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Thursday, June 1, 2006
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Halfway there on Jessica's Law
Guests: Psychiatrist Dr. Carole Lieberman & psychotherapist Dr. Gilda Carle

"We congratulate Michigan, Wisconsin, and South Carolina for passing tough mandatory first offense sentences for child predators. That brings the total number of states to 24 that have or soon will have a variation of Jessica's Law. So who is fighting against Jessica's Law? Many defense lawyers don't want it because they lose the plea bargain option and that costs them money. Also, the left wing press doesn't like mandatory sentences - many of those people believe in rehabilitation for even the worst criminal offenders. When you combine the political donations from lawyers with the power of the press, the spirit of 9-year old Jessica Lunsford would seem to be overwhelmed. But she's not, because of you. In the end, perhaps 80 percent of the states will pass Jessica's law, which is absolutely necessary in America. My theory is that the Internet has demolished boundaries in this country - aberrant behavior in chat rooms becomes normal. People can lose all perspective with the click of a mouse, so the danger to children from adults is much higher than it used to be. That's why Jessica's Law is a must - to send a message that harming children will not be permitted. If you do it, you will pay an enormous price."

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The Factor was joined by psychiatrist Carole Lieberman, who agreed that chat rooms are often a lure for child predators. "The Internet is a place where people can express their fantasies, a lot of times anonymously. But what really is making people use the Internet in this fashion is that a lot of men are feeling emasculated as women have become more powerful. They're feeling that they are going to be criticized by women who are their own age, who are their peers." Psychiatrist Gilda Carle disputed the idea that technology is the culprit. "Blaming it on the Internet puts us in the situation of saying 'the devil made me do it,' which is like saying the refrigerator makes us fat." The Factor hypothesized how the Internet has changed everything. "25 or 50 years ago, if you were attracted to children you were a pariah. You were isolated in the hell of your own mind. Now you can sit down and talk with people as sick and perverted as you. So where the guy fifty years ago may not have acted on it, it is now easier."
Teaching the badness of the American way
Guest: Sandy Wells, KABC Radio

A publicly-funded charter school in Los Angeles is promoting a policy of racial separatism. The school's founder and principal Marcos Aguilar actually said this: " ... the white way, the American way ... will eventually lead to our own destruction." The Factor spoke with radio reporter Sandy Wells, who claims he was physically attacked when he went to the school. "I attempted to contact Aguilar," Wells explained, "and while I was waiting outside a car jumped the curb and came right at me. I jumped out of the way, then this person got out of the car and started shouting at me, pawing at my tape recorder, saying 'give me the tape.'" Radio host Doug McIntyre elaborated on Aguilar's background. "He was a student activist leader at UCLA who took over the faculty lounge for 50 days. He vanished until 2001, when he applied for a charter and created this school. Aguilar says he is not interested in what the white school system has to offer." The Factor pledged to pursue this story. "We're going to investigate the school, and we'll have a follow-up next week. We'll try to get Aguilar on the program."
Cheerleading video controversy
Guest: Attorney Ron Bamieh

Some California parents are incensed because their cheerleader daughters are featured on a video being sold on the Internet without their permission. The tape, made by a man named Eric Arredondo, zooms in on the girls' bodies and makes innocuous cheers look salacious. Attorney Ron Bamieh called a violation of privacy and a crime. "In California, if you videotape the sexual genitalia of minors for the sexual stimulation of others, it's a felony. We are encouraging the Santa Barbara authorities to file charges, and we have the support of the school district." The Factor advised Bamieh to ask the federal government for help. "You might get the FBI involved, because he may have sold this across state lines and this is a terrible exploitation of children. You have our support, counselor."
Rescuing victims of polygamy
Guest: Flora Jessup, former polygamist

Flora Jessop, herself a former polygamist, is trying to help children trapped in the polygamist sect founded by fugitive Warren Jeffs. "I was born into polygamy," Jessop declared, "along with 28 siblings. I was about 8 years old when the sexual abuse by my father began, then I was forced to marry my cousin when I was 16." Jessop explained how she rescues children in Utah and Arizona. "We don't go and tell all these children they need to leave, but we wait for the call from those who want help getting out. I pick them up and get them to a safe location outside of that community. There have been many death threats, but I'm not afraid to die to help children."
No breakthroughs in bikini murder
Guest: Geraldo Rivera

20-year old Clemson student Tiffany Souers was strangled last week, and South Carolina police are reportedly searching for a possible suspect. Geraldo Rivera reported the latest on the case. "What I believe happened here is that Tiffany posted a provocative and seductive photo on the Internet, and she had 426 'friends' on her mail list. I submit that the likely suspect is one of those men. I believe there was a date that turned into date rape and homicide. He strangled her with her own bikini top and fled the scene." The Factor cited Tiffany's murder as another example the Internet's perils. "This plays into my thesis that children and young adults are at more risk because the Internet drives this kind of fantasy, and people take it into reality."
Coverup of Marine murders?
Guest: Author Jed Babbin

Some newspapers are reporting that the military tried to cover up the alleged slaughter of civilians in Haditha, Iraq. Author Jed Babbin called the reports premature. "Something bad happened in Haditha, but we don't know the details. I'm unwilling to go along with this media feeding frenzy, because they want to make this a metaphor for the whole war. I can tell you that our people have launched a very serious investigation, and there is not going to be a cover-up." Babbin named some of the people he feels will use this incident to indict the entire war. "They are the John Murthas of the world, the Michael Moores, and the whole mainstream media. It's the usual suspects who want to make this war like Vietnam and want to break the morale of our troops. The Factor reiterated that any war crime is intolerable. "It looks like these things did happen, and there's really no excuse. But on the other hand, you have to report it with some restraint."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Many of you sent e-mails about The Factor's interview with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Some excerpts:

David Esmond, Rockville, MD: "Bill, I can not believe you were so rude to Secretary Rice. You ask a question, she answers, you cut her off. Didn't your mother teach you manners?"

Jim Douglas, Universal City, TX: "O'Reilly, great interview with tough questions for Secretary Rice. I'd vote for her for President."

Ken Broadway, Paris, TX: "Secretary Rice is like all politicians, they talk a good game but get little done."

Other viewers wrote about the alleged atrocity in Haditha.

Hartley Lord, Boca Raton, FL: "Bill, you are pathetic in your effort to sweep the Marine massacre under the rug."

Gary Stebnitz, Madison, WI: "Why shouldn't the left run wild with the alleged atrocities in Iraq?"

Cmdr. Al Nicola, USMC, Seal Beach, CA: "Premature promulgation of accusations against our Marines is unfair to our troops and the nation."
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