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Lois Lernerís emails ó a former IRS IT specialistís take
Powerline ^ | 6/16/2014 | Paul Mirengoff

Posted on 06/17/2014 2:24:37 AM PDT by markomalley

No objective lawyer who has been involved in “eDiscovery” — the discovery during litigation of emails and other electronic documents — will credit the Obama administration’s claim that, by accident, years of Lois Lerner’s emails were irretrievably lost. John explained why here.

Moreover, as Bryan Preston at PJ Media reports, a former IRS IT specialist is equally skeptical. The individual in question worked on the IRS’s contract with Computer Sciences Corporation to modernize the agency’s digital record-keeping system. He finds it difficult to believe that the IRS could have lost two years’ worth of Lois Lerner’s emails.

He notes first that U.S. law, specifically 44 U.S.C. Chapter 33, requires that agencies must notify the Archivist of any records that are destroyed and the reasons for destroying them. In addition, federal regulations establish strict recoverability and redundancy requirements. Disposal of records outside these standards requires permission in writing.

The IRS satisfies these requirements thought Microsoft Outlook/Exchange systems, which are backed up using Symantec NetBackup. According to the IT specialist, IRS had some of the best people in the federal government charged with making sure these systems work as intended.

The IT specialist makes short work of IRS’s claim that backup tapes were reused after some short period. He says “the IRS had thousands and thousands of tapes and ‘Virtual Tape Libraries’ (VTL or non-tape backups based on hard drive storage technologies).” Thus, “there was never a reason to reuse tapes.” In any case, the U.S. government has been getting out of the tape backup regime for years.

The former IRS IT specialist concludes:

Those folks would not have had such a short retention period for email unless they had it in writing from the highest levels. It would have made the local IT water cooler gossip if the IRS had screwed up and lost tons of email by accident.

Many are comparing the Obama administration’s claim that Lerner’s emails are irretrievably lost due to inadvertence to the claim that Rosemary Woods accidentally deleted 18 minutes of White House taped recordings. If anything, Team Obama’s claim seems less plausible. At least Ms. Woods was able to stage a demonstration of how, conceivably, Team Nixon’s scenario could have occurred.

And while we’re on the subject of Nixon’s erasure of the 18 minutes, how does the New York Times’ non-stop coverage of that event compare with its coverage of the missing emails? The answer is there’s no comparison because, as Roger Kimball tells us, there was no coverage by the Times of the latter — at least not when the story broke.


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1 posted on 06/17/2014 2:24:37 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Nixon: What did he know and when did he know it.

Obama: What didn’t he not know, and when didn’t he not know it.


2 posted on 06/17/2014 2:31:58 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: markomalley

Check with the NSA. Maybe they have a copy...(I’d bet every communication between Republicans on The Hill has been stored).


3 posted on 06/17/2014 2:35:19 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: markomalley

If they “recycle” backups, then they aren’t used to retain email long term. If they didn’t restore her system after the crash, then they aren’t for restoring systems either. What exactly are the backups for? Someones lying.


4 posted on 06/17/2014 2:59:54 AM PDT by BinaryBoy ("Immigration Reform" is ballot stuffing)
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To: markomalley

I hope House investigators have been dispatched. They will find the e-mails and or what happened to them and file the criminal charges as needed.


5 posted on 06/17/2014 3:11:47 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama stands for the corruption of America in all aspects.)
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To: Rapscallion
You're talking about our current bunch of whining lapdog Republicans? They wouldn't investigate squat if a gun was held to their heads.

You talking about Holder's Justice Department conducting actual law enforcement against one of their own? C'mon.

6 posted on 06/17/2014 3:28:18 AM PDT by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: markomalley

how can we believe all of these IT experts when the WH spokesman says otherwise?

An expected quote from Boehner


7 posted on 06/17/2014 3:34:43 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Fresh Wind
Obama: What didn’t he not know, and when didn’t he not know it.

Well, apparently, he doesn't know crap about crap until he reads it in the paper, assuming he can read at all.

8 posted on 06/17/2014 3:35:07 AM PDT by Mark17 ( Rudyard Kipling: it is unhealthy, for evil doers, to awaken the sleeping Saxon, and torque his jaws)
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To: markomalley

So, was it just her emails or the entire office’s emails, that got “Lost”?


9 posted on 06/17/2014 3:47:45 AM PDT by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: BinaryBoy

It’s entirely likely that tape backups were recycled ,, if they were used for incremental backups , however there are the full backups usually taken in weekly or monthly intervals that you generally restore from first and THEN apply the changes/updates from the incrementals..

The docs exist or were intentionally destroyed ,, and their destruction would have entailed the loss or spoilage of tens of thousands of other employees backups also.


10 posted on 06/17/2014 4:06:27 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Boiler Plate

For their story to be believable it affected at least the mail server(s) she uses and ALL the mail servers that would be on the recipients end(s). Basically ALL e:mail within the IRS and White Hut ,, not plausible.


11 posted on 06/17/2014 4:12:07 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: markomalley

Snowden prolly released a bot, a few months ago, to sniff around and copy/send back all of Lerners E-mails.

He knows when you are lying, he knows when you are truthfull.

Congress simply needs the IRS and Whitehouse to release those E-mails.


12 posted on 06/17/2014 4:28:26 AM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: BinaryBoy

Here’s the deal with the excuse of tapes being written over every six months. What happens. The tapes are loaded with data. Sent offsite. The offsite company copies from tape to their hard drives (virtual tapes). And the tapes are sent back to the company (IRS) and go into a tape library for restores, disaster recovery etc. After a certain period of time (6 months - 2 years) the tapes go back into production and are written over. But there is still a copy at the offsite facility on a virtual library.


13 posted on 06/17/2014 4:34:49 AM PDT by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: markomalley
...IRS had some of the best people in the federal government charged with making sure these systems work as intended.

Are they setting it up to use governmental incompetence (see Obama Care Web Site) as an excuse?

14 posted on 06/17/2014 4:44:34 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Historians will refer to this administration as "The Half-Black Plague.")
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To: markomalley

Another crime that this administration will get away with.
Benghazi. Fast and Furious. They got away with them, thanks to a public with its head up its anal passageway, and a compliant media.


15 posted on 06/17/2014 4:50:04 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: Chainmail

Read “Gangster Government and Sakharov’s Immunity” to see how we arrived at this dangerous place, where the gangster media is part of the gangster government.

http://enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/index.php?page=gangster


16 posted on 06/17/2014 4:55:44 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: markomalley
Let this happen at a private company and seen how many executives get perp-walked.

Since 2006, the Democrats have fundamentally transformed the United States to a RICO Banana Republic, where the M.O. of those in power is to do whatever they want, flip you off, and say "What are you gonna do about it?"

The Republicans are simply the neighborhood punks hanging around the mob storefront hoping to join the club, like in "A Bronx Tale."

17 posted on 06/17/2014 5:15:14 AM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: markomalley

Another sloppy cover up a teenager wouldn’t buy.


18 posted on 06/17/2014 5:46:34 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: markomalley

To me this excuse (lie) isn’t a smoking gun but an admission of guilt.


19 posted on 06/17/2014 11:23:10 AM PDT by tiki
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