One of the most phenomenal aspects of the stock market mayhem of the past two years was the discovery that the American Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is one of the most inept law enforcement organizations in the country. There have still been virtually no prosecutions or lawsuits, despite evidence of massive fraud. Despite large amounts of evidence being presented to them by concerned outsiders, the largest fraud in history, that of Bernie Madoff, was similarly missed.
The SEC possesses an outside oversight body, an Inspector-General, who monitors the organization, identifies wrongdoing, and makes recommendations for improvements. Most of the reports are public and unclassified, and most of them even (used to) appear on the organization’s website. Curiously, however, not all of them do. In fact, some of them were even removed from the website, according to the Project on Government Oversight (POGO).Tweet