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April – July 2011

Got almost half of the U.S. Senate and many members of the House of Representatives to send a letter to U.S. Attorney General demanding enforcement of federal obscenity laws. This led to A.G. Holder being questioned in key committees in both the House and Senate about his refusal to enforce obscenity laws, as well as…

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2010 – Present

MIM launched the War on Illegal Pornography Coalition. A coalition of national, state and local organizations dedicated to bringing awareness to the harms of pornography and getting federal obscenity laws enforced. See www.WarOnIllegalPornography.com.

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2002 – 2010

Launch of www.ObscenityCrimes.org Web site. In June 2002, MIM launched a new website, ObscenityCrimes.org, to provide citizens with a means online to report possible violations of federal Internet obscenity laws. Reports were forwarded by MIM to the U.S. Justice Department and to U.S. Attorneys nationwide. As of December 31, 2004, citizens submitted more than 49,000…

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2004 – 2008

Team of FBI Agents assigned to work obscenity cases. In January 2004, MIM’s president and general counsel were invited to meet in Washington with FBI Director Robert Mueller to present MIM’s concerns about the FBI’s obscenity law enforcement policy. The invitation came in response to a letter that MIM had sent to Mr. Mueller expressing…

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2003

Issuance of a Presidential Proclamation recognizing Protection from Pornography Week. In September 2003, MIM prepared and sent a letter, signed by 120 national, state and local leaders, to President Bush requesting him to speak out publicly about the need to enforce federal obscenity laws. A suggested Presidential Proclamation accompanied the letter. On October 25, 2003,…

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2002

Making it easier for citizens to file broadcast indecency complaints. In 2002, the FCC announced that citizens filing broadcast indecency complaints would no longer have to provide a tape or transcript of the program. Since most citizens aren’t taping programs when assaulted by indecent content, the old rule guaranteed that few complaints would be acted…

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1980s – 1990s

Establishment of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section in the U.S. Justice Department. In 1983, MIM founder Fr. Morton A. Hill initiated a meeting in the White House between President Reagan and a group of national leaders concerned about the explosion of hardcore pornography. That meeting led to establishment of the Attorney General’s Commission on…

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1984

Extension of tough RICO penalties to obscenity violators. In 1984, MIM’s legal department recommended to Congress that legislation be introduced to make federal obscenity violations “predicate crimes” under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law. Enacted that year, the RICO-obscenity law allows the Government to confiscate the assets of convicted pornographers. The Supreme Court…

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1970s

Preserving Federal and State obscenity laws against a sweeping repeal attempt in the 1970s. In 1968, Fr. Hill (who served as MIM’s president from1962-1985) was appointed by President Johnson to serve on the Presidential Commission on Obscenity and Pornography. The Commission issued its report in 1970, recommending that adult obscenity laws be repealed. In what…

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1960s – 1980s

Assisting state and local governments. MIM has helped draft and amend numerous state and local obscenity and related laws, including state laws in Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. Over the years MIM has frequently played a pivotal role in many law related victories that have made a…

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