On dozens of pages, he listed books, movies, and art featuring child sexuality, including the Kama Sutra, “Lolita,” “Taxi Driver,” and the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe, Sally Mann, Jock Sturges, and Lewis Carroll. “Obscene to who?” he wrote. “Community standard (what community?).”
He also listed the traits of the quintessential sex offender: “social loner,” “often balding,” “overweight or pot belly,” “working a job below their academic achievement.” Apparently recognizing himself in the description, John jotted down items necessary for his “disguise kit.” He would need makeup to alter his skin tone, a wig, colored contact lenses, fake tattoos, and a mustache. On the next page were more notes on how to escape detection: “Don’t become predictable, use widely scattered hot spots”; “Try ultra small flash drives”; “Use proxies (anonymous), wireless? minimal info”; “Avoid uploading—that’s how they got ya.”
Released prisoners with the highest rearrest rates were robbers (70.2%), burglars (74.0%), larcenists (74.6%), motor vehicle thieves (78.8%), those in prison for possessing or selling stolen property (77.4%), and those in prison for possessing, using, or selling illegal weapons (70.2%).
I just came across the TedTalk guy who has yourbrainonporn.com
"...that John had roughly a 24.7-per-cent chance of reoffending within five years..."
The Supreme Court made child pornography an exception to the First Amendment, since “a child has been physically or psychologically harmed in the production of the work.”
You can't unjustifiably yell "fire" in a crowded theatre just because people will be hurt in the stampede.
Why are we okay with that?
Feds bust online child-pornography ring that focused on young children
The online enterprise, known as Dreamboard, rewarded a participant with greater access to child pornography whenever that participant provided new images of sexual abuse of young children. [...]
The effort to shut down the child-pornography ring began in December 2009. Dreamboard members used layers of protective technology to try to insulate themselves from law-enforcement scrutiny.
Members used screen names on the board, and posts were encrypted with a password shared only with other members, officials said. Access to the board was directed through proxy servers and routed through other computers to prevent investigators from tracing Internet activity. The members were also encouraged to encrypt files on their own computers. [...] The highest level, a Super VIP, was someone who had personally molested a child and posted images or video of the crime on the board, officials said.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents said dozens of children, in the U.S. and overseas, have been brought to safety after they were identified in the more than 27,000 images uploaded to the Internet bulletin board, NBC News reported.
koeselitz: "We Americans generally have a kind of blind faith that freedom of speech is invariably good. I take issue with this blind faith."
Is it right to imprison people for heinous crimes they have not yet committed?
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