Date: December 04, 2019
01) DOJ, FBI Executives Approved Running a Child Porn Site
“A court transcript shows that running Playpen as part of a child pornography sting was approved by the higher levels of each department.
Defense lawyers have claimed that in operating a child porn website, the FBI itself distributed illegal material, and critics have pointed to the ethical issues around running such an operation. That higher levels of the FBI and Department of Justice were involved in the decision to proceed with the sting may not be surprising, but the transcript shows that the FBI’s move was deliberate and ultimately seen as appropriate by the agencies.
“It was done with the approval of executives in both the FBI and the Department of Justice,” FBI Special Agent Daniel Alfin, who worked on the investigation dubbed Operation Pacifier, said during an evidentiary hearing late last year, according to the transcript.
The transcript relates to the FBI’s investigation of Playpen, which was at one point the largest child pornography site on the dark web. In February 2015, the FBI seized the site, but instead of shutting it down, decided to run it from a government facility for 13 days.
Aside from legal issues concerning hacking suspects across the United States and elsewhere on a legally dubious warrant, many are unsettled by the FBI running a child porn site in the first place.
One defense lawyer has made a “conservative estimate” that the FBI distributed around one million images of child abuse while the agency ran Playpen. (According to Alfin’s testimony, much of the material linked to on Playpen was actually hosted on other websites.)
Corey Rayburn Yung, a professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, previously wrote that the FBI “actively participated in the revictimization of those depicted in child pornography with no possibility of controlling distribution. Such conduct is immoral and inexcusable.”
The deliberations on whether to keep Playpen running involved “several individuals and levels of management from both organizations,” Alfin said. The FBI General Counsel James Baker was also aware of the operation, Alfin said.”
More just another stark look at the realities of the “child porn” world, than any common sense, insightful voices.
The FBI is the largest known collector and trader of “child pornography”, on this planet.
This has been known for a very, very, very long time.
They lock people up in cages for decades, for the exact, literal same thing they do, themselves.
Of course, there have been other cases like this in the past.
The FBI did not get it’s status as the number one collector and distributor of “child porn”, by one sole instance of this.
The ludicrousness of being THE juggernaut in a field they claim to want to destroy, is lost on many.