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Attorney General Gonzales' priority: porn, not terrorists
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
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
Posted by Declan McCullagh on Aug 30, 2005
in category free-speech
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