The worst miscarriage of justice of the millennium: ignored

Remember Operation Ore? When the UK police were given a list of 7,000 Evil Internet Paedos, arrested and charged them, leaked their names to the papers, and claimed that every last one of them was an evil nonce who shouldn’t be allowed near children?

Well, it turns out that many of the people on the list were innocent (longer version of the same article here in PDF format). Perhaps even most of them: the police made no attempts to check for credit card fraud, which is estimated to account for 50% of total cards used. They also cheerfully lied in court that everyone who got caught up in the scandal had deliberately clicked a link saying “click here for child porn”, when in fact there was no such link.

39 people caught up in the investigation in the UK alone have since committed suicide.

You’d’ve thought that this might create some kind of outrage – campaign groups, media storms, etc. In fact, aside from Duncan Campbell’s dedicated pursuit in PC Pro and the Guardian, and a few follow-on stories in the specialist IT press, there has been no media coverage at all of the fact that the police systematically lied to ruin the lives of thousands of innocent people.

Why not? I think this exchange from the first series of Blackadder might sum it up:

Officer: Who will defend the accused… [Percy stands] …and thus condemn himself to certain burning at the stake as a partner in Satan if the accused is found guilty? [Percy sits, acting quite interested in his book and quill]

Baldrick: Lord Percy will defend His Royal Highness [motions at Percy to stand]

Percy: Oh, yes, yes, me, sorry, yes… Hello…

Witchsmeller: [arriving, carrying a Bible] Witch! [The crowd gasps] Witchsmeller: Witch!! [The crowd gasps] Witchsmeller: [now in front of Percy] WITCH!!! [The crowd cheers]

Witchsmeller: [to Harry] My Lord, will you force us to listen to the pleadings of a man who may be a witch himself? [The crowd gasps]

Harry: You know, you’re absolutely right. Yes, well, that concludes the case for the defence.

In the face of that kind of public attitude, congratulations to Mr Campbell – and to Alex at the Yorkshire Ranter for making some further good points. And if you run a blog yourself – or a newspaper, or anything, then for God’s sake tell people about this terrible, terrible miscarriage of justice.

As a side note, Dr Melissa Deary is certainly a witch. What kind of fucking criminologist thinks that people should be presumed guilty until proven innocent? -

“Let’s get some perspective on what we’re dealing with here, a rising and extremely pernicious crime against children. If the police contact people whose credit card details appeared on Landslide’s list, then let them prove these details were stolen if that is indeed the case. Such “inconvenience” is worth it to clamp down on this horrific crime.” – Dr Melissa Dearey, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Hull

(it’s also worth side noting, while on the subject of Dr Dearey’s utter ignorance, that none of the alleged crimes prosecuted in the UK under Operation Ore involved the abuse of a child, and indeed that there is no evidence whatsoever that child sexual abuse is on the rise.)

8 thoughts on “The worst miscarriage of justice of the millennium: ignored

  1. fidothedog says:

    What have the press now go back on their previous reports on how our
    brilliant police were cleaning up the internet, blah blah blah.

    Now it appears that said perverts were not actually perverts at all and
    that they have got it wrong. So the press do the three not so wise monkeys
    along with pc plod and give it see no fuck up, hear no fuck up and speak
    no fuck up.

  2. Alex says:

    Thanks, pigdogfucker. May I point out I can’t read you at work because our corporate censorbastardcuntware considers your fucking excellent bollocks of a website to be sodding “Intolerance and Hate”?

  3. Steve says:

    Great post PDF. I notice that Ms Dearey’s name has been taken off her comment. It still comes up in a Google search though.

  4. Andrew Milner says:

    Operation Ore is shaping up to be the miscarriage of justice of the century. No wonder Authority’s soft-pedalling. The number of men suspected (7272), number of suicides (39 acknowledged), and the open-ended cost. Keep in mind a forensic examination of a computer hard drive costs some £2,000 (nice little earners there for some)…plus the costs to get cases to court and the trial. Costs to imprison, of rehabilitation and with the convicted person effectively rendered unemployable, no prospect of tax contribution, rather the opposite as benefits will doubtless be claimed. Then we finally get to reparations; potential damages from class action suits could be massive. How do you compensate someone whose life has been ruined? Now multiply by number of cases. This could literally soak up the entire budget of some police forces for years to come. With many a promising career hitting the buffers.
    Hence the one-liner: Operation Ore has gone tits up.

  5. [...] You see, he was collared as part of the worst miscarriage of justice of the century so far – Operation Ore, where the Yank police raided a chap acalled Thomas Reedy who processed credit cards on behalf porn sites and sent him to jail forever for not checking whether the sites he was processing were adult or kiddypr0n. Harsh but fair, you might argue – except that the Yank police then passed the whole list of all the cards Reedy had processed whether or not the site accessed was child porn onto British rozzers, who proceeded to arrest all UK nationals on the list and do them for child porn offences. [...]

  6. [...] I know the police are despicable scumbags. And I’m well aware that Operation Ore was a pointless piece of grandstanding that stopped no children from being abused while ruining plenty of innocent people’s lives (including plenty of children, “oooh, kids’ rights take precedents over, like, everything” fans). [...]

  7. Joebloggs says:

    Here’s something they’ve done recently. A friend of mine has recently been convicted for having 9 (that’s right, just 9), images of child porn. Now here’s the kicker – they weren’t even real. Under UK law he was prosecuted because they were CG images that were deemed to be “Pseudo Photographs”. However, they jury was never shown any high end CG images as a comparison so they thought the images they were seeing were top quality.

    He was convicted of 6 of the images, but this is where it all gets interesting. Of the 9 images, three had little to no sexual content, and 3 were virtually identical, barring some alterations of the characters head position. Of the former, he was found not guilty for one of them and guilty for the other two, and of the latter, he was found not guilty for two of them and guilty for one. WTF!?!?!?

    Oh, and he get’s his computer back (barring one of his hard drives). The standard practice is for it all to be destroyed. The police also interviewed him about this FIVE TO SIX MONTHS AFTER HE’D BEEN ARRESTED.

    Couple that with the fact that the jury was mainly comprised of old women, none of the research or evidence he’d given his barrister was used in the trial, and add in one very important fact that was never mentioned, and it sounds like a someone’s been stitched up doesn’t it?

    And the important fact I mentioned? He was arrested 3 months previously for having an opinion. He’s a muslim, he was on his way back from work, and was having a normal socio-political conversation on the bus home with some students. One of those students claims he threatened to blow up Durham Cathedral (he’d make a great terrorist, telling random people his future plans and all). He was arrested THE VERY NEXT DAY, and lost his job because they arrested him at work (apparently it was a coin flip as to whether they were going to send armed police for him). They took his computer, but didn’t take his laptop, DVDs, spare hard drives, or anything else. They did no investigation other than a background check, and because they had no evidence to convict him of that, he’s now been convicted of so called child porn.

    Oh, and to top it all off, the porn he’s convicted of is FREELY AVAILABLE ON THE NET!!! Anyone can download the images, which form a comic strip style story (complete with speech bubbles). You don’t need to search that hard for em. All you have to do is type in 3D porn or 3D Hentai into google, and it’s right there. I’ve tried it myself.

    If these things are supposed to be illegal, then why are they readily available? Why does the police convince us through the media that they are able to monitor everything on the net? The average joe on the street assumes that what he sees on the net, providing it’s readily available, must be safe and legal. The police computer expert has 13 years experience, so he should easily be able to tell the difference right?

    There’s an article in the local paper about it, and you can find it here:

    http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/2008/09/26/child-porn-in-cartoon-style-man-convicted-84229-21906841/

    Now, does anyone remember the two lads who were shot in Forest Gate by the police? They were suspected of terrorism, but when the police found they had no evidence, they tried to pin a child porn charge on them.

    Does it sound to you all that my friend is being stitched up by the authorities? If so, then please get in touch with me at screaminglemming@googlemail.com, and please add this to your blogs and make the world aware that the police and Crown Prosecution Service are commiting the most underhanded acts in order to gain a spurious conviction.

    Oh, and my friend will be appealing the decision, and has declared that the police and CPS are going to be taken to the cleaners.

    There are already groups of local people backing him. Please join the fight.

  8. [...] [**] as outlined in this comment here, his defence was more along the lines of ‘what the fuck are you talking about, you mentalists, it’s a fucking cartoon! What, you’re going to convict me, risk banging me up and put me on the sex offenders’ register over a fucking cartoon? What the fuck?’. Whilst entirely reasonable in logic (and whilst anyone who thinks that owning pervy cartoons, even 3D ones, should be a criminal offence is a despicable bastard who deserves flaying alive), that doesn’t go down so well with courts of law… Filed under Crime & Punishment   [link] [...]

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