Divided Turkey…Erdogan Leads His Country into the Abyss

The referendum has triggered yet more uneasiness in a country that has seemed recently to be on the verge of disintegration. The mass arrests that followed the July 15 failed coup attempt have paralyzed elements of the state administration and the Turkish military is involved in conflicts in both Iraq and Syria. Even worse, tourists are staying away and the economy is struggling, with the country’s statistical office announcing one day after the referendum that unemployment has risen to a record high of 13 percent. The lira is weaker against the dollar than it has been since 1981.

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Divided Turkey…Erdogan Leads His Country into the Abyss

Onur Burçak Belli and –Nothing can hold them back. Not the rain, not the wind and not the well-armed anti-terrorism police. On Tuesday evening, several thousand demonstrators marched through Istanbul, a diverse group including students, pensioners, women in headscarves and punks, and many of them held up signs as they walked: “No to the presidency!” They also chanted: “Thief! Murderer! Erdogan!” And: “This is just the beginning. Our fight goes on!”

The protests began on Sunday, just a few hours after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory in the referendum that grants him significantly expanded powers and the demonstrations have become larger on each successive day since then, spreading to more than three dozen cities. People in Ankara and Izmir, in Adana and Mersin, in Edirne and Canakkale have taken to the streets in opposition to Erdogan, accusing him of having manipulated the vote on the constitutional referendum.

According to media reports, the country’s electoral commission accepted up to 2.5 million ballots despite their not having been stamped in accordance with the rules. Election observers from the OSCE found significant shortcomings with the vote, outlined in a 14-page preliminary report that also noted the unfairness of the campaign leading up to the referendum. The vote itself, the organization found, also violated some aspects of Turkish law. The opposition has refused to recognize the results.

“Erdogan robbed us of victory,” says Istanbul-based businessman Koray Türkay, who is one of the organizers of the protests in Istanbul.

For the time being, only a small portion of the Turkish population is rising up against the government, with a total of 20,000 people thought to have participated in the nationwide protests. Türkay, though, is nevertheless drawing parallels to the Gezi Park protests in summer 2013, which were ultimately crushed by the police.

More Repressive Measures

Immediately after the vote, Erdogan denied that any manipulation had taken place and claimed that the referendum had been “the most democratic election … ever seen in any Western country.” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim added that the protests were “unacceptable.” On Wednesday, dozens of protesters were detained and the police presence at the protests was boosted.

Türkay believes that more repressive measures are coming. “But we are not afraid. We will continue protesting until the referendum is repeated,” he says. Turkey, in other words, could be facing the kind of escalation that took place during the Gezi Park protests.

The vote last Sunday was the most far-reaching political decision made in Turkey’s recent history. The constitutional amendments approved in the referendum essentially sweep away what was left of democracy in Turkey, completing Turkey’s transformation from the republic of Atatürk into the republic of Erdogan.

Once the constitutional reforms come into force following the next election in 2019, the president will be able to pass laws by decree and dissolve the parliament whenever he sees fit — and the office of prime minister will also be eliminated. It will mark the end of the separation of powers in Turkey. The president alone will make decisions regarding war and peace and he will have almost complete control over the judiciary.

Some of the 18 new articles come into force immediately. The High Council of Judges and Prosecutors, for example, which supervises the judiciary, will be reduced from 22 to 13 members, four of whom can be directly appointed by Erdogan. But should he go on to win re-election, Erdogan will become practically omnipotent.

The country that he rules, though, is deeply divided and the referendum has only exacerbated those divisions, with one half of the population venerating Erdogan practically as a cult leader and the other half not even recognizing his legal right to hold the presidency.

‘A Victory, But Not a Triumph’

Indeed, Erdogan emerges from the April 16 referendum as both the victor and as the loser, with the vote having laid bare his weaknesses. Europeans are turning away from him, the debate over putting a halt to Turkish-EU accession negotiations has flared up again and the Turkish president is more isolated than ever before. He received congratulations on his referendum victory from only two Western heads of government: Donald Trump and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

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Erdogan has presented the referendum result as a success, even if the margin of victory — 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent — was extremely thin. But even among his supporters, there is nothing approaching a feeling of euphoria. “Erdogan has achieved a victory, but not a triumph,” writes the columnist Abdulkadier Selvi.

Indeed, given the extreme effort the government put into the referendum campaign, the result for Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) can almost be seen as a humiliation. Together, the AKP and the right-wing extremist MHP party received more than 60 percent of the vote in the last parliamentary elections and they joined forces ahead of this referendum, assuming they would receive an equal level of support. Now, though, Erdogan’s advantage has shrunk to a paltry 2.8 percentage points.

And this despite the fact that Erdogan leaned heavily on the state authorities prior to the vote — on the police, on the administration and on imams in the mosques. Most media outlets paid no attention whatsoever to opponents of the constitutional amendments, opposition protests were prohibited and “no”-camp activists were arrested.

Erdogan’s edge is so thin that it isn’t even clear that he will be re-elected in 2019 so that he can exercise the unlimited powers that the referendum was designed to give him. AKP politicians are thus expecting that Erdogan won’t wait that long and will call snap elections much earlier. But such a move also seems risky. Erdogan suddenly seems vulnerable.

The Turkish president is falling victim to the demographic shift that he himself promoted. In the last two decades, millions of Turks have moved from the countryside to the cities, they have profited from the country’s now stalling economic boom and improved their lots in life. The number of universities in Turkey has doubled.

Reasserting Strength

Paradoxically, a young, urban middle class has developed under the leadership of the AKP, one that is religious, but which is also oriented towards Europe and isn’t interested in living in an autocracy. The result is that Erdogan lost in three of the country’s largest cities. Even in Üsküdar, the conservative-leaning quarter of Istanbul where Erdogan lives, a slim majority voted against the constitutional referendum.

Erdogan is likely to follow up his narrow referendum victory with an attempt to reassert his strength. The constitutional reform includes a provision that releases the president from political neutrality requirements, which means Erdogan can once again become the head of his party — and he will no doubt seek to use that position to unify the AKP, which has recently shown signs of division. Prime Minister Yildirim announced on Wednesday that the cabinet will soon be reshuffled and AKP officials are likely to soon find themselves being monitored even more closely by the presidential palace.

The move, though, isn’t likely to solve the fundamental problem facing the AKP: The connection between party leaders and the grassroots has frayed in many places, with the conflict between Erdogan and the Islamist movement led by the cleric Fethullah Gülen having alienated a huge number of supporters. Erdogan’s coalition partner, the MHP, has also emerged weakened from the referendum. According to one survey, two-thirds of MHP supporters voted “no,” defying the recommendation of party leaders. Prominent dissidents like former Turkish Interior Minister Meral Aksener could even take the step of forming their own party, which would leave Erdogan facing a serious challenge from the center-right political camp for the first time.

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The opposition, too, is hopeful despite its defeat. It was long divided between Kemalists, nationalist, Kurds and socialists, “but April 16 has shown us that we can beat Erdogan if we work together,” says Sezgin Tanrikulu, a member of parliament with the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP).

On the Wednesday following the referendum, Tanrikulu is sitting in the Istanbul tea garden from which leftist students launched the fight against the military dictatorship 40 years ago and which still serves as a meeting point for critics of the regime. It takes him fully 30 minutes to recite the irregularities that marred the referendum. In several polling stations, he says, police forced people to vote “yes,” and the state-run news agency Ajansi announced the results before all the votes were counted. There are likewise videos in circulation showing election volunteers replacing significant numbers of “no” votes with “yes” ones.

A Simple Calculation

But Tanrikulu is particularly bothered by the electoral commission’s decision to recognize unstamped ballots. In 2014, AKP ordered a regional election to be repeated for precisely this reason.

Members of the electoral commission are unable — or unwilling — to say where the ballots came from or how many of them there were, and they have neither confirmed nor denied the 2.5 million number that election observers have cited. Without additional investigation, it will likely never be possible to say for sure whether the questionable votes affected the outcome of the referendum.

Tanrikulu makes a simple calculation: The “yes”-camp won the referendum by around 1.2 million votes. Should it emerge that only half of the unofficial ballots were manipulated, the result would have been different. “You can’t change the constitution on that basis,” he says.

On Wednesday, the complaint lodged by CHP with the electoral commission was dismissed and the party has now announced it plans to go to the Constitutional Court, Turkey’s highest legal body. It has also threatened to pull out of parliament. Tanrikulu, though, doesn’t think that the effort will ultimately be successful. In Turkey, he says, the rule of law has long since been suspended.

Opposing Erdogan is risky, as the persecution of thousands of opposition activists as alleged terrorists in recent months has shown. And Tanrikulu isn’t immune. Pro-government media outlets have called for his arrest, with the newspaper Yeni Akitwriting: “Why is this man still free?”

The referendum has triggered yet more uneasiness in a country that has seemed recently to be on the verge of disintegration. The mass arrests that followed the July 15 failed coup attempt have paralyzed elements of the state administration and the Turkish military is involved in conflicts in both Iraq and Syria. Even worse, tourists are staying away and the economy is struggling, with the country’s statistical office announcing one day after the referendum that unemployment has risen to a record high of 13 percent. The lira is weaker against the dollar than it has been since 1981.

‘Nothing Left’

Frustration with the government could explode into violence at any time, particularly in southeastern Turkey, where people have been suffering under massive state repression for months. Thousands have lost their lives in battles between Turkish soldiers and PKK rebels while hundreds of thousands more have been forced to leave their hometowns.

Kazim Örmek, 63, clearly remembers celebrating on the streets of his hometown Diyarbakir in June 2015 after the Kurdish party HDP won seats in Turkish parliament. He hoped that lasting peace would be the result, but was quickly disappointed. Shortly after the election, Erdogan reversed course and returned to the bellicose policies of the 1990s. The military began bombarding Diyarbakir and Örmek’s house was destroyed. He now lives with his family in a rental on the outskirts of the city. Through the window, one can hear the roaring of the warplanes as they take off from the Diyarbakir on their way to bomb PKK positions in northern Iraq. “We have nothing left,” he says.

Desperation can be seen on every corner of Diyarbakir. The historic city center lies in ruins following months of fighting and the shops are empty. Furthermore, the military has set up myriad roadblocks, where cars are searched and papers are checked. Tanks frequently roll through the city streets.

In the months leading up to the referendum, the government essentially outlawed the HDP, arresting 13 parliamentarians, including the two heads of the party, along with 84 mayors and several thousand functionaries. Party rallies were also banned.

People in the Kurdish areas of the country essentially had little choice but to vote on the constitutional referendum in a state of siege. Soldiers patrolled in front of the polling stations and election observers were arrested. But despite the intimidation efforts, eight out of 10 eligible voters in Turkey’s southwest cast their ballots last Sunday.

The government has pointed out that several HDP voters in Kurdish provinces defected to the “yes” camp and has interpreted that as a sign that its anti-terrorism policies are working. But accusations of electoral fraud were particularly numerous in the southwest, with one election observation organization reporting that in almost 1,000 Kurdish polling places, not a single “no” vote was recorded. In addition, tens of thousands of internally displaced people were not allowed to take part in the vote because they do not have a permanent place of residence. Nevertheless, a particularly substantial number of people in Kurdish areas voted “no.”

Into the Abyss

They now feel, similar to Örmek, that they have yet again been betrayed. Rumors of electoral manipulation have confirmed the suspicions of many Kurds that the Turkish government cannot be trusted. Young people in particular are now turning to the PKK or other militant groups.

The country needs a conciliator, a leader who can reduce the current tensions and reconcile antagonistic elements of society. It needs the opposite of Erdogan.

The Turkish president has based his entire career on polarization and on dividing his friends from his foes. He relies heavily on Islamist, nationalist rhetoric. Had he enjoyed a large margin of victory in the referendum, he may very well have made concessions to his opponents, but now he will attempt to consolidate his power by way of intimidation and violence.

On Monday evening, Erdogan gave a speech from the balcony of the presidential palace in Ankara, his voice hoarse and his eyes squinted. “The crusader mentality in the West and its servants at home have attacked us,” he cried. “But we as a nation were unshaken.” As he did during the campaign leading up to the referendum, Erdogan once again promised to hold a referendum on the reintroduction of the death penalty. “We aren’t interested in what Georg, Hans or Helga think. We only care what Ayse, Fatma, Ahmet and Mehmet have to say.”

The government has extended the state of emergency, which has been in place since last summer’s failed coup, by three months. Erdogan no longer sees himself as the representative of all citizens of Turkey, he is only interested in being the patron of the 51.4 percent that voted “yes” last Sunday. He considers everyone else to be terrorists and coup supporters. Since the failed coup, more than 100,000 civil servants have been suspended and almost 50,000 people have been arrested. Now, the next wave of arrests is likely to be on the horizon.

It looks as though there is nobody left in the government who could mollify the president. Long-time Erdogan confidants, such as former president Abdullah Gül, have withdrawn from politics and internal party critics would likely only have risked sticking their necks out had a majority voted against the constitutional reform.

In this entire process, the European Union has been relegated to the sidelines, looking on with no input whatsoever. The EU failed to deepen ties with Turkey at time several years ago when the country was more open to the West. Now, it can do nothing but watch as the Turkish drama unfolds.

Erdogan may ultimately stumble over his own hubris. But for the time being, the president seems determined to pull the country into the abyss along with him.

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An Analysis of Cybercriminal Communications Strategies

Flashpoint analysts have observed that when criminals invite other community members to interact with them outside of the forum, they often leave their contact information at the end of the message (e.g. “ICQ: 9999999”) or express a preference for the platform on which they prefer to interact.

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An Analysis of Cybercriminal Communications Strategies

Flashpoint’s latest research examines how cybercriminals across multiple regions have evolved their communication strategies. Based on Deep & Dark Web data collected between 2012 and 2016, the report analyzes the use of ten messaging services* among Russian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, Persian/Farsi, and English-speaking cybercriminals.

This research addresses the following questions:

•  Which nation state is the trendsetter in selecting messaging services and why?

•  The widespread popularity of which messaging service demonstrates that convenience often outweighs sophistication?

•  Which application was most popular among English-speaking cybercriminals in 2012 and what do those results look like today?

This research aims to help security and risk teams direct intelligence-led initiatives while cultivating an increased understanding of the complex variables driving cybercrime.

Messaging services include: ICQ, Skype, Jabber, PGP, AOL Instant Messenger, Telegram, WeChat, QQ, WhatsApp and Kik

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BLAME IT ON “KURU”………….

The term kuru derives from the Fore word kuria or guria (“to shake”),[1] due to the body tremors that are a classic symptom of the disease and kúru itself means “trembling”.
The term kuru derives from the Fore word kuria or guria (“to shake”),[1] due to the body tremors that are a classic symptom of the disease and kúru itself means “trembling”.

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BLAME IT ON “KURU”………….

In April of 2013, Time magazine obtained a video that had been smuggled out of Syria by a “rebel fighter.” Aryn Baker writes for Time magazine, May 12, 2013:

In the video a man who is believed to be a rebel commander named Khalid al-Hamad, who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Sakkar, bends over the government soldier, knife in hand. With his right hand he moves what appears to be the dead man’s heart onto a flat piece of wood or metal lying across the body. With his left hand he pulls what appears to be a lung across the open cavity in the man’s chest. According to two of Abu Sakkar’s fellow rebels, who said they were present at the scene, Abu Sakkar had cut the organs out of the man’s body. The man believed to be Abu Sakkar then works his knife through the flesh of the dead man’s torso before he stands to face the camera, holding an organ in each hand. “I swear we will eat from your hearts and livers, you dogs of Bashar,” he says, referring to supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Off camera, a small crowd can be heard calling out “Allahu akbar” — God is great. Then the man raises one of the bloodied organs to his lips and starts to tear off a chunk with his teeth.

IS he a “Kuru” disease Carrier?

“KURU” REASON FOR CANNIBALISM IN SYRIA:   This suggests that the Kuru of the infected Syrian men would have been transmitted BEFORE the civil war.

kuru disease in Syria is spreading-cause eating human body parts, lung, brains- i.e. cannibalism. according to Al-Shafie, the founder of Islamic jurisprudence:  one may eat the flesh of a human body. not a moslim but anybody else.  Al-Azhar university condones this. Obama's speech in 2009-at al-azhar university:  kuru disease in Syria is spreading-cause eating human body parts, lung, brains- i.e. cannibalism. – Saved from shoebat.com

ABOUT “KURU”

Kuru is a very rare, incurable neurodegenerative disorder which was prevalent among the Fore people of Papua New Guinea in the 1950s and 60s. Kuru is caused by the transmission of abnormally folded prion proteins, which leads to symptoms such as tremors, loss of coordination, and neurodegeneration.

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The term kuru derives from the Fore word kuria or guria (“to shake”),[1] due to the body tremors that are a classic symptom of the disease and kúru itself means “trembling”. It is now widely accepted that kuru was transmitted among members of the Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea via funerary cannibalism. Deceased family members were traditionally cooked and eaten, which was thought to help free the spirit of the dead. Females and children usually consumed the brain, the organ in which infectious prions were most concentrated, thus allowing for transmission of kuru. The disease was therefore more prevalent among women and children.

The disease has lingered due to kuru’s long incubation period of anywhere from 10 to over 50 years. The epidemic has declined, however, from 200 deaths per year in 1957 to 1 or no deaths annually in 2005. Until Syrian civil war began in 2011. Where Two TIME reporters first saw the video in April in the presence of several of Abu Sakkar’s fighters and supporters, including his brother. They all said the video was authentic. We later obtained a copy. […] These 27 seconds of footage provide a glimpse at how brutal the Syrian war has become….

Kuru is an invariably fatal cerebellar ataxia accompanied by tremor, choreiform and athetoid movements (Figure 8, Figure 9, Figure 10)

Figure 8. A young Fore girl in terminal stage of kuru, held by her father. Intravenous and tube feeding permitted her to live on to this advanced stage of disease at the Kuru Hospital, whereas in the village she would have been smothered by her relatives earlier, since her inability to swallow without aspiration of food or water would have caused her otherwise to starve and thirst to death. DCG-57-PNG-1136. Courtesy of late D. Carleton Gajdusek.
Figure 9. A child with advanced kuru who could neither stand nor sit without support. Courtesy of late D. Carleton Gajdusek.
Figure 10. Three kuru patients at the kuru hospital in Okapa requiring support to stand erect. The Fore adolescent supporting the patient on the right, himself had incipient kuru and died within one year. The other two died within six months. Courtesy of late D. Carleton Gajdusek.
   Sagawa  Sagawa was a Japanese student completing an English Literature degree in Paris. He met and then shot a co-ed on June 11, 1981. After her death, he proceeded to cannibalize her over the next two days. Sagawa was eventually arrested by French authorities but deemed unfit for trial due to insanity and was deported. In one of the worst examples of injustice in legal history; a paperwork error allowed Sagawa to simply check himself out of a mental institution after a little more than a year of confinement. He is now a free man living in Japan.
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INDIAN DEFENCE: Army to Get High-tech Robots to Fight the Threat of ‘Dirty Bomb’

“The ‘Robot Sentry’ for example, is a mobile robot targeted at patrolling and surveillance applications in urban campuses, while the ‘Snake Robot’, whose 14 active joints allow lateral undulation, side winding, and rolling gaits to help it navigate difficult passages together can make for a great reconnaissance and surveillance team both in defensive and offensive plans,” a source said, adding that the ‘Wall-climbing’ robot can also partner in this team.

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INDIAN DEFENCE: Army to Get High-tech Robots to Fight the Threat of ‘Dirty Bomb’

Published: 10 Mar 2017
The project has been going on for the last eight months It will equip India’s armed forces with a host of robots that can work as a team in collaboration, much like our soldiers do Robots occupying forward areas with weapons may still be a far-fetched thought, but India doesn’t want to be lagging behind in providing its armed forces up-to-date artificial intelligence (AI) and robots. Having already made a host of robots with varying uses, the Centre for Artificial Intelligence (CAIR) is now in the process of developing Multi Agent Robotics Framework (MARF)—which could be used in scenarios like the Pathankot Attack—capable of providing myriad of military applications. CAIR, a DRDO lab leading India’s research in artificial intelligence, has been working on this project for more than eight months now and when completed, it will equip India’s armed forces with a host of robots that can work as a team in collaboration, much like our soldiers do. “We will have a multi-layered architecture which will enable collaboration amongst a team of robots. The heterogeneous composition and collaboration capability can effectively contribute in applications such as surveillance, exploration and mapping, search, and rescue, among others. Once developed, MARF could be used to team up existing robots—’Wheeled Robot with Passive Suspension; Snake Robot; Legged Robot; Wall-Climbing Robot and Robot Sentry among others—or see a complete new set of robots built specifically. The different robots the India Army has already built, for instance, can make for a good team if they are able to collaborate. “The ‘Robot Sentry’ for example, is a mobile robot targeted at patrolling and surveillance applications in urban campuses, while the ‘Snake Robot’, whose 14 active joints allow lateral undulation, side winding, and rolling gaits to help it navigate difficult passages together can make for a great reconnaissance and surveillance team both in defensive and offensive plans,” a source said, adding that the ‘Wall-climbing’ robot can also partner in this team. But CAIR, another source said has also begun work on building dependable intelligent mobile robots. “The aim is to equip our armed forces with systems that are self-reliant, adaptable and fault-tolerant,” the source said, adding that this enhances the robots’ ability to complete complex tasks they have to handle autonomously. These robots are being built keeping in mind the current military scenario which demands operations in different conditions—environmental and terrain. Besides, the robots will also be able to work in indoor conditions, enabling deployment at various key establishments. “Intelligence and mobility are critical enablers for unmanned systems targeted for military operations. And, structures vary throughout the Indian landscape. Extensive research in locomotion technologies has been underway to cater to specific needs of these terrain types—mountainous, desert, rural, urban, outdoor and indoor, each present a unique locomotion challenge to a robotic platform,” the source added. Special Algorithms :: Further, robots navigating on their own and performing tasks require a multitude of algorithms running continuously and concurrently to make decisions towards and it is more challenging when we need them to work as one team—talking among themselves, relaying things back to the control centres and take orders—much like soldiers do. “While we’ve built a series of algorithms in the past, things are advancing in artificial intelligence. And this particular system will require a set of special algorithms which are also being developed,” the source said. CAIR has a team working on Robot Perceptions, a key aspect of any such machine. From Simultaneous Planning, Localisation and Mapping (SPLAM) to simple task like navigation, algorithms that don’t fail the robots are crucial.
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HELLO, MY NAME IS “SPIDER MAN”

There are child molestation crusaders out there, and Pam ran into a lot of this on the Deep Web. Below is one response to a 7axxn post from a guy, bemoaning his inability to be anything but a “leech” (a person who consumes the content but never submits any) because his family situation made it impossible to actively share child pornography.

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HELLO, MY NAME IS “SPIDER MAN”

Cracked’s source, “Pam”, spent months undercover in an online community of child molesters, learning their lingo and studying their ways as part of an undergrad research project. She shares some of her horrifying experiences of visiting the dark side of the Internet …

#5. The Dark Web Has A Whole Pedophile “Community”

Child pornographers have their own Wikipedia, which is accessible through Tor, named “Hard Candy”. There is also a discussion forum called 3DBoys, which is full of erotic art; however, there isn’t any actual po*rn on 3DBoys. There is also a site called 7axxn, essentially the Mos Eisley Cantina for child pornographers. Since its membership was heavily restricted, the only way to get into 7axxn was to get an invitation from a current member and gaining their trust would require breaking the law. This whole “incriminate yourself to get inside” attitude was common among pedophiles of The Deep Web. Pam got lucky though; someone invited her on the third day and she was in. The further in she got, the more terrifying the implications of her research became.

#4. There Are “Child Lovers” And Then There Are “Child Molesters”

7axxn is a community of over 90,000 registered users, filled with gigabyte after gigabyte of child pornography. Most users are just there for the po*rn, but hundreds of them also contribute to a lively set of discussion forums. There are even polls, breaking down the popularity of things such as “Hurtcore”, which is the charming shorthand term for pornography featuring the violent physical abuse of children. Within the “community” there are people who are sexually assaulting victims who were incapable of giving consent (real rape), and those who are having ‘mutual’ sexual relationships with children (real se*x).

#3. It’s A Family Business

Pam found a moderator on 7axxn with the moniker sarahthecunt, who claims to have been molested by her dad as a young girl and enjoyed it so much that she grew up taking pride in her identity as a pedophile. She has three children that she and her husband are “bringing up pedo” (her husband is a member, too). This is another way of saying they rape their children and convince them that they’re enjoying it. She posts videos she and husband make; according to her, the kids are willing participants (obviously they can’t be). Here, in sarahthecunt’s own words, are the rules they set for their children:

#2. Child Molesters Have A Handbook

How does she manage to stay hidden from the eyes of the law for so long? Because people like her have a handbook that includes bits on argumentative justifications for pedophilia. Among other things, it advises buyers of child po*rn to do their business in Bitcoin and teaches readers “… how to have se*x with children, and hide it from a significant other”. The handbook also keys newbie pedophiles in on helpful hints such as using the shorthand acronym CP, instead of actually typing “child pornography”. Another term the community uses to avoid suspicion is “young friends”, which refers to the children they’ve either abused or wanted to abuse. The community further protects itself by carrying out all their communication anonymously on Tor and keeping vigilant moderators.

#1. They Are Very Good At Staying incognito

One day, Pam discovered a thread about the best way to drug children (one quote: “[Drug name removed] does wonders. Very mild and relaxes muscles too … Btw [removed] only make them tired and lethargic. Not a good choice for a light sleeper unless mixed with etoh (alcohol). Be careful.”). Disgustingly, those posts were right alongside those insisting that kids just love se*x.

Pam looked for any court admissible evidence, location data, ID information… but she found nothing. People in The Deep Web are very open about what they want to do to children, but also very careful about not mentioning where they are located. And the credit goes to Tor – that’s why it is next to impossible to stop the spread of child p*rn across the hidden reaches of the Internet.

“The Deep Web” sounds like a bullshit term some cop show made up for its hacker character to say (“The serial killer’s firewall has breached our Javascript! We have to backtrace him before he escapes into the Deep Web!”), but it turns out it is a real thing. Specifically, it’s a hidden (that is, not indexed by search engines) part of the Web in which the sites are protected by passwords and where membership is often by invitation only. So, who uses it? Some drug dealers, but, mostly, it’s pedophiles. Lots and lots of pedophiles.

Our source, “Pam”, spent months undercover in an online community of child molesters, learning their lingo and studying their ways as part of an undergrad research project. The evidence she brought back is truly horrifying, and a quick heads up: Nothing that appears after this paragraph will be the least bit safe for your brain.

 

5. In The Dark Web, You’ll Find A Whole Pedophile “Community”

To infiltrate this stygian pit of awfulness, Pam used the same anonymizing service revered by drug dealers and privacy advocates: Tor. If you don’t pay much attention to Internet-news, Tor is a free service you can use to try and thwart government surveillance of your online communication — basically wiping away your tracks. Ironically, Tor was developed with a lot of government help and is currently used by the military, NSA, and CIA for their own stealth-browsing needs. Like so many times before, the government engineered the means for its own defeat.

Once you’re in, you go searching for the illegal stuff the same way the pedophiles do — they have set up a system to make it easier for them to find each other. So, while they don’t like to advertise, child pornographers do have their own Wikipedia, which is accessible through Tor. It’s named “Hard Candy,” because there is no God and whatever odious being vomited us into existence abandoned us to the void long ago.

Hard Candy The first link is to “The Pedophile’s Handbook.” We’re warning you to turn back now.

Pam eventually wound up at a discussion forum called 3DBoys, which is full of erotic art and stories about every nightmare your parents ever had while you were growing up.

3DBoys“Good riddance.” — the real world.

However, there wasn’t any actual porn on 3DBoys. Everything there was on the edge, certainly, but members were extremely careful never to blindly masturbate their way into outright illegality. However, during her exploration of 3DBoys, Pam learned of a site called 7axxn, which was essentially the Mos Eisley Cantina for child pornographers.

Since basically everyone on 7axxn was guilty of more federal crimes than your average Batman villain, membership was heavily restricted. Like that creepy rich people sex club from Eyes Wide Shut, the only way in to 7axxn was to get an invitation from a current member. Some of those members hung out in a less-restricted Tor chatroom, but it looked like gaining their trust would require breaking the law: “If you didn’t provide a link to child porn every 10 minutes, you were kicked off,” says Pam. This whole “incriminate yourself to get inside” attitude was common among pedophiles of the Deep Web: “There are a lot of forums that don’t even allow new members unless they submit an application where they upload examples from their own CP library. I wasn’t about to even try that.”

Reminder: This is a $20,000,000,000 industry.

It’s sort of like how drug dealers in the movies will force suspected undercover cops to do a line of what is supposedly cocaine in order to prove their shared criminality — the big difference being that it’s totally legal for cops to do that kind of stuff in the interest of busting criminals. Pam wasn’t a cop, so, if she downloaded or exchanged any illegal pornography, she would be in just as much trouble as the band of villains she was attempting to infiltrate. Finally, she got lucky. “The third day someone said, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve got an invite,’ and I was like, ‘Can I have an invite, too?'”

Pam was in. And the further in she got, the more terrifying the implications of her research became. As Nietzsche said, “She who fights with monsters should look to it that she herself doesn’t get raided by the FBI for her browser history.

But, the FBI never came, and, over the course of the next month, Pam observed what we can safely call the Internet’s worst community, where she learned …

4-There Are Two Opposing “Camps” Of Child Molester

There’s something we should establish right away. There are pedophiles out there who desperately don’t want to harm children and hate the urges they feel — we interviewed a few of them a while back. But, what Pam found on 7axxn was a shitload of people dedicated to raping and victimizing children and also finding new ways to do it.

“7axxn” is a community of “over 90,000” registered users, filled with gigabyte after gigabyte of child pornography, which is easily the most depressing set of statistics ever recorded. Most users are just there for the porn, but hundreds of them also contribute to a lively set of discussion forums. There are even polls, breaking down the popularity of things such as “Hurtcore,” which is the charming shorthand term for pornography featuring the violent physical abuse of children (Note: About 40 percent of respondents said they “love it!,” and another 19 percent merely thought it was “okay, not my favorite.”)

7axxnWe take it back. This is the most disturbing set of statistics ever recorded.

Other highlights of the discussion included a debate over the merits of drugging children, in which one member insisted that drugs weren’t necessary because ” … children are quite heavy sleepers without taking any medication at all!”

Those awful “practical” threads actually revealed a major divide within the “community,” between people who were more-or-less at peace with the fact that they were sexually assaulting victims who were incapable of giving consent, to those who considered themselves child lovers, insisting they were merely in a mutual sexual relationship with someone who happened to be a kindergartner.

Here’s a sample post from a thread asking whether or not respondents preferred “real sex or real rape.” Quote: “Enjoy what you want; that’s your business, NOT MINE. But don’t you DARE, EVER paint me with the same brush as you do yourself. And don’t ever call yourself a child lover, either. You’ve got some nerve.

Do you also think that stealing something is the same as buying it, too? Well, if that’s the case, I hope you open a shop in my village soon. Of course, I myself would never steal anything from you. The only people you’d have to worry about is people just like yourself. What a way to go through life: having no desire to ever look in a mirror and see someone you could possibly respect.”

7axxnNote their signature: “Young lady, the solution to all your problems is right here in my pants.”

Pam got her first hints of the divide between “child lovers” and “child molesters” when she was browsing around the 3DBoys community, seeing posts like this:

“Hi thestruggle, [smiley face]

You have to learn to disassociate your thinking of pedophilia with hurting or abusing children. You have been brought up to, not talk to strangers etc when you was a child because your parents who think pedos hurt children passed that idea on to you & now your mind is confused …

The truth is, some people do hurt children but the majority of pedophiles (paedophile is latin for child lover — paed=child & phile=love) love children and would not hurt them or harm them in any way.”

3DBoysHis or her username was “pdiatric.” Sweet Jesus, please don’t let him or her be a pediatrician.

We’ve actually encountered this ourselves, by the way. After we did the aforementioned article with the pedophiles who were trying to undergo treatment to stop, some lovely soul tweeted to us an earnest defense of child molestation based around two key points of indestructible logic:

A) Children have sex with each other!

And …

B) Pedophilia means “child friend.” No, really!

twitter.com/letmemakeadamna 

So, which is it, “friend” or “lover”? We’re starting to think these people suck at Latin.

You’ll note the same “linguistic root of the word ‘pedophile'” talking point Pam ran into above. They also claimed that our article’s point of view represented, “… the breeder/prude/cretin’s agenda treating kids as property without a will or say of their own.” As if the children’s “innocence” (that is, the fact that they don’t know what’s happening and are easily lied to) isn’t the very thing that turns them on.

In other words, there are child molestation crusaders out there, and Pam ran into a lot of this on the Deep Web. Below is one response to a 7axxn post from a guy, bemoaning his inability to be anything but a “leech” (a person who consumes the content but never submits any) because his family situation made it impossible to actively share child pornography. The other members suggested he could aid “the cause” by helping to “enlighten & educate” the children in his life on the “true philosophies of love”:

“Firstly, there is nothing wrong with being a “leech” for on topic IMHO.

It is important we spread the content for all who share our orientation. But it is equally important that we make the world see that so called ‘children’ are human beings that enjoy sexuality as much as ‘adults’.

If you do not wish to engage in sexual activity with our younger brothers & sisters, then please at least enlighten & educate them on the true philosophies of love, happiness & sexuality. Show them that the violence we ingrate into our ‘civilization’ is unacceptable, and nurture the emotion & feelings that come naturally to humanity.

It will allow them to become more balanced in their post-pubescent years. Acknowledging that sexuality between humans regardless of age is not evil or destructive.”

7axxnSomebody actually argued sex with children will make then better adults.

Advice of this nature is typically dispensed by cloven-hooved tentacle beasts wearing person costumes. Unfortunately for the whole damn human race, some of the people who aim to “enlighten” kids (a term here meaning “molest”) actually have children of their own. That’s right …

 

3 For Some People, It’s A Family Business

Let’s cut right to the chase: a moderator on 7axxn with the sage-like moniker of sarahthecunt claims to have three children that she and her husband are “bringing up pedo” (her husband is a member, too). This is another way of saying they rape their children and convince them that they’re enjoying it. “She makes her own videos of that,” says Pam, “and she’s one of the (according to her) biggest child pornographers in her area. I don’t know where that area is because they are very tight-lipped about where they’re located.”

Sarahthecunt claims she was molested by her dad as a young girl and enjoyed it so much that she grew up taking pride in her identity as a pedophile. When she tired of shopping around for a “Mr. Right” to have kids with (and then molest), she took to hanging out on a series of pedo chatrooms until she met a like-minded man named “Brian,” whom she married three months later. Here, in sarahthecunt’s own words, are the rules they set for their children:

7axxnTrust us — withholding sex is absolutely NOT a punishment here.

Please note she admits that she and her husband immediately violated rule #1 when their daughter was a newborn. We’re guessing that right about now your greatest hope in the world is that Sarah’s entire tale is an elaborate fake. But according to Pam, that isn’t likely. “She posts videos she and husband make … According to her, the kids are willing participants. But, obviously, they can’t be.” It’s interesting to see the lines the “child lovers” faction draw for themselves. Continuing sex after a child says “no” is bad, so, of course, the moral thing to do is to simply condition the child from birth to never say no, by never telling them that what’s happening to them isn’t normal.

Pam hasn’t seen these videos because that would mean downloading child pornography. But, Sarahthecunt is a frequent contributor to the site’s felonious archives and is regarded as credible by her fellow child molesters. You might be wondering how the hell people like her manage to stay hidden from the eyes of the law for so long. Well, that’s because …

Child Molesters Have A Handbook 

Any sufficiently difficult task needs a handbook, or, at the very least, a guide “For Dummies.” So, some enterprising pedophiles (or unsettlingly imaginative FBI agents) have written a guide to protect their evil, horror-shit comrades:

“The pedophile’s handbook was originally a PDF or .doc in circulation among the community,” Pam says. “It turns out there’s also a downloadable version too.”

LiveJournal RussiaEven more shocking is that people still use LiveJournal.

LiveJournal Russia Even more shocking is that people still use LiveJournal.

(LiveJournal, a popular social network in the early 2000s that the internet cognoscenti once referred to as “lj,” moved its servers to Russia in December, Gizmodo reports.)

Pam says the handbook includes bits on argumentative justifications for pedophilia, which probably explains why both the guy who tweeted us and the people on 7axxn used such similar language. Among other things, it advises buyers of child porn to do their business in Bitcoin and teaches readers “… how to have sex with children, and hide it from a significant other.”

The handbook also keys newbie pedophiles in on helpful hints such as using the shorthand acronym CP, instead of actually typing “child pornography.” Another term the community uses to avoid suspicion is “young friends,” which refers to the children they’ve either abused or wanted to abuse. The community further protects itself by carrying out all their communication anonymously on Tor and keeping vigilant moderators. Pam actually posted on 7axxn as a researcher, seeking to poll the population.

7axxn

Her thread was immediately identified and locked down by a moderator: “To all- this is a feeble attempt at drawing people out … It may be an actual researcher (who didn’t read the intro tag at the top of our page) or didn’t know how the host system he’s using works or a clueless lea [law enforcement agent] or whatever …

In any case be aware of these things. Don’t ever go to sites asking for survey data. Even someone just ‘collecting data’ via messages and responses in posts can cause enough personal info to be revealed to help police profilers (who are very good at what they do) to fill in the blanks.

I’m leaving the message up, sans link, just for awareness purposes.”

7axxn

Any community that forms around something this illegal doesn’t last long if the members are dumb about it. These people want as many burgeoning pedophiles to find them as possible because that means more emotional support (and more porn) for them. They know their community is only as safe as its least safe member, so they work together to protect each other from the feds and maintain a place on the Internet where they can freely have conversations like this: “i get hard seeing teen girls crying and being violated and raped, enjoy those murder porn scenes too. Just look at some BDSM sites, you can actually re-enact a ‘consensual’ rape scene with a stranger and all that kinds of stuff, its not really that uncommon. Not that i would actually hurt someone if they didn’t want to be hurt or anything, besides once you do hurt someone or rape someone, usually you lose your hard on pretty quickly facing the consequences lol. I actually share this stuff with people in general conversation with a smile on my face, they just laugh, Lol. Not sure if they think I am joking.”

 

7axxn“lol.”

This is the paradox of a group that also desperately want to be acknowledged as “normal” and “healthy” by mainstream society — just another sexual orientation. In one thread, a member pitched the idea of starting a website for children “between the ages of 9 and 14.” It would contain “educational games” and a chat client that would connect these young users to other “kids” who, as you might have already guessed, would actually be pedophiles in disguise. The other members of 7axxn immediately told the poster his idea was rock-fucking stupid, and he lashed out angrily in response:

“Herein lies one of the major problems in the entire pedo community: they let ‘The Man’ and they let ‘Them’ best us before we even try anything new. They have already beaten us psychologically, so that’s why we don’t even bother to try. That is one of their tactics. And they are winning.

If we united and put are heads together, there is a whole lot more that we can do together … There is a whole lot more that we can do and accomplish if we would stop letting them beat us before we even try.

A site like this CAN be done. Safety measures could be put into place to earn trust, like requiring some sort of photo ID before gaining access to chat features to ensure that only kids are in the chat.

I’m sure that you can also come up with a lot of other great ideas, if you are willing to lose this negative mindset that has been imposed upon us and start winning the psychological game that they are playing with us.

7axxnThis is really not the life area that deserves a rallying Hollywood-style pep talk.

It’s entirely possible that guy was an undercover FBI agent, trying to trick members of the forum into basically handing themselves over on a silver platter. If it was, it sadly didn’t work. Busting people who openly brag about the commission of major felonies seems like the easiest job any cop could wish for, but the truth is …

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They Are Very Good At Staying Anonymous

If you’ve got any kind of soul, this has been a frustrating article to read. Now imagine how Pam felt after wading through all this chittering evil at ground-fucking-zero:

” … at one point, I read how one of the mods was arrested for sexual assault on a minor, and she got off — the person who charged her recanted. [The police] had her RIGHT THERE, and the things she did and admitted to doing on the forum were even worse than anything she’d been charged for.”

Another day, Pam discovered a thread about the best way to drug children (one quote: “[Drug name removed] does wonders. Very mild and relaxes muscles too … Btw [removed] only make them tired and lethargic. Not a good choice for a light sleeper unless mixed with etoh (alcohol). Be careful.”). And again, those posts are right alongside those insisting that kids just love sex and have no problem giving consent.

“You’re damn right I wanted to get these people locked up,” says Pam. “I looked as hard as I could, for any court admissible evidence, I specifically looked for location data, ID information … and I found nothing. The people here … they are very open about what they want to do to children. And very careful about not mentioning where they are located.”

There’s also the fact that Tor offers a lot of protection — there’s a reason drug dealers and investigative journalists also use it to hide themselves. That said, the FBI has broken through Tor’s protections before: In 2013, they busted a prolific child pornographer and several pedophile communities. But, that bust ultimately boiled down to just a handful of individuals, which didn’t do squat to stop the spread of child porn across the hidden reaches of the Internet.

 

In December 2014, a reported 80 percent of visits to the Deep Web involved child pornography. In an article full of staggering horror, that last sentence somehow manages to be the most chilling.

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