disgusting how much they cater to these sick perverts. I was horrified to learn that lifelike child sex dolls are made and sold worldwide for their “uncontrollable fetishes”. Real life looking dolls, anatomically correct, complete with missing baby teeth… Supposedly to save human children from being abused. What a sick mess.

  • We caught the bad guy…… A very American thing to do.

  • I think the real story is that the FBI warehouses this stuff..

  • you tax dollars at work…

  • Uuuummmm. The fbi has a cache of child porn? Isnt that the most effed up part?

  • The title of the article is pretty much clickbait(makes it sound like the FBI started a child porn site, rather than seized it and kept it active for two weeks), but the FBI just comes off as incompetent if they can only charge 28 people(your article says 25; everywhere else says 28, probably not a big deal in the difference) when they have over 200k people accessing the site. While the TOR Network makes it hard for people to find out who you are(if you’re using it in a way that helps hide your identity), it does NOT make it impossible, and you would think the FBI’s cyber crime team would be able to take down a lot more than 28 people.

  • By the way, why is this site just now posting this? This happened in July 2015, ffs.

  • Probably innocent. And im sure still run by the fed.

  • How did the FBI get ahold of this child porn to begin with ???

  • Government efficiency! It’s everywhere!!

  • Shouldve been destroyed. All of it. Whos the real sickos??

  • I’m torn on this one. There’s nothing more despicable than a pedophile. Or anyone who harms a child. I’d like to see more effort focused on the shocking flesh trade industry taking place.

  • WTF?! not 215,000?!

  • They have distributed c*********. Jail time.

  • They should get sued by those

  • There is a lot wrong with that and I thought any normal person would figure it out.

  • Oh but it took them roughly a decade to catch Jared Fogle? Fucking fed logic

  • go after the royals and elties, wait the royals and elties set this all up for cover. so very clever….

  • So if 100,000 visited the site why were there only 25 arrested ?

  • They do the same when it comes to catching so called terrorists!

  • If you guys believe this shit you’re as fucked up as the people that posted this.

  • no no no

  • Idiots.

  • SO now lock those fukers up for good..

  • …anything for headlines. FBI and the other alphabets. This is what we get for a few zillion dollars? 25 “arrests”. pathetic.

  • Anybody that looks at that shit deserves whatever they get but I would say that should be considered entrapment

  • Shouldn’t this be considered entrapment??

  • I really don’t care if they are law enforcement in any way. CHILD PORN DISTRIBUTORS SHOULD BE SHOT. IMMEDIATELY!!!

  • who said the FBI are doing this?

  • Why do they have it?

  • but then can’t the FBI get sued if they are ones that made someone want to watch child porn in the first place?

  • Fast and Furious in another way…. wonder how many innocent Americans it’ll hurt down the road

  • Hanna Marks

  • Omg. Those poor kids.

  • Rico Lamar Salisbury…

  • 🙁

  • This is sickening

  • A definite waste of federal resources. Just more proof that there is too much money being raked in by the federal government.

  • So now they traffic in child porn.

  • I think I want to vomit!

  • Whose in charge of these people?

  • No

  • Only 25 arrests and supplying 225 000 people with it. What the fuck. Why would they not arrest all of them? or where some of them government officials and rich people?

  • I’m not one to overlook the FBI’s talent. They are looking at a broader picture of taking out the blackmarket financiers of this sick underground market. There is a global effort by many agencies to stop them. They reallocate to local law enforcement agencies to round up the small fish, while they are trying to flush out the big fish. Their efforts may be flawed in many ways, but these men and women do deserve credit for their break throughs. Local laws in many countries have made it very difficult to punish some of the higher-ups, due to their leadership roles and family ties.

  • The FBI is a group of terrorists and lawbreakers. Why should anyone be surprised that they would do something like this just to get some people arrested?

  • Shocking!

  • Fuck no. Bad ratio of arrests.

  • sick .!.!..

  • In the 80’s the FBI sent it out by mail to pastors. I think I received one. The envelope was marked on the outside “Contains Pornographic Material.” I did not open it. I marked it, “Refused, send to the Post Master for review. A TV show exposed the FBI program that sent kiddy porn to ministers. They showed one of the envelopes and it looked like the one I received. They did catch a few…

  • no, 215K arrests are required….

  • Another act of “intelligence” at it finest best use, protecting the Citizens especially the children!

  • Wait, isn’t that entrapment?

  • So, Fast and Furious 2.0?

  • Sick fucking law enforcement…they need to be controlled.