Pentagon workers tied to child porn

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  1. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/w...10/07/23/pentagon_workers_tied_to_child_porn/

    Pentagon workers tied to child porn
    Security agencies were left at risk, investigators say



    "Federal investigators have identified several dozen Pentagon officials and contractors with high-level security clearances who allegedly purchased and downloaded child pornography, including an undisclosed number who used their government computers to obtain the illegal material, according to investigative reports.

    The investigations have included employees of the National Security Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — which deal with some of the most sensitive work in intelligence and defense — among other organizations within the Defense Department....."


    more at link
     
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  3. Salem

    Salem Former Member

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    I think we have a thread on this. Let me look.

    Salem

    ETA: Well I didn't find it. I could have sworn I had read about this because I was ticked because NO name, NO pictures, etc. If they wouldn't have worked for the Pentagon, we would have been given that information. I think we should be given that information! We need it to protect our children!
     
  4. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    This is my greatest fear--that the bad guys have outpaced the infrastructure of investigation and justice. SHAME. Each photo represents a victimization of a child.


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upsho...DeW5faGVhZGxpbmVfbGlzdARzbGsDcGVudGFnb25kZWNs

    Pentagon declined to investigate hundreds of purchases of child pornography


    "A 2006 Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation into the purchase of child pornography online turned up more than 250 civilian and military employees of the Defense Department -- including some with the highest available security clearance -- who used credit cards or PayPal to purchase images of children in sexual situations. But the Pentagon investigated only a handful of the cases, Defense Department records show.

    The cases turned up during a 2006 ICE inquiry, called Project Flicker, which targeted overseas processing of child-porn payments. As part of the probe, ICE investigators gained access to the names and credit card information of more than 5,000 Americans who had subscribed to websites offering images of child pornography. Many of those individuals provided military email addresses or physical addresses with Army or fleet ZIP codes when they purchased the subscriptions...."

    and

    "...But the vast majority of those investigated, including an active-duty lieutenant colonel in the Army and an official in the office of the secretary of defense, were never charged. On top of that, 212 people on ICE's list were never investigated at all...."

    much more at link
     
  5. Belinda

    Belinda Doer of Things

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    This is beyond ridiculous. So, these people didn't even lose their jobs? And they weren't prosecuted? So they are essentially pedophiles in positions of national security? This is a massive joke, right? This can't really happen. It's the Pentagon for God's sake! They don't have the resources to investigate these people? That's what they do! Security! Once again, our government looks like a bunch of bozos that can't tie their own shoes. Taking a blood pressure pill now.
     
  6. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    They've released the documents concerning the oversight (or lack thereof) concerning child porn at the pentagon. It sure appears to me to be a frightening security debacle:

    A new article with more info:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upsho...e-to-pursue-child-pornography-cases-is-absurd

    Make certain that you click on the line which states that the documents, "can be read here", in blue.

    Former counterintelligence official says Pentagon’s failure to pursue child pornography cases is “absurd”


    "One of the nation's top former counterintelligence officials says the Pentagon's decision not to investigate hundreds of purchasers of child pornography--including more than a dozen with security clearances--is "absurd" and could render defense secrets vulnerable to espionage. The official, Kenneth deGraffenreid, formerly served as deputy National Counterintellgience Executive--an agency that coordinates counterintelliegnce policies across government agencies under the authority of the Director of National Intelligence. "As an American and an old counterintelligence professional, I'm very concerned about it," he said, referring to the Pentagon's apparent negligence in following up on documented kiddie porn purchases among Defense personnel...."

    and

    "...DeGraffenreid said that operatives for foreign intelligence services are actively looking for people who have both access to classified data and dark secrets to hide--so that it's a huge tactical oversight, at the least, for the Pentagon not to run down every name on the list and at least strip verified patrons of child porn of their clearances...."

    more at link



    FWIW:

    Absurd--Ridiculously incongruous or unreasonable

    Outrageous--Grossly offensive to decency or morality

    Stupid--Marked by a lack of intelligence or care; foolish or careless

    I'm not certain that the word, "absurd", quite covers this problem.
     
  7. SunnieRN

    SunnieRN Active Member

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    I had a 3 paragraph response typed out, that I surely feel would have gotten me banned. Suffice to say that maybe Johnny's Mom isn't as 'crazy' as many believe her to be!
     
  8. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    I have to thank the media for this. Had they not reported the developments in this case, I doubt if anything more would have been done. Did the officials truly not realize the great security risk?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upsho...DeW5faGVhZGxpbmVfbGlzdARzbGsDeWV4Y2x1c2l2ZXBl

    Pentagon to investigate hundreds of suspected child pornography fans in its ranks


    "In a reversal, the Pentagon says it will reopen hundreds of cases of alleged purchases of child pornography by Department of Defense employees that Pentagon officials previously declined to investigate, The Upshot has learned...."

    and

    "...I have tasked Defense Criminal Investigative Service representatives with reviewing each and every Project Flicker and related referral DCIS received so as to ensure action was taken regarding these allegations involving employees of the Department of Defense," Deputy Inspector General for Investigations James Burch said..."

    more at link
     
  9. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2011/01/05/pentagon_lagged_on_pursuing_porn_cases/

    Pentagon lagged on pursuing porn cases
    Senator calls it risk to US security



    "The Pentagon’s investigation of defense and intelligence employees who downloaded child pornography is being criticized in Congress after the Department of Defense acknowledged that its investigators failed to check thoroughly whether its employees were on a list of suspected porn viewers.

    In 2006, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which conducts Internet pornography investigations, produced a list of 5,200 Pentagon employees suspected of viewing child pornography and asked the Pentagon to review it. But the Pentagon checked only about two-thirds of the names, unearthing roughly 300 defense and intelligence employees who allegedly had viewed child pornography on their work or home computers...."

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  10. ohiogirl

    ohiogirl New Member

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    So they have had to be kicked in the butt twice in order to get this investigated? Gotta love the government. idiots.
     
  11. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    Maybe now, are they going to step it up? Of course, my first concern is the number of children who have been victimized but the security issue is major too. Imagine the possibilities of blackmail for those who possess and trade these images. The whole nation should be afraid, IMO. 1700 people with a dark secret that they'll do just about anything to hide. 5200 suspects is a shocking number, IMO.

    http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2011/01/top_pentagon_of.html

    Top Pentagon official vows 'all-out pursuit' of child porn suspects


    "The Pentagon's top investigator is vowing an "all-out pursuit" of any employees who may have downloaded child pornography after his agency acknowledged that 1,700 potential suspects who were referred to military investigators four years ago were never screened.

    Gordon S. Heddell, the Department of Defense's Inspector General, said in a statement to the Globe today that his office, which oversees the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, is working aggressively to correct the mishandling of the cases and pursue any remaining suspects.

    "I can assure those with questions that my office is conducting an aggressive pursuit of anyone implicated in Operation Flicker and that it is a key investigative priority," Heddell said in his first public statement on the matter.

    "The sexual exploitation of any child is a tragedy," he added. "We are reviewing each and every Operation Flicker referral DCIS has received so as to ensure action is taken regarding allegations involving individuals with connections to the Department of Defense......"

    and

    "....the Pentagon checked only 3,500 out of 5,200 individuals who were suspected of downloading child pornography....."

    more at link
     
  12. Belinda

    Belinda Doer of Things

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    How convenient that they are going to investigate now that the statute of limitations has run out.
     
  13. Missizzy

    Missizzy New Member

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    Are you sure about that Belinda? I was under the impression that there was a "protected date" concerning the original date of discovery and documentation of the porn. Oh, I hope so.
     
  14. Belinda

    Belinda Doer of Things

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    From your link, Missizzy.
     
  15. suzyq211

    suzyq211 Someone knows what happened to Robert Harrod!

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    Yup...happens all the time!
     

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