Archive for September 28th, 2010

Pedophiles Find a Home for Social Networking — on Facebook

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Parents, please be aware of what your children are doing online.

The world’s largest pro-pedophilia advocacy group uses Facebook to connect with its members throughout the world; to find and exchange photos of children; to hone its members’ predatory behavior; and to identify, target and reel in child victims, an investigation by FoxNews.com reveals.

Facebook says it has a strict policy against the posting of content that supports groups engaged in child exploitation, yet a simple, five-second search on Facebook, conducted on Sept. 23, yielded dozens of pages devoted to the infamous North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA). Many of those pages featured numerous photos of unnamed boys, some of whom appeared to be too young for kindergarten.

The same day, FoxNews.com found hundreds of links to NAMBLA’s website on Facebook, which has more than half a billion users worldwide. And posts on known pedophile blogs and chat rooms show an organized effort by pedophiles to use the social networking site to prey on children.

“This is just the downright filthiest of society setting up on Facebook in a public way, and the question is, ‘Why is Facebook allowing this?'” said Hemanshu Nigam, co-chairman of President Obama’s Online Safety Technology Working Group and a member of the board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Last month a joint investigation by U.S., Canadian, United Kingdom and Australian authorities brought down an alleged international child exploitation syndicate that operated via Facebook, and 11 suspects were arrested. Australian officials criticized Facebook for not alerting them to the online activities of at least one suspect; Facebook responded by reaffirming its commitment to preventing pedophiles from using the social networking site.

“We take safety very seriously and have a strict policy against the posting of child exploitive content or content that supports child exploitive groups,” a spokesman for Facebook told FoxNews.com in an e-mail. “Facebook is highly self-regulating, and users can and do report content that they find questionable or offensive. Our team of investigations professionals reviews these reports, removes content that violates our policies, and escalates to law enforcement as necessary.”

But, a search for “North American Man/Boy Love Association” on Facebook on Sept. 23 produced 87 different groups. Some appear to have been created as a joke, or in protest, but there are others that appear nefarious.

NAMBLA’s existence as a group advocating for the legalization of sex between minors and adults isn’t illegal in itself, says Michelle Collins of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Thinking or advocating for adult-child sex is protected by the First Amendment, but committing acts of adult-child sex is illegal.

“The challenge for law enforcement is identifying when something goes from free speech to a crime being committed,” said Collins, who emphasized that people who come across apparent child pornography should report it through NCMEC’s tipline.

But Nigam says NAMBLA not only is positioning itself as a group dedicated to changing laws, it is actually using Facebook to seek out like-minded individuals to help victimize children, exchange crime scene photos and give one another advice on how to be better criminals.

“That should be alarming if you’re Facebook, that it’s not that difficult to find these group pages and links going out to NAMBLA organizations and supporters,” said Nigam, who headed security divisions at Microsoft and MySpace, and now, in addition to his board membership and co-chairmanship positions, runs SSP Blue, an online security consulting firm.

Posts on the pedophile blog Boy Chat reveal a larger strategy for using Facebook. Users provide tips on using the site to assist others in having real-life conversations with children; share tips for evading the eye of law enforcement while trolling Facebook for victims; post changes in privacy policy of social media sites; and even suggest specific individuals to target. In one post, a Boy Chat user points out a specific Facebook user — a former child star — whose profile, they say, holds a trove of desired photos.

That post goes on to say that it takes some effort to be accepted as a Facebook friend of this person, but that “once you’re in, you’re really in.”

Another user wrote, “Facebook stalking isn’t real stalking is it?”

Other posts point to a profile page with a cache of children’s photos. A user says the page is based in Norway and is run by a “boy lover.”

Federal law requires companies like Facebook with electronic servers in the U.S. to report suspected child pornography to law enforcement through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which is then charged with sorting through all the tips it receives from companies like Facebook and from members of the general public. Then, if a jurisdiction can be located, NCMEC passes along the information to that branch of law enforcement.

James Marsh, an attorney who represents victims of child sexual exploitation, says Facebook must do more than just what is required by law.

“Facebook has a moral and public duty to monitor and stop this activity on their site. Hiding behind legal technicalities is not enough to be a good corporate citizen in the digital age,” Marsh said. “Facebook needs to put children ahead of profits and do what Congress and the American people expect — protect our kids from criminals like NAMBLA.”

Nigam agrees.

“Every company has the ability to disable certain sites from being linked to, and Facebook can make a very simple decision to not allow people from Facebook from linking to NAMBLA.org,” Nigam said.

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Pakistan to Chair IAEA Board

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The world continues to get wackier and wackier.

Pakistan, which refuses to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and was home to a notorious nuclear smuggling ring, was named head of the UN nuclear watchdog’s governing board here Monday.

At a special one-day meeting, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-member board of governors appointed “by acclamation” the head of Pakistan’s Atomic Energy Commission, Ansar Parvez, as its chairman for the next 12 months, taking over from Malaysia.

The board of governors is the IAEA’s most important policy-making body after the 151-nation general conference and meets five times a year.

Its rotating chair is appointed for a period of one year with the main task of presiding over debates and helping the board of governors reach consensus decisions.

Parvez said he saw no problem with the choice, even though Pakistan, like India and Israel, refuses to sign the NPT.

Pakistan has held the chair before and India has done so twice.

Some observers see Pakistan as a potential problem because it was home to a nuclear-smuggling ring run by scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s atomic bomb and a national hero.

Khan publicly confessed in 2004 that he shared atomic secrets with Iran, Libya and North Korea, although he later retracted his remarks.

There is also concern about the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal and stockpile of weapons-grade material, and the danger of it falling into the hands of Taliban and Al-Qaeda insurgents.

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“Ahmadinejad: Everyone’s Favorite Nut Job” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been the political leader of Iran for more than six years. During this time, he has been a quotation gold mine for prophecy writers. If there were an annual “hate award” for making speeches that are the most anti-American, anti-Israel, or one that denies the Holocaust, Ahmadinejad would sweep all categories each year. The only question for any committee would be which of his statements to inscribe on the plaque.

We still have three months left in 2010, and Ahmadinejad already has all the bases covered. Here is a selection of some of his more inflammatory remarks provided by the Anti-Defamation League’s website:

September 21, 2010

“The question is, why don’t we allow this subject (the Holocaust) to be examined further… It is incorrect to force only one view on the rest of the world. How come when it comes to the subject of the Holocaust there is so much sensitivity?” (In a meeting with journalists in New York City.)

August 7, 2010

No “Zionists” were killed in the World Trade Center, because “one day earlier they were told not to go to their workplace. They announced that 3,000 people were killed in this incident, but there were no reports that reveal their names. Maybe you saw that, but I did not. What was the story of September 11? During five to six days, and with the aid of the media, they created and prepared public opinion so that everyone considered an attack on Afghanistan and Iraq as (their) right.” (At a televised conference in Tehran.)

March 11, 2010

“See what has become of Israel. They [the West] gathered the most criminal people in the world and stationed them in our region with lies and fabricated scenarios. They waged wars, committed massive aggression… and made millions of people homeless…Today, it is clear that Israel is the most hated regime in the world… It is not useful for its masters [the West] anymore. They are in doubt now. They wonder whether to continue spending money on this regime or not…But whether they want it or not, with God’s grace, this regime will be annihilated and Palestinians and other regional nations will be rid of its bad omen.” (In a speech in southern Iran.)

February 25, 2010

“If the Zionist regime wants to repeat its past mistakes, this will constitute its demise and annihilation…With Allah’s help, the new Middle East will be a Middle East without Zionists and Imperialists.”(At a news conference in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.)

The problem with warning against Ahmadinejad is that you eventually run the risk of being the boy who cried wolf. Mankind has a natural tendency to become apathetic to threats that continue over a long period of time.

A good example of this condition is the reaction to a speech Ahmadinejad made to the UN last week. During his first of two presentations, he attacked the U.S. and Israel in the same manner as he has done in the past. What was different this time is that the U.S. delegation failed to walk out in protest. There was a mass walkout during his second speech, but that was only after he said the American government staged the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

People who give themselves over to insanity tend to persist in that state. Ahmadinejad is just as nutty as he was the day he took office. When you are under the influence of the demonic forces, you are in union with a mind that is eternally reprobate.

Ahmadinejad doesn’t represent a toothless nation. ‏Iran is the financial backer of terrorist organization like Hamas and Hezbollah. It has scientists and engineers actively working on developing new military hardware. Every day that goes by, Iran is one step closer to producing enough bomb-grade material to manufacture a nuclear weapon.

History tells that it is foolish to ignore the rantings of a mad man. When Adolf Hitler was rising to power, he was largely dismissed as a buffoon by non-Germans. In 1940, Charlie Chaplin satirized Hitler in the movie “The Great Dictator.” Decades later, Chaplin said in his autobiography that he would not have made the movie about Hitler had the extent of the Nazi horrors been known.

Our failure to deal with Ahmadinejad has doomed us to go down one of two likely paths: Israel will be forced to act or Iran will eventually achieve nuclear capability. Because Iran has already built up a huge conventional arsenal, an Israel strike would set off a chain reaction throughout the Middle East. Just last week, Ahmadinejad promised the U.S. a war “without boundaries” if his nation is attacked.

The situation in the Middle East has been at a hair trigger for a very long time. The fact that we have people like Ahmadinejad somehow managing to stay within limits seems to indicate that God has some end-time plan in the works.

— Todd

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