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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: 1) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 26 2015, @05:29AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 26 2015, @05:29AM (#138091)

    The point, since you obviously don't get it, is that the way the laws are written and enforced, if you even *see* an image of a child in a situation that a prosecutor decides is child pornography, such as photos of your kids in the bath [sayanythingblog.com], you are immediately branded a pedophile and probably a child molester.

    In such an environment, many people will willfully ignore that kind of stuff for fear of being tarred a pedophile or even prosecuted and imprisoned. Real child abusers thrive in such an environment.

    Simply viewing child porn should not be a crime unless it can be proven that the person in question supported the abusers/distributors or engaged in such abuse themselves. In that kind of environment, many more resources can be brought to bear in identifying children, abusers and locations where abuse has occurred. That can lead to identifying, prosecuting and imprisoning many more of those who abuse children and create the child porn.

    Get it now?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 26 2015, @05:49AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 26 2015, @05:49AM (#138094)

    Yeah, right! It is not that I didn't understand it, it is that now every perv on the internet will claim to be a member of Anonymous.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 26 2015, @06:12AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 26 2015, @06:12AM (#138096)

      Yeah, right! It is not that I didn't understand it, it is that now every perv on the internet will claim to be a member of Anonymous.

      Simply viewing child porn should not be a crime unless it can be proven that the person in question supported the abusers/distributors or engaged in such abuse themselve

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 26 2015, @09:56AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 26 2015, @09:56AM (#138127)

      Like drug possession, child porn possession should not be a crime. Good luck trying to flip lawmakers though

    • (Score: 2, Informative) by sjwt on Monday January 26 2015, @12:30PM

      by sjwt (2826) on Monday January 26 2015, @12:30PM (#138145)

      As I read it, Anonymous are looking for people who have been abused to share there truthful stories of abuse by those in power, and collaborate on sharing this information and forcing action against those who where and or are in power, they are not asking people to trawl the internet trying to buy child porn and then share that info.