Reuters – March 21
Officials from the United States, Britain and South Korea described the network as one of the largest child pornography operations they had encountered to date.
Called Welcome To Video, the website relied on the bitcoin cryptocurrency to sell access to 250,000 videos depicting child sexual abuse, authorities said, including footage of extremely young children being raped. Its upload page specifically stated, “Do not upload adult porn.”
“Darknet sites that profit from the sexual exploitation of children are among the most vile and reprehensible forms of criminal behavior,” U.S. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski said.
Officials have rescued at least 23 underage victims in the United States, Britain and Spain who were being actively abused by users of the site, the Justice Department said. Many children in the videos have not yet been identified.
The site’s vast library – nearly half of it consisting of images never seen before by law enforcement – is an illustration of what authorities say is an explosion of sexual abuse content online. In a statement, Britain’s National Crime Agency said officials were seeing “increases in severity, scale and complexity.”
Welcome To Video’s operator, a South Korean named Jong Woo Son, and 337 users in 12 different countries, have been charged so far, authorities said.
Son, currently serving an 18-month sentence in South Korea, was also indicted on federal charges in Washington.
Several other people charged in the case have already been convicted and are serving prison sentences of up to 15 years, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
Welcome To Video is one of the first websites to monetize child pornography using bitcoin, which allows users to hide their identities during financial transactions.
Users were able to redeem the digital currency in return for “points” that they could spend downloading videos or buying all-you-can watch “VIP” accounts. Points could also be earned by uploading fresh child pornography.
‘BOTTOM FEEDERS OF CRIMINAL WORLD’
“These are the bottom feeders of the criminal world,” said Don Fort, chief of criminal investigation at the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, which initiated the investigation.
The Justice Department said the site collected at least $370,000 worth of bitcoin before it was taken down in March 2018 and that the currency was laundered through three unnamed digital currency exchanges.
Darknet websites are designed to be all-but-impossible to locate online. How authorities managed to locate and bring down the site isn’t clear, with differing narratives by different law enforcement organizations on the matter.
Fort said the investigation was triggered by a tip to the IRS from a confidential source. However, Britain’s National Crime Agency said they came across the site during an investigation into a British academic who in October 2017 pleaded guilty here to blackmailing more than 50 people, including teenagers, into sending him depraved images that he shared online.
In a statement, British authorities said the National Crime Agency’s cybercrime unit deployed “specialist capabilities” to identify the server’s location. The NCA did not immediately return an email seeking clarification on the term, which is sometimes used as a euphemism for hacking.
The U.S. Justice Department gave a different explanation, saying that Welcome To Video’s site was leaking its server’s South Korean internet protocol address to the open internet.
Experts pointed to the bust as evidence that the trade in child abuse imagery could be tackled without subverting the encryption that keeps the rest of the internet safe.
Cryptocurrency transactions now unsafe
Officials in the United States and elsewhere have recently begun prodding major technology firms here to come up with solutions that could allow law enforcement to bypass the encryption that protects messaging apps like WhatsApp or iMessage, citing the fight against child pornography as a major reason.
Welcome To Video’s demise “is a clear indication that in cases like this, where there’s very low-hanging fruit, breaking encryption is not required,” said Christopher Parsons, a senior research associate at Citizen Lab, based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School.
He said the bust showed that law enforcement could also track criminal activity that employs cryptocurrency transactions.
“There’s a lot of a people who have this perception that bitcoin is totally anonymous,” Parsons said, “and it’s been the downfall of many people in many investigations.”
All overseas US bases, including Australia and the FBI should be shut down
by Alex Bruce
Former military intelligence and CIA officer, Robert David Steele joins Dave at the X22 Report to discuss all things coup d’état but I’ve set the inpoint to where he talks about the possibility of a wild card WikiLeaks data dump next February when Julian Assange is expected to be extradited to the US from prison in the UK.
“Imagine a WikiLeaks dump on the 15th of February… everything WikiLeaks has on Hillary Clinton and John Brennan and others. In other words, this is an extrajudicial dump that immediately goes public…
“I personally think that Julian Assange is much more clever than people realize and he has much more information that people realize and even though he is somewhat tainted by reports of Mossad and CIA control and he is alleged to be in very poor condition and MI6 is obviously desperately afraid –
“I mean, it’s now clear that Great Britain and Israel were the two countries that interfered in the 2016 election…I think that England is on notice and there are things that could come out that would cause the American public to become so very angry with Great Britain and so very angry with all political parties, that it could possibly lead to some kind of totally unanticipated Black Swan event…
“From where I sit, the Clintons are merely one of many CIA co-optees. Bill Clinton was created by the CIA and Hillary Clinton was created by the CIA. We now know that Barr worked for the CIA as a law student and we now know that CIA appears to have many, many people who are recruited in their university years and then they’re scattered across the country…
“We need to overhaul the CIA and the FBI in ways that people cannot begin to comprehend…
“Let’s start with blackmailing judges all across the United States of America in order to cover up their profiteering from child trafficking and drug trafficking…
“There are ten different CIAs. There’s the drone-assassination CIA, the safari club-rendition-and-torture CIA, there’s multiple CIAs operating overseas and then there’s at least two, if not three domestic CIA’s – and some of those CIA’s may be rogue CIAs, that Gina Haspell knows nothing about – or chooses not to know anything about.
“In my judgment, we do not have justice in the United States of America. Rogue elements of the US government are doing more harm to Americans than all criminal cartels combined…
“Legal elements of the CIA get a taste of the illegal profits that are possible and then they start using the legal side of CIA under pretext and they start using military transportation and military bases to smuggle guns and gold and cash and small children and drugs and so what you have, here is I think you have a spectrum that runs from legal to grotesquely illegal and I don’t think anyone has mapped this out and that’s what needs to happen.
“If Donald Trump wants to take down the Deep State, he needs to do two things: he needs to close down all US military bases overseas, which are being used as lily pads for illegal activities and he needs to cut the intelligence community by 70 percent, consolidate the remaining pieces at CIA, eradicate all CIA domestic operations.
“I would abolish the FBI and start over. I mean, the FBI was founded by a pedophile that pioneered political blackmail, J Edgar Hoover. That is a legacy I don’t like.”
by Alex Bruce in the United States
This is Tom Fitton’s December 3, 2018 acceptance speech for the Freedom Flame Award given to him at the Center for Security Policy with an introduction by former District of Columbia United States Attorney, Joe diGenova. As the President of Judicial Watch, he has filed hundreds of Freedom of Information Requests that have done much more than the Government to investigate and expose the criminality of the Clinton Foundation and the Obama Administration.
Fitton begins by explaining that he stumbled upon the Clinton email scandal by accident, while Judicial Watch was investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack on US diplomatic facilities in Libya that resulted in the deaths of US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and US Foreign Service employee, Sean Smith.
Little did Fitton know that that Clinton email scandal would so frighten the establishment that they would immediately try to figure out ways to “get out of it”. He says the way they’ve been doing that is by diverting attention away from themselves and by siccing the FBI and the Justice Department on Donald Trump.
“This Justice Department and the FBI, while it was supposed to be prosecuting and investigating Hillary Clinton was actually working with her campaign to come up with fraudulent reasons to spy on, investigate and target Donald Trump and his team. There’s no scandal like that in American history; not in the history of the FBI; not in the history of the Justice Department.
“The Democrats and the Left will talk about these ridiculous Trump scandals and of the Administration. I’m sure there are some ethical problems, no matter what administration you have. We know that at Judicial Watch. We’ve sued the Trump Administration 50-plus times already for documents.
“But the scandal of our generation is what’s going on with the targeting of President Trump. The hijacking of the FBI and the CIA and the Justice Department and the Defense Department – and who knows what other agencies, to try to drive him out of office…
“This Justice Department…has set itself up has a fourth branch of government, that thinks it can investigate and harass the President in a way that not only impacts his ability to govern here, at home but in managing our nation’s national security matters abroad…I mean, this is a Justice Department that isn’t working for the people, anymore…
“One says, ‘What can you do? What can we do?’ Well, you know…I’ll use a bromide, here. All you can do is what you can do and you would think that’s pretty easy – but it isn’t.
“Ask yourself, ‘Has Congress done everything it can do? Has our executive branch? Have our foreign intelligence establishment agencies or law enforcement agencies at the Federal level? Have they done what they can do? Have the political leadership of both parties done what they could do? Has the media done what they can do?’
“Of course not but I’ll tell you this: Judicial Watch does what it can do and I’m asking you to do what you can do…you’ll be doing 50, 75, 100 percent more than the folks you pay [Congress] to do the work that you think ought to be done.”
Running Time: 15 mins
by Alex Bruce from the US
The Globalist lineage of the Bush Crime Family goes back to Samuel P. Bush, grandfather of the recently deceased George Herbert Walker Bush and lifelong associate of the Rockefellers and the Harrimans, in the railroad and banking industries and as a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
When his son, Prescott Bush wasn’t investing the funds of Nazi financier Fritz Thyssen at his Wall Street firm, he was leading a group of wealthy industrialists in the 1934 attempted coup d’état against Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The “Business Plot” coup was quashed by Marine Corps General Smedley Butler, who wrote the book, War is a Racket, in which he described this criminal corporatist element within the US, of which four generations of the Bush family have been exponents. They skated in the 1930s and skated again, in the 2000s, when they hatched the 9/11 plot and took profits from the massive war economy that they’d created with no-bid contracts.
Over the course of three decades, the Bushes and Clintons worked like a fine-tuned tag team, setting up China to become the next global superpower. Though ostensibly political rivals, the Clintons had been inducted into the Bush crime family during the 1980s, when a small airfield in Mena, Arkansas was used in the transport of CIA cocaine.
Prior to his appointment as Director of the CIA, Bush Senior was made Chief of the US Liaison Office in Beijing in 1974. This was during the era just before formal diplomatic relations were established between the US the Communist Chinese government.
In 1993, Bill Clinton granted “Most Favored Nation” status to China, paving the way for the wholesale offshoring of US manufacturing.
During the Obama Administration, Hillary Clinton’s infamous homebrew server was intentionally left open to hacking, in order to allow the Chinese penetration that obtained a copy of nearly all of her emails during her tenure as Secretary of State.
This is but the most infinitesimal tip of the iceberg of the drug-dealing, warmongering, Globalist-grifting and depraved criminality practised by this junta. No members of the Bush-Clinton Crime Family have been charged for their endless felonies and treason. Is this about to change?
Running Time: 9 min
by Brent Melville
ALEX Jones, front man for Infowars.com and Prison Planet in Austin, Texas, has warned that a major false flag terrorism event may be attempted soon to discredit and destroy him and President Trump in order to push the corrupt Clinton Democrats across the line in the US mid-term elections.
Jones was taken off Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify and other social media early in August at the urging of major media channels such as CNN, NBC, Washington Post and New York Times.
The same media are now spreading blatantly false reports that Infowars is broadcasting illegally and that Jones is threatening violence against the media.
One CNN contributor, author Rafia Zakaria, accused Infowars of being “complicit in domestic terror”.
Channel after channel including the so-called comedians like Bill Maher are chiming in with the same anti-Jones/Infowars message accusing him of “hate speech”, “lurid conspiracies”, running an illegal broadcasting operation and so on.
Infowars has become one of the top five US broadcasters – an audience of some 6 million people – with Jones the leading agitator of US opposition to globalism for two decades.
Before his election in 2016 Donald Trump appeared on Infowars for one interview with Alex Jones.
But now as the populist President Trump moves to “drain the swamp” i.e. the entrenched Washington-London global power elite and their Clinton-Rothschild-Soros pedophile Satanist network, a desperate fightback has been launched.
“At 5am I get up and type my name into a iPad and I see ‘Alex Jones pirate radio station’ and I was raided by the feds – it’s a total hoax,” Jones said on his Newswars channel this week.
“It’s a lie per day or more. It’s crazy. I hear ‘Alex Jones hit with $15,000 fine’. I haven’t, it’s a lie.
“I haven’t an FCC case or issue against us in 24 years.”
Jones says Infowars is a content provider with satellite uplinks. “We don’t have radio transmitters,” he said.
He said Infowars was fed into 400-plus cable TV stations and 50kW radio stations across the nation.
Jones says the attack on Infowars is a beta test, before a major attack is launched on President Trump, who will be aligned with Jones as a domestic terrorist.
“So this is a major psyop. My lawyers wrote an analysis of how it’s a major plan to take us down. They’re scared. It’s a violent revolution against Trump coming in.
“They’re rolling out paid PR.
“They’ve got three New York Times reporters … Buzzfeed reporters working full time against us.
“They literally call and tell us ‘we will destroy you’.
“I’m telling you that staged terror attacks will happen against big tech or ABC or CNN or something.
“A couple of weeks before the (mid-term) election they will do this.”
by Alex Bruce
War has always been about theft of kind or another. Traditionally, it’s meant conquering and usurping territory and resources. In modern times, it has also come to mean the business of war; where military contractors and government entities take enormous allocations from annual defense budgets. The targets today are not just the traditional state enemies but also include the Taxpayer, the object of total surveillance and media mind control, who must not rock the boat over being divested of hundreds of billions of dollars every year.
As everybody knows, the US spends more than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, France, the UK, Japan and Germany combined, with an annual budget of $611 billion versus the others’ combined total of $595 billion in 2016. This does not include the US’ Black Budget, which according to the Snowden leaks totaled $52 billion in 2012.
Woe betide anybody who threatens this massive racket, whose profits are only surpassed (more than doubled, in fact) by the financial industry.
For over two centuries, Russia has been branded the enemy of the West. This Boogey Man status remains, even though Russia’s population growth peaked in 1991 and its economy is ranked #12, after Brazil, Canada and South Korea. Russia does not represent anything like the geopolitical threat posed by China, by unfathomable orders of magnitude. The Russkie Boogey Man exists solely for the business purposes of the Military-Industrial Complex.
“The Great Game” was a political and diplomatic confrontation that existed for most of the nineteenth century between the British Empire and the Russian Empire over control of Central Asia and India. It continues to this day, with the ongoing US invasion Afghanistan (the longest war in US history) and in the abiding Russophobia propounded by the DC Establishment, with its accusations of “Russian hacking” and “Russian collusion” in the 2016 Presidential Election.
“The Great Game” was reignited in the UK front over the past week, with the rapidly escalating Skirpal poisoning case, which has now seen 23 Russian diplomats expelled from Britain and Russia’s expulsion in kind of 23 UK diplomats and with the UK and the now US voicing concerns about “Russian cyber reprisals” against its financial and infrastructure targets.
Kim Dotcom, the Finnish-German-Kiwi Internet impresario gets this. It’s not every day that we get to see him speak. He joined Black Pilled 10 hours ago to drop some truth:
“The Deep State is a business. It’s a business operation, okay? The Russia Department of the Deep State is a significant percentage of their business. Imagine if, all of a sudden, relations with Russia were friendly and we were at peace and we were cooperating and everything was happy? That means that this large department has to shut down or has to significantly be reduced in its numbers, which ultimately means a significant budget cut for the Deep State and obviously, they don’t want this.
“It was not Russia that hacked the DNC. It was their very own conduct, that an individual was so unhappy with it, thought it was so unfair and dishonest and unethical that that person decided, ‘I want the truth to be known.’ This is how we get the truth. It’s people on the inside, like Snowden seeing what’s happening, how our rights are being undermined, how the processes are being perverted to achieve an outcome that is predetermined, that some powerful people have made in a boardroom and are now pushing down our throats…
“It is sad that Hillary Clinton is still seen by quite a large number of people in the US as a clean operator. She is a complete fraud, a criminal scum, and I’m really happy, even though it’s really a tiny, tiny, tiny role that I played but I’m really happy that I was a part of stopping her from becoming President.”
Running Time: 11 mins