U.S. Attorney General Speaks Out
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales used strikingly graphic language Thursday to focus attention on online child pornography and said Internet services companies are not doing enough to combat the problem.
"It is graphic, but if we do not talk candidly, then it is easy for people to turn away and worry about other matters," Gonzales said in a speech at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Va.
Kate Dean, director of the United States Internet Service Provider Association, said AOL, Earthlink, BellSouth, Verizon and other association members "currently have robust policies in place to ensure that law enforcement can obtain the information they need to prosecute child pornographers."
Dean said the companies would welcome a discussion with Gonzales on the issue.
The Internet companies last year made 34,939 reports to the missing children center, which forwards them to law enforcement authorities, said Michelle Collins, director of the center's exploited children unit.
Last week alone, there were 938 reports, Collins said. Full Story
On the Net:
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: http://www.missingkids.com
Justice Department child pornography unit: http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/ceos/index.html
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