The Growing Threat Of Pornography
The Internet carries
unique threats. The Department of Justice said, "Never before in the
history of telecommunications media in the United States has so much
indecent (and obscene) material been so easily accessible by so many
minors in so many American homes with so few restrictions." --
U.S. Department of Justice, Post Hearing Memorandum of Points and
Authorities, at l, ACLU v. Reno, 929 F. Supp. 824 (1996).
President Clinton has
pledged that every American classroom will be connected to the
Internet by the year 2000. * -- President William J. Clinton, State
of the Union Address (Jan. 23, 1996), HTTP://www.democrats.org.80/bottomline/challenge/state
entertainment on the Internet constituted the third largest sector of
sales in cyberspace, with estimated annual revenues of $100 million.
Such marketing success has fueled an increase in the size of the
pornography industry -- $10 billion annually, according to
conservative estimates. -- Anthony Flint, Skin Trade Spreading
Across U.S., Boston Sunday Globe, Dec. 1, 1996, at A1.