We live in dangerous times. Times when the predators prey on the powerless. One could argue that it had always been like that. For instance, one of the vilest forms of predators is those who prey on children because of sexual tendencies. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean that we should just accept it and do nothing.
As such, after nearly two years, the investigation ‘Operation Pacifier’ oversaw the arrest of almost 900 people allegedly connected to the Playpen pedophilia network. FBI and Europol have announced the arrests shortly after the 30-year prison sentence of Steven Chase, founder of this appalling network.
Playpen used the darknet to escape legalities and protect the users’ identity with an encryption and anonymity software. Anonymous users shared photos and videos, exposing the sexual abuse of children until FBI agents infiltrated the network. They used malware to occupy it and ultimately track and identify the perpetrators.
The 2014 arrest of Chase marked the beginning of a long investigation into the members-only of the network, eventually resulting in hundreds of arrests. The investigation uncovered at least 259 cases of sexually abused children. But, the American mainstream media has widely ignored the story.
Furthermore, while almost everyone applauds the arrest of pedophiles, FBI agents had to partake in sharing graphic images themselves. This posed a moral dilemma. They infiltrated the pedophile ring with a single warrant, but according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): “The warrant here did not identify any particular person to search or seize. Nor did it identify any specific user of the targeted website.” It did not even attempt to describe any series or group of particular users.”
In addition, other institutions questioned this particular investigation over the use of malware. Several courts have claimed that the judge issuing the warrant to permit sweeping powers to the FBI for the investigation, didn’t have the jurisdiction. Thus, sadly, more than three courts will overlook much of the evidence.
In turn, the FBI and Europol presented counter-arguments and called such methods necessary. In relation to this, the head of the Cybercrime Centre, Steven Wilson issued a statement saying: “We need to balance the rights of victims versus the right to privacy.” “If we operate by 19th century legal principles then we are unable to effectively tackle crime at the highest level.”
However, the most troubling element is the continuous refusal to ignore the global elite’s role in this pedophile nest. For example, during the February press conference, President Trump talked about going after the victims of the “human trafficking epidemic”. And former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney noted that doing so will be the undoing of both Democrats and Republicans in the United States.
And what the silence does is only protect the powerful and affect many children. This is a serious and growing problem that shouldn’t be ignored anymore. The media can no longer stay out of it regardless of the fact they may cut ties with powerful people.
There have simply been too many cases to ignore. From the Franklin child sex ring cover-up which involved high-level Republicans during the George H.W. Bush administration, to the never charged former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert who was a known serial child rapist etc.
It’s high time that pedophilia and child pornography get the justice they deserve. Or as Europol’s Steven Wilson puts it: “Victims of this crime of sexual abuse and exploitation deserve every chance to be made safe from past and future harm.”