April 23rd, 2010
08:30 AM ET
4 years ago

SEC staffers watched porn as economy crashed

An agency report reveals that SEC employees and contractors cruised porn sites using government computers.
An agency report reveals that SEC employees and contractors cruised porn sites using government computers.

(CNN) – As the country was sinking into its worst financial crisis in more than 70 years, Security and Exchange Commission employees and contractors cruised porn sites and viewed sexually explicit pictures using government computers, according to an agency report obtained by CNN.

"During the past five years, the SEC OIG (Office of Inspector General) substantiated that 33 SEC employees and or contractors violated Commission rules and policies, as well as the government-wide Standards of Ethical Conduct, by viewing pornographic, sexually explicit or sexually suggestive images using government computer resources and official time," said a summary of the investigation by the inspector general's office.

More than half of the workers made between $99,000 and $223,000. All the cases took place over the past five years.

The inspector general's report includes specific examples of misuse by employees.

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Pete

    I hope CNN is not suggesting a cause and effect scenario here. Sounds like a FOX headline.

    April 23, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Ben in Texas

    Maybe they should change the acronym from SEC to SEX? Sound like an unproductive (but may not un-reproductive) way to spend their time, but I wonder what percentage of SEC employees this represents. Thirty-three people might be a tiny fraction of total employees.

    I'd like to see it compared to other government agencies and private corporations. I just bet there are lots of those multi-million-dollar-a-year CEOs who spend large parts of the day surfing porn.

    April 23, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. sonny chapman

    "You're doing a heck of a job Brownie."

    April 23, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Jordan

    Personally, I believe that we should replace the SEC employees with trained monkeys. They would probably accomplish about as much as the SEC employees in terms of legitimate work, and at least if we caught them on a site such as BannanaParty.com it would just be an honest mistake.

    April 23, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Poetaster

    Well, at least is good to know that the SEC's manhood is still intact.

    April 23, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Aaron

    And here come Repubs saying this is evidence that Wall Street regulation is not needed. Too bad they fail to mention that the porn seekers were under Bush's guidance at the time the economy was collapsing.

    April 23, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    I think they must be counting unicorns and wraiths, neither of which I would think would WILLINGLY be a Tea Party member.

    April 23, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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