GOP Lawmaker Launches Porn Probe

Employees at the National Science Foundation are allegedly knee-deep in online smut, and Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley will not stand for it.

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley is going on a hunt -- a hunt for perversion! -- and he's got the National Science Foundation square in his sights. What's going on at the NSF? Apparently, the employees there are knee-deep in online smut!

Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, on Tuesday fired off a letter to the NSF's inspector general requesting all documents related to the "numerous reports" and seven investigations into "Abuse of NSF IT Resources" cited in the foundation's 68-page semiannual report.

Despite the less-than-lurid sound of the probes, the employees in question weren't just logging onto their Facebook accounts or buying birthday gifts on The report says they were watching, downloading and e-mailing porn, sometimes for significant portions of their workdays, and over periods of months or even years.

Jason Linkins is an associate editor at the Huffington Post, based in Washington, DC.
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