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Encyclopedia > Operation Amethyst

Operation Amethyst was an Irish Gardai operation targeting child pornography. Involving simultaneous searches on May 25, 2002[1] of over a hundred individuals suspected of downloading child pornography, it was one of the largest police operation in Ireland's history. A member of the motorcycle unit of the Garda Síochána. ... The term child pornography (sometimes referred to as CP, child porn, or kiddie porn) generally refers to pornography featuring one or more children; however, a precise definition can be elusive, as the terms pornography and child vary in definition according to region and country. ... May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the computer terms. ...

Following from an FBI investigation in the United States, details of 130 people were passed to the Irish Police.[2] Several high profile individuals were caught in the operation, including Irish Circuit Court Judge Brian Curtin[3] and celebrity chef Tim Allen[4]. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a Federal police force which is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... Brian Curtin is an Irish circuit court judge who was tried for having images of child pornography on his computer. ...


  1. ^  Anita Guidera, Ex-priest jailed on child porn charges, The Poynter Institute (Online), October 16 2003.
  2. ^  Cormac O’Keeffe, Nationwide swoop followed FBI tip-off , Irish Examiner, April 24 2004.
  3. ^  Irish judge's home raided in porn swoop, News.telegraph, May 30 2002.
  4. ^  Child porn charges admitted, BBC News Europe, January 16 2003.



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