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How dumb do they think we are?

Published: Thursday, June 26th, 2014

So, let’s get this straight. Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner refused to answer questions from a Congressional committee looking into her tax exempt division’s alleged foot-dragging for tax exempt approval for certain conservative groups, especially those affiliated with the Tea Party. After saying she had done nothing wrong, Lerner plead the Fifth Amendment before the committee and refused to testify. If she had nothing to hide, why did she not testify?
Now we have learned that Lerner’s emails requested by the committee are not available because the hard drive on her computer has been recycled, along with many others in her department. “We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away, said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Finance Committee.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chariman Darrell Issa, a California Republican, subpoenaed Lerner’s damaged hard drive earlier last week when he asked for “all hard drives, external drives, thumb drives and computers” and “all electronic communication devices the IRSD issued to Lois G. Lerner.”
IRS officials say even their criminal investigators who specialize in rebuilding hard drives to recover hidden information from criminals were unable to restore this data back in 2011 when a computer crash occurred. This questionable information has further enraged Issa and Republicans who have been fuming over Lerner’s attitude and their inability to get to the bottom of her department’s selective targeting of conservative organizations.
These same IRS officials told Congressional investigators last week that Lerner’s emails were reportedly lost from 2009 to 2011 in a computer hard drive crash in early summer 2011. The time frame is significant because Tea Party targeting began in the spring of 2010. If there was a smoking gun connecting the White House to the IRS treatment of conservative groups, it would be found in this time frame. How convenient.
Doesn’t anybody in government know that emails are not stored on individual computers? They go through and are stored on servers, multiple servers, so if one goes down the others have caputured the data. We asked our oldest son who is an IT expert for the largest law firm in Chicago about this situation. He said most emails in his firm could be located within an hour, most within minutes.
 “Servers don't live alone...they live in "clusters" so if one server crashes the others take over. Also, the data is what's important, and the data lives on disk drives that are often redundant, meaning there are multiple disk drives with the same data, and the drives are also backed up. Data is never "lost,” so says our inhouse IT guy.
What this tells us is that certain people in the IRS and the administration definitely do have some emails they want no one to ever see. The implication we can draw from this is that Lerner’s emails can certainly be linked to someone in the White House who orchestrated this entire  scenario of targeting conservative groups just before the 2012 presidential election. Why else the coverup?
Most Americans have long lost the good faith they once had in our government running the country honestly and with good intentions. Instead, we have been subjected to a series of real-life scandals that will forever be the hallmark of the inept Obama administration.
It’s long past time to throw the bums out, all of them. We have our chance in the 2014 elections.

So, let’s get this straight. Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner refused to answer questions from a Congressional committee looking into her tax exempt division’s alleged foot-dragging for tax exempt approval for certain conservative groups, especially those affiliated with the Tea Party. After saying she had done nothing wrong, Lerner plead the Fifth Amendment before the committee and refused to testify. If she had nothing to hide, why did she not testify?

Now we have learned that Lerner’s emails requested by the committee are not available because the hard drive on her computer has been recycled, along with many others in her department. “We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away, said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Finance Committee.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chariman Darrell Issa, a California Republican, subpoenaed Lerner’s damaged hard drive earlier last week when he asked for “all hard drives, external drives, thumb drives and computers” and “all electronic communication devices the IRSD issued to Lois G. Lerner.”

IRS officials say even their criminal investigators who specialize in rebuilding hard drives to recover hidden information from criminals were unable to restore this data back in 2011 when a computer crash occurred. This questionable information has further enraged Issa and Republicans who have been fuming over Lerner’s attitude and their inability to get to the bottom of her department’s selective targeting of conservative organizations.

These same IRS officials told Congressional investigators last week that Lerner’s emails were reportedly lost from 2009 to 2011 in a computer hard drive crash in early summer 2011. The time frame is significant because Tea Party targeting began in the spring of 2010. If there was a smoking gun connecting the White House to the IRS treatment of conservative groups, it would be found in this time frame. How convenient.

Doesn’t anybody in government know that emails are not stored on individual computers? They go through and are stored on servers, multiple servers, so if one goes down the others have caputured the data. We asked our oldest son who is an IT expert for the largest law firm in Chicago about this situation. He said most emails in his firm could be located within an hour, most within minutes.

 “Servers don't live alone...they live in "clusters" so if one server crashes the others take over. Also, the data is what's important, and the data lives on disk drives that are often redundant, meaning there are multiple disk drives with the same data, and the drives are also backed up. Data is never "lost,” so says our inhouse IT guy.

What this tells us is that certain people in the IRS and the administration definitely do have some emails they want no one to ever see. The implication we can draw from this is that Lerner’s emails can certainly be linked to someone in the White House who orchestrated this entire  scenario of targeting conservative groups just before the 2012 presidential election. Why else the coverup?

Most Americans have long lost the good faith they once had in our government running the country honestly and with good intentions. Instead, we have been subjected to a series of real-life scandals that will forever be the hallmark of the inept Obama administration.

It’s long past time to throw the bums out, all of them. We have our chance in the 2014 elections.



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Kelly Parker
July 3rd, 2014 at 16:07pm

As usual, the Custer paper ignores the other side of the story. Liberal and progressive groups were targeted for circumspection, as well as conservative groups and "other". Donna Brazile has testified many times that the IRS was looking at "everybody" to try to track the huge influx of mysterious cash being spent on both sides in the last election. There is no strong argument that she is hiding anything, or that there is any conspiracy.

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