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VIDEO Fisher Ames “A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction” – Pedogate

September 24, 2022 • Fisher Ames 

He sat next to George Washington in the pew at St. Paul’s Chapel in New York during the religious service following Washington’s Presidential Inauguration.

He helped ratify the U.S. Constitution.

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His name was Fisher Ames.

Fisher Ames was a Congressman from Massachusetts where, on August 20, 1789, he proposed as the wording of the First Amendment (Annals of Congress, 1:766):

“Congress shall make no law establishing religion, or to prevent the free exercise thereof, or to infringe the rights of conscience.”

Ames wrote to George Richard Minot, June 12, 1789:

“The rights of conscience, of bearing arms, of changing the government, are declared to be inherent in the people. Freedom of the press, too.”

Fisher Ames studied monarchies, republics, and democracies.

Democracy has two meanings:

  • the first is a general reference to people ruling themselves;
  • the second is an actual form of government where people rule themselves by being at every meeting, everyday, and voting on every issue.

As an actual form of government, democracy only worked on a small scale, like the city-state of Athens, because any larger than that, citizens could not logistically travel the distance to meet everyday.

republic is where the people rule themselves through representatives. This allows republics to grow larger, like the Roman Republic.

The most efficient form of government is a monarchy: one person gives the order, and everyone instantly obeys or they could be killed.

Democracies and republics have individual freedom, but are inefficient, as everybody gets to give their opinion.

Fisher Ames contrasted MONARCHY with a REPUBLIC, as recorded by Ralph Waldo Emerson in his Essays, 1844 (second series, chapter 7- “Politics,” p. 97; Library of America, 1983):

“Monarchy is a merchantman (large ship) which sails well, but will sometimes strike on a rock and go to the bottom;

whilst a republic is a raft, which would never sink, but then your feet are always in water.”

America’s republic was described by Fisher Ames in his articled “Monitor,” (The New England Palladium of Boston, 1804 (Works of Fisher Ames, compiled by a number of his friends, Boston, T.B. Wait & Co., 1809, p. 272):

“We now set out with our experimental project, exactly where Rome failed with hers. We now begin, where she ended.”

One of the most famous orators to have served in Congress, Fisher Ames, at the age of 46, was elected Harvard’s president, but he declined to serve due to an illness which eventually led to his death.

Exactly 32 years to the day after America declared its IndependenceFisher Ames died on July 4, 1808, at the age of 50

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Warning against the deep-state temptation of those in power to rig the system to stay in power, Fisher Ames wrote in “Speeches on Mr. Madison’s Resolutions” (Works of Fisher Ames, compiled by a number of his friends, Boston, T.B. Wait & Co., 1809, p. 48):

“To control trade by law, instead of leaving it to the better management of the merchants … (is) to play the tyrant in the counting house, and in directing the private expenses of our citizens, are employments equally unworthy of discussion.”

At the Massachusetts Convention, January 15, 1788, Fisher Ames warned that democracy without morals would eventually reduce the nation to the basest of human passions and lawlessness, swallowing freedom:

“A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction.”

Fisher Ames commented in “The Dangers of American Liberty,” 1805 (published in Works of Fisher Ames: with a selection from his speeches and correspondence, Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1854, pp. 349):

“The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness, which the ambitious call, and the ignorant believe to be, liberty.”

“Licentiousness” is defined as: sexually unrestrained; lascivious; libertine; lewd; unrestrained by law or general morality; lawless; immoral … Synonyms: abandoned, profligate.

New York’s State Constitution, 1777, stated:

“The liberty of conscience hereby granted, shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness (sexual immorality).”

The Greek philosopher Plato warned that liberty, unrestrained by morals, would eventually permit licentiousness and debased sexual immorality:

“And so the young man passes … into the freedom and libertinism of useless and unnecessary pleasures …”

“In all of us, even in good men, there is a lawless wild-beast nature …”

“Unnecessary pleasures and appetites I conceive to be unlawful …”

“Everyone appears to have them, but in some persons they are controlled … while in … others they are stronger …

and there is no conceivable folly or crime — not excepting incest or any other unnatural union … which … when he has parted company with all shame and sense, a man may not be ready to commit …”

Plato continued:

“Can liberty have any limit?

Certainly not … By degrees the anarchy finds a way into private houses …

The son is on a level with his father, he having no respect or reverence for either of his parents; and this is his freedom …

Citizens … chafe impatiently at the least touch of authority … they will have no one over them …

Such … is the fair and glorious beginning out of which springs tyranny …

Liberty overmasters democracy … the excessive increase of anything often causes a reaction in the opposite direction …

The excess of liberty, whether in States or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery …

And so tyranny naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme form of liberty.”

Oxford anthropologist J.D. Unwin, in his 1934 book Sex and Culture, confirmed that after studying 80 civilizations over 5,000 years, that monogamous heterosexual marriage precedes cultural advancement, and that sexual promiscuity always precedes a civilization’s collapse.

Once a country begins to go down the path of unrestrained sexual passion, it is irreversible, the nation is doomed. Lust refuses to be limited, and as an out of control fire, it will burn down everything.

British historian Arnold Toynbee examined 22 major world civilizations and found that they started to decay when they lost their moral fiber and deep-state elites turned parasitic:

“Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now.”

Fisher Ames’ predictions of “licentiousness” came true in the the very State from which he was a Congressman – Massachusetts.

During the term of Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the Massachusetts Supreme Court, in the 2003 case of Goodridge, necessitated the State recognize same-sex marriage.

Since then, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender agenda began to be taught in schools.

The sexually explicit classroom materials contain content that a few years earlier would have been prosecuted as pornography or “grooming,” the crime of emotionally preparing a child for sexual abuse and exploitation.

The six stages of “grooming” children are:

1) Targeting the victim;

2) Gaining the victim’s trust, often as a teacher;

3) Filling a need;

4) Isolating the child;

5) Sexualizing the relationship, progressively desensitizing the child with sexual explicit pictures, followed by the adult exploiting a child’s natural curiosity and shaping the child’s sexual preferences;

6) Maintaining control.

Source accessed 8/28/22: http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/child-sexual-abuse-6-stages-of-grooming/all

The logical end of this agenda would be to lower the age of consent, promote acceptability of pedophilia, and decriminalize child prostitution, as Bangkok, Thailand, or ancient Pompeii, Italy.

The tactic used to promote this agenda is to guilt-trip Christians into being more Christian than Christ, –that if someone was really “Christian” they would tolerate children being taught something that Jesus would never teach.

Contrary to transgender sexual fluidity and same-sex marriage, Jesus taught in Matthew 19:4-5:

“Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’”

In other words, those sexualizing children want Christians to approve something Jesus would never approve. They are effectively saying, if you are really Christian, you won’t act like Christ.

Yet Jesus warned in Matthew 18:6:

“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

Disturbingly, those who do not immediately embrace this child-grooming agenda are at risk of being discriminated against;

  • employees fired;
  • businesses sued;
  • attorneys disbarred;
  • adoption agencies penalized;
  • domestic violence increased;
  • churches demonized,
  • hospitals forced to provide sex change services; and
  • retaliation against doctors who expose the health risks of licentious lifestyles.

Those holding biblical views similar to America’s founders, such as Fisher Ames, are experiencing a loss of their freedom of religion and speech.

It is an ironic twist to see those who have come “out of the closet” be determined to shove into the closet anyone who disagrees with them!

President Donald Trump stated in South Dakota, July 3, 2020:

“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.

Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our Founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities …

One of their political weapons is ‘Cancel Culture’ — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees.

This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America …”

He continued:

“In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance.

If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished.

It’s not going to happen to us. Make no mistake: this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution.” 

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Fisher Ames considered the American Constitution a balancing act between a despotic king wielding with a sword on one side and an uncontrolled woke mob democracy on the other, as was the case during French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.

Ames did not trust the “popular reason” of ungodly woke mobs, similar to what was experienced in America with the defunding of police, Antifa and BLM riots, and Seattle’s “autonomous zones.”

As recorded in Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot (Washington D.C.: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2001. p. 83):

“Popular reason does not always know how to act right, nor does it always act right when it knows.”

Ames explained in a letter, October 26, 1803, that immoral mobs can be easily manipulated (Works of Fisher Ames: With a Selection from His Speeches and Correspondence, edited by Seth Ames, 2 vols. 1854, p. 483):

“Our country is too big for union, too sordid for patriotism, too democratic for liberty. What is to become of it, He who made it best knows. Its vice will govern it, by practising upon its folly. This is ordained for democracies.”

Ames believed that the chaos of an uncontrolled mob would result in a cry for order, providing an excuse for the return to a military despot.

He stated, as recorded in Henry Adams’ History of the United States of America During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson (NY, NY: The Library of America, 1986):

 “A democracy cannot last. Its nature ordains that its next change should be into a military despotism …

The reason is that the tyranny of what is called the people, and that by the sword, both operate alike to debase and corrupt, til there are neither men left with the spirit to desire liberty, nor morals with the power to sustain justice. Like the burning pestilence that destroys the human body, nothing can subsist by its dissolution but vermin.” 

Russell Kirk described Fisher Ames in The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot (Washington D.C.: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2001, chapter 3, p. 81-85):

“As time runs on, Ames grows more intense.

Democracy cannot last … When property is snatched from hand to hand … then society submits cravenly to the immorality of rule by the sword …

Of all the terrors of democracy, the worst is its destruction of moral habits.

‘A democratic society will soon find its morals … the surly companion of its licentious joys’

Is there no check upon these excesses? …”

Russell Kirk continued:

“The press supplies an endless stimulus to popular imagination and passion; the press lives upon heat and coarse drama and incessant restlessness.

‘It has inspired ignorance with presumption’ … ‘Constitutions,’ says Ames, ‘are but paper; society is the substratum of government’ …

Like Samuel Johnson, (Ames) finds the key to political decency in private morality.”

Aaron McLeod wrote in “Great Conservative Minds: A Condensation of Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind” (October 2005, Alabama Policy Institute, Birmingham, AL, ch. 3, p. 9-10}:

“Ames was pessimistic about the American experiment because he doubted there were sufficient numbers of men with the moral courage and charisma to preserve the country from the passions of the multitudes and the demagogues who master them.

He was convinced that the people as a body cannot reason and are easily swayed by clever speakers and political agents. In his words, ‘few can reason, all can feel’ …

Democracy could not last, Ames thundered, ‘for despotism lies at the door; when the tyranny of the majority leads to chaos, society will submit to rule by the sword …'”

Aaron McLeod continued:

“To Ames, what doomed the American experiment was the democratic destruction of morals …

Ames believed that justice and morality in America would fail, and popular rule cannot support justice, without which moral habits fall away.

Neither the free press nor paper constitutions could safe-guard order from these excesses, for the first is merely a stimulus to popular passion and imagination, while the other is a thin bulwark against corruption.

When old prescription and tradition are dismissed, only naked force matters.”

George Washington wrote in his undelivered draft of his Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789:

“No compact among men … can be pronounced everlasting …. that no wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.”

Fisher Ames wrote in American Literature, 1805 (Works of Fisher Ames: with a selection from his speeches and correspondence. Boston: Little, Brown.1854, pp. 441):

“Liberty has never yet lasted long in a democracy; nor has it ever ended in any thing better than despotism.”

Massachusetts colonial leader Cotton Mather wrote in Magnalia Christi Americana, 1702:

“Religion begat prosperity, and the daughter devoured the mother.”

Methodist founder John Wesley left a sober warning July 2, 1789:

“Christianity, true Scriptural Christianity, has a tendency in the process of time to destroy itself.

For wherever true Christianity spreads, it must cause diligence and frugality, which, in the natural course of things, must beget riches!

And riches naturally beget pride, love of the world, and every temper that is destructive to Christianity. Wherever it generally prevails, it ultimately saps its own foundation.”

Fisher Ames’ predictions were echoed by Britain’s Lord Thomas MacCauley, who wrote in 1857 to New York’s Democrat Secretary of State, Henry S. Randall:

“Distress … makes the laborer … discontented, and inclines him to listen with eagerness to agitators who tell him that it is a monstrous iniquity that one man should have a million while another cannot get a full meal …

The day will come when, in the State of New York, a multitude of people, none of whom has had more than half a breakfast … will choose a Legislature …

On one side is a statesman preaching patience, respect for vested rights, strict observance of public faith.

On the other is a demagogue ranting about the tyranny of capitalists … and asking why anybody should be permitted to drink champagne and to ride in a carriage while thousands of honest folks are in want of necessaries.

Which of the two candidates is likely to be preferred by a working man who hears his children cry for more bread?”

When George Washington died on December 14, 1799. Fisher Ames delivered a eulogy “An Oration on the Sublime Virtues of General George Washington,” February 8, 1800.

Ames’ famous address was given at Boston’s Old South Meeting-House, before the Lieutenant Governor, the Council, and both branches of the Massachusetts Legislature (Boston: Young & Minns, 1800, p. 23). Ames stated:

“Our liberty depends on our education, our laws, and habits …

It is founded on morals and religion, whose authority reigns in the heart, and on the influence all these produce on public opinion before that opinion governs rulers.”

Ames understood that in America:

>The COUNTRY is controlled by LAWS;

>LAWS are controlled by POLITICIANS;

>POLITICIANS are controlled by VOTERS;

>VOTERS are controlled by PUBLIC OPINION;

>PUBLIC OPINION is controlled by MEDIA (News,

Hollywood), EDUCATION, CHURCHES, and the INTERNET.

>so whoever controls MEDIA, EDUCATION, CHURCHES, and the INTERNET, controls the COUNTRY.

Similarly, John Adams warned October 11, 1798:

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.

Avarice (greed), ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net …

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Fisher Ames’ views reflected George Washington’s views.

In a draft of this First Inaugural Address, April 1789, George Washington wrote:

“The best institution may be abused by human depravity; and … in some instances be made subservient to the vilest purposes.”

George Washington made a similar statement in his Farewell Address, September 19, 1796:

“With slight shades of difference, you have the same Religion …

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports.

In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness …

The mere Politician … ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity …”

Washington added:

“Let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion.

Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle …

Virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government …

Who that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?”

America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations

Fisher Ames recommended the Bible, as quoted in the Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (Bela Bates Edward, editor of Quarterly Observer, Brattleboro, VT: Joseph Steen & Co.; Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co.; New York: Lewis Colby, 1851, p. 78):

“No man ever did or ever will become truly eloquent without being a constant reader of the Bible, and an admirer of the purity and sublimity of its language.”

In his own words, Fisher Ames expressed that children reading the Bible was necessary for America’s free government to continue (The Mercury and New-England Palladium of Boston, Vol. XVII, No. 2,8, Jan. 27, 1801, p. 1):

“It has been the custom of late years to put a number of little books into the hands of children, containing fables and moral lessons …

Many books for children are … injudiciously compiled … the moral is drawn from the fable they know not why …

Some of the most admired works of this kind abound with a frothy sort of sentiment … the chief merit of which consists in shedding tears and giving away money …”

Ames recommended:

“Why then, if these books for children must be retained … should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book?

Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble.

The reverence for the Sacred Book, that is thus early impressed, lasts long – and probably, if not impressed in infancy never takes firm hold of the mind …”

Fisher Ames concluded:

“One consideration more is important:

In no book is there so good English, so pure and so elegant – and by teaching all the same book they will speak alike, and the Bible will justly remain the standard of language as well as of faith.”

D. James Kennedy paraphrased the words of Fisher Ames in his address “The Great Deception” (Fort Lauderdale, FL: Coral Ridge Ministries, 1989; 1993, p. 3; Dec. 1, 1992, Ottawa, IL):

“We have a dangerous trend beginning to take place in our education. We’re starting to put more and more textbooks into our schools.

We’ve become accustomed of late of putting little books into the hands of children, containing fables and moral lessons.

We’re spending less time in the classroom on the Bible, which should be the principal text in our schools. The Bible states these great moral lessons better than any other man-made book.”

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Fact-finding mission reports brutal massacres and sexual slavery in gold-rich arc where armed gangs fight for control

Miners dig in the earth in search of gold in a makeshift camp for illegal mining near Tumeremo in Venezuela's southern Bolívar.
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Struggling to get by amid Venezuela’s runaway inflation, widespread shortages and rampant unemployment, a young woman left the city of San Félix for the promise of a job deep in the forests of Bolívar state.

A mining crew at work at the illegal “Cuatro Muertos” mine outside Las Claritas, Venezuela.

The offer made on Facebook promised a good salary in exchange for working in a booming mining town.

Once there, however, she quickly realised she had been deceived. Rather than cooking, cutting hair and washing clothes, she was forced by armed men into selling her body to gold miners.

A landmark UN report on human rights abuses in Venezuela’s lawless mining arc has found evidence of widespread sex trafficking and violence against vulnerable women and children in the region. Many victims are lured to the mines with promises of work, and then pressured or forced into sex work.

“The situation in Bolívar state and other mining areas is deeply troubling,” said Patricia Tappatá Valdez, an author of the fact-finding report, which was presented in Geneva this week. “Local populations, including Indigenous peoples, are caught in the violent battle between state and armed criminal groups for the control of gold.”

As Venezuela’s economy has collapsed – forcing nearly 7 million to flee the country – President Nicolás Maduro has used state forces and paramilitary groups to clamp down on dissent and tighten his grip on power.

The gold-rich mining arc, where Colombian and Venezuelan armed groups war for control of its lucrative mines, has become a hotspot for human rights abuses.

Though the mining towns of Bolívar are sites of brutal massacres and are plagued with disease, UN investigators say that rumours proliferate in towns throughout Bolívar that the mines are the route to riches.

Once lured to the region, economically vulnerable women and girls are enslaved by criminal groups who steal their documents or threaten them with violence, rape or public shaming.

While men typically have their hands or fingers cut off for breaking the gangs’ rules, the report found that women are publicly shamed. Sex workers had their hair shaved off or were publicly stripped as a form of humiliation for trying to escape.

One witness told the mission that in September 2021 she saw at least 30 women with scars around their mouths or their ears sliced off. Labelled “the discarded ones”, their faces were cut by the gangs so they would be less attractive to clients.

“Getting into the mines is very easy for women,” another interviewee told the researchers. “The problem is to get out of there in one piece.”

The report found that the region’s bloated military forces are complicit, ignoring sex trafficking, and in some cases were responsible for the human rights violations.

Researchers collected numerous reports of soldiers not allowing women to pass checkpoints unless they performed sexual favours.

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The 70 case studies in the report offer a harrowing illustration of how corruption and impunity have left the country’s most vulnerable groups – women, children and Indigenous populations – open to abuse from state forces.

In return for parcelling off land to armed gangs, Maduro’s inner circle siphons off most of the profits from drugs, gold and sex work, said Cristina Burelli, founder of the advocacy group SOS Orinoco.

“These are not autocrats, these are criminals,” she said. “These armed groups and the political and military power structures are completely enmeshed.”

The anarchic forests of the Orinoco are dangerous for NGOs and journalists to access, which meant the mission could not fully document the scale of the egregious human rights violations, Marta Valiñas, chair of the fact-finding mission told the Guardian.

The UN’s fact-finding mission on Venezuela expires on Friday and a vote on whether to extend the mandate will probably take place next week.

“There’s a high risk that the dynamics of violence are not only perpetuated but actually start becoming normalised, while at the same time impunity and the context of lawlessness ensures that the violations continue, or even worsen, leaving the populations in those regions completely unprotected,” said Valiñas.

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VIDEO 200+ Sex Trafficking Victims, 37 Missing Children Found During National Sweep

By B911 August 15, 2022

Operation Cross Country 2022 Statistics

  • Minor victims located: 84
  • Missing children located: 37
  • Adult victims located: 141
  • Nationwide operations conducted: 391

A major law enforcement operation to locate and assist victims of human trafficking and related crimes resulted in the location of more than 200 victims during the first two weeks of August.

Operation Cross Country is a coordinated operation among the FBI, other federal agencies, state and local police, and social services agencies across the country to find and assist victims of human trafficking, particularly child victims.

“The initiative really just takes a concentrated period of time where we’re just focused on the problem of child sex trafficking,” said Section Chief Jose Perez, who oversees violent crime investigations in the FBI. “What we do is we sit down with our local partners and our task forces and identify certain areas where we know sex trafficking is prevalent, and we’ll dedicate resources and efforts to identify and remove victims from those areas.”

The FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Forces across the country worked to locate victims. About 200 federal, state, and local agencies partnered with the FBI on Operation Cross Country. They encountered both child victims of sex trafficking and adults who were being trafficked against their will. The goal is to gather intelligence, build criminal cases against traffickers, and offer victims assistance.

That’s why victim specialists are embedded in operations. They serve as a liaison between the victims and FBI agents. They also help victims find services to rebuild their lives.

While the FBI cannot provide these services on its own, victim specialists partner with community organizations and social services agencies to help victims who are escaping a trafficker. They may need counseling, medical services, housing, or job placement.

FBI Atlanta’s operation, for example, located 19 missing children and resulted in the arrest of four traffickers.

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, teams from 14 law enforcement agencies worked on a three-day operation. Their work included locating sex offenders who had failed to register, tracking predators who approach children online, and looking for a runaway teenager at high risk for being trafficked.

The result was three arrests: one of an unregistered sex offender (which will become a federal case) and two state arrests.

Two federal cases were opened on suspects who may have been involved with child sexual abuse material production or enticement violations. Enticement involves using the internet to coerce a child (or someone connected to the child) to manufacture sexually explicit material of a child.

This year’s Operation Cross Country expanded to investigate sex offenders who may be eligible for federal charges and people trying to connect with children online to sexually abuse them. It’s a hybrid model that has expanded the traditional role of Operation Cross Country, said Sam, a special agent who leads the Chattanooga office’s crimes against children investigations.

“With the advent of social media, access to mobile devices and technology … they’re out there in the neighborhoods not being monitored,” Sam said. “And we don’t know if they’re going to have access to these communication devices to continue to exploit children online or have inappropriate physical contact with children.”

Law enforcement in the Chattanooga area continue to look for the runaway 17-year-old, who may be at high risk for trafficking. Investigators looked at the missing girl’s public social media profiles and talked with relatives to develop intelligence on where she might be.

Given the girl’s history of trauma and family difficulty, law enforcement wants to offer her services if she is in danger of being trafficked, said Megan, the FBI Chattanooga victim specialist.

“We are going to follow those leads and see if we can find her and hopefully get her to a safe place and get her some resources … I’m hopeful that there’s still time for some good services for her,” Megan said.

Det. Sgt. Steve Hope from the Red Bank Police Department was one of the FBI partners who participated in Chattanooga’s Operation Cross Country. He said as a small police department partnering with the FBI is a valuable opportunity to help investigate child predators, working with agencies that can bring additional resources to trafficking and child predator cases.

“It’s amazing the rush to know you can get these people before they hurt any more children. An agency my size, we don’t have the manpower to do that, but to be part of this task force … the FBI has brought me in as one of their own,” he said.

Symbols: Pedo Swirl

Some of the following information deals with some difficult subject matter unsuitable for children and sensitive people, warnings for human trafficking, sex & other triggers. Photos are used under fair use act for purposes of teaching and commentary.

By Veronica Swift

This post dovetails a little off of the Rings of the Illuminati post I did a few weeks ago, and another previous post As Above, So Below. In addition to swirls, butterflies, black cubes and handprints are also used for signalling purposes in the

In the beginning of the Rings post, I asked the question “How do members of a super-secret worldwide group recognize one another if they were not allowed to talk to to other members”, and one of the answers to that is by the kind of rings they wear. The As Above post dealt more with how corporations and companies advertise their allegiances to others through common symbols.

Symbols are important when you need to convey a message but can’t talk publicly about the information being conveyed. Rings convey status & rank. Pedo symbols convey which kind of child the occult elite would like for sex magick or other nefarious purposes.

The Brotherhood/Illuminati has been heavily involved in human trafficking, especially child trafficking, for a very long time. Children are worth a lot of money to The System. Our Whistleblower (OW) has previously stated that children are first sold for sex, food, sacrifice, then sold for organs, then their cremains are turned into diamonds, and remaining cremains might be added to the food supply. There are many levels of financial value that are extracted from these children during their life and death.

Children trafficked for sex is where this set of symbols comes in. There’s a whole world of occult sexual perversion that trafficked children are dragged-into that the average person wouldn’t think about. Are they ordering-up a boy? Girl? Either is ok? What age? What race? For them, hunger isn’t always about satiating the appetite for food. Sometimes it’s for sex, violence, or witchcraft.

You can’t just go on Facebook and tell your local child dealer, hey, I want an infant boy, please. Er–well, maybe you can, but only for certain people.

So, what do these psychopaths do if they need or want a child to consume or abuse? How do they signal their preferences? It seems they developed a visual code quite a few decades ago that allowed them to post innocent looking symbols online that would be recognized by their inner circle. It’s not known how long this went on or what the corrupt 3 letter agencies knew about it, but the official story is that in 2007 the FBI “discovered” this code.

These symbols, the triangular and circular “swirl”, the double heart, and the butterfly made of 4 hearts, were found by the FBI imprinted on coins, made into jewelry, and displayed as organization logos.

Basic pedophile child trafficking symbols

Toys

You would think that exposure of this code in 2007 would cause it to go out of fashion or be used less, and maybe it has to some degree, but it’s still popping up in a lot of places, especially on children’s toys

Movies

Movies for children are also full of these symbols, including Toy Story, Mulan, Moana, Home, Twilight and so many more it would be overwhelming to include all of them here.

Music Videos

This Justin Bieber video shows two different swirl symbols. (7)

Companies and Organizations

Companies are also using the symbols. Could this mean that they are friendly to or provide services in the area of adult-child relations? Certainly seems possible. Cadbury & GE (RR 46) Art in the Studio in Duluth, MN, and Browsec VPN are just a few examples.

Children’s Museums and Hospitals

In previous research, I’ve looked at Butterfly symbolism, which seems to pop up a lot in connection with hospitals. Along with the butterfly, the pedo swirls are also seen quite a bit in children’s museums and hospital settings and logos. Boston Children’s Museum even has a gigantic swirl right outside their front entrance. Bold.

Below, the chair is from an unknown hospital lobby, upper right with the boat is St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Upper Left, Children’s Hospital St. Louis, they had the pedo swirl on the floor, and giant butterflies hanging from the ceiling in that same lobby. Boston Children’s Hospital has butterflies, swirls, kites and some kind of occult symbol all in the same mural, whew.

Multiple Symbols of the System in one Location

Similar to the Children’s Hospital of Boston logo, above, there are also a few instances where I’ve found more than one symbol used by the occult in the same photo, mural, or installation. An unknown hospital organ donor wall swirl made of butterflies on the left, below, and a swirl of handprints in a grade school behind outed system members Jill Biden and Kate Middleton.

This handprint wall from a Hawaii University has not only a penned handprint with sinister looking pointed nails, but on the palm is drawn a swirl.

Religious Connections

In the occult, there is a crossover between some Catholic Church priests, bishops, etc., who are also occult. OW noted that when she was a child she saw many priests would carry staffs or scepters with swirls on them, similar to the Ashtoreth scepter carried by the Queen Mother of Darkness. (ARA 064, RR 46) Another meme I found online shows the triangular swirls on a priest’s garments, and the circular swirl surrounding a plate or platter that he’s holding.

Disneyland also uses the triangular swirl logo on their “small world” ride, and helps their priests who get outed as child molesters jobs there. Since both Disney and the Catholic Church are mired in the system, I guess it’s not surprising that there’s a reciprocity of offenders. (3)

Annunaki beard

One of the other images that strikes me as very similar to the circular swirl symbol is the carved representation of Sumerian Annunaki beards, especially the one at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (left photo). This blog (5) shows some nice far-away images so that you can see the whole piece of artwork, but here’s a few more close-up. I have no idea if this has anything to do with the current symbol, but it was interesting to me to see the beards represented as swirlies. The Annunaki play a key role in the history of the bloodlines of the occult Illuminati system, so maybe it’s a connection, or maybe not.

Wrap-up

There are also references to swirls as visuals of vortexes or spiritual gates/stargates/portals, swirls in programming (ribbon & other kinds), and swirls

References:

(1) ARA 064 Jessie Czebotar.. Life with the Mothers. 4 May 2022. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quNQaGAdYPA

(2) RR 46 The meaning of Easter and the occult month of April. 15 April 2022. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I50U0F8ir7M

(3) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/08/16/pa-church-officials-helped-ex-priest-get-job-at-disney-world-knowing-he-was-sexual-predator-report-says/

(4) https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3560069/The-symbols-pedophiles-use-signal-sordid-sexual-preferences-social-media.html

(6) https://lilianausvattravelandtechnology.blogspot.com/2018/03/metropolitan-museum-new-york-sumerian.html

(7) ARA 036 Connecting with Jessie Czebotar (036). 10 July 2021. https://www.bitchute.com/video/WuNZtuFSGW3q/


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VIDEO Two Armed Human Smugglers Arrested near Border in AZ – Horror in San Antonio At Least 50 People Found Dead Inside Abandoned Semi Trailer During Human Smuggling Operation – Open Your Eyes

June 27, 2022 by Sundance

This is an almost unimaginable horror in San Antonio, Texas.  This is also the outcome of the Biden administration and Democrats open border policy that fuels the desperate efforts of illegal aliens and predatory human smugglers.

(KSAT News) – San Antonio – At least 42 people were found dead inside a tractor-trailer on the Southwest Side, and 16 others were taken to area hospitals in varying conditions, according to multiple SAPD sources.

Several San Antonio police vehicles, as well as fire trucks and ambulances, are covering a portion of Quintana Road on the Southwest Side. Crews are surrounding an 18-wheeler near the 9600 block of Quintana Road next to railroad tracks. (READ MORE)

At least 50 people found dead in abandoned 18-wheeler in San Antonio

The authorities said the tragedy appeared to be the deadliest migrant-smuggling operation in memory. Sixteen people were taken to hospitals.

BY JADEN EDISON AND PATRICK SVITEK JUNE 27, 2022UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2022

A tractor-trailer found near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio contained the bodies of 46 dead people, along with 16 ot…
Law enforcement officers work at the scene in San Antonio where dozens of people were found dead inside a tractor-trailer on Monday. Credit: Nick Wagner for The Texas Tribune

SAN ANTONIO — A tractor-trailer found near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio contained the bodies of 50 dead people, along with 16 others who have been taken to hospitals, according to local officials in San Antonio and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

“This is nothing short of a horrific human tragedy,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said at a news conference near the scene.

Local officials said federal authorities were now investigating the case and that three people were in custody, but it was unclear if they were connected to the incident. A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson said Homeland Security Investigations is leading a criminal investigation with the support of San Antonio police.

The horrifying discovery was made near the intersection of Cassin Drive and Quintana Road in Southwest San Antonio.

Federal, state and local authorities believe that the victims were migrants. Cross-border smuggling and human trafficking have been longstanding problems along the U.S.-Mexico border, but the deaths of 50 people represent a stunning loss of life. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus described the case as the deadliest human smuggling incident he could recall in the city.

“Horrified at this tragic loss of life near San Antonio. This speaks to the desperation of migrants who would put their lives in the hands of callous human smugglers who show no regard for human life,” Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus said in a statement. “We will be working with our federal, state and local partners to assist in every way possible with this investigation.”

Authorities received the first call about the truck shortly before 6 p.m. from a worker in the area who had heard a cry for help and went to investigate, McManus said.

According to a law enforcement official, it appears people were trying to jump out of the tractor-trailer because some of the deceased were found along several blocks. The tractor-trailer had a refrigeration system, the official said, but it did not appear to be working. Many of the people found inside the vehicle appeared to have been sprinkled with steak seasoning, the official said, in perhaps an attempt to cover up the smell of people as the smugglers were transporting them.

Authorities said the truck’s doors were partly open when they arrived; a body was outside the vehicle and the rest could be seen inside. The city’s fire chief, Charles Hood, said the survivors did not appear to have access to water and were too weak to exit the truck on their own.

“We’re not supposed to open up a truck and see stacks of bodies in there,” Hood said. “None of us come to work imagining that.”

Twelve adults and four children were taken to hospitals. They were hot to the touch and were suffering from heat exhaustion and heat stroke, but Hood said he was “very hopeful” that they would survive.

With a few days left in the month, National Weather Service meteorologists say June 2022 has already become the warmest June on record in San Antonio.

The average number of days with temperatures of 100 degrees or higher in San Antonio is nine, according to historical data from NWS dating back to 1885. This year, San Antonio has had 16 days with temperatures of 100 degrees or higher, NWS meteorologist Bob Fogarty said.

McManus told reporters that he was not confident that everyone who had been inside the truck had been accounted for, and that authorities still don’t have an indication of how many people in total had been inside the truck. He said the three people in custody were not found with the truck, but declined to comment further.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the Mexican consul in San Antonio was en route to the incident site, according to Reuters. Ebrard said the nationalities of all the victims were still unknown, but Guatemalan officials said in a statement that U.S. and Mexican authorities have confirmed some of the victims are from Guatemala. Officials with the Guatemalan consulate in McAllen said they are visiting a hospital to see if two of the children who survived are from Guatemala.

The Honduran foreign ministry said it is investigating whether any of the victims were from Honduras. Alex Selgado of Fuerza Catracha, a Honduran immigrant rights organization, told The San Antonio Express-News at the scene that “officials did inform us that some of the deceased may be Honduran because they had emblems or insignia of our country” on their clothing.

In 2017, San Antonio police discovered 39 undocumented immigrants inside of a scorching-hot tractor-trailer, resulting in 10 deaths. The driver of the truck was sentenced to life in prison in 2018.

Meanwhile in 2003, 19 undocumented immigrants were found dead in Victoria after suffocating in an airless trailer.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol last week said it had disrupted four human smuggling events that resulted in 50 arrests.

“I am heartbroken by the tragic loss of life today and am praying for those still fighting for their lives,” said Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. secretary of Homeland Security. “Far too many lives have been lost as individuals — including families, women, and children — take this dangerous journey.”

In a tweet responding to the incident, Gov. Greg Abbott blamed the deaths on Joe Biden, saying that “they are a result of his deadly open border policies.”

Biden responded in a statement Tuesday.

“Exploiting vulnerable individuals for profit is shameful, as is political grandstanding around tragedy, and my Administration will continue to do everything possible to stop human smugglers and traffickers from taking advantage of people who are seeking to enter the United States between ports of entry,” he said.

Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who’s running against Abbott for governor, tweeted that the incident is “devastating.”

Gustavo García-Siller, the Roman Catholic archbishop of San Antonio, wrote on Twitter: “Once again, the lack of courage to deal with immigration reform is killing and destroying lives. We do not learn. God teach us to change.”

The Mexican consul general in San Antonio, Ruben Minutti, asked any Mexican citizens seeking help or information about the incident to call the consulate at 210-872-4386, according to San Antonio Report.

Lomi Kriel contributed to this story.

The Texas Tribune is trying to learn more about the lives of the 50 victims and 16 survivors found inside an 18-wheeler in San Antonio on Monday evening. Please help us tell their stories by emailing us at tips@texastribune.org.

https://www.texastribune.org/2022/06/27/bodies-18-wheeler-san-antonio-lackland/

Two Armed Human Smugglers Arrested near Border in Arizona

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrest two armed smugglers in southern Arizona. (U.S. Border Patrol/Tucson Sector)
U.S. Border Patrol/Tucson Sector

BOB PRICE 4 Jul 2022

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two armed human smugglers as they attempted to move migrants into the U.S. interior from southern Arizona. The arrests occurred in two separate attempts.

Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent John R. Modlin tweeted photos showing an armed human smuggler being stopped by an Ajo Station agent. The agent recovered a handgun from the vehicle.

Ajo Station agents stopped the red sedan on SR-85 last week. During an immigration interview, the agent identified the driver as a U.S. citizen and the family unit with a two-year-old child as foreign nationals illegally present in the U.S.

The agents arrested the driver, a U.S. citizen, and seized the handgun.

Elsewhere in the Tucson Sector, Douglas Station Border Patrol agents stopped a blue sedan for an immigration inspection on SR-80. Chief Modlin and U.S. Border Patrol Deputy Chief Matthew Hudak stopped by and observed the agents as they found two Guatemalan migrants locked inside the trunk in the summer heat.

Wilcox Station agents responded to a call for assistance from Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers on SR-90. The agents conducted an immigration interview and found four Mexican migrants being smuggled.

Police arrested two U.S. citizens in connection to the smuggling incident During a search of the vehicle, a small handgun was found in the center console.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point?Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

https://www.breitbart.com/border/2022/07/04/two-armed-human-smugglers-arrested-near-border-in-arizona/

Dawn is coming, Open your eyes

CPS Whistleblower Exposes Horror: It’s Real, Child Sex Trafficking, Torture, Abuse, Murder


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Facebook moderator sues company over ‘human trafficking’

Meta has been accused of a “deceptive recruitment process” in Kenya

Facebook moderator sues company over ‘human trafficking’

FILE PHOTO © Getty Images / Caia Image

Former Facebook moderator Daniel Motaung has sued the social media giant’s parent company Meta and its African subcontractor Sama, alleging in the suit filed on Tuesday that the company “subjected current and former content moderators to forced labor and human trafficking for labor.

 Facebook moderators call working conditions ‘mental torture’

Motaung claims he was laid off for organizing a strike in 2019 and trying to unionize Sama’s employees. The subcontractor, he alleges, engaged in a “deceptive recruitment process” by advertising call center jobs that turned out to be content moderation jobs – with all the exposure to psychologically harmful content that entailed.

The varying descriptions (call center agents, agent and content moderator) for the position of a content moderator are deceptive and designed to trick unsuspecting applicants into unknowingly becoming Facebook Content Moderators,” Motaung’s lawyers declared in their filing, noting that “applicants who responded to the call for ‘Agents’ were especially deceived.”

Sama not only failed to give employees adequate mental health support, it deliberately perpetuated a “toxic work environment” that prohibited moderators from airing their grievances with third parties, including Meta employees, the filing alleged. Workers’ screen time and movement during work hours were tracked using Meta’s software, and they were denied “unplanned breaks as needed particularly after exposure to graphic content,” instead receiving an hour in “wellness breaks” per week – time some employees report having to “beg” to receive. 

Employees at the site, located in Nairobi, were drawn from all over Africa, as far away as Ethiopia, Uganda, and Somalia, as well as Motaung’s native South Africa, and only learned the true nature of their jobs after signing contracts and relocating – meaning they could not simply turn around and go home if they found the true nature of the job too disturbing.

An exposé on Sama’s content moderation center published in Time magazine revealed the company paid the lowest rate of any Meta subcontractor – as low as $1.50 per hour, according to the report – and while the company upped workers’ pay in response, its PR problems have persisted. Motaung and his lawyers threatened to sue over a month ago if Sama did not make serious improvements to its treatment of employees.  

Meta has sought to distance itself from the company, declaring it requires its partners to “provide industry-leading pay, benefits and support,” while Sama has in turn denied any wrongdoing regarding Motaung’s departure. The company claimed his employment was “terminated because of unacceptable actions taken against fellow employees that jeopardized their safety” and insisted the process was “fair, clear, and well documented.”

READ MORE: Meta clarifies policy on calls for assassinating heads of state

Moderators at Sama threatened to strike in the summer of 2019 unless they received better pay and working conditions, but rather than negotiate with the workers, the company flew two higher-ups from the US to “deal with” the uprising – a process that ended with Motaung’s dismissal and the accusation that his actions had put the relationship between Sama and Facebook (now Meta) at “great risk.” Rather than face a similar fate, the other would-be strikers returned to work.

https://www.rt.com/news/555270-facebook-african-content-moderators-lawsuit/


Texas DPS Warns Human Traffickers Are Luring Kids Into Smuggling Migrants on Social Media Apps

By Cassandra Fairbanks April 30, 2022

The Texas Department of Public Safety is warning parents that human traffickers are attempting to lure kids into smuggling migrants across the border using apps like Instagram and Tik Tok.

The traffickers are reportedly offering teens money to pick migrants up in Mexico and bring them across the border.

“Migrants will cross over the Rio Grande from Mexico traveling through private property to get to state highways. That’s where teen drivers will pick up migrants helping them travel to bigger cities like San Antonio, Austin or Houston,” Fox News reports.

According to the Texas DPS, recruiting teens on social media is a new tactic that they had not seen in the past.

“The smuggling organizations are starting to use and recruit juveniles through social media platforms. Tik Tok, Facebook, Twitter, even using WhatsApp for those encrypted messaging,” Christopher Olivarez, a public information officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety, told Fox. “There’s always been an issue with human smuggling. But what we’re seeing right now lately, which we have never seen in prior years is the use of juveniles. So, the smuggling organizations are starting to use and recruit juveniles through social media platforms.”

“They’re not coming out saying we need drivers for human smuggling or drivers for drug smuggling. I mean, they’ll typically just say we need drivers wanted and drivers needed, and they’ll show videos of stacks of money,” Oliveras added.

Texas State Troopers arrested a 13-year-old last week who was helping smuggle migrants.

“These are illegal immigrants that are traversing these ranches, privately owned ranches without the consent of the owner. We’ve encountered criminal gang members and MS13 suspected cartel members,” Oliveras said.


VIDEO Police Records Show Women Are Being Stalked With Apple AirTags Across the Country

Motherboard obtained reports of stalking, harassment, and abuse using AirTags, targeting victims of intimate partner violence.

April 6, 2022 by Samantha Cole

One year ago this month, Apple unveiled the AirTag, a shiny, half-dollar-sized coin with a speaker, Bluetooth antenna, and battery inside, which helps users keep track of their missing items. Attach an AirTag to your purse, keys, wallet, or even your car, and if you lose it, the device will ping every nearby Apple product with Bluetooth turned on to triangulate its location. Those devices send its location back to you on a map, showing where the AirTag has been and its current location. 

Police records reviewed by Motherboard show that, as security experts immediately predicted when the product launched, this technology has been used as a tool to stalk and harass women.

Motherboard requested records mentioning AirTags in a recent eight month period from dozens of the country’s largest police departments. We obtained records from eight police departments.

Of the 150 total police reports mentioning AirTags, in 50 cases women called the police because they started getting notifications that their whereabouts were being tracked by an AirTag they didn’t own. Of those, 25 could identify a man in their lives—ex-partners, husbands, bosses—who they strongly suspected planted the AirTags on their cars in order to follow and harass them. Those women reported that current and former intimate partners—the most likely people to harm women overall—are using AirTags to stalk and harass them. 

In one report, a woman called the police because a man who had been harassing her had escalated his behavior, and she said he’d placed an AirTag in her car. The woman said the same man threatened to make her life hell, the report said. 

Motherboard is excluding specific details from these reports so as not to identify victims, for their safety.

Most cases involved angry exes; one woman called to report that her ex had slashed her tires and left an AirTag in the car to watch her. A woman in another police report said she’d found AirTags attached to her car multiple times, and knew it was her ex, who has a history of assault. She said she knew it was him because he was showing up to her locations at the same time as her.

In another police report, a woman said she started noticing something beeping inside her vehicle every time she left her house; she found an AirTag in her car and confronted an ex who admitted to putting it there to see if she was “cheating.” 

Seeing exes mysteriously appear wherever and whenever they went out was a major red flag for several women who made these reports. One woman kept spotting her ex following her. At one point, he found and cornered her. She took her car to a mechanic, who found an AirTag in it.

Multiple women who filed these reports said they feared physical violence. One woman called the police because a man she had a protective order against was harassing her with phone calls. She’d gotten notifications that an AirTag was tracking her, and could hear it chiming in her car, but couldn’t find it. When the cops arrived, she answered one of his calls in front of the officer, and the man described how he would physically harm her. Another who found an AirTag in her car had been wondering how a man she had an order of protection against seemed to always know where she was. The report said she was afraid he would assault or kill her.

One woman came into a police station to report that she was getting notifications for weeks about AirTags nearby, and had found multiple AirTags mounted under her car. She suspected a man who had been violent toward her before, who was now appearing wherever she went. 

Have you been a victim of harassment using AirTags? We’d love to hear from you, and you can remain anonymous. Contact Samantha Cole on the secure messaging app Signal at +1 646 926 1726, or email samantha.cole@vice.com.

Not all cases involved exes; in some, the women were still in relationships or marriages with the men stalking them, and became physically violent when they were confronted about the AirTags.

The overwhelming number of reports came from women. Only one case out of the 150 we reviewed involved a man who suspected an ex-girlfriend of tracking him with an AirTag.

AirTags have also attracted some attention as a potential vector for human trafficking. One of the records said the caller “believed she’s being tracked to become a victim of a scheme she observed on Instagram.” On TikTok last year, a woman went viral for posting a video holding an AirTag with the caption, “This is something you see in movies 🥺😣🤯😱 #fyp #sextrafficking.” The video provides no context beyond her finding the AirTag behind her license plate. Police themselves have spread the notion that AirTags are being used by sex traffickers, but there’s no evidence that this is happening.

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Of the 150 total police reports mentioning AirTags that these departments provided, less than half mentioned AirTags as part of robberies or thefts—the sort of stories where someone had an AirTag in their purse or attached to a bike or car that was subsequently stolen. Several involved people who got AirTag notifications on their phones but couldn’t find a device anywhere; some of these reports mention the callers saying they’d heard about the danger of AirTags on the news. (One said she “wasn’t sure” if this was related to “human trafficking” or not, and had no one to suspect, but called the police when she received a notification.) 

AirTags have always implemented a notification feature that alerts people with iPhones if an AirTag is traveling with them; anyone not using an iPhone or Apple device, however, would never know.

“That was a completely ridiculous way to launch a new device, without having taken into account its use in a domestic violence situation,” Eva Galperin, the director of cybersecurity at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told me. “But specifically, the blind spot that Apple had was people who live outside of the Apple ecosystem.” 

We’ve known for years that abusive domestic partners sometimes use software installed on their targets’ phones to track and control them. AirTags are different because they’re widely advertised by one of the biggest consumer tech companies in the world, cheap at only $29, and easy to plant inconspicuously on a car or in a bag. 

“Stalking and stalkerware existed before AirTags, but Apple made it cheaper and easier than ever for abusers and attackers to track their targets,” Albert Fox Cahn, executive director at the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, told Motherboard. “Apple’s global device network gives AirTags unique power to stalk around the world. And Apple’s massive marketing campaign has helped highlight this type of technology to stalkers and abusers who’d never otherwise know about it.” 

A handful of reports of people being tracked with these devices have attracted national attention. In December, a woman found an AirTag attached to her car, and suspected someone put it there to try to steal the vehicle. In January, a Philadelphia woman said she’d been followed from afar by someone with an AirTag. That same month, police in Dearborn, Michigan said that they’d seen an uptick in reports from people who received AirTag notifications, with the caveat that at least some of those were likely people getting notifications from nearby AirTags that weren’t actually targeting them. 

A NOTIFICATION AND MAP THAT APPEAR WHEN AN UNKNOWN AIRTAG IS DETECTED MOVING WITH YOU, ON AN IPHONE.

To try to stress-test Apple’s safety features on AirTags, journalists at the Verge and the New York Times have experimented with AirTags in their own lives, using controlled environments to replicate the stalking scenarios that security experts have warned the public about. These stories didn’t shy away from the potential use of AirTags as a tool of abuse, but most coverage of AirTags in the real world, so far, has focused on AirTags as tools for car thieves.

The stories that haven’t yet appeared in the news are those of domestic violence victims. It’s difficult for targets of such intimate partner violence as stalking or harassment to come forward publicly; exiting such a situation is incredibly dangerous, before even bringing in the complications posed by talking to a hometown reporter about it. Police reports obtained by Motherboard, though, show that while the use of AirTags as a tool by strangers that’s hyped on social media appears to be rare, their use as a tool of control by abusers against women is not.

AirTags are far from the only physical location trackers on the market, and any of these can be used for malicious purposes. In recent years, however, they’ve gotten more convenient and user-friendly for a mass market. Tile, a tracker similar to AirTags, announced last month that it was implementing new anti-stalking features in its app. 

Location stalking is “as old as GPS technology itself,” Mary Beth Becker-Lauth, domestic violence community educator at the nonprofit organization Women’s Advocates, told me. But historically it’s taken some technical knowledge to implement against another person. “Until fairly recently, the women (and they were always women) who’d come to our program for support while being stalked/tracked had an abuser/stalker who worked in IT or who was highly tech-savvy,” she said. 

AirTags, being a device you can just tape to the underside of a car or pop into a purse, are more insidiously easy for abusers to use. Apple’s “it just works” ethos is part of the appeal of AirTags, too, but in this case, it’s exploited to its worst ends.

“The fact that most women who are finding AirTags on their person know who might have put them there is right in line with demographic research on stalking,” Becker-Lauth said. “Nearly three out of every four stalking victims know their stalker, and the most common relationship between a stalking victim and their stalker is a current or former intimate partner. So it makes sense that these women have someone they can point to immediately and say ‘This sounds like something he would do.’” 

“Stalking and stalkerware existed before AirTags, but Apple made it cheaper and easier than ever for abusers and attackers to track their targets”

In a response to a request for comment about these reports, Apple sent a link to its latest company blog post in February, outlining recent security updates. 

“AirTag was designed to help people locate their personal belongings, not to track people or another person’s property, and we condemn in the strongest possible terms any malicious use of our products,” the blog post says. “Unwanted tracking has long been a societal problem, and we took this concern seriously in the design of AirTag. It’s why the Find My network is built with privacy in mind, uses end-to-end encryption, and why we innovated with the first-ever proactive system to alert you of unwanted tracking.” 

The company also published instructions for what to do if you find out an AirTag is tracking you, but domestic abuse experts say that confronting an abusive partner or ex or disabling their tracking can be dangerous. 

SCREENSHOTS OF EXAMPLES OF WHAT APPLE SHOWS WHEN AN UNKNOWN AIRTAG IS FOLLOWING SOMEONE. VIA APPLE’S SUPPORT BLOG

Perhaps more telling is the way Apple has responded to security concerns with piecemeal, reactive updates to the technology. Apple launched an Android app that will notify users of AirTags in December, but users have to learn about and then install the app, then allow it permission to work in the background—steps many people won’t follow through with. In June 2021, three months after the product launched, it shortened the window for a feature where the AirTag would chime if it was separated from its owner; originally, it was three days, which they changed to between eight and 24 hours—ideally, alerting a stalking target to the device in their vicinity. In February, following the New York Times’ experiment, Apple announced even more security features, including warnings at setup that tracking people without their consent is a crime, more precise tracking of the AirTag for the person being tracked, and louder chimes. 

The fact that there are so many reports from people about AirTag stalking means Apple’s security measures, such as the notifications, are working as intended, said Galperin. “It’s not that somebody has randomly found an AirTag. It’s that the anti-stalking mitigations that Apple has implemented are finally working, and the results are that some smaller subset of those people are then going to police,” she said. “So, yes, we did understand from the very beginning that this was going to be a major problem. But part of it I think is just reflected in the fact that stalking is a major problem. And that having the AirTag alert go off is actually something that a person can bring to the police as solid evidence, which sometimes they otherwise do not have.” 

Some experts said that what the company has done is still not enough. “This is too little too late,” Cahn said. “These gimmicks do little to prevent AirTags from being misused, and they often only notify targets once the damage is done and their location has been tracked. There’s no technical fix that can prevent AirTags from being abused. As long as Apple continues to sell a cheap, easily-hidden tracking device, stalkers will continue to use it. The only solution is to stop selling and supporting AirTags. This product is far too dangerous to stay on the market.” 

“I wish Apple had been more proactive and done troubleshooting to reduce the risk of bad actors before this product was released,” Becker-Lauth said. “But honestly, no trackable technology is going to be completely safe.”

If people aren’t going to stop using these devices for harassment, it may be up to device manufacturers to figure out how to make them safer. Last week, industry outlet 9to5Google spotted a new feature Google may be working on: “Unfamiliar device alerts” and a “Unfamiliar Tag Detected Notification” in the safety settings for Android devices. 

Galperin told me that the next step for device manufacturers is to set a safety standard for the industry to follow.

“The thing that I am most looking forward to is seeing the makers of physical trackers agree on a standard that can then be implemented in operating systems, so that people have detection of trackers working in the background all the time, automatically, no matter what kind of phone that they have,” she said. “I think that’s the only reasonable and effective mitigation to this mess we’re in.” 

And people who go to the police to report being stalked or harassed should have better resources to protect themselves from abusers if they do go to the police. In most of these reports, when a woman reported a stalker, the responding officer either offered them a domestic violence hotline phone number, or advised them to file (or re-file) for a protective order. Some of the officers wrote that they’d heard of AirTags being used to steal from people before, but others seemed to not understand what an AirTag was or how to disable it. 

“Police often have no idea how to respond to AirTags, but even if they did, that wouldn’t be a solution,” Cahn said. “We can’t arrest our way out of Apple’s mess. In many jurisdictions, it’s unclear if using AirTags is a crime, and even if it is, mass incarceration is a terrible solution.”

Laws against tracking someone’s location vary from state to state, either as part of stalking laws or specifically in terms of tracking a car without the owner’s consent. 

“At the very least, these women should be believed. The safety of victim-survivors from control and violence does not appear to be a priority for many of the police departments in this country,” Becker-Lauth said. “We should be taking these women’s experiences so, so seriously, because when they tell a police officer or domestic violence advocate that they are being stalked, what they’re really saying is that their life is in danger, usually because of the person doing the stalking.” 

Timothy Marchman contributed reporting to this story.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/y3vj3y/apple-airtags-police-reports-stalking-harassment


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VIDEO COVID Lockdowns Led to Huge Spike in Human Trafficking, Survivor Warns

Survivor Eliza Bleu says that human trafficking increased during the lockdowns ‘by every metric and [set of] data we have available.’

Brad Polumbo March 27, 2022

On the latest BASEDPolitics podcast, human trafficking survivor & survivor advocate Eliza Bleu told her harrowing personal story of surviving one of the world’s worst crimes. So, too, Bleu explained the many ways that foolish Big Government policies make human trafficking worse—with COVID lockdowns as the prime example. 

Human trafficking can happen to anyone,” she said. “That’s why the pandemic was so scary for me, during the lockdowns.” 

[We suddenly had] an entire world or nation that’s an at-risk, vulnerable population,” Bleu continued. “Folks that are experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, addiction, mental health issues, these are all the perfect storm for exploitation.”

While government COVID lockdowns did not meaningful reduce COVID-19 deaths according to a John Hopkins meta-study, they did cause widespread isolation and economic devastation that fueled all the above issues. 

However tragic, Bleu said this was always going to lead to more human trafficking, and data have confirmed it. She said that human trafficking increased during the lockdowns “by every metric and [set of] data we have available.”

“Right away, within the first month of lockdowns, the human trafficking hotline received a 40% increase in phone calls. After the second month it was a 46% increase. It was the same with the national sexual assault hotline—especially from children. A lot more children were calling.” 

(More sources herehere, and here). 

It’s not just the lockdowns, but any crisis or government oppression that leads to this vulnerability. 

“When we look now at the situation that’s going on in Ukraine-Russia, it’s the perfect breeding ground for exploitation,” Bleu said. “When folks are fleeing… when the at-risk vulnerable [population] starts going up, it’s going to increase no matter what.”

To hear Eliza Bleu’s full story, listen to the latest BASEDPolitics podcast on AppleSpotify, other platforms, or below. Follow Eliza on Twitter and check out her podcast here


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Authorities made almost 500 human trafficking arrests in California during Super Bowl week

PHIL SHIVER February 16, 2022

 

Law enforcement agencies in California made nearly 500 human trafficking-related arrests and aided more than 80 trafficking victims in the state in a sex trade crackdown executed during Super Bowl week, authorities announced on Tuesday.

The statewide effort, called Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, was coordinated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department but involved agencies from Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and seven other counties.

In all, officials arrested 34 people suspected of trafficking or exploiting sex workers, 201 people who were allegedly caught trying to buy sex, and hundreds more on other similar charges, Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Villanueva added that the operation aimed to “send a message to pimps, exploiters, and buyers that it is unacceptable to buy another human being for sexual purposes.”

In the week leading up to the big game at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, investigators reportedly contacted 74 women and 8 girls who were being victimized in illicit sex trade operations, Villanueva added. Those women and girls were then “rescued,” given shelter, and directed to resources to help them recover from any abuses they suffered.

Mercury News reported that the Super Bowl and other major sporting events have long been considered hotbeds for human trafficking as traffickers flock to the host city from other areas.

Alan Smyth, CEO of the advocacy group Saving Innocence, confirmed that big sporting events “absolutely garner an increase in trafficking of both adults and minors.”

“I can tell you, from an agency that’s on the ground, embedded with advocates and survivors that … we have seen repeatedly, over and over again, an uptick [in human trafficking] and our services required,” he said.

Santa Ana Police Commander Jose Gonzalez explained during Tuesday’s news conference that many victims are “lied to in the beginning, and have gotten so deep it’s difficult to find a way out.”

As an example, Villanueva reported that in Contra Costa County, authorities arrested a man allegedly running a nationwide prostitution ring. He said a search warrant executed by police turned up two handguns, an AR-15, a shotgun, body armor, and 100 rounds of ammunition.

The sheriff went on to describe another arrest in Costa Mesa in which officers set up an online date with a young woman to trap her pimp. When he drove the girl up to the pre-arranged location, officers discovered an unregistered loaded handgun. They also determined that he had recruited the girl when she was at a young age.

“That should kind of illustrate to you how pervasive this is, once they get their claws on someone, they’re going to continue exploiting them from childhood into adulthood,” Villanueva explained.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/500-human-trafficking-arrests-super-bowl


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