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SEC porn investigation nets dozens

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

Updated 10:57 a.m. ET
Dozens of Securities and Exchange Commission staffers used government computers to access and download explicit images and many of the incidents have occurred since the global financial meltdown began, according to a new watchdog investigation.

The SEC inspector general conducted 33 probes of employees, 31 of which occurred in the last two and a half years, according to a summary of the cases requested by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) that first surfaced Thursday evening.

Several of employees held senior positions, earning between $99,300 and $222,418 per year, the inspector general's summary said. Three of the incidents occurred this year, ten in 2009, 16 in 2008, two in 2007 and one each in 2006 and 2005.

In one instance, a regional office staff account admitted viewing pornography on his office computer and on his SEC-issued laptop while on official government travel. Another staff account received nearly 1,800 access denials for pornography Web sites in a two-week period and had more than 600 images saved on her laptop’s hard drive, the report said.

A senior attorney at SEC headquarters in Washington admitted he sometimes spent as much as eight hours viewing pornography from his office computer, according to the report. The attorney’s computer ran out of space for the downloaded images, so he started storing them on CDs and DVDs that he stored in his office.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said it was “nothing short of disturbing that high-ranking officials within the SEC were spending more time looking at pornography than taking action to help stave off the events that brought our nation's economy to the brink of collapse."

"This stunning report should make everyone question the wisdom of moving forward with plans to give regulators like the SEC even more widespread authority," Issa said in a subtle jab at ongoing financial reform efforts.

Grassley’s decision to release the summary comes as SEC investigators have filed a fraud case against Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs. But a spokeswoman cautioned against reading too much into the timing.

"The IG findings that Grassley released underscore the importance of good IG work," said Grassley spokeswoman Jill Kozeny.

The behavior exposed in the watchdog report violates government ethics rules, but illegal pornography access by federal workers is nothing new:

• A senior executive at the National Science Foundation spent at least 331 days looking at pornography on his government computer and chatting online with nude or partially clad women without being detected. The problems reportedly were so pervasive they diverted the agency's watchdog from its main mission.

• National Park Service employee John A. Latschar, who oversaw the Gettysburg National Military Park, used his office computer over a two-year period to search for and view more than 3,400 sexually explicit images. He was later reassigned to an unspecified desk job.

Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, established a Web site that featured sexually explicit photos and video. He later acknowledged posting images, defended the content as "funny" (no, really) and said he thought the site was for his private storage. All of this while he was presiding over an obscenity trial. He later took the site down.

If you know of any other examples -- or are just generally outraged -- leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Cabinet and Staff News: President Obama met Thursday with Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Carol Browner, Chair of Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley and Director of the National Economic Council Lawrence Summers to discuss the Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (who is apparently worn out) urges NATO members to maintain their nuclear deterrent. Former Special Counsel Scott J. Bloch plans to plead guilty to federal charge. Communications guru Stephanie Cutter joins the White House team to sell health-care reform.

CENSUS BUREAU:
Census nears 2000 mail-in response rate: As forms continue to trickle in, Americans are poised to match, and could overtake, the 72 percent who returned their short forms during the last census.

GOVERNMENT WORK/LIFE/OPERATIONS:
Study: Percentage of Latinos in federal workforce remains flat: The results frustrated Hispanic leaders, concerned that the low numbers of Latinos on federal payrolls do not properly reflect their growing numbers nationwide.

IRS:
IRS agent didn't report $41,842 in EBay sales: Andrea Fabiana Orellana failed to report the income in 2004 and 2005 from sales of designer clothing, shoes and other items, according to a Tax Court summary opinion.

LABOR DEPARTMENT:
AFGE pushes for flextime at Labor Department: AFGE Local 12 protested that Labor Secretary Hilda Solis had declined a union request to restore flextime working hours that had been in place from the Reagan administration through 2005.

MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION:
Inspectors found negligence at West Virginia mine months before blast: Federal safety inspectors who visited Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine early this year said senior managers showed "reckless disregard" for worker safety by telling a foreman to ignore a citation the mine had received for faulty ventilation.

NASA:
Plan to end much of Constellation program angers Republican senators: The Space agency administrator faced sharp and often hostile criticism and questioning from Republican senators Thursday as he defended President Obama's plan.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE:
Will day of justice finally arrive for Park Police whistleblower Teresa Chambers?: The former chief might be a bit closer to justice after Wednesday's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that threw out one of the charges that led to her firing in 2003.

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Comments

They were too busy investigating porn to find time to investigate the banksters. Sad.

Posted by: katman13 | April 23, 2010 6:51 AM | Report abuse

Glad to know their were on their sticks.

Posted by: _Cowabunga_ | April 23, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

What do you expect when their Republican administration basically tells them not to regulate anything? People with nothing to do will get into mischief.

Posted by: NomoStew | April 23, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

If true, the employees should be fired. This is how it is handled in the private sector. Security will escort you to the door....

Posted by: NewThoughts | April 23, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Fire them and hire new ones that WILL do their jobs.

isn't that how the "free market" works?

Posted by: vigor | April 23, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Gee what a relief to know that other feds have done it as well, I guess that makes it sort of OK for SEC guys. The old "everybody does it" defense. Thanks WaPo!

Posted by: jimt222 | April 23, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Holy Cow! This is all Obama's fault. He must be impeached immediately.

Posted by: twm1 | April 23, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Priceless - and these are the "senior executives" making $200K plus (paid with our tax dollars), who Obama assures Americans will keep Wall Street in line.

Perhaps if Wall Street used its video conference equipment to cover inter-office poll and conference table dancing by young and perky admins - maybe SEC would focus more on the job. The way this Congress operates, it would not surprise me if someone introduces a bill recommending this as a job requirement to qualify for job stimulus funding.


The punishiments handed down for these senior executives are incredulous:

One "agreed to retire" - with full benefits no doubt.

Another was suspended for 14 days - that may have been a considerable hardship as I'm sure his wife would never condone porn surfing at home.

Almost as lenient as the penalties SEC and Congress recommends for Wall Street executives who customized their job descriptions.

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Some might say the numbers of SEC porn surfers are small in comparison to the size of the agency, but keep in mind these are the only ones who were caught and exposed.

If nothing else, if others are caught and dismissed, they have honed one useful skill - "proficient internet researchers" I bet they could easily fill one the many vacancies in the Federal Government land a job in another agency, funded by Obama's stimulus job funding (i.e. our tax dollars)

Posted by: asmith1 | April 23, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't the housing boom in worthless subprime mortgages about five years?

Posted by: cautious | April 23, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

what an awesome display of management style by christopher cox. what exactly did he do while chairman of the sec during all those years -- while the financial collapse was building; while his employees watched porn at the office.

Posted by: mycomment | April 23, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

to look at explicit images in the last five years<<<<<<

What is wrong with an "explicit image"?
Most good images are explicit.

Posted by: nanonano1 | April 23, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Fire them and hire new ones that WILL do their jobs. ........ isn't that how the "free market" works?

Posted by: vigor | April 23, 2010 7:18 AM
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Federal Govenrment is NOT Free Market -- it's all about who you know or who you can buy.

Posted by: asmith1 | April 23, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps the Chinese gov't could teach our gov't how to regulate internal internet usage? :-)

Posted by: Southeasterner | April 23, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Wow! For that many SEC employees found violating the rules tells us they have no fear of punishment. Must be a corporate culture at the SEC that accepts goof offs as a matter of course. And to think that only a few years ago, SEC argued that its examiners were so special and valuable that they deserved a higher pay scale than the rest of the government employees. Our tax dollars wasted yet again.

Posted by: AnnsThought | April 23, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse


The solution is to add more staff because the need is expanding and there is no way to end the employment of those who aren't working.

Posted by: blasmaic | April 23, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Heads must roll... make examples of them!

Posted by: ProfessorPeabody | April 23, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Not surprising to find government workers abusing use of computers! It would be very boring to sit and twiddle your fingers all day. The Bush Administration did not want government to work. You can see it in the way the Republican Congress is opposing anything the Democrats propose.
I hope the investigation of the computer use includes that of Congress itself.

Posted by: Thependulumswings | April 23, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

This would never happen in the private sector. Uh huh.

Posted by: James10 | April 23, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Maybe deregulate SIN?

Posted by: eaglehawkaroundsince1937 | April 23, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

What is so shocking about his is the technological naivete of these SEC folks. Did they not know they leave an easily traceable trail of every web site they visit while on their agency's network? Further, did they not realize that no business condones this (maybe Larry Flynt's offices excepted) because the PR fallout is always awful and because porn sites are the number one nexus for viruses, trojans, etc. And, oh yeah, there's that whole, "You're supposed to be working" thing.

Posted by: jhpurdy | April 23, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

this explains a mystery........

the SEC goldman sachs case

is obama regime

political porn

Posted by: ProCounsel | April 23, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

far better for the SEC

to merely WATCH porn online

than for the SEC obama regime

to ACT OUT the porn

through lawsuits like goldman sachs......

Posted by: ProCounsel | April 23, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

At least the porn stars are benefiting from our tax dollars, the rest of us sure aren't.

Posted by: cautious | April 23, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

April 1999 - Aides to Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) were disciplined after pornograpy was found on their computers in his Senate office. Reported in Roll Call and Washington Post.

Posted by: espncspan | April 23, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

On gov't equipment = wrong. But, if it was a laptop and they were on their own time, for example, on travel or at home, then this is just grandstanding by politicians trying to place total blame on a few faceless wealthy people and wealthy regulators in order to make their constituents feel better about themselves. Every class was to blame for the meltdown. People knowingly took out loans against bubble values on their homes, people tried to flip homes when they knew the values were unsustainable... most people consciously or unconsciously ignored it, but all you had to do was do some math and realize it was all unsustainable when people were gambling wildly on futures and not on realistic values or future income.

This is politicians being politicians and doing whatever they can to get re-elected by blowing up a potentially minor offence out of proportion for their own ends. And what do you want to bet that these same politicians screaming "ethics" "ethics" are the same ones that own stock or have a vested interest in corporations that they have a huge role in regulating or assisting their own profiteering.

Posted by: NovaMike | April 23, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

SO...Bush's "watch" was when it started, and was the worst. Obama's watch caught it. It took a year, but the GOP's been busy distracting the government from getting anything done. Hey, GOP, better be careful throwing stones. They could ricochet.

Posted by: AverageJane1 | April 23, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse


hold the phone


Alex Kosinksi the CHIEF JUSICE OF THE 9TH CIRCUIT into porn


who in their right mind respects these guys?

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | April 23, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Is it true that Goldman Sachs and New Century Financial were giving free porn site memeberships to SEC employees?

Posted by: cautious | April 23, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

This is infuriating. Why haven't we seen more SEC officials fired. They did such an abysmal job policing Wall Street, which led to the great recession. To make matters worse, the agency is overlooking qualified and independent candidates such as myself when hiring new employees. Instead, they're hiring the same folks who caused this mess: laid off Wall Street fat cats to police their own industry! Give me a break. I think the whole agency should be dissolved. It's completely worthless!

Posted by: danlowrey | April 23, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

I once worked for the sec as a consultant...
I resigned when they designated a team leader based on his skin color and ignored the fact that he wasn't working and always coming in late and talked about getting laid all the time...

Posted by: DwightCollins | April 23, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Obviously what these employees did was wrong. They should be disciplined appropriately up to and including firing. However, it is beyond curious that this headline comes out now when the SEC is taking on one the big firms that trashed our economy. Lets see a few employees at SEC watched porn and therefore we should allow Wall Street to keep risking the economy so they can make tons of money? How does this make sense. Based on the profitability of porn sites, I have to conclude that a lot of people are looking at porn sites from their office computers. If there was no market for the service the providers would go out of business. This is an attempt to distract our attention away from the real issues facing SEC.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | April 23, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he was a porn star?

This is all sounding very fishy.

Posted by: cautious | April 23, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

The joke is on you -- Mr, or Mrs,or Ms. taxpayer. You paid these people big bucks, big pension, big benefits, to sit and watch porn.

Now think of nurses, techs, etc., in hospitals with the same deal under Obamacare.

Makes you feel great Uncle Sam is looking out just for you.

Posted by: cpameetingbook | April 23, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

This would be interesting (and news) if SEC employees WEREN'T looking at porn.

Geez, guys, welcome to 2010.

Posted by: brickerd | April 23, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

I think it re-enforces the argument that the SEC were a "captured regulator" and needs new competent people from top to bottom ... all joke making aside.

Posted by: cautious | April 23, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Well.......well.......well.....isn't this a big kick in the head for the Democrats and Administration?

Is this the same corrupt SEC that voted 3-2 to file a "weak" civil complaint against Goldman Sachs at the same time Obama and Dodd, who both have big money from Fat Cat Bankers on Wall Street, were pushing their "weak" finanical reform bill through our Do Nothing Congress?

Wow......is the corruption bad in DC these days.......

Posted by: allenridge | April 23, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Boy, it's sure a good thing that our virtuous government is working night and day to protect us from those evil capitalists, right?

Posted by: EnjoyEverySandwich | April 23, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Fire them and hire new ones that WILL do their jobs.

There are plenty of qualified people that can take their positions.

isn't that how the "free market" works?

Posted by: vigor | April 23, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Please. With all the problems in the SEC and financial sector, why do you focus on a few idiots downloading porn at work?

Yes, senior managers need to take care of the problem, but it hardly warrants any space as a "news" item. This is the kind of crap that Congressional staffers were always asking for when I worked for the government. A few headlines, some moral indignation, and not the slightest contribution to solving problems.

What's next? How about a serious investigation of people who steal skillcraft pens?

Posted by: xmptle | April 23, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

I think that bringing a law suit against one of the most powerful and influential companies in America would give you a bigger "rush" than watching some 2bit porn site on the computer.

Funny that if they would have just done their jobs to the best of their ability they would have not needed the porn.

Posted by: cautious | April 23, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how much was paid to get this 'story' in the mass media? Regardless of what one may think about SEC employees it's more than a bit curious that the GOP is making a fuss about this at a time when it just so happens the SEC has launched a civil suit against Goldman Sachs and there just happens to be pending legistlation in Congress reigning in Wall Street abuses. Also there is absolutely no context given in the 'story' about the dominant dogma of deregulation and self-regulating markets for 30 years. The real story here is about how the media is so easily bought off to manipulate public opinion.

Posted by: jdelassus | April 23, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

How can anyone blame federal employees for not working, watching porn our public computers, or even not showing up for work?

THEY CANNOT BE FIRED !!!!

With no consequences and union protection, don't expect any federal program to work when employees know they will retire after 25 years with 60% of their salaries. There is no incentive to work; why do it?

Posted by: cibor | April 23, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

I guess that their idea of having a finger(s) on the pulse is not exactly what the rest of us has in mind for a government employee to spend his/her time doing.

Silly us.

Posted by: jrgilb0729 | April 23, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Wonkette.com had this story a few months ago

http://wonkette.com/414002/in-rational-news-sec-employee-may-have-masturbated-247-during-downfall-of-capitalism

Posted by: edlharris | April 23, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Yep here we go, the Obama Nation solution to this crisis: hire more porn addicts to watch over Wall street.

We the people have elected this Obama Nation, now we will be very lucky indeed not to end up like Cuba or Venezuela. Were every breath you take, every move you make must be supervised and approved by THE ALL POWERFUL, ALL KNOWING GOVERNMENT.

Posted by: kl305 | April 23, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

That's right CIBOR, you nailed it. This is an indictment of all 3 million federal employees. After all, if a few did it, they must all be guilty, right? Using that logic, I think we should discuss private sector salaries since I watched a bunch of 22 years old private sector employees on ESPN last night get million-dollar jobs, some without a college degree.

Any organization with millions of members (government, large businesses, religions) will have their share of deviants. The only difference is that when they are discovered in government, it's public and therefore in the news. When it happens in a private business or church, the individual is quietly walked out. I'm not sure that the approach of hiding it from the public makes it any better.

Posted by: justanotherguy | April 23, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

This is one of the most ridiculous "scandals" out there. Nobody has ever been harmed by viewing porn, and nobody has ever had 100% of their time at work occupied by actual work-related history.

Government agencies are not charged per-byte for data transmission. The viewing of porn cost the government literally NOTHING as long as the people doing the viewing were adequately performing the duties of their positions.

I know that there are a lot of prudes and bluenoses out there who are absolutely AGHAST at the notion that guys like looking at nekkid wimmen, but all guys -- ALL guys except those whose sexual preferences do not include women -- do.

I would rather imagine that more employee time is lost to spider solitaire than to viewing porn on government computers, but nobody is particularly scandalized by that.

There are days, about 365.25 of them per year, when I think that the biggest mistake Native Americans ever made was not wiping out the Puritans when they had the chance.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | April 23, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Christopher Cox's management skills at the S.E.C. were truly breathtaking, weren't they?

Posted by: hogsmile | April 23, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Alex Kisinski the CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE 9TH FEDERAL CIRCUIT INTO PORN.

I don't think we need to allow the bench to continue to violate the law and common decency.

the SEC enforcement people wer allowed to surf porn on their work computers as a reward for not invesigating wall street fraud

do they think we are dummies?

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | April 23, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

It is amazing to see all the outrage. Face it, guys love porn.

I work in I.T. in the private sector and it is no surprise that workers look at porn on their computers. Anyone, especially guys, who are surprised are probably hypocrites anyway. Do you think guys suspend their lust when they are sitting at a computer for 8 hours a day?

My advice to anyone: clean off the keyboard of a workers laptop before you use it.

Posted by: kflet3 | April 23, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Lets see, Obama accepts money from Wallstreet for political purposes, then Obama lamblast Wallstreet for being such bad persons, then Obama says he needs Wallstreets support. Mr President, you need to return the money you received from Wallstreet, you need to put the blame on the SEC, who was surfing porn, while Rome burned, then you need to resign as president.

Posted by: lhudson828 | April 23, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse


Doesn't anyone in government work any more??

No wonder this government is so disfunctional!

Posted by: jeanryan1752 | April 23, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

porn is ok,
as long as they don't mutter
the words,

Muslim Extremist...

then they will be fired and sued.


south park censored.
the death of free speech'

rip

Posted by: simonsays1 | April 23, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

This is another attempt by the GOP to derail the financial reform. The article failed to mention that the time frame of this investigation was during the 2008-2009 and already reported some time ago. Now they recycle it as if it were happenning right now. Well, when you have a president who believed in regulation, less entitlement, and less tax. Guess what had happened? Well, no enforcement at SEC, EPA; no readiness at FEMA; no change in tax policy when the surplus was gone, no tax to pay for 2 wars, in fact, more tax cut; and let unregulated, casino-style-synthetic-derivative bettings run wild to push the US economy into the ground, ruin the lives of millions, and to provide trillions of dollars to prevent the economy from falling off the cliff. Sadly, it has mostly benefited Wall Street, not the Main Streets!

Posted by: luan_sbci | April 23, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

It adds meaning to the "stimulus package" doesn't it?

Posted by: Geezer4 | April 23, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Did these people waste a few minutes, a few hours, a few days, a few months, or a few years looking at porn? Time, a whopping 331 days, was given for only one. There was no other indication of time. Were those using government computers to do personal shopping, personal correspondence, or personal research also cited for improper usage? Whatever we think of porn, is the real issue not the use of time and resources while on the job?

Posted by: kyohal | April 23, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

An old saying, "Idle hands are the devils workshop."

When Your Bush Appointed boss tells you not to do anything in the way of oversight; what do you do with that long slow day?

Posted by: ddoiron1 | April 23, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Are we really supposed to be outraged by this? If someone works hard most of the time and does a good job, who cares if they take a break now and then?

Anyone offended by this behavior is pretty out of touch.

Posted by: pejesq | April 23, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Good thoughts.
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Please. With all the problems in the SEC and financial sector, why do you focus on a few idiots downloading porn at work?

Yes, senior managers need to take care of the problem, but it hardly warrants any space as a "news" item. This is the kind of crap that Congressional staffers were always asking for when I worked for the government. A few headlines, some moral indignation, and not the slightest contribution to solving problems.

What's next? How about a serious investigation of people who steal skillcraft pens?

Posted by: will4567 | April 23, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

This is typical of government workers. Visit any federal agency on Fridays and you will see a skeleton staff. Most work 4-days a week. In by 7 out by 3. What for profit organization could run like this? Regardless of the party in charge the bloated bureaucracy continues to grow. Most government workers are stupid, lazy adn rude. Government work is institutionalized welfare.

Posted by: goziner | April 23, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

I am shocked, shocked I tell you to discover porn viewing by office workers at the SEC. Just like I would be shocked, I tell you shocked to discover gambling at Rick's!

Posted by: mnmco1 | April 23, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Federal Government workers are lazy loads. This statement is typical of an overwhelming majority......sorry but the truth hurts.

Posted by: goziner | April 23, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

This all happened during the Bush years. We all know that Bush didn't hire people that were qualified to do their job - he only hired people that were followers of the right-wing dogma. It is no wonder that we are in the financial mess that we're in. Bush and his minions really screwed things up. Thank God we have a smart president now that actually has his eye on the ball.

Posted by: kanef | April 23, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

So the GOP is saying that the reason all these financials scandals happened were because the SEC was too busy watch porn? What a pathetic excuse.

The GOP are always constantly pushing deregulation and laissez-faire business, now its actually complaining that there WASN'T enough regulation? Which way is it boys? Your flip-flopping like Mitt Romney. the fact is, the reason the SEC didn't investigate these financial crimes was because the GOP told them not to interfere with Wall Street when Bush was President. Thats always been the GOP motto, Government stays out of business.

Secondly, There is nothing to indicate that these people DIDN'T do their jobs. Fact is most people surf the internet at work a little, even the CEOs. I myself opened a port in our firewall so that our American CEO could get MLB live streaming news from our London office. Its a harmless habit. If it been the sports webpages and not porn would it had made any difference? Porn is just more "scandelous".

If the GOP was worried about porn on government computers how come they didnt push for better firewall filtering technology when they run the entire government. There were in office for 8 years, they certainly had the time.

The entire GOP is a bunch of perverts, from screwing high price Washington DC hookers, to going to lesbian bondage clubs to paedophila with Congressional pages. Who on earth are they to give lessons about porn to others?

Taking morality lessons from the GOP is like taking lessons on HUMAN RIGHTS from POL POT.

Posted by: mmarsh1 | April 23, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I read somewhere that the Republicans plan to use this to try to make political hay. I have no problem with that, so long as they honestly acknowledge that there is clear evidence the abuse has gone on in at least the Bush and Obama administrations if not before.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | April 23, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Well, we have to look at something, right? It might as well be porn . . .

Posted by: keeladog | April 23, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight. If I work for the SEC I get paid over $175-220,000 a year to watch porn and when I get 'caught' I get to retire with a full pension and keep the porn.

Where do I sign up?

And, in fairness to full disclosure, since the Government paid for the investigation when will they release the porn websites?

Posted by: KBlit | April 23, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

That's right CIBOR, you nailed it. This is an indictment of all 3 million federal employees. After all, if a few did it, they must all be guilty, right?

Using that logic, I think we should discuss private sector salaries since I watched a bunch of 22 years old private sector employees on ESPN last night get million-dollar jobs, some without a college degree.

Any organization with millions of members (government, large businesses, religions) will have their share of deviants. The only difference is that when they are discovered in government, it's public and therefore in the news. When it happens in a private business or church, the individual is quietly walked out.
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Comparing federal employees to the NFL drafted players gave me a smile because you compare polar opposites! Federal employees who survive their one year probation have a job for life. Actors and professional athletes are temporary. NFL = Not For Long.

Watching porn is a violation of federal government ethical rules and a violation of use of government computers. Instead of working, some spent their entire working day watching and collecting pornographic material to take home. Some were paid over $200,000 a year. NONE will be fired. That is worth repeating - unions protect federal employees, and they cannot, short of treason, be fired.

As for salary differences, there is no doubt the average salary and benefits package (including retirement) for federal employees is 40% higher than for the same job in the private industry. We are paying taxes to support these federal executives to watch porn until they retire, and then we pay for their untouchable retirement-for-life benefits.

Any deviants in private industry better be the owner of the company, or they will be fired immediately. Look at the GEICO voice-over guy! History!

Wait! Union-protected employees in private industry may not be fired for deviance or incompetence.

Posted by: cibor | April 23, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

The government is broken and never actually worked for the People to begin with. SEC staffers are getting paid large salaries, and not fulfilling their responsibilities. Capitalism breeds greed and irresponsibility. Our politicians, both parts of the Demublican party, play political games that have a goal of insuring reelection and while acquiring more personal material wealth. If the Republicans were so concerned about porn surfing by SEC staffers, why did they wait until now to say so? More political games, and when the dust clears, Goldman Sachs and all the Wall Street bandits will continue to do what they have been doing for years: steal and pay-off politicians. The Demublican politicians will readily accept the donations, and ensure the laws remain as they are to keep it "legal-like." This ain't news, it's business as usual in the Land of Greed and Destruction.

Posted by: halifar59 | April 23, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I've worked at more than a couple federal agencies where their computer security was so good, it was impossible to access my personel email account, much less porn sites.

Why can't the entire federal government set up blocking filters for non-work-required websites?

At the very least, once a porn website is identified, it can be blocked. But I'm assuming it would be contractors, not federal employees, who would actually do the work to block access to these sites...

I wonder what federal employees would do without the opportunity to surf the Internet. Just not show up, or arrive and go back home for 6 hours every day?

Posted by: cibor | April 23, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I don't think these guys were watching on the job. They were only guilty of watching it on their work computer. Big difference. I really don't think there is a need to fire anyone.

Posted by: jamalnasir_2000 | April 23, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

WHO CARES??? Of course they looked at porn. They're men. Get over it. I'm more disturbed that we're wasting money conducting the investigation. Typical government... spend all your time on the wrong issues.

Posted by: purpledog | April 23, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

They were viewing porn? They must have been Republican.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | April 23, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Government employees can get fired for misuse of computers -- it's actually one of the easiest ways to get rid of a problem employee, and it does happen fairly often. It just doesn't make headlines when things go right. No one's interested in reading about competent supervisors or workers; good news tends to be boring.

Posted by: historian_nan | April 23, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I've worked at more than a couple federal agencies where their computer security was so good, it was impossible to access my personel email account, much less porn sites.

Why can't the entire federal government set up blocking filters for non-work-required websites?

At the very least, once a porn website is identified, it can be blocked. But I'm assuming it would be contractors, not federal employees, who would actually do the work to block access to these sites...

I wonder what federal employees would do without the opportunity to surf the Internet. Just not show up, or arrive and go back home for 6 hours every day?

Posted by: cibor | April 23, 2010 9:16 AM
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Porn was in the lead in to get the attention of the readers. The story however is about waste in government - more government workers than work to keep them busy ... or ... government hiring workers who are not qualified to do the job.

This DOES fall on the back of Obama because HE is the one pushing to fill more than a half million government jobs - when this story clearly indicates that perhaps half of these jobs are redundant and should be abolished.

Posted by: asmith1 | April 23, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

How is it if I look at porn at work I get fired immediately, but they get "reassigned"?

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | April 23, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

In my agency, you cannot access porn sites, game sites, and others, on the network, including the laptops. In fact, I'd have a hard time opening this article because "porn" is in the title. It isn't that hard to do and should be done on all government systems.

Posted by: ceebee2 | April 23, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I find the porn angle in this story annoying. They would have been wasting taxpayer time whether they were looking at porn or playing battleship. That waste is the point. I am not condoning porn at all, just objecting to yet another way to exploit the interest people have in it.

Posted by: catsndogs | April 23, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

The report on television said that viewing of pornography at the SEC was most prevelent during the Bush years. It is ongoing however, the last incident was reported as having occurred about 4 weeks ago. This is very disturbing.
After the financial meltdown the SEC was defended with the excuse that the employees didn't know enough about the credit swaps to regulate them. It seems that several of the SEC employees didn't even try to do their job.
In addition, who paid for the phone calls to pornographic hot lines? Is there a charge for accessing porn sites? Who paid for that? Was this all done on the taxpayer,s dollar?
It seems to me that all of the SEC employees who spent work time viewing porn should be required to pay back the wages they received during that time.
What is most disturbing is what this says about the "culture" at the SEC. If the managers of these highly paid employees were not aware that people under their supervision were not producing or if they were aware and did nothing about it there is a real problem with managment. It is also disturbing to hear that the employees who were caught viewing pornography on the job were not fired but are still on the job.

Posted by: OhMy | April 23, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Democrats spanking the monkey on the job. Whats new ?

Posted by: dashriprock | April 23, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

If you took a survey, I bet a majority of all companies had people surfing porn on company computers. Is it wrong, Yes. Uncommon, no. It looks to me that Goldman and others are digging dirt on the SEC. However, they still look bad even when compared to a porn surfer. This is not a winning issue.

Posted by: AMQ1 | April 23, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Why would this surprise people? During the Bush years, no agency had less to do. The Administration considered any regulation of big business, be it insurance, banks, automobiles, whoever a huge No No. Republicans just DO NOT have it in their hearts to regulate those in whose back pockets so many of them live. Probably changing around some now that the Democrats are getting the country serious about corporate graft and corruption.

Posted by: wleldred1 | April 23, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

There aren't words to express how shocking this should be to the American public and how embarrassing this is to our country. To think that they were behaving this way while the world was getting raped by Wall Street. Were these people placed at the SEC to watch out for the Wall Street bandits that stole OUR money? They should be fired and prosecuted and government managers and auditors at all levels had better limit the use of work computers to just that. Have they heard of blocking outside use of the internet? Good grief!

Posted by: njglea | April 23, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

The GOP even go to S&M brothels on the GOP Credit card. What else do people expect of a GOP run SEC?

It was never spotted until Obama came into power. Would you realy expect a Republican to investigate their own dirty laundry?

The GOP does not want the SEC spotting all the corrupt practices that take place when the Republican party is in power. What else would you expect the GOP to encourage?

Corruption, Fraud and Market Manipulatgion are GOP trademarks. Why else do this increasingly commie GOP continue to protect the Welfare Queens of Wall Street?

Posted by: walker1 | April 23, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

There are many who disagree with me daily, but I see political correctness, excessive hiring (empire building), and poor examples at the executive level giving the America people a government rife with unrestrained waste and fraud.

Posted by: JAH3 | April 23, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

The SEC had a sexual harassment problem not too many years ago. Just more government incompetence, ineptitude, and corruption.

Posted by: hz9604 | April 23, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Oh grow up!

Posted by: Obamasnotyamama | April 23, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

ha, ha, ha. Make a full list of public or private employees seeing porn on their corporate computers. A lot of surprises, syre. But this is only a way of those without any ethic nor moral to ask for religious support. Deceive me once, shame on you. Deceive me twice shame on me.

Posted by: Vercinget333 | April 23, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Let us look at this.

The SEC is going after the Big Banks who screwed the country then this sideshow issue happens to divert attention from the Big Bank scams.

This obviously a ploy to cow and silence the SEC staffers. If you come after us, we'll get you!

The big buck big time scamming Big Banks have long arms and eyes inside every agency that oversees them.

I wonder how many pieces of silver the SEC Judas got for this effort?

Posted by: wj_phillips | April 23, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Federal eye? It seems better a government in the shadow eye on the federal official power.

Posted by: Vercinget333 | April 23, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

This is but one example of why we need stronger laws for SEC enforcement. If the SEC employees had better tools to work with they would do their work rather than do idle mischief. Current SEC enforcement laws are so vague and weak that the cadre of very highly-paid attorneys hired by the multi millionaire miscreants on Wall Street have little trouble in undercutting SEC enforcement efforts. Give the SEC better laws and, if they cannot enforce those then get rid of these jerks. This is not a full excuse for the SEC folks misbehaving on the job--and those who spend time looking at porn are misbehaving. They should be reprimanded and fired for such reoccurred stupidity. But the root of the evil is that the SEC is a weak and disheartened enforcement arm of our government under current laws. Congress--change the laws and stop petty finger pointing.

Posted by: sbrick | April 23, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

These are the same clowns who cried to Congress to have their salaries removed from the GS scale and replaced with much higher salaries. So for enriching them, they gave us Bernnie M. and spending all day watching the internet.

Posted by: GerryMandering | April 23, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Just the way repugnicans like to run government. I guess that's why they say government is broken. THEY broke it!! Maybe they can transfer these folks to the imaginary repugnican 'death panels' outlined in the health care bill! It would be a perfect fit. No work to be done there!

Posted by: firecat20906 | April 23, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Watch to see how much Grassley and Issa get in campaign funds from the Big Banks. Of course, the offshore bank accounts can get fat without us ever knowing about it.

The Big Banks know the best way to keep scamming is to rent-to-own legislators.

For selling us out, I hope Grassley and Issa did not shame us by selling us out cheap.

Posted by: wj_phillips | April 23, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

btw...isn't it congress's job to oversee the SEC? Looks like half the blame lies with congress for lack of oversight of the SEC. Due to the lack of regulations, seems congress didn't do their job either!

Posted by: firecat20906 | April 23, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Why so few work? How so many time filling a working day? Well. Ask to the former pro-deregulators. They have the correct answer. "Why to regulate?"

Posted by: Vercinget333 | April 23, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Of course the WaPo would want to cheapen the SEC investigation into the evil doings of Goldman Sachs by putting this "article" below the story on the SEC investigation into Goldman Sachs malfeasance! Republicans Grasssley ("death panels") and Issa (best toupee in the bunch) are doing their best to discredit the SEC and the investigation. Way to go WaPo!

Posted by: shapiromarilyn | April 23, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

any wonder why we dont government meddling in our lives? first they caused the economic crisis by forcing banks to loan to unqualified borrowers (ACORN); then they blame the banks for the problem; then they are chokin' the chicken at work on our dime!

Posted by: physicianexec | April 23, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

You can't make this stuff up. If this financial mess was a movie it would be panned as being way to unrealistic and chock full of too many caricatures. Who is going to pay to see Wall Street II, when all you have to do is get your news paper everyday to be entertained.

Posted by: marknelso | April 23, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Anything to try to stop reform - shame on Grassley and Issa. However, the employees should be fired. If they were so concerned why did they not "leak" this information during the prior administration - hypocrites.

Posted by: rlj1 | April 23, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

So the American people have essentially gotten screwed twice?

Posted by: AverageJane | April 23, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Yes. These guys betting always for the two sides of the coin. Promoting deregulation at any cost an now asking why the regulators were so much relaxed. Always the two sides of the coin as it the memory would not exist. Porn, mein God! Any strong moral christian never will forgive such kind of people. More support for the wallies.

Posted by: Vercinget333 | April 23, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Obviously Kozinski wasn't able to recognize porn when he saw it as Justice Brennan so eloquently stated. But I'm more surprised that these "senior" goofers were even in their office. 50% of the bureaucrats throughout the gov't are a waste of money. And the other half are just wading through schemes to get promoted. That's bureaucracy.

Posted by: KraftPaper | April 23, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

And some of the SEC staffers watching porn are being paid over $200K a year.

This is why wall street investment banks invest in porn sites!

We could cut 25% of Federal employment and never skip a beat.

Posted by: wesatch | April 23, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Porn in the USA : Watch CNN Live via ( LoggTV.com )internet television for more details . Taxes are paying porn in the goverment, we need more security controls on those goverment agencies. Porn Addicts must return that money. Jail for all.

Posted by: TelexView | April 23, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

So this is somehow worse than the rest of us wasting the day reading the news?

It seems I am the only intelligent, enlightened person posting here, but I deny that there is a category of content that is "pornographic". This is an quaint, obsolete concept still held only by morons, prudes, some old fogies, religious zealots, pathetic people who make it their mission in life to be offended by things, and, well, morons.

However, wasting time is wasting time. That's the issue.

Posted by: Wallenstein | April 23, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

So clear. Sure there were enough knowledge about. But it was better to hold public employees making any other task but to regulate. Pro-deregulators were at the top of the SEC. Yes. Receiving money from the taxpayer but working for the well known anti-regulation interests.

Posted by: Vercinget333 | April 23, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Oh My Goodness, there were 33 cases over five and and a half years in a government agency with around 3,800 employees! That would be shocking if you were a complete idiot. Of course the countless number of fools who are now saying this is why the economy collapsed number in the thousands. Great job of spreading misinformation, the author of this should join Fox News right away, misinformation is thier bread and butter. Shoddy Journalism at it's best, many of the other cases listed here are stale news that are years old.
Every government employee knows your internet usage is monitored on the job. I knew one guy who was terrified because he thought he was accessing a white house site instead got to a porn site, the difference was .com instead of .gov. Now I laughed, but he said "You don't know how serious the government takes this stuff".
Now this being used by Republicans to protect thier corrupt pals on Wallstreet.
Red herring anyone?

Posted by: moore732 | April 23, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Isn't porn industry bigger than Hollywood? And you would think it became that big without people viewing it whether they work for the government or not. Why stop at porn? why not evaluate the amount of time people spend on non-work related web-surfing?

Posted by: rushabhjs | April 23, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

So lets see. This SEC thing happen over the last 1-1/2? Hmmmm
9 circuit court of appeals? Hmmmm
Regulatory reform filibustered by Barney Frank and Chris Dodd under Bush when he wanted to increase more reform? Hmmmmm
Goldmsn Sacks in bed with Obama? Hmmmm
Harry Reid in bed with Goldman Sacks? hmmmm

Posted by: dbonade | April 23, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

And the left still wonders why TEA partiers are so pis*ed off.

Posted by: AkCoyote | April 23, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

How does former SEC CHAIRMAN republican congressman christopher Cox feel about this?

Posted by: MILLER123 | April 23, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

What really amazes me is the fact that this has been going on for three years, and it has to be news NOW. As soon as the SEC starts investigating Goldman Sachs. Is that just a coincidence, or does Goldman have that kind of influence over the government? Something just sounds kinda fishy to me.

Posted by: areilly13 | April 23, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Of course, we'll use the poor judgment of fewer than one percent of the employees in these SEC jobs to try to defeat regulating an industry that has gone nuts. Interestingly, equal or higher percentages may be found in the offices under federal oversight. I think that I see the "speck in the eye" situation again. When will Republicans learn?

Posted by: EarlC | April 23, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I don't get it. Nowhere in the article did it actually say that the porn watching had an adverse effect on the jobs these individuals were supposed to be doing. Nowhere. People multitask, and people can decide to take a break from time to time, and still do an excellent job.

What I want to know is how many SEC or other bureaucrats watch Fox news or listen to rightwing talk radio while they are working.

Posted by: gshenaut | April 23, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

How does former SEC CHAIRMAN republican congressman christopher Cox feel about this? What was in his wallet, I mean on his laptop Grassley?

Posted by: MILLER123 | April 23, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Simply. They are calling stupid to man many people. I hope some pride from these people to show who are really the stupid people.

Posted by: Vercinget333 | April 23, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

So what you are saying is they were looking AT oiled asses when they should have been looking UP fat white guy's asses down here on Wall?

I work @ 55 Broad.. 1.5 blocks from these cockbags. March the fok up in there and arrest them!

Posted by: veronihilverius | April 23, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Wall Street is nothing but "Porn" anyway, so what is the big deal? Yes, it would be nice for the SEC employess to "concentrate" on the criminality of Goldman Sachs, etc. but this is a common problem and not unique to the SEC. Of course, the Republicans will try to divert the attention from Wall Street & K Street to Porn!

Posted by: kemcb | April 23, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

There's been enough economic pornography going on over the last 30 years that one would think government regulators would not have time to indulge in the sexual kind, at least not during the few hours each day that they are supposed to spend on the people's business. But I bet the same amount or more of porn watching goes on in Wall Street offices, where people make obscene salaries and bonsus while bilking the people and producing little of value.

Posted by: DWSouthern | April 23, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I see someone got in a snide comment about these are the folks OBAMA wants us to trust to regulate stuff.

Can't people read??? The story says the bulk have happened over the past 2-1/2 years. That's 30 months. Obama has been in office about HALF that time. Further, there were a couple-three reports before that.

Guess WHAT, Kiddies? -- that means SOME of this stuff happened when BUSH was President.

I personally think it's stupid to expect any President, including either Bush or Obama, to personally supervise even senior employees at the SEC. After all, a President isn't a platoon sergeant. Jeez.

And if you want to whine about Obama, fine -- as long as you whine about Bush, too.

Posted by: MekhongKurt1 | April 23, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

If you would like to have an insider's view of the SEC, please watch this video. I could not believe this, but it is true.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-V5wIV62qU

Posted by: plato777 | April 23, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

"What I want to know is how many SEC or other bureaucrats watch Fox news or listen to rightwing talk radio while they are working."

I second the above stated concern. I was in a McDonald's yesterday and Glen Beck was on FOX. I read the subtitles since the sound was thankfully off. This guy is a danger to our free society. His blatant disregard for historical facts is eye-opening. He basically went from one conspiracy theory to the next, making it up as he went along.

As he continued his litany of hateful speech toward those he called socialists, he forgot that this is exactly how Hitler ruled Germany. Nazis hated socialists. The more Glen Beck talked, the more Nazi he sounded. He even found something good to say about McCarthyism.

To paint a Hitler-like moustache on Obama's portrait and call him a socialist is an oxymoron. It just shows how out of reality these people really are.

Posted by: EarlC | April 23, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

LOL, is anyone surprised? Another fine example of our tax dollars at work.

Lou
www.fbi-logging.tk

Posted by: clermontpc | April 23, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

At least they weren't watching Fox "news."

That would be far more offensive.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou25 | April 23, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

So now we know that adult males view pornography. So? Is the next revelation that teens text on their phones? The waste of tax money is the investigation that is uncovering all this nefarious activity.

Posted by: dane1 | April 23, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

So Grassely are you going to ask for an investigation and ask former SEC CHAIRMAN republican congressman christopher Cox how could this happen on his watch? When you do ask him to testify how about asking him about wall street?

Posted by: MILLER123 | April 23, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

9/23/08

"John McCain didn't parse any words last week when he called for the firing of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman Christopher Cox. The Republican nominee's choice of words may have been more direct than others — and more misguided, since the president can't technically fire the SEC head — but McCain's sentiment was nothing new.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1843519,00.html#ixzz0lw3u24WH"

Posted by: MILLER123 | April 23, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

The only real news in this story is that the SEC inspector general's office has been wasting time tracking folks peeking at porn in idle moments, when it should be watching for their more industrious peers at the SEC busily at work burying evidence and crafting cover stories for the malfeasance of those they are supposed to be regulating.

Posted by: washpost29 | April 23, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure all this was inherited

Posted by: LindaMartin123 | April 23, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

If more government workers watched porn the country would be better off. They would not have the time to think up and enforce all the stupid rules they put on the books that are ruining our country. In addition, all this porn production would help the failing California economy as unemployment would drop...

Posted by: ezwriter | April 23, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

So, wait a sec.

These were people who didn't think they could get caught in a digital world?

Leftover Bushies!

Posted by: bs2004 | April 23, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

AND!

And you can be sure that they are all still employed and set to retire before age 55 at near full salary, with full health care and COLAs for life.

Posted by: TECWRITE | April 23, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

So Ed, can you or someone else tell us what the SEC has done about this? Are these employees still working there? Have they been disciplined, given a bonus, what?

Posted by: dazedandconfused2 | April 23, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

So the Republican senator from Iowa is unhappy that SEC officials were looking at porn on the Republicans watch? The most happened on the final days of the Bush administration as the financial sector was melting down. It's like complaining that you broke your baseball bat while hitting someones car.

Posted by: GregW1 | April 23, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

At least the SEC AG is actually working. Fire and escort to the doors the people that they have evidence against. Do not pass go, do not collect pension, do not make deals - clean it out. Get rid of the offices and privacy cubicles, upgrade firewalls and site blocking. Their actions are truly obscene. Another instance of doing nothing while the financial abilities of this country were being raped.

Posted by: lorac58 | April 23, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Sigh. Government at work I guess we should be grateful that they are surfing porn in private than being the typical surly government bureaucrat who deals with the public.

Posted by: cleancut77 | April 23, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I agree with those who are somewhat suspicious of the timing. Using porn addicition to mitigate the pursuit of justice for Goldman Sachs is preposterous. The Republicans have obviously been making sure there was something there as back up to protect Goldamn Sachs. How much are the Republicans being paid to protect GS?

Posted by: slmdarien | April 23, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

So you used innocent people to break the tenth commandments to protect your career and wealth. It's shame.

These people were 2012 religious targets. Thanks alot for investing America idol, tiger woods, tenth commandment breakers!!!


You killed it. Iceland volcano, earthquakes, etc.

Posted by: Readist | April 23, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

This problem is hardly unique to the SEC. With about one-third of the American female population naked on the internet, and about 95% of the male population looking at them, it's a wonder we get anything done at all.

Posted by: DaveHarris | April 23, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

This is about as shocking as Ricky Martin being gay.

Posted by: mac2j | April 23, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

More money and time wasted on media BS. 5 years 30 some instances. LOL what does that come out to less than 1%. But we spend millions getting to the bottom of it. LOL

Posted by: askgees | April 23, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

So, they are behaving like elementary school students.

I hope they are more capable in their regular jobs, that is, when they are working at them.

Posted by: janye1 | April 23, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

It's not their fault they're just a bunch of nerds, pardon me, jerks, unable to get a date with real women unless they pay

Posted by: rancho3chico | April 23, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

These scum were violating directives, stealing from the public with tacit government approval and possibly violating a herd of other laws and they are still working? But "We the people' are singled out, jailed and financially destroyed by these worthless government agents for not dotting an I or crossing a T. As far as I'm concerned there are no respectable government employees if this type of activity goes with out 'serious' actions by the leadership. Apparently it is a free for all at the government pig sty.... And today's news had a story of the government raiding an Amish farm for the suspected crime of selling neighbors nonapproved government milk! Geez....

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | April 23, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse


Good, red-blooded Americans giving free rein to their libido while getting paid by our tax dollars. Makes sense. What smells wrong is wrath of the Republicans in Congress. Are we to assume that they never watch porn? Based on reports about the sexual lives of some of their colleagues, that is hard to swallow.

Posted by: probashi | April 23, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Our tax dollars at work. Or not.

Posted by: curtb | April 23, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

what an awesome display of management style by christopher cox. what exactly did he do while chairman of the sec during all those years -- while the financial collapse was building; while his employees watched porn at the office.
Posted by: mycomment | April 23, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse
It’s amazing that we have this many stup1d people living among us. As if the chairman simply walks around looking over the staffs shoulder. It’s painfully clear that you really have no idea what you are talking about so why post something that only makes you look like a fool. 30-35 incidents over 5 years. LOL I bet this m0r0n spanks it nightly to the same sites.

Posted by: askgees | April 23, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The biggest question I have after reading this is why the WAPO would publish such tripe in a column called "Federal Eye: Keeping Tabs on the Government"? The only thought that went into this column was Senator Grassley's. (How can I make the SEC look bad while we debate regulating the securities and banking industries?) The only investigative work done to collect the facts that were reported was done by the SEC's OIG over a five-year-period as part of their routine duties.

What the report shows is that over a five-year period, the OIG investigated and closed 33 cases of on-the-job use of a government computer to view pornography in an organization that employees 3,500 people. Since these were cases reported to management, one can assume that the actions of the 33 people (less than 1% of employees) was offensive to their co-workers who don't spend their days viewing pornography, so they complained.

In other words, the system worked pretty darn well, Senator Grassley and the WAPO have made much ado about nothing, and Rep Issa has shown just how stupid he really thinks the public by the comments he gave to Mr. O'Keefe.

Posted by: exco | April 23, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

What the teabaggers don't get is that on Obama's watch, we have a fully functioning federal government, with the IG's office investigating and finding fraud and abuse thruout the govt and detailing it for all to see. Did we have this transparency under Bush? Of course not.

Score one for Obama!!!!!

Posted by: rastaman48 | April 23, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

This is not news. This is a workplace discipline issue. As far as I'm concerned, who the heck cares? The fact that some SEC employees looked at some porn on their work computer, while amusing, does not make me lose any sleep. It takes a few seconds to view a picture on a computer. I doubt it was getting in the way of them doing their work, like some of the faux-outraged people commenting here, as well as Rep. Issa. Fake (read: political) outrage like this is hopelessly transparent. Give me a break.

Posted by: joemomma3 | April 23, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Of course neither Issa nor Grassley are smart enough to understand that this is just one more example of Bush Adminstration incompetence and corruption being cleaned up by the Obama people.

You have to wonder if these SEC clowns weren't so dazzled by porn that they were blinded to illegal activity by the banks and hedge funds.

Posted by: pblotto | April 23, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Well, duh. It's hypocrits like Issa that are the problem, who relaxed the regulations so that their cronies could make out like bandits, so no wonder they are making such a big deal out of such a small problem.

Rep. Issa reveals his motives in leaking this report: "This stunning report should make everyone question the wisdom of moving forward with plans to give regulators like the SEC even more widespread authority,"

Now think reallll carefully now: only a few people did these things, while hundreds of others did not (and did their jobs). The financial meltdown was because the politicians relaxed regulations, not because a couple of regulators were mentally AWOL.

Workers viewing pornography on company is a routine problem everywhere, and every company should have policies and procedures to block porn sites and detect access. Obviously, in this case the system worked (but duh, you must actually read carefully: "1800 access denials" means they tried but it was blocked.)

It's little different than other addiction problems like drinking on the job, or using drugs, etc.

The only thing different here is that politicians are pushing their agendas by leaking this routine investigation.

Posted by: Denswei | April 23, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

The Government Hard at Work.. lol

Posted by: AlbyVA | April 23, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Good, red-blooded Americans giving free rein to their libido while getting paid by our tax dollars. Makes sense. What smells wrong is wrath of the Republicans in Congress. Are we to assume that they never watch porn? Based on reports about the sexual lives of some of their colleagues, that is hard to swallow.


Posted by: probashi | April 23, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse


Maybe you could contact Massa and ask him. First of all tax dollars pay for all gov. employees and gov. services. But you seem a little confused as taxes are simply a bill to you for the services you receive. Only a simplet0n would think they are still theirs. LOL You have no say so in what, when or how the money is spent. Just as they have no say so in how you spend yours. Get it. Just as you have no say so in how a automobile manufacture spends theirs. Or did you think since you make monthly payments you have a voice. LOL

Posted by: askgees | April 23, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Interest in pornography is a natural and inevitable outgrowth of the centrality of the sexual drive in human and other forms of life. In the workplace it should be categorized with other forms of work avoidance such as doodling, wool-gathering, day-dreaming, social conversation, and reading for entertainment. It becomes a subject for discipline only when it goes beyond the norms and interferes with work. It is newsworthy only in an infantile society which is more comfortable with violence than with sex.

Posted by: youngryman | April 23, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I can not understand how many of you people on here accept this as normal government activity with out being angered at the waste of your tax dollars. How many decent people would be willing to step up and take those jobs. These are the same government employees that will retire with a fat check and great benefits and be bragging at the local bar about how they 'worked' the system. Some of you seem to think that government employees are better than you and don't need to abide by the same standards as the rest of the working folks. I guess the line from Magnificent Seven was right... "If God didn't want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep."

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | April 23, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

The only thing more ignorant than the SEC staffers who diddled themselves at their desks while Wall Street screwed America and thought they could surf porn without getting caught, are the people who've posted comments here about "jobs for life", "full health care", and my personal favorite: "retiring at 55 at near full salary."

I've been in the government for 11 years but it must be a different one than that described by those fantasies. Where do I apply to that one?

Posted by: darrellcochran | April 23, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

So they basically are like anyone else with a PC that has access to the web? If you think folks in the private sector or other jobs don't look at porn at work I've got some nice land to sell you.

Posted by: FLvet | April 23, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Well well..lookie here. The threat of SEC x-raying Wallstreet and suddenly "Shazam!" amazingly stuff that EVERYBODY knew for a looong time, "surfaces".. Hmmmm...is there a connection???..Naaah..Walstreet and their sociopaths woudnt stoop so low out of fear.

Feh! The smear tactict are vivsible from miles away. Wallstreet must be REALLY scared then..Maybe they KNOW they acted criminally???

Question: What's worse ,Bringing the whole country(and a big part of the western world) as close to the brink of total collapse as possible, or looking at nekkid women and couples banging?

Posted by: diakrite | April 23, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I know a way to eliminate people looking at porn at work so they won't be wasting our tax dollars: hire only women.

Every work place I have been in in the last 15 years has had its share of employees looking at porn on the internet, including during a stint working for a Catholic university. Virtually all IT managers have to deal with employees looking at porn, including going to Russian malware sites and infecting their computers and the network so they can look at some dirty pictures. Go figure. It appears to be a powerful compulsion for some, given that the history is clearly visible and retrievable and it can result in public ridicule and termination. None of that is a disincentive apparently. I would guess that the majority of male posters on this thread, expressing their outrage have seen a pornographic image or two at work.

Chalk it up to that pesky Y chromosome. What else would compel someone to behave in a way so the entire office knows that he's going to bestiality websites?

Posted by: elizestrada | April 23, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

It's comforting to know that the agency charged w/ monitoring publicly traded companies and securities is looking at pornography. These are your tax dollars at work!

Posted by: randysbailin | April 23, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Yes that is correct, the world wide financial meltdown was caused by porn. And excersise does not work and is in fact harmful to you. And using your brain does nothing to improve the functioning of your brain, in fact nothing works and everything is wrong. What a load of nonsense....

Posted by: buddecj | April 23, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Uh, yeah, Kozinski is a great example, except that:

1) It wasn't a "web site"
2) It didn't "feature" anything, it was just a server with bunch of files
3) The "sexually explicit" images were a tiny percentage of the total number of files on the server, most of which were the sort of humorous content everyone passes around via email
4) The server had been running for years before the obscenity trial, but the LA Times decided to wait several months until the moment when they could cause maximum damage to post a partly fabricated "story" (read: "hatchet job") that they later had to admit in their editorial page was a non-story
5) This was all on a privately owned server, and none of this was done from any sort of government computer, rendering your entire point invalid

You owe Kozinski and your readers an apology. But I'm sure you'll just defend your characterization as "accurate" (no, really).

Posted by: raybahn | April 23, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

So they basically are like anyone else with a PC that has access to the web? If you think folks in the private sector or other jobs don't look at porn at work I've got some nice land to sell you.

Posted by: FLvet | April 23, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse
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And those private businesses are not making me pay their employees with my tax dollars and they are not out looking to use their government positions to play "I'm with the Government,fear me!' games.

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | April 23, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

"breakdown by year of the cases reported to management during the past five years: three in 2010, ten in 2009,16 in 2008, two in 2007, one in 2006, and one in 2005. "

The number of cases reported started increasing in 2008 - what happened in 2008? Wasn't that the year President Bush was criticized for the caliber of staffers over at the AG office?
It seems to me folks didn't much care what went on in 05 - 06 and 07. Although it was probably happening because you don't start out at the senior position level in government. That takes several years. This story illustrates the Bush "helluva job" environment and the Obama "change" improvement we saw after Jan. 2009.

Posted by: JB7176 | April 23, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm shocked, SHOCKED, that pornsurfing is going on in this Land of Freedom, where people are free to do what they see as more interesting than whatever they SHOULD be doing.

Clearly, looking at bimbos is more interesting than looking for financial fraudsters.

PAYING BOUNTIES for discovered fraud and actually REWARDING WHISTLEBLOWERS instead of VILIFYING them, contrary to all attempts to stop the persecutions, will be real incentives for quick action against fraud.

But, then, that would be in FANTASYLAND. This is Washingtoon, D.C., home of the DEEM-N-RATS, thieves of the first order who run the show and are LAWYERS to boot so THERE YOU GO.

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Posted by: dumpbama | April 23, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Every day we read something about the Great Recession of 2008, and related corruption, collusion, fraud, and even regulators who don't actually regulate anything. Surely, this is the tip of the iceberg.

What are the FREE SPEECH advocates going to do about this situation? Masters of the universe must unite!

Posted by: rmorris391 | April 23, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

PORN AKA THE GOP's last political fundraiser.

Posted by: 1-20-09 | April 23, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

to look at explicit images in the last five years<<<<<<

What is wrong with an "explicit image"?
Most good images are explicit.

Posted by: nanonano1 | April 23, 2010 7:24 AM

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True. It's pretty difficult to look at an implicit image.

Posted by: js_edit | April 23, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The American people are finally realizing just how dysfunctional our government is. This situation is just an indication of how sleazy our government is. It all starts at the top. Look at the dirty, secret backroom deals that were made to pass healthcare. Just look at how the Administration and Congress continue to push an agenda that the majority of Americans do not want.

Earmarks, pork projects, dirty backroom deals, wasteful spending, and disregard for our system of government and Constitution by Congress and the Administration must end.

We are witnessing the greatest intrusion into the private lives of individuals and business in history. It is time to take our government and Country back.

REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER…VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Posted by: AngryMobVoter | April 23, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The Internet soft porn in mild in comparison to the hard porn Wall Street is selling.

Posted by: chucky-el | April 23, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

While Obama is Expanding Government, and these government workers are making 40%more than Americans working in private industry, with much better benefits ---
Taxpayers are paying for these Do Nothing,
Not Accountable workers!
Taxpayers need to Demand that these workers are fired. If they actually had work to do, they wouldn't have time for porn.
We need a rule that for every new government agency or every new worker hired... they need to fire/dismantle another agency or employee.
We're running out of taxpayers to pay for all this bureaucracy that's not helping anyone.

Posted by: ohioan | April 23, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly why we don't need another regulatory agency as Obama has proposed. The laws, loopholes and disclosure mandates of the financial industry may need some overhaul...but in no way shape or form do we need another regulatory agency to say, "What is a credit default swap?"...just as the markets are crashing and we are told of $10 trillion worth of CDS's gutting the economies of the world.

Obama blames Wall St. for its greed and fraud, while also blaming GW Bush for deregulations which actually took place during Clinton's reign. Yet, all along, the SEC sits on its thumbs and doesn't even know how to explain the most toxic asset in the history of the world, which is evidently an illegal security.

It's kind of like the no chewing gum rule in school, some teachers uphold the rule and most teachers say, 'why bother'? The SEC chose to overlook the indiscretions of Wall St. and failed to do their jobs.

Rather than the government admitting that government is to blame, they find a scapegoat whom is broad, faceless and blends into the masses. Not saying that everyone on Wall Street is a saint, only saying that it is the government's job to thwart these circumstances from ever bearing poison fruit, they did not do that job in any way. Thus, how is this a case for more regulatory agencies and more oversight which never happened in the first place?

The entire argument for further regulation is misdirection to another purpose and the Federal Government's attempt, both parties, to alleviate any responsibility at the government level, shifting all blame and fallout towards the broad-stroked, undefined and faceless evil of Wall Street.

Notice, you cannot write a letter to Wall St, you cannot protest Wall St, you cannot boycott Wall St. You can only have anger towards something which you cannot specifically identify, rather than having anger at the Federal government whom you can identify and hold responsible for their dereliction of duty and outright indifference until after the fact.

Moreover, if Wall St. was able to sell these toxic assets illegally and without the knowledge of the SEC, how many politicians, regulators and the like were paid drastic sums to allow this indifference to continue indefinitely?

There is a massive scandal within this story and the truth of the story would bring down the entirety of both parties, save a few moderates on each side whom never get national press and are never invited to the insider galas of the progressive left or the conservative right.

Posted by: TheFreeMan | April 23, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: elizestrada | April 23, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse
I know a way to eliminate people looking at porn at work so they won't be wasting our tax dollars: hire only women.

RIF Reading Is Fundamental. Thanks for proving to the world just how ignorant you are.

Posted by: askgees | April 23, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

The Bush/Cheney administration attitude was "hands off" Wall Street, so what were they supposed to do for 8 years?

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | April 23, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

May I suggest as punishment for those caught red-handed they could be sent to China, where such computer abuses are strictly dealt with. China has much stricter internet laws dealing with "curious" porn viewers. The Chinese system may have its flaws, but in the legal zone, it is clear when someone has committed a crime. According to WIRED magazine, China has a system of "internet addiction camps" designed to rehabilitate internet abusers.

Posted by: rmorris391 | April 23, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Can't they just look at porn at home? How difficult is that to do?

Posted by: nuzuw | April 23, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

While Obama is Expanding Government, and these government workers are making 40%more than Americans working in private industry, with much better benefits ---
Taxpayers are paying for these Do Nothing,
Not Accountable workers!
Taxpayers need to Demand that these workers are fired. If they actually had work to do, they wouldn't have time for porn.
We need a rule that for every new government agency or every new worker hired... they need to fire/dismantle another agency or employee.
We're running out of taxpayers to pay for all this bureaucracy that's not helping anyone.
Posted by: ohioan | April 23, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse
And yet you are probably at work on the internet posting that others should be fired. LOL You can’t fix stup1d.

Posted by: askgees | April 23, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

WHY aren't the Federal Employee Porn Viewers already fired????

Does this mean that all Federal Employees can finally blow off their MANDATORY ANNUAL ETHICS TRAINING, and say it is BS?

Posted by: woodchucky8 | April 23, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

The Bush/Cheney administration attitude was "hands off" Wall Street, so what were they supposed to do for 8 years?

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | April 23, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what's more idiotic: to view porn on one's work computer or to run an organization where your I.T. infrastructure hasn't put in measures to block offensive material. I suspect that the people running I.T. for the SEC are at the very best barely semi-competent.

Posted by: RWATTENB | April 23, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

The Bush/Cheney administration attitude was "hands off" Wall Street, so what were they supposed to do for 8 years?

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | April 23, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse


Please provide some facts and data to support your allegations. Or do you just post BS for the sake of hearing yourself talk. It's hard to believe we have people this stup1d in the US but I guess it explains why the US ranks 36 in the world.

Posted by: askgees | April 23, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

The Bush/Cheney administration attitude was "hands off" Wall Street, so what were they supposed to do for 8 years?

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | April 23, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

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Yet the Obama Administration has now problem castigating GW for many other problems the nation is faced with, yet he does not specifically speak of Bush's dereliction on this topic. Why?

Because if you blame Bush and company outright, then the stories to the contrary will begin to emerge and many powerful men on both sides of the political aisle will find themselves dirty.

Thus, as I've reflected previously, alleviate all government responsibility by blaming Wall St. Notice they don't blame Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley or Citi specifically...just Wall Street in general.

Does that mean that your financial advisor in Des Moines, Iowa is an equal partner in this rape of the American economy? Does that mean that Citizens Bank in Flint, Michigan was doing the same dirt as the trillionare-B/D's in NYC?

NO, IT MEANS NOTHING, SAVE, 'DON'T BLAME US, THE GOVERNMENT, BLAME PEOPLE WHOM YOU CAN NEVER SEE, KNOW OR HOLD RESPONSIBLE.'

American politics in action.

Posted by: TheFreeMan | April 23, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

The real porn was the big screwing we got at the hands of Goldman-Sachs, Chase, Merrill-Lynch, et al. That's the porn, the unbridled greed of the financial industry and total lack of concern for the consequences of those actions. It didn't really matter what the SEC folks were watching, either way they would see someone getting f*cked.

Posted by: bruce19 | April 23, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Just a little off-the-wall thinking here...seems to me the headline to this commentary should read:

WALLSTREET USES O.J. DEFENSE
AND IMPUNES ACCUSERS

Posted by: Vunderlutz | April 23, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

LOL could care less if they view porn but stupid to do on govy computer and all you phony self righteous people who complain bite me only issue is they doing on govy computer

Posted by: lildg54 | April 23, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Why stop at porn?

Sure, it's in poor taste, etc. But don't you think it boils down to WASTING TAXPAYER TIME AND MONEY?

How about all the non-governmental web surfing these clowns do? Personal emails?

Let's face it, computers almost subtract as much productivity as they enable. It's not just the porn.

Why, I'm writing and reading these comments at work (private sector) this very minute...should I be fired?

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | April 23, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

this explains a mystery........

the SEC goldman sachs case

is obama regime

political porn

Posted by: ProCounsel
___________________

And what explains the mystery

that your little pea brain fails to recognize

this started on George The Dumber's watch?

Posted by: areyousaying | April 23, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, c'mon, this is all about the timing. There's financial reform afoot and the SEC is going after some Wall Street guys, Grassley's staff requests results of the SEC IG's investigations, Grassley releases results, and now the rubes figure the SEC is nothing but a bunch of jerk**fs.

Duh......

Posted by: jmccas | April 23, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

SEC knew in 1997 (think Clintoon Admin) about Ponzi Madoff, but, did nothing.

DEEM-n-rat SCUM.

I wouldn't kill them or harm them physically but I would arrest them and put them in concentration camps, so they can 'concentrate' on their crimes. No 'net access or 'toys' either.....and, sexually segregated too.

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Posted by: dumpbama | April 23, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

What support did the investigators and prosecutors at the SEC receive during the Bush years?

Mostly, they were simply waiting for the Bush regime to end so that they could get back to work.

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | April 23, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

The ridiculous blanket condemnation of federal employees in most of these responses shows a total lack of understanding about what the overwhelming majority of federal workers do. I work for a private firm but have a number of friends who work for the feds. The following example is typical: A friend, who starts work at 8 a.m., said he was going to be able to leave early yesterday. What did this mean? He got away from the office at 7 p.m. -- after a mere 11-hour day.

And, by the way, those who think private-sector employees are not similarly wasting time (whether on porn or online shopping or FaceBook chats)are totally delusional. A few years ago, I walked into the office of a co-worker whose PC screen was filled by a giant image of a topless woman. (He was later "retired" for unrelated reasons.)

Posted by: WallisM | April 23, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

GDP measures gross consumption, not average standard of living

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Posted by: randomsample | April 23, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The headlines and the way this is being reported it sounds as if the entire SEC were sitting around wanking. If you look at the story a little, while still inexcusable, it is pretty petty. It is not like the SEC was all engaged in a years long orgy and missed everything going on. More like, the bush appointees who were surfing porn were doing so because they held conservative values, and rgulating Wall Street was not one of those values.

Posted by: John1263 | April 23, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

And this is a surprise to who? Under Bush and Cheney, regulatory agencies were stripped and virtually useless anyway. Why should the SEC be any different? Isn't that what is meant by the Republican and tea party phrase "less government"? It seems Republicans and their tea party myna birds want less any agency that regulates corporations or helps protect consumers from corporate carelessness and greed. What else could they possible mean by "less government"? Do they hate social security, unemployment insurance, and medicare? These are the largest government programs. Do we have too much police protection, or too many fire departments. Maybe our roads are maintained too much, and our national parks should be sold and strip-mined for minerals. Perhaps the environmental protection agency should just look the other way when dangerous substances are dumped in our waters. I would just like to know, in detail from these people, which part of government they are referring to when they talk of "less government." I've heard all the generalities like: "we want the government out of our lives." or "i pay too much taxes." These "less government" folks need to be more specific. We have two wars going on and the economy is in a recession. You SHOULD be paying more taxes. War is not cheap, and shouldn't be. The only "government in our lives" I can think of is abortion regulation or anti-gay marriage laws. Then there is also the spying which Bush and Cheney said was ok. If these are the issues, then I'm afraid following the Republican party is not going to get any of it solved. They are quite content with the way things are. They created the mess to begin with. Corporate execs and the wealthy make out like bandits when Republicans are in power. The rest of the republicans and their tea party mouthpieces are too busy worrying about gay marriage and abortion to notice.

Posted by: jeffersontao | April 23, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Who's the chick that had the porno on her computer!?! That's hot!!

Posted by: bhsmith20001 | April 23, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

And, by the way, even if the 33 investigations represent 33 different SEC employees, that is still only 0.8 percent (less than 1 percent, I hasten to add, just so some math-challenged mouth-frothers don't grab this figure and start saying it was 8 percent)of the total number of employees at the agency.

Posted by: WallisM | April 23, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Love the "this was all Obama's fault" comments. Since it happened with senior officials, that means the political appointees. Since it was happening in 2007 and 2008 they were BUSH appointees. get it? Conservative hacks who thought "regulation of Wall Street banks" were a dirty words, but not DP of milf or tea bagging.

Posted by: John1263 | April 23, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Man... Iam in Afghanistan and cant view Porn on government machines... why is the Stateside NIPR rules for computer access set into play??... :) The US government has serious issues with network policies and security... I must say.

Posted by: BobbyYarush | April 23, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

President Obama has made several initiatives to reduce government cost, including yesterday when he said no to VAT and yes to cutting government. But the media refuse to get behind it. Probably because it goes against your tiresome politically-motivated narrative. Yes, some Dems are big spenders - as are Repubs, but Obama IS trying to change that and make government more focused and efficient. So GET BEHIND it. Instead of endless T-Pary articles, do some serious investigating of government waste and excessive pay, benefits and PTO. No one person can fix this, not even the President. It needs the media to help build momentum. And it needs to include not just government, but govmt contractors and non-profits. In 2007, Christian Science Monitor reported that over 50% of Americans get significant portions of their income from the government....google it.....and that was under George Bush....this is not something the President alone can fix....media needs to get behind it....so stop all the whining and politicizing. Start investigating and lets work towards a better balance.

Posted by: cmnsns | April 23, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

zzzzzz....

Posted by: cbl55 | April 23, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

By al menas vote them out. these people were surfing porn during the bush administration. bush is a republicon and led the way in fighting each and every regulatory stance of any agency there was, including hiring pron freaks to oversee the financial system. So vote all republicons out. Exactly the right idea.

Posted by: John1263 | April 23, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Ed O'Keefe never misses an opportunity to misrepresent information to mock federal employees (as if journalism were a real career, but I digress). Tubby loser.

Posted by: Wallenstein | April 23, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

All puns aside... I think most taxpayers are of the opinion that USG employees are pretty much a bunch of jerkoffs, so this isn't much of a surprise.

Posted by: JenAZ | April 23, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

gunnysgt77: You've leapt to the conclusion that because some posters are not shocked to find out that SEC management investigated fewer than 1% of its employees for viewing porn on the job over a five year period, that the posters condone public employees watching porn on the job and are in favor of wasting tax dollars. That's quite a stretch.

You've also leapt to the conclusion that the employees in question weren't disciplined. Unfortunately, the author of this column didn't even bother to pick up the phone to call the SEC and ask if any of these employees were disciplined or fired. He simply took the summary report that Grassley leaked, published it. Maybe he was too busy using his WAPO computer for non-work activities to determine if there was any actual news behind the Grassley leak.

Posted by: exco | April 23, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

an exec making $222,000 a year, and he's sitting as his desk typing with one hand?

ROFLMAO

what a friggin LOSER!

Posted by: TheNewAmerica | April 23, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

what kind of porn was it? Was it the really sick stuff, with animals and fatties and barf, or was it just HBO porn?

Posted by: barferio | April 23, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't care what they were doing!!! I just want the crooks on Wall Street and greedy banks who reduced my retirement IRA interest rate from 5% to .49% to get punished for their actions. Let's not fall for this diversion. Let's get them when we can, thanks to President Obama!!! And I suggest that the Republicans not step in his way!!!

Posted by: Formerrepublican | April 23, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Since Darrell Isssa is so upset over this, does this mean he's an upset, if not more upset with the idiots who repealed Glass-Steagal? That was the root of the problem not porn watchers. maybe he's upset he didn't participate with them.

Posted by: ewjazzed | April 23, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

the story reads, "Another staff account received nearly 1,800 access denials for pornography Web sites in a two-week period"

for chrissakes!

do the math here... some horny sob got 1,800 ACCESS DENIED during two weeks!

holy sht!

that 180 ACCESS DENIED PER DAY... or if you break it down for EVERY HOUR... this idiot was getting REJECTED from porn sites 23 TIMES EVERY ***HOUR*** FOR 10 DAYS STRAIGHT!!!!!!

EVERY 2.6 MINUTES HE WAS GETTING REJECTED!!!

HE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TIME TO GO ON A FIFTEEN MINUTE BREAK!

DIDN'T THE FRIGGIN L*O*S*E*R GET THE FRIGGIN HINT THAT MAYBE HE WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE DOING THAT??????

i wonder if he was related to mark foley? mister wide stance in the stall craig?? bill clinton??? john edwards???? "reverend" ted haggard?????

ROFLMAO!!!!!

Posted by: TheNewAmerica | April 23, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I bet this sort of stuff doesn't happen in any other workplaces across the country !

Posted by: rbe1 | April 23, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I worked for a CEO in the private sector that surfed porn in the office during and outside of office hours. There's nothing special about the human beings that work at the SEC, except that lately they've been told to not do their jobs.

Posted by: geezjan | April 23, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Its all bush's fault! (she had a really nice shaved...never mind)

Posted by: RaiderDan | April 23, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

rbe1 - good point - I bet no one at any other company surfs for porn on their work computer - yeah right! P

lease stop making this political. It's not one party or another or even indicative of government employees as a whole. It does represent a need for the government to have better IT security if they were downloading that much. R

Posted by: eliahs474 | April 23, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Fomerrepublican wrote:
I don't care what they were doing!!! I just want the crooks on Wall Street and greedy banks who reduced my retirement IRA interest rate from 5% to .49% to get punished for their actions. Let's not fall for this diversion. Let's get them when we can, thanks to President Obama!!! And I suggest that the Republicans not step in his way!!!
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That's only addressing the symptom of a much greater disease. If one truly wants to be enlightened, and cares about the liberties once provided America...read this.
http://www.house.gov/paul/congrec/congrec2000/cr020200.htm

Posted by: ssol4569 | April 23, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Folks, you do understand that we're talking here about what happened under the previous Republican administration? I'd ask if someone could please explain how any of this means we should not now regulate finance more carefully, but there is no possible way to do so using reason and evidence. I'd just be inviting more Fox-think.

Posted by: NomoStew | April 23, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Guess those SEC managers were looking for the money shot!

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | April 23, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

More of the same government WASTE that the DemocRats have in store for us!

Posted by: theaz | April 23, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

By al menas vote them out. these people were surfing porn during the bush administration. bush is a republicon and led the way in fighting each and every regulatory stance of any agency there was, including hiring pron freaks to oversee the financial system. So vote all republicons out. Exactly the right idea.
Posted by: John1263 | April 23, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse
LOL these people are not elected they are HIRED. Can you really be this stup1d?????

Posted by: askgees | April 23, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Ok! Maybe they should not have used there government issued computers. Now using government issued computers yes they should be reprimanded for that. But as long as there job performance did not suffer and they are professional then do not make a big deal of it. Anyway I think this is a failed attempt by the "Right Wing" or Issa to take a subtle jab at ongoing financial reform efforts.
In society we see images of almost nude women or men everyday in advertising, TV, etc. So please..

Posted by: KBrustmeyer2003 | April 23, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Folks, you do understand that we're talking here about what happened under the previous Republican administration? I'd ask if someone could please explain how any of this means we should not now regulate finance more carefully, but there is no possible way to do so using reason and evidence. I'd just be inviting more Fox-think.

Posted by: NomoStew | April 23, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse


LIBS are fu$%ing stup1d. As if the Gov. changes out employees after an election. We need to end this healthcare reform BS and work on education reform.

Posted by: askgees | April 23, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Right, lets take a look at what those Senators have been doing online. I can bet if we looked at their office computers it would not be 100% senate related webistes.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | April 23, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect when their Republican administration basically tells them not to regulate anything? People with nothing to do will get into mischief.

WAKE UP SMELL THE PCSTENCH! piglosi has been in charge for 3 yrs. hussein has been in charge for 14 months. it was the demonRat admin.

Posted by: pervleft | April 23, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

A bigger shame is that the republicans created the financial meltdown and devastated and practically ruined this country during the Bush years. What is even more disturbing is that Grassly and the other republicans, now jumping up on their soap boxes did nothing to stop porn surfing at government agencies when they were in power. The darned hypocrites act as though the porn surfing is unique to the Obama administration. What a bunch of pathetic hypocrites. Furthermore, they voted in and facilitated an immoral and unnecessary war in Iraq and are responsible for the 180,000 lives that were lost. So let's not get all uptight about porn surfing. What are they stupid? Why aren't there filters to prevent the porn surfing on the government's computer networks? Every company or organization worth their salt understands that porn surfing happens everywhere...and they put in filters to prevent it. Just plain stupid.

Posted by: vintel7 | April 23, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Does this really merit all this much attention?

Posted by: jwyzalek | April 23, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Now I know why it took the SEC forever to can Bernie Madoff. Thanks SEC.

Posted by: bjacky | April 23, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Now I know why it took the SEC forever to can Bernie Madoff. Thanks SEC.

Posted by: bjacky | April 23, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Palin & Limbaugh were the stars in the movie .... as you all know they'll do anything to make a dollar. How can ANY Republican raise ANY issue involving "Morals" ? Oh, in the movie Sarah had her Black Leather outfit on that McCain had bought her 2 years ago.

Posted by: wasaUFO | April 23, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Interesting to learn which came first: SEC's indictment of Goldman-Sachs, or, the tip that sent Grassley off & running into SEC porn usage on duty time.
If the pay scales for these high grade SEC civilians is Senior Executive Service, & others, I was involved in cases involving SES years back with a DOD agency. There was a great deal of hemming & hawing so far as disciplinary (administrative) action was concerned in dealing with those guys.
Essentially, there was a double standard for everyone under SES level & those above. Needless to say, the SES folks' charges didn't materialize. On the other hand, they weren't about pornography per se, but conflict of interest involving rating officials who snagged subordinates into buying into land @ San Destin, Florida. Those guys all walked. Max nix.
If Goldman-Sachs had knowledge of pornography use by high level (and mid level SEC employees), then more than likely, Goldman-Sachs was also corrupted with the same type characters.
Hopefully, the SEC heads, who are still "clean" from this matter, will get thrown out of SEC. If any child porn shows up, then there's serious criminal charges awaiting those folks. Either way, SEC is apparently checkmated for the time being.
My guess is, due to the cozy relationships between the SEC & Wall Street, during the Bush era, this is going to uncover lots of garbage that's been buried. Inevitably, the entire "watch dog" agency situation under Bush-Cheney, was rotten to the core. Hopefully, this will also emerge over the next year or so.
Republicans seem to have forgotten greatly which Party was in charge for ten years (including two years under Clinton). The chickens will hopefully come home to roost, and fines and jail time will be potential outcomes for the Bush-Cheney Team raping the United States citizens while in office.

Posted by: zennheadd | April 23, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

And don't forget, the government wants to create a whole new group of these idiots to overhaul the financial industry..oh wait a minute.. now they're calling it "Wall Street." (not to mention FINRA, which was created to do the same thing as the SEC..huh?)

The financial system overhauls this adminstration is seeking would unacceptably slow down even the simplest loan transaction, such as buying a piece of furniture or an appliance on credit. Talk about ham-stringing our economy..is that what you Obama supporters want? To have to wait weeks to buy a set of bunk beds or a refrigerator?

Obama, Dodd, Fwank, Peloseri, and Reid are all insane.

Posted by: flintston | April 23, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

who cares if they're doing porn as long as they get their work done. thing is, they weren't. madoff made off for 15 years while SEC slept and wall street raped the world unnoticed until the bottom almost fell out. bust em for helping wipe out the economy with the corporatists; not for spanking their monkeys.

Posted by: adelaney2 | April 23, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

ANOTHER FABULIS FAILURE ON OBAMA AND COMPANYS POLICY OF STICT SURVALANCE AND ACCOUTAABILITY..LOOS LIKE YOU NEED TO MAKE SOME MORE OF YOUR WALL STREET PEOPLE AMBASIDORS.

Posted by: dagner49 | April 23, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Having sexual desire is not a crime, even after age 50. But it is unethical for anyone - of any age - to be using work computers for such tawdry purposes. I'm quite certain they persisted in doing so for so long because they thought they'd never get caught, due to their important government post.

It's a shame that too much American government and corporations don't have good ethics these days. We could save a fortune on prosecution, money that could go for something constructive!

Posted by: wpreader2007 | April 23, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone look at porn 8 hours a day?

Posted by: oracle2world | April 23, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I guess if Bernie Madoff stars in a prison porn film, the SEC might actually catch him..?

Everyone needs to think about this and I mean really, really think about it. This is what government agencies do best: nothing of any good.

Posted by: flintston | April 23, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

"And, by the way, even if the 33 investigations represent 33 different SEC employees, that is still only 0.8 percent (less than 1 percent, I hasten to add, just so some math-challenged mouth-frothers don't grab this figure and start saying it was 8 percent)of the total number of employees at the agency."

These are just the folks that stored images on their hard drive and didn't delete their browsing history. Sort of like the tip of the iceberg. Um ... make that "visible surface of iceberg above water".

Posted by: oracle2world | April 23, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

And the hypocritical Republicans dare to critize this when they have done much worse. It is a bad thing and these people should be fired immediately but the Republicans have no right to critize anyone until they clean up their own act. I am so sick of their hypocrisy and arrogance as well as their sheep followers who refuse to think for themselves and have such a convenient memory when it comes to history.

Posted by: imgibson | April 23, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh my, the GOP is so boringly predictable. This GOP condemnation of SEC staffers (probably hired by the BUSH administration) comes on the heels of the revelation of GOP committeepersons using GOP donated money to attend pornographic performances in strip clubs. Boringly and predictably hypocritical GOP!!! They are either looking at porn or fooling around in airport restrooms! Really tired of Democraps but so much more tired of Rethuglicans.

Posted by: ChicagoJim | April 23, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Not only are these people careless at work, they are incredibly stupid. Morality aside, not using home computers and storing on non-removable storage like a thumb drive are asking to get caught. These people belong on world's dumbest criminals. Next time they should park outside a Mickey D's with a Wally World laptop and a $5 thumb drive. For all we pay these federal workers we should at least get someone smart enough to not get caught so easily.

Posted by: hollygarfield | April 23, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Now I hear Barney Frank is blaming the SEC Porngate on the Republicans. That's rich coming from him. I would say that the SEC guys WATCHING porn is way less offensive than Barney COMMITTING porn by his obscene refusal to let executive branch regulators invesitgate Fannie and Freddie when it was clear they were bun-humping the country when it came to underwriting loans they KNEW would never get paid back.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | April 23, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"So", say the Republicans, "a few bad-apple regulators means that we should grant Wall Street shysters continued freedom to trample the modest fortunes of Main Street America! Greed Uber alles!"

Posted by: tahphoto | April 23, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

They were working on the upcoming stimulus package.

Posted by: ennepe68 | April 23, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

First, there is no excuse for the conduct of these employes -- most of which were probably hired or promoted during the Bush Administration.

But...isn't Grassly the same bozo that is investigating the TIMING of the Goldman Sachs fraud charges? Is this the best that Boehner and McConnel can come up with? Hey let's check out the computer traffic in the GOP Congressional offices next!

Posted by: Read_MediaMatters_org | April 23, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

While Pres. Obama was in New York speaking about financial regulatory reform, Wall Street lobbyists were hosting a FUNDRAISER for Senate Republicans.......

>>>>>The invitation to the fundraiser, obtained by the Party Time blog of the Sunlight Foundation, shows that the it was hosted by lobbyists Wendy Grubb, Kirsten Chadwick, Scott Reed, and a variety of corporate PACs. Grubb is a top lobbyist for Citigroup, a bank that took taxpayer TARP funds and has yet to repay them. Chadwick, a former staffer to Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), is a lobbyist for Zurich Financial Group, a financial services conglomerate.

ThinkProgress, along with several other journalists, waited outside of the fundraiser at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) building. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) walked quickly past reporters into his car, refusing to take questions. Both Sens. Cornyn and George Lemieux (R-FL) dodged reporters by driving into the NRSC’s underground lot. Although ThinkProgress tried to ask both GOP lawmakers and the other attendees of the fundraiser about regulation reform legislation, only Charlie Black spoke to us. Black is a longtime corporate lobbyist who now represents a variety of investment banks, including Goldman Sachs, within a trade group called the “Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.”

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/04/22/another-gop-bankfundraiser/

Posted by: angie12106 | April 23, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Internet porn was created under Bush's watch, so this is just more of the previous administration's mess that Obama has to deal with...

Posted by: ozpunk | April 23, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

While Pres. Obama was in New York speaking about financial regulatory reform, Wall Street lobbyists were hosting a FUNDRAISER for Senate Republicans.......

>>>>>The invitation to the fundraiser, obtained by the Party Time blog of the Sunlight Foundation, shows that the it was hosted by lobbyists Wendy Grubb, Kirsten Chadwick, Scott Reed, and a variety of corporate PACs. Grubb is a top lobbyist for Citigroup, a bank that took taxpayer TARP funds and has yet to repay them. Chadwick, a former staffer to Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), is a lobbyist for Zurich Financial Group, a financial services conglomerate.

ThinkProgress, along with several other journalists, waited outside of the fundraiser at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) building. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) walked quickly past reporters into his car, refusing to take questions. Both Sens. Cornyn and George Lemieux (R-FL) dodged reporters by driving into the NRSC’s underground lot. Although ThinkProgress tried to ask both GOP lawmakers and the other attendees of the fundraiser about regulation reform legislation, only Charlie Black spoke to us. Black is a longtime corporate lobbyist who now represents a variety of investment banks, including Goldman Sachs, within a trade group called the “Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.”

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/04/22/another-gop-bankfundraiser/

Posted by: angie12106 | April 23, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

The accusations are revenge from Goldman Sachs, pure and simple.

Posted by: soini | April 23, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

You can't have 10 men,gay/straight, military/government/civilian, atheist/agnostic/Christian, married/single, Republican/Democrat/whatever, etc. in the same building all with high speed internet access and NOT have any of them loooking at porn.

Posted by: hootie1fan | April 23, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

More subscribers to online pornography live in traditionally conservative red states than blue states, according to a study published in the American Economic Association's Journal of Economic Perspectives.

Utah leads the country with 5.47 subscribers per 1,000 broadband users, followed by Alaska (5.03) and Mississippi (4.30). California ranked 39th at 2.46.

Posted by: hootie1fan | April 23, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

A new nationwide study (pdf) of anonymised credit-card receipts from a major online adult entertainment provider finds little variation in consumption between states.
"When it comes to adult entertainment, it seems people are more the same than different," says Benjamin Edelman at Harvard Business School.

However, there are some trends to be seen in the data. Those states that do consume the most porn tend to be more conservative and religious than states with lower levels of consumption, the study finds.

Posted by: hootie1fan | April 23, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The ignorant comments of the Obama haters here should be ignored.
This was the fruit of the Bush administration's edict which was issued one day after he was inaugurated in January 2001 to terminate any and all forms of reporting by private industry required by regulations.
All reporting would be voluntary.
There would be no pursuit of late fees, etc.
If a company chose not to report, the government agency was ordered not to pursue them.
How do I know?
At that time, I was volunteering in a national park office and I read the directive.
We knew at the time we were living in a whole new world.
I knew it would come back to bite 'em.
And now, it has.
I don't approve of what they did, but if there is no work for you to do, and the work you should be doing, you are told you can't do, if you want a paycheck, you sit around all day long twiddling your fingers and getting into mischief.
Just like this.
No wonder the Madoff whistleblower couldn't get any attention.
So go on back and elect them GOPers, folks.
This is what you get.
This is the GOP definition of "smaller government" -- people in cubicles collecting paychecks at the gov't tit, achieving nothing.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | April 23, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

CLEARLY a smoke screen. This does not warrant as much attention that it’s getting. Let's focus on the important issues at hand, the economy!

Posted by: Nicky99 | April 23, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

ozpunk wrote:
Internet porn was created under Bush's watch, so this is just more of the previous administration's mess that Obama has to deal with...
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The government cannot create anything, it can only resort to using force to redistribute the goods that energetic citizens produce. The old-fashioned term for this is "theft."

Posted by: ssol4569 | April 23, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

This is another example of the symbiotic relationship between regulators and the industries they regulate:

Goldman-Sachs produces porn.
The SEC watches it.

Posted by: angelos_peter | April 23, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The problem at the SEC is not that a few people watched porn at work, it's that the politicians Gressley included deregulated the banking industry and are in the pocket of the wall street folks through there campaign contributions. For Issa to suggest otherwise shows how dumb he is.

Posted by: Woodstocknative | April 23, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

This story is a couple months old. Why the sudden urge to rehash it now?

Posted by: posttoastie1 | April 23, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

How would you like to have to tell your wife that your employer is disciplining you for these "work" activities?

Posted by: esch | April 23, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

This is really being overblown. So some guy's on travel and he fires up a little porn on his computer in the hotel room. What's he supposed to do, bring his own nookie computer in addition to the government version?

Posted by: randysbailin | April 23, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I am sick and tired of having to put up with such scatology taking place amongst such senior SEC government attorneys and accountants while receiving salaries in the hundred of thousands not including many more thousands in benefits which the self-reliant middle class is not aloud under our 8,500 page tax code. This sub rosa chicanery can and should not be tolerated by these otiose clerisy. They should be hung out to dry and exposed as to what they are, elite bilge seeking contagion on government salaries while we self-reliant middle class are expected to understand their need for explicid relaxation on our tax money. VP Biden language shows his inability to conform to what ever religion he claims to belong to. You may not like Bush, but at least he was felicitous.

Posted by: buckaroo5 | April 23, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

In the words of Benjamin Franklin, "We got you a Republic, if you can keep it." Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other. You can reject this all you deem necessary because of your freedom of speech (so far anyway), but it is the truth.

Posted by: ssol4569 | April 23, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Who the heck hired theses people?

Posted by: merf-1 | April 23, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Who the heck hired these people?

Posted by: merf-1 | April 23, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Judging from all the comments here, I'd say titillating stories like this should comprise the bulk of newspapers' content -- eh, to stem the loss of revenue, of course.

About eight years ago, employees at the U.S. Navy Ship Parts Center in [yes] Mechanicsburg, Pa., were nailed for sending porno and other salacious imagery and texts via their government e-mail system. The "scandal" prompted a reorganization of some kind, and a friend of mine said he and a number of fellow employees received promotions in the aftermath!

But I can sympathize with those SEC folks. I mean, after working and sweating all day over the scheming machinations of the Goldman Sachs's of the world, some stimulating moments viewing naked and active porn stars can inspire one to want to work harder in behalf of one's fellow American taxpayers.

Posted by: kinkysr | April 23, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

It would be interesting to see the productivity levels of someone who takes smoke breaks (ehem, Mr. President) and someone who takes porn breaks. I would guess that the porn people would be far more productive.

Posted by: wolfcastle | April 23, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Issa might want to leave this one alone and it would be wise for columnist to leave it alone. The porn watching was done when Bush's people were in office and Obama cleaned house and nothing has been done since Obama has been President. Issa heard about this when the Stock Market Crashed notice nothing was said or done at the time. Now Issa along with the Press hopes the public will believe this happen on Obama's watch. I notice SEC Mr. Cox is not talked about as he set back and let stuff happen.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | April 23, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

WELL, THERE IS NO WAY TO EXCUSE THIS IRRESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR, ON THE PUBLIC'S NICKLE ! THESE PEOPLE SHOULD BE SUED, FIRST FOR STEALING THEIR UNEARNED SALARIES AND THEN FIRED, FORTHWITH !

Posted by: YANKEE57 | April 23, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Adds new meaning to the old blues expression, "Shake that Moneymaker"!

Posted by: thebobbob | April 23, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

At any government job I have ever been aware of they would have fired a person on the spot for this sort of thing - fraud, falsification of time cards, unauthorized use of government equipment.... However, at the SEC it was apparently the people running the place doing it!

Somehow, I don't think financial reform is going to work out given this kind of leadership.

Posted by: wonderingstevie | April 23, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

If timing is not the suspect, how do you explain that only SEC employees were singled out in this report?

Yep. It is all politically driven all right. The fact that Senator Charles Grassley is trying to use this kind of information to discredit SEC suit against Goldman is not only irrelevant, it is also perceived a low balling. I am afraid that Senator Grassley does not look any better than those government employees on the report.

Posted by: faceonmars | April 23, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I am sick and tired of having to put up with such scatology taking place amongst such senior SEC government attorneys and accountants while receiving salaries in the hundred of thousands not including many more thousands in benefits which the self-reliant middle class is not aloud under our 8,500 page tax code. This sub rosa chicanery can and should not be tolerated by these otiose clerisy. They should be hung out to dry and exposed as to what they are, elite bilge seeking contagion on government salaries while we self-reliant middle class are expected to understand their need for explicid relaxation on our tax money. VP Biden language shows his inability to conform to what ever religion he claims to belong to. You may not like Bush, but at least he was felicitous.

Posted by: buckaroo5 | April 23, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Every government job I have worked at, the men were looking at porn. There would be all-hands meeting to discuss appropate use of computers, but no one was ever fired for porn viewing unless they were in trouble for something else first.

Posted by: hootie1fan | April 23, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Grassley might want to be careful about who he tries to "out" because as several studies have proven, it is the Republicans, the more conservative and religious who are the biggest purveyors of porn.

Posted by: hootie1fan | April 23, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

In the words of Benjamin Franklin, "We got you a Republic, if you can keep it." Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other. You can reject this all you deem necessary because of your freedom of speech (so far anyway), but it is the truth.

Posted by: ssol4569 | April 23, 2010 3:35 PM
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You need to study your history. The founding fathers were not particularly religious -- people attend church more today than then -- and they liked their drink.

Posted by: gbooksdc | April 23, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

NPS park, 3 years ago the senior law enforcement person had porn on his work computer. The action taken was to harass the individual who reported it and fire a temp who aided him. The next year he hired one of the park's temps to fix his home computer. The temp found appalling porn on that one, reported it, and was fired. The LE was moved to a do nothing desk for a year until he could move to another park. Where he harassed tourists.

Why is there not a national federal computer policy that terminates violations with triple damages return of compensation?

(claiming personal time as official business is theft. In many cases grand theft, yet these thefts are not prosecuted.)

Posted by: joel5 | April 23, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, when they say Nero "fiddled" while Rome burned, do you think they meant something like this?

Posted by: sparr | April 23, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

These people were looking at porn in the evenings at home or on travel using their work issued laptops. This is clearly a thinly disguised scheme to get these people to purchase a second "recreational" computer to help to "stimulate" the economy. It's not reasonable to send someone on travel and expect him or her to sit in the hotel room at night and not do a little one handed typing....

Posted by: randysbailin | April 23, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Now is anybody going to do anything about it? Or is this just some fun information.

Posted by: zesty118 | April 23, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

There'll be an invisible hand
Till SEC workers command
The financial details
Of derivative sales
(Though money shots they understand).

News Short n' Sweet by JFD8
http://twitter.com/JFD8

Posted by: jd121 | April 23, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Zomg, naked people! Stop the presses!

Posted by: byxnet | April 23, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

No prob for these guys. They can just get hired as a superintendent for a school in northern Iowa (check Sentral school). That's what one porn pervet did and he still has the job!

Posted by: lulablumer1 | April 23, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

These guys (and gals) were paid how much per hour to watch and download porn? What happened to ethics (especially a work ethic) and integrity? This is disillusioning at the least,and disgustingly horrible all the way around. It's dishonesty and deceit and shamelessness personified. Throw the slackers out and lock out porn sites on all government computers.

Posted by: ecampbell7 | April 23, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Rule No. 1 in Washington.

Don't get between a federal employee and the exit door after 2:00 pm on Friday afternoon.

I guess internet browsing must now be a required perquisite for a fed job to add to the other union induced lists for qualifications.

Taxpayers get hosed again and again and again.

They probably don't do these things at the Federal Reserve, FDIC, CFTC, FTC, IRS, CBO, OMB, Pentagon, CIA, Homeland Security, DOE.........

25% less Federal employees would be a good start on the deficit.

Posted by: wesatch | April 23, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I work in IT in DC. I know of at least two other instances of this type: The CFO of Amtrak was quietly demoted back in 2004 for constant porn surfing. The CIO in the Pentagon was fired for constant porn surfing back in 2002. It's an addiction but not an excuse.

Posted by: genxseeksboomerretirement | April 23, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Half of the House and Senate probably have sticky keyboards. I just went to the IRS site to download some forms and there was a link to a Teenage Slu&ts site.

Posted by: randysbailin | April 23, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

As a federal employee, I am simply astounded at this. One, where was IT? Two, can I get a job there?

Posted by: mjcc1987 | April 23, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I think most people like porn and sex, so it's a bit hypocritical to condemn anyone else. If you don't like porn and sex, you are in a very, very, very tiny minority.

But, it is not right to do that on the job.

Internet should be a seperate system in the Fed, that is, there should be an internal network and the 'net should be in an observable space. If your job requires the 'net, then you should have two machines. Private industry is on it's own on this one, but it is a full time job to keep an eye on 'net users.

So for me, the surfing on the job is the issue.

Posted by: Chapringo | April 23, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

...giving new meaning to the phrase "lobbying of government officials" LOL

Posted by: dubya1938 | April 23, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Do you seriously believe that this type of behavior is solely found among SEC employees? I have news for you - wherever there are computers that can link to the internet, there will be those who visit porn sites. Would those who refer to these people as scum be able to do it with hand on heart and say: "No, I've never abused my employment time? Horse puckey! What it didn't say was how many gamble on-line and that is a huge problem.

Many workers also have computers at home. Do you read about the time they log-on for work related problems? Of course not because that would spoil a scandal. The same goes for those on the move.

Editors, I suggest you look at the social and financial costs of on-line gambling. It is a major scandal and no-one wants to pull that pig's tail.

Posted by: cjward1 | April 23, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused. Issa is a Republican, right? Opposed to socialist-fascist-communist freedom-strangling, big-government regulation, right? So why does he care if SEC employees were looking at porn?

If regulators aren't doing their job, that should mean more freedom. Republicans can be offended by regulators checking out hot stuff on-line, or they can be the "nobody's minding the store" party of small government. They can't have it both ways.

Posted by: jonmiller1 | April 23, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Barney Frank had oversight of SEC during the time the porn surfing was taking place. Maybe he was giving them pointers?

Posted by: kohnfjerry | April 24, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse


publicly humiliate and post the family names and facial pictures of the sexually deviant sec government parasites.

Posted by: therapy | April 24, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

From TPM:
"Late Update: We left off one other story Issa has been pushing in recent days: SEC employees viewing porn at work. Pro Publica notes that the facts have been out there since last year, and suggests that Issa's decision to raise it again now may be a "political ploy" to discredit the SEC just as its lawsuit against Goldman Sachs has boosted the chances for financial reform."

Wikipedia:
In the 1970s, Issa and his brother were twice charged with auto theft, once for a Maserati sports car in 1972 and for a Mercedes Benz sedan in 1979, along with being accused of stealing a car during his military service, although he denies these charges. He has also been convicted for possession of an unregistered gun. [4]"

(How many Representatives have their own misdemeanor criminal record?)

"Issa divested all personal interest in Directed Electronics after being elected to public office,[citation needed] but is the richest member of the House and the second richest in all of the 111th Congress."

Issa is also suspected of playing a role in the firing of San Diego-based US District Attorney Carol Lam, a highly-effective prosecutor who was too non-partisan for Issa and Rove.

Posted by: j3hess | April 24, 2010 1:55 AM | Report abuse

The report was made public about a year ago and covered investigations conducted in 2008...when, lest we forget, the SEC was being run and supervised by Republicans under George W. Bush. It is ridiculous that Republicans should now be using Republican misbehavior to attack Democrats...an attack which would be impossible without the complicity and active help of the "liberal media."

Posted by: kstack | April 24, 2010 5:51 AM | Report abuse

A clever distraction from Goldman.

nothing to see here

keep moving.

Tim Miltz

Posted by: RedMercury | April 24, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Not firing these folks is the wrong message. Fire 'em.

Posted by: grumpyoldman1 | April 24, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

What tiny percentage of the SEC's 3,500 employees were so engaged in this behavior? This occurred in the past administration? Sure there should be discipline for those involved, perhaps firings, BUT is there anybody who doesn't realize this is just a GOP smokescreen to get the heat off Goldman Sachs pillaging of our nation? Isn't that what you call it when strangers arrive in town and loot people's homes? Now's not the time to hamstring the regulators––the democracy is being under siege by amoral plutocrats––release the hounds!!

Posted by: akreader | April 24, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

What tiny percentage of the SEC's 3,500 employees were so engaged in this behavior? This occurred in the past administration? Sure there should be discipline for those involved, perhaps firings, BUT is there anybody who doesn't realize this is just a GOP smokescreen to get the heat off Goldman Sachs pillaging of our nation? Isn't that what you call it when strangers arrive in town and loot people's homes? Now's not the time to hamstring the regulators––the democracy is being under siege by amoral plutocrats––release the hounds!!

Posted by: akreader | April 24, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Caliphacy Note... it's the saddest and funniest thing you posted... na'aam inna ana qul ka ana la fitna wa ana Shia Imam... oh it's not over yet... you'll see, because their very very irresponsible, their just trying to make a pay check... what a bunch of childish MORONS!!!!

Posted by: ahmadmali | April 24, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

whether one works in the private sector or government agency or other, as long as that computer/laptop is registered to that agency, it is not yours to be used for your personal pleasure. You may take the laptop home but since it is not owned by you, you do not have the authority to use it for personal use. I was of the believe that these were smart/intelligent people, but was I ever wrong? Yes, they should all be terminated- SEC needs to regain some of that credibility lost! Who can the consumer trust now? Clean up fast !!

Posted by: wethepeople4 | April 24, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I *am* outraged.

This malfeasance on the part of altogether well-compensated SEC officials may be 'old news' to gov't insiders et al, but not to the rest of us regular Janes. No consequence is too extreme, IMHO. (Surfing for donkey shows on MY tax dollar? A**holes.)

That said, this argument certainly comes under the 'Better Gov't' heading, not the 'No Gov't' heading. Shapiro inherited a mess from Cox, and now she's cleaning it up.

You go girl.

Posted by: ktward | April 24, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

The question is: Can they be fired? You know, this is the kind of thing that puts "rough stuff" into the heads of Teapartyers. I think I can tell, becuase I am starting to get a slow burn myself. Especially when we all know that the GD Civil Service protects all the incompetent, second-rate bureaucrates who couldn't give a flying flitration about their Country, even as it pours down the drain on their watch. Some of these porn watchers are patholical. They can't have normal sex anymore, because their brains have been so poisoned by the poison. This isn't right-wing stuff. It's a real medical condition--a real patholical condition. This really is too outrageous to put my mind around at this time. Be back later. In God We Trust.

Posted by: jacktar2001 | April 25, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Check the DEA office in Chantilly Va. Especially their office of Intel. They make the SEC and Iterior Dept.sex for lease, look like child play.

Posted by: lucas3 | April 27, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

So I did a few calculations on the guy downloading porn 8 hours a day. If you download porn for 40 hours a week, and you download more than 4.2 hours of porn per hour, you will be downloading more hours of porn per workweek than there are hours in a week. I decided to see if that was possible.
I have a high-speed connection (from a college) that can download 35mb of files in 14 seconds. According to iTunes, a 2 hour movie is 1.6 gigabytes. I multiplied this by 2.2 (which is actually 4.4 hours of porn per work hour, but these results round better). At this rate, I could download this much porn in... 12 minutes. I could download 5 times as much porn in 40 hours than I could watch if I left it on for more than 5 weeks straight. Sadly, this number is probably an underestimate, because the SEC probably has faster internet than my college. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to not failing multivariable calculus.

Posted by: violentgandhi | April 28, 2010 2:12 AM | Report abuse

I mistyped my conclusion there, I could download 5 times as much porn in a workweek as I could watch if I left it on for every single hour in the week (which comes out to more than 5 weeks worth of porn per workweek). Let's hope multi goes better.

Posted by: violentgandhi | April 28, 2010 2:15 AM | Report abuse

Porn isn't speech. It's lewd behavior and it's addictive. It's not only costing the SEC lost productivity but it's costing every industry billions in lost productivity. It injures individuals (including kids) and families. It saps a person's time from the real world. If it were ethical it wouldn't be shameful. Make it illegal and save marriages, businesses and the economy from the drain it is causing on at least half of our population. At least make internet porn illegal, because it sneaks a near infinite supply of porn into our houses and workplaces.

Posted by: fliegerhorst | April 28, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

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