Statement by the Honorable Michael C. Burgess, M.D.
Deleting Commercial Child Pornography Sites from the Internet:
The U.S. Financial Industry’s Efforts to Combat this Problem
September 21, 2006
Thank you Mr. Chairman, and thank you for the continuation of this important series of hearings.
Over the past few months, our committee has taken up the important cause of protecting our children from sexual exploitation over the Internet. My emotions on this horrific issue have ranged from shock to disgust to a strong desire to completely eradicate this problem. I, for one, have learned a great deal more than what I ever wanted to know about this topic. However, it is crucial for the safety of our children for all of us to know about these evils so that we can help end this abusive and dangerous practice. While the pedophiles are our biggest enemy, we must also continue to look and combat everyone associated with this crime.
I am glad that today we are focusing on the efforts of the financial industry. The representatives from reputable credit card companies will provide a valuable insight into what their respective companies are doing. I am also very interested in discussing with Dr. Douglas Jackson his company, e-Gold. I do not understand the need for an anonymous digital currency, and I look forward to hearing from Dr. Jackson about his company’s due diligence and role in stopping illegal activities like child pornography.
Today, we also have with us Mr. Ernie Allen, President and CEO of NCMEC, who will be discussing the creation and role of The Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography at NCMEC. From my understanding, it has been reported the Mr. Allen believes that the Financial Coalition can eradicate commercial child pornography by 2008. I think I can speak on behalf of the rest of the committee that we would all like to learn more about how he thinks this goal is attainable.
Mr. Chairman, thank you again for your continued leadership and dedication to this grave situation. I look forward to working with you and others on the committee as we continue to seek solutions to this most horrid problem. It is my sincere hope that this hearing will be a catalyst for more legislation aimed at curbing this problem.