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A Dog Ate 2 years of Lois Lerner’s Emails. Now What?

June 13th, 2014 - 3:37 pm

So the IRS suffered a catastrophic hard disk failure and — lo and behold! – two years of Lois Lerner’s emails have vanished: poof! Just like that. Imagine. Evidence of those happy days targeting conservative groups, gone. So much for the memoir. Eliana Johnson reports that Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is really steamed. He has even asked the Justice Department to look into it.  “The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS’s response to congressional inquiries,” he said in a statement. “There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the Inspector General.”

Still laughing? Yes, that would be Eric Holder’s Justice Department.  Don’t hold your breath, Mr. Camp.

Now, I actually might be able to help the IRS.  When we lost a hard disk at my office with lots of archival material, we were pretty glum.  But there are scads of data recovery companies whose entire business revolves around getting data off damaged hard disks. (“Recovering data from damaged hard disks” turned up 31,200,000 results in .36 seconds on the Google search I just performed.) I’m sure there are many such companies within a stone’s throw of the IRS.  And here’s an offer: I’ll gladly pay personally to have the data recovered. Really. It’s only $1000 bucks, $2000 tops, and I’d pay a lot more than that to know what was in those emails. Wouldn’t you?

But here’s the thing.  After we lost that hard disk, we wised up and started backing up.  We have redundant backups in our office and offsite back ups as well.  And we’re a tiny company with no IT department. The IRS commands the resources of the federal government and as much of your money as it chooses to glom on to. Is it credible that they have no backups of two years’ worth of emails of a senior staff person—a senior staff person who just happens to be at the center of a huge scandal?  What do you think?

I have a couple of other questions. 1. How will the New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, and the rest of the extended White House public relations team cover this story?  Will they cover it?  And 2. What will it take to rouse the public from its supine attitude of hapless acquiescence to this administration’s increasingly brazen lawlessness? I almost tire of reciting the litany, but here it is, part of it, once again, on the next page:

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Camp is upset and The Ministry of Stern Notes has asked Eric Holder to take time away from his prior special appointment of investigating....Eric Holder...to investigate the hand picked hatchet who had to plead the 5th Amendment against incriminating herself in federal crimes because her emails prove all the other conspirators who attacked innocent citizens in order to rip away their liberty.

I'm so happy that our representatives are a tad put off at the gang rape of freedom. It is inspiring to know that they would like to tickle treason with a feather and are willing to confront totalitarian shredding of the Constitution over high tea and crumpets.

Meanwhile, back in the land of serially abused serfs and vassals... there is a spot of bother over the slightly confusing fact pattern.

The 5th Amendment invoking criminal suspect had ALL her emails "lost"...and NOBODY else? Um, how exactly does THAT happen without a conspiracy to destroy material evidence in a criminal matter.

I mean the fact that the 5th Amendment was invoked de facto ADMITS it is a criminal matter.

In fact, a jury would be instructed that they could consider an adverse inference against the 5th Amendment invoker because material evidence had been destroyed.

I have never heard of a "selective memory loss" by a hard drive.

Was it caused by a hard drive by shooting? Only the emails of Lerner AND her conspirators were destroyed? Every recipient she conspired with...including the DOJ and the White House had their emails corrupted? By corrupted I mean....well actually...leave that as is.

Because a mid-level flunkie like Lerner takes orders from only three places. The White House. The DOJ. And Democratic Party bigwigs in the Senate or House.

So, what better place to have an honest investigation into a direct assault on citizens than the DOJ, White House and in the halls of that majestic body of our derring do champions?

The Ministry of Stern Notes is going to hop right on this. Well, after they finish the "minor league" "distraction" of finding out what dirty scheme caused the death of an ambassador and two Navy Seals.

And why they were bypassed and scoffed at while being ignored in the replenishing of five terrorist masterminds.

And stonewalled in running guns to drug cartels with 300 dead Mexicans and a border agent.

And spying on reporters and singling out a Fox News guy.

And making a secret deal with Iran to gift them nukes and billions of dollars...that we STILL can't see.

And making secret back door deals with Hamas, that 85% of the Senate's Ministry of Warm Words For Israel has issued a Declaration of Mildly Put Off Distress about it all.

Why, yes...it IS comforting to know that in between the watercress finger sandwiches and tawny port and cigars...our brave protectors have taken time out to pen a note of mild and mannered irritation that the overthrow of the government by gangsters continues unabated.

Who better than the Attorney General in Contempt to get right on this present matter.

Because Contempt is what it's all about. And Contempt is what they ALL have for the serfs and vassals, a point proven each and every passing day.
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"I wish I knew the answers to these questions."
- - - -

I imagine that this was sarcasm.

You DO know the answers to those questions.

Obama's followers don't care if Obamacare is a big lie. They don't care what happened in Libya. They don't mind at all that Obama and Holder were trying to trump the Second Amendment by slipping guns to the MexiGangs - they're probably disappointed that it didn't work.

They wish the IRS had been a bit more subtle about terrorizing Republicans, but support the basic premise. Massive influxes of poor, likely-liberal voters serve their own purposes, so they're not angry about Obama flinging open the border. They see Obama steal us all blind while delivering billions to his financial backers who all seemed to become expert in "alternate" energy, but are content to await their turn to share in the loot.

The new EPA rules stand a very good chance of producing blackouts and doubling energy prices, but BO's supporters are secure in their belief that Obama will find some way to make sure his supporting cities get adequate power - and he will.

VA system issues that endanger veterans? Well, (thinks the typical BO follower), they shouldn't have joined the military in the first place - bloodthirsty killers, all.

This is a revolution. Don't make the mistake of thinking that rational reflection will lead to your idea of rational acts when you don't understand the motivations behind the current acts.
19 weeks ago
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He lies.
He knows he lies.
He knows WE know he lies.
He just laughs at us, embarrasses the US, and DARES us to call him on his incompetence, because if we do, the sniveling sycophantic MSM will call us racists and come to the defense of their dear leader.

I just don't have the words...
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Given the loss of the hard drive/computer at each end of the communication, still the messages were conveyed as E-mail. Lets ask the NSA for backup copies.
18 weeks ago
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Silly wabbits, this just sets up the next "revelation' that after the "crash" the disks in question were "routinely" destroyed. Any attempt at data recovery would of course reveal they were repeatedly wiped with magnets.
18 weeks ago
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All 18 minutes worth of e-mails?
Oops sorry, wrong crook.
18 weeks ago
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Is there not 1 honest man at the DOJ?
18 weeks ago
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and Boehner somehow hasn't spoken on this, and didn't seem to be concerned about the abuse of the IRS, because what--it was tea party, youknow the group that got him his power, or he just didn't want to upset B.O. or he is incompetent,

But while there was outrage, Boehner was silent, and when contempt of congress charges against her, he went AWOL
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"Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is really steamed. He has even asked the Justice Department to look into it."
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And there's the other half of the problem.
18 weeks ago
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I guarantee that the email isn't gone. The way to "recover" the email is for Republicans in the House to identify IT workers with access to the IRS email servers who are willing to help. Offer them cash incentives and replacement jobs in exchange for their cooperation. Pretty good chance that the people with the technical ability to produce the email are not Obama political appointees.
18 weeks ago
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1) As for the IRS; congress should set their funding at Zero and give them 30 days to comply with all requests for information or everyone is laid off.

2) As for the Supine attitude of the populace; the Number One excuse given by Germans in 1946 for their cooperation with the NAZZI's in the early 1930's was, "We had no way of Knowing."
18 weeks ago
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but that would mean that Boehner would have to care, and his past actions had him AWOL on this matter
18 weeks ago
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A DOJ attorney says that the emails are backed up every night.

He also says that things are "very, very bad" at the DOJ.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/06/lois-lerners-lost-emails.php


The emails that are "lost" are not the ones to intra-departmental underlings...no, no....the ones that got "lost" are the ones to those who can conspire with Lerner and give her orders...from the White House, Congress, DOJ, FEC, TREASURY.

"Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) issued the following statement regarding the Internal Revenue Service informing the Committee that they have lost Lois Lerner emails from a period of January 2009 – April 2011. Due to a supposed computer crash, the agency only has Lerner emails to and from other IRS employees during this time frame. The IRS claims it cannot produce emails written only to or from Lerner and outside agencies or groups, such as the White House, Treasury, Department of Justice, FEC, or Democrat offices."

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=384506
18 weeks ago
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I'd like to know what that guy means by "very, very bad." That could be either cause to hope or further cause to despair.
18 weeks ago
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" What will it take to rouse the public from its supine attitude of hapless acquiescence to this administration’s increasingly brazen lawlessness? "

I do not believe that the majority of the public has a supine attitude. The public is enraged, but is under attack by its own government and the media, while being powerless to do anything about it.
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