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SEC Staffers Watched Porn As Economy Crashed

SEC Staffers Watched Porn As Economy Crashed 22 Apr 2010 Senior staffers at the Securities and Exchange Commission spent hours surfing pornographic websites on government-issued computers while they were being paid to police the financial system, an agency watchdog says. The SEC's inspector general conducted 33 investigations of employees looking at explicit images in the past five years, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press. The memo says 31 of those probes occurred in the 2 1/2 years since the financial system teetered and nearly crashed.

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The story says:

 

"- A senior attorney at the SEC's Washington headquarters spent up to eight hours a day looking at and downloading pornography. When he ran out of hard drive space, he burned the files to CDs or DVDs, which he kept in boxes around his office.

 

- An accountant was blocked more than 16,000 times in a month from visiting websites classified as "Sex" or "Pornography." Yet he still managed to amass a collection of "sexually suggestive and inappropriate images" on his hard drive.

 

- Seventeen of the employees were "at a senior level," earning salaries of up to $222,418."

 

Were they given explicit enforcement orders? It sounds to me like they may have interpreted "being paid to police the financial system," to mean that their job was to watch the American public getting screwed.