The rabid right wants more action against porn and they are agitating the faithful in Congress to create yet another headache for the Obama administation.
Justice Department spokesmen say the government is not giving up the fight against porn but want local U.S. attorneys and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Criminal Division to handle porn cases.
The Obscenity Prosecution Task Force was set up during George W. Bush’s administration because of pressure from the right. The operation targeted Internet porn.
But pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry and readily available. Legal experts say prosecution of porn is increasingly difficult and not cost-effective, given other crimes that rip through society.
But the hard-core right, led by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, is not happy.
“We write to urge the Department of Justice vigorously to enforce federal obscenity laws against major commercial distributors of hardcore adult pornography,” said an April 4 letter signed by Hatch and 41 other Senators. “We know more than ever how illegal adult obscenity contributes to violence against women, addiction, harm to children, and sex trafficking. This material harms individuals, families and communities and the problems are only getting worse.”