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posted by LaminatorX on Monday January 26 2015, @03:25AM   Printer-friendly
from the nothing-funny-to-say dept.

The Independent reports that hacktivist group Anonymous, in a project named Operation DeathEaters, is calling for help in its fight against international pedophile networks, or what it calls the “paedosadist industry” and has issued a video instructing activists on how they can aid in the operation. The Anonymous project is intended to break what it says is a conspiracy of silence among sympathetic politicians, police and mainstream media to downplay the full extent of the online child sex industry. “The premise behind OpDeathEaters is to expose high level complicity, obstruction of justice and cover-up in the paedo-sadist industry in order to show the need for independent inquiries,” says Heather Marsh, an online activist who is helping to co-ordinate the operation and describes herself as an “old friend” of Anonymous. The Anonymous database, which will be hosted on the GitHub online repository, promises to collate cases from all around the world, cross-referencing connections within sub-groups including the police, armed forces, schoolteachers, politicians, media, academics and religious organisations. The database’s ultimate purpose has yet to be fully determined, but in the first instance the group says it wants to shut down the child-sex industry by “dismantling the power structure which held it there” and by “educating to create a cultural change”.

The group is calling on volunteers to help with the ongoing work, which has been divided into three steps. The first is about collecting “all the factual information,” second is to “share that information as widely as possible,” and the third step is “to set up an independent, internationally linked, inquiry into all the areas which do not appear to have been investigated properly.” Activists point to the muted media coverage given to a recent case in Washington DC in which Michael Centanni, a senior Republican fundraiser, was charged with child sex offences after investigators traced transmissions of child pornography to his computers in his basement. The case was not covered by The Washington Post or the New York Times, and was only picked up by a local NBC affiliate state and The Washington Examiner, a small conservative paper in the city. According to the court filings, Centanni was found in possession of 3,000 images, many apparently filmed in his own bedroom, including one showing a man raping a five year old girl.

 
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 26 2015, @04:37AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 26 2015, @04:37AM (#138083)

    I want those pedo assholes to face justice too

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Snotnose on Monday January 26 2015, @04:58AM

    by Snotnose (1623) on Monday January 26 2015, @04:58AM (#138086)

    So.... You trust a bunch of people who can root most computers at will to "out" pedos. As opposed to, I dunno, loading a bunch of files onto the computer and anonymously calling the cops?

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 26 2015, @06:49AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 26 2015, @06:49AM (#138097)

      So, you are asking who do we trust, the government or anonymous? In this day and age of police corruption, political corruption, bribes, over penalizing to get plea bargains, abuse of Power, failing to uphold the constitution, and many, many other crimes. I think I will have to go with Anonymous.

      • (Score: 1) by Stardner on Monday January 26 2015, @07:17AM

        by Stardner (4797) on Monday January 26 2015, @07:17AM (#138104)
        Do you also believe the government is incapable of acting anonymously?
      • (Score: 1) by Anal Pumpernickel on Wednesday January 28 2015, @02:58PM

        by Anal Pumpernickel (776) on Wednesday January 28 2015, @02:58PM (#138889)

        False dichotomy. But I trust irrational lynch mobs even less than I trust the government.

        In this day and age of police corruption, political corruption, bribes, over penalizing to get plea bargains, abuse of Power, failing to uphold the constitution, and many, many other crimes.

        Guess what? This anonymous, unaccountable lynch mob is made up of normal humans just like the government. And they somehow manage to be even less accountable and have lower standards of evidence, and that's saying something.

        Mob 'justice' is never a good idea.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 26 2015, @09:54AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 26 2015, @09:54AM (#138126)

      I think you are overestimating the capabilities of anons. Even LulzSec or this new Lizard group were mostly into defacement.

  • (Score: 1) by Anal Pumpernickel on Wednesday January 28 2015, @02:56PM

    by Anal Pumpernickel (776) on Wednesday January 28 2015, @02:56PM (#138884)

    A pedophile is simply someone who is sexually attracted to prepubescent children. A pedophile isn't necessarily a rapist, and doesn't necessarily look at child porn. Even if they did the latter, child porn is not like voodoo and therefore it's quite illogical to treat looking at images/videos as harmful.

    So, why do you mention "justice"? It sounds more like you want to go on an irrational witch hunt.