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Another War On Porn

Date: 15 April, 2007

By: Chief

Imageell, I guess our federales at the department of 'Just Us' figure they must have whipped the cowards, er, terrorists butts throughout our country and the world. Further, it would appear that all corruption has been cleansed from government and all real criminals are behind bars. Yes all are safe now so the federales, in their own minds, ably led by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (Goonzales) are attacking a new, well not so new, actually a rather old enemy — adult pornography.

Now let me be real clear about this new war on porn, it is a war not waged against child pornography, but against the purveyors of pornography of and for consenting adults.

Indeed the FBI has diverted somewhere between eight and 10 special agents plus support staff to fill the anti-porn squad positions. It is, according to Goonzales "one of the top priorities" (quote from the Washington Post) and is headquartered out of the Washington Field Office, the nation's second largest.

All I can say is the whole idea is utterly nuts. We have better things to do with our federal law enforcement employees and our tax dollars than to have the FBI purchasing adult porn and having their agents view it, though I'm willing to bet that some agents probably enjoy some of it, to see if the federal anti-obscenity law may have been violated. Nothing like a professional review now is there?

The buck doesn't stop there, that's for sure. Some U.S. attorney then gets the privilege of bringing old Joe Porno maker to trial. And, should the federales win in court Joe Porno may end up doing time at some federale crossbars bed and breakfast. All for making sex movies. What a waste of our money and their time.

The feds however, are going to have a hard (no pun intended) time putting the clamps on adult porn. According to the Washington Post:

"Popular acceptance of hard-core pornography has come a long way, with some of its stars becoming mainstream celebrities and their products — once confined to seedy shops and theaters — being 'purveyed' by upscale hotels and most home cable and satellite television systems. Explicit sexual entertainment is a profit center for companies including General Motors Corp. and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. (the two major owners of DirecTV), Time Warner Inc. and the Sheraton, Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt hotel chains."

I am surprised that the Bureau was able to find agents and support staff to man the new squad. I would have had to recuse myself. I like porn. Although I call 'em training films.

What is unreal about this act of stupidity is the fact that this 'sex squad' is mandated by our very own elected fools in Congress. Quoting the Washington Post:

"At the FBI's field office, spokeswoman Debra Weierman expressed disappointment that some of her colleagues find grist for humor in the new campaign. 'The adult obscenity squad . . . stems from an attorney general mandate, funded by Congress', she said. 'The personnel assigned to this initiative take the responsibility of this assignment very seriously and are dedicated to the success of this program'."

You have got to wonder how many taxpayer dollars have been spent to purchase porn. You have also got to wonder how many of these character building films have made it home. 'Hey honey, look what I brought home from work'. See what I mean?

Alas, there is one group of people who think that Goonzales and his sex squad are doing the right thing — Christian conservatives.

According to law.com:

"With the rapid growth of Internet pornography, stamping out obscene material has become a major concern for the Bush administration's powerful Christian conservative supporters. The Mississippi-based American Family Association and other Christian conservative groups have pressured the Justice Department to take action against pornography. The family association has sent weekly letters to U.S. attorneys around the country to pressure them to pursue the makers and distributors of pornography."

Further, according to the Washington Post:

"[ ... ] Gonzales endorses the rationale of predecessor Meese: that adult pornography is a threat to families and children. Christian conservatives, long skeptical of Gonzales, greeted the pornography initiative with what the Family Research Council called 'a growing sense of confidence in our new attorney general'."

So there you have it. The 2006 mid term election has come and gone. The Republicans were worried that their majority in Congress would fall to the Democrats. The Democrats wanted to become the majority party in Congress and go after Bush and Company (a truly great idea). The Republicans did not want that to happen. Therefore the sex squad came to life in a vain attempt to keep the Republican majority in Congress. As we all know, it did not work.

It was all about trying to buy votes

There are a lot of Christians in this country. Most of them are, at a bare minimum, partially conservative. Most of them vote. Some are willing to work in a political campaign. Some donate money to a campaign. I think there is no doubt that conservative Christians can be, if not are and have been for some time, a large and powerful voting bloc. Large enough and powerful enough to possibly decide an election. Large enough and powerful enough to bend politicians to their will. It has been done before and I have no doubt that it will be attempted again — for the right incumbent or candidate that is.

How many porn producers, distributors, actors, actresses and so on have been busted since the new sex squad hit the sewer? I Googled and found only two. There maybe others but those didn't make the cut. Those two were in Texas by the way.

The porn industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. It ain't going away. No matter how hard Goonzales and his band of unmerry pranksters work at it. Adult porn hurts nobody. There is no victim other than Joe Porno, should he get busted.

With all types of crime running rampant in this country — where there is a real victim or victims — being committed on a more frequent than daily basis, spending our tax dollars and human assets chasing down porn producers is just plain stupid. Our FBI should be spending its time catching corrupt politicians. That alone will keep them busy for the next couple of decades or so. Oh, maybe the FBI and Goonzales might even try to arrest a real bad guy such as a murderer or bank robber.

But there is no reason to catch real bad guys when you can watch skin flicks for a living.

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