Feds Fail at Obscenity Enforcement


Most of us agree that not all speech is free speech. We have allowed some reasonable limits for the protection of the general public. Inciting panic or violence in a public place is not protected by the First Amendment. Libel or slander is not protected. Nor is false advertising. You get point.

The same goes for child pornography, obscenity and material harmful to minors. Our courts have ruled that there is a point that sexually explicit speech crosses a line from legal to illegal speech.

But for some time now liberal activist judges have so blurred those lines that our society is virtually drowning in pornography and its accompanying consequences. Sadly, many law enforcement agencies refuse to enforce any laws for one reason or another.


Our friends at Concerned Women for America (CWA) recently released a report on the failure of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI to prosecute the adult pornography industry, which is banking on kids becoming the next generation of addicts.

Jan LaRue, Chief Counsel for CWA and author of the report, said, “The responses we received from various FBI field offices across the country and the DOJ stats we’ve seen indicate to us that these agencies aren’t taking seriously the directives of President Bush and Attorney General Gonzales to enforce federal obscenity laws. And somebody needs to explain why the section at DOJ primarily responsible for prosecuting obscenity refers citizens who want to file a complaint to a private organization.

“We think that the DOJ and FBI have many very talented people, and they don’t have to compromise the war on terror in order to enforce obscenity laws.  That’s why we expected to see considerable numbers of major hard-core pornographers cooling their heels in federal prison by now, instead of laughing all the way to the bank.”

Pat Trueman, former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, said, “Jan LaRue, one of the nation’s top legal experts on obscenity law, takes off the gloves in this important piece and goes right at the Department of Justice for its failure to enforce obscenity laws.  She takes a bold and necessary step, and many people will follow her leadership.”

Phil Burress, President of Citizens for Community Values and a former pornography addict, said of LaRue’s report, “This article exposes a cancer that is eating away at the souls of our children and men and is devastating families. As the article describes in detail, failing to enforce federal obscenity laws allows the harms of pornography to proliferate and destroy lives.  The responsibility for that lays squarely at the feet of the Administration for not vigorously pursuing enforcement.  I urge everyone, especially national policy leaders, to study this document and demand action.”


You can read Jan LaRue’s blockbuster expose by clicking on this link: “Feds Fail at Obscenity Enforcement.” Afterwards, you may want to express your opinion to U. S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

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