Oliver Willis

Your Tax Dollars Wasted In “War On Porn”

Because right up there with terrorism, murder, and other sorts of crime is the off chance that people could see a boob.

[Brent] Ward, who was among the most strident adversaries of the porn industry as U.S. Attorney in Utah in the 1980s, is heading a new Justice Department task force aimed at enforcing federal


You see what porn does to you? Think of the children, Jenna Jameson!

obscenity laws.

The way Ward sees it, American culture is saturated with pornography, and it has profound consequences, eroding families, increasing violence against women, warping perceptions of sex and helping child predators groom victims.

“We’re not going to prosecute it away, but it’s important, I think, that Americans see their government trying to do something about it,” he said. The task force, with a total of four prosecutors, 10 FBI agents and a postal inspector, has the job of putting together cases that can be prosecuted by U.S. attorneys in various states.

Wade Smith, a lawyer who defended P.H.E., said Ward took a hard line in his distaste for pornography.

“He was unwilling to acknowledge that there was a place for any kind of adult material in the framework of the First Amendment,” including publications like Playboy, Smith said. “As a matter of fact, he was extremely and completely rigid in wanting us out of business.”

Judges first in Washington, D.C., and later the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the strategy went too far. The 10th Circuit judges called the charges “the tainted fruit of a prosecutorial attempt to curtail P.H.E.’s future First Amendment protected speech.”

What a psycho and an amazing waste of taxpayer funds against a constitutionally protected form of speech.