In case you weren’t watching this whole disgusting saga, the FBI is in the business of running child porn sites on the Darknet. In a twist even more sickening, they’re considering letting one of the suspects they caught go, rather than disclose in court how exactly they do it.
In this case, US District Judge Robert Bryan eventually ordered the government to hand over the NIT’s source code. Since that May 2016 order, the government has classified the source code itself, thwarting efforts for criminal discovery in more than 100 Playpen-related cases that remain pending. In June 2016, prosecutors began the appeals process to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, but they ultimately decided to abandon Michaud at the higher court.
Pay attention to that. Rather than hand over the source code, they’d rather let someone who they caught, actively seeking media depicting children being sexually assaulted, go on his merry way…and he’s just one of 135 active cases from this sting operation.
Defenders of the federal government being involved in this whole running-child-porn-site thing will tell you that the FBI actually just took over a site that was already running, and their objective was to turn it into what amounts to a roach motel (see what I did there?). Pedos can check in, but they can’t check out. The end justifies the means, we’re told.
The problem with this entire practice should be pretty obvious to anyone with a modicum of sanity and/or human decency. In order for the FBI to run a child porn site–regardless of their magnanimous intent and certainly-snow-white objectives, they have to offer child porn. In other words, they are actively participating in the ongoing victimization of children. Sorry for sending the Logic Fairy(tm) in to sprinkle some analytical dust but that’s the bottom line.
There’s no excuse for that.
The next logical question, by the way, is what they’re doing with the technology, if they’re not willing for anyone to know about it?
And don’t even give me the sources and methods line, either.