International operation nabs 245 child porn suspects

Jan 03, 2013
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton speaks as National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) CEO John Ryan (L) listens during a news conference January 3, 2013 at the ICE headquarters in Washington, DC. An international police operation into child pornography led to the arrest of 245 people and the rescues of 123 children, mostly in the US.

An international police operation into child pornography led to the arrest of 245 people and the rescues of 123 children, mostly in the US, the US immigration enforcement agency announced Thursday.

John Morton, director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, said 23 of the suspects were arrested in six more countries, though declined to specify them.

"I can't, for very sensitive operational reasons, identify the countries involved," he said.

Thirteen of the children were rescued outside the United States during Operation Sunflower—a five-week operation from November 1 to December 7 aimed at identifying people who own, trade or produce child pornography.

Among the children, 45 were under 12 years old, including five less than three years old.

There were 70 girls and 53 boys, Morton noted, adding that 23 of the children have since reached the age of majority.

Operation Sunflower was named in honor of the one-year anniversary of an investigation that started when Danish police found internet postings by a sixteen-year-old boy about his plans to rape an 11-year-old girl.

Thanks to a photo posted online showing a highway sign with a sunflower, were able to find the house of the boy in Kansas and rescue the girl.

ICE works in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which is now asking the public to help identify two adult suspects, shown molesting a young girl in a photograph taken 11 years ago.

In 2012, a record 1,655 people suspected of sexually abusing were arrested by the immigration enforcement agency, and 292 victims were identified and rescued.

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VendicarD
2.1 / 5 (7) Jan 03, 2013
According to the Libertarian Party platform, there can be no legitimate claim to molestation if the Child is willing.
frajo
1.8 / 5 (5) Jan 03, 2013
In 2012, a record 1,655 people suspected of sexually abusing children were arrested by the immigration enforcement agency, and 292 victims were identified and rescued.

How many children have been killed by drone operators in 2012?
Lurker2358
3.4 / 5 (8) Jan 03, 2013
How many children have been killed by drone operators in 2012?


Wow. You're seriously trying to defend molesters by deflecting attention to an irrelevant topic.

Maybe you're too sheltered from historical reality to recognize that there is no such thing as a perfect way to prosecute a war while minimizing civilian casualties.

Besides, who is a civilian? most of the terrorists are civilians, so it's impossible to kill the bad guys without taking down their family members with them. That's their fault, not ours.

That's how war is, guy. "War is Hell".

There's really nothing you can do about it. The more rules you add the more it favors the terrorist, since they don't follow the rules anyway.
antialias_physorg
3.7 / 5 (9) Jan 03, 2013
Besides, who is a civilian? most of the terrorists are civilians, so it's impossible to kill the bad guys without taking down their family members with them. That's their fault, not ours.

Guilty until proven innocent (post mortem)?

You are a very sick pers...hum...thing.
Lurker2358
2.7 / 5 (7) Jan 03, 2013
Guilty until proven innocent (post mortem)?

You are a very sick pers...hum...thing.


They are the unfortunate victims of their family members and countrymen's provocations against the free world.

If they had any decency, they'd turn in their family members anyway, in order to save their own lives.

If we wee justified in attacking a nation for aiding terrorists, then killing family members who aid terrorists is equally justified.

the alternative is that the terrorists goes free and kills tens, hundreds, maybe even thousands throughout his life.

If we are choosing the lesser of two evils, then killing a few of the terrorists family members in the process of killing said terrorists is certainly less evil than allowing the terrorist to live for their sake.

Who is more evil? The terrorist? Or the family member who supports the terrorist?

Even in domestic law concealing a crime of another, or helping them perpetrate said crime is itself a crime punishable by imprisonment.
Caliban
3.7 / 5 (6) Jan 03, 2013
Guilty until proven innocent (post mortem)?

You are a very sick pers...hum...thing.


They are the unfortunate victims of their family members and countrymen's provocations against the free world.

If they had any decency, they'd turn in their family members anyway, in order to save their own lives.


OK, Lurker, generally speaking, we are in agreement --at least in broad terms-- but I think you have made the mistake of not considering what you would do in this situation if the shoe were on the other foot.

I don't know about you, but if a foreign country were conducting excursionary raids by troop or drone attacks into my country, I would be doing what I could to support the efforts to fight back, and consider it my duty.

I think it most likely that you would do the same. For people in Pakistan, Yemen, and elsewhere, it's the same thing --to fight against their own is nothing less than Treason.

This is so obvious that it shouldn't even require explanation.
frajo
2.7 / 5 (7) Jan 03, 2013
The logic of Lurker2358 and his ilk:
If we are choosing the lesser of two evils, then killing a few of the terrorists family members in the process of killing said terrorists is certainly less evil than allowing the terrorist to live for their sake.

- Sacrificing two children once a year is certainly less evil than having all the village starve to death.
- Torturing prisoners to death for the sake of science is certainly the lesser evil than have thousands of people die from an incurable disease.
- Killing one single healthy individual without family yielding three healthy organs is certainly the lesser evil than having three paying patients die.

The terrorists are them.
Lurker2358
1.8 / 5 (5) Jan 03, 2013
- Sacrificing two children once a year is certainly less evil than having all the village starve to death.


That's not the same thing, and you know it.

Terrorism presents a case where evil humans create a situation where there are no ideally good outcomes. one can't realistically spare the terrorists repeatedly just because their wife or child might get hit if we attack them where they are.

Torturing prisoners to death for the sake of science is certainly the lesser evil than have thousands of people die from an incurable disease.


I don't have a problem with it if they are on death row anyway...Death row inmates victims had no rights, as crime prevention does not exist, only crime retaliation.

Killing one single healthy individual without family yielding three healthy organs is certainly the lesser evil than having three paying patients die.


If they are on death row anyway, don't have a problem with it. May as well put their corpse to good use.
frajo
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 03, 2013
Sacrificing two children once a year is certainly less evil than having all the village starve to death.
That's not the same thing, and you know it.

Why is it not the same thing? What's the difference according to your logic? I don't understand your logic, so please tell me.

Killing one single healthy individual without family yielding three healthy organs is certainly the lesser evil than having three paying patients die.


If they are on death row anyway, don't have a problem with it. May as well put their corpse to good use.

That's not an answer to the question mankind asks you:
What if they are not on death row? What is the lesser evil in that case, according to your logic?
(You know, an inmate's "donor" quality might not be sufficient for three wealthy patients.)
liggerstuxin
2 / 5 (8) Jan 03, 2013
You anti-war pussies make me laugh out loud. Willful ignorance should b a crime...If you don't like it, don't cross the US and discover how war is really done...When you justify pedofiles with this diversion like this, you look like a pedofile yourself.
Lurker2358
1.8 / 5 (5) Jan 03, 2013
The terrorists family isn't clueless guy. They are protecting and aiding a mass murderer.

You compare apples to oranges when you compare an arbitrary group of people to people known to be associated with a terrorist.

Innocent people shouldn't be tortured to death, but the families of terrorists are not innocent, since they know what's going on and do nothing to stop it, and do nothing to report it to the authorities to take them out. Osama Bin Laden's wife knew what was going on, and she did nothing. It's a damn shame our government let her off so easy. She should have been arrested.
FrankHerbert
2.1 / 5 (11) Jan 03, 2013
Well, at least we won't have to put up with obama_socks and Geokstr anymore.
VendicarD
2.3 / 5 (9) Jan 03, 2013
These 245 Child Porn Suspects would be "moral supermen" in the eyes of Ayn Rand, who considered child murderers to be the same.

Child molestation is just one of the first destinations along the path of truly enlightened Randite/Libertarian thinking.

This is why Child molestation in the form of child prostitution is sacred commerce according to the Libertarian party Platform.

According to that platform, it just isn't a crime if the child is willing.
Caliban
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 03, 2013
You anti-war pussies make me laugh out loud. Willful ignorance should b a crime...If you don't like it, don't cross the US and discover how war is really done...When you justify pedofiles with this diversion like this, you look like a pedofile yourself.


I don't see where anyone here has tried to justify pedophilia --do you? Or are you really just as stupid as this comment makes you sound?

Lurker is the one who drew the parallel between pedophiles and terrorists in a misguided attempt to do something --what?

If you want to know what, then you'll have to ask Lurker.

I was just pointing out how logically, morally and ethically truncated the "sheltering terrorists" argument is.

kochevnik
3.7 / 5 (9) Jan 04, 2013
@liggerstuxin You anti-war pussies make me laugh out loud. Willful ignorance should b a crime...If you don't like it, don't cross the US and discover how war is really done...When you justify pedofiles with this diversion like this, you look like a pedofile yourself.
Did you eat too many paint chips as a child?
dav_daddy
2.3 / 5 (6) Jan 04, 2013
Child molestation is just one of the first destinations along the path of truly enlightened Randite/Libertarian thinking.

This is why Child molestation in the form of child prostitution is sacred commerce according to the Libertarian party Platform.

According to that platform, it just isn't a crime if the child is willing.


That is the most asinine comment you have ever made. (No small accomplishment either)
Liberals like you give Democrats a bad name. You claim to be all for research and science and learning. Yet you suck up whatever propoganda your masters decide to feed you then regurgitate it as cannonical fact.

Yet another ignorant our public education system has spat out. That is why you lib's defend it so. Stupid people are far easier to manipulate and control. Enjoy your kool-aid
VendicarD
1.7 / 5 (6) Jan 04, 2013
Then I will clarify for day_daddy.

Child molestation is just one of the first destinations along the path of truly enlightened Randite/Libertarian thinking.

This is why Child molestation in the form of child prostitution is sacred commerce according to the Libertarian party Platform.

According to that platform, it just isn't a crime if the child is willing.

I trust that this clarifies the matter.
frajo
5 / 5 (1) Jan 06, 2013
How many children have been killed by drone operators in 2012?
You're seriously trying to defend molesters by deflecting attention to an irrelevant topic.

You think killing children is a lesser evil than molesting them?

there is no such thing as a perfect way to prosecute a war while minimizing civilian casualties.
Why don't you stop waging war?

who is a civilian? most of the terrorists are civilians

Who is a terrorist? Those who invade other countries or those who defend theirs?

so it's impossible to kill the bad guys without taking down their family members with them. That's their fault, not ours.

So you justify mass murder by destroying buildings?

That's how war is, guy. "War is Hell".

Do you love hell?

There's really nothing you can do about it. The more rules you add the more it favors the terrorist, since they don't follow the rules anyway.

You mean you have to be a terrorist in order to fight terrorists?
Caliban
5 / 5 (1) Jan 06, 2013
Frajo,

There's really nothing you can do about it. The more rules you add the more it favors the terrorist, since they don't follow the rules anyway.

You mean you have to be a terrorist in order to fight terrorists?


I think he is referring to the old "Better Red than dead" justification.

Or is it "Better dead than Red"?

Uh-oh!!!

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