Matt C. Abbott
February 14, 2009
Judith Reisman: beware of David Ogden
By Matt C. Abbott

Long-time pornography foe Dr. Judith A. Reisman sounds the alarm regarding David W. Ogden, President Obama's nominee for Deputy Attorney General, in the following commentary.

    Government Child Protectors, Attorneys, and Crime Prevention Agents Endorse Big Pornography Advocate for United States Deputy Attorney General

    by Judith Reisman

    'On November 6, 2008, President-elect Obama tapped Big Pornography attorney David Ogden to establish his new U.S. Justice Department team with nary a word of warning from the conservative legal watch.

    'On January 5, 2009, President Obama nominated Ogden for U.S. Justice Department Deputy Attorney General. His nomination hearing was scheduled for February 5.

    'On January 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee began receiving formal 'Letters Received in Connection with the Nomination' (some naming multiple persons and organizations). All 51 endorsed Ogden.

    'On or about February 2, the conservative legal watch alerted pro-family, anti-pornography activists of Ogden's record and hearing a few days later.

    'What was that record? With Ogden's confirmation challenged, Edward Whelan, of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, wrote, 'David Ogden has advocated the interests of the porn industry [in] a child-pornography case, Knox v. United States.' When Knox appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Clinton's Solicitor General, Drew Days, refused to defend his conviction. Congress condemned Days by a Senate vote of 100-0 vote and a House vote of 425-3. Congress then hired a private legal firm to support Knox's conviction.

    'The Senate, says Whelan, 'is now being asked to confirm as Deputy Attorney General someone who advocated,' in Knox, the drastic reduction in child-pornography laws 'that the Senate unanimously repudiated 16 years ago.' Jan LaRue, senior legal analyst with the American Civil Rights Union, adds that Ogden has a 'track record on behalf of those who've deluged America with pornography and against the federal laws he would be sworn to enforce.'

    'Yet not one letter below included a single word about Ogden's long and profitable tenure in the service of Big Pornography. Is it possible that these guardians of the law and of children's safety were just ignorant about Mr. Ogden's ties? As of now, not one has removed his or her support.

    'The blue-ribbon list of endorsers includes Thomas Miller, Iowa Attorney General; Douglas Gansler, Maryland Attorney General; Jo Ann Harris, former Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division; Larry Thompson, former Deputy Attorney General; Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; and hold on for this The National Women's Law Center and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)!

    'It has been my Washington experience that Ogden's Big Pornography service would be known to many, if not most, of his endorsers. And, as I said, all of the letters remain in place even after the much belated reports of Ogden as a veteran pornography advocate.

    'The Ogden fiasco brings to mind my August 15, 1983 naming to the FBI/DOJ 'Missing Children, Serial Murder Task Force,' a nascent NCMEC. Our mission was to study 'The effect that pornography and sexology may have upon societal violence in general and juvenile exploitation and abuse in particular.' Our FBI/DOJ Task Force of 23 criminal justice experts agreed on the need to collect evidence of 'pornography and its relationship/linkage to child abuse, sexual exploitation, delinquency, and societal violence.'

    'This FBI/DOJ/OJJDP Task Force was spiked from above before we got out of the starting gate. Neither the NCMEC, the FBI nor law enforcement collects on-site data on pornography's 'relationship/linkage to child abuse, sexual exploitation, delinquency, and social violence.' Big Pornography has powerful friends in the seats of power. Note the Letters Received in Connection with the Nomination below:

    1. February 6, 2009 National Congress of American Indians

    2. February 4, 2009 Todd Zubler, WilmerHale

    3. February 4, 2009 Todd R. Steggerda, WilmerHale

    4. February 4, 2009 Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, State of Iowa

    5. February 4, 2009 Robert F. Hoyt

    6. February 3, 2009 Leadership Conference on Civil Rights [American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), Americans for Democratic Action, Asian American Justice Center, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, Black Leadership Forum, Inc., Campaign for America's Future, Human Rights Campaign, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Abortion Federation, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Congress of American Indians, National Health Law Program, National Partnership, National Senior Citizens Law Center, People for the American Way, The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law]

    7. February 2, 2009 Reginald J. Brown, WilmerHale

    8. January 27, 2009 National District Attorneys Association

    9. January 27, 2009 Douglas F. Gansler, Attorney General, State of Maryland

    10. January 27, 2009 Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

    11. January 26, 2009 National Sheriff's Association

    12. January 26, 2009 Christine Gregoire, Governor, State of Washington

    13. January 26, 2009 Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

    14. January 26, 2009 Beth S. Brinkmann, Morrison Foerster; former Assistant to the Solicitor General

    15. January 25, 2009 Major Cities Chiefs Association

    16. January 25, 2009 Jo Ann Harris, Attorney At Law; former Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division

    17. January 23, 2009 Larry Thompson, former Deputy Attorney General

    18. January 23, 2009 Deval Patrick, Governor, State of Massachusetts

    19. January 23, 2009 National Women's Law Center

    20. January 23, 2009 National Narcotic Officers' Association Coalition

    21. January 23, 2009 Peter Keisler, Sidley Austin LLP, former Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division; former Acting Attorney General

    22. January 23, 2009 Michael E. Horowitz, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP; Commissioner, U.S. Sentencing Commission

    23. January 23, 2009 Jamie S. Gorelick, WilmerHale, former Deputy Attorney General

    24. January 23, 2009 Manus Cooney

    25. January 23, 2009 Paul T. Cappuccio, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, TimeWarner; former Associate Deputy Attorney General

    26. January 23, 2009 Boys and Girls Clubs of America

    27. January 23, 2009 Anti-Defamation League

    28. January 23, 2009 H. Thomas Wells, Jr., Maynard Cooper & Gale PC

    29. January 22, 2009 James Robinson, Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft LLP; former Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division

    30. January 22, 2009 Daniel Price, former Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs

    31. January 22, 2009 Partnership for a Drug-Free America

    32. January 22, 2009 Police Executive Research Forum

    33. January 22, 2009 National Association of Police Organizations, Inc.

    34. January 22, 2009 Daniel Levin, White & Case; former Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel; former Assistant U.S. Attorney

    35. January 22, 2009 Bill Lann Lee, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C.; former Assistant Attorney General

    36. January 22, 2009 Judge Advocates General [MG Michael Nardotti, USA (Ret.); MG Kenneth Gray, USA (Ret.); RADM Harold Grant, JAGC, USN (Ret.); Maj Gen Nolan Sklute, USAF (Ret.); Maj Gen Andrew Egeland, USAF (Ret.); BGen Michael Wholley, USMC (Ret.); MG Walter Huffman, USA (Ret.); RADM John Hutson, JAGC, USN (Ret.); BGen Joseph Composto, USMC (Ret.); RADM Donald Guter, JAGC, USN (Ret.); RADM Thomas Connelly, JAGC, USN (Ret.); RADM Steven Horton, JAGC, USN (Ret.)]

    37. January 22, 2009 Kenneth Geller, Mayer Brown LLP, former Deputy Solicitor General

    38. January 22, 2009 Stuart M. Gerson, former Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division

    39. January 22, 2009 Fraternal Order of Police

    40. January 22, 2009 John B. Bellinger, III

    41. January 22, 2009 American Psychological Association

    42. January 21, 2009 Seth Waxman, WilmerHale; former Solicitor General

    43. January 21, 2009 Daniel E. Troy, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, GlaxoSmithKline

    44. January 21, 2009 Richard Taranto, Farr & Taranto; former Assistant to the Solicitor General

    45. January 21, 2009 Carter S. Phillips, Sidley Austin LLP; former Assistant to the Solicitor General

    46. January 21, 2009 National Center for Victims of Crime

    47. January 21, 2009 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

    48. January 21, 2009 Carolyn Lamm, White and Case

    49. January 21, 2009 David C. Frederick, Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C.; former Assistant to the Solicitor General

    50. January 21, 2009 Rachel L. Brand, WilmerHale

    51. January 21, 2009 Jeffrey M. Blum, Attorney at Law

    'Some parting questions: Was President Obama ever warned about Ogden's Big Pornography ties? Were opposing letters from pro-family, anti-pornography law watchdogs purged from above, or never sent? Is the Ogden fiasco linked to the foiling of our FBI/DOJ plan to examine pornography's role in our 'Missing Children, Serial Murder Task Force' in 1983?'

Related commentary:

"Porn Attorney: #2 at Justice Department?"

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Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He's been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.


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