Founder and leader Natasha Grigori has, according to their
web site, taken a leave of absence for unspecified medical reasons.
Their webmaster has quit. According to our sources, she quit
when she realized she was being exploited. The remainder of Antichildporn.org
is trying to cover it up.
A Federal investigation is rumored to be in progress. It happens
to be child sexual abuse to recruit children to troll the Web
for porn and report instances of kiddie porn. In the case of
Antichildporn.org, these children were not even reporting kiddie
porn to the authorities. Instead, they report directly to a
form on the Antichildporn.org web site. Under questioning,
the leaders of Antichildporn.org were unable to cite a single
instance of actual prosecutions arising from these reports.
Who the heck are these guys? Natasha is an alias. According
to our sources, she is well-meaning, but naive. Most of the rest
of the AntiChildPorn points of contact use aliases. Doug Stead,
who is listed as their "Vice Chairperson," was careless
enough to leave a message on Carolyn Meinel's answering machine
in which he claimed to be "The director" (not even
"a" director) "of the International Society for Policing Cyberspace."
Of course, as a reporter, I (Carolyn) am saving that tape.
Since he was not listed on the Society
for Policing Cyberspace web site, I spoke with him over the
phone (604-527-1100) to try to clear up the problem. He directed
me to http://polcyb.org, the
same site I had been look at, which claims to represent that
organization. He said it was, in fact, the web site of the organization
he claims to direct."Just phone them, they'll vouch for
me," he said.
I phoned one of the people listed there as a director, Phil
Ortega, CEO of World net Technologies. He has never heard of
Stead. And Stead is not listed anywhere on their web site.
I have asked around the computer forensics community. They
have never heard of Stead. I asked Stead for his credentials
in forensics. He first gave out the name of some university,
then backpedaled and said he was not a forensics person.
Are any of those people at AntiChildPorn for real? Will they
someday turn up on our Busted!
page? We hope SOMETHING will happen to set an example -- adults
shouldn't recruit children to sift through porn sites for them.