CLINTON: Letter to Exon


Todd Lappin

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I've seen the smoking gun.

Last night, I received a copy of a White House document which confirms my
ugliest fears about President Bill Clinton's attitude toward the
Communications Decency Act.

Herein we have unpleasant proof that the current President of the United
States is WAY psyched to censor the Internet.

The letter I've attached below was written on February 28, 1996 by Jack
Quinn, one of President Clinton's legal advisors.  On White House
letterhead, it is addressed to Senator Jim Exon, the sanctimonious Nebraska
Democrat who sponsored the Communications Decency Act in Congress.

Writing on Clinton's behalf, Quinn's letter provides a broad overview of
the President's attitude toward Senator Exon's pet legislation.  Here we
learn that the Clinton Administration "firmly supports the Communications
Decency Act" and is eager to "vigorously" defend the Act against
constitutional challenge.

The horror.

The horror.

Read on to get all the grizzly details.

(Bizarre thanks go out to Mr. Bruce A. Taylor, President and Chief Counsel
of the National Law Center for Children and Families, for passing the
letter along. )

Work the network!

--Todd Lappin-->
Section Editor
WIRED Magazine



February 28, 1996

Senator Jim Exon
United States Senate
Washington D.C. 20510-2702

Dear Senator Exon:

Thank you for your recent letter to the President concerning the
Telecommunications Reform Act of 1996.  The President has asked me to
respond on his behalf.

On February 8, 1996,, the President was pleased to be able to sign the
historic Telecommunications Reform Act into law.  I know that the President
was equally pleased that you were able to participate in the event.

Your letter also referred to Title V of the Telecommunications Reform Act,
otherwise known as the Communications Decency Act.  As you know, the
President is committed to defending efforts to protect children from
harmful material whether it is targeted at them via the computer or other
media.  Accordingly, the President firmly supports the Communications
Decency Act.

As you accurately predicted, various challenges to the Communications
Decency Act have been filed.  The Department of Justice is vigorously
defending the Act against these challenges as a proper and narrowly
tailored exercise of Congress' power to regulate the exposure of children
to computer pornography.

Again, thank you for your letter and for you expression of support for our
endeavors to defend the Communications Decency Act.


Jack Quinn
Counsel to the President

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