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(Introduction from moderator: this letter has been making the rounds
on the Net, dashing the illusions of those who thought the White House
might harbor secret sympathies with anti-censorship Net users.--Andy)


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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