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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Q&A: Judge Andrew Napolitano on how America is becoming a Surveillance State, by Nick Gillespie & Amanda Winkler

Make America Safer: Shut Down the Department of Homeland Security, by Chris Edwards

Make America Safer: Shut Down the Department of Homeland Security, by Chris Edwards

Senators Feinstein, Portman Want to Expand Wiretapping Authority to Combat Sex Trafficking, by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Senators Feinstein, Portman Want to Expand Wiretapping Authority to Combat Sex Trafficking
Another anti-sex trafficking bill from Sen. Dianne Feinstein that uses inflated fears about the issue to push unconstitutional expansions of federal law enforcement power, by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence Awareness/FacebookSen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is once again attempting to swell federal power and erode civil liberties by preying on fears about sexual exploitation. Today, she and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced the Combat Human Trafficking Act, a bill that would expand federal and state wiretapping authority, mandate that the Department of Justice (DOJ) spend more time investigating and prosecuting buyers of sex acts from trafficking victims, and increase criminal penalties for buyers by legally defining them as human traffickers. 

What could be so bad about going after those who buy sex from trafficked individuals, especially sex-trafficked minors? For one, the bill doesn't require a buyer to know that an individual has been trafficked or is under 18 years of age to be criminally liable. But, more broadly, the bill seems largely aimed at additional encroachments on American privacy and expansion of federal law enforcement power. 

Sen. Portman said the legislation "sends a clear message to those who victimize children that we will prosecute you to the full extent of the law." But we already have plenty of laws available to prosecute those who sexually victimize children. Purchasing sex from a minor should absolutely be illegal—and it is! But what do we gain by now defining all individuals who do so as sex traffickers?

We'll get more people in prison, I guess—if anyone who purchases sex from a 16-year-old is now a human trafficker, not just a statutory rapist, they'll be subject to a 10 year mandatory minimum sentence. Somehow this seems more punitive than public safety-oriented. (Also, expensive.) 

We'll also get the DOJ poking around more in the affairs of anyone involved in buying or selling sexual services. Under the bill, "the Attorney General shall ensure that Federal law enforcement officers are engaged in activities, programs, or operations involving the detection, investigation, and prosecution of individuals" who "obtain, patronize, or solicit a commercial sex act involving a person" who has been trafficked.

Under the best of circumstances, this is going to lead to increased harassment of (willing) sex workers and enhanced monitoring of any space where they congregate. But by playing a little loose with the definition of trafficking (as anti-prostitution crusaders are wont to do), the bill also provides a potential direct mandate for DOJ to target sex workers and their clients. 

But isn't arresting child sex traffickers and rescuing trafficking victims worth it? It's a worthy endeavor, certainly. It's also one that DOJ is already empowered to do. This bill doesn't make it more possible for DOJ to fight traffickers, it uses fighting trafficking as a guise for giving federal and state law enforcement more power. 

Here's a more detailed look at what the Combat Human Trafficking Act would do, from a Feinstein press release:
Clarify that a buyer of a commercial sex act from a trafficking victim can be prosecuted under the commercial sex trafficking statute (18 U.S.C. § 1591)
Make a seller or buyer of a sex act strictly liable, with respect to the victim’s age, if the victim is under the age of 18, thereby sparing child victims from having to testify and be re-traumatized
Establish a minimum period of five years of supervised release for a person who conspires to violate the commercial sex trafficking statute (§ 1591), thereby making conspirators subject to the same term of supervised release as those convicted of attempting to violate the statute or of violating the statute.
Require the Bureau of Justice Statistics to prepare an annual report on the number of arrests, prosecutions, convictions and lengths of sentences regarding sex trafficking offenses prosecuted in state courts.
Direct the Department of Justice to ensure that each anti-human trafficking training program it offers includes training on effective methods for investigating and prosecuting the buyers of sex acts, and to ensure that federal law enforcement officers investigate and prosecute such individuals.
Expand federal and state wiretapping authority to cover all human trafficking offenses, specifically peonage, involuntary servitude, forced labor, child sexual exploitation, child pornography production, slavery and involuntary servitude.

Feinstein's press release justifies these moves thusly: 

Human trafficking is a $32 billion industry worldwide, making it the second largest criminal industry behind the drug trade. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that up to 83 percent of sex trafficking victims are American citizens, and the average victim is first trafficked between ages 12 and 14. According to the California Department of Justice, California is one of the top four destination states for trafficking victims.

Yes, they're actually claiming that American citizens make up all but 13 percent of global sex trafficking victims. It's a bold move even within the typically-dubious realm of sex-trafficking statistics (the idea that the average victim is first-trafficked at 12-years-old is also suspect). None of these stats are sourced. 

Unfortunately, this is the latest in a string of dreadful bipartisan efforts from Feinstein, who earlier this year introduced the "Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation" (SAVE) Act with Republican Sen. Mark Steven Kirk. (Ill.). That bill also exploits sexually-abused children to push unconstitutional expansion of federal law enforcement power. A wide range of trade an activist organizations oppose the SAVE Act, which they describe as creating "new and draconian federal criminal liability for websites and other online services that host content created by third parties," while raising "serious free speech and privacy concerns", driving "truly bad actors—the traffickers—underground and overseas", and "subjecting wholly innocent individuals to potential criminal liability for unknowingly running afoul of this sweeping law."

Florida Tries to Make Teen Sexting a Crime, Actually Makes Teen Sexting Impossible to Prosecute, by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Florida Tries to Make Teen Sexting a Crime, Actually Makes Teen Sexting Impossible to Prosecute, by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
Florida Tries to Make Teen Sexting a Crime, Actually Makes Teen Sexting Impossible to Prosecute, by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Judges Find Federal Child Porn Sentences Are Much Longer Than Jurors Consider Just; by Jacob Sullum

Judges Find Federal Child Porn Sentences Are Much Longer Than Jurors Consider Just
In one case, the term sought by prosecutors was 17 times longer than the jury recommended.  
Jacob SullumFeb. 23, 2015 1:48 pm

It is not hard to see how we ended up with absurdly long sentences for possession of child pornography. No legislator wants to seem soft on people who like to look at this awful stuff (who are commonly equated with child molesters even if they have never laid a hand on a single kid), and there does not seem to be any political downside to demanding ever harsher punishments for them. The assumption seems to be that, as far as the public is concerned, there is no such thing as an excessively severe penalty for child pornography offenses, even when they do not involved production or profit.

A federal judge in Cleveland recently put that assumption to the test by polling jurors on the appropriate sentence for a man they had convicted of receiving, possessing, and distributing child pornography. On average, they recommended a prison term of 14 months—far shorter than the mandatory minimum (five years), the sentence recommended by prosecutors (20 years), or the term indicated by federal sentencing guidelines (27 years).

As Eli Hager notes in a piece published by The Marshall Project, it is highly unusual for a judge to consult jurors about sentencing, which outside of death penalty cases is generally considered beyond their purview. But U.S. District Judge James Gwin, an advocate of this approach, was curious to see whether the sentences allowed by law reflect the community's sense of just punishment. The defendant, Ryan Collins, was convicted last October after police found more than 1,500 child porn images on his computer. He was charged with distribution because he also had peer-to-peer file sharing software. Last week, taking a cue from the jury, Gwin sentenced Collins to five years, the minimum required by statute, which was one-quarter the term that prosecutors wanted but still four times longer than the jurors deemed fair.

Although notionally a cross-section of the community, the 12 jurors in Collins' case may not be a representative sample of the general public. But this is not the only federal jury that has implicitly questioned the sentences that members of Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission (which has to incorporate statutory minimums into its guidelines) have decided are appropriate in cases like this. Mark W. Bennett, a federal judge in Iowa, told Hager:

Every time I ever went back in the jury room and asked the jurors to write down what they thought would be an appropriate sentence, every time—even here, in one of the most conservative parts of Iowa, where we haven't had a "not guilty" verdict in seven or eight years—they would recommend a sentence way below the guidelines sentence.

That goes to show that the notion that the sentencing guidelines are in line with societal mores about what constitutes reasonable punishment—that's baloney.

Current sentences do not reflect public opinion so much as the opinion of mindlessly tough-on-crime legislators like Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who still thinks federal sentences for child pornography offenses are too lenient.

Reason TV's interview with Bill Keller, The Marshall Project's editor in chief:

Friday, February 20, 2015

andrews story By Kitty Wolf

                 Andrews story By Kitty Wolf

Porn star saves dude from 20 years in prison

Porn star saves dude from 20 years in prison
A New Yorker named Carlos Simon-Timmerman was traveling in Venezuela and bought a porno flick called Little Lupe the Innocent ; Dont Be Fooled By Her Baby Face starring porn star Lupe Fuentes. But when he got to customs in Puerto Rico, he was detained for transporting 


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Where is all the Child Porn coming from? 50 police officers arrested in child porn raids

50 police officers arrested in child porn raids

Fifty police officers across the UK have been arrested as part of a crackdown on suspected paedophiles who pay to access child pornography websites, detectives revealed today.

The officers were among 1,300 people arrested on suspicion of accessing or downloading indecent images of children - some as young as five - from US-based Internet sites.

Thirty-five men were arrested in London this morning as part of the investigation - codenamed Operation Ore - following raids on 45 addresses across the capital.

Of the 50 policemen identified, eight have been charged to date and the remainder bailed pending further inquiries. Scotland Yard said none of those arrested today was a policeman.

At a press conference at Scotland Yard today, Jim Gamble, assistant chief constable of the National Crime Squad, said he was not surprised at the number of police officers among the suspects.

"As police officers, we should expect to be held accountable," he said.

"Fifty police officers have been identified and we are not hiding that fact. We want you to know about that to reassure you.

"Police officers are member of the communities that they serve and there will be good people and bad people in the police."

Mr Gamble said the 50 officers were among 1,200 Britons who had been identified as "category one or two" suspects - those who posed the greatest potential risk to children.

In addition, 40 children nationwide - 28 of them in London - had been identified as being at risk of being abused and appropriate steps had been taken with other agencies to ensure that all the youngsters were safe.

Before today's arrests, the Metropolitan Police had executed 75 warrants across the capital with 65 arrests and more than 130 computers seized.

Although 7,000 suspected users of "pay-per-view" child pornography sites based in the US were identified in Britain, Mr Gamble said the actual number of offenders would probably be lower, partly due to duplicates.

The Met's Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Carole Howlett, said today's raids represented the single largest operation of its kind mounted so far by the force.

She added: "Our priority so far has been to identify those individuals on the list that pose the greatest threat to children now.

"But this process is on-going ... and it will continue after today, even though it is extremely resource intensive."

Ms Howlett also announced that the Home Office had agreed to allocate an extra £500,000 to support further action as part of Operation Ore.

She said the money would be used to provide extra training in computer forensics for officers across the country and to buy more equipment for analysing computers seized.

Commenting on today's operation, children's charity NSPCC said it had been assisting the Met by responding to any emerging child protection matters.

Colin Turner, head of NSPCC's specialist investigation service, said: "The arrests send out a strong warning to those that think they can remain anonymous and escape the law by using the Internet to trade in child abuse images.

"Behind these indecent, abusive images are real children who will have suffered immense damage and trauma."

Operation Ore is the UK wing of a huge FBI operation which traced 250,000 paedophiles worldwide last year through credit card details used to pay for downloading child porn.

The names of British suspects were passed on by US investigators.

Suspects were traced through the Landslide web site - a gateway to an international collection of child pornography sites.

Thomas Reedy, who ran the web site and earned millions from it, is now serving several life sentences in the US.

How Florida Police Falsely Arrest & Shame Men As Child Sexual Predators, Steal Their Cars... Then Try To Hide The Records from the for-the-children! dept; by Mike Masnick

How Florida Police Falsely Arrest & Shame Men As Child Sexual Predators, Steal Their Cars... Then Try To Hide The Records

Sunday, February 1, 2015

We are not abused by David Reigel

we were not abused.pdf2-1-15.pdf

"Child Pornography"; by Brian Hay

"Child Pornography"; by Brian Hay;postID=6351405906721241431

How the False Claims of the Child Abuse Industry Have Harmed America; by John Knight

How the False Claims of the Child Abuse Industry Have Harmed America; by John Knight
How the False Claims of the Child Abuse Industry Have Harmed America; by John Knight

Trauma and other myths; by David L. Riegel

Trauma and other myths; by David L. Riegel
Trauma and other myths; by David L. Riegel