Time for a ‘Deep Throat’

IRS Building, Washington, DC (from Wikipedia)

The IRS Building, Washington, DC

Recalling memories of the notorious “18-minute tape gap” in the Watergate scandal, the IRS claims it has lost two years worth of Lois Lerner‘s emails.  Until this was revealed, only a couple of weeks ago, the IRS scandal had been dawdling along in the backwater, seemingly going nowhere.  Now, although the Democrat media are doing their best to bury it, the news has opened a floodgate of intense interest on the Internet, especially on conservative sites like Powerline, and on Fox News.  Today (Monday the 23rd) Greta van Susteren interviewed an IT specialist, who rated the claims by the IRS (that they had experienced not just one, but six simultaneous hard-drive crashes on employee computers, losing all their email, and had also not salvaged any data from those drives, or from the MS Exchange email servers, which were surprisingly programmed to delete email files after six months) as “an 8.5 or 9” on a 1–10 “Suspicious” scale.  I would give it about a 15.  The IRS had also contracted with a outside vendor, Sonasoft, to archive their email data off-site, but had terminated their contract in 2011. Did Sonasoft retain any of the email data?  So far, no word.

While IRS officials are busy minimizing the lost email problem as just a “hard-drive crash,” initially just Lois Lerner’s, with interim Commisioner John Koskinen saying, according to The New York Times’s Jeremy W. Peters,

. . . no one should be surprised if a computer fails, especially “at the I.R.S. in light of the aged equipment I.R.S. employees often have to use in light of the continual cuts in its budget these past four years.”

Mr. Peters gives away this sleight of hand when he says,

The I.R.S. acknowledged a week and a half ago that it had lost Ms. Lerner’s emails because of a large-scale computer failure, incensing congressional Republicans who were already deeply skeptical of the Obama administration’s insistence that there was no orchestrated effort by the I.R.S. to target political opponents. [my emphasis]

Now it’s “a large-scale computer failure”?  In point of fact, enterprise email is routinely kept on servers, protected from personal computer failures, and those servers always use RAID arrays, composed of multiple drives with the data striped across them, so if one drive fails, it can be “hot-swapped” with no loss of data.  And even the IRS admits that the data was also archived off-site—at least until the contract was terminated.  Moreover, email is sent via either local networks or over the Internet, using many servers, including those to which recipients are tied, so even if the IRS’s IT staff were enlisted in a nefarious scheme to wipe all of Lois Lerner’s and her colleagues’ emails from the face of the Earth, it would have had to be a very “large-scale computer failure” indeed.

Powerline’s Scott Johnson, reporting on “superlawyer” Cleta Mitchell‘s appearance on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace and “reptilian Democratic hack Julian Epstein,” concludes:

What we have here is a strong case of wrongdoing reaching the highest levels of the government. The investigation to date has been hampered by obstruction and delay including the destruction of evidence. The evidence of wrongdoing extending beyond Lois Lerner — both direct and circumstantial — is nevertheless strong.

An observation with which I completely agree.  I added this to the responses:

A comment by a reader (‘saa001’) on The Daily Mail piece Monday evening (on the House Oversight Committee’s hearing) hits the nail on the head:

“The administration wouldn’t be going to this extreme just to cover for a lower level employee like Lerner. This type of cover up is only necessary for those higher up in the administration, maybe even the president himself.”

Time for a Deep Throat to come forth. I can’t imagine everyone in this Administration wants to go down with the rest of the rats in this rotting ship (how they got this Koskinen fellow to play patsy is beyond me).

Of course, it would help if the hitherto ineffectual John Boehner would (a) demand a Special Prosecutor, and if refused by unindicted-co-conspirator-to-be John Holdren, (b) convene a Special Committee of Inquiry, to begin investigations immediately. /LEJ

Bonus: Here’s the FNS segment (thanks to Powerline—the grandkids were over, and I missed it):

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