States helpless to stop destruction and chaos
Let's say that Google came out with a tool for law enforcement that provided accurate contact information for people who were advertising their intent to commit burglaries, murders, and such, neatly categorized by location. It would probably be hailed as one of the most useful tools for law enforcement ever made. Especially if it were available in the form of an iPhone app! One cop at the station could do the work of many more in patrol cars, blindly driving around, hoping to run into something.
Craigslist's adult services section could be used as exactly that kind of tool for locating prostitution... IF police and prosecutors had any intention of actually spending the time and energy on rounding up, processing and jailing the people who use it to advertise services of ill-repute. But of course, most police already have their hands full with burglaries, rapes, assaults, murders, drug dealing, identity theft, etc. *
McMaster knows perfectly well that SC doesn't have doesn't have the time or jail cells to spare on hookers. But instead of admitting that and himself becoming a target of the religious right (albeit an honest one), he joins in on their finger pointing. Setting aside the absurdity of CL actually creating categories for hitmen and drug dealers, the only way that "destruction and chaos" were to result from craigslist ads would be if the cops were too unbelievably lazy to do anything about the information that's basically handed to them. Click on link. Dude, are you serious? I want my ex-girlfriend killed, how much for that? 5K? Hmm, well, I want this done right. Have you done this before? OK, great. Meet me at the doughnut shop, I'm the fat guy with the laptop.
This sideshow is just a public relations feedback loop, and has nothing to do with enhancing the safety of the public, which, it seems to me, was supposed to be the AG's real job.
* Not to mention dealing with an alarming rise in suspicious photographers, birthday raves, funny looks, and so forth.