Skip to comments.Max Hardcore Offices Raided by FBI; Servers, Tapes Seized
Posted on 10/10/2005 1:05:39 PM PDT by Drew68
By Gretchen Gallen
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
ALTA DENA, Calif. The offices of Max Hardcores Max World Entertainment were raided Wednesday under the authority of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Justice Department. The FBI seized five video titles, Hardcores attorney Jeffrey Douglas told XBiz, including (ed. movie titles ommitted)
Additionally, the FBI seized all servers belonging to Hardcore with the purpose of copying and returning them, Douglas said. It is not yet known what other office items have been taken as the investigation is ongoing.
By Thursday afternoon, Hardcore's servers had been returned and the website was active.
Hardcore was not present at the time of the raid, and according to Douglas, is presently attending a trade show in Barcelona, Spain.
Douglas said this is the first federal obscenity investigation involving Hardcore and is in any way related to 2257 record-keeping enforcement.
Once again the government is wasting tax dollars and otherwise invaluable law enforcement resources to try to force a minority view of morality on all of America, Hardcore said in a statement. Five of my movies have been targeted by the federal prude patrol. There is no indication of any crime to be alleged except obscenity. If indicted, I will fight to protect my liberty as well as the liberty of consenting adults to watch other adults engage in lawful, consensual, pleasurable sexual action. Shame on the Department of Justice. I am proud of my movies and of those who sell them.
In 2001, Hardcore was prosecuted by the city of Los Angeles for obscenity, which was not resolved until 2004 with a company plea to a public nuisance.
Born Paul Little in 1956, Hardcores films have long been considered some of the most controversial in the industry.
Ultimately, I agree. If I want to make a film as raunchy as Max Hardcore, is it my fault that the film goes on to sell 20, 30 or 50,000 copies? Obviously he is catering to a demographic that is willing to spend hard-earned money on his films.
In a better world, he'd have never made a penny of his work.
Libertarians are the kind of people who think the regulation of interstate commerce degrades American society, while the unrestricted production and sale of scatological porn videos elevates it.
I dare say that most young women who enter the porn industry are probably lacking in decision making skills and are unable to comprehend the future ramifications of their actions. I'm sure many have emotional problems and are likely substance abusers.
There are a few, I'm sure, hoping to make a quick buck and get out with as little exposure as possible but my guess is most of these women are pretty messed up to begin with.
Any other barbs you'd like to trade?
As I said, if you want to ban it, then Amend the Constitution. As is, there is no specific power for them to do so.
Unless you are worried that they won't sell pr0n to Alabama but will sell it to New York? That would be a proper application of the Commerce Clause.
Haha! How about Max Hardcore Golden Guzzlers #6. (you can use your imagination on that one). I didn't want to get the thread pulled before anyone had a chance to see it.
His real name is Paul Little and he's a scumbag. If "Max Hardcore" didn't exist, the Fem-Nazis would have to invent him. His brand of mysoginistic choke-her-til-she-pukes sex is a psychotic reaction to porn as female sexual empowerment trend in pop culture. It takes dirty movies back from the girls on MTV and returns it to it's raincoat roots.
Oh, yeah, put the brakes on scatological porn and what's left but that?!? Trouble is, you don't even know how foolish that is because you think in cliches.
What you really want to protect is not free speech (or free anything, for that matter) but porn, drugs and other socially harmful ills. That's what libertarianism is all about: providing government protection for vice. For that reason, I think you have much more in common with the radical left than with the religious right.
First they came for Max Hardcore, but I did not speak out, because I was not like Max Hardcore....etc., etc., etc. Then they came for me, but there was no one left to speak out for me.
Covering this creep under the First Amendment just doesn't cut it, unless we agree that the Constution is a "living document," and that's exactly what most people on this forum say it isn't. Does anyone believe that the Founders had someone like Max Hardcore in mind when they wrote the Bill of Rights? Had there been a Max Hardcore in the days of the Founders, he most likely would have ended up dancing at the end of a rope. In fact, you wouldn't even have to go back that far in American history to find someone like poor ol' Max getting into all kinds of lesser, but still serious, trouble. And worst of all, no one would have spoken out for him. But those were dark, dark days in America -- days reminiscent of Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia, and Pol Pot's Cambodia.
And to justify what Max Hardcore does because he is able to make money at what he does is the worst possible argument.
I know I'm taking a big risk, knowing that Max Hardcore is the first of the row of dominoes that will ultimately end with me, but to hell with him anyway.
I could be wrong, but I thought congress already passed a law against digital representations of child porn.
Did they have AK-47s in mind when they wrote the 2nd Amendment? That's an argument the gun-grabbers use quite often?
I'm not defending Hardore's films. I think they are reprehensible. But apparently he is not breaking the law as it is currently written. The 1st Amendment hasn't evolved as a "living document" in order to protect Max Hardcore. It is right there.
The problem with Max Hardcore may be his website which allows anyone to access his movie trailers with no age verification system. I just watched some vile footage & even though I thought it was gross....it is not illegal.
The FBI also shut down 2 other sites: one was for stories only (but they involved child porn) and the other had something to do with soldiers posting photos of dead Iraqis.
It's interesting that even Max Hardcore doesn't depict rape. The girl gets choked and abused, but she just sort of passively goes along, never losing that drugged-out thousand yard stare.
The only media I've ever seen that really glorifies straight-up rape are those Japanese Hentai cartoons (The Japanese are sick, repressed bunch).
There was a guy named Greg Dark who was making violence-themed porn films and they shut him down pretty quick.
That's the only line left these days.
It was struck down. Seems you can't exploit children when these children don't exist to be exploited in the first place.
I don't believe age verification systems are mandatory. Seems there was an attempt to make them into law but it was struck down as unduly burdensome. Most sites only make you click a link saying you are over 18.
Sorry, I don't buy it. And it cheapens the meaning of the Bill of Rights to use it to cover a pervert just because he videotapes his perversions and shows them on the web.
Thank you for speaking up for common sense.
Seemed so to the judges on the Supreme Court. Interestingly, Clarence Thomas joined the lib-activists on this one, while Rehnquist and Scalia dissented. I suspect personal fondness for porn outweighed conservatism there, as it seems to on this forum as well.
Interesting take. You could relate it to the pre-hardcore grindhouse "roughies" of the mid 1960s, then.
The usual porn defenders, with their usual friendly, self-effacing, rational discussion in play.
The citizenry of this country need to seriously consider pornography. Pornography ruins lives and was never considered to be the sort of expression (actually, the Bill of Rights says "speech") protected by the First Amendment. That is, until pornographers, aided by the ACLU went before a bunch of judges who also decided killing unborn babies was a legal act. [Don't know if it was the exact same nine, so no jumping down my throat.]
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Well, don't you know Jefferson and Madison had this in mind when telling the King to take a hike? I mean what would we do without our right to see girls vomit on screen?
Will the last conservative out please turn off the lights?
Actually, it does...
Amd X. The powers NOT delegated to the United States BY the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
All of which is ignored, but there nonetheless. Blackbird.
We didn't have an FBI when the Constitution was written. You don't think we should have a national police? Just let the states handle it?
"Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites--in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity;--in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption;--in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon the will and appetite is placed somewhere: and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds can not be free. Their passions forge their fetters."
-- Edmund Burke
People don't realize that if things aren't turned around, in a generation or two the mayhem from feral humans will be so barbaric that totalitarian clampdown will be inevitable.
Right, and anyone who opposes the WOD is a pothead, and anyone who opposes hate crime laws is a racist. Take your ad hominems to DU.
There's no thinking going on in minds like that. It's the Beavis and Butthead philosophy. Actually they're probably more civilized and mature in viewpoint.
We could be witnessing the fall of America.
Not could be. Are.
But - we can't see the future. We don't know what kind of plans are in motion already, and the Supreme is the actual controller. That relates again to the Evil discussion, I plan to get that written up today.
Did you see the list of Benjamin Franklin's virtures I posted? I'll put it here because it's pretty interesting. It's in his Autobiography. He devised the virtures from various readings and figured out a plan to develop them.
Benjamin Franklin's List of Virtues
1. Temperance - Eat not to dullness, drink not to elevation.
2. Silence - Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
3. Order - Let all things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
4. Resolution - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
5. Frugality - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself, that is, waste nothing.
6. Industry - Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
7. Sincerity - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
8. Justice - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
9. Moderation - Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
10. Cleanliness - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
11. Tranquility - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents, common or unavoidable.
12. Chastity - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, or weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
13. Humility - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
I like number 4 especially.
Over the last couple decades, pornographers have had alot of success "mainstreaming" their business. Witness Jenna Jameson hosting show on the "E" Channel and those "porn star" t-shirts Christina Agulera display in US Magazine. Porn has achieved never-before-seen degree of hipness, partly due to re-branding sleaze as pseudo-feminist sexual empowerment. Girls can be bad, just like the guys, etc. Then out from under his rock crawls Max Hardcore with his blatant mysogyny, pedophilic tendencies and scatalogical obsessions--just vile enough to disgust even "enlightened" minds and remind people of the sickness and hate behind all the glitz, girl power and libertarian glee. Ironically, the porn industry has more to fear from Max Hardcore than it's opponents do. He's a gift to Concerned Women for America.
There are probably many professions and money making activities that some of us might look down upon. The question is should we judge (legally) certain activites and interfere with an individuals right to contract? I'd say no.
In a better world, he'd have never made a penny of his work.
And I might add that, in an earlier time, Mr. Hardcore would have been tarred, feathered and given a ride out of town on a rail long before the matter came to the attention of any law enforcement agency or the courts.
Ah, the RIGHT TO CONTRACT! For libertarians, the only real right. The rest of us can just sit around and stew in the garbage these freedom-lovers make their stock in trade.
More and more, I am convinced that moral relativism and conservatism are completely incompatible. For the relativists, after all, what is there to conserve, and why would anyone bother?
My son lived for several years in one of those "developing" countries dear to the hearts of liberals, for its constitution enshrined all the imaginary rights they (and so many of their libertarian allies) hold dear. But the real law was in the hands of anonymous mobs. When criminal activity took place in the villages, a band of men would go out at night, nab the suspected perpetrator and kill him. On paper, of course, capital punishment had been abolished even for the most heinous murders.
If the leftists keep getting their way, we will see the return of mob rule here too, I suspect, and it won't be pretty, because some of the suspected perpetrators will surely be innocent.
Interesting observation. You might be correct. I've often wondered if there will be a breaking point when a large segment of society stands up and says, "Enough!" and instead of bloviating, something actually happens.
And here's another question I've long wondered about... Why is it that bondage movies with sex are considered obscene, and therefore illegal, and there are some violent porn movies with really horrible stuff that's also being prosecuted, but movies of "Ultimate Fighting" are OK, as are the "Faces of Death" movies, which show actual films of horrible human deaths and injuries. What is it about the sex, along with violence, fictionalized or not, that makes it illegal. This is something that's worried me for a very long time. When you can take two legal acts, film them together, and the film suddenly becomes illegal. How does that work?
Of course he is. Federal obscenity laws are not restricted just to child porn.
The 1st Amendment hasn't evolved as a "living document" in order to protect Max Hardcore. It is right there.
Sorry, but the first amendment has never protected obscenity.
You may want to email that link to various prosecuting attorneys as they seem to be having a hard time (no pun intended) on getting obscenity convictions against pornographers.
Certainly true but it seems the definition of "obscenity" has often caused prosecuters to throw up their hands in despair.
Let a jury watch this stuff and then decide if it's obscene.
Me too! I had to read the headline twice as I thought that they were talking about M-M-Max Headroom.
Me too, although it would seem that some FBI agents don't really want that duty. They'd rather be fighting the War on Terror, which has consumed so much of the FBI's time since 9/11 that new criminal cases are down 70% from the 2000 level.
Other agencies are having to pick up the slack, according to news reports.
Maybe we'll eventually have a porn control agency along the lines of the DEA or the BATF so the FBI can get back to its primary mission, whatever that is. Oh, yeah -- to investigate certain crimes after they've been committed. I think that was what J. Edgar Hoover always advocated as the purpose of the FBI; he was adamantly opposed to a "national police force." Nobody in authority at the FBI apparently shares that view these days.
Interesting comment, madprof.
Maybe you'd prefer, as someone suggested, that characters like him be tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail? Is that the kind of justice you'd like to see?
Now that the Taliban's gone, supposedly, from Afghanistan, which country would be receptive to your idea of justice for pornographers? Would you want to live there?
Often said but seldom understood. Too often ignored, especially when adrenalin-charged arguments revolve around such things as "protecting the children" and "fighting terrorism."
And, just when you think the opponents of free speech are starting to come around, they invariably throw a curve ball like, "Well, pornography is not really speech!"
Read this part again:
"Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon the will and appetite is placed somewhere: and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds can not be free. Their passions forge their fetters."
-- Edmund Burke
Burke, from what I have read, had a great influence on many of the founding fathers. A republic such as ours can only exist if the people in general have a modicum of self control, which thoughtful people understand must be informed by universal religious principles.
"If men will not be governed by the Ten Commandments, they shall be governed by the ten thousand commandments." --G. K. Chesterton
Feral humans cannot control themselves, and if the society has enough of them, such anarchy will ensue that people will be begging for martial law. This isn't theory, it will happen. Unless something changes. The road we're on now inevitably leads to the ultimate in jack booted thugism.
"Does history warrant the conclusion that religion is necessary to morality -- that a natural ethic is too weak to withstand the savagery that lurks under civilization and emerges in our dreams, crimes, and wars? ... There is no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion." ---Will and Ariel Durant
"History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster." -- General Douglas MacArthur
Obscenity should be a state/local issue, as judged by community standards. The only Constitutional justification for the feds to be involved is under interstate commerce -- i.e., if some localities ban this guy's stuff, and he's shipping to those localities anyway; or if it's a multi-state child porn ring.
Maybe that's what's happening here, but I don't see that specified in the article. If the FBI is prosecuting plain obscenity alone, then they're out of bounds -- that should be handled by the state of California.
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
In other words, if you object to the idea that the feds can force your locality to accept obscenity that exceeds your particular community standards, then you should fight against instances where the feds force a given locality to forgo gross things that are acceptable by its particular community standards.
I say all this with the caveat that the FBI does have Constitutional power to get involved in porn-related interstate commerce issues -- it's not clear whether that is the case here.