Justice Dept: Porn Higher Priority Than Terrorism

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In the aftermath of Katrina, we missed this remarkable piece on R. Alexander Acosta, who Attorney General Gonzales appointed as interim U.S. attorney for Southern Florida in June. It’s worth a second look:

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.

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 objections. … Acosta [said] that this was Attorney General Gonzales’ mandate.

According to the article, “narcotics trafficking, public corruption, and fraud are rampant in South Florida.” It seems those problems will have to wait.

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