Bush Admin Calls for Mandatory Web Labeling Law

From News.com

Web site operators posting sexually explicit information must place official government warning labels on their pages or risk being imprisoned for up to five years, the Bush administration proposed Thursday.

A mandatory rating system will “prevent people from inadvertently stumbling across pornographic images on the Internet,” Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said at an event in Alexandria, Va.

The Bush administration’s proposal would require commercial Web sites to place “marks and notices” to be devised by the Federal Trade Commission on each sexually explicit page. The definition of sexually explicit broadly covers depictions of everything from sexual intercourse and masturbation to “sadistic abuse” and close-ups of fully clothed genital regions.

“I hope that Congress will take up this legislation promptly,” said Gonzales, who gave a speech about child exploitation and the Internet to the federally funded National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The proposed law is called the Child Pornography and Obscenity Prevention Amendments of 2006.

(via Waxy)


  1. …”prevent people from inadvertently stumbling across pornographic images on the Internet”.
    I’ve used this internet thingy for awhile now and can count on two hands the number of times I’ve “stumbled” across porn. Each time I considered it a good day.
    The “stumbling” argument is completely ridiculous and is only used as an excuse to the wife.

  2. If the warnings are searchable, you know there are going to be spiders that specialize in looking for the pr0n. Teenage boys from coast to coast applaude.

  3. Now we Bible-thumpers just need to get Chris to start selling something on cynical-c, combine with some hawt cheescake and we can finally get this damn atheist in prison where he belongs!

  4. When I wrote that, I just imagined the baby Jesus toting a machine gun with a cigarette hanging out of His mouth, posing like he was Rambo.

    It’s just really funny to me (almost as funny as those who claim to be religious completely failing to follow Christ’s basic tenant of “turning the other cheek.”)

  5. ???not sure how we got threadjacked to discuss Mohamed???

    there was a fantastic episode on frontline detailing how Conservative voices were pressuring legislators & law enforcement to rein-in pornography. their thinking was absurd and simple-minded, almost one-dimensional as if the internet was someone’s house and they could confiscate keys.

    as Silas pointed out, this current movement is also absurd but this time the white house has done its homework. rather than hunt down perpetrators or illegal porn, they’re treating all porn illegal unless they carry “a stamp of approval.” and that’s twisted.

    i don’t have kids and i wouldn’t want kids to stumble onto pr0n but i’m responsible for my kids — i wouldn’t trust the govt acting as step-parent. GOP/Dems i don’t trust them to tell me what’s healthy sexual conduct.

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