Donald Trump Orders DOJ To Takedown Darknet Markets

By Aaron Kesel

During a press briefing at the Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed that president Donald Trump ordered the DOJ to go after “organized transnational cyber crime organizations operated on the darknet.”

“Donald Trump gave us several directives. One is to dismantle transnational criminal organizations. That is what we are announcing today. Dismantling of the largest dark website in the world by far,” Sessions said.

Sessions stated that the recent takedown of AlphaBay, a darknet market similar to Silk Road, is part of the battle against opioid addiction in the United States, adding that one American dies of a drug overdose every eleven minutes.

He then pointed out that he knew of several Americans killed by drugs sold on AlphaBay, and gave examples: “One victim was just 18 years old when, in February, she overdosed on a powerful synthetic opioid which she had bought on AlphaBay. The drug was shipped right to her house, through the mail,” Sessions said.

“This is likely one of the most important criminal investigations of this entire year,” he added.

Sessions expressed that darknet marketplaces and criminals aren’t safe from law enforcement, stating:

This case, pursued by dedicated agents and prosecutors, says you are not safe. You cannot hide. We will find you, dismantle your organization and network. And we will prosecute you.

In his closing statement, he said he believes the American people are now safer from identity fraud, malware, and drugs thanks to the takedown of AlphaBay and Hansa, two of the largest darknet marketplaces.

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“Make no mistake, the forces of law and justice face a new challenge from the criminals and transnational criminal organizations who think they can commit their crimes with impunity using the dark net.  The dark net is not a place to hide. The Department will continue to find, arrest, prosecute, convict, and incarcerate criminals, drug traffickers, and their enablers wherever they are. We will use every tool we have to stop criminals from exploiting vulnerable people and sending so many Americans to an early grave. I believe that because of this operation, the American people are safer – safer from the threat of identity fraud and malware, and safer from deadly drugs,” Sessions said.

“Transnational organized crime poses a serious threat to our national and economic security,” Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said. “Whether they operate in broad daylight or on the dark net, we will never stop working to find and stop these criminal syndicates.  We want to thank our international partners and those at the Department of Justice, the DEA and the IRS-CI for their hard work in demonstrating what we can do when we stand together,” he added.

Others have argued that AlphaBay gave people a way to peer review drugs, and these drug market places might have actually offered a safer buying option for addicts.

The Grugq wrote on Medium, “Great job ridding the world of a non-violent drug distribution channel that virtually eliminated risk and significantly reduced harm to addicts.”

AlphaBay’s alleged founder Alexandre Cazes was arrested on July 5 in Thailand at his home outside Bangkok and is alleged to have committed suicide shortly after while in a Thai jail on July 12.

Hansa’s operators were arrested and the website was taken over by authorities and controlled for a month leading to the potential that police have additional information on Hansa’s customers. Meaning we will likely hear of future arrests as the investigation into both Darknet websites continue.

As with the nature of the dark web, there will only be more marketplaces that pop up and subsequent takedowns to come under the Trump administration.

Watch full press briefing below:

Aaron Kesel writes for Activist Post. Like us at Facebook, follow us at Twitter and Steemit. This article is Creative Commons and can be republished in full with attribution.


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18 Comments on "Donald Trump Orders DOJ To Takedown Darknet Markets"

  1. But no shutdown of the Afghanistan poppy fields? He musta just forgot…

  2. Pedogate? Clinton Foundation? Crimes by elected officials? CIA corruption? Obama Corruption? Clinton corruption? Soros treasonous acts? Murders of those who were connected to the DNC that was going to tell all? Etc. Etc. Etc.

  3. Psychic Warrior | July 23, 2017 at 6:24 am | Reply

    Drone addiction VS Opiod addiction; which is putting more children into that early grave? This is just more obfuscation of the US sheeple who are realizing they are still slaves of the British Empire who are the gatekeepers of this planet under the control of the Reptilian Overlords.

    • “This is just more obfuscation of the US sheeple who are realizing they are still slaves of the British Empire who are the gatekeepers of this planet under the control of the Reptilian Overlords”

      Colorful way of putting it but damn accurate. In fact, my wife and I have come to the conclusion that Sewer Nation’s potential as a Synagogue-Global-bully became obvious to those bastards loooong ago. Toward that end, same was “cultivated” and nursed along to blossom into the cesspool it is right up to today.

      A more obscene hole simply could NOT exist. This stink-hole actually uses we the moronic to DESTROY nations who really DO help their citizens while Sewer Nation just “buffalos” us with bullshit rhetoric about how wonderful we are as a nation/people.

      I wonder if D.C.’s owners @ AIPAC/Israel have any idea what will happen to them once they’ve bled us dry, our military scurries home for lack of viable compensation and NATO dissolves under their favorite rock? Most of we lucid will, in all likelihood laugh so hard witnessing it, we’ll wet ourselves.

      Rather like the punch-line to an “off-color” joke.

  4. The darknet offers tools important for personal freedom: secure means of private communication and financial transactions. The drug markets are just a pretext for corralling the populace into the easily monitored clearnet and cashless dependence.

  5. They need to stop scrambled messages from ISIS, et al.

  6. Tonya Parnell | July 23, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Reply

    Aaron Kesel: Donald trump is now PRESIDENT Donald Trump

  7. Free Man (NOT) | July 23, 2017 at 4:34 pm | Reply

    This is just cover for more asset forfeiture, as Sessions said he would do.
    When you are as broke as they are, you’ll use any excuse to “collect” more.

  8. “Donald Trump gave us several directives. One is to dismantle transnational criminal organizations. That is what we are announcing today. Dismantling of the largest dark website in the world by far,”

    SUUUURE you are – Unless it’s synagogue owned/operated. Then, like the FBI’s 40-plus year “search” for Roman Polanski….. whom, it seems, this phenomenal organization just…. can’t…..seem…to locate. yeah right, evidence will disappear, witnesses will shoot themselves in the head…..twice… And, IF you prosecute them, the “trial” will end a few months prior to the incumbent leaving the white house and the “perps” will be pardoned… You know, Like Clinton did for Jeffery Epstein?

    You snakes are a repulsive lot.

  9. Say it ain’t so!…What will Obozo do with his free time now?

  10. Using the google translator.

    This news, is affirming that from the beginning and who maintains the global black market is, ¿¿¿USA???.
    I did not know, now I come to realize.

  11. WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!. All of the senate are R.
    And Donald Trump is the only H ?.

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