by Datechguy | June 14th, 2014
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.
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
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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