I was reading about the government and industries crackdown on Child Pornographers today. There’s some real scary stuff in here, if you ever pay for pornography!

This from the USA Today:

As pedophiles swarm the Internet, an unprecedented war against child pornography is intensifying.

Internet service providers such as America Online are using sophisticated technology to identify porn sites. Credit card companies are tracking purchases. More police detectives are posing as minors online.

“We have hit the tipping point,” says Michelle Collins, director of the child exploitation unit at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. She says high-profile cases such as that of John Mark Karr, the former suspect in the JonBenét Ramsey slaying, have made the public realize that pornographic pictures of children are crime-scene photos. Karr was freed from a California jail this month after 5-year-old charges of possessing child porn were thrown out when police said that evidence had disappeared.

Credit card firms representing 87% of the U.S. market have formed a coalition to let police and the National Center know about porn sites their customers use. The aim: End the profit by 2008 by making arrests and closing pornographers’ accounts.

Whoah. Okay. I understand we gotta get the bad men who touch the little ones in the bad spots. I’m a dad now, and I understand wantint to protect my children. Why does my internet purchase history need to be tracked by a government entity to make this happen?

Okay. Say you are an average joe most of your life. As an average joe, you’ve probably purchased a pr0n subscription or two because you got tired of looking at the stupid thumbnail galleries at some point or another, or you never discovered you can get full access to most pr0n sites by joining the webmaster program.

And then one day, down the road, you discover you want to run for political office! In today’s day and age, we know it’s still not kosher to have certain types of sexual proclivities, even if they’re perfectly legal, if you’re in government office (i.e. Foley). Suddenly, you remember, you once bought an all access subscription to MegaLoPr0nMart, a site that had your favorite big busty mature lesbian pr0n, but also had a shemale section.

Your record kept by the ‘Center’ is going to reflect that you had access to Barely Legal Teens, Busty Grannies, and Shemale Implosion or whatever. Try running for office now, sucker. The incumbent candidate is going to have a field day with his opposition research on you.

Five Internet service providers, criticized by such lawmakers as Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan for not doing enough, announced they will build a database. The companies — AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft, Earthlink and United Online — will give each picture a signature and then scan their sites for matches.

As if you didn’t have enough reason not to use these companies… further reason.

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