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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Apparently we've won the War on Terror

Apparently we've won the War on Terror:
A Chatsworth, California film production company and a Tempe, Arizona video distributor and retailer, along with three owners of the businesses, have been charged by a federal grand jury in Phoenix, Arizona with operating an obscenity distribution business and related offenses, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Justice Department's Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Paul K. Charlton of the District of Arizona announced today.

In an indictment unsealed yesterday, Five Star Video, LLC, of Tempe, Arizona, and Phoenix residents Christopher Warren Ankeney and Kenneth James Graham were charged with four counts of using an interactive computer service to sell and distribute DVDs containing obscene matter - identified as "Gag Factor 18," "Filthy Things 6," "Gag Factor 15" and "American Bukkake 13" - and three counts of using an interstate common carrier to transport obscene DVDs. In addition, Five Star was charged in a separate count with using the mails to deliver a DVD containing obscene matter. Jeff Norton Productions of Chatsworth, California, also known as JM Productions, and Mike Leonard Norton, who resides in Woodland Hills, California, were charged with six counts of using an interstate common carrier to transport DVDs that are obscene. All of the defendants were also charged with three counts of engaging in the business of selling and transferring obscene matter. The government is also seeking forfeiture of certain obscene materials and profits, together with Internet domain name and website ownership rights.

According to the indictment, JM Productions and Norton distributed to Five Star via UPS various obscene films in DVD format that were in turn sold and distributed to the public by Five Star, Ankeney and Graham via UPS and the mails.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of five years in prison on each of the obscenity counts.

An indictment is merely an accusation. All defendants are presumed innocent of the charges and it is the government's burden to prove a defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

The case is being prosecuted by trial attorney Sheila Phillips of the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona. The Justice Department's Obscenity Prosecution Task Force was formed recently to focus on the prosecution of adult obscenity nationwide. The Task Force is directed by Brent D. Ward.

Shut down Gitmo, bring the troops home, end all controversial NSA programs. If the Justice Department has the time and manpower to waste on prosecuting people for this, we must have won the War on Terror.

Please note that nowhere in the indictment are the words "coercion," "against their will," "forcibly," "underage," or "minor." The defendants are being charged with making videos featuring consenting (and compensated) adults and selling these videos to other adults who freely choose to purchase and watch them.

The only obscene thing here is that DOJ recently formed a task force to prosecute consenting adults. What a bunch of losers. Seriously, go get laid or something and just leave the rest of us alone.

I honestly can't even fathom the type of mindset necessary to want to treat grown men and women as if you know better than they do what's best for them. I tried once and just ended up with a splitting headache, intense nausea and, oddly, a pulled groin and strained hammy.

Reason number 3,523 why I could never be a Republican.

(Hat tip: James at Killer is Me)

Anonymous James said...

Amen Bro,
I would also love to see the definition of obscene since its the Obscenity Prosecution Task Force. Is it one of those "I cant describe it but Ill know it when I see it" deals?

Curiouser and Curiouser.

Blogger NOTR said...

"Reason number 3,523 why I could never be a Republican."

Hear hear!

It is stuff like this that causes the following quote to remain appropriate for both sides of the aisle.

"The conservatives see man as a body freely roaming the earth, building sand piles or factories--with an electronic computer inside his skull, controlled from Washington.

The liberals see man as a soul free-wheeling to the farthest reaches of the universe--but wearing chains from nose to toes when he crosses the street to buy a loaf of bread".--Ayn Rand

Blogger Tom Harper said...

This shows our government's twisted priorities. If we got rid of all laws against victimless "crimes" we could balance the budget and have billions of dollars left over to give back to taxpayers. Dream on, I know.

Blogger The Cranky Insomniac said...

James: I was kind of wondering the same thing, since they seem to be going after things that until now have been perfectly legal.

notr: That's about right. Also, I'm gonna try to remember to add you to my blogroll if it's ever liberated.

Tom: It's a good dream, ain't it??

Blogger Gun-Toting Liberal said...

Porn between consenting adults is WICKED and EVIL, and any adult who engages in this should have their freedom and liberty revoked... for some reason. By the way - does anybody have a copy of "American Bukkake" for me?

Seriously... okay, okay, I believe you - you're not a Republican. I'm proud of ya ;-)

Anonymous James said...

Its all for your own good, there are much smarter people in control.
They have bibles.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone remember the 2003 conviction of GirlsPooping.Com? They were the first to make headlines for the Bush Regime's obscenity prosecutions. They were even in Hustler magazine in 2004. Weird stuff, but non-violent, consensual, compensated, and no kiddy porn.


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