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The 28 Month Gap

14 June 2014 @ 18:46

So…

Washington, DC – 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.

“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…

No shit, Sherlock — nice to see you finally pulled your head out of your arse.

…There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the Inspector General.

Oh yeah: you can trust the DOJ to do a credible investigation.  What you dingbats are doing is giving them more time to destroy evidence.  If you had any smarts [and you Repubs lost those sometime in the 1970’s] you would conduct the investigation and demand ALL evidence be turned over now.

“Just a short time ago, Commissioner Koskinen promised to produce all Lerner documents. It appears now that was an empty promise…

You’re kidding!?! /sarc.

Quisling-Flag-001-600x375…Frankly, these are the critical years of the targeting of conservative groups that could explain who knew what when, and what, if any, coordination there was between agencies. Instead, because of this loss of documents, we are conveniently left to believe that Lois Lerner acted alone. This failure of the IRS requires the White House, which promised to get to the bottom of this, to do an Administration-wide search and production of any emails to or from Lois Lerner…

‘Right away!’, folks over at The White House say.

…The Administration has repeatedly referred us back to the IRS for production of materials. It is clear that is wholly insufficient when it comes to determining the full scope of the violation of taxpayer rights.”

It’s called ‘the run around’, dummies.

Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany Jr., M.D. (R-LA) added, “In the course of the Committee’s investigation, the Administration repeatedly claimed we were getting access to all relevant IRS documents…

And you believed them?  Are you that fucking stupid?  Or were you just playing by The Game’s rules, even though — and I know this will shock you, so prepare yourself — THIS IS NOT A GODDAMN GAME.

…Only now – thirteen months into the investigation – the IRS reveals that key emails from the time of the targeting have been lost. And they bury that fact deep in an unrelated letter on a Friday afternoon. In that same letter, they urge Congress to end the investigations into IRS wrongdoing. This is not the transparency promised to the American people. If there is no smidgeon of corruption what is the Administration hiding?”

Gee, I don’t know.  Hmmm…that’s a tough one ’cause this Administration has had such a spotless record up until now.

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Don’t trust the GOP Leadership to get to the bottom of this, dear readers.  They’re either too naive or stupid or their fingerprints are on some of this.

Tip of the fedora to Darleen Click, who comments:

Somewhere, Rose Mary Woods is giggling.

In the Comments section of Darleen’s post, Libby is spot-on in her remarks:

According to the IRS commissioner in March, they were actively working on this – it’s just all that redaction stuff may take years.

And then in June – POOF! – magically deleted?

I don’t work in IT, but at a software co. that hosts customers’ dbs. As part of our disaster recovery plan (which all customers require), we have offsite backups/archives so that there is always backup. Unless it is intentionally purged. I can’t believe that the IRS is less careful than a random private business.

The same goes for my Office and for the branch of government I work for.  You really have to work hard, and it takes some time, to totally purge e-mails.

Drumwaster adds to this:

Since they claim that they still have all internal e-mails, and that only the e-mails to and from outside agencies were (ahem) “lost”, it should relatively simple to go directly to those agencies and get the copies that they would have, of the mails sent to/by them, which would be kept on a completely different server from the one (ahem) “lost” at the IRS.

Right?

Or are they claiming that a crashing server “just happened” to simultaneously crash the mail servers at the DOJ, White House and certain specified Democrat members of the House and Senate (and no others)?

It was Magic!  Yes, boys and girls, there is much wonder in joyful and fundamentally transformed Village of Utopia!

Roger Kimball [tip of the fedora to Sdferr]:

But here we have a former senior official from the IRS who deliberately harassed hundreds of conservatives groups.  She has taken the 5th Amendment—why? What sort of self-incrimination is she worried about?  A look through her emails would have the answer. But those emails are, according to the IRS, unavailable because of a hard disk failure.  Do you believe that? Do you believe that the agency charged with tax gathering for the United States does not have multiple backups of its business correspondence? Do you? Imagine what the IRS would have to say to a (conservative) business it decided to audit if a request for electronic records was met with, “Gosh darn, we had a hard disk failure, and they’re just plum gone.”  Imagine.  And why have there not been instant calls for the data recovery folks to get involved? Why? The public, I’d wager, would find all this keenly interesting—if only the people charged with reporting the news would tell them about it.

Maybe I am naive, but I wouldn’t be surprised if those missing two years’ worth of emails does for Obama what the missing 18 1/2 minutes of audio tape did for Richard Nixon.

I think Mr. Kimball is one of the great Patriot fighters of our age, but, Sir, I’ll believe it when I see it.  The rot, I think, is too great, too far advanced.  You forget your Eliot…

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

Big Bang Hunter:

– I keep trying to find a sign, any sign, that it’s not over, but all that seems to happen is the trying with zero results. It just gets worse and worse by the day.

– Libia, Benghazi, Berdahl, The IRS, F&F, The black panthers, ACORN, Fannie and Freddie, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afganistan, the Ukrain, The new flood of immigrants and the Feds breaking the law intentionally, NSA spying, Gitmo, Obamacare……Where the fuck does it ever end??????

As they accumulate more and more power and as the people grow more and more used to their enslavement, there’s no reason for it to ever end for the Tyrants.  They will keep on exercising Power And Control and a majority of Americans will just whine [for a while longer] and whimper and some will just lose themselves in a non-ending rave of debaucheries.

The time is coming when we who still possess a love of Freedom and Liberty and who still believe in Virtue will have to decide just how we insure our survival and, more importantly, the survival of The American Sentiment.

OUTLAW.

6 Comments
  1. 14 June 2014 @ 22:32 22:32

    They’re just pulling down their pants and waggling their bare asses at us with this one. If the GOP and the media let them get away with this one, we will know for certain that we have been completely and intentionally betrayed.

    • 15 June 2014 @ 00:09 00:09

      ‘We will know for certain…’ – all my doubts went away some time ago, but, yes, this may finally wake-up some.

      • 15 June 2014 @ 06:43 06:43

        See, with ObamaCare, AFA most outside the WH is concerned, I assumed stupidity (and ego), but the IRS e-mail thing is so obvious that few besides extremes sycophantic partisans can honestly presume anything other than malice aforethought.

  2. 16 June 2014 @ 17:03 17:03

    He won’t leave, and Congress won’t remove him. The only remedy left is pretty obvious.

  3. Adobe_Walls permalink
    16 June 2014 @ 21:05 21:05

    I predict in late 2016 that unless a Democrat is elected president a massive “hot” virus will strike all fed gov computers. This virus will be so hot that it will melt servers and set fire to the buildings housing them. It will also be the first “computer virus” to make the jump to humans. Oddly enough the virus will only attack gov employees who are not politically reliable.

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