Politics

Congressman Introduces Bill To Have Porn Sites Blocked On Federal Computers

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, introduced a bill in Congress to stop government employees from watching pornography on federal computers.

Meadows says while many government agencies have rules against Internet porn at work, they aren’t being enforced.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general reported in May that a senior-level employee was discovered spending up to six hours a day looking at porn. An investigation showed the man downloaded and viewed more than 7,000 porn files, visiting websites called “Sadism is Beautiful” and “Bare So Horny” for several hours at a time.

The Justice Department is investigating the case for possible prosecution, the Washington Post reported.

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Last week Environment & Energy Publishing reported that the employee is on leave and still collecting government pay.

The agency’s policy hasn’t been updated since the report, according to The Post.

“It’s not just casual porn viewing, but hours and hours of unproductive time doing things we shouldn’t be condoning,” Meadows said. “There seems to be a need to reinforce agency rules that might be in place, but not enforced.”

The bill makes safeguards to keep federal computers off porn sites. It doesn’t create any new penalties against officials but it would penalize agencies that don't have these safeguards in place.

“It’s appalling that it requires an act of Congress to ensure that federal agencies block access to these sites at work,” Meadows said Thursday.

Sources: Washington Post, TheBlaze

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