surfing for pornLMAO, we knew there was a reason our country’s economy fell into a near recession when there’s agencies in place to watch things. While the U.S. was sinking into its worst financial crisis in more than 70 years, Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) employees and contractors were browsing and downloading porn on government computers. Not just a little either.

Some staffers had so much porn, they had to burn them on to CDs, which they stored in their offices. We’re talking boxes of CDs/DVDs stores too.

The SEC is responsible for enforcing federal securities laws and regulating the securities industry, the nation’s stock and options exchanges, and other electronic securities markets within the nation. If they did, they might have seen the crash coming.

According to a CNN report, 33 SEC employees violated Commission rules over the past five years “by viewing pornographic, sexually explicit or sexually suggestive images using government computer resources and official time”, as said in a summary of an investigation by the inspector general’s office.

Some were too busy watch porn though. These same employees also raked in between $99,000 and $223,000 a year, earning their salaries by surfing for porn for hours.

According to CNN, one regional office staff accountant tried to access pornographic websites nearly 1,800 times on her SEC laptop during a two-week period. They also found around 600 pornographic images saved on the hard drive.

Another senior attorney at SEC headquarters admitted to downloading pornography up to eight hours a day, according to the investigation.

“In fact, this attorney downloaded so much pornography to his government computer that he exhausted the available space on the computer hard drive and downloaded pornography to CDs or DVDs that he accumulated in boxes in his office,” the inspector general’s report said.

“It is 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,” Rep. Darrell Issa. The Republican, a ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told CNN.

Wow, no wonder things fell apart ey?