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Robert Peters: SEC pornography scandal shows harms of obscene material
CatholicNewsAgency ^ | New York City, N.Y., Apr 24, 2010

Posted on 04/24/2010 9:06:25 AM PDT by GonzoII

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Robert Peters: SEC pornography scandal shows harms of obscene material


Morality in Media president Robert Peters.

.- The exposure of workplace pornography use at the Securities and Exchange Commission while the 2008 financial crisis was unfolding shows the harmful consequences of such material, Morality in Media president Robert Peters has said. Calling for open condemnation of the vice, he said existing anti-obscenity laws should be enforced.

“Addiction to this material in the adult population is contributing to sexual exploitation of children, to the breakup of marriages, to sexual violence against women, to the demand for women trafficked into prostitution, to on-the-job sexual harassment, and to a decline in worker productivity,” Peters told CNA on Friday.

His comments came in response to news that an internal investigation of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), conducted at the request of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), found 31 serious offenders involved with pornography during the past two and a half years, ABC News reports.

While the SEC has about 3,500 employees, 17 of the alleged offenders were senior SEC officers whose salaries ranged from $100,000 to $222,000 per year.

A senior attorney at SEC headquarters in Washington, D.C. spent up to eight hours per day accessing internet pornography, the unreleased report says. After he filled the space on his government computer with the images, he downloaded more to CDs and DVDs and stored them in boxes at his office.

One accountant with the Commission tried to access pornographic websites 1,800 times in a two-week period and had 600 images on her computer’s hard drive, ABC News said.

Another employee tried to access pornographic sites hundreds of times and was denied access, but he bypassed the network filter to visit a “significant number” of pornography sites. He resigned after being told he would lose his job.

Several of the major offenders are still at the SEC, sources told ABC News.

Most of the cases began in 2008, just as the financial system was threatened with collapse. The most recent case in the report took place four weeks ago.

"These guys in the middle of a financial crisis are spending their time looking at prurient material on the Internet," Peter Morici, a professor at the University of Maryland, told ABC News.

A former director of the Office of Economics at the U.S. International Trade Commission, Morici said the behavior was “reckless” and indicated contempt for the taxpayer’s interest in monitoring financial markets.

Robert W. Peters spoke about the problems pornography creates in a Friday e-mail interview with CNA.

Asked how pornography use could have impaired the SEC reaction to the financial crisis, he said distracted employees will neglect work whatever the nature of their distraction.

“Odds are that the misuse of time at the SEC is not the cause of our nation’s financial crisis!” Peters told CNA. “But I suspect we will never know what might have been prevented had SEC personnel been focused on their jobs instead of on computer screens filled with hardcore pornography.”

He reported that there have also been problems about misuse of government computers to view pornography at the National Science Foundation.

He cited a February 24, 2009 article in Industry News reporting that visits to pornography sites at work increased 23 percent in the previous year. Almost 25 percent of employees are visiting porn sites during the workday. A pornography industry leader has said visits to porn sites are highest during office hours.

According to Industry News, workplace pornography use poses a “major legal liability risk” for employers, who can be sued by other workers offended at being exposed to such material. It reported lost productivity is also a business problem.

Though not cited by Peters, writer Mary Eberstadt has reported that a 2007 survey by the American Management Association and the ePolicy Journal found that out of the 30 percent of bosses who reported firing an employee for internet misuse, 84 percent cited pornography as the reason.

Peters referred CNA to a “disturbing article” published at the Marine Corps Times and other military newspapers, titled, “Addicted to online porn: X-rated Internet explosion wreaks havoc with troops’ careers, lives.”

The article explains problems pornography poses for the military, including marital breakup and career-ending misconduct. The problem is believed to be even more serious than among the civilian population.

“Our nation’s role in polluting the world with pornography is also making the war against terrorism more difficult,” Peters added. He cited a Gallup Poll that found 36 percent of Baghdad residents believe Western culture has undermined moral standards by spreading sexually indecent influences.

Discussing other harms of pornography, Peters said that children’s exposure to hardcore adult pornography can interfere with their psychological, moral and spiritual development. It can lead to sexual misconduct, even including sexual abuse of other children.

Asked how the problem of pornography can be combated, Peters said parents, religious leaders and educators need to do a much better job of informing boys and girls about the harms of pornography.

“It would also help if religious leaders in particular would state unabashedly and often that it is morally wrong (sinful, if you will) for individuals of any age to view pornography!”

“There is also a role for government,” he continued, saying law enforcement is a “necessary part” of the response. He noted obscenity laws on the books at federal and state levels can be enforced against the distribution of hardcore pornography on the internet, television, and in local retail establishment.



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1 posted on 04/24/2010 9:06:26 AM PDT by GonzoII
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To: GonzoII

They will all be victims before it is over. Sheesh!


2 posted on 04/24/2010 9:08:18 AM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: RatRipper

Hmm! The SEC has filed charges against Goldman and conveniently a story hits about their porn activities. Do ya think this will posiibly undermine the SEC’s credibility in the lawsuit and continuing investigation?


3 posted on 04/24/2010 9:11:32 AM PDT by rj45mis
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To: GonzoII

At least they weren’t visiting Drudge or FR.

Pray for America


4 posted on 04/24/2010 9:21:02 AM PDT by bray (REPEAL CONGRESS!!)
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To: GonzoII

To think that taxpayers have been supporting these $200,000-per-year creeps’ porn addictions is outrageous. Then again, outrages by government are “the new normal.”


5 posted on 04/24/2010 9:21:20 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (I can see November from my house!)
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To: RatRipper
I believe in moral responsibility. However, I also know that pornography is a poison that wrecks relationships, results in distorted images of self and others, and sucks up free time faster than a Democratic Congressman sucks up money from your wallet.

When there's downtime at work, I do what a former boss suggested I do; I study something. There are so many textbooks on line that you can learn a lot. I am learning about data mining presently, as well as something about radio electronics and navigation; it might be too late to run away to sea, but it takes the mind off data mining.

It's a shame that the concept of self-improvement seems to have vanished with the death of G.A. Henty.

6 posted on 04/24/2010 9:23:55 AM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: rj45mis

Some claim that the case against Goldman is weak in the first place. I have no clue. Throw up a minor case to justify the financial reform legislation, knowing it will get thrown out later isn’t much skin off GS’s teeth. The public already thinks they are crooks.

I’m thinking there may be a sympathetic mole in the SEC that is bringing this to light hoping that, during the course of discovery, it may actually help show that GS and the SEC are on the same team.

Just a theory.


7 posted on 04/24/2010 9:28:00 AM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: GAB-1955
I also know that pornography is a poison that wrecks relationships, results in distorted images of self and others, and sucks up free time

We forgive you

8 posted on 04/24/2010 9:29:41 AM PDT by HospiceNurse
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To: GonzoII

“Addiction to this material in the adult population is contributing to sexual exploitation of children, to the breakup of marriages, to sexual violence against women, to the demand for women trafficked into prostitution, to on-the-job sexual harassment, and to a decline in worker productivity,”

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Amen! Enough with the objecifying of women and children! We are people, not objects. (Some at FR may take note.)


9 posted on 04/24/2010 9:29:58 AM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: GonzoII

Government gets bigger every day, We could probablt fire half of those working for the government and never miss them.


10 posted on 04/24/2010 9:31:12 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: GonzoII

I confess. I’m not addicted to porn, I’m addicted to FreeRepublic. That being said, just think of this—these are the sorts of government bureaucrats who will be running health care—deciding on what is appropriate care and to whom it should be given, deciding what doctors will earn, and all the rest. It boggles the mind.


11 posted on 04/24/2010 9:31:34 AM PDT by WestSylvanian
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To: HospiceNurse
It’s one of the biggest fights Christian men face. Thanks be to God for giving us the victory through our lord Jesus Christ.
12 posted on 04/24/2010 9:32:00 AM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: GAB-1955

Aha, I knew it all along. The 2008 financial meltdown was caused by lecherous males ogling porn on the internet. sarcasm.


13 posted on 04/24/2010 9:32:36 AM PDT by mono
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To: GAB-1955

I agree 100% with your post. PLUS, smut also costs people MONEY! These guys could probably have caught Madoff and other fraudsters a LOT earlier had they not been wasting their time looking for smut at taxpayers’ expense!!!


14 posted on 04/24/2010 9:34:52 AM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: mono
Well, if a quartermaster was watching porn on his iPhone instead of the helm, wouldn't the ship go off course? The porn surfing was a sign of inattention by senior and middle government managers.
15 posted on 04/24/2010 9:35:36 AM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: GonzoII

It is bad they were looking at porn, but really if they had spent all their time watching omigosh adorably cute kitty cat videos on youtube it would be just as bad. Maybe not just as bad for their personal morality and immortal souls, but just as bad in terms of NOT DOING THEIR JOBS.

I hope these creeps are getting fired, btw, but I haven’t seen anything about that.


16 posted on 04/24/2010 9:37:06 AM PDT by jocon307 (It's the spending, stupid.)
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To: bray
You can get away with Drudge but Free Republic, though not banned, is best viewed at home. Again, I find that Project Gutenberg and Google Books and Scribd are my best friends during times of boredom.
17 posted on 04/24/2010 9:38:17 AM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: GAB-1955

sex is bad. I understand.


18 posted on 04/24/2010 9:41:16 AM PDT by HospiceNurse
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To: HospiceNurse

Sex isn’t bad. Sex in a loving relationship with your spouse - of the opposite sex - is fantastic. It’s the misuse of God’s gift which is the problem. This is a BIG problem with pornography.


19 posted on 04/24/2010 9:43:32 AM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: GAB-1955
Sex in a loving relationship with your spouse - of the opposite sex - is fantastic

What makes it "fantastic"?

20 posted on 04/24/2010 9:47:22 AM PDT by HospiceNurse
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To: GAB-1955

And a sign of an IT department with no guidance. If your average business can block porn sites on company computers, how can the “secure” SEC systems access it?


21 posted on 04/24/2010 9:58:06 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: jocon307
I hope these creeps are getting fired, btw, but I haven’t seen anything about that.

You'll never hear anything beyond the "They've been disciplined" line the SEC management is spouting now.
22 posted on 04/24/2010 10:01:30 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: GonzoII

I find it hard to condemn something limiting the working of government.


23 posted on 04/24/2010 10:45:02 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (great thing about being a cynic: you can enjoy being proved wrong)
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To: GonzoII

Watching porm created the mortgage crisis?

I don’t think so.

Bawney Frank gets the credit here, not Linda Lovelace and Harry Reams.


24 posted on 04/24/2010 10:47:51 AM PDT by MindBender26 (Prezdet Obama is what you get when you let the O.J. jury select a president !)
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To: GAB-1955

My point was the SEC has not shown much skill or interest in catching anybody at anything illegal or unethical over the last several years.


25 posted on 04/24/2010 1:55:04 PM PDT by mono
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26 posted on 04/24/2010 1:56:17 PM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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27 posted on 04/24/2010 3:41:44 PM PDT by narses (Only half the patients who go into an abortion clinic come out alive.)
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To: mono

You’re right. If you’re going to have to have some government regulation, you want them to be working at that regulation. The less regulation the better of course.


28 posted on 04/24/2010 5:10:44 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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