A Crackdown on Porn?

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If you don’t already get the Morality in Media/Porn Harms updates, I got an interesting one today regarding Mitt Romney and his run for the presidency as reported in The Daily Caller.  It stated that “if elected, Mr. Romney will vigorously enforce federal laws prohibiting distribution of hardcore adult pornography.”  Now, I’m not here to promote a certain candidate, but if that type of action could be guaranteed, you can count me in!  

I wondered why this type of action hasn’t been a part of his platform.  This was explained: ‘Trueman [Morality in Media] said he would like for Romney to speak publicly about cracking down on porn, but believes Romney avoids the subject because he “saw that Rick Santorum got beat up in the mainstream press for being so forthright.”’

OK, so that was interesting, but what was even more interesting to me was the history of enforcing/not enforcing the obscenity laws:

Recalling the tactics used when he served . . . in the Reagan administration and . . . in the George H.W. Bush administration, Trueman said, “we had a target list put together by the LAPD and the FBI that consisted of about 60-65 top producers and distributors in the fifty states. We prosecuted them, and most of them went out of business or went to jail.”

After President Bill Clinton assumed office, Trueman said, the number of porn prosecutions plummeted and they have remained rare ever since.

Trueman expressed disappointment in the relatively low number of pornography prosecutions during the George W. Bush administration. “My understanding was that after 9/11 hit, [Attorney General John Ashcroft] was advised that he’d look frivolous if he did pornography cases,” Trueman said.

“We’ve had a couple administrations that didn’t do much and now we have widespread addiction and other problems,” he added, “but the laws are still good.”

The laws are still good.  So let’s enforce them!
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/18/romney-campaign-quietly-promised-vigorous-porn-crackdown-reagan-prosecutor-says/#ixzz218BXaxwz