[Politech] "I'm glad all the terrorists are caught so Ashcroft can worry about the important things" [fs]

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Wed Apr 07 2004 - 10:59:41 PDT

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    Subject: I'm glad all the terrorists have been caught so Ashcroft can 
    worr	y about the important things
    Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2004 17:12:28 -0400
    From: Singleton, Norman <Norman.Singleton@private>
    Administration wages war on pornography
    Obscenity: For the first time in 10 years, the U.S. government is spending
    millions to file charges across the country.
    By Laura Sullivan
    Sun National Staff
    April 6, 2004
    WASHINGTON - Lam Nguyen's job is to sit for hours in a chilly, quiet room
    devoid of any color but gray and look at pornography. This job, which Nguyen
    does earnestly from 9 to 5, surrounded by a half-dozen other "computer
    forensic specialists" like him, has become the focal point of the Justice
    Department's operation to rid the world of porn.
    In this field office in Washington, 32 prosecutors, investigators and a
    handful of FBI agents are spending millions of dollars to bring
    anti-obscenity cases to courthouses across the country for the first time in
    10 years. Nothing is off limits, they warn, even soft-core cable programs
    such as HBO's long-running Real Sex or the adult movies widely offered in
    guestrooms of major hotel chains.
    Department officials say they will send "ripples" through an industry that
    has proliferated on the Internet and grown into an estimated $10
    billion-a-year colossus profiting Fortune 500 corporations such as Comcast,
    which offers hard-core movies on a pay-per-view channel.
    The Justice Department recently hired Bruce Taylor, who was instrumental in
    a handful of convictions obtained over the past year and unsuccessfully
    represented the state in a 1981 case, Larry Flynt vs. Ohio.
    Norman Kirk Singleton
    Legislative Director
    Congressman Ron Paul
    203 Cannon
      "When all government shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all
    power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on
    another, and will become as oppressive as the government from which we just
                           Thomas Jefferson
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