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Sharyl Attkisson Has ‘Lost Email’ Questions For The IRS

First there is this rib-tickler via CNN:

White House says IRS e-mails lost in crash, calls explanation ‘entirely reasonable’

By Edward Meagher, Jake Tapper | June 16, 2014

(CNN) – … The IRS says a crashed hard drive caused them to lose all of Lerner’s e-mails from January 2009 to April 2011. "At the time, Ms. Lerner asked IRS IT professionals to restore her hard drive, but they were unable to do so," the agency said in a statement.

That makes things even harder to believe. It is nigh unto impossible to delete data from a hard drive so that it is completely irretrievable. It certainly is not done accidently.

Incoming White House press secretary Josh Earnest stands by that explanation. "I think it’s entirely reasonable. And it’s fact," he told reporters Monday…

Well, if it is a fact (which of course, it isn’t), it should be easy enough to prove.

In fact, the courageous Sharyl Attkisson has some questions that would establish whether this is a fact or not:

Lois Lerner’s Lost Emails: Questions for the IRS

By Sharyl Attkisson | June 14, 2014

… In light of the disclosure [that the IRS ‘lost’ Lois Lerner’s emails from between January of 2009 and April of 2011 due to a ‘computer crash,’ these are some of the logical requests that should be made of the IRS:

* Please provide a timeline of the crash and documentation covering when it was first discovered and by whom; when, how and by whom it was learned that materials were lost; the official documentation reporting the crash and federal data loss; documentation reflecting all attempts to recover the materials; and the remediation records documenting the fix. This material should include the names of all officials and technicians involved, as well as all internal communications about the matter.

* Please provide all documents and emails that refer to the crash from the time that it happened through the IRS’ disclosure to Congress Friday that it had occurred.

* Please provide the documents that show the computer crash and lost data were appropriately reported to the required entities including any contractor servicing the IRS. If the incident was not reported, please explain why.

* Please provide a list summarizing what other data was irretrievably lost in the computer crash. If the loss involved any personal data, was the loss disclosed to those impacted? If not, why?

* Please provide documentation reflecting any security analyses done to assess the impact of the crash and lost materials. If such analyses were not performed, why not?

* Please provide documentation showing the steps taken to recover the material, and the names of all technicians who attempted the recovery.

* Please explain why redundancies required for federal systems were either not used or were not effective in restoring the lost materials, and provide documentation showing how this shortfall has been remediated.

We talked about these federal requirements that every federal agency is required to have a Continuation of Operations (COOP) plan yesterday.

* Please provide any documents reflecting an investigation into how the crash resulted in the irretrievable loss of federal data and what factors were found to be responsible for the existence of this situation.

* I would also ask for those who discovered and reported the crash to testify under oath, as well as any officials who reported the materials as having been irretrievably lost…

Lest we forget, Ms. Attkisson has some experience dealing with computer problems. Since her computers were hacked several times during the period she was investigating Benghazi.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Sharyl Attkisson Has ‘Lost Email’ Questions For The IRS”

  1. Enthalpy

    I wonder if there is a tax strike coming in the United States?


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