Mr. Rogers (not that MisterRogers) Dirty Neighborhood on the Web

From The New York Times/UPI, an article describing how the U.S. Government, more specifically retired Indianapolis detective Tom Rogers, are trying, with little success, to stem the flow of obscenity on the web.

According to the article, “[Rogers] work is financed by a Justice Department grant initially provided through a Congressional earmark inserted into a spending bill by Representative Frank R. Wolf, Republican of Virginia.

The grant, about $150,000 a year, has helped pay for Mr. Rogers and another retired law enforcement officer in Reno, Nev., to harvest and review complaints about obscene matter on the Internet that citizens register on the Justice Department Web site.

In the last few years, 67,000 citizens complaints have been deemed legitimate under the program and passed on to the Department of Justice and federal prosecutors.

The number of prosecutions resulting from those referrals is zero. “

Also, according to the article the website,(run by Morality in Media, the grant recipient for the program) advises us that “Identifying Internet smut is best left to professional law enforcement personnel.”