EPA Official Looked at Porn on Government Computer “2 to 6 Hours a Day”; Still on the Payroll

When I heard this news reported on the radio the other day, the announcer acted like everyone should be shocked to hear it. But it’s nothing new.

Apparently, some EPA employee habitually viewed pornography on his office computer, anywhere from 2 to 6 hours a day. Even when a special agent with the Office of the Inspector General came in to interview the official, he was diligently viewing pornography. And yes, the employee is still on the payroll, even receiving high performance reviews and bonuses along the way.

But they just found out about this, right? Not exactly. The guy’s been reportedly doing this on his taxpayer-funded “work” computer since 2010.

But this really isn’t shocking news. TheWashington Timesreported a while back on the exorbitant amounts of internet pornography, much of it child porn, being downloaded on government employees’ computers, specifically those employed by the Pentagon, the U.S. State Department, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Transportation Security Administration (no surprise there) and the Missile Defense Agency. There was even an employee that was found to be viewing this trash up to 8 hours a day. And he wasn’t just any employee. He was a senior official. In fact, this has been a major problem among senior officials in these departments.

It was reported a few years ago that there were over 5,000 Pentagon employees downloading porn, including child porn. There was an “investigation” that resulted in the prosecution of a couple hundred or so employees, but because of “lack of funding and resources,” they halted the investigation. Lack of funding? So they’d rather use taxpayer money to pay employees to view pornography, and instead of sacking everybody involved, they let the vast majority of them “get off” scot-free? Is there any company that would put up with this kind of behavior? For most employers, this is grounds for immediate termination, and if child pornography was involved, a prison sentence.

When government employees are involved in this kind of illicit behavior, if they are even exposed, the media treat them like they’re isolated cases. If the government actually felt obligated to investigate and prosecute all these individuals, we wouldn’t be left with much of a government. And perhaps that’s why they slough off these cases.