Janet M. LaRue

Pornographers bank on kids becoming the next generation of addicts.

“I’m mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore,” shouts the unhinged TV anchorman in the movie, “Network,” as he urges Americans to “go to your windows, throw them open and repeat after me.” If your patience has run out while waiting for the Bush Administration to enforce the federal obscenity laws, it’s time to go to their windows.

Another study was released telling us what we already know, “Rising Number of Kids Exposed to Online Porn,” Associated Press, February 5, 2007. That’s yet another reason why if I’m asked to review one more bill that would put a bandaid on the cultural cancer of pornography, I’ll be out my window.

Good people with good intentions are desperate enough “to do something,” even if it’s virtually ineffective. When we have gotten Congress to enact effective laws that will help protect kids from exposure to Internet porn, the courts have usually declared them unconstitutional.

It seems they’re concerned that the First Amendment will self-combust if we make it a tad harder for the nation’s morbidly obese porn addicts to feed an insatiable appetite. So who cares if kids get down on Hugh Hefner, Larry Flynt and Blood, Disembowelment and F****** … What Fun as long as the Dow is up? [See The Road to Perversion Is Paved With Pornography]

Anybody who keeps track of obscenity prosecutions knows the stats show that it’s not the “priority” we’ve been told it is. And we also know that, contrary to what we’ve been told, not everybody in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) or FBI is tracking terrorists or child predators. Nor do we want those who are to stop and just chase pornographers.

If the feds were serious about stopping illegal drugs, illegal immigrants, terrorists and sexually-trafficked persons from entering our country, wouldn’t they get serious about border enforcement?

Anybody who knows anything about child predators knows that adult porn desensitizes and sets kids up for sexual abuse and exploitation. It’s easier to target kids for abuse when one of the favorite ports of entry to kids, hard-core adult pornography, is readily available to predators.

The DOJ and FBI Web sites reference the federal obscenity statutes, 18 U.S.C. 1460-1470. These laws are separate and distinct from the federal child pornography statutes, 18 U.S.C. §§ 2251-2256, 2260 (defined as a depiction of a minor under the age of 18 engaged in sexual conduct).

The Child Exploitation Obscenity Section (CEOS) is the section of DOJ primarily responsible for enforcing obscenity laws. Its Web site provides the following information:

Janet M. LaRue

Jan LaRue is Senior Legal Analyst with the American Civil Rights Union; former Chief Counsel at Concerned for Women; Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. Be the first to read Janet LaRue's column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com delivered each morning to your inbox.