Policing Porn Is Not Part of Job Description

Policing Porn Is Not Part of Job Description

Two uniformed men strolled into the main room of the Little Falls library in Bethesda one day last week and demanded the attention of all patrons using the computers. Then they made their announcement: The viewing of Internet pornography was forbidden.

The men looked stern and wore baseball caps emblazoned with the words “Homeland Security.” The bizarre scene unfolded Feb. 9, leaving some residents confused and forcing county officials to explain how employees assigned to protect county buildings against terrorists came to see it as their job to police the viewing of pornography.

I love how the librarian protested to the point where they had to call local law enforcement and it was the Homeland Security guys who were kicked out of the building.

Now I want a “Homeland Security” baseball cap…

So just what exactly is a Homeland Security officer supposed to do? Seriously. What is their role?

Stop the terrorists. Where you blown to bits today? You see, Homland Security is working.

Clearly they need to get back to what they have experience with: busting toy stores that sell pirate Rubiks cubes! HARRR!

Right. So just north of D.C., you’re not allowed to look at naked women in the library. While just south of D.C., they’re paying on-duty police officers to have sex with prostitutes. Weird country.

Yet another reason why Virginia rools, Maryland drools…

Those poor police officers have to keep their fingers crossed the entire time!

This paragraph from Kyle’s article is interesting:

“It’s insane,” said Charles J. Key Sr., a retired Baltimore police lieutenant who trains police officers and federal agents across the country. “If you allow officers to go through with the act, they’ve violated the law. You don’t get an exception for participating in a violation of law.”

Ummm…right. So when I see police officers speeding after some felon (or often just speeding and tailgating because they know they can), whom should I call to have them arrested?

Not a good analogy. These guys went to the prostitute, paid them, gave them a tip, and then came back again. That’s not undercover work, that’s hiring a prostitute.

On the other hand, I think prostitution should be legalized (England or the Netherlands handle it right, IMHO), and if this is the worst “corruption” one could find in a given police force there’s nothinig to complain about. It’s certainly not as bad as Fairfax, where they call out the SWAT team to serve all warants, and occasionally shoot people for no reason.

Yeah, a similar thing happened in the Seattle area just a few months ago. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002545187_prostitutes07m.html

  • Alan

I should have been clearer. I wasn’t talking about this case, but about the guy’s general comments that police shouldn’t be able to break the law in order to enforce it.

If policing pornography and soliciting prostitutes were part of the job description, the job would cost money to work at.