Thursday, January 19, 2006

post-pubescent breast

today the WP reports on attempts by the Administration to further invade the privacy of American citizens in the name of resurrecting an anti-pornography law that the Supreme Court has already overruled.

Adam Felber made a good case for fear about this apparent paradox:

I guess the least-interesting and most-important thing here is that the government wants to view information about our online habits, and they’re not even trying to prosecute a crime. They just want to shore up their case for re-passing that bill that the Supreme Court already called, ironically, a violation of privacy.

in addition, this vigorous pursuit against free speech, ahem i mean online pornography, involves materials defined as:

(6) Material that is harmful to minors.--The term
`material that is harmful to minors' means any communication,
picture, image, graphic image file, article, recording,
writing, or other matter of any kind that is obscene or

``(A) the average person, applying contemporary community
standards, would find, taking the material as a whole and
with respect to minors
, is designed to appeal to, or is
designed to pander to, the prurient interest;

``(B) depicts, describes, or represents, in a manner
patently offensive with respect to minors, an actual or
simulated sexual act or sexual contact, an actual or
simulated normal or perverted sexual act, or a lewd
exhibition of the genitals or post-pubescent female breast;

``(C) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic,
political, or scientific value for minors.

i don't know about you but, given the sex drive of teenage males, i think that pretty much makes any picture of any female breast count as porn, including this article on WebMD. (Office Space fans will recognize that this phenomenon may not be limited to teenagers.) if applied, one would be required to provide credit card information or another tracable identifier to visit WebMD, thus eliminating any privacy regarding personal health issues.

let's see. they already tap your phones without demonstrable cause, sell your phone records, redistrict so your vote won't count, and institute poll taxes while ostensibly supporting the VRA when redistricting can't cut it. definitely it is time for the Administration to push harder to close the citizen surveillance loop.


Bubbles by Zoƫ Mozert (1907 - 1993)

join me in joining Felber in becoming illegal! get your own pin-up here.

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