March 7th 2009

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EDITORIAL: Behind Malcolm Turnbull's pitch for green votes

CANBERRA OBSERVED: The Costello question that refuses to go away

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: China's spending spree: our sovereignty at risk

GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: Targeted spending needed to promote Australian jobs

NEW ZEALAND: Kiwibank goes from strength to strength

QUEENSLAND: Premier Bligh calls snap election

PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY: Shooting the messenger undermines democracy

HEALTH: Labor's campaign against doctors' private practices

UNITED STATES: The nightmarish cabinet of President Obama

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: UN whitewash of China human rights abuses

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM: What to do with Guantánamo detainees?

SPECIAL FEATURE: The agnostic who took on Darwin and Dawkins

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: Sexual suicide of Western society

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Social websites harm children's brains - top neuroscientist / Conspiracy theory? / 'Right to die' can become a 'duty to die'

Euthanasia and dementia sufferers (letter)

Wilson Tuckey I (letter)

Wilson Tuckey II (letter)

CINEMA: Stylised miniature of feminist mythology - Revolutionary Road

BOOKS: ATTILA THE HUN: Barbarian Terror and the Fall of the Roman Empire, by Christopher Kelly

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The nightmarish cabinet of President Obama

by Babette Francis

News Weekly, March 7, 2009
The US President's nomination for Deputy Attorney-General is a former lobbyist for America's pornography industry. Babette Francis reports.
David Ogden

Years ago I saw a film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari - not the silent German classic of the 1920s but a 1960s one based on a script by Robert Bloch, author of Psycho.

Actress Glynis Johns played the heroine in a story about a woman's treatment by an apparently sadistic doctor named Caligari. Her nightmarish experience was actually a distorted perception because she was psychotic and Dr Caligari was actually a kindly psychiatrist treating her.

There are many Americans who are dismayed at what they perceive as nightmarish appointments to President Barack Obama's cabinet, but these citizens are not psychotic and their perceptions are all too real.

Soon after Obama's inauguraton, his Commerce Secretary-nominee, Bill Richardson, withdrew due to a probe involving unethical payments. Then it was revealed that Obama's Treasury Secretary-nominee, Tim Geithner, had failed to pay $43,000 federal self-employment taxes for four separate years.

Next to hit the dust was Obama's Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Daschle, because of failure to pay long outstanding taxes on limousine services, consulting fees, dubious charitable donations and Medicare payments.

Daschle's exit was followed by Nancy Killefer, tipped to be President Obama's "chief performance officer, overseeing compliance, effectiveness and waste-management across every federal agency". She withdrew because of failure to pay employment taxes.

But the real nightmare for US parents is Obama's nomination of David W. Ogden for Deputy Attorney-General at the Department of Justice. It would be difficult to find a person less suitable to be second-in-command at the nation's top law-enforcement agency, which is required to enforce child pornography and obscenity laws.

Throughout his 20-year legal career, David Ogden has argued for the rights of pornographers over protecting women and children.

US writer, broadcaster and president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr Albert Mohler, has described Ogden as "a First Amendment extremist, who has even argued against laws against child pornography".

Brian Burch, president of Fidelis, a Catholic group of political, legal, research and educational organisations, says that Ogden has a record of supporting the full homosexual agenda, and of opposing parental and spousal notification regarding abortion. Burch cited specific legal arguments Ogden used in opposing parental notification in the case of a 14-year-old girl.

Ogden has represented professional psychological associations presenting arguments for "gay" parenting, "gays" in the military and homosexuality as a genetic characteristic.

Ogden also argued on behalf of Playboy, Penthouse and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in obscenity and pornography cases. According to Fidelis, Ogden opposed the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act (CPOEA).

The CIPA legislation includes a provision requiring internet filters in federally-funded libraries. The CPOEA legislation requires verification that models in pornographic films be certified over age 18. Ogden argued these requirements placed too heavy a burden on pornographers and film producers.

Ogden lobbied for taxpayer-funding to publish Playboy in Braille, tried to get Playboy off the list of "pornographic" magazines, and argued for "consenting adults" to have telephone sex. The list goes on and on in terms of his advocacy for lowering the barriers to moving pornography and obscenity into America's mainstream.

David Ogden's nomination should be of concern to Australians because his opposition to CIPA is relevant to our own government's efforts to install porn-filters on the internet.

Pornography opponent Dr Judith A. Reisman is alarmed that Ogden's record may not be adequately scrutinised in confirmation hearings. She expressed astonishment that his endorsers, which included "guardians of the law and of children's safety", should contrive "to ignore Ogden's long and profitable tenure in the service of Big Pornography".

To add to the nightmare for parents, during his speech to Planned Parenthood, President Obama made reference to teaching "science-based sex education" to "kindergartners", calling it "the right thing to do".

Reisman (author of the 1990 study, Kinsey, Sex and Fraud) claims the "science" behind Obama's sex education comes from 20th-century pseudo-scientist, Alfred C. Kinsey, who directed paedophiles to molest children while using stopwatches to collect his so-called "scientific" data.

Crimes against children

Reisman says: "This research created the entire sex education profession and is still in use today.... Our kids are being educated by information based on massive sex crimes against children, and the truth is still being covered up."

Reisman believes the Ogden nomination will make the situation for America's women and children go from bad to worse.

Ogden led Obama's transition team for the Department of Justice.

"These are team players," says Reisman. "Whether Ogden gets the appointment or not, the team he put in place will be based on his Playboy philosophy, which is founded on Kinsey."

- Babette Francis.

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