NASA Employees Caught Buying Child Porn, Escape Prosecution, Now Their Names Are Being Kept Secret

NASA Employees Caught Buying Child Porn From Site Which Showed Three-Year-Olds Being Abused, But They Escape Prosecution And Now Their Names Are Being Kept Secret – Daily Mail

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NASA employees were caught buying child pornography from a criminal ring in Eastern Europe that distributed images of minors as young as three, it can be revealed.

An investigation by Daily Mail Online found 16 staff members from the space agency paid for pictures and videos of children in sexual situations, but were never prosecuted.

Their names have never been released because of government guidelines which protect their privacy – prompting fears some of the culprits are still employed by NASA.

The probe found that in 2010, the employees paid for the pornography using personal credit cards or PayPal while working for the government.

Their actions were uncovered during Project Flicker – an investigation by the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) into American citizens buying child pornography from Belarus and Ukraine.

The investigation began in 2007 when more than 33,000 images of minors being abused flooded into the country.

Investigators identified more than 5,200 citizens across the country who had paid for a subscription to illicit websites in order to access the content.

In 2010 it was revealed that 264 of these worked for the Pentagon as either employees or contractors. Some of them worked for the NSA and had top security clearance.

But the Daily Mail Online can reveal for the first time that NASA employees were also identified in the sickening scheme in the same year.

Transactions from the space agency workers were discovered after a FBI special agent tipped off investigators.

However their names have been redacted in documents obtained by Daily Mail Online via a Freedom of Information Act request from NASA’s Office of Inspector General.

Therefore it is not known whether they were disciplined or sanctioned within the department – meaning they could still be working for the government.

When the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) investigated the Pentagon employees identified in the scheme, they only investigated 52 of the suspects and 212 people on ICE’s list were never questioned at all.

Some had highest available security clearance.

After the probe was completed just 10 were ever charged with viewing or purchasing child pornography – prompting fears some of those caught could still be working for the military.

It is not known whether any of the NASA employers were questioned, but it is clear they were not prosecuted – as their names have not been revealed.

If they had been found guilty of a crime, their names would not have been redacted in the disclosed files.

A spokesman for NASA told Daily Mail Online they would not be commenting beyond what was stated in the FOIA documents.

A spokesman from Immigration and Customs Enforcement said: ‘In 2006, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) opened an investigation into the criminal network behind hundreds of child pornography websites.

‘The investigation, called Project Flicker, was conducted in collaboration with other U.S. and international law enforcement partners around the world, and identified 30,000 customers in 132 countries – resulting in hundreds of convictions in the U.S. and 16 arrests in Belarus and the Ukraine.

‘The criminal rings involved used a variety of online and traditional payment methods, elaborate defense measures and a franchise business model that provided access to images and videos of sexually exploited boys and girls, some as young as 3 years old.

‘HSI’s Cyber Crimes Center distributed more than 5,000 domestic leads to field offices around the country and shared more than 4,000 foreign leads with its law enforcement partners via HSI’s attaché offices.

‘HSI is a leading federal law enforcement agency combating the sexual exploitation of children. HSI conducts investigations under Operation Predator, a nationwide initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who possess, trade and produce child pornography; who travel overseas for sex with minors; and who engage in the sex trafficking of children.

‘HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators.’

The FBI said they would not be adding to the ICE’s statement.

The latest disclosure comes after Daily Mail Online investigations unearthed shocking breaches of computer guidelines inside the Department of Education the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services.

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After 9 1/2-Year, 3 Billion-Mile Journey, NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Reaches Pluto

NASA’s Three-Billion-Mile Journey To Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter – Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto.

After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday, about 7,750 miles above the surface – roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India – making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth.

“I’m delighted at this latest accomplishment by NASA, another first that demonstrates once again how the United States leads the world in space,” said John Holdren, assistant to the President for Science and Technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “New Horizons is the latest in a long line of scientific accomplishments at NASA, including multiple missions orbiting and exploring the surface of Mars in advance of human visits still to come; the remarkable Kepler mission to identify Earth-like planets around stars other than our own; and the DSCOVR satellite that soon will be beaming back images of the whole Earth in near real-time from a vantage point a million miles away. As New Horizons completes its flyby of Pluto and continues deeper into the Kuiper Belt, NASA’s multifaceted journey of discovery continues.”

“The exploration of Pluto and its moons by New Horizons represents the capstone event to 50 years of planetary exploration by NASA and the United States,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “Once again we have achieved a historic first. The United States is the first nation to reach Pluto, and with this mission has completed the initial survey of our solar system, a remarkable accomplishment that no other nation can match.”

Per the plan, the spacecraft currently is in data-gathering mode and not in contact with flight controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physical Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. Scientists are waiting to find out whether New Horizons “phones home,” transmitting to Earth a series of status updates that indicate the spacecraft survived the flyby and is in good health. The “call” is expected shortly after 9 p.m. tonight.

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The Pluto story began only a generation ago when young Clyde Tombaugh was tasked to look for Planet X, theorized to exist beyond the orbit of Neptune. He discovered a faint point of light that we now see as a complex and fascinating world.

“Pluto was discovered just 85 years ago by a farmer’s son from Kansas, inspired by a visionary from Boston, using a telescope in Flagstaff, Arizona,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “Today, science takes a great leap observing the Pluto system up close and flying into a new frontier that will help us better understand the origins of the solar system.”

New Horizons’ flyby of the dwarf planet and its five known moons is providing an up-close introduction to the solar system’s Kuiper Belt, an outer region populated by icy objects ranging in size from boulders to dwarf planets. Kuiper Belt objects, such as Pluto, preserve evidence about the early formation of the solar system.

New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, says the mission now is writing the textbook on Pluto.

“The New Horizons team is proud to have accomplished the first exploration of the Pluto system,” Stern said. “This mission has inspired people across the world with the excitement of exploration and what humankind can achieve.”

New Horizons’ almost 10-year, three-billion-mile journey to closest approach at Pluto took about one minute less than predicted when the craft was launched in January 2006. The spacecraft threaded the needle through a 36-by-57 mile (60 by 90 kilometers) window in space – the equivalent of a commercial airliner arriving no more off target than the width of a tennis ball.

Because New Horizons is the fastest spacecraft ever launched – hurtling through the Pluto system at more than 30,000 mph, a collision with a particle as small as a grain of rice could incapacitate the spacecraft. Once it reestablishes contact Tuesday night, it will take 16 months for New Horizons to send its cache of data – 10 years’ worth – back to Earth.

New Horizons is the latest in a long line of scientific accomplishments at NASA, including multiple rovers exploring the surface of Mars, the Cassini spacecraft that has revolutionized our understanding of Saturn and the Hubble Space Telescope, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. All of this scientific research and discovery is helping to inform the agency’s plan to send American astronauts to Mars in the 2030’s.

“After nearly 15 years of planning, building, and flying the New Horizons spacecraft across the solar system, we’ve reached our goal,” said project manager Glen Fountain at APL “The bounty of what we’ve collected is about to unfold.”

APL designed, built and operates the New Horizons spacecraft and manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. SwRI leads the mission, science team, payload operations and encounter science planning. New Horizons is part of NASA’s New Frontiers Program, managed by the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Follow the New Horizons mission on Twitter and use the hashtag #PlutoFlyby to join the conversation. Live updates also will be available on the mission Facebook page.

For more information on the New Horizons mission, including fact sheets, schedules, video and images, visit www.nasa.gov/newhorizons.

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NASA Detects ‘Intelligent’ Alien Signal

NASA Detects ‘Intelligent’ Alien Signal – AOL

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Nasa officials have admitted that they have received what is believed to be an artificial signal from space. The source of the signal is located over 2.3m light years from Earth and has been repeating on a loop in the narrowband frequency.

So far, there has been no confirmation of the location or the entire contents of the message. An excerpt of the message (see below) has been released ahead of a presidential address.

Leaders across the globe were briefed by the United States only this morning and are expected to make announcements shortly after President Obama delivers a televised address at 8am, 12pm (BST).

Downing Street said that the President spoke directly with David Cameron for 30 minutes last night on the content of the signal and agreed to co-operate on coordinating any response.

Officials remain tight-lipped

Speculation is rife as to what the President will say as White House and Nasa officials remain tight-lipped over many of the details. The speed of Mr Obama’s address is being viewed as a response to several reports that news agencies were going to break the story in the next 24 hours.

CNN has reported unnamed Pentagon sources claiming that the transmission was detected two months ago, although this has not been confirmed.

Leaders around the world have urged people to remain calm until the message has been fully analysed by experts.

The Pentagon and Nato have raised their alert status while the Ministry of Defence said that it was keeping the situation under review, stressing that there was no direct threat to UK security.

Mr Cameron has briefed Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband with calls growing among MPs for an urgent statement in the Commons.

Part of the message believed to have been transmitted at 1420.356 MHz:

01101110 01100001 01101110 01101111 01101111 00100000 01101110 01100001 01101110 01101111 01101111 00101100 00100000 01000001 01110000 01110010 01101001 01101100 00100000 01100110 01101111 01101111 01101100 01110011 00100001 00001010

To read part of the cryptic message, copy the above code and paste into the translator then click on ‘translate’.

Binary code translator

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Yeah, about that “settled” science…………

Not so much!

Environmentalists and Democrats often cite a “97 percent” consensus among climate scientists about global warming. But they never cite estimates that 95 percent of climate models predicting global temperature rises have been wrong.

Former NASA scientist Dr. Roy Spencer says that climate models used by government agencies to create policies “have failed miserably.” Spencer analyzed 90 climate models against surface temperature and satellite temperature data, and found that more than 95 percent of the models “have over-forecast the warming trend since 1979, whether we use their own surface temperature dataset (HadCRUT4), or our satellite dataset of lower tropospheric temperatures (UAH).”

“I am growing weary of the variety of emotional, misleading, and policy-useless statements like ‘most warming since the 1950s is human caused’ or ‘97% of climate scientists agree humans are contributing to warming’, neither of which leads to the conclusion we need to substantially increase energy prices and freeze and starve more poor people to death for the greater good. Yet, that is the direction we are heading,” Spencer wrote on his blog.

But, of course, it isn’t really about “saving the earth” at all, and anyone who understands how evil the Left is gets that.

Gigantic Asteroid Hurtling Towards Earth? UPDATED! CNN anchor beats Al Gore to the punch, blames you know what

But do not worry about that. The scientific community says it is much ado about nothing, Stacy McCain, however…………

They’re scientists, after all, which means they’re never wrong, so ignorant laymen like us should have complete confidence in their judgment

The impact of a meteorite or comet is today wi...

Anyone happening to glance towards the heavens in a week’s time and glimpses a 50-metre-long lump of rock hurtling ominously through the skies need not panic.
Although it will pass closer to us than any asteroid has for the past 15 years — closer even than the TV satellites that girdle the planet — Nasa insists that 2012 DA14 will miss Earth by a good 17,100 miles (27,520km).
“No Earth impact is possible,” said Donald Yeomans, an astronomer with the US space agency.

In other words: PANIC! It’s going to destroy us all! 

The good news is this. If it does hit us, we will not be around to listen to Al Gore blame asteroids on climate change. Also, it will be the end of reality shows.

UPDATE! The obligatory “Did Global Warming Cause the Asteroid Card” has already been played!

CNN anchor Deb Feyerick asked Saturday afternoon if an approaching asteroid, which will pass by Earth on February 15, “is an example of, perhaps, global warming?”

UGH! Is there any absurdity the Left will not stoop to?

NASA Crashes Two Probes Into A Mountain On The Moon

NASA Crashes Two Probes Into A Mountain On The Moon – Reuters

A pair of NASA moon-mapping probes smashed themselves into a lunar mountain on Monday, ending a year-long mission that is shedding light on how the solar system formed.

The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, spacecraft had been flying around the moon, enabling scientists to make detailed gravity maps. The probes sped up slightly as they encountered stronger gravity from denser regions and slowed down as they flew over less-dense areas.

By precisely measuring the distance between the two probes, scientists discovered that the moon’s crust is thinner than expected and that the impacts that battered its surface did even more damage underground.

Out of fuel and edging closer to the lunar surface, the probes were commanded to smash themselves into a mountain near the moon’s north pole, avoiding a chance encounter with any Apollo or other relics left on the surface during previous expeditions.

“We do feel the angst about the end of the mission,” said Charles Elachi, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, which oversaw the mission. “On the other hand, it is a celebration because this mission has accomplished tremendous science.”

The U.S. space agency lost radio communications with the first spacecraft at 5:28 p.m. EST (2228 GMT) and the second about 20 seconds later, a NASA mission commentator said.

The probes’ final resting place was named after the first U.S. woman in space, Sally Ride, who orchestrated GRAIL’s educational outreach program before her death in July. The spacecraft included cameras that were operated by students.

After completing their primary mission in May, the GRAIL twins, each about the size of a small washing machine, moved closer to the lunar surface, dropping their orbits from about 34 miles to less than half that altitude to increase their sensitivity.

On December 6, the probes, nicknamed Ebb and Flow, flew down to about 7 miles to make one last detailed map of the moon’s youngest crater.

“Ebb and Flow have removed a veil from the moon,” said lead researcher Maria Zuber, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The discoveries not only will help scientists better understand how the moon formed and evolved, but what happened to Earth and the other inner planets which were similarly showered with comets and asteroids early in their history.

Several follow-up studies are planned, including coordinating the moon’s new gravity maps with the locations where Apollo soil and rock samples were collected, Zuber said.

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Home At Last: Atlantis Makes Historic Final Landing As Nasa’s 30-Year Shuttle Program Comes To An End

Home At Last: Atlantis Makes Historic Final Landing As Nasa’s 30-Year Shuttle Program Comes To An End – Daily Mail

It’s the end of an era. After three decades of space travel, Nasa’s shuttle program came to a close this morning when Atlantis landed back on Earth.

The space shuttle and its four-member crew touched down as dawn broke at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, one minute behind schedule at 5.57am local time (10.57am BST).

Hundreds of spectators gathered near the runway to welcome Atlantis home – and to bid Nasa’s 30-year space shuttle program goodbye.


Touchdown: Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center one minute behind schedule at 5.57am (10.57am BST) this morning, bringing an end to Nasa’s 30-year space shuttle program


Incoming: Atlantis Commander Chris Ferguson gently steered the 100-ton spaceship high overhead, then nose-dived toward the swamp-surrounded landing strip at the Kennedy Space Center


Final farewell: Hundreds of spectators gathered near the runway to welcome Atlantis home – and to bid Nasa’s space shuttle program goodbye

Atlantis glided home through a clear moonlit sky to complete a 13-day cargo run to the International Space Station.

Commander Chris Ferguson gently steered the 100-ton spaceship high overhead, then nose-dived toward the swamp-surrounded landing strip at the Kennedy Space Center, a few miles from where Atlantis will go on display as a museum piece.

Double sonic booms shattered the predawn silence around the space center, the last time residents will hear the sound of a shuttle coming home.

When Commander Ferguson eased Atlantis onto the runway, he was ending a 5.2million-mile journey and closing a key chapter in human space flight history.

‘Mission complete, Houston,’ he radioed to Mission Control.

Astronaut Barry Wilmore from Mission Control answered back, ‘We’ll take this opportunity to congratulate you Atlantis, as well as the thousands of passionate individuals across this great space-faring nation who truly empowered this incredible spacecraft, which for three decades has inspired millions around the globe.’

Atlantis’ return from the 135th shuttle mission capped a 30-year program that made spaceflight appear routine, despite two fatal accidents that killed 14 astronauts and destroyed two of Nasa’s five spaceships.


Atlantis’ mission was to resupply the International Space Station, ending a 12-year program to build and service the orbital research outpost


Atlantis is the next-to-youngest shuttle. In retirement, it will remain at Kennedy Space Center and be put on display


Back for good: Atlantis glided home through a clear moonlit sky to complete a 13-day cargo run to the International Space Station


Atlantis comes to a standstill on the runway: Private companies will now take over trips to the International Space Station. Nasa’s next stop with astronauts will be an asteroid, then Mars

The last accident investigation board recommended the shuttles be retired after construction was finished on the space station, a $100billion project of 16 nations. That milestone was reached this year.

Details of a follow-on program are still pending, but the overall objective is to build new spaceships that can travel beyond the station’s 250mile orbit and send astronauts to the moon, asteroids and other destinations in deep space.

But with its Constellation program canceled by President Barack Obama due to exorbitant costs, Nasa will for the time-being rely on Russian Soyuz vehicles to launch missions to space.

Once at the forefront of orbiter technology, Nasa is increasing looking to private industry to engineer the next generation of spacecraft that will ferry crew and cargo to the International Space Station and beyond.

Among many tributes this week, on Wednesday evening, the Empire State Building in New York lit up in red, white and blue in honor of the space shuttle program.

On the last full day of this last mission, Commander Ferguson told the controllers: ‘I’d love to have each and every one of you to stand up and take a bow, a round of applause.

‘Then there would be no one to applaud and there would be nobody to watching the vehicle… but believe me, our hearts go out to you.’


Homeward bound: An image of the International Space Station that was taken by an Atlantis crew member shortly after the shuttle departed the station on Tuesday


In orbit: Atlantis sits docked with the ISS in this photo taken by astronaut Mike Fossum aboard the space station

Ferguson and his three crewmates then checked their critical flight systems for Thursday’s planned landing in Florida.

Everything worked perfectly. Excellent weather winded up the 135th flight of the space shuttle program.

The astronauts and the flight controllers who will guide them home said Wednesday they were starting to feel a rush of emotions.

‘It’s going to be tough,’ Mr Ferguson said in a series of TV interviews.

‘It’s going to be an emotional moment for a lot of people who have dedicated their lives to the shuttle program for 30 years. But we’re going to try to keep it upbeat.’

Flight director Tony Ceccacci, who was slated to preside over Atlantis’ return to Earth, refrained from publicly sharing his sentiments – until Wednesday.

‘You guys must know that we do have a motto in the Mission Control Center that flight controllers don’t cry, Ceccacci told reporters. ‘So we’re going to make sure we keep that.’


Snap happy: Members of the media set up remote cameras at the north end of the Kennedy Space Center runway in preparation for the return of Atlantis


See you soon: The Atlantis crew wave farewell at the end of the last crew news conference from aboard the shuttle on Wednesday

Atlantis departed the International Space Station on Tuesday, after restocking it with a year’s worth of supplies. Among the shuttle highlights noted Wednesday was the construction of the station, a nearly one million-pound science outpost that took 12.5 years and 37 shuttle flights to build.

Space station astronaut Michael Fossum posted on Twitter a photo of the shuttle docked to the station 250 miles above the blue planet, which he snapped during last week’s spacewalk. He noted in the tweet: “When will such beautiful ship dock again to ISS?”

Nasa already is shifting gears.

It’s working with private companies eager to take over cargo runs and astronaut flights to the space station. The first supply trip is expected to take place by the end of this year. Astronaut trips will take more time to put together, at least three to five years.

The long-term destination is true outer space: sending astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and to Mars the following decade. That’s the plan put forth by President Obama. His predecessor wanted the moon as the prize.


Atlantis departs the ISS on Monday – a space station solar panel can be seen in the foreground


Last lift-off: Hundred of thousands of spectators at Cape Canaveral and tens of millions of TV viewers around the world watched Atlantis blast-off earlier this month

Throughout their 13-day mission and again Wednesday, the Atlantis astronauts stressed the need for a decades-long space exploration plan that does not change with each incoming president.

Ceccacci, whose Mission Control experience dates back to the first shuttle flight in 1981, said it’s ‘tough’ to think about all the experience that will be walking out the door following this mission.

Thousands of lay-offs are looming at the various Nasa centers; about 2,000 shuttle workers at Kennedy alone will get pink slips starting Friday. That’s on top of massive cutbacks already made.

‘We know there’s going to be a rough spot for a while,’ Ceccacci said. ‘But we hope that when we do get a good plan, a good direction, a good mission, that we can come back in here and do what we’ve been doing for the past 30 years for the shuttle and the years before that with Mercury, Gemini and Apollo.’

Atlantis is the last of the shuttles to be retired. It will remain at Kennedy Space Center, eventually going on public display at the visitor complex. Discovery is bound for the Smithsonian Institution in suburban Washington, and Endeavor for the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

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Your Marxist Moron of the Day is……….

Brought to us via William Teach, who discovers a real  devotee of climate change “science”

Imagine my surprise, and delight, to find a post at Think Progress that combines globull warming insanity and Palin Derangement Syndrome, all written by a bat guano crazy progressive (h/t to Tom Nelson, who pulled out the relevant quotes) In Her Own Words: My Imaginary Interview with Sarah Palin

Our guest blogger is long-time commenter Richard Brenne. He teaches a NASA-sponsored on-line Global Climate Change class and serves on the American Meteorological Society’s Committee to Improve Climate Change Communication.

Brenne:…Is there anything you do that doesn’t involve making sure peak oil and climate change cripple civilization and kill billions in all future generations?

Palin: No! I love that smell of the emissions!

Brenne: Does ingesting all those emissions give you any digestive tract issues?

Palin: I think my problem is that I do have the fire in my belly.

Brenne: I can tell. (Cough. Cough.) Could we open a window?

Palin: Oh it would be a blast if they were all this loud and if they smelled this good!

So, Palin wants to cripple civilization? And kill billions? Hmmm, why would a true worshipper at the Cult of Gore mind those things? After all is not a significant portion of the climate change crowd convinced that there are too many people on the planet? And crippling civilization? What does Mr Brenne think will happen if the draconian demands of the Cult of Climate Change are fully met?

Obama’s latest WTF??? moment!

 

Even I had to ask WTF??? did I just say?

It seems that this administration gives us a brand new WTF??? moment each and every day doesn’t it? The latest is this from the head of NASA!

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his “foremost” mission as the head of America’s space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world. 

Though international diplomacy would seem well outside NASA’s orbit, Bolden said in an interview with Al Jazeera that strengthening those ties was among the top tasks President Obama assigned him. He said better interaction with the Muslim world would ultimately advance space travel.

Ok, say it with me kids….WTF????? Aleister has video of Charles Krauthammer saying WTF??? albeit in a much more dignified manner.