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Lois Lerner’s Hard Drive Was ‘Scratched’ Then ‘Shredded’

Posted by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 8:49 AM
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U.S. Director of Exempt Organizations for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Lois Lerner is sworn in to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on alleged targeting of political groups seeking tax-exempt status from by the IRS, on Capitol Hill in Washington May 22, 2013. Lerner, the IRS official who this month revealed the tax agency  

Lois Lerner’s Hard Drive Was ‘Scratched’ Then ‘Shredded’

Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer hard drive was “scratched” and the data on it was still recoverable. But the IRS did not try to recover the data from Lerner’s hard drive, despite recommendations from in-house IRS IT experts to outsource the recovery project.

The hard drive was then “shredded,” according to a court filing the IRS made to House Ways and Means Committee investigators.

The IRS claims that it lost Lerner’s emails from 2009 to 2011 including emails to and from the White House, when her computer crashed in the midst of the agency’s conservative targeting program. The IRS also claimed in a transcribed interview that many other IRS employees who worked under Lerner in her Washington, D.C. department and its Cincinnati-based affiliate also experienced computer crashes that deleted their emails, bringing the total number of crash victims to “less than 20.” (RELATED: Meet the First 7 IRS Employees Whose Computers Crashed).

IRS officials trying to deal with investigations into the IRS scandal first learned on February 2, 2014 that many of Lerner’s emails were missing, according to new transcribed testimony, and confirmed that her computer had crashed two days later. But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen failed to disclose Lerner’s computer crash at a House Oversight hearing the very next month.

It is unclear whether the scratch was deliberate or accidental, investigators noted. The IRS canceled its contract with its California-based email-archiving company Sonasoft on September 8, 2011, just two months after Lerner’s computer crash, when the agency still possessed a six-month backup tape of Lerner’s emails, which it did not check. The Federal Records Act required the IRS to keep Lerner’s emails. Computer data storage systems, meanwhile, were prematurely “retired” at IRS IT headquarters in suburban Maryland.

“It is unbelievable that we cannot get a simple, straight answer from the IRS about this hard drive,” said Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp. “The Committee was told no data was recoverable and the physical drive was recycled and potentially shredded. To now learn that the hard drive was only scratched, yet the IRS refused to utilize outside experts to recover the data, raises more questions about potential criminal wrong doing at the IRS.”

Camp vowed that his investigators would not stop working until “we find the full truth.” IRS commissioner Koskinen, meanwhile, is testifying again Wednesday before the oversight committee’s investigations subcommittee at 10 AM in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill.

There may be a chance that this new evidence of record destruction will galvanize mainstream news reporters to ask tough questions of Obama White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest at the next press conference.

After it was revealed on September 29, 1973 that President Richard Nixon’s secretary Rose Mary Woods “accidentally” deleted eighteen and a half minutes of a June 1972 White House tape, the press was pretty critical of the Watergate-entangled Republican president.

Here’s a clip of Nixon’s October 26, 1973 press conference after the gap was revealed (and no, we’ve never seen that kind of fevered atmosphere in a White House press conference before. We sent a high school intern in there once and they wrote about our impropriety in the Huffington Post):




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vic270
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 9:07 AM
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I hope the whole country is listening when these domino's start talking and then falling. I think that this WH administration should look back to what happened with the few moments of the lost tapes in the Nixon administration and see the double standards from that time until now and consider themselves lucky to still be in office. The American people should be outraged. This is a criminal act and I hope it soon comes to an end.

btamilee
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Should be an interesting day on the stand today for the commissioner of the IRS!  It sounds like there own tech department told them that the data was recoverable, and the IRS ignored the information.  Hmmmmm????   The IRS STORY is falling apart....a little more everyday! 

-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 9:20 AM


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 to outsource the recovery project.

If this is true why would they want to give out such private information to a outside source. theres enough hacking and identity theft going on..
momtimesx4
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 9:23 AM
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You scratched my anchor!

Billiejeens
by Emerald Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM
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The whole difference between parties is this.

Nixon, his own party demanded he resign.

Obama -his party circles the wagons - along with the media to protect him.

Occasionally there will be a bad Republican - since JFK there have been no good Democrats.

imagirlgeek
by Bronze Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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I'm pretty sure the person who wrote that report has never seen a hard drive, much less know how it works.  Scratched?  Shredded?  Pffft....everyone knows that hard drives are powered by hamsters running on a wheel, and they are all declawed to avoid any hard drive 'scratches'.

LadyBugMom09
by Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 12:07 PM
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The IRS is the new mafia.
PinkButterfly66
by Silver Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Email is backed up (or should be) at the server.  Any agency email should be recoverable regardless of what happens to a particular employee computer hard drive.  That being said, the IRS has always been an f*cked up agency.  Remember the fiasco of the 1990s when they were trying to upgrade their system and the budget over run and the crappy outcome that eventually lead to the contractor being fired and replaced and they basically started from scratch again?

DSamuels
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:29 PM
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Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Email is backed up (or should be) at the server.  Any agency email should be recoverable regardless of what happens to a particular employee computer hard drive.  That being said, the IRS has always been an f*cked up agency.  Remember the fiasco of the 1990s when they were trying to upgrade their system and the budget over run and the crappy outcome that eventually lead to the contractor being fired and replaced and they basically started from scratch again?

You mean like what happened with setting up the Obamacare program? Guess they didn't learn anything in the last 24 years.

erika9009
by Silver Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 1:38 PM
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This is silly to consider sensative information a reason not to recover data.

Many companies will get outside contractors to provide data recovery for sensitive propriatary data.  They just sign a non disclosure agreement and related legal documents and it works.

This "identity theft" concern is ant on the floor compared to the 800 lb gorilla of cover up that is going on. 

I still can't believe Lois L is the top dog on this.  She had to get orders from someone.  Hasn't anyone watched House of Cards?

Quoting -Celestial-:

Quote: to outsource the recovery project.
If this is true why would they want to give out such private information to a outside source. theres enough hacking and identity theft going on..


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