09/01/2005: Right to Privacy?!?
Had to send a letter to Steve Chapman (Chicago Tribune) about his column today, Roberts: The Future of Privacy.
Good column about Roberts...and while I agree it's hard to know where he'll come out on many of these issues and wanting to avoid pure litmus tests...
...However, I really wonder about the narrowness of your emphasis on it all being only about the privacy as it relates to abortion rights and not, as you put it...
"... Despite what NARAL says, Roberts presents no discernible threat to the kind of privacy most of us cherish. With him on the court, you can expect to keep doing whatever you want behind closed doors. And in public, feel free to hold hands."
It *may not* be on the immediate plate of the Supremes...but Consider this article about the TOP priority agenda at the US Justice Department under Alberto Gonzales:
U.S. Attorney's Porn Fight Gets Bad Reviews: Obscenity Prosecution Task Force will focus on Internet crimes and peer-to-peer distribution of pornography, by Julie Kay (Daily Business Review):"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.
Acosta's stated goal of prosecuting distributors of adult porn has angered federal and local law enforcement officials, as well as prosecutors in his own office. They say there are far more important issues in a high-crime area like South Florida, which is an international hub at risk for terrorism, money laundering and other dangerous activities.
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...."
So, before you blithely dismiss this "concern" of lots of average married Americans about what they may or may not do in their bedrooms, behind closed doors...look a bit ahead at where the Priorities of this bunch of bAdmin folks really IS.
Karen on 09.01.05 @ 10:54 AM CST