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justice for pete

*Pete, I wish I could believe you!* And in fact, I rather do. There`s just
so much bad shit in this world. But I`ve been inspired by his music, it`s
incredible beauty and openness...
Why don`t they believe Pete? It sickens me to think that the parents of some
teenagers who love rock`n`roll might (I`m sure they`re already doin` this!!!
Yuck!) say to their kids:"You can`t listen to the who under my roof!
There`s that Pete Townshend, he`s a p......!!!" Disgusting!
And people seem to rejoice in the probability of findin` Pete wrong! I can`t
see why, but it`s a part of human nature: we usually are inclined to believe
ugly things about people - just think how many people (fans) will turn away
from Pete now as consequence of what
has happened and think they`ve been decieved by him, believing in his
music... this is so ugly.
A thought: while they are doing this to Pete, how many CRIMINALS are walking
free, with no "justice" after them? Yes it`s easier to punish those who are
innocent only because they are at hand  than to look for those who really
deserve punishment!
The world seems to be turned upside down these days. When someone means good
we see it as if he means harm, and vice versa. Mistakes are made and later
who  pays? Now they are not getting Pete`s point, they are only
looking for proof to find him guilty - instead of thinking what`s to be done
about child porn. Or is it normal?
I`M FURIOUS!!!!! And yes, I believe Pete. He`s a man of independant mind.
Hold on Pete,
(if) truth is on yer side...

----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Cady" <brianinatlanta2001@yahoo.com>
To: "oddsandsods" <oddsandsods@thewho.net>; <thewho@igtc.com>
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2003 5:27 AM
Subject: Paul Townshend: Pete "exonerated in days"

> From The Times of London:
> http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-541342,00.html
> Police to question Townshend over child porn
> By Richard Ford, Home Correspondent
> SCOTLAND Yard detectives are expected to question the
> rock star Pete Townshend after he admitted paying to
> look at child porn on the internet.
> Last night the model Jerry Hall backed Mr Townshend,
> saying that he had advised her how to protect her
> children from accidentally gaining access to such
> websites.
> His brother, Paul, insisted that Mr Townshends
> personal assistant had proof that the star entered the
> website only for research. He would be exonerated in
> days, his brother said.
> Childrens charities said that he had been naive and
> that his actions had been inexcusable.
> There were claims that two senior politicians and a
> second international entertainer were on a list of
> names passed to British police by US investigators
> into child porn.
> Mr Townshend, 57, admitted that on one occasion he had
> used a credit card to access a pay-per-view child
> pornography website. He insisted that he had done so
> only as part of research for a campaign against child
> abuse.
> Last night Mr Townshend told The Sun that he had
> viewed child pornography on the internet three or four
> times, only for research for an anti-paedophile
> campaign.
> In a statement issued earlier at his home in Richmond,
> southwest London: I am not a paedophile. I think
> paedophilia is appalling.
> A spokesman for Mr Townshend, a founder member of The
> Who, said that he had not downloaded any pornographic
> images of children.
> Ms Hall joined the disc jockey Paul Gambaccini and
> relatives of Mr Townshend in offering public backing.
> She said that at a dinner party in October 2001 Mr
> Townshend had expressed his fears as a public figure
> speaking out on such a sensitive subject. Ms Hall
> said: Since 1992 I have campaigned for child welfare
> foundations both in raising public awareness and
> funds. Pete Townshend is an avid supporter of these
> causes. In addition, he advised me on how to prevent
> my children from inadvertently gaining access to such
> sites. Pete Townshend is the least likely profile of a
> child abuser it is possible to construct and that is
> because he isnt one.
> Last night Mr Townshend said he was being supported by
> several show-business friends, including David Bowie,
> Bob Geldof and Bono, the leader of the group U2.
> Mr Townshends spokesman had confirmed that they had
> tracked down the officer to whom he claims to have
> spoken last October when initially investigating child
> pornography on the internet. The spokesman claimed to
> have a statement from a detective advising the star
> that he should contact either a former detective
> inspector who had joined the National Crime Squad as a
> civilian, working as a computer expert, or the
> paedophile squad at Scotland Yard.
> Scotland Yard detectives are expected to question Mr
> Townshend, a father of three, over his admission, and
> forensic experts will want to examine his computers.
> But internet watchdogs dismissed his explanation for
> entering the website as no excuse. Mark Stephens, a
> lawyer who founded the Internet Watch Foundation,
> said: It is OK to lobby. But it is misguided and
> illegal to look at or download or even to pay to
> download paedophiliac material.Mr Stephens said that
> people were employed across the globe to combat child
> pornography. It was not the role of a member of the
> public to investigate it.
> The childrens charity NCH also warned people not to
> do their own research into child pornography on the
> internet: no English court had accepted research as an
> excuse for having pornographic images.
> The name, credit card details and e-mail address of
> the multimillionaire guitarist and songwriter are
> alleged to have been in a dossier of 7,200 names given
> to British police after a US investigation into a
> pay-for-view website involving children as young as
> two.
> In his statement, Mr Townshend said: I am not a
> paedophile. I have never entered chat rooms on the
> internet to converse with children. I have, to the
> contrary, been shocked, angry and vocal (especially on
> my website) about the explosion of advertised
> paedophilic images on the internet.
> The statement added: I have been writing my childhood
> autobiography for seven years. I believe I was
> sexually abused between the age of five and six and a
> half when in the care of my maternal grandmother, who
> was mentally ill at the time.
> The statement was issued on Saturday after the Daily
> Mail reported that details of a famous musician had
> been passed to UK detectives.
> In todays Sun Mr Townshend says: I would be prepared
> to have the hard drive of my computer analysed by
> police. It is important that that are able to convince
> themselves that, if I did anything illegal, I did it
> purely for research. I am not a paedophile. I am
> deeply wounded at the inference that I might be a
> paedophile.
> I have looked at child porn sites maybe three or four
> times in all, the front pages and previews. But I have
> only entered once using a credit card and I have never
> downloaded. With hindsight it was very foolish but I
> felt so angered about what was going on it blurred my
> judgment.
> =====
> -Brian in Atlanta
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