Sunday, 14 April 2013

Architects Of Oppression

Architects of Oppression: Hoover and the FBI pt 1

"Passing the Victorian-Puritan Torch

The inveterate communist-hunter J. Edgar Hoover is well known to have kept tabs on political activists, gays, so-called "obscene" material of all kinds, and even sex researcher Alfred Kinsey -- not to mention the special files he kept on those in the media who spoke ill of the FBI, and on any dirt that could be used to get an advantage against politicians and other public figures. What is less well remembered is that from the 1930s to the 1960s, he personally led repeated publicity campaigns on the subject that came to be known as "stranger danger." Hoover also reportedly was an admirer of Anthony Comstock, studied his tactics, and even went to visit him in his twilight years.

In 1919, at age 24, Hoover was made the head of "a new division of the Justice Department's Bureau of Investigation, the General Intelligence Division. It would investigate the programs of radical groups and identify their members."

From the beginning and throughout his career, a large part of Hoover's daily work involved spying on and disrupting the efforts of political activists. Later that same year, 1919, Hoover took part in the infamous "Palmer Raids."" (please note link origin)

Architects of Oppression: Hoover and the FBI, Pt 2

"Post-Hoover: A New Era for the FBI

In 1981, Kenneth Lanning joined the Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In Quantico, Lanning "specialized in studying all aspects of the sexual victimization of children."

The FBI Behavioral Science Unit provides assistance to criminal justice professionals in the United States and foreign countries. It attempts to develop practical applications of the behavioral sciences to the criminal justice system. As a result of training and research conducted by the Unit and its successes in analyzing violent crime, many professionals contact the Behavioral Science Unit for assistance and guidance in dealing with violent crime, especially those cases considered different, unusual, or bizarre. This service is provided at no cost and is not limited to crimes under the investigative jurisdiction of the FBI. 

(Re)Defining the Demon

For several years, Lanning was the key mouthpiece of the FBI on the subject of "sexual victimization of children." As such, he was often called upon by the media for quotes with which they could pepper their articles on the sensational subject. A near-classic example would be this quote from the LA Times, in a 1988 story on efforts by youth sports groups to avoid occurances of sexual abuse (actually, this journalist quotes from "the book," which Lanning wrote on the subject -- as in, "he wrote the book on that." If I had more time and a good library on hand, I would regale you with numerous earlier newspaper and magazine quotes directly from Lanning) ..." (please note link origin) 

Architects of Oppression: Ernie Allen + the NCMEC 


The degree to which the NCMEC is devoted to stoking the flames of sex panic has a pervasive effect on how they handle all the other tasks they set for themselves. This is especially true in the case of runaway/thrownaway teens, for whom the agency is essentially useless (unless somebody's penis pops out of their pants). But it is also true in the case of parental abductions. And unlike runaway/thrownaway cases, cases revolving around custody disputes often involve adults with the time, resources and inclination to make a public stink. Some of these folks have organized and taken their grievances public. Here are a couple of their web sites. I have not dug into them deeply enough to say much about them, except it is apparent that the NCMEC and Ernie Allen have pissed some people off." (please note link origin)


August 16, 2009 

The Emerging Criminal War on Sex Offenders


"This article addresses four central questions.

First, what is the difference between normal law enforcement policy and a “war” on crime?

Second, assuming such a line can be discerned, has the enactment of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (“AWA”) in combination with other sex offender laws triggered a transition to a criminal war on sex criminals?

Third, if such a criminal war is emerging, what will be the likely effects of such a transition?

Fourth, if such a criminal war is emerging with substantial negative consequences, how can it be stopped?

By reviewing America’s history of criminal wars, primarily the War on Drugs, the article identifies three essential characteristics of a criminal war: marshalling of resources, myth creation, and exception making.

It concludes that the federalization of sex offender policy brought about by the AWA has turned what was conventional law enforcement into a nascent criminal war on sex crimes. This change can have repercussions as substantial as the drug war has had on American criminal justice and society."

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