No Townshend for Super Bowl

Nov 25, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Freerepublic.com

Child AbuseWatch, the national child abuse prevention organization, today published an open letter to the National Football League and CBS.

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BobR

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About time someone brought this up. Townshend has been given a free ride due to his celebrity status and the closing of ranks around him when he was caught looking at kiddie porn. Why is even allowed int he US?
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Why did the NFL hire this guy if he's a sex offender? Don't they remembeber Janet and Justin!!!
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You are both wrong and dumb. Mr. Townshend was fully exonerated by everyone with brains, including the Scotland Yard. Go back to bagging groceries or eating from dustbins or whatever chaps as ignorant as you do to occupy their empty, echoing skulls. Do not speak or type. Shut up. However, if you wish to listen to some of the very best music God ever sent down, pick up any album ever made by the Who or Pete Townshend. Or don't. Just go away. The Who continues to make the best rock music on the planet and they'll prove it during the halftime show. Make sure you're busy serving cold beer and hot chicken wings to all of the smarter people during that time.
ronzi

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Folks,

You are caving into media hype. Pete was not viewing child porn. He has a long time beautiful girlfriend and was doing research for his upcoming works. He is not a child molester or monster. If you knew more about him and his family you would understand.

Stop getting sucked into the media vortex, Pete is a graceful, intelligent and kind man. I have met him and corresponded with him, I am not speaking from the hip.
Susan DeSimone

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Dear Friends,
Pete Townshend, as Ronzi said, is a KIND, INTELLIGENT, LOVING human being.

He immediately contacted his lawyer after viewing this offensive picture, which he happened upon accidentally.

I would suggest that readers and the media conduct a search for his essay entitled, "A Different Bomb," in which he accounts the suicide of a friend who was a victim of sexual childhood abuse.

Pete is a different breed. Unlike many celebs who hog the spotlight, adopting children from developing nations to gain public favor, succumb to the "cause du jour," Pete, for MANY years has given ANONYMOUSLY from his heart for MANY years to women who were abused, to those seeking rehab from drug and alcohol abuse, to autistic children...heck I am sure he's saved a few pups in his life.
The man is a KING.
DO you hear me?
A KING!!
He has a HEART OF GOLD.
Ok- this is how he came upon the horrible website.
He watched a documentary on Russian orphans...so he GOOGLED Russian orphans and, lo and behold, he came upon this horrendous website.
Yes, he used a card to access the site, ONLY TO REPORT IT to his lawyer, so he could report it to the authorities.

The police confiscated ALL of his computers and did not find ONE shred of evidence suggesting he was a pedophile.

PLEASE
HAVE AN OPEN MIND!

Just DO NOT BELIEVE THE HYPE AND USE YOUR HEAD AND LISTEN TO THOSE WHO KNOW THE REAL STORY.

PLEASE.

Thank you,
Susan P. DeSimone
Mike Starke

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I have had long conversations with Evin Daly of Abusewatch and Kevin Gillick of Protect the Children,Inc and by the time I got done talking
to them they both ultimately agreed they were
wrong about Pete Townshend. I just talked to Joe
Browne,NFL Spokeperson, and his assistant says that
The Super Bowl will go on as planned and with Pete Townshend indeed. Pete Townshend works tirelessly
with children's charities for 35 years and he is was taken off the offenders list in the UK, he
was never charged,that is because his 14 computers
went through carefully combed forensics and NOTHING was found on them. CASE CLOSED! Witch hunt
over. Will see some of you at the Super Bowl Who
half time show!:)
Mike
susan bell

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what happened to my post? it was neither abusive or offensive?
Amanda Casabianca Whelan

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I'm saddened and shocked that this organization which is supposedly set up to safe guard children, did not check the veracity of the charges against Townshend. Do they realize how many innocent people where nearly destroyed by Operation Ore and similar witch hunts? Do they understand that Mr. Townshend was fully exonerated and found not guilty? Are they aware that computers, anyone's computer, can now be used as storage for child pornography files and that innocent people are going to jail for years?
Where were their screeching uninformed voices when Mr. Townshend received the highest award for artistic achievement, the Kennedy Center Honorary Medal, in 2008? Perhaps "child abuse watch" only selectively attacks sports events?

Too bad they are not out actually catching people like Philip and Nancy Garrido instead of attacking the wrongly accused.

- Amanda Casabianca Whelan
Delbut

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I sometimes sit here -open mouthed with much shaking of the head -wondering how an otherwise beautiful country such as America can be full of bigoted, uneducated idiots.

You read an article and take it for granted it is true. You find that your FBI have "stung" some guys who "downloaded porn". I will not restate the facts of the whole operation Ore here but suffice to say: A lot of innocent people took their own lives because America's finest law enforcement agency (i'm being ironic here -just in case you dont recognise it) GOT IT WRONG. Ooh, really? Must be a first ay?

Pete is a good man. Let him be.
Gary Stockton

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This makes me sad. Seeing a great man like Mr. Townshend persecuted over and over for trying to do the right thing and report child abuse, not participate, traffic or otherwise engage in child porn. Mr. Townshend, himself an abuse victim, is one of the most compassionate, caring people alive. He quietly donates his time, his art and of course portions of his wealth for the benefit of suffering children around the world through his work with Teenage Cancer Trust, and many other organizations mentioned here by others. Want to know what really happened? Watch the BBC documentary called Police Protecting Children, and get a birds eye view of how an innocent man like Pete Townshend can be fed to the papparazzi and have his life turned upside down. Pete is innocent. The people of ChildAbuseWatch should be ashamed of themselves trying to gain publicity by making Pete Townshend a victim all over. I can only hope there are people at CBS and the NFL who have a brain, who quickly issue a press statement in support of Mr. Townshend and The Who. Long Live Rock.
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Pete Townshend is a beautiful loving human being. He is also incredibly concerned for world at large. The only people that think differently are the ignorant and misinformed. The biggest hypocrites in this world are usually the ones that spend their time pointing fingers at others. Don't jump on the hypocritical bandwagon, just spend a moment to educate yourself, and you will learn the truth.
http://www.petetownshendisinnocent.com/
The NFL is truly lucky to have Pete Townshend and The Who at Super Bowl, it will be their loss if they let disgraceful lies and misinformation prevent it from happening. Long Live Rock!
susan bell

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Well, Bless Joe Browne and the NFL, they do have their facts, straight! The Who will go on!!
Lucy

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All's well that ends well. It'll go away... I'm sure of it. Someone's just desperate for a story.

Still ... Pete shouldn't have to go through this (AGAIN). It was hard enough the first time. I'm so sorry this has come up. The kindest and noblest people usually make the easiest targets, is all. Best just to dismiss it.

(Well said, everyone!)
Gina B

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Please read everyone who posts here. They and I are in the know. Pete is a kind, generous man. I know this personally. Leave him alone. Stop the slander. It is slander and that, to slander someone, anyone, is against the law.
Lucy Murayda

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Dec 26, 2009
 
It's good to see people here that really know Pete and the facts.

I'm so glad The Who will be playing the Super bowl, and that all this nonsense will end.

Long Live Rock!
MauiPete

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Dec 30, 2009
 
The full facts of the case are available at Child AbuseWatch. Child AbuseWatch protested his Kennedy Center award and has repeatedly asked the INS why he was given a visa to enter the U.S.

http://www.abusewatch.net/CAN_NFL_Townshend.p...

Townshend admitted to and pleaded guilty to the crime of accessing and paying for viewing child pornography online and received a 'caution'(guilty plea with adjudication withheld) from the police and avoided a formal trial. He was never cleared of any charges and remained on the sex offender list from 2003 to 2008.

Check out the quick facts of the case here: http://www.abusewatch.net/CAN_Townshend_media...
Child AbuseWatch

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Dec 30, 2009
 
Starke, you're an idiot. Call me back and we'll have another 'long conversation'. You called pretending to be a stagehand for the band worried about losing work if the WHO didn't play.
You have my number.
Mike Starke wrote:
I have had long conversations with Evin Daly of Abusewatch and Kevin Gillick of Protect the Children,Inc and by the time I got done talking
to them they both ultimately agreed they were
wrong about Pete Townshend. I just talked to Joe
Browne,NFL Spokeperson, and his assistant says that
The Super Bowl will go on as planned and with Pete Townshend indeed. Pete Townshend works tirelessly
with children's charities for 35 years and he is was taken off the offenders list in the UK, he
was never charged,that is because his 14 computers
went through carefully combed forensics and NOTHING was found on them. CASE CLOSED! Witch hunt
over. Will see some of you at the Super Bowl Who
half time show!:)
Mike
Tommy Cliff

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Jan 4, 2010
 
Evin Daly and Kevin Gillick are doing what to help children? Someone must have touched a nerve... Those who complain the loudest usually have the most to hide. I laud the efforts to give a digital smack down to those idiots who engage in digital persecution and keep this country under their thumbs (sorry, Stones, not Who). Fight the fake powers that be!
Amanda SuperFatAmanda

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Jan 21, 2010
 
I'm a friend of Pete's, actually his girlfriend Rachel. He's a perv alright but we'll cover for him 'cus he's a rock star :)
Elaine

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Jan 24, 2010
 
All these people want is to get hits on their website. That's why they keep making comment under made up names saying "check out the facts at abusenet.com !" They're a bunch of selfserving phonies.

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