Operation Flicker


The aim on
Operation Flicker was to shut down child pornography on the internet, but in
the process, they found that many government and military personnel were
viewing and download child pornography on their work computers.  This
operation has been kept fairly quiet, for obvious reasons.


The
following is a write-up by Voice of America on the government investigation known as
“Operation Flicker.”


Federal
investigators have identified members of the U.S. military and defense
contractors who allegedly bought and downloaded child pornography, at times on
government computers.  Some of the individuals have high-level security
clearances.


The
Pentagon released 94 pages of documents related to investigations that date
back to 2002. Many names and details are blacked out, but the facts that remain
are disturbing.


A
contractor with top secret clearance, tasked with providing support to the
National Security Agency, was charged with possessing child pornography. 
Investigators say he tampered with his work computer after agents searched his
home.  He fled the country and is believed to be in Libya.  The case
is closed until he is arrested and extradited.


A
National Reconnaissance Office contract employee acknowledged he regularly
viewed sexually explicit images of children.  


One
sailor admitted to accessing child pornography while stationed on the Naval
destroyer U.S.S. Mason.  He was sentenced to nearly four years in prison.


The
findings come from a wider investigation conducted by Immigration and Customs
Enforcement.  That probe, dubbed Operation Flicker, identified more than
5,000 individuals who subscribed to child pornography websites.   An
assistant U.S. attorney general requested that the Defense Criminal
Investigative Service, under the auspices of the Pentagon’s Inspector General,
assist in identifying Pentagon-affiliated individuals.


The above
article was written when only the DCIS investigation was released, which
is found below. Since then, I have managed to get quite a few more pages
declassified, which can also be downloaded here:


Declassified Documents


 Report of Investigation, Defense Criminal Investigative
Service, 20 November 2009
[94 Pages, 4.9MB]


 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Documents, Released
July 15, 2016
 [932 Pages, 182.5MB]


 Department of Defense / Office of Inspector General [2 Pages,
0.2MB] – As of July of 2015, the DOD/IG is denying all records associated with
this request, and will not release them.



The Black Vault currently has other open FOIA
requests, and the responses will be posted, when available.

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