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posted by n1 on Saturday June 14 2014, @11:52PM   Printer-friendly
from the inconvenient-data-is-impossible-to-retrieve dept.

Lois Lerner, former director of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, is a key figure in the IRS's controversy over the tax-exempt status by tea party and other conservative groups. Now CBS News reports that the IRS has told congressional investigators that the IRS cannot locate many of Lois Lerner's emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed that year. "Isn't it convenient for the Obama Administration that the IRS now says it has suddenly realized it lost Lois Lerner's emails requested by Congress and promised by Commissioner John Koskinen?" says House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa. "Do they really expect the American people to believe that, after having withheld these emails for a year, they're just now realizing the most critical time period is missing?

According to a veteran IT professional, the IRS' claim that the agency lost two years' worth of former IRS official Lois Lerner's emails is "simply not feasible." Norman Cillo, an Army veteran who worked in intelligence and a former program manager at Microsoft, says it is very difficult to lose emails for good because Microsoft Exchange used by the government for their email servers have built-in exchange mail database redundancy and all servers use some form of RAID technology and tape backup. Cillo says it's possible the IRS is telling the truth if the federal agency is "totally mismanaged and has the worst IT department ever." "I don't know of any email administrator that doesn't have at least three ways of getting that mail back. It's either on the disks or it's on a TAPE backup someplace or in an archive server. There are at least three ways the government can get those emails."

 
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  • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday June 15 2014, @03:23AM

    Nah, the GOP embrace them because they're scared of what will happen if they don't. The tea party aren't far right wingers, though they do have some of those who apparently got lost or didn't read up on what they were joining. They're mostly people who think the government should A) Follow the constitution, B) Don't spend what you can't afford, and C) Leave people the fuck alone. Those ideals are neither right nor left wing. They don't fit on that spectrum at all; that spectrum is one of corruption and oppression from either end to the other. They're a game breaker and I really hope they gain massively in power.

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  • (Score: 1) by goody on Sunday June 15 2014, @05:42PM

    by goody (2135) on Sunday June 15 2014, @05:42PM (#55627)

    I think your view of the tea party is a bit idealistic. Regarding C above, they believe that except when it involves homosexuals, abortion, Democrats, or religion other than Christianity. They may have been a big tent "all sides are welcome" movement initially, but there's no doubt they are very right wing and are essentially the fringe element of the GOP -- those who think the GOP isn't conservative/harsh/pure enough. They're getting funded by PACs funded by the same people that are supporting the GOP. If they do gain massively in power, they can take their poisonous politics of fear, cynicism, and anger and take the states they are overrunning and secede for all I care.

    • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday June 15 2014, @07:37PM

      You're looking at a loud, retarded minority and assuming they represent the majority. This is simply not the case though you'll hear nothing else from the media because they have a vested interest in the two party system and a third party would bring chaos to the power structure they shill for.
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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 15 2014, @08:54PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 15 2014, @08:54PM (#55676)

        > This is simply not the case though you'll hear nothing else from the media because they have a vested interest in the two party system and a third party would bring chaos to the power structure they shill for.

        Which is why the tea party runs candidates in republican primaries - the media makes them do it.

        • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday June 15 2014, @09:20PM

          There are no tea party candidates, only candidates endorsed and supported by them. This has not been limited to republicans either, though most have been. Now that we've got your wrongness out of the way we can discuss why very few democrats will ever be supported by the tea party if you like.
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          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 15 2014, @10:02PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 15 2014, @10:02PM (#55683)

            > There are no tea party candidates,

            A third party with no candidates. Logic! Winning! Circular!