While the Bush Administration continues its quest to squash free speech on the Internet through its craftly named “Child Online Protection Act” (admittedly originally signed into law during the Clinton administration – just so you don’t think I am blaming the President for this joke piece of legislation), and continues to battle Google to get the data it wants to “prove its point”, it muddies the waters over actual protection of children.
I am all for “protecting children” but the vague broad strokes is obviously written in such a way as to enable it to be used in far more ways than the protection of children they claim. Of course protection of children starts at home. And in as much as I fail to understand how parents can’t seem to be able to monitor what their children are viewing on the Internet, when I read about stories such as the the one today CNN.com – Authorities charge 27 in online child porn sting – Mar 15, 2006, I can’t help but wonder, “Where the hell are these parents?” How is it possible for a parent to be so oblivious to what is happening in their child’s lives as to leave them open to the possibility of them being exploited in this manner?
And this wasn’t film of molestation in some third world country where it is difficult to find and prosecute these monsters. These ‘monster’ streamed LIVE video of the events from the United States, Great Britain and Australia. And now making a horrific matter even worse, there were at least 4 children under the age of 12 and one mention of a INFANT (I mean it is tough to break these sick individuals down into levels of depravity, but exactly how screwed up does your brain have to be, to sexual molest an infant?). These aren’t teenagers that pulled off something sneakly like a teenager that thinks they are more mature than they really are and find themselves in a situation they are not ready to handle. That is of course bad enough, and a nightmare no parent wants to have to deal with. But under 12 years of age? An Infant? How do you not know where they are? How do you have such unwitting circumstances that you don’t know EXACTLY where you child is, and that they are SAFE in that surrounding?