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Apparently The War On Terror Is Over

by @ 10:52 am on September 20, 2005. Filed under Freedom of Speech, Government

According to today’s Washington Post, the FBI is looking for recruits in a new anti-pornography effort

The FBI is joining the Bush administration’s War on Porn. And it’s looking for a few good agents.

Early last month, the bureau’s Washington Field Office began recruiting for a new anti-obscenity squad. Attached to the job posting was a July 29 Electronic Communication from FBI headquarters to all 56 field offices, describing the initiative as “one of the top priorities” of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and, by extension, of “the Director.” That would be FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

The new squad will divert eight agents, a supervisor and assorted support staff to gather evidence against “manufacturers and purveyors” of pornography — not the kind exploiting children, but the kind that depicts, and is marketed to, consenting adults.

Did I miss the story about Osama bin Laden being captured and al Qaeda destroyed ? Surely I must have, because why else would the FBI be wasting resources that should be used defending the nation from attack in order to make sure that we don’t have too many pictures of naked people out there.

Oh what’s that ? bin Laden hasn’t been captured ? Al Qaeda is still plotting against us ? Then why the heck are we wasting our time on this nonsense ?

Apparently, I’m not alone in my opinion:

“I guess this means we’ve won the war on terror,” said one exasperated FBI agent, speaking on the condition of anonymity because poking fun at headquarters is not regarded as career-enhancing. “We must not need any more resources for espionage.”

Among friends and trusted colleagues, an experienced national security analyst said, “it’s a running joke for us.”

A few of the printable samples:

“Things I Don’t Want On My R?sum?, Volume Four.”

“I already gave at home.”

“Honestly, most of the guys would have to recuse themselves.”

So why is this happening ? Further down in the article, the answer is revealed:

But Gonzales endorses the rationale of predecessor Meese: that adult pornography is a threat to families and children. Christian conservatives, long skeptical of Gonzales, greeted the pornography initiative with what the Family Research Council called “a growing sense of confidence in our new attorney general.”

In other words, its called pandering to the Christian right wingers.

Given the circumstances our country is in today, I find it despicable.

Update: Captain’s Quarters has another theory on why this is happening now

Doing this just to pander to the base is bad enough. I suspect that the pandering has another purpose, however — to convince social conservatives that Alberto Gonzales will make an acceptable Supreme Court nominee, if not for O’Connor’s seat, then for the next opening. Otherwise, reshuffling FBI agents to this purpose in the middle of a war makes no sense at all. Whoever came up with this plan should have his head examined. All this demonstrates is that Gonzales has no sense of priority.

Linked with today’s Beltway Traffic Jam and Mudville Gazette’s Open Post

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