Britisk politi har kommet over barnepornografisk materiale i flere avsløringer av terrorister. Det har skjedd så mange ganger at politiet mener det finnes en forbindelse mellom terrorister og barneporno. Visse terroristene ser ut til å ha en dragning til barneporno, og andre bruker bildene til å smugle budskap, siden barneporno formidles via lukkede kanaler.
Forekomsten av barneporno hos terrorister har vært oppdaget så mange ganger at politiet ønsker å sette i gang et forskningsprosjekt. Oppdagelsen av denne forbindelsen gjør at organisasjoner som arbeider mot barneporno, må bevisstgjøres om sammenhengen.
Dette er upløyd mark.
Secret coded messages are being embedded into child pornographic images, and paedophile websites are being exploited as a secure way of passing information between terrorists.
Officers have noted that child sex abuse images have been found during investigations into some of the most advanced suspected plots.
Politiet er så overveldet av terrorsaker at de ikke har hatt kapasitet til å gjennomføre prosjektet.
Politiet ble forbløffet da de fant barneporno på harddiskene til terroristmistenkte.
It is not clear whether the terrorists were more interested in the material for personal gratification or were drawn to child porn networks as a secure means of sending messages. In one case fewer than a dozen images were found; in another, 40,000.
British security sources confirmed that such a link had been discovered in several cases. They noted the contradiction between people supposedly devoted to theocracy and Islamic fundamentalism and their use of child pornography. «It shows that these people are very confused,» a source said. «Here they are hating Western decadence but actually making use of it and finding that they enjoy this stuff.»
The first British suspicions of a link between child sex abuse and jihadis emerged in London in 2006 when antiterrorism police in two unrelated investigations were shocked to find computerised images of hardcore child pornography. The key case that tipped off the security services to a plausible link involved the «White-chapel Rapist», Abdul Makim Khalisadar. A former Mujahidin and a preacher at the East London Mosque, he was being examined for his links to a hardcore Islamic militant who was later convicted of terrorism. Khalisadar was never convicted of terrorist offences. The other investigation involved a young religiously observant Muslim.
The Times has learnt that a criminal investigation also found child pornography on computers after a raid in 2001 at a mosque run by an al-Qaeda recruiter in Milan. Italian police believe that the images were encoded with messages. At a forthcoming terrorism trial in Spain, the alleged mastermind of a Muslim cell has also been accused of downloading hundreds of child sex abuse pictures and videos.
Det er ikke bare islamistiske terrorister som lagrer barneporno, også hos høyreekstremister er det gjort slike beslag.
Meanwhile, police uncovered a right-wing terrorist plot when they raided a home after being tipped off about pornographic images. This June, the Nazi sympathiser Martyn Gilleard was jailed for 16 years after being found guilty of terrorism. Police found 39,000 indecent images of children at his flat in Yorkshire.