Wednesday, July 9, 2014
What they should be asking is: Did the IRS backed up their emails as required by law? If so, where were they backed up? Did all of the hard drives on all of the backup locations fail as well? If not, who is going to be held criminally liable for breaking the law?
The IRS sends emails to one of three local servers. Is it the case that the hard drives of one or more of those servers crashed during the same period of time as the crash of Lois Learner's hard drive? If so, an awful lot more than just emails was lost. Were other documents stored on those servers lost, too?
Did Lois Learner personally send and/or answer all of those emails, or did her staff do so? If her staff sent and/or answered them, did their hard drives crash as well?
Exactly how many hard drives crashed during the time period of this investigation?
There are two ways a hard drive can crash. It can physically break (either part of the drive motor, or the read arm), or it can be influenced by an outside source, such as corrupted files, viruses, and other malware. Any hard drive either breaks or is deliberately instructed to delete data. It does not do so of its own accord. Which of those events did Lois Learner's (et. al.) suffer?
If the hard drive physically broke, was it taken to the Geek Squad at Best Buy to have its data recovered? If it was overwritten, corrupted or suffered a virus, the Geek Squad at Best Buy could fix that, too. If not the Geek Squad at Best Buy, does the IRS have no one at least as well trained as the Geek Squad at Best Buy?
Emails don't just exist on hard drives. In fact, they don't live there at all. So if Lois Learner's hard drive crashed, it did not affect her emails at all. With this in mind, did the IRS contact the companies/locations on whose servers the emails do reside requesting copies of those emails?
Did the servers in those other companies/locations all crash at during the same time period? If so, a lot more people than the IRS are in trouble. Of course we know that did not happen.
What about the people to whom the emails were sent? Did their hard drives crash during the same time period, too? If not, did you require all of those who received emails from Lois Learner to forward them back to IRS computers?
Are there any technical people at the IRS who have at least the ability to follow up on those questions? Were they instructed to do so? (If there were no such technical people available, the IRS can call me. I'll show them how to get those emails).
Members of the House Committee on Ways and Means are either are too dumb to ask those questions, and thus need my help, or they are in some sort of collusion in the whole scandal. There are no other options.
Posted by Joe at 12:24 PM