Rentboy ‘Raid’ A National Disgrace

Today, there should be unified national outrage.

Less than a week after ISIS beheaded an archaeologist in Syria, Homeland Security has beheaded Rentboy.com in New York.

In closing down Rentboy’s New York office, federal agents were deployed from the offices of Homeland Security. This task is not within the purview of their core mission and purpose. It is a traitorous act by the very agency designed to secure our safety, protect our borders, and guard us against terrorist threats. Instead, they used your money to guard you against a young man with a tight butt. Outrageous

Our country did not mobilize a federal agency to use those ass-ets to targets boy’s ass-es. We created it to protect our security and safety.  Our nation, our government, those prosecutors should be so ashamed of themselves. It is unconscionable, unbelievable, and almost surreal.

Seven years ago, banks all over this country conspired to virtually bring the nation to a financial standstill, defrauding consumers, robbing lenders, destroying your credit, foreclosing your mortgages and robbing you blind. Stocks collapsed, careers were lost, and portfolios were ruined. Everywhere you turned, people lost their wealth and standing.

Barely a soul was prosecuted.

But as one of the largest gay websites in the world, with over 10,000 men plying their trade gets popped – seven people are already in jail. This, my friends, is why governments everywhere are held in disgust. I mean, ask yourself this: ‘Do you want your government protecting your borders or your bedrooms?'

Ultimately, legalizing the sex trade for adults is the next step in everyone’s civil rights struggle. It’s all about free choice. While you may find prostitution morally objectionable, the fact that it offends your sensibilities is insufficient to deny that right to another party. Legalizing the sex trade means respecting the free choice people get to make every day about their own moral decisions- without interference by anyone anywhere.

Some people want to buy couches; other people cocks. Deal with it. The matter is not for you to judge. Adult men seeking masseurs and escorts should have that unfettered right. Rentboy.com provided the Internet vehicle wherein consenting adults made free choices.

While the site has disclaimers stating that the advertisements are for companionship and not sexual services, prosecutors say Rentboy.com is designed primarily for advertising illegal prostitution.

“As alleged, Rentboy.com attempted to present a veneer of legality, when in fact this Internet brothel made millions of dollars from the promotion of illegal prostitution," Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Kelly Currie said in a statement.

The agent from Homeland Security jumped in and said it was part of a “global criminal enterprise.” Really? is this why we gave this agency a job, a badge, and a gun? Do you think we gave congressional authorization to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on the ‘global criminal enterprise’ that is young men offering themselves out to consenting adults for companionship?

With more than 20,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter, and nearly 11,000 men listed as contractors, you have to wonder what the Department of Homeland Security is going to do with the cartons and boxes of data they carried out of the Rentboy offices. You have to know that consumer’s rights will be violated and thousands of innocent persons will have their privacy and personal and intimate communications invaded and intercepted. Will that stop the next terrorist attack on innocent civilians?

The deployment of Homeland Security resources to target Rentboy is legally suspect and morally objectionable.  It’s almost beyond imagination. While terrorists are arming themselves with AK47’s to hijack an Amtrak train heading from New York City to Albany, some Homeland Security Agent is going to be contacting a kid name Dante in Fort Lauderdale to ask him whether Andre in Chicago had a happy ending to his massage.

Look, Rentboy may be the world’s largest gay prostitution site ever, but it is not a sex trafficking site where people are exploited against their will or abused by pimps or mercenaries.  I do know that whatever Rentboy is doing it is not a threat to our homeland security, and it is not something that agency should use its time and energy to investigate and interdict. Whether or not you have ever used the services of Rentboy, as an American citizen you should be angry.

Rentboy is an Internet vehicle where young gay men openly and transparently find employment and compensation with the willing consent of knowing adult partners. They use pictures, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and credit cards. These arrests are the result of an abusive government assault on their rights as LGBT citizens.

I do know that if we are utilizing the assets of our Department of Homeland Security to target a consensual adult hookup site that the people who so authorized this investigation should be hooked up and strung by their genitals to the nearest light pole.

I do know that we live in a world where terrorists bred in South Florida flew passenger planes into the World Trade Center. I know things have not got better since then, not with citizens everywhere being threatened with brutal massacres by terrorists anywhere.

I know that the National Security Agency should not be monitoring your twitter account, and that Homeland Security should not be worried about a gay adult escort site.

If there is a story here, it is not about gay men seeking hookups. It is about a national security agency so misdirecting its energies, efforts and equipment that we should all be astonished and appalled. Whatever Rentboy is accused of doing is not as bad as what our government has already done. 

The United States of Surveillance has embarrassed itself again.

(Revised August 27, 2015)


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