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Feds Look For Child Porn On Lawmaker’s Computers
WBBM/AP ^ | 3/23/2014

Posted on 03/23/2014 8:56:09 AM PDT by markomalley

Federal agents were searching for child pornography when they seized computers from former state Rep. Keith Farnham’s home and offices this month, according to a search warrant released to The Associated Press on Saturday.

The search warrant released by the Illinois House shows authorities were seeking any evidence of the “possession, receipt, or distribution of child pornography” and documents “in any format and medium concerning minors visually depicted while engaged in sexually explicit conduct” from computers in Farnham’s Elgin home and office as well as his Springfield office.

They also sought other computer equipment and cellphones, information about anyone contacted through the computers, passwords, accounts with any Internet companies, indications of file-sharing technology and software designed to eliminate data.

Farnham, a Democrat first elected in 2008, resigned last Wednesday but said he had to attend to “battling serious health issues.” He did not mention what the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. attorney’s office describe as “an ongoing investigation.”

(Excerpt) Read more at chicago.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: associatedpress; democrat; illinois; keithfarnham

1 posted on 03/23/2014 8:56:09 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

First the Democrat Leader of Rhode Island and now this...

Does Eric Holder know?


2 posted on 03/23/2014 8:57:45 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana

RI’s D was exposed in third paragraph This guys D doesn’t appear until fourth. Must be series!


3 posted on 03/23/2014 9:02:07 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: markomalley; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ..
Thanks markomalley.
Farnham, a Democrat first elected in 2008, resigned last Wednesday...
I have that "wait for the other shoe to drop" feeling about this.
4 posted on 03/23/2014 9:02:14 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: markomalley
I'm fed up with this. I can't stand it that the feds are searching peoples computers....and that includes when they find bad stuff. I'm also totally beyond disgusted with politicians, generals, sports figures and others who should know better putting this stuff on computers, practically daring the system to find them out.

We're losing all of our freedoms because people even those in high places don't seem to understand that if you want something to be private keep it private.

5 posted on 03/23/2014 9:03:31 AM PDT by grania
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https://votesmart.org/candidate/101754/keith-farnham#.Uy8F-_ldXPU


6 posted on 03/23/2014 9:03:40 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: markomalley; hoosiermama

Very easy way to tell the party affiliation of any scandal tainted politician from AP articles: If the affiliation is mentioned in the first or second line of the article, its a republican. If not, you can be sure it’s a democrat.


7 posted on 03/23/2014 9:06:11 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: markomalley
With all we've learned about the NSA and software/operating system backdoors it's easy to believe that some of these guys could be setup.

Once a person is accused of having child porn on their computer they're done. Finished.

"Excuse me Mr. Congressman, if you don't go along with us on XYZ bill you'll be sorry". Farfetched?

8 posted on 03/23/2014 9:06:20 AM PDT by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Try “first or second word of the headline.”


9 posted on 03/23/2014 9:06:46 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: grania
I'm fed up with this. I can't stand it that the feds are searching peoples computers....and that includes when they find bad stuff.

At least in this case it looks like they bothered to get a warrant first.

10 posted on 03/23/2014 9:07:05 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: grania
grania:" I'm fed up with this. I can't stand it that the feds are searching peoples computers
....and that includes when they find bad stuff."

And if they have the ability to reach in and find stuff ..,
they can also ' PLANT ' stuff , to be found later, especially when you are no longer 'useful' ! It's called "entrapment"
Just because I have a pair of noids , it doesn't make me paranoid !

11 posted on 03/23/2014 9:13:36 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Everyone has child pornography on their computer. EVERYONE!


12 posted on 03/23/2014 9:19:48 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: grania

At my workplace they’ve installed a new keyless system for building entry. With sensors at every entryway they are literally able to track your every step. I have nothing to hide, but the fact I can be traced minute by minute is unnerving. I told the IT guys who installed it that it was the mark of the beast.

When I mentioned this fact to other coworkers they simply said “are you doing anything illegal”.

Privacy, what an obsolete concept. (sarc)


13 posted on 03/23/2014 9:22:18 AM PDT by Sparky21555 (The buck stops over there.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

If Republican it would be in the headline!


14 posted on 03/23/2014 9:26:16 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: The Toll

And you know this how?


15 posted on 03/23/2014 9:27:11 AM PDT by Sparky21555 (The buck stops over there.)
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To: grania; SunkenCiv

In that case, I recommend a search of Harry Reid’s computers. Because he is a Democrat, there s a good chance child porn will be found on them. Or as liberals call it, an “alternative lifestyle.” Just sayin’.


16 posted on 03/23/2014 9:28:39 AM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Berosus

My hope is that Reid happens to be in a meeting with one of his mobster sponsors when a rival gang hits them all.


17 posted on 03/23/2014 9:34:54 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Sparky21555

And you know this how?...Cripes! I spent all kinds of money to stop crap on my computer. And an IT guy I had here to fix what turned out to be a minor problem, said “You got more safeguards on this thing than 3 Mile Island!!” Now I find I got child porn on my computer. Who’d a thunk?


18 posted on 03/23/2014 9:45:29 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: The Toll

I certainly do NOT!!!

That is like saying that ‘everyone who is in or from California uses drugs!!!’


19 posted on 03/23/2014 9:46:19 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: FReepaholic

Along with the potential of the setup from the NSA placing these files or even the accusation for political enemies what will the HHS do now that our medical records are REQUIRED to be given to the feds?


20 posted on 03/23/2014 9:47:57 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Sparky21555
When I mentioned this fact to other coworkers they simply said “are you doing anything illegal”.

You should quote this guy the famous line by Lavrenti Beria, the head of Joseph Stalin’s KGB...

“Show me the man and I will find the crime.”

21 posted on 03/23/2014 9:54:54 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: markomalley
His party affiliation is first mentioned in paragraph 4 of this 8 paragraph story.

If he'd been a Republican the headline would have begun "Republican Lawmaker...".

22 posted on 03/23/2014 10:00:46 AM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF (Pray for the owners and staff of Ares Armor)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

“And if they have the ability to reach in and find stuff ..,
they can also ‘ PLANT ‘ stuff , to be found later, especially when you are no longer ‘useful’ ! It’s called “entrapment”

Never, ever, trust the government. They have long since compromised any trust they may have had with the public and they have NO integrity.


23 posted on 03/23/2014 10:06:56 AM PDT by dljordan (WhoVoltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: Safetgiver

Not trying to be antagonistic here but you are obviously going to the wrong sites. Downloading “free” music is famous for planting porn under the radar. When my daughter’s laptop crashed my IT buddy told for her not to go to those sites as they inbed these background programs in the system.


24 posted on 03/23/2014 10:31:01 AM PDT by Sparky21555 (The buck stops over there.)
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To: Sparky21555

Seriously, unless it is youtube I don’t look at any music or movie sites.


25 posted on 03/23/2014 10:47:30 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Sparky21555

I can assure you that your IT team has much better and more important things to do than to track your movements around the building.

Watching your online habits, reading your instant messages and chats, that’s a different story. You have no expectation of privacy on a network you don’t own. You also have no expectation of privacy in a building you don’t own working at a company you don’t command. You don’t get to walk into my house or use my network or computers and demand privacy. For better or for worse, that is how it works.


26 posted on 03/23/2014 10:59:21 AM PDT by drunknsage
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To: FReepaholic

It doesn’t work that way. Investigators have to find and prove an intent to download and distribute child porn. Someone can hack your system and put a few images in it but prosecution has to prove it was you and has to prove you were intentionally searching for and saving it. People that get busted for this stuff are almost always members of news groups and have an extensive collection of images as well as clear evidence they were engaged in distribution.

Another note, police cannot simply take your hard drive and put things in it. That is impossible when using a write blocker which prevents investigators from altering the hard drive. Without that device, the moment that drive is plugged in, the drive has been written to and the evidence has been tainted. CP cases are very tricky and often involve months of online surveillance. They can be very difficult to prove and when charges are filed, there is typically a smoking gun.


27 posted on 03/23/2014 11:10:38 AM PDT by drunknsage
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To: hoosiermama

If it had been a Republican the ‘R” would have been in the headline..


28 posted on 03/23/2014 11:20:03 AM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: FReepaholic
With all we've learned about the NSA and software/operating system backdoors it's easy to believe that some of these guys could be setup. Once a person is accused of having child porn on their computer they're done. Finished.

Absolutely right.

29 posted on 03/23/2014 11:22:31 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GOPJ

Yep R in first paragraph. Tea Party in headline! Rules for journal Lists


30 posted on 03/23/2014 11:26:27 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: dfwgator

Absolutely wrong, please see my above post.

CP cases are some of the most difficult to prove. If someone is being charged, it is likely done so because of overwhelming evidence. The first thing you learn in computer forensics is how much of an uphill battle these cases are from start to finish. It takes much more than an accusation and a few pics. There are plenty of ways to launch a defense against such charges, one of which is “how do you know it was me online and not a hacker or someone else.” This is why there are so many agencies involved and usually months or longer of surveillance. Every base must be covered and they have to have a smoking gun or the case will be thrown out.

The NSA could put pics on your computer and report you, but it takes way more than that to prove a CP case. They were likely watching this guy for awhile and I highly doubt he will be the only one to go down. These freaks never act alone and are almost always parts of sicko CP groups. I was involved in a CP case early in my IT career. Myself and our main sys admin were cleaning out network storage folders for our users. I opened a folder in thumbnail view and found thousands of horrible images. We contacted the FBI immediately and they began their work. They needed tons of info from both our sys admin and our network engineers and basically sat back and watched this guy for a month before the hammer came down and they arrested him at work. It was crazy. I never would have found out had I not opened that folder in thumbnail view.


31 posted on 03/23/2014 11:43:14 AM PDT by drunknsage
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To: markomalley; newgeezer

I would hate to be a republican having his computer “checked” by a democrat.


32 posted on 03/23/2014 11:44:37 AM PDT by DungeonMaster (No one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.)
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To: drunknsage

That’s just it, it doesn’t have to be proved....just the charges alone will destroy the political career. “Where there’s smoke” and all.


33 posted on 03/23/2014 11:45:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: hoosiermama

LOL- you’re right. We’ve got their number...


34 posted on 03/23/2014 12:19:22 PM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: drunknsage

While I appreciate your insight, you have no view to my work environment. Myself and my fellow employees are being tracked via video and now this new system.

Bottom line point being none of us has ANY expectancy of privacy nowadays.

By the by, our IT guys maintane the system, they do not watch us. The administrators are the ones doing the spying.


35 posted on 03/23/2014 12:32:07 PM PDT by Sparky21555 (The buck stops over there.)
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