I’ve mentioned this several times over the past few years: one of my favorite movie quotes is from The Pope Of Greenwich Village, when Diane tells Charlie, “You don’t even bother to lie to me carefully anymore. It’s insulting to be lied to so obviously.”
Who knew that the Obama administration had a penchant for black humor? Earlier this year, in February, President Obama told Bill O’Reilly during an interview on Fox News that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS scandal involving the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups. In July 2103, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew foreshadowed his boss’s nonchalance by insisting that there was “no evidence” that any political appointee had been involved in the scandal.
Now we may know why. After months of delay in responding to congressional inquiries, the IRS now claims that, for the period of January 2009 to April 2011, all e-mails between Lois Lerner — the IRS official at the center of the scandal — and anyone outside the IRS were wiped out by a “computer crash.” As House Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp wrote in a statement, this loss means that “we are conveniently left to believe that Lois Lerner acted alone.” After all, there isn’t a “smidgen” of e-mail evidence to suggest otherwise.
Of course not; they destroyed it all.
A growing number of computer professionals are stepping forward to say that none of this makes sense.
Of course not. It’s a lie, and not even a very good or sedulous one.
Norman Cillo, a former program manager at Microsoft, told The Blaze: “I don’t know of any e-mail administrator [who] 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 on an archive server.” Bruce Webster, an IT expert with 30 years of experience consulting with dozens of private companies, seconds this opinion: “It would take a catastrophic mechanical failure for Lerner’s drive to suffer actual physical damage, but in any case, the FBI should be able to recover something. And the FBI and the Justice Department know it.”
Of course they do. Unfortunately, they have an interest in hiding the truth, being up to the eyeballs in this treasonous gangster-government corruption–wherein the very legitimacy of our ersatz representative republic has been entirely subverted–themselves.
In March of this year, John Koskinen, the new IRS commissioner, testified before Congress that all the e-mails of IRS employees are “stored in servers.” The agency’s own manual specifies that it “provides for backup and recovery of records to protect against information loss or corruption.” The reason is simple. It is well known in legal and IT circles that failure to preserve e-mails can lead to a court ruling of “spoliation of evidence.” That means a judge or jury is then instructed to treat deletions as if they were deliberate destruction of incriminating evidence.
Of course they are. Because in this as in many other cases, that’s precisely what it was.
Why is the loss of the Lerner e-mails particularly important? Last year’s report by the IRS inspector general set out a timeline of the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. A full 16 of the 26 non-redacted events in the inspector general’s timeline took place during the period for which all of Lerner’s e-mails were “lost,” and these 16 instances refer to “e-mail” as the source for information on that event. As tax expert Alan Joel points out, much of the context about how the IRS scandal developed and who may have known about it is now “lost” in the black hole the Lerner e-mails are supposed to have been sucked into.
Of course it is. That is neither accident nor coincidence; they weren’t “sucked” into any “black hole,” they were stuffed into it, with malicious intent and full foreknowledge. The IRS’s dog-ate-my-homework defense isn’t merely feeble, it’s outright laughable. As was mentioned here the other day: try a defense like that yourself against the IRS when they’ve gotten their teeth thoroughly into your nether regions. See where it gets ya.
If there is an ongoing cover-up of the IRS scandal, it’s obvious why some folks would be desperate to continue it.
Last year, Time magazine’s liberal columnist Joe Klein wrote that the IRS scandal placed President Obama “on the same page as Richard Nixon.”
He is far worse than Nixon ever dreamed of being, in both his core corruption–which is entire and unmitigated–and his arrogant lawlessness, his belief in his own divine right to rule in any way he sees fit–which is absolute and unswerving. Proof? Nixon at least had the decency to resign once his complicity and the concomitant disgrace was obvious. Who out there could even dream of Obama ever doing such a thing?