The leading national organization opposing pornography and indecency in media has named Attorney General Eric Holder the nation’s top “pornography facilitator” on a new website that claims to highlight the “12 leading contributors to the sexual exploitation of women.”
Patrick A. Trueman, president of Morality in Media, said the attorney general leads the group’s “dirty dozen” for shutting down the Department of Justice’s Obscenity Prosecution Task Force in 2011.
“Holder’s actions keep the porn industry thriving. He not only refuses to enforce obscenity laws currently on the books that prohibit the distribution of hardcore pornography, but he even disbanded the office charged with enforcement,” Trueman said in a statement.
The Department of Justice folded the organization, which investigated and prosecuted distributors of hardcore pornography, into the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. Republican senators, led by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), complained at the time that the Obama administration was abandoning the fight against hardcore pornography.
“Attorney General Holder told the Judiciary Committee last year that this task force was the centerpiece of the strategy to combat adult obscenity,” Hatch said in a statement. “Rather than initiate a single new case since President Obama took office, however, the only development in this area has been the dismantling of the task force. As the toxic waste of obscenity continues to spread and harm everyone it touches, it appears the Obama administration is giving up without a fight.”
The Obama administration said closing the task force simply allowed the Justice Department to streamline prosecutions and resources.
While the majority of other names on the list were private corporations and media outlets — Comcast, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and Barnes and Noble all made the list — the Department of Defense also earned the ire of Morality in Media.
“Morality In Media receives a steady stream of comments from servicemen and women and their spouses regarding the widespread availability of pornography in the US Military,” the group says on its website. “In addition, The Military Honor and Decency Act requires the U.S. Department of Defense to remove all sexually explicit materials sold or rented by the exchange services, commissaries and the U.S. Navy ships’ stores. However, the DOD allows pornographic magazines to be sold.”