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Old 09-20-2005, 03:18 PM   #1
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Recruits Sought for Porn Squad

By Barton Gellman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 20, 2005; Page A21

The FBI is joining the Bush administration's War on Porn. And it's looking for a few good agents.

Early last month, the bureau's Washington Field Office began recruiting for a new anti-obscenity squad. Attached to the job posting was a July 29 Electronic Communication from FBI headquarters to all 56 field offices, describing the initiative as "one of the top priorities" of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and, by extension, of "the Director." That would be FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

Mischievous commentary began propagating around the water coolers at 601 Fourth St. NW and its satellites, where the FBI's second-largest field office concentrates on national security, high-technology crimes and public corruption.

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."

A few of the printable samples:

"Things I Don't Want On My Résumé, Volume Four."

"I already gave at home."

"Honestly, most of the guys would have to recuse themselves."

Federal obscenity prosecutions, which have been out of style since Attorney General Edwin Meese III in the Reagan administration made pornography a signature issue in the 1980s, do "encounter many legal issues, including First Amendment claims," the FBI headquarters memo noted.

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But 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."

Congress began funding the obscenity initiative in fiscal 2005 and specified that the FBI must devote 10 agents to adult pornography. The bureau decided to create a dedicated squad only in the Washington Field Office. "All other field offices may investigate obscenity cases pursuant to this initiative if resources are available," the directive from headquarters said. "Field offices should not, however, divert resources from higher priority matters, such as public corruption."

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because, you know, the FBI has nothing else to do right now.

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I wish the Christian Taliban would get a life and stop trying to legislate and enforce Christian morality into the secular world. Adult pornography isn't even illegal, so how do they think they can legally get away with this?

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I wish the Christian Taliban would get a life and stop trying to legislate and enforce Christian morality into the secular world. Adult pornography isn't even illegal, so how do they think they can legally get away with this?


didn't you hear?

legal, regulated porn depicting acts between consenting adults *harms children and families*.

oh, that, and Gonzales is seeking to brush up his conservative credentials with the GOP base while the Supreme Court has an opening.
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Tell children and families to stop buying porn then. Why don't they turn off their TVs, burn their phone and electrical cords, give away all their money, and live like the Amish if the "real world' is so big and bad?

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maybe this should be moved to the pussy forum?
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Pussy is bad for children and families.

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but without pussy there would be no children.

quite a conundrum.
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great another way for the government to interfere with our lives
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I wish the Christian Taliban would get a life and stop trying to legislate and enforce Christian morality into the secular world. Adult pornography isn't even illegal, so how do they think they can legally get away with this?
It's not illegal per se, but obscenity is, so if the Porn Squad chooses their jurisdictions wisely, they'll likely have little trouble securing a nice batch of convictions, which could adversely affect the climate all adult-oriented businesses operate in. And maybe even force a challenge to Miller v. California (source of the current obscenity standards) that would result in a far more restrictive definition. I wonder if that is, in fact, the longterm goal.

Regarding your first comment--in my experience, there are a quite a lot of nonreligious people who also want to see porn completely eradicated, and can work themselves into quite a froth on the topic. I do live in a fairly conservative area, though.
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i wonder what studio will option the rights to The Porn Squad?

who will it star?

i'm seeing a group of three -- Rob Lowe (the hot one), Jeremy Piven (the funny one), and Jenna Jamesion (we need a porn actress trying to go mainstream).

bad guys will be an evil porn couple played by Woody Harrelson and Pamela Anderson.
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to Irvine and melon. If everyone's consenting, and of legal age, tell me again what exactly the problem is? Or why I (or the government, for that matter) should care if someone in, say, California is looking at porn in their own home?

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You're right - what harm.....

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"Inside" bends over backward in its attempts to color director Gerard Damiano and stars Linda Lovelace and Harry Reems as artistically uncompromising First Amendment revolutionaries. But it achieves maximum stimulation when it's chronicling how a bunch of nobodies (including nutty location scout Lenny Camp) unwittingly produced the most profitable film in history (shot in six days, it cost only $25,000 and has allegedly grossed over $600 million) and how it actually made pornography acceptable for the masses (or at least more acceptable).

We also learn where all that money really went (the Mob) and about Lovelace's roller-coaster relationship with the project that made her famous: "Every time someone watches that movie," she told the Meese Commission on Pornography in 1986, "they're watching me being raped."
I doubt her story is unique.
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