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
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 . . .