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Mitt Romney promises porn crackdown if elected

MayrMeninoCrash

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Fuck you First Amendment!

Romney campaign quietly promised ‘vigorous’ porn crackdown, Reagan prosecutor says

Former Justice Department official Patrick Trueman, who proudly participated in federal pornography prosecutions during their “heyday” in the late 1980s and early 1990s, told The Daily Caller that Mitt Romney’s campaign assured him that Romney would “vigorously” prosecute pornographers if elected president.

Trueman, the president of Morality in Media, contacted the Romney campaign earlier this year about the “untreated pandemic” of Internet pornography. “They got back to us right away,” he said.

Bob Flores, another former Justice Department official who prosecuted pornographers, accompanied Trueman to an hour-long meeting with Romney foreign and legal policy director Alex Wong, Trueman said.

“Wong assured us that Romney is very concerned with this, and that if he’s elected these laws will be enforced,” Trueman told TheDC. ”They promised to vigorously enforce federal adult obscenity laws.”

Trueman 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.”

“With respect to Romney, I believe him,” said Trueman, “but I’d like to make sure he means it.”

Trueman said convictions for distributing porn that displays group sex, simulated ****, incest, psuedo child porn, violence or unusual fetishes — such as “scat” porn — are relatively easy. But, he said, “unless it’s just waist-up nudity of women’s breasts it probably can be found obscene somewhere in the country.”

Juries can find pornography obscene, and therefore unlawful, if the material violates subjective “community standards.” (OPINION: How pornography harms women — and men)

Companies, rather than individuals, are the targets of federal prosecutions, Trueman said. “You don’t go after your neighbor who happens to get a magazine in the mail,” he explained.

UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh told TheDC earlier this year, however, that the Supreme Court has ruled that private possession of pornography is constitutionally protected, but that private receipt is not — meaning that individuals, too, could be prosecuted.

Recalling the tactics used when he served for two years in the Reagan administration and four years 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.”

Just a few federal inquests, said Trueman, would likely frighten most companies — such as hotels and cable providers — into completely disassociating themselves from porn. Most U.S.-based porn websites, he said, could easily be taken offline during a Romney administration, because a handful of companies manage vast online porn networks. Foreign websites, he admitted, “would be much more difficult” to address.

Earlier this year Romney released a statement promising “strict enforcement of our nation’s obscenity laws,” presumably indicating a willingness to bring back porn prosecutions. Campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul has not responded to TheDC’s requests for clarification.

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson opposes Romney’s advocacy of prosecuting pornographers.

Johnson told TheDC that ”the decision to view or not view pornography should rest with individual adults,” and said he opposes “the government making adult choices for us in the privacy of our own homes, and trampling the First Amendment in the process.”

Not everyone, however, believes that Romney is serious about enforcing obscenity laws. “I don’t see any danger coming from Romney when it comes to porn. It’s just not there,” gay porn titan Michael Lucas told Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody in March. Lucas, who has endorsed Romney, added, “I think he will be much better than President Obama.”
http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/18/r...ackdown-reagan-prosecutor-says/#ixzz21E6fHq37
 

Mags

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Yuck. See why I can't go republican even sometimes I really want to? Throw in my right to have a featus scraped to save 21 years of child support and I'm out.
 

MagicBob

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so if a presidential candidate told the head of the Brady Campaign they would crack down on personal gun ownership ya'll be AOK with that because ...

a guy says another guy told him something, and this is news?
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Sure. Works like that all the time. The media sucks.


amazing.
 

MagicBob

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Former Governor Mitt Romney in a written statement: “(I)t is imperative that we cultivate the promotion of fundamental family values. This can be accomplished with increased parental involvement and enhanced supervision of our children. It includes strict enforcement of our nation’s obscenity laws, as well as the promotion of parental software controls that guard our children from Internet pornography.”
http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/01/10/401517/three-leading-gop-nominees-porn/

Romney seemed to say the right words for Trueman in 2007, when he was campaigning for president in Iowa the last time. "We got to clean up the water that our kids are swimming in," he said in a TV ad. "And by that I mean the pornography, the drug culture, the violence, the sex, the perversion that bombards them day in and day out. So I want to make sure we enforce our obscenity laws."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/19/mitt-romney-aide-promises_n_1687210.html
 

Begbie

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Ahh yes...one of the costs of ousting an already terrible, incompetent POTUS. Assuming a President Romney is serious about this...if he could actually crackdown on Internet porn and make it impossible for us to view it on the Internet...it's a cost we'll unfortunately have to bear.

From the comments section...wow, this sounds like quite a fun person to be around...:rolleyes:

If you watch porn, you are ENDORSING child abuse, incest, destruction of families and relationships, objectification of women, changing the physiology of your brain, and contributing to the downfall of our civilization. Yeah, I know that sounds dramatic. But tell me, all you brilliant libertarians, what happens when our military gets addicted? Who is going to protect you little sickos so you can be able to watch all that porn and smoke all that pot? Porn has been around forever, but the stuff these days is so sick and disgusting, it needs to be cracked down on.
Wow, there are some fuckin dumbass people out there...
 

Stig Helmer

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Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson opposes Romney’s advocacy of prosecuting pornographers.

Johnson told TheDC that ”the decision to view or not view pornography should rest with individual adults,” and said he opposes “the government making adult choices for us in the privacy of our own homes, and trampling the First Amendment in the process.”

Why is porn protected by a free speech law?I don't see how filming people having sex is expressing an opinion. I know there are more to the first amendment (such as free press and the right to assembly) but it is difficult to see anything there that would apply. How does this work?
 

Begbie

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What does this have to do with Internet porn???

Yet, more recently...

We need a president who will enforce current laws, not create new ones that only serve to burden lawful gun owners. We need a president who will stand up for the rights of hunters, sportsmen and those who seek to protect their homes and their families. President Obama has not; I will.
OH NO!!!! Mittens is going to take away my guns!!!

With the stranglehold that NRA has on the right...I don't think there will be anything to worry about with Romney and the gun ownership.
 

Lord Zero

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Ahh yes...one of the costs of ousting an already terrible, incompetent POTUS. Assuming a President Romney is serious about this...if he could actually crackdown on Internet porn and make it impossible for us to view it on the Internet...it's a cost we'll unfortunately have to bear.
Or you could vote for a candidate who isn't Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. That has always been an option, whether people choose to acknowledge that or not.
 

Lord Zero

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But tell me, all you brilliant libertarians, what happens when our military gets addicted? Who is going to protect you little sickos so you can be able to watch all that porn and smoke all that pot?
They already watch porn and smoke pot. They fuck prostitutes too. The reality of what goes on in the military and in the life of the average American male is a bitter pill for conservatives to swallow.
 

lockjaaaaww

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"Mitt Romney want's to take away your porn"


I'm at the point where my vote goes to whoever is not trying to take away porn and/ or guns. But Porn comes first.
 
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