Everything we do on a computer, especially on the internet, is stored somewhere. Even when you try deleting something, it’s very difficult to ensure that it’s actually deleted. It might not be easy to get once you delete something, but it’s somewhere. E-mails, instant messages, internet history, etc. – all that stuff is compiled by the NSA. Even if it’s been deleted from your server, it’s not gone forever. It’s stored in the NSA’s massive data center in Bluffdale, Utah. For “national security,” of course.
Lois Lerner’s hard drive supposedly crashed, and on that hard drive contained the e-mails that the House Ways and Means Committee need in their investigation of the IRS scandal where conservative groups were systematically targeted and harassed. Then, the IRS scrapped the hard drive, and IT professionals were subsequently unable to obtain anything off of it.
Lois Lerner wasn’t the only official to have computer problems. Six other IRS employees have “missing e-mails.” And the White House claims not to have a single e-mail to or from Lois Lerner.
The IRS is apparently working on getting 67,000 Lois Lerner e-mails compiled from 82 other employees’ computers, which have so far miraculously not crashed or gone missing. We shouldn’t expect to find anything incriminating in those e-mails. More than likely, it’s just taken the IRS and whoever else a few years to comb through all the incriminating e-mails and “lose” them. As for the remaining thousands of (useless) e-mails, it will look like they’re handing over tons and tons of documentation, so it looks like they’re complying and doing everything they can to cooperate with the Congressional investigation. It’s reminiscent of the 18 ½ minutes – out of 300,000 minutes – of audiotape that went “missing” and ended up taking down Nixon.
If you don’t buy their story about conveniently crashed hard drives and miraculously “missing e-mails,” then you’re a paranoid, tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy theorist. According to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, any speculation surrounding these “lost” e-mails is “is indicative of the kinds of conspiracies that are propagated around this story.”
The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp should appeal to the NSA. In order to “catch terrorists,” the NSA have everyone’s e-mails. They have every one of Lois Lerner’s e-mails, her instant messages, what she likes to look at on the internet. They probably know more about Lois Lerner than Lerner herself.