Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Homeland Security and Pornography

Many people are not aware that the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) also handles issues of illegal pornography. My point is proven with the latest topical arrest of a Michigan man today. One Michigan paper titles the story ‘Otter Lake man faces child pornography charges after Homeland Security probe’. You can read the entire story here: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2014/04/otter_lake_man_faces_child_por.html

According to the paper, “ Homeland Security Investigations officials began investigating the man after he allegedly downloaded a video Feb. 4, 2013, which showed a young child being sexually abused by an adult, according to an affidavit filed with the complaint. Officials were able to obtain a search warrant for a home associated with the IP address used to download the video, according to the affidavit. Investigators allegedly discovered more than 900 videos and 6,000 images of child pornography on the man's computer, the affidavit states.”

Yes, the DHS does more than just prevent terrorism. The department covers issues of cyber-security, which are often directly related to crimes against children. When people complain about how the DHS’ funding is being spent, they often do not consider cases where young victims are able to be recovered and further acts of sexual violence cease from being committed as a result of the Department’s actions.

I wanted to cover this in today’s Homeland Security blog because I feel it is important to give credit where credit is due.

Until tomorrow,

Twyla N. Garrett

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