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UK Claims Link Between Child Porn and Terrorism

Brian Ribbon (986353) writes | more than 5 years ago

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Brian Ribbon writes "The Times reports claims made by government officials and security services, regarding an alleged correlation between the use of indecent images and terrorist activity. According to the article, "secret coded messages are being embedded into child pornographic images, and paedophile websites are being exploited as a secure way of passing information between terrorists" and "it is not clear whether the terrorists were more interested in the material for personal gratification or were drawn to child porn networks as a secure means of sending messages." The correlation is likely to be false; under UK law, nude photographs of all minors — including those who are over the age of consent — are illegal, so it's not surprising that many people (including terrorists) are found to have illegal material when their computers are searched. In reality, this story is probably just a poor attempt to justify the government's proposed big brother database."
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In other news... (2, Insightful)

vintagepc (1388833) | more than 5 years ago | (#25426783)

In other news, research indicates that food has been related to terrorism. In all cases, searched homes of suspect and confirmed terrorists revealed a kitchen filled with various foodstuffs. Unless you can TELL me HOW they encrypt these messages, along with some actual PROOF of encrypted messages, this remains yet another sensationalist speculation.

Re:In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25455961)

Unless you can TELL me HOW they encrypt these messages, along with some actual PROOF of encrypted messages, this remains yet another sensationalist speculation.

You just want to see the kiddie porn, you terrorist pedophile!

I don't think anyone believes... (1)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 5 years ago | (#25426893)


More interesting than the article are the comments. Just a flood of people saying that the story doesn't make sense and accusing the government and police of trying to fear monger and invoke as many bogeymen as possible to justify greater surveillance. Fair lifts your faith in humanity, it does. (Not in professional journalism, though).
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