Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

FBI Agent Gets the Message-Politicians Don’t

I just got through blogging about law enforcement, and in particular the FBI, needing to develop a competent domestic intelligence network. I pointed out that the FBI needs to divest itself of much of its classic criminal investigations and direct its attention to the detection of terrorism threats. If you add the responsibility of the FBI to combat espionage, you have more than enough work for the existing size of the FBI.

The FBI is apparently not reading my work and/or heeding my advice; Gee what a surprise. It seems that the FBI is recruiting agents to join a new pornography squad.

The FBI is joining the Bush administration's War on Porn. And it's looking for a few good agents.

The new squad will divert eight agents, a supervisor and assorted support staff to gather evidence against "manufacturers and purveyors" of pornography -- not the kind exploiting children, but the kind that depicts, and is marketed to, consenting adults.

It is heartening that there is at least one FBI agent who gets the big picture.

"I guess this means we've won the war on terror," said one exasperated FBI agent, speaking on the condition of anonymity because poking fun at headquarters is not regarded as career-enhancing. "We must not need any more resources for espionage."

You can never be too sure about the accuracy of news reports, so I am a bit skeptical about the claim that the porn squad will be targeting the “…kind (of pornography) that depicts, and is marketed to, consenting adults.” If it is true, then I will start wondering about just how much influence the religious right has on the direction of government.