Story You Won't See In the Fish Wrapper - Former ACLU Chapter President Arrested For Child Porn

Welcome to another edition of what I called Ignored Stories - stories that you won't read about in the Fish Wrapper because they might shed a bad light on liberals.

Today's edition is about Charles Rust-Tierney, the former president of the Virginia chapter of the American Criminal and Leftist Union (hat tip to Stop the ACLU). As reported by ABC News, he was arrested for possession of child pornography.

Feb. 23, 2007— Federal agents arrested Charles Rust-Tierney, the former president of the Virginia chapter of the ACLU, Friday in Arlington for allegedly possessing child pornography.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by ABC News, Rust-Tierney allegedly used his e-mail address and credit card to subscribe to and access a child pornography website.

The complaint states that federal investigations into child pornography websites revealed that "Charles Rust-Tierney has subscribed to multiple child pornography website over a period of years."

As recently as last October, the complaint alleges, "Rust-Tierney purchased access to a group of hardcore commercial child pornography websites."

Complaint Alleges Access to Graphic Material

Rust-Tierney admitted to investigators that he had downloaded videos and images from child pornography websites onto CD-ROMs, according to the complaint.

The videos described in the complaint depict graphic forcible intercourse with prepubescent females. One if the girls is described in court documents as being "seen and heard crying", another is described as being "bound by rope."

This should be no surprise considering Rust-Tierney's past arguments.

In the past, Rust-Tierney had argued against restricting Internet access in public libraries in Virginia, writing, "Recognizing that individuals will continue to behave responsibly and appropriately while in the library, the default should be maximum, unrestricted access to the valuable resources of the Internet."

In addition, the ACLU is of the opinion that the distribution of child pornography should be perfectly legal.


As legislative counsel for the ACLU in 1985, Barry Lynn told the U.S. Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography (of which Focus on the Family President Dr. James C. Dobson was a member) that child pornography was protected by the First Amendment. While production of child porn could be prevented by law, he argued, its distribution could not be. A few years later (1988), Lynn told the Senate Judiciary Committee that even requiring porn producers to maintain records of their performers’ ages was impermissible.

“If there is no federal record-keeping requirement for the people portrayed in Road and Track or Star Wars,” he said, “there can be no such requirement for Hustler or Debbie Does Dallas.”

Now, let's ask the same question I always ask in a case like this; what if Rust-Tierney had been a conservative? Oh boy, I can only imagine the headlines on the front page. This would have been plastered all over the paper, with editorials about it, too. But, since it is the ACLU, the poster children for child pornography, it won't get a mention. No liberal bias here, is there?


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