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Attorney General Gonzales' priority: porn, not terrorists


Julie Kay
Daily Business Review

When FBI supervisors in Miami met with new interim U.S. Attorney Alex 
Acosta last month, they wondered what the top enforcement priority for 
Acosta and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales would be.

Would it be terrorism? Organized crime? Narcotics trafficking? 
Immigration? Or maybe public corruption?

The agents were stunned to learn that a top prosecutorial priority of 
Acosta and the Department of Justice was none of the above. Instead, 
Acosta told them, it's obscenity. Not pornography involving children, 
but pornographic material featuring consenting adults.

Acosta's stated goal of prosecuting distributors of adult porn has 
angered federal and local law enforcement officials, as well as 
prosecutors in his own office. They say there are far more important 
issues in a high-crime area like South Florida, which is an 
international hub at risk for terrorism, money laundering and other 
dangerous activities.

His own prosecutors have warned Acosta that prioritizing adult porn 
would reduce resources for prosecuting other crimes, including porn 
involving children. According to high-level sources who did not want to 
be identified, Acosta has assigned prosecutors porn cases over their 

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Posted by Declan McCullagh on Aug 30, 2005 in category free-speech

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