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WHEN THEY KICK AT YOUR FRONT DOOR

In May 2002, the UK police began something that came to be known as Operation Ore, a major undertaking, which allegedly targeted online child pornography.

7,272 British residents were added to a database of people who were alleged to have paid to view child porn online.

4,283 homes were searched, 3,744 people were arrested, and 1,451 were convicted.

It was advertised as a major blow being struck against pedophiles.

Or at least, that was the theory.

The United States had launched a similar operation previously I believe, ‘Operation Avalanche’ in 1999.

They had gathered around 35,000 entries in their database.

From that number, they only actually charged 100 of them.

If the US police could only justify prosecuting less than 1% of their suspects, how could it be that the UK police had arresting more than half of theirs ?

The answer could be that many of the UK cases were based entirely on the use of credit cards, that were used to sign up for suspected child pornography web sites.

It obviously did not take into account that many of the credit cards were stolen, nor the fact that many of the web sites contained only legal material.

Details, albeit minor ones, that appeared to have not been seen as being in any way relevant to the UK police it seemed.

The problem arose from the fact that many small porn sites had used online transaction processors to handle their credit card transactions, rather than setting up their own merchant accounts.

In particular, a company called Landslide, which was based in Texas, had provided credit card subscription services to a large network of affiliate porn sites.

It has been estimated, that up to half the money Landslide collected actually ended up in the hands of a ring of Indonesian credit card scammers, who were operating the well known “small charge” fraud.

Also (ab)using the service was a Brazilian hacker who had “signed up” more than 3,000 stolen credit card numbers.

Before long, Landslide found itself on the receiving end of thousands of chargebacks from irate credit card owners.

The company became bankrupt as a result.

The owner of Landslide could also been a victim of this fraud, in the same way as the credit card holders had.

That wasn’t a good enough excuse for US federal prosecutors, though; he ended up in jail where he is currently serving a 180 year sentence.

Meanwhile, the UK police were kept busy swooping on houses, kicking down front doors, seizing computer equipment, and arresting thousands of people on the basis that their credit card numbers had been found on Landslide’s hard drives.

Totally disregarding the massive amount of fraud that had dragged Landslide under, and not even considering whether the affiliate site the credit card holder had supposedly paid to see, was legal or not.

Was there justification for this ?

At least one affiliate website did in fact contain child pornography, so Landslide membership theoretically allowed users access to all the affiliate sites, meaning that Joe Bloggs’ credit card was used to sign up via Landslide, therefore Joe Bloggs signed up to view child porn.

Was that how it worked ?

The biggest problem with major police operations such as Operation Ore, is the public hysteria that surrounds child pornography and Peadophiles in general, (#paedobritain anyone?) and that if you are in fact accused, a person’s life can be totally destroyed even if, or when they are proven innocent at a later date.

Many employers will fire anyone as soon as the accusation emerges.

Thus, the ‘alleged pedophile’ finds himself out of a job, possibly even driven from the family home, as well as having all his computer equipment and his mobile phone seized by police, who have no legal obligation ever to return it.

Using only one example, consider the case of naval officer Commodore David White, the commander of British forces in Gibraltar.

He was suspended from the navy, who feared that the case would hit the newspapers.

It did anyway, but not in the way they expected – the Commodore had committed suicide by way of drowning.

As it was later discovered…. he was totally innocent.

LINK

COMMODORE’S SUICIDE

So far, dozens of people have committed suicide as a direct result of Operation Ore.

The number of suicides was 35 back in 2009.

LINK

The true number as of today may be even higher, as not everyone leaves a suicide note.

It may well be the case that at least some of the deceased, and some of those who were accused were in fact guilty, but how does that weigh up against the simple fact that the majority were totally innocent?

“A somewhat scattergun approach, with no consideration shown as to whether or not any crime has been actually committed”, is one way it has been described in the media.

The police may also have become aware that things were starting to look rather bad for them, as they had also allegedly pressured the Internet search engine Google to remove certain websites which contained any references.

Journalist Duncan Campbell was acting as an expert witness in some of the subsequent defence cases, and has written extensively about Operation Ore in The Guardian.

THE GUARDIAN

A SLASHDOT article has some first hand experience in the comments.

OPERATION ORE EXPOSED

Many men are still fighting to clear their names.

Compiled from various sources….

17 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    There will always be Injustices with some being falsley accused whilst others get away with it but the thing most galling has to be those who make up stories in order to make financial gain. Anyone who supports that should be exposed for the greedy liars they are. We must also bear in mind those who abuse aren’t readily going to admit to it and in fact will go to great lengths to tell you all about their ‘innocence’, innocence until proven guilty that is 😀

  2. What should also be made clear is that the accusations were based on HEARSAY EVIDENCE!.The F.B.I sent a list to the British police and said “these have all bought kiddie-porn”.That’s hearsay evidence which is a type of evidence ONLY allowed under strictly regulated circumstances,such as a witness with nothing to gain from the outcome of the case,reporting the dying declaration of a murder victim that “so-and-so” shot me.When some of the accused were finally able – despite massive obstacles being put in their way – to get an expert to re-build the original website,the nature of the scam became clear.There’s a book of about 30+ chapters on the somewhere on the net detailing the whole story.

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  4. Bandini

    The Ore-debacle ought to serve as a warning for what happens when ambitious, headline-chasing, evidence-ignoring zealots are lauded by the general public & press: the innocent become collateral damage.

    [Mark Williams-Thomas, of course, learned the tricks of his trade during this farce of an operation.]

    Although in conspiracy-circles it’s generally assumed that the operation was shut down to protect members of the Establishment it’s probably just as likely that knowledge of the miscarriges of justice taking place reached the ear of those who said: “Enough!”

    (Or maybe a mixture of the two.)

    Not that they would ever admit it publicly, of course, as it would lead to an avalanche of claims for damages & for heads to roll.

    (That some of those claims would come from the genuinely guilty, riding on the back of the genuinely innocent’s legitimate claims, should serve as a warning: if things aren’t handled correctly in such sensitive cases we risk both destroying the innocent & letting the guilty escape scot-free, the absolute worst of both worlds).

    Given all of the above, I was amazed to see a man recently accused of having both child pornography & bestiality on his computers raise the matter of Ore as an example of the Establishment protecting its own (while declaring his own innocence & making accusations of being fitted-up by the police).

    The presumption of innocence to which we are all entitled is so seldom offered by those who ‘read something about someone on a blog on the internet’ & go slinging accusations around based on it… and even when it comes back to bite them, they still don’t seem to learn.

    A civilised society should swallow the bitter-pill: better to let some guilty go free than jail the innocent.

    Anyone not signing up to this ancient idea should at least have the good grace to not complain when they, as innocent men, are rounded up & indelibly stamped with the ‘paedo’ brand.

    It is, after all, what they have been clamouring for. Right?

    • Absolutely Right Bandini…. You have outlined some very good points.

      However, having any semblance of good grace, scruples, morals or even a shred of decency, let alone humility, is something clearly absent from the ranks of the many online ‘Conspiracists’ and the majority of the ‘Alternative Media’.

      As for having evidence, or even a shred of proof regarding their spurious claims?

      Now that would be a bridge too far even for the most diligent of those *cough* ‘Highly Regarded’ online ‘Investigative Journalists’ that lurk among them.

    • Bandini

      After writing the above I thought I’d have a glance at the site in question – not something I routinely do.

      Incredibly, he’s banging on about Cliff Richard who “has shamelessly used the MSM to garner sympathy for himself…” What bare-faced hypocrisy from a man who has shamelessly urged his ‘followers’ to pester, harangue & generally bother the police & social services on his behalf (followers who can not possibly know for certain if what he says is or is not true).

      The ‘article’ leaves no doubt that in the writer’s befuddled-mind Richard is, without a shadow of doubt, a guilty man. And the evidence?

      The usual rubbish selectively picked from the world wide web of rumour & innuendo. And people donate money for this?

      If the internet had a plug, I’m afraid I’d be reaching for it.

      • Screaming Hypocrisy if I had to describe it Badini, I agree.

        It’s also incredible that sites such as that, continually harangue and ridicule the mainstream, and belittle and bamboozle their readers and others while shamelessly publishing what is in reality, far less believable and altogether more distracting disinformation.

        What are they trying to distract from I often wonder?

        They do say that a fool and his money are easily parted Bandini.

        I learned a hard lesson some months ago, when I discovered that it was a waste of both my time and money – to encourage and help to finance something so obviously dishonest, crooked and self-serving, so I severed all links from the Outlaw….

        Luckily.

        On a happier note though, there are many, many other websites and forums to patronise, where open, honest, although admittedly heated discussions are going on, where actual facts and evidence are pored over by intelligent grown-up folk, and the innuendo, rumour and outright lies and attempts at deflection and distraction do not get past the first post.

        Not the DI forum I must add 🙂

  5. The Anthill Mob

    Hey Outlaw I dont know if you are aware that the prat who is now slandering you has been trying desperately to remove a video from Youtube that shows him dancing around his living room miming to the Hucklebuck song – but what is really weird is that he appears to be also wearing his daughters orange bikini briefs!! What is it with these blokes who wear womens underwear? As for his latest source of ‘info’ it’s being fed to him by that idiot from anglesey who has his hand up his arse now and who tried the same crap last year – one thing is true in all of this is that if the self-styled top journalist is behaving like that, swearing and name-calling and quite obviously lying he is showing his true intentions. And also publishing that stuff that comes from a proven liar like that north walian idiot, he has lost all his credibility completely. He is looking more desperate and more guilty by the day. If he is also having his strings pulled by the same group of liars that have been after you for months it looks to many of us now that he is digging a huge hole for himself which may end up burying them all which will be good for all concerned. Keep doing what you are doing Outlaw, ignoring them, staying dignified and rising above the internet scum that are trying to deflect from what they are guilty of and trying to goad you. You are above them and you should be proud that you have not stooped to their despicable levels. Take it from me you have more support than you realise and they are decidely more intelligent and aware of what’s really going on.

    • I don’t really how to respond to that other than I am not surprised 🙂

      Thank you for your support, and it’s reassuring to read that not everyone is being swept along with the crowd just because they can only hear the ones who shout the loudest.

      There are more than a few excellent writers and indeed bloggers, who, although they do not promote themselves to any degree and are often overlooked, stand among those few voices that can be trusted and relied upon completely to publish the truth…

      However unpopular and ‘uncool’ it happens to make them.

      The old adage “Empty vessels make most noise” may also be worth remembering I feel. 🙂

  6. So Inkster is now attacking Cliff, is he?

    I am,as my poster name suggests, quite old, and I will regale you with an account from the sixties.

    This came from someone I worked with whose dad was involved in the backstage work of London theatres in those days.

    Apparently Cliff was on a variety show with, among others, Shirley Bassey.

    Both were huge in those days. Anyway, after the show some drunken backstage tom foolery led to Miss Bassey and some other girls de-bagging Cliff and discovering that there wasn’t much there to worry a mouse, let alone a human.

    So I’m a bit dubious about most of the Cliff stories doing the rounds on the net.

    Just sayin’.

  7. Tinkers Cuss

    To an avid reader of blogs there is plenty of evidence that are some people who are going all out to discredit you Outlaw Jimmy: FACT.

    That, however, just makes me curious as why these people must see you as such a huge threat. all those people all working their asses off to get you off the Internet and silence you with what are threats pure and simple. there must be a conspiracy going on right there and it is more than obvious to anyone that they are terrified of something that you know or may publish or they know that you have sussed them for what they really are.

    Are they in fact the pedo protectors? Could they be the pedos?

    As that is something they are desperate to try and label you as. That sounds very much like deflection to me and theres another old saying you may like as you seem fond of them: ‘for every finger they point at you there are three pointed right back at each of them’ makes a lot of sense dont cha think jimmy?

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