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March 18, 2014 - 5:44 pm

250 kids…yikes.

Officials in the US have dismantled a huge international online child pornography ring – one of the largest such operations ever uncovered, American authorities say.

They say that 14 men running a secret, members-only child porn website have been arrested.

About 250 children – mostly boys from the US – appeared on the site.

The website had more than 27,000 subscribers, many of whom have been charged in individual cases.

“Never before in the history of this agency have we identified and located this many minor victims in the course of a single child exploitation investigation,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale told Reuters news agency.

Ice worked with Homeland Security officials and other agencies to break up the ring, which ran a website to share videos of boys enticed from social networks into providing sexually explicit material – sometimes by men posing as women.

Ages of the children ranged in age from three to 17 years, officials said, and came from 39 US states. Twenty-three of the 251 victims were identified in Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Belgium.

For all of its benefits, the dark side of the Internet is very, very dark. For years I was accused of being overly protective of my daughter when it came to even my own social media habits. But the online world is one big, sinister playground for some of the worst of society.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Why ICE and the DHS??

Isn't this usually the province of the FBI? Were all these scum illegal aliens? And if so, shouldn't the public be told?
31 weeks ago
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I.c.e probably because they found some first evidence on somebody's laptop as they were crossing the border or on the phone or the like. I think the FBI is part of the DHS.

It might be part of the DOJ, in which case I guess Holder had other concerns. Or institutional prerogatives being what they are if for any reason the FBI didn't get a hold of it early they probably got shut out.
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FBI is still part of the Justice Dept. ICE is part of DHS. ICE/DHS has been active in seizing domains that infringe on copyright, so they have an active Internet-focused law enforcement side that involves international cooperation. This might have come from that work.

FBI works on Internet based cases too, but lately they have been focused on things like sites hawking counterfeit (and sometimes tainted) prescription drugs, botnets, etc. Not sure how much cooperation there is between the various law enforcement agencies when it comes to Internet based cases.
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Good work ICE and DHS!
31 weeks ago
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No indication of where the 27,000 devotees reside.
31 weeks ago
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Anyone on the Left wanna reconsider the death penalty NOW??
31 weeks ago
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Perhaps everyone on the left. They'll probably take you out slowly.

Why do conservatives always want to create for leftists every lever of power they could desire?
31 weeks ago
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Huh?
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I believe what Yam is trying to say is that if you don't think the government can be trusted with the authority to tax you and regulate your speech it's illogical to trust them with the authority to legally kill you.
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You're on the right track. More generally, ostensible conservatives do as much as any to expand government power just to scream when that power is used for other than as they wish.
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