Thursday, August 28, 2014

#2088: Marine Links Serco Offender's Tag to Rotherham Child Porn Ring, Obamacare Cybertrap

Plum City - ( United States Marine Field McConnell has linked Serco's alleged deployment of blackmailers and extortionists through the Offender's Tag Association to a decades-old Rotherham child-porn production ring and an Obamacare cybertrap apparently set up by Serco's National Security Adviser and former NSA and FBI Intelligence Director, Maureen Baginski.

McConnell notes that Serco's CEO, Rupert Soames, and the Offender's Tag Association founder, Tom Stacey, are members of White's gambling club which McConnell has accused of paying offenders – apparently deployed by Baginski and a matrix of U.K.-based child-porn blackmail rings – to silence prospective whistleblowers including the Princess Diana, Jill Dando and Gareth Williams.

McConnell claims Baginski ordered Obama's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award Serco a $1.25 billion contract to process Obamacare paper applications and set a child-porn cybertrap for former HHS cyber security chief Timothy DeFoggi who was just convicted on federal charges of "engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography".

Prequel 1: #2027: Marine Links Serco’s NSA Baginski to Obama Hull House Closure, Westminster Pedophile Ring

Prequel 2: 8-27-2014 Former HHS Cyber Security Chief Convicted in CHILD PORN Case

This chart, from the HHS fiscal 2014 'Justification of Estimates for Appropriations Committees' related to the 'Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund,' shows that during 2013 Timothy DeFoggi was in charge of operating-system security on all of HHS computers.
"Tom Stacey ... His considerable energy led him into national affairs in the 1960s and saw him standing twice for Parliament for the Conservatives. In 1967 he withdrew from his candidature at an eminently winnable seat at Dover on the grounds of public life blunting creative spontaneity. 

Becoming, however, a prison visitor in 1974, in 1981 he conceived the electronic tagging of offenders in lieu of custody to reduce reoffending, taking his feasibility study to the Home Office and launching the Offender's Tag Association in 1982. He remains Director of that research and lobbying group. He has seen the introduction of the idea into the penological tariff in Britain since 1989 and the subsequent nationwide usage of the electronic tag in the monitoring of offenders or bailees, and the spread of the sanction around the world. Stacey is repeatedly called upon by the media to explain or defend the method and value of tagging, as the scheme approaches the availability of round-the-clock surveillance by means of the satellite tag."

"How the rulers of Rotherham betrayed their children

The report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham documents appalling abuse. But even more shocking is the failure of councillors, council managers and police to do anything to address a problem they have known about for the last twenty years, writes Colin Wilson.

Alexis Jay's report is truly horrifying: its 153 pages document in detail the harm done to around 1400 children, many of whom will spend the rest of their lives attempting to deal with the abuse they suffered. The report's authors give examples of that abuse:

"a child was doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, children who were threatened with guns, children who witnessed brutally violent rapes and were threatened that they would be the next victim if they told anyone. Girls as young as 11 were raped by large numbers of male perpetrators, one after the other."

"Time and again we read in the files and other documents of children being violently raped, beaten, forced to perform sex acts in taxis and cars when they were being trafficked between towns, and serially abused by large numbers of men. Many children repeatedly self-harmed and some became suicidal."

One young woman told them that gang rape "was a usual part of growing up in the area of Rotherham in which she lived."

Anyone reading this will feel angry and determined that something like this must never be repeated, and they will ask themselves how such things could have happened. As soon as the story broke, the BBC was reporting an answer to that question, provided by Nick Griffin of the fascist BNP – that the problem was Muslims. By the early evening, the BBC was suggesting that "political correctness" was an issue. But the other cases of child sexual abuse that have come to light this summer show that simply isn't true.

We know now that Jimmy Savile abused hundreds of women and children, the youngest aged only two. In Rochdale, police are investigating alleged corruption by local cops and politicians which meant that local MP Cyril Smith was never prosecuted for child sexual abuse, despite numerous complaints to police and investigations. Rolf Harris abused girls as young as eight.

All these men exploited the different positions of power which they held – their positions as MPs, or their celebrity, and in Savile's case links with senior politicians and royals. The authorities did nothing to hold them to account. Police, senior politicians or BBC managers didn't want to rock the boat, to confront the reality of what was happening. So they turned a blind eye and allowed the abuse to continue.

The Rotherham report makes clear that the same neglect happened here – all of the authorities to which victims of abuse should have been able to turn failed them. Councillors, senior council managers and senior police officers all repeatedly failed to act.

It has been clear for almost twenty years that child sexual exploitation, abbreviated to CSE in the report, is a problem in Rotherham. In 1997 the council established Risky Business, a youth work project meant specifically to deal with it. No one could pretend that CSE wasn't a problem – and yet report after report was written, working parties were established and procedures were revised, all without making any difference. No doubt social workers, youth workers and other front line staff made mistakes. But the real problems were at the top.


The report states that "the Police gave no priority to CSE, regarding many child victims with contempt." One man tried to get the police to help young girls who were being beaten up by abusers: he reported that their attitude was that both the abusers and their victims were "undesirables" and that "the young women were not worthy of police protection." Many of the abusers were taxi drivers, and council staff involved with licensing taxis tried unsuccessfully to get police to intervene against them. Yet police took no action, even against a taxi driver who accosted a 13-year-old in Rotherham, having been arrested for kidnapping a woman the previous week in Bradford.

The police launched repeated "operations" around CSE – in 2008, 2010, 2011 and, in 2012, three of them – but got tiny numbers of convictions. Senior police, according to a 2013 report, were more interested in offences such as burglary or vehicle crime, where they had targets to meet. South Yorkshire Police received 157 reports concerning child sexual exploitation in Rotherham in 2013 – yet the only prosecuted nine people. Most shocking of all is a case from 2000 involving Child A, aged twelve, who had had sex with five adults. At a case conference to discuss the girl, according to the report, "the CID representative argued against the category of sexual abuse being used because he thought that Child A had been '100% consensual in every incident'."


The report states that most councillors "showed little obvious leadership or interest in CSE for much of the period under review." The council is completely dominated by Labour – but senior councillors stated that the Labour group first discussed sexual abuse only in 2012, when it had been an issue in Rotherham for almost twenty years. What is worse is that for years the councillors promoted a macho culture which encouraged sexual harassment and made it hard to discuss child sexual exploitation. One council worker was told that she'd get on better if she wore short skirts to meetings. Councillors did not accept the fact that some senior managers were women. Between 2000 and 2003 three councillors were found to be using council computers to access pornography.

Rotherham Council Management

The senior managers of Rotherham Children's Services showed themselves no better able than police or councillors to protect the children in their care. In the words of the current Chief Executive, "the approach generally was not to rock the boat." In the early 2000s, for example, the report documents that staff "monitored large numbers of children known to be involved in CSE or at risk but their managers gave little help or support to their efforts." Senior management believed that youth workers in the Risky Business project were exaggerating the extent of the problem. That attitude, remarkably, continues today: one manager told the report's authors that agencies needed "to retain a sense of proportionality with regard to child sexual exploitation" and that child neglect was "a much more significant problem."

Everybody Knows, Nothing is Done

The report's authors asked young people in Rotherham if they would use taxis in the town – it being known that some taxi drivers are involved in CSE – and both men and women replied unanimously that they would not. Everybody knows what is happening, but the authorities do nothing – 1,200 people have taxi licences, but since 2009 only four have been revoked. Seven years ago, the report explains, Risky Business, the Council's CSE project, "was inundated with referrals, all of them under 18 years." People were concerned that nothing was being done – as the report puts it, "the project was under pressure from those who had referred the children."

The people concerned at the Council's lack of activity and failure to discuss the issues included Rotherham's Pakistani community. The council had done nothing to involve them, apart from holding two meetings in 2011, and this caused considerable concern. Instead, the council turned to "traditional community leaders" such as councillors – though it's worth noting that almost all of the town's councillors are white. Meanwhile, the Muslim community was taking positive action – in 2008, for example, each mosque appointed a designated person responsible for child protection, and training was provided for imams.

What Now?

It would be good to report that the future is looking brighter. But two factors mean there is little light on the horizon.

The first issue is resources. Time and again, through the whole period covered by the report, you read of council offices which are "acutely understaffed", about "staff resources becoming overstretched." 

The current Executive Director of Children's Services recalls that when she came into her job in 2008, 43% of posts in her department were vacant. The financial situation now is dire: "By 2016, Rotherham will have lost 33% of its spending power in real terms compared to 2010/11." In March 2011, for example, this Labour council voted to close half its youth centres – at a time when a crisis around child sexual exploitation was going on around them. No funding is available for counselling to help these hundreds of young people cope with their experiences.

The second issue is trust. The council must do what it has avoided doing all these years – it must listen to children, young people, parents and care givers. The one organisation that people trusted to listen to them, that is referred to again and again in the report as not having failed the young people of Rotherham, is Risky Business – the group of youth workers that upset council managers, didn't follow proper procedures and admit themselves that they made mistakes. But in 2012, the Council closed the project down – or rather, in the official jargon, incorporated it into a larger team.

In the last year it has become clear how often rape, sexual harassment and the sexual abuse of children have gone unpunished in our society. That must end. There must be a full and open debate about how that is to happen. But certainly one part of it must be that those in power can no longer dismiss the voices of the oppressed, of the victims, which they have ignored for so long.

Picture: Pauline, Flickr"

"Former HHS cyber security chief convicted in CHILD PORN case after using screen names 'F***Christ' and 'PT***eater' on underground website

Timothy DeFoggi was found guilty Tuesday on all seven child-porn criminal charges he faced in federal court

Justice Dept says he 'accessed' and 'solicited child pornography ... [and] expressed an interest in the violent rape and murder of children'

DeFoggi 'even suggested meeting one member in person,' according to the DOJ, 'to fulfill their mutual fantasies to violently rape and murder children'

The former cyber security pro was listed near the top of the HHS organization chart in a document describing budget requests for 2014

His screen names 'F***Christ' and 'PT***eater' were mentioned repeatedly in court and are part of the public record

PUBLISHED: 00:12 GMT, 27 August 2014 | UPDATED: 20:43 GMT, 27 August 2014

Timothy DeFoggi, a former acting director of cyber security for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was convicted Tuesday on federal charges of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography.

A Nebraska jury handed down seven separate guilty verdicts following a four-day trial, in connection with his membership in a child pornography website operated by Aaron McGrath, 31, before his arrest, conviction and sentencing to a 20-year prison term.

MailOnline has confirmed through court records that while DeFoggi was a resident of the Washington, D.C. bedroom community of Germantown, Maryland, he used two screen aliases to communicate on the underground child-porn site: 'F***Christ' and 'PT***eater'

The name of the website was often redacted from court filings, and MailOnline has opted not to print it. But federal prosecutors mentioned DeFoggi's screen names often in court.

Sick: Timothy DeFoggi, a former acting director of cyber security for the U.S. Department of health and Human services, was convicted Tuesday on federal charges of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography

In one court filing, his lawyer conceded that 'In the "About Me" section of username "f***christ's" profile on "Website A," it says: "Have many perversions. Contact me for fantasy chat."

The attorney argued, unsuccessfully, that DeFoggi and his co-defendant, Zackary Austin, were engaging in harmless online fantasies.

'According to evidence presented at trial,' the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement Tuesday, 'DeFoggi registered as a website member on March 2, 2012, and maintained his membership and activity until Dec. 8, 2012, when the website was taken down by the FBI.'

'Through the website, DeFoggi accessed child pornography, solicited child pornography from other members, and exchanged private messages with other members where he expressed an interest in the violent rape and murder of children.'

'DeFoggi even suggested meeting one member in person,' the DOJ statement added, 'to fulfill their mutual fantasies to violently rape and murder children.' 

The grand jury's description of the crimes was so graphic that a judge agreed to order the redaction – the blacking out – of entire pages on the government's publicly accessible computer servers.

McGrath, a Nebraska native, ran a trio of child-porn websites through TOR, 'the onion router,' an open network within the Internet that allows users to hide from network surveillance and surf online without leaving digital footprints.

The FBI deployed a custom-made software program in a 2012 investigation it dubbed 'Operation Torpedo,' scouring every so-called '.onion' website it could find and determining which of them were related to illegal activity.

McGrath operated two of his sites on the network server 'farm' where he worked by day, and operated a third from his home computer. 

Federal investigators found that he had left his administrator password blank on one of the child pornography sites. They quickly began collecting information that could identify the computers that were accessing it.

One of the sites was a child-porn Facebook knockoff frequented by DeFoggi, 56, and another two dozen defendants the government identified.

A federal grand jury indicted the former government computer security honcho on March 20, 2013. He faces sentencing in November.

DeFoggi's name appears on an HHS organizational chart in a planning document related to the agency's fiscal year 2014 budget request. 

The document describes him as being in charge of 'OS IT Security Operations,' reporting directly to HHS Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Charest.

HHS did not immediately respond to questions about when he left his job, and whether he was on the government's payroll while his charges were pending.

Other defendants snared by Operation Torpedo are named in court documents as Kirk Cottom, Vincent Diberardino, Jason Flanary, Michael Huyck, Brandon Moore, David William Peer, Russell Glenn Pierce, Kevin Pitman, Gary Reibert, John Sebes, Thomas Spencer and Joshua Welch.

The FBI said Tuesday that DeFoggi was the sixth to be successfully prosecuted.

When he ordered DeFoggi held without bail in May 2013, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken noted that he appeared 'to have a mental condition which may affect whether the defendant will appear' if he were given bond.

It's not clear what that condition is, or whether it will have an impact on sentencing.

John S. Berry Jr. and Justin B. Kalemkiarian, his two current attorneys in Lincoln, Nebraska, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"Obama Administration Defends Serco, Firm With $1.2 Billion Obamacare Contract, Amid U.K. Probe Reuters · Posted: 07/16/2013 5:40 pm EDT Updated: 09/15/2013 5:12 am EDT

By David Morgan

WASHINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday defended a decision to award outsourcing company Serco Inc a $1.25 billion contract to help implement new online health insurance exchanges after word the contractor's parent company was under investigation in Britain.

Serco Inc, U.S. subsidiary of Serco Group Plc, will help review and process paper applications from consumers who apply for subsidized insurance coverage through federally operated exchanges in 34 states, according to the 12-year contract awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services.

"Serco is a highly skilled company that has a proven track record in providing cost-effective services to numerous other (U.S.) federal agencies," said Brian Cook, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the HHS agency overseeing implementation of the exchanges.

"The selection met all of the requirements for a full and open competition, and the timing enables us to be ready for marketplace open enrollment starting on Oct. 1."

In response to a Reuters query, Serco Inc issued a statement saying the investigation in Britain involves a contract covering less than 1 percent of revenues and a limited number of orders.

"There is no reason that the issue with this one contract in the UK will have any impact on the CMS contract or any other operations of Serco Inc," the company said.

Last week, Britain placed its contracts with Serco Group and another firm under review. Serco is one of the British government's biggest suppliers and runs services from prisons and immigration centers to transportation. An audit showed it was charging for prisoner-related services it did not provide.

The probe by Britain's chief procurement officer could raise more questions about the effort to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.

The insurance exchanges have come under mounting attack from opponents of the healthcare law, including Republicans, while doubts grow about the administration's ability to launch the markets with limited staff and funding.

The administration is hoping for a smooth roll out of the exchanges, online marketplaces that are scheduled to begin offering private coverage to millions of uninsured Americans in less than 80 days.

U.S. contractors with foreign parents are required to notify the Defense Contract Audit Agency if their parent operations are involved in any wrongdoing relating to billings, according to officials. The administration said CMS has not been informed of any such notice being given.

British officials say the probe of Serco Group could produce initial findings for the British Cabinet within weeks, with a final report likely in months.

Serco Inc, headquartered outside Washington in Reston, Virginia, employs about 8,000 people in 45 states. Its work for HHS will be undertaken at sites in Arkansas, Alabama and Kentucky, the administration said.

The contract requires the U.S. subsidiary to operate a mail room to intake insurance applications. Company employees will also review documents to ensure authenticity, identify potential problems and notify consumers of issues or missing documentation."

"Approaching the risks for children on the Internet in a thought-provoking and intellectual manner, this study skillfully integrates contemporary news reports and disturbing legal cases to show how Facebook and other ready-made forums for information exchange are breaking down boundaries of privacy and facilitating a growing number of criminal convictions for cyberbullying, child pornography, hacking, and copyright infringement. Also included is a discussion of how the widespread use of camera phones, mobile tablets, and social media sites has given rise to a new and dangerous practice among teens: sexting. This reference provides parents with an authoritative lesson in cyberethics and practical instructions for instituting household internet policies, as well as school officials and communities with lessons on how to educate children about the responsible use of emerging mobile technologies."

Yours sincerely,

Field McConnell, United States Naval Academy, 1971; Forensic Economist; 30 year airline and 22 year military pilot; 23,000 hours of safety; Tel: 715 307 8222

David Hawkins Tel: 604 542-0891 Forensic Economist; former leader of oil-well blow-out teams; now sponsors Grand Juries in CSI Crime and Safety Investigation

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