Advertisement

Spy agency calls to 'Dial-a-Porn' cost $25,000

WASHINGTON -- A Pentagon study of long distance calls placed by the Defense Intelligence Agency shows the super-secret military spy outfit spent an estimated $25,000 a month on calls to a New York City 'Dial-a-Porn' number.

The Pentagon's inspector general said in his semi-annual report to Congress Tuesday that the 'potential monetary impact' from such unauthorized use of the telephones could be $300,000 a year. The report did not estimate how long the calling had been going on.

Advertisement

Following the inspector general's recommendation, an electronic block was placed on the New York number, which is offered by the sex magazine High Society and provides a 57-second recorded message, in which a woman's voice describes sex acts.

The cost of the block: $150 installation plus a $15 monthly charge, the report said.

In New York, the magazine's publisher went to court Tuesday to stop enforcement of a new federal law that would make 'obscene or indecent' recorded phone messages illegal.

The Federal Communications Commission has criticized such messages, but High Society describes them as a 'humorous and entertaining' service available to those who want to hear it.

Lawyers for High Society contend the new law violates their First Amendment rights, and asked the U.S. District Court for a permanent injunction against the U.S. attorney general and the FCC from enforcing the law.

Advertisement

The Communications Act was amended last month to make it illegal for anyone to make an 'an obscene or indecent communication for commercial purposes' to a minor or anybody else 'without that person's consent, regardless of whether the maker of such communication placed the call.'

Anyone violating that law could face up to six months in prison and a $50,000 fine.

High Society attorney Lawrence Abelman said the law means 'it doesn't matter whether the person making the communication is the one who is placing the call or not.'

Abelman pointed out that 'Dial-a-Porn' is heard only by those who call the number.

'It's been much more popular than the phone messages for the time, the weather, horoscopes or even sports,' Abelman said.

Latest Headlines

Advertisement
Advertisement

Follow Us

Advertisement