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Corruption is Not Going Away

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Thursday, May 16, 2013

Apparently all the collective efforts to improve ethical behavior through education and compliance aren't having the desired effect. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh says that "no matter how much authorities try to stop certain politicians, business people and others from stealing, he doesn’t "see any deterrent effect” because their behavior seems to be getting worse rather than better."

During his speech for the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, Freeh noted that many people — from workers in local governments to Washington, D.C., to Wall Street — have not learned life’s lessons that it’s wrong to lie, cheat and steal. "Corruption is endemic to the human experience,” he said, saying it goes back centuries.

One big problem is the difficulty of proving crimes of corruption, such as bribery, because they "are never committed at gunpoint,” adding that the greatest challenge is "to prove that a crime actually took place.”

Freeh said the country’s lack of ethics is out of control today. "It’s pernicious throughout our society,” he said.  "It’s in our sports programs,” added Freeh, who was hired by Penn State to investigate the university football program’s sex-abuse scandal. "It’s in our educational system,” he said, alluding to a school test-cheating probe in Atlanta.    read more . . .

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