America Online's Web Of Deceit (Conclusion)
jtfarchive.org exposes the greed, deceit and left-wing political tyranny of America Online (AOL), the world's largest Internet "service provider."
We don't just shoot for 14-year-olds. We own them. -- Robert Pittman, AOL Time Warner's chief operating officer and founder of MTV
In 1997, Andrew Singer, a AOL in-house lawyer, pled guilty to aggravated sexual battery of an 11-year-old boy. The court dropped two additional counts of "taking liberties" via AOL e-mail to another boy. (In a bit of poetic justice, Singer's photograph is blazoned on the Internet as a sex offender formerly registered -- he has "failed to re-register" -- with the Virginia State Police.) The sick meeting was arranged through Singer's AOL account and, in a definitely newsworthy but little-publicized event -- no surprise -- he was arrested in his offices at AOL's Virginia headquarters.
After Singer's guilty plea, volunteer staffers in AOL's "Kids Only" area were told that they would have to submit to a criminal background check. But no such checks were ever done.
When one outraged mother sued the company for ignoring an ongoing problem -- her 11-year-old son had been molested by a mollycoddled AOL deviant -- the pervert chortled: "They weren't going to warn me. I was billing 300 hours monthly, at least $1,000 a month."
Outraged AOL subscribers reported the perverse chat room activities of Robert Orr, an Episcopalian clergyman/pedophile, numerous times to AOL. But in the interests of its bottom line, the company took no action whatsoever until Orr's 1998 arrest. And only when the story broke publicly did Chairman Case reacted with his usual Community Update boilerplate: "On receiving the material and verifying that it violated our terms of service, and was in all likelihood illegal, we immediately terminated the account and contacted the FBI."
The AOL account of Shannon Coleman, mentioned here last week, remained active after his 1999 guilty plea to felony sex abuse charges. And why not? He was a serial abuser of teenaged girls, but at least never berated blacks or Muslims. He failed to return to the Internet only because the police had seized his computer.
AOL is not known as the "pedophile superstore, the Home Shopping Network of child pornography, the Napster of kiddie porn" just because it aims, Disney-like, at a youthful audience. The worst crime is AOL's MTV-like history of recklessly and indifferently putting profits before the safety of its most innocent audience. (Chairman Case's cavalier wish to remain profitable as a child pornography and pedophile pimp makes monetary sense: between 1995 and 1997, the number of children online skyrocketed from 1 million to 10 million, an astounding leap of 1000%. By 2002, nearly 40 million children and teenagers will spend well over $1 billion on the Internet.) The company's nurturing attitude has promoted the de facto decriminalization of "kiddie porn" and tremendously increased the demand for new "product."
As one AOL watcher testified before Congress, children are not only unsafe on AOL, they are unsafe because of AOL.
Despite the "three strikes and you're out" guidelines of AOL's terms of service (TOS), call Negroes in America a population of murdering black illegitimates and you will be summarily "TOSsed out" on your ear by the first "guide" who stumbles across your words (or who is alerted to them by the murdering black illegitimates in your chat room). But AOL has traditionally displayed a rigorous toleration for sexual deviants, including pedophiles. Chairman Case would rather thought-police his political chat rooms for incorrect opinions. Perverts are consistently given numerous reprieves, many more than three, and almost never sent on their way unless the police take action.
Until a few years ago, even the rare occurrence of being "TOSsed out" of AOL placed few obstacles in the path of a deviant determined to revisit his hunting grounds. He needed only to find another AOL installation disk -- not a difficult task by any means -- to buy himself a new account. A tidal wave of bad publicity recently forced AOL to compile a credit card blacklist; but even today, little prevents a cunning hunter from returning to the fold with a borrowed, stolen or phony account.
AOL's self-monitoring of its deviant population has always been deliberately inadequate. Security teams are never assigned 24 hours a day to the company's high-risk chat rooms, where perverts of every description elude "pursuit" with the greatest of ease. "We cannot keep up with the sheer number of rooms created," Chairman Case has pled. "It happens behind our backs. Despite our best wishes, rooms that violate TOS periodically remain open."
Chairman Case has always grossly exaggerated the "sheer number" of chat rooms operating on AOL. (They are no more than, at the most, several hundred and the company has more than ample resources to monitor them -- if it chose to do so -- for criminal sexual activity.) Case was once caught red-handed shamelessly inflating the number of AOL "guides" assigned to his pedophile parlors. He has more often closed hacker rooms and cancelled the accounts of members who dared to protest the disparity.
For some reason, it has never struck the media as strange that the same AOL which ruthlessly and efficiently polices its chat rooms for the slightest hint of dissent has never been able to rid those rooms of their true violators of human decency and innocence.
Like all left-wing organizations, AOL worries more about the rights of criminals than their victims. Although many AOL pedophiles boast of it in no uncertain terms in their member profiles, and although their profiles are open to scrutiny by Chairman Case's thought police, the cyber-vermin are safe because AOL dismisses their "racy" profiling as free speech. "It's impossible to police the Internet," protests Chairman Case. "Or to have servers act as judge and jury over their clients. Not only are the decisions difficult, it's a question of civil rights. No one wants to become Big Brother."
Without hard and fast evidence that a crime had been committed against Daniel, the runaway Seattle teenager seduced by an AOL queer, the police could only file a runaway report. In the face of the constabulary's impotence, AOL refused to cooperate with Daniel's parents in their search for their missing son. The couple's lawyers could prove nothing against the pervert thanks to AOL's "privacy" policies.
On his AOL home page and in press releases to a sympathetic media, Chairman Case has repeatedly claimed that AOL cannot monitor its pedophiles because they set up their meetings through e-mail, which is private communication protected by Federal law. But Case consistently fails to mention that before e-mails are exchanged, the preliminaries almost always occur in chat rooms, over which AOL has complete control and right of entry.
Chairman Case boasts often of thinking first and foremost of his youngest customers. But the braggadocio rings hollow; AOL's deeds never match its words. Its hardest work as a middleman for pederasts, apart from criminally enabling them, has been to defend itself against bad publicity. In Case's amoral new world, defending his youngest clients always takes a back seat to covering his assets.
Chairman Case and his minions prefer apathy, spin doctoring and outright cover-up to admission of wrongdoing and honest work to atone for their sins. With the customary arrogance of their kind, they would rather turn their backs on the problem than resolve it. Judging by their reactions alone, you would think the whole issue nothing worse than a slow Internet connection.
Worst of all, complaints from lawabiding AOL members -- complete with damning e-mails and unlawful images -- have been forwarded to AOL's management without provoking the slightest response. Not only was law enforcement never informed of the criminal acts in question, the perpetrators were never warned about their illegal behavior, much less removed from the service. Instead, AOL helpfully and politely suggested that they convert their public room into a private one, in effect saying, "Go on breaking the law. Just do it in private."
One citizen investigator testified before Congress that AOL never acknowledged receipt of his report on a pedophile and that, months later, the criminal was still online, actively exchanging child pornography in AOL's member rooms. The cover-up was part of a years-long pattern of criminal abuse in which AOL implicitly urged whistleblowers to send illegal material only to the company's TOS department. Needless to add, the material was forwarded not to the proper authorities but, in a manifestly criminal act, to the company's wastebaskets.
Our policy is that all private communications, including e-mail, instant messages, and private chat rooms are strictly private. We do not, will not, and legally cannot monitor any private communications. But if we are alerted to a potential offense and we are sent evidence, as we were recently, we will vigorously pursue the matter. In this case, electronic mail was forwarded to our attention by our members, and as recipients of the mail we were able to turn the material over to the authorities. -- Chairman Case (1995)
AOL knew about its pedophile problem as early as 1991 but allowed it to fester. Only a 1995 court order, linked to an FBI probe, forced the company to sit up and take notice; only then were agents granted access to its customer list and telephone and billing records. Although never charged with the crime, AOL's deliberate delay was misprision of a felony -- knowing that a crime is taking place but not reporting it, a serious Federal offense.
Upon receiving the material and verifying that it was in all likelihood illegal, we immediately contacted the FBI and terminated the accounts of the senders. -- Jean Villanueva, Chairman Case's adulterous paramour and vice president of corporate communications (1995)
In 1993, little George Burdynski disappeared at the age of 10 from his Brentwood, Virginia home. He was never seen again, but his disappearance led the FBI to a clique of pedophiles operating through AOL. In the largest child pornography investigation in FBI history -- the same probe which first drew public scrutiny to AOL's revolting population of online perverts -- the agency seized hundreds of computers nationwide and deposed over 3,000 AOL users. (AOL's customers numbered only 3 million at the time.)
Thanks to a complicit media, AOL's spin control has been largely successful. Many AOL watchers have wondered, with great suspicion, what led the Cincinnati Enquirer to run an article about a major federal "sting" operation days before it took place? An article careful, additionally, to note that AOL employees, including Chairman Case, were "cooperating fully" with an investigation targeting AOL's customers rather than the company itself? Curiously, no mention was made that the "customers" had been targeted by the FBI precisely because the agency had become aware of the "numerous" complaints received by AOL from its lawabiding members -- complaints criminally ignored and destroyed in the name of Chairman Case's intellectual pederasty.