Sunday, September 25, 2005

Why we can’t catch Osama

Are you aware that the FBI has a “porn squad”?

I was not. And now that I know, I am confused. Do I laugh hysterically or bang my head against the wall?

A brief history:

The U.S.A. has always been a bit uptight about sex, (we were founded by Puritans after all) but according to all that I’ve read, “federal obscenity prosecutions have been out of style since the Reagan administration made pornography a signature issue in the 1980s.” (Apparently porn is the favorite issue of every wanna-be-cowboy, mean republican President.) Anyway…

The current “Porn Squad” formed earlier this September. It was federally funded by congress and backed by Bush and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Keep in mind, I spent a summer working for a non-profit dedicated to abused women’s services so it isn’t like I enjoy, appreciate or even advocate porn. I’ve seen porn. It was the most turned off I’ve ever been in my life. Pornography makes my skin crawl.

That being said, people still have first amendment rights. I could understand the FBI cracking down on violent pornography or child pornography but that isn’t what this “special force” is doing. They are focusing on pornography for consenting adults. Um, can we say waste of time and resources?

Top priorities of FBI are:
-Protecting the United States from terrorist attack
-Foreign espionage
-Cyber-based attacks
-Public corruption

Below those priorities are civil rights, organized crime, white-collar crime and "significant violent crime."

Please tell me how porn figures into our top priority list? Above significant violent crime, civil rights or other cyber based crimes like identity theft?????

The government and Christian conservatives argue that “adult pornography is a threat to families and children.” I argue that it’s in poor taste but a bigger danger to your children is perhaps CHILD PORNOGRAPHY and your family would be better protected from identity theft than the big bad pornographer.

It’s no wonder we can’t catch Osama or run a decent, well-planned “war on terror”--- we’re too busy trying to get rid of Jenna Jameson.

And aren’t you thankful? Don’t you feel safer?

Didn’t think so.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well, there's not much evidence of this "Porn Squad" if their mandate was to reduce public access to degrading images and acts. Maybe they are still doing "research".