Politics

The War On Porn

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No, I didn’t spell that wrong. It’s simply how technology people choose to spell it… (NOTE: this might seem confusing, but the original title was War on Pr0n, but then I changed it back to Porn, but didn’t omit the striked sentence. Doh!)

From the Wash Post.

The new squad will divert eight agents, a supervisor and assorted support staff to gather evidence against “manufacturers and purveyors” of pornography — not the kind exploiting children, but the kind that depicts, and is marketed to, consenting adults.

“I guess this means we’ve won the war on terror,” said one exasperated FBI agent, speaking on the condition of anonymity because poking fun at headquarters is not regarded as career-enhancing. “We must not need any more resources for espionage.”

Among friends and trusted colleagues, an experienced national security analyst said, “it’s a running joke for us.”

Really? We’re going to pursue this and divert our attention from possible terrorist attacks? Personally, this seems like a really poor decision, especially since this targets porn between consenting adults…

But then again…

Applicants for the porn squad should therefore have a stomach for the kind of material that tends to be most offensive to local juries. Community standards — along with a prurient purpose and absence of artistic merit — define criminal obscenity under current Supreme Court doctrine.

“Based on a review of past successful cases in a variety of jurisdictions,” the memo said, the best odds of conviction come with pornography that “includes bestiality, urination, defecation, as well as sadistic and masochistic behavior.” No word on the universe of other kinks that helps make porn a multibillion-dollar industry.

Listen, this is not easy stuff to talk about, but I will say that bestiality should certainly be prosecutable. That shouldn’t be allowed, but to group those with the other sex acts seems inequal…

And to that point, the other sex acts aren’t criminal. Fringe? Of course. But having said that, I certainly don’t think that people should go to jail if they want to do such things.

In short, is this really how we want our top cops spending their time?