Free Speech X-Press Delivering Weekly Censorship Updates to the Adult Industry
SAN DIEGO, CA — An FSC membership meeting is scheduled for 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Sunday, June 11 (room location to be announced) during the Cybernet Expo in San Diego. Speakers will include FSC Deputy Director Scott Lowther, First Amendment attorney Eric M. Bernstein, FSC Board Director Connor Young and FSC General Counsel Jeffrey Douglas. FSC Executive Director Michelle Freridge will moderate a discussion of the current state of FSC and the latest issues threatening free speech.
Vol. VIII, No. 28, June 2, 2006 — A Member Service of the Free Speech Coalition
Free Speech X-press is researched and edited by Layne Winklebleck.
Copyright 2006 Free Speech Coalition. Permission to reprint granted to FSC members; please give credit.
VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR FSC MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
Also at Cybernet Expo, don’t miss the panel discussion of First Amendment issues scheduled on Saturday, June 10, from 1:30 to 2:30 PM (room location to be announced). See seminar schedule for details.
MAJOR FEDERAL INDICTMENTS HANDED DOWN
PHOENIX, AZ — Federal obscenity indictments have been unsealed here against JM Productions and a distribution company, Five Star Video (based in Tempe, Arizona) as well as the principals of the two companies. The indictments, which are phrased in terms of interstate transportation of obscene materials and related charges, involve videos directed by Jim Powers, including American Bukkake 13 and Gag Factor 18. Watch for more reports as information becomes available.
Information drawn from a report by Mark Kernes, AVN.com, 6/1/06
EDDIE WEDELSTEDT BEGINS SERVING SENTENCE
SOUTHERN COLORADO — Adult company owner and philanthropist Eddie Wedelstedt has begun serving a 13-month sentence, after pleading guilty to one count of interstate transportation of obscene materials and one count of conspiracy, in a plea agreement. He will serve the time, which could be as little as 11 months with good behavior, in a minimum-security facility in southern Colorado rather than at the Longwood Federal Prison Camp near his home in Denver as originally planned. The Bureau of Prisons cited overcrowding for the change.
See Mark Kernes’ report at AVN.com for comments by Wedelstedt on how the feds used charges against innocent co-defendants to force a plea agreement.
From Mark Kernes, AVN.com, 6/1/06
ADULT STORE PATRON PHOTOS POSTED ONLINE
LOUISVILLE, KY and UNIONTOWN, IN — Patrons of adult stores in at least two locations have recently been victims of an effort to shame them by posting their photos online at War-line.com, a Website supposedly dedicated to a war against rape. A Christian activist group has been demonstrating outside a Lion’s Den in Uniontown and posting photos to the site as well as handing out bibles and “witnessing,” which has, according to an Agape News report, resulted in a number of store patrons being “saved.”
In the meantime, War-line Webmaster John Reneer has been targeting a Fern Valley Road adult store in Louisville with his camera, managing to capture images of patrons even though store owner Jeff Keinhans has set up sprinklers and parked semi-trailers to try to block the camera’s view.
According to reporter Maria Gum of Louisville’s WLKY NewsChannel 32, Reneer is a convicted felon, now on probation for armed robbery, sodomy and murder.
"I can’t change what I’ve done," Reneer told Gum. "I’m not going to try and hide it. I’m just going to try to make a difference now."
Information from Allie Martin, AFA’s Agape Press, 5/30/06
And from Maria Gum, WLKY News, 5/30/06
A BATTLE OVER STATISTICS
ALLENTOWN, PA — The May 2006 issue of the Journal of Sex Research (JSR) includes a study by Daniel Linz, Bryant Paul and Mike Yao called “Peep Show Establishments, Police Activity, Public Place and Time: A study of Secondary Effects in San Diego, California.” Following the study is a rebuttal of the study by Richard McCleary and James Meeker; and following the rebuttal is a response by Linz, et al. The two teams of scientists are, in essence, reprising the roles they played as researchers and expert witnesses on opposite sides in Mercury Books, Inc., v City of San Diego, and in other secondary effects cases as well, only this time in a scientific journal.
Some of the arguments and counter-arguments in the three-part debate are straight-forward and easy to understand. Other issues hinge on varying interpretations of the most valid statistical methods for analyzing the effects of adult businesses on neighborhoods, as well as other technical matters. The adult industry has a substantial stake in the evolution of scientific knowledge in this area. Secondary effects cases are being debated in courtrooms across the country. (See, for example, X-Press Report, “Another Shoddy Ordinance Challenged, 5/26/06). We applaud JSR for profiling this issue. Too often public policy around adult entertainment is formed based on naïve stereotypes with inadequate attention to scientific debate and consensus.
Single copies of the May 2006 JSR can be ordered ($25) from Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, POB 416, Allentown, PA 18105.
BRITAIN: A HOTBED OF ADULT INTERNET GROWTH
BRITAIN — A survey by Nielsen NetRatings shows Britain to be the fastest growing market for adult entertainment on the Internet. One in four adults, including 1.6 million women, download images each month, according to the study. More than nine million men — almost 40 per cent of Britain’s male population — viewed adult Websites last year compared with an estimated two million in 2000. One in four men aged 25 to 49 — 2.5 million — visited an adult Website in the last month alone. 1.5 million women viewed adult entertainment on the Internet pornography in the last 12 months, up from one million in the previous year. Men and women spent an average 40 minutes each month looking at adult Websites while half of all couples watch adult entertainment on the Internet together. British Web users look up the word "porn" on search engines more than any other word.
Survey summary from Anthony Barnes and Sophie Goodchild, The Independent, 5/28/06
See also, John Oates, The Register, 5/30/06
Thanks to Robbie Swan of EROS Association for the News Alert
SCARIER AND SCARIER
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The extent of potential spying by the U.S. Government on Internet communications may reach even further than in our worst nightmares, according to testimony — and now new documentation supporting that testimony — from Former AT&T technician Mark Klein, who came forward to support an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) lawsuit against AT&T for its alleged complicity in National Security Administration electronic surveillance. Wired News published Klein’s public statement, in which he describes a secret room at the AT&T Central Office in San Francisco, a room in which equipment was installed (in 2003) capable of conducting what amounts to “vacuum-cleaner” surveillance of all the data crossing the Internet — whether that be peoples’ e-mail, Web surfing or any other data.
Now, documents (and photos) have been released by court order and published by Wired News that seem to support Klein’s accusations. The new information “shook the blogosphere,” according to Dan Mitchell, writing for the New York Times, but have not yet rung alarm bells in the mainstream media. Klein’s testimony and the newly revealed documents are indeed paranoia-inducing, a Big Brother scenario.
See for yourself at Wired.com News, 5/26/06
See also: an earlier Wired.com News report.
DOJ ADJUSTS STRATEGY ON RECORD RETENTION
WASHINGTON, DC — During a private meeting that included Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and representatives of AOL, Comcast, Google, Microsoft and Verizon, Gonzales reportedly said that requiring Internet service providers to save records of their customers’ online activities is necessary in the fight against terrorism, a statement that represents a departure from his earlier emphasis on how mandatory data retention would help thwart child exploitation. (See X-Press Report, “ISP Record Retention Rules Considered,” 4/21/06) Under the original proposal, Internet service providers would be required to retain records for specified periods of time in order to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of child predators.
Information from Declan McCullagh, CNET New.com, 5/31/06
BROUHAHA OVER GAY CHRIST IMAGES
EUGENE, OR — A University of Oregon campus publication called The Insurgent has become the center of controversy after running artwork that depicted Jesus Christ having sex with a male devil character. A coalition called Students of Faith formed around the incident and Bill O’Reilly of Fox News called for the firing of University President Dave Fronmeyer. Essays — reminiscent of the discourse around the Muslim outrage over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed — appeared in the student newspaper The Daily Emerald on both sides of the issue.
Johnny Correa, the artist who created the radical images, also published a lengthy and well-crafted essay in the Daily Emerald, not backing down an inch.
“I am queer,” said Correa. “In my view queerness is a natural part of the human experience. Therefore, for me, it follows that Christ — who, remember, lived the human experience — could just as easily have experienced queerness as any other human being. This is a heartwarming notion for me and many other queers since it poses a direct challenge to conservative Christian doctrine and exposes it for what it is: the bigoted rules of the heterosexist majority and not divine decree at all.”
For the views of Zachary White, the UO student who first started the controversy, see The Daily Herald, 5/25/06
Daily Herald Columnist Ben Lenet on the subject, 5/25/06
Thanks to Michael Dickinson for the news alert.
OTHER NEWS OF THE WEEK
Amnesty International has launched a new campaign against Internet repression, highlighting the rise of Internet censorship and the cases of individual prisoners of conscience who have been targeted for expressing their beliefs online.
A New York appeals court says a judge can ban a paroled sex offender from possessing pornography without violating the Constitution.
Bob Tremont Golf Tournament
The Gala 19th Annual Night of the Stars Awards Show
The 6th Annual Bob Tremont Golf Tournament
(See Calendar below for dates and locations)
TICKETS AND SPONSORSHIPS
Event Sponsor $2,000 (Foursome, Hole Sponsorship, & additional recognition)
Foursome & Hole Sponsor $1,300
Hole Sponsor $500
Individual Ticket $260
19TH Annual Night of the Stars Awards
Event Sponsor $5,000
Program Sponsor $3,000
Table Sponsor $1,500
$175 (Purchased before June 1, 2006)
$200 (Purchased on or after June 1, 2006)
$1,600 (Purchased before June 1, 2006)
$1,800 (Purchased on or after June 1, 2006)
Night of the Stars Program Advertising
Full page, Full Color Ad (81/2×11) $500
Half page, Full Color Ad (81/2×51/4) $250
Quarter page, Full Color Ad (41/4x 51/4) $125
Business Card Size, Full Color Ad (2×5) $75
For application materials or additional information, contact Valerie Vizmanos or Michelle Freridge by email or at 818-348-9373
JUN 8-9 — Sex in Video Games conference, San Francisco
JUN 8-11 — Cybernet Expo 2006, Shelter Pointe, San Diego
JUN 9-11 —Exxxotica Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL
JUN 16-17 — Exotic Erotic Expo and Ball, New York, NY
JUN 18 — Folsom Street East, New York, NY
JUN 17 — Leather Pride Night, New York, NY
JUN 17 — Rock N Roll Bingo, Benefit for FSC, L.A. CA
JUN 23-25 — Erotica Los Angeles, L.A. Convention Center
JUN 27-JUL 1 — AASECT Annual Conference, St Louis
JULY 9-12 — Desiree Conference, Las Vegas, NV
JUL 12-14, XBiz Summer, Las Vegas, NV
JUL 15 — Night of the Stars, L.A. Center Studios, L.A. CA
JULY 16 — Bob Tremont Golf Tournament, (1 PM Shotgun) Braemar Country Club, Tarzana, CA
JULY 17-19 — Adult Novelty Expo, Universal, CA
See our Website Calendar for a more complete calendar of events scheduled for 2006.