2013 Dirty Dozen: Attorney General Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder

Mr. Holder refuses to enforce existing federal obscenity laws against hardcore adult pornography, despite the fact that these laws have been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and effectively enforced by previous attorneys general. Holder has initiated zero new obscenity cases aimed at commercial distributors of hardcore adult pornography, and has shut down the prosecution section in charge of such cases. As a result, pornographers have been given the green light to produce and distribute illegal, obscene pornography to children and adults.

Proof of DOJ’s Refusal

Obscenity Prosecution Taskforce disbanded and obscenity section removed from website. The Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section now >solely focuses on child pornography and not obscenity.

Politico: “Eric Holder accused of neglecting porn fight

The War On Illegal Pornography Coalition works with Congress to ensure that the U.S. Department of Justice enforces federal obscenity laws. See here.

Contact the Dept. of Justice


Other Possible Action Items

  • Call the DOJ – Ask for the Criminal Division – (202) 514-2601
  • Write the DOJ a letter – U.S. Department of Justice / 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW / Washington, DC 20530-0001
  • Post to the DOJ’s Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Tell your family and friends about existing obscenity laws and encourage their involvement in insisting these laws be enforced again.


The Laws

Federal obscenity laws, which the U.S. Department of Justice refuses to currently enforce, prohibit distribution of hardcore, obscene pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite or hotel/motel TV and in sexually oriented businesses and other retail shops. (Learn more)

  • 18 U.S.C. 1461 Mailing obscene matter
  • 18 U.S.C. 1462 Importation or use of a common carrier to transport obscene matter
  • 18 U.S.C. 1464 Broadcasting obscene language
  • 18 U.S.C. 1465 Interstate transportation of obscene matter
  • 18 U.S.C. 1466 Wholesale and retail sale of obscene matter which has been transported in interstate commerce
  • 18 U.S.C. 1468 Distribution of obscene matter by cable or satellite TV
  • 47 U.S.C. 223 Making an obscene communication by means of telephone

Sections 1462 and 1465 cited above also prohibit distribution of obscenity on the Internet.

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