The IRS Scandal Rosemary Woods on Steroids

by Datechguy | June 14th, 2014

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The IRS Scandal Rosemary Woods on Steroids

Archie Bunker: What are you doing now?

Joe Foley: [Set­ting fire to Archie’s lip­stick stained hand­ker­chief] What Nixon Should have done to the tapes.

All in the Fam­ily Archie’s Brief Encounter Pt 2 1976

Vin­cent Hanna:And now, finally, a word with the man who is at the cen­tre of this bye-​election mys­tery: the voter him­self. And his name is Mr. E. Bla – , Mr. Black­ad­der, *you* are the only voter in this rot­ten borough…?

Black­ad­der:Yes, that’s right.

Vin­cent Hanna:How long have you lived in this constituency?

Black­ad­der:Since Wednes­day morn­ing. I took over the pre­vi­ous elec­torate when he, very sadly, acci­dently bru­tally cut his head off while comb­ing his hair.

Black­ad­der the Third Dish and Dis­hon­esty 1987

Are you old enough to remem­ber this photo.

rose-mary-woods

That’s a pic­ture of Rose­mary woods. She was Richard Nixon’s sec­re­tary fiercely loyal to the Nixon family.

Woods was deeply con­nected with one of the most famous events of the Water­gate scan­dal. 18 1/​2 min­utes of miss­ing con­ver­sa­tion. Here is the descrip­tion of the event from her obit in the Wash­ing­ton Post.

Miss Woods, the president’s pri­vate sec­re­tary, in 1973 was tran­scrib­ing secretly recorded audio­tapes of Oval Office con­ver­sa­tions. She was work­ing on a June 20, 1972, tape of a con­ver­sa­tion between Nixon and his chief of staff, H.R. Halde­man, that might have shed light on whether Nixon knew about the Water­gate break-​in three days ear­lier. While she was per­form­ing her duties, she said, the phone rang. As she reached for it, she said she inad­ver­tently struck the erase key on the tape recorder and kept her foot on the machine’s pedal, for­ward­ing the tape.

A pho­to­graph taken of Miss Woods re-​creating the event, nearly sprawl­ing to do both simul­ta­ne­ously, made her ges­ture look like a gym­nas­tic feat. Some wags, accord­ing to a Wash­ing­ton Post arti­cle at the time, dubbed it “the Rose Mary Stretch.”

She was never charged with obstruc­tion but while Miss Woods never changed her story over the years her tale has gen­er­ally not been believed even by the most naïve of people.

Which brings us to 2014 and this story:

The Inter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice said Fri­day it has lost a trove of emails to and from a cen­tral fig­ure in the agency’s tea party con­tro­versy, spark­ing out­rage from con­gres­sional inves­ti­ga­tors who have been prob­ing the agency for more than a year.

The IRS told Con­gress Fri­day it can­not locate many of Lois Lerner’s emails prior to 2011 because her com­puter crashed dur­ing the sum­mer of that year.

For some odd rea­son the chair­man of the Ways & Means com­mit­tee doesn’t seem to buy it:

“The fact that I am just learn­ing about this, over a year into the inves­ti­ga­tion, is com­pletely unac­cept­able and now calls into ques­tion the cred­i­bil­ity of the IRS’s response to Con­gres­sional inquiries. There needs to be an imme­di­ate inves­ti­ga­tion and foren­sic audit by Depart­ment of Jus­tice as well as the Inspec­tor General. 

The reac­tion has been what you might expect

As Glenn Reynolds sug­gests, “So this means the con­tents were dev­as­tat­ing for the White House, I guess.” At Com­men­tary, John Steele Gor­don adds:

So it would seem that not only does the Obama admin­is­tra­tion exhibit the worst attrib­utes of the Carter admin­is­tra­tion, it also exhibits the worst attrib­utes of the Nixon admin­is­tra­tion. No one believed Nixon’s expla­na­tion for the infa­mous miss­ing 18 1/​2 min­utes of oval office tapes. I doubt many will believe that this is an acci­dent too.

Pat­terico asks the obvi­ous question

is there any­one with govt computer/​server knowl­edge that could explain how this might hap­pen for only for a spe­cific per­son in a spe­cific time period? Is it pos­si­ble they were lost on one end, but not the recip­i­ents end?

You would basi­cally have to have that par­tic­u­lar folder cor­rupted but that wouldn’t affect the servers belong­ing to those who received them.

Fur­ther­more as any tech per­son will tell you it’s almost impos­si­ble that a crash would per­ma­nently delete these e-​mail in such a way that a pro­fes­sional couldn’t recover them but pow­er­line says:

MORE: C.J. Cia­ramella has more here, includ­ing a quote from an IRS state­ment. The AP reports: “The IRS said tech­ni­cians went to great lengths try­ing to recover data from Lerner’s com­puter in 2011. In emails pro­vided by the IRS, tech­ni­cians said they sent the com­puter to a foren­sic lab run by the agency’s crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tions unit. But to no avail.”

I sub­mit and sug­gest no tech per­son would be able to read that with a straight face.

If that hard drive & server was sent to a lab it was to be sure that data was wiped.

On the bright side this story makes an excel­lent employ­ment test for the MSM in gen­eral and MSNBC in par­tic­u­lar. If the prospec­tive employee can express belief in this IRS story with a straight face they are qual­i­fied for their own show.

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Archie Bunker: What are you doing now?

Joe Foley: [Setting fire to Archie’s lipstick stained handkerchief] What Nixon Should have done to the tapes.

All in the Family Archie’s Brief Encounter Pt 2 1976

Vincent Hanna:And now, finally, a word with the man who is at the centre of this bye-election mystery: the voter himself. And his name is Mr. E. Bla–, Mr. Blackadder, *you* are the only voter in this rotten borough…?

Blackadder:Yes, that’s right.

Vincent Hanna:How long have you lived in this constituency?

Blackadder:Since Wednesday morning. I took over the previous electorate when he, very sadly, accidently brutally cut his head off while combing his hair.

Blackadder the Third Dish and Dishonesty 1987

Are you old enough to remember this photo.

rose-mary-woods

That’s a picture of Rosemary woods. She was Richard Nixon’s secretary fiercely loyal to the Nixon family.

Woods was deeply connected with one of the most famous events of the Watergate scandal.  18 1/2 minutes of missing conversation.  Here is the description of the event from her obit in the Washington Post.

Miss Woods, the president’s private secretary, in 1973 was transcribing secretly recorded audiotapes of Oval Office conversations. She was working on a June 20, 1972, tape of a conversation between Nixon and his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, that might have shed light on whether Nixon knew about the Watergate break-in three days earlier. While she was performing her duties, she said, the phone rang. As she reached for it, she said she inadvertently struck the erase key on the tape recorder and kept her foot on the machine’s pedal, forwarding the tape.

A photograph taken of Miss Woods re-creating the event, nearly sprawling to do both simultaneously, made her gesture look like a gymnastic feat. Some wags, according to a Washington Post article at the time, dubbed it “the Rose Mary Stretch.”

She was never charged with obstruction but while Miss Woods never changed her story over the years her tale has generally not been believed even by the most naive of people.

Which brings us to 2014 and this story:

The Internal Revenue Service said Friday it has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency’s tea party controversy, sparking outrage from congressional investigators who have been probing the agency for more than a year.

The IRS told Congress Friday it cannot locate many of Lois Lerner’s emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed during the summer of that year.

For some odd reason the chairman of the Ways & Means committee doesn’t seem to buy it:

“The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS’s response to Congressional inquiries.  There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the Inspector General.  

The reaction has been what you might expect

As Glenn Reynolds suggests, “So this means the contents were devastating for the White House, I guess.” At Commentary, John Steele Gordon adds:

So it would seem that not only does the Obama administration exhibit the worst attributes of the Carter administration, it also exhibits the worst attributes of the Nixon administration. No one believed Nixon’s explanation for the infamous missing 18 1/2 minutes of oval office tapes. I doubt many will believe that this is an accident too.

Patterico asks the obvious question

is there anyone with govt computer/server knowledge that could explain how this might happen for only for a specific person in a specific time period? Is it possible they were lost on one end, but not the recipients end?

You would basically have to have that particular folder corrupted but that wouldn’t affect the servers belonging to those who received them.

Furthermore as any tech person will tell you it’s almost impossible that a crash would permanently delete these e-mail in such a way that a professional couldn’t recover them but powerline says:

MORE: C.J. Ciaramella has more here, including a quote from an IRS statement. The AP reports: “The IRS said technicians went to great lengths trying to recover data from Lerner’s computer in 2011. In emails provided by the IRS, technicians said they sent the computer to a forensic lab run by the agency’s criminal investigations unit. But to no avail.”

I submit and suggest no tech person would be able to read that with a straight face.

If that hard drive & server was sent to a lab it was to be sure that data was wiped.

On the bright side this story makes an excellent employment test for the MSM in general and MSNBC in particular.  If the prospective employee can express belief in this IRS story with a straight face they are qualified for their own show.

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This blog exists as a full-time endeavor thanks to your support. The only check I draw to pay for this coverage and all that is done is what you choose to provide.

For a full month I ask a fixed amount $1465.

With the exception of January, 2014 remains a very lean year for our blog fiscally, If we can draw a mere $50 a day that will be reversed.

If you think this coverage and what we do here is worth your support please consider hitting DaTipJar below and help keep the bills paid.

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