Skip to comments.A Specially Selected Group of Wounded Warriors Find a New Mission: Hunting Child Predators
Posted on 02/13/2020 2:22:24 PM PST by Kaslin
A day cant go by without an arrest of a child predator broadcast online. Several of these predators were hunted by a scarcely known group of specially trained law enforcement operatives that were recruited from the ranks of the U.S. military. The operatives all had something in common; they bore wounds from their service to the Nation. Starting in late 2013, with little fanfare, this select group of wounded warriors deployed throughout the United States with a new mission, tracking down child predators and rescuing children.
With the advent of the internet, child exploitation took on a new form. Gone were the days of selling illegal photographs through the mail, the illicit commerce took the form of file transfers via the internet throughout the world. Criminals began transferring terabytes of child pornography worldwide. The internet has no border, hence falling within the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Because of their international investigative purview, DHS, specifically Immigration and Customs Enforcements Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is charged with tracking these child predators, a task that previously fell on my former agency, the legacy U.S. Customs Service. In 2003, the U.S. Customs Service merged into DHS as a result of 9/11.
DHSs investigations reach beyond international boundaries, including investigating child pornographers and those exploiting children because criminals transfer illegal files worldwide. While the crimes cross international borders, the criminals can and do originate from all walks of life within the United States.
How prevalent are crimes against children purported through the internet? I asked James Beard, a Section Chief with HSIs Cyber Crimes Center. Beard, referring to internet crimes involving children, said, Theres enough work to keep all of us working for the rest of our lives, and we wouldnt make a dent in it. HSI agents have arrested over 15,000 child predators since 2003 and process seventeen terabytes of data a day. A daunting task for any law enforcement agency. Fortunately, HSI is assisted by specially trained former military members assigned as interns with the Human Exploitation Rescue Operative (HERO) Child-Rescue Corps.
Beard supervises the HERO Corp for HSI. Beard said, The HERO interns are essential in the fight against child predators. They are welcomed as part of the team and provide unmatched support. Beard detailed the programs origin for me. The HERO program originated in 2013 when the non-profit National Association to Protect Children (PROTECT) approached the Department of Homeland Security with a proposal to stand up a child-rescue corp by recruiting from the ranks of the militarys wounded warriors. Initially, members originated solely from the militarys special operations community. Since 2015, the program has expanded to conventional military forces to include both men and women. HERO Corp has seen over 130 graduates from all branches of service, including recently from the U.S. Coast Guard. The recruits attend intensive training in digital forensics and on the job training as interns in an HSI field office to prepare them to dive deep into the dark world of child predators.
Last summer, HSI participated in Operation Broken Heart as part of Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces. The two-month nationwide operation resulted in almost 1,700 arrests and over 350 victims identified. Attorney General William Barr said, "The sexual abuse of children is repugnant, and it victimizes the most innocent and vulnerable of all. We must bring the full force of the law against sexual predators. HSI approaches a child exploitation investigation by focusing on the victim first, identifying and rescuing the sexually exploited child, and then prosecuting the victimizer. As documented in this massive operation, there were hundreds of victim children identified with an unpublicized number of children rescued.
The HERO program does have a hiring announcement now open to wounded, ill, and injured military veterans and designed to assist returning military heroes who lost their mission. The interns work within one of HSIs forensic laboratories as an intern for a year. The HERO Corp does recruit year-round through the service branchs wounded warrior battalions and Operation Warfighter. Beard said, The military members should inquire with their wounded warrior leadership about recruitment efforts and when we [HSI] will be on base holding hiring events.
Well, there’s this old guy headed to South Carolina they can start with...
Re: Attorney General William Barr said, “The sexual abuse of children is repugnant, and it victimizes the most innocent and vulnerable of all. We must bring the full force of the law against sexual predators.
And democrats think this man should be fired. Typical.
A Salute to these Wounded Warriors combating Child Sex Predators.
But caution needs to be deployed when considering WW to do this job. If PTSD isn’t a problem already due to their combat experiences, then delving into the nasty perverse world of child sex abuse will surely bring it on.
That’s Malarkey. Something a Dog Face Pony Soldier might say.
(Wanna see my hairy legs?)
These are strong, strong men. Real men. After all they’ve been through, they volunteer to face the terrible suffering caused by these predators...to save the children. God bless them.
Good point about triggering the PTSD. I have a first cousin who is an FBI agent, retired Air Force. He worked on busting up child porn/abduction rings for two years.
He had to ask to be re-assigned at that point because he has daughters that are the same ages as the vast majority of victims in these cases.
He told me most agents make it a bit further if they don’t have kids, but most agents with children only make it to the 2 year mark or so. And, the FBI knows this and will re-assign people when they ask.
It’s admirable work, it HAS to be done, but it just causes SO much damage to the fabric of our Society, as do all the other Satan-Based Ills so many seem EAGER to participate in. :(
Whenever they find one can they take its carcass to a good taxidermist for mounting?
They can start with John Podesta and his Pizzagate scandle.
Know you’re reading this, Leland (our local talker). Thanks for mentioning. (He reads FR for show prep.)
Hope they give ‘em all an ‘Official Vigilante’ badge and/or a deck of Get Out of Jail Free cards.
Story time drag queens is a good start.....
“Story time drag queens is a good start.....”
Also Sesame Street drag queens as reported on earlier on this board.
Do the HERO Corp. members have the power to arrest?
A conviction under a law carrying a penalty up to death upon conviction might do it.
If there is no law, it’s just talk. Talk will do nothing to prevent or punish. Get an enforceable law.
Oh man...you are SO right....SADLY.
What a wonderful initiative. Awesome, ladies and gentlemen. I wish I had the computer skills to participate. Is there some training program, I would love to get involved.
Well from the party that apparently supported pedo island, and even visited it, as in the case of Bill Clinton, I believe, I suppose it makes some sick sort of sense.
Old listeners of Beck remember the retired SEALS that came on his show. There is an island in the Caribbean where children are kept as sex slaves for the wealthy and powerful. The government of that island knows all about it and does nothing.
We all, naturally assumed that government was NOT the United States of America.
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