Administration wages war on pornography
Singleton, Norman
Administration wages war on pornography
Wed Apr 7 17:44:33 2004

From: Singleton, Norman,0,5361526,print.story?coll=bal-home-headlines

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
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