Santorum’s war on porn

 Santorum avers that “America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography.” He pledges to use the resources of the Department of Justice to fight that “pandemic,” by bringing obscenity prosecutions against pornographers.

I would note that this is very different from what the Bush Administration did. The Bush DOJ did establish an Obscenity Prosecution Task Force in 2005, but this body focused on bringing prosecutions against small-time producers who made porn with extreme content. (Even so, it faced significant pushback from U.S. Attorneys, some of whom viewed such prosecutions as a distraction and a misuse of resources.) Many social conservative groups were disappointed with the task force, contending that more mainstream hardcore porn violates obscenity laws, and they urged the Bush Administration to bring obscenity cases against major producers.

Santorum promises that he would do exactly this. His statement references going after pornography that is distributed not just on the Internet, but also “on cable/satellite TV, on hotel/motel TV.”

via Forbes

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2 Responses to Santorum’s war on porn

  1. Santorum terrifies me, but he’s no longer in the running so I think we need worry no further. Mind you, Romney terrifies me too.

  2. martin says:

    Romney is more immediately dangerous because he’s more electable. Santorum, though, is a crazy crazy man who believes he has a mandate from his crazy constituency to implement a Christian Caliphate. Sigh.

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