Archive for October, 2005

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom Update

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom has a new press release on the recent online free speech busts:

The Department of Justice is clearly hoping that websites will self-censor or remove their content entirely. Midori, a fetish model and SM educator who teaches classes on bondage, has removed her website, BeautyBound.com, citing fear of obscenity prosecution. The owner of three SM websites, known as GrandPa DeSade, removed his websites from the Internet. SuicideGirls.com also announced they are self-censoring their materials over concerns about a possible obscenity crackdown.

Recent prosecutions of obscenity on websites include: A former police officer in Lakeland, Florida, was arrested on October 7th on over 300 obscenity-related charges for the sexual content posted on his website. The same day, webmaster Chris Wilson, owner of amateur website NowThatsFuckedUp.com, was raided on charges of obscenity by a local Sheriffs office.

You can donate to the NCSF here.

Funny Quote From An Anti-Free Speech Politician

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

This is a recent quote from a politician who has supported anti-free speech legislation in the past:

“You cannot litigate personal choices and lifestyles.”

Sounds like he has come around and is now against trying legislate morality, right? Great news for supporters of free speech, right? Wrong!

He is only in support of people making their own “personal choices” and living their own “lifestyles” free of government interference if it makes more money for corporations who might donate to his campaign. When it comes to free speech issues, he seems to believe the exact opposite – you should legislate personal choices and lifestyles – even when it goes against constitution.

Was it the wise American philosopher Cindy Lauper that said “money changes everything”?

Chinese Government Makes Online Obscenity Arrests

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

To the delight of anti-free speech extremists in the United States, the Chinese government is also involved in a “war on porn”. According to this article, the Chinese government has arrested over 100 people in a sweep of online porn:

China has arrested 101 criminal suspects since police started to crack down on Internet ‘obscenity’ in August, state media said yesterday.

‘This behaviour has severely polluted the Internet environment, done harm to juveniles’ physical and mental health and caused strong public anger,’ the ministry said.

If you didn’t already know which government that quote was from, you might think it was the U.S. anti-porn squad. It’s a shame when anti-American/anti-free speech groups are pushing to make the United States government more like China’s.

Texas Store Clerk Acquitted In Sex Toys Case

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Another story from a land that time forgot:

A store clerk accused of illegally selling adult toys was found not guilty Wednesday.

Jose Escalante was arrested during a raid at the Adult Video Megaplex Houston on June 9. Houston police charged him with obscenity, alleging he was in possession of adult toys with the intent to promote and sell them. Prosecutors argued that it is illegal to sell an item designed to be used for a sexual act.

The clerk had to go through personal hell, spend a lot of money, and see his name dragged through the mud publicly. Why? Because he sold sex toys to consenting adults. Now that they’ve lost this case, the government employees who are behind this attack on the Constitution will probably try again on some other innocent person.

Why is it illegal to “sell an item designed to be used for a sexual act” to adults, but not illegal for government employees to abuse their power to attack the free speech and privacy rights of consenting adults? If there is anyone in this case who deserves to be charged with a crime, it isn’t the store clerk.

Great work by the jury – often the last line of defense against those who would take away our rights.

NowThatsFuckedUp.com Webmaster Makes Bail

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

According to Florida news websites, the webmaster of Now That’s Fucked Up has made bail on his obscenity charges:

Chris Wilson, the operator of a controversial porn Web site, was released from the Polk County Jail after his parents put up $30,100 to arrange his bail.

Wilson operated an adult Web site out of his Lakeland apartment. The site became controversial after it started running photos, allegedly sent in by soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, showing scenes of dead men and women, purported to be insurgents. Many of the dead were horribly mutilated.

Apparently the county where he lives is some sort of anti-free speech stronghold. The darkly funny part of the whole mess is that they didn’t charge him for posting pictures of dead people, only for allegedly vanilla porn pictures. From the article:

Wilson was arrested on charges relating to the amateur pornography section of his Web site, not the dead body pictures.

So the government censors don’t have any problem with actual death and violence, but if you show boobs, they’ve got a jail cell waiting for you. If that type of government attack on our freedoms doesn’t piss you off, nothing will. Reading about the case, you’d think it was the Cuban government or something, not America. :(

Sex Story Site Raided By FBI

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

In the second story of its kind this week, an adult website has been raided by law enforcement. In this case, the site was a story site called “Red Rose Stories”. The webmaster of the site posted a message on his homepage saying that the FBI had entered his home when he was not at home and seized property related to the site.

The comments from the webmaster allege that the bust is related to obscenity, but that has not been confirmed yet. Here is part of the message posted by the webmaster on his site:

I am being charged with ‘OBSCENITIES’ and face charges for having posted fantasy stories.

They are trying to say fantasy stories are illegal.

The men in black (FBI) took ALL of my computer equipment, and many of my diskettes, and have access to ALL my files and site information.

The site owner is being represented by well known free speech attorney Larry Walters. Walters made the following statement to Ynot News:

“We’re still investigating the issues associated with the raid, but at this point it does not appear that any basis exists to justify obscenity charges premised on the written stories and audio files that were the subject of the search warrant.”

Walters’ comments seem to indicate that the search warrant may in fact be related to potential obscenity charges, even though rumors and speculation have suggested that there may have been other motivations for the raid. Allegedly, the site involved publishes a lot of underage stories. Some internet postings have suggested that it’s possible the FBI is looking for evidence in actual cases of abuse or trying to get information on specific subscribers to the site who they may have had their eye on for some reason. Until more information comes out, we will have to wait and see.

While Literotica does not publish underage stories or some of the other types of content allegedly published on that site, we support the free speech rights of authors and sites like ASSTR who do publish more extreme fiction. If this case only involves fictional stories, then it is a troubling development in the government’s war on free speech.

If the charges end up being related in any way to actual child abuse, then those responsible for that abuse should get what’s coming to them.

Fictional writing, no matter how offensive, is clearly protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

More updates on this story as we continue to find out what’s going on.

Max Hardcore Raided By The FBI

Friday, October 7th, 2005

The studios of porn bad boy Max Hardcore were raided by the FBI this week. Apparently the feds were looking to gather evidence for another obscenity charge against Hardcore. According to AVN:

Max Hardcore’s studio, Max World Entertainment, was raided approximately 10 a.m. on Wednesday by FBI agents searching for five titles being investigated for obscenity.

This is Hardcore’s second obscenity charge since 2001, when he entered into a three-year-long trial brought by the city of Los Angeles over the release Max Extreme 4. That trial concluded with a plea bargain down to a “public nuisance” charge brokered in May 2004.

Max Hardcore has already issued a statement about the FBI raid:

Once again, the government is wasting tax dollars and otherwise invaluable law enforcement resources to try to force a minority view of morality on all of America… no, the world. Five movies have been targeted by the Federal Prude Patrol. There is no indication of any crime to be alleged except obscenity. If indicted, I will fight to protect my liberty, as well as the liberty of consenting adults to watch other adults engage in lawful, consensual, pleasurable sexual action. Shame on the Bush Department of Justice. I am proud of the movies I make and proud of those who buy and sell those movies.

Max has plenty of money for lawyers and he’s beat the government before, so no doubt he’ll fight for his right to free speech again. How can any thinking person disagree with Max’s point – the government is wasting time and taxpayer money attacking consenting adults for having sex, as if there were no other area where their resource could be better spent. American taxpayers should be outraged.

The extremist “war on porn” (a code phrase for the current government’s war on free speech) continues.

Long live the First Amendment. :)