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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  1. TCM

    Hilarious! CNN, you're really outdone yourself with this display of heavily biased journalism supporting Obama....the only thing pornographic here is the way this liberal-loon adminstration is continually screwing the country into bankruptcy.

    April 23, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. NY

    Transfer these people with so much time on their hands to the IRS who plans to hire thousands. Better yet...fire them! They are the reason our taxes are so high. I would say 80% of government employees take advantage of the position they hold. Right down to road workers that use gov equipment & fuel & time to excavate their own properties. Misuse vehicles for family trips on our dollar and I' know this is a very very high number of gov employees, oh by the way, Senators are employees and so was Blago....and Palin, Spitzer, Edwards, and you name them all that have charged us with pleasure trips and what ever they can on open accounts. This is what I'm sick of...... that is where the reform must begin!

    April 23, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Al

    Apparently it's why the internet was invented.

    April 23, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Ron in California

    I'll bet they all got promotions...I'll bet not one was fired. They probably claimed a disability and are now sittng home collecting a disability check

    April 23, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Anonymous

    We pay these guys six figures to make sure our economic future is safe and this is what they give us?
    Let's hope these clowns at least lose their jobs so they can see what they have done to the rest of us.

    April 23, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. rdepontb

    Now what? That the Bush/Cheneys stacked the "independent" SEC with like-minded government malcontents, and that their distractions let the bottom fall out of the nation's economy, job market, infrastructure, teacher roles....maybe that is of no surprise.

    Do we go back and sue the past Administration, the way people are now starting to sue the Catholic Church for its sins against humanity?

    Or what???? Mitch McConnell and Co-take a long look at what was wrought by your leadership.

    April 23, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Shame On You

    Just like congress set back get paid a lot and do nothing. Get rid of all of them. Their are plenty of people out here looking for good paying jobs. Send them to the unemployment line.

    April 23, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Anonymous

    This went on over the past 5 years? Obama took office in January, 2009 so I don't see how anyone can blame him or his Administration or the Democrats for this. I do believe each and everyone of these individuals who so abused the public's trust and their job, are not only fired, if they haven't been already, but they should be fined the entire amount of the salary they received during the period of time they should have been doing their job, instead of looking at porn. And women, too. How disgusting, you pigs. You were lucky enough to get a government job and you abused it shamefully! Pay us back, you lowlives.

    April 23, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. walleye

    Why does the Govt even allow access to these web sites? They can all be blocked with todays technology. That being said, they should follow through and FIRE all these dumb SOB's TODAY.

    April 23, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    What did people expect? These SEC drones are government employees who basically can't be fired and whose major interest is collecting pay checks while doing as little work as possible to earn them. That's just what government drones do.

    April 23, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Katy Hill

    Past 5 years, yet the Republicans once again lay their own failures at Obama's feet. Once again the government has to clean up before anyone else will. All oversight committees need to be investigated.

    April 23, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. Bill from GA

    If the current administration is going to earn (not to say receive, that would be too much to expect) the trust of the American people, they need to prosecute these people. Many of us acknowledge that we have had years with little accountability in our government.

    April 23, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. todd

    Nero fiddled, The SEC diddled.

    April 23, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. Brian

    Welcome to the federal government under Republican rule. The SEC was effectively declawed by Bush/Cheney... when you have an entire agency told to not do what they're supposed to be doing, how long do you think it will take for its employees to get into trouble? Republicans like to claim that government doesn't work... then they get elected and prove it.

    April 23, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. Anonymous

    I'am looking for a job, where do I apply? I'll even do it for $50,000.

    April 23, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. stevegee

    Where are the morals, the work ethic, the accountability? The federal government is an abomination!

    Every department and program ever legislated should be repealed, and we should start over from the beginning - with the U.S. Constitution.

    April 23, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. j

    Why not !!!! --– During Bush`s terms so much money as being made at these firms, the SEC watchdogs "knew" to turn a blind eye or risk losing their high paying jobs.----- What was the incentive to "do their job" ????

    April 23, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Willy Brown

    Government employees championed by the democrats of course.

    April 23, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Here's a plan – I'll sit at home and watch porn for, oh, $50,000. I get what I want and save the goobermint money at the same time. Sounds like a Plan Obama would think up, NO?

    April 23, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Kent in CA

    When I was in management, I fired peoople for this. No 'release without prejudice', but termination for cause. No unemployment compensation.
    I trust the officials at SEC will do the right thing. Are other government agencies taking appropriate action as well? I have to believe this is not limited to the SEC.

    April 23, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Fair is Fair

    "More than half of the workers made between $99,000 and $223,000."

    So in other words, these GOVERNMENT employees were pulling in a salary equal to that of highly skilled engineers, technicians, pharmacists, etc. to watch porn. Now if that were to happen in the dreaded private sector, thet would have been immediately FIRED.

    Nice. Your tax dollars at work.

    Hey... here's a great idea. Let's EXPAND government!

    April 23, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. brian in denver

    Dare we look back @ more missteps made during the Bush administration? How did we survive under the leadership of such a complete bozo?

    April 23, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. vs

    No doubt such misuse needs to be firmly dealt with. However, such misuse, and other unethical, illegal acts are committed by individuals in every organization from every walk of life. It is curious that Mr. Issa is questioning the SEC's competence in enforcing the proposed wall street reform bill based upon computer misuse. Using that logic, we should simply abolish all government agencies, including congress, as we can certainly find evidence of illegal, unscrupulous activity. Mr. Issa, as champion of the righteous path, I suggest that you start the ball rolling by resigning.

    April 23, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. perryrants

    i think some folks were confused that they were working for the se man exchange commission

    April 23, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Bob of Lompoc

    Very clever RightWingNut news coverage of this misbehavior. Note that it has NEVER been mentioned that these sex freaks were doing this in 2007, 2008 and before, WHEN the Economy was going dump the tube. The Econmy was ALRREADY in the dumpster when Obama took office. In other words, Obama's appointments and employees had NOTHING to do with this. It was, once again, a Bush issue. People who glorify torture are, by definition, freaks.

    April 23, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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