IRS Puts Out Word It Needs Help Destroying 3200 Hard Drives

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 at 7:34 am

Damn, this Obama IRS coverup is much larger than we ever expected.

Days after IRS officials said in a sworn statement that former top agency employee Lois G. Lerner’s computer memory had been wiped clean, the agency put out word to contractors Monday that it needs help to destroy at least another 3,200 hard drives.

The Internal Revenue Service solicitation for “media destruction” services reflects an otherwise routine job to protect sensitive taxpayer information, but it was made while the agency’s record destruction practices remain under a sharp congressional spotlight.

Congressional investigators of the IRS targeting of conservative groups have been hampered by the unexplained destruction of emails and other records of Ms. Lerner, the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division and a central figure in the scandal.

The loss of Ms. Lerner’s hard drive also raised broader questions about why the tax agency never reported the missing records to the National Archives and Records Administration, as required by the Federal Records Act.

While those questions remained unresolved, IRS officials signaled plans to destroy tens of thousands of additional electronic records.

“After all media are destroyed, they must not be capable of any reuse or information retrieval,” IRS officials stated in the contract papers.

Meanwhile, the charming Ms. Lerner’s email may still exist. If Team Obama is this incompetent and can’t properly destroy evidence they’re in way over their heads. If only we had a media interested in uncovering this scam.

4 Responses to “IRS Puts Out Word It Needs Help Destroying 3200 Hard Drives”

  1. John Barks on 22/22/14 at 10:17 am

    If they were to look at those hard drives they may just find the drives that made up the Microsoft SQL backend of the Sonasoft email archive system.

  2. looking closely on 22/22/14 at 12:17 pm

    No way is there any chance these emails still exist. The IRS is just stalling here.

    As to destroying hard drives so no information is retained, one would think that should be pretty easy (eg incineration or other complete physical destruction).

    I know there are multiple read/write protocols where every sector on the drive is over-written and re-written with random data multiple times to the point where no prior information can be retrieved, but this assumes the drive in question is functional and you want it to remain that way.

    Seems pretty clear the IRS has no problem DESTROYING information; what it needs to work on is PRESERVING it.