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Pentagon workers tied to child porn

By Ed O'Keefe

So says today's Boston Globe:

Federal investigators have identified several dozen Pentagon officials and contractors with high-level security clearances who allegedly purchased and downloaded child pornography, including an undisclosed number who used their government computers to obtain the illegal material, according to investigative reports.
The investigations have included employees of the National Security Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — which deal with some of the most sensitive work in intelligence and defense — among other organizations within the Defense Department.
The number of offenders is a small percentage of the thousands of people working for sensitive Pentagon-related agencies. But the fact that offenders include people with access to government secrets puts national security agencies “at risk of blackmail, bribery, and threats, especially since these individuals typically have access to military installations,’’ according to one report by the Defense Criminal Investigative Service from late 2009.

We're tracking this and will have more later today. Remember that these officials are just a few of the hundreds of thousands of people working for "Top Secret America."

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 23, 2010; 9:36 AM ET
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Comments

When were these pedophiles hired?
They smell like right-wing, family values, Republicans.
They have a long history of child molestation, pedophilia, and adultery (hi Gingrich and Giuliani).

Posted by: analyst72 | July 23, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

They'er just stupid and sick individuals. I have trouble beliving there are people out there like these folks who don't think they're going to get caught doing something so completely idiotic. I hope they feel their shame for life.

Posted by: akchild | July 23, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I bet the Catholic Church likes this,takes some of the heat off them.

Posted by: whales60 | July 23, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Heckuva job IT bureaucrats

Posted by: jiji1 | July 23, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Pretty brazen... doing something that stupid on government computers, at work. Especially stupid, considering the field they work in... they had to assume nobody was watching THEM, even though they were helping to watch everyone else.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | July 23, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

That's the thing about computers...people think everything they do on them is private when absolutely none of it is.

DUMB

Posted by: edismae | July 23, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Disgusting that they should be looking at pictures of naked children on govt computers. They should be using those computers, like good patriots, to plan bombing attacks on Afghan and Pakistani children.

Posted by: Bud0 | July 23, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

When were these pedophiles hired?
They smell like left-wing, progressive value, Democrats.
They have a long history of child molestation, pedophilia, and adultery (hi John Edwards and Bill Clinton).

Posted by: NYSTEAMERMAN | July 23, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

How about putting their names out? Why should they be protected further?

Posted by: pkamuda | July 23, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Less government = less perverts.

Posted by: tulsadave | July 23, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

This may come as a shock to moron Democrats BUT most Government Employees ARE Democrats. School Teachers, Police, Fire Departments, Social Services, Military, etc,etc, etc. But let us keep blaming the Republicans. After all, Bush did NOT have ANY Democrats in HIS congress least of all any could make decisions(Obama).

Posted by: markypolo | July 23, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The question here is: are these people still working for the Pentagon? If so why?

Posted by: OhMy | July 24, 2010 6:16 AM | Report abuse

First, obviously we have a problem.

But then it easily corrected fire and imprison those caught.

First is the Security issues and then the Moral issues.

Part of the vetting process for these security clearances should have been cautioning inspecting the backgrounds of those individuals given the Clearances.

But please note... we have a POTUS that has readily admitted to the use of Crack, Coke and Pot during High School and college. WHICH IS A MAJOR Security Breach and NOTHING was done about that issue.

Seems to be an awful amount of Porn Viewing by Government OFFICIALS during the last year or so.

But then the Bleeding Heart LIBERALS will require that they be re-trained, seek help and in a couple of months they will be back doing the same thing.

Remember most of these individuals are probably UNION MEMBERS..

Posted by: miller515501 | July 24, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

The DCIS hit the nail on the head; and I can't believe that these people (on the inside, mind you) would download a single picture when the capabilities of NSA, AT&T etc etc are available in "open source" material such as James Bamford etc.
In fact, this would explain so much regarding "high profile" lobbyists with strong connections to "supposed allies" who request closed court sessions when they're caught; and I think we all remember this? Someone was compromised, and I say deliberately. The "how" seems to be answered here.

Posted by: powersiege | July 24, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Miller. Pres. Obama did NOT admit to taking crack! Crack didn't even exist when he was in high school. Might want to check your facts. Yeah, he used pot and cocaine in high school. So, what?! It was the '70s! He ain't using it now. Good grief.

Posted by: Marylander4 | July 26, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Of course most bureaucrats are democrats. It's called self preservation!

Posted by: jiji1 | July 26, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

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