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posted by mattie_p on Tuesday June 17 2014, @11:01PM   Printer-friendly
from the watching-the-watchers dept.

Per ArsTechnica, Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) has sent a formal letter to the National Security Agency asking it to hand over "all its metadata" on the e-mail accounts of a former division director at the Internal Revenue Service. "Your prompt cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated and will help establish how IRS and other personnel violated rights protected by the First Amendment," Stockman wrote on Friday. The request came hours after the IRS told a congressional committee that it had "lost" all of the former IRS Exempt Organizations division director's e-mails between January 2009 and April 2011.

The IRS blames a "computer glitch" for erasing the emails which could have implicated Agency employees in illegal activity. "The metadata will establish who Lerner contacted and when, which helps investigators determine the extent of illegal activity by the IRS," says Stockman.

Hugh Pickens also notes that this is a case where one government agency accused of misconduct is asked to "assist" another government agency accused of misconduct.

 
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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Darth Turbogeek on Wednesday June 18 2014, @12:05AM

    by Darth Turbogeek (1073) on Wednesday June 18 2014, @12:05AM (#56699)

    Sorry, that just does not pass the sniff test. I do know the whole IRS vs Tea Party has a lot more to it than Fox News is yelling about so I'm not inclined to be sypathetic to the teabaggers - but nooooope sorry, the IRS losing email? Oh come on, that is just outright bullshit - There is simply not a chance that they dont have an archive and backup system. I just can not believe they are claiming incompetence when they clearly will have sysadmins that know about this shit and have dealt with such situations in the past.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by lonestar on Wednesday June 18 2014, @03:18AM

    by lonestar (4437) on Wednesday June 18 2014, @03:18AM (#56748)

    'Teabaggers' ah?

    I guess the commies who have such a problem with smaller govt & balanced budgets would be the "douchebaggers." Yeah, sounds about right.

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by RaffArundel on Wednesday June 18 2014, @12:27PM

      by RaffArundel (3108) on Wednesday June 18 2014, @12:27PM (#56895) Homepage

      I generally reserve the term "Teabagger" for the Tea Party members who want evolution outlawed and gays "re-educated". They want small government UNLESS it is their particular moral cause - it's fine to regulate doctors until you can't get any medical procedure the party doesn't approve of. Climate change, is of course a myth to them, no matter what scientists say. In Texas, less reported was their stance against divorce, which apparently is a deviant as homosexuality. When confronted with the obvious hypocrisy, considering many of their members are divorced, we got the same answer we always get: "that's different". I am also growing tired of their obstructionist, no compromise, attitude - but that hasn't annoyed me to the point of "Teabagger".

      Just so we don't get into the "No True Scotsman" fallacy - these are party platforms being run in elections around the country right now.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 18 2014, @04:15PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 18 2014, @04:15PM (#57007)

        To the best of my knowledge, 'teabagging' was, until recently, slang for taking a man's testicles into one's mouth.

        Just sayin'.

      • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 18 2014, @09:57PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 18 2014, @09:57PM (#57154)

        I don't care about any of that dumb shit. You want to take a man's hairy balls into your mouth or ass, I guess that's your thing. Admittedly I find it disgusting, but it has no real affect on me personally.

        I think a lot of people view the broad philosophy of "the TEA party" as fairly libertarian without the anarchist flavor. But the TEA party label isn't patented and therefore not monolithic. Any group of people could start the "Anytown USA TEA Party," and use it to rally around any cause.

        I don't believe my stance on things like gay marriage is hypocritical. I say keep government out of the marriage business altogether. From a legal perspective, a secular marriage is a contract like any other. We should be able to will our property or hospital visitation rights to anyone of our choosing who meets the mental capacity for entering contracts.

        You know what is hypocritical though? People who want to have us pay for their healthcare, daycare, medicare, bus fare, food stamps, rent/mortgage, education, birth control, internet access, booze and cigarettes.... then tell us it's none of our damn business what they do, if not outright BLAME everyone else for their failures.