Lois “I plead the Fifth” Lerner
On June 13th Information Technology experts called into the nationally syndicated Mark Levin radio show to debunk the IRS false narrative that 2 years of Lois Lerner’s emails have been “lost.” If you believe that, I have this nifty bridge…
Folks, if you believe that any government agency can lose anyone’s email in this day and age, you need your head examined.
If you continue to believe that the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, Christian groups and Israel advocacy groups simply didn’t happen, you need your head examined.
By the way, did you know that the IRS Commissioner Testified in March that Lois Lerner’s emails were archived?
Was he lying then, or is he lying now?
Texas Representative Steve Stockman has asked the NSA to restore all of these allegedly “lost” Lois Lerner IRS emails, so you can be sure this isn’t going away anytime soon.
Democrats who continue to dismiss this as a “phony scandal” are deliberately delusional – a disgrace to this great nation.
June 15, 2014: The IRS manual on “Managing Electronic Records” is a public document; you can read it here. Check this out:
Transfer Media and Formats for Permanent Records
1. The legal requirements for the transfer of permanent records to NARA [the National Archives and Records Administration] are documented in 36 CFR 1235 and set forth in general form in the paragraphs below. Consult the IRS RIM Program Office for more detailed instructions and guidance on the transfer for permanent IRS records.
1. IRS offices may transfer electronic records to NARA on magnetic tape using either open-reel magnetic tape or tape cartridges. Open-reel tape should be on 1/2 inch 9-track tape reels recorded at 1600 or 6250 bytes per inch and blocked no higher than 32,760 bytes per block. Tape cartridges should be 18-track 3480-class cartridges recorded at 37,871 bpi and blocked at no more than 32,760 bytes per block.
Other methods of permanent storage are also approved. What the IRS describes in its manual is a standard document retention system. More:
Security of Electronic Records
1. IRS offices will implement and maintain an effective records security program that incorporates the following:
A. Ensures that only authorized personnel have access to electronic records.
B. Provides for backup and recovery of records to protect against information loss or corruption.
C. Ensures that appropriate agency personnel are trained to safeguard sensitive or classified electronic records.
D. Minimizes the risk of unauthorized alteration or erasure of electronic records.
E. Ensures that electronic records security is included in computer systems security plans prepared pursuant to the Computer Security Act of 1987.
At the direction of a management official as to what is considered a record, the E-mail/Systems Administrators will establish procedures for regular recopying, reformatting, and other necessary maintenance to ensure the retention and usability of electronic records throughout their authorized life cycle.
Gosh, what a surprise – the IRS’ claim that the dog ate Lerner’s emails is complete bullsh*t, as demonstrated by their own operational manual on data security.
June 16, 2014: Rubbish: Emails Don’t Get Lost
Emails don’t get “lost.” Any government official who claims it is a lying abuser. Any reporter who doesn’t mock and expose is a presstitute. There needs to be a 21st century version of tar and feathers to humiliate these scoundrels. [...]
What do citizens do when the government persecutes dissenters; the culpable villains “lose” the evidence emails; and the media yawns. [...]
“The IRS told Congress Friday it cannot locate many of Lois Lerner’s emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed during the summer of that year.”
Her computer crashed? There’s no ISP with a digital trail? No IRS servers? No NSA black hole data? America, if we tolerate these hacks, we deserve what they’ll do to us. But how do we untolerate? (Keep reading… )
June 17, 2014: Lerner on missing emails: ‘Sometimes stuff just happens’
That is all very interesting, but the question remains: did Lois Lerner really lose the only copies of her 2009-2011 emails in a hard drive crash? In its correspondence, the IRS tried to prove the point by attaching an email thread in which the agency’s IT professionals sadly advised Ms. Lerner that they had been unable to recover her missing files. But if you read to the end of the thread (i.e., the beginning) you see Lerner’s email of July 19, 2011, in which she laments the loss of “personal files” due to her computer’s crash, but never mentions any lost emails.
It is remarkable that Lerner does not say: “Oh no! My hard drive crashed, and the IRS’s only copy of two years’ worth of my highly important work has been lost!” No: she is concerned about “my lost personal files,” because “there were some documents in the files that are irreplaceable.” That is a clearly stated and entirely reasonable concern, but it has nothing to do with losing the agency’s only record of two years of work.
If this is the best the IRS can come up with, it has much more explaining to do. (Keep reading…)