AND SO,...WHILE I WAS ON VACATION
June 16, 2014
Holy Cow! While gone on vacation for ten days, ten thousand events occurred any four of which I could have filled pages here on corson.org.
There was the monumental defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor; Guatemalan, Nicaraguan and Salvadorian children pushed across our southern borders and now being migrated into major cities in the East; Shiite Islamists taking major cities in Iraq and that government asking for help from Iran; ISIS rampages the Middle East and the revelation that the leader of ISIS was the first Gitmo detainee released by the Obama Administration back in 2009.
But nothing stirs my soul as much as the revelation that each and every email both to and from Lois Lerner has mysteriously disappeared. Therefore, there will be no evidence of foul play available to the House Oversight Committee for the prosecution of the IRS scandal.
Thomas Jefferson once said: “If I had to choose between government without newspapers, and newspapers without government, I wouldn’t hesitate to choose the latter.”
In his day, Mr. Jefferson was attuned to a hyper-partisan, mudslinging, muckraking, bulldog press corps, not our modern mainstream media lapdogs. Today, with our government taking on more and more while competently performing less and less, the public needs more mud slung and more muck raked.
Yet, the Washington Post that had been slung onto my driveway Saturday morning carried not a single word, much less an in-depth story, about the Internal Revenue Service scandal that strikes at the very core of a free versus an authoritarian society: the ability of citizens to organize and speak out politically. I had to find out the news, er, the truth, from Brietbart and the Drudge Report.
Let’s review what we do know about the IRS scandal at this point:
- The IRS admits to unfairly blocking Tea Party groups from effectively engaging in public policy by delaying them from forming non-profit groups.
- As Congress investigated, Lois Lerner, former director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division, took the Fifth, refusing to testify (retiring, instead, to collect her lavish pension).
- Now, a year after Congress made a formal request for Ms. Lerner’s emails, late on a summer Friday, the IRS casually tells Congress that — oops — Lerner’s computer crashed way back when and all her emails during the critical period from January 2009 to April 2011, when the targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups was taking place, have been incompetently — but oh-so-conveniently — lost.
That’s not news? Not worth a mention?
The Washington Post isn’t alone; I couldn’t find any online reporting by The New York Times or The Chicago Tribune or The Los Angeles Times, either. Maybe I missed something, but The Wall Street Journal headlined their editorial,
The IRS Loses Lerner’s Email
And other news that the Beltway press corps won’t cover.
Tom Jefferson’s fears have been realized: We have mega-government without properly functioning newspapers. Thank goodness for the Internet, cable news and social media that provide other avenues for information.
This IRS email glitch reminds many folks of the 18.5-minute gap in one of President Richard Nixon’s recordings of White House phone conversations. Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, said she made “a terrible mistake” by accidentally recording over that length of another conversation.
That was news, certainly, back in the day.
Even beyond the scandal itself, simply as a matter of allowing the public to understand the level of competence, or lack thereof, in an important federal agency, shouldn’t citizens be informed that the IRS is “challenged” when it comes to data retention and protection?
This is, after all, an agency that is tasked with a lot of record-keeping, not to mention enforcement of the new national healthcare regime.
The Blaze found a newsworthy angle to question the official pronouncement, interviewing Norman Cillo, an IT professional who has worked with Army intelligence and as a program manager at Microsoft. “If the IRS’ email server is in such a state that they only have one copy of data and the server crashes and it’s gone, and I’ve never heard of such a thing.”
He suspects that Congress is “being lied to” by the IRS about those emails.
Hey, here's a novel idea...send in the NSA. They have data on every keystroke, every phone call, every text message, every Facebook posting and tweet, hell, they have data on every time cows flatulate, or maybe even your flatulence. At least one congressman agrees. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX.) suggested capturing this important email evidence by the National Security Agency's ability to do that. Stockman sent Admiral Michael S. Rogers, the NSA director, a letter asking the agency to “produce all metadata it has collected on all of Ms. Lerner’s email accounts for the period between January 2009 and April 2011.”
But there is this one huge problem: the NSA works for the government. What if the NSA says "we didn't stop keeping data on IRS officials or the IRS collectively until July, 2011", or "January of 2012", or, more probable, "The IRS is isolated from NSA eavesdropping.
This government knows and polices the entire world, even tapping the phone lines of foreign leaders. And it always seeks to expand its role in every facet. Surely the NSA can locate those emails at the center of the IRS scandal that somehow someone forgot to back-up.
If we hear that the NSA cannot locate or has not collected Lois Lerner's emails, then someone, somewhere, owes the NSA big time. Someone has paid them off. The only question remaining is who is big enough to buy them?
The biggest lie told by Barack Obama and those within his administration over the last five-and-a-half years is the promise of transparency. Even the New York Times admits this is the least transparent presidency in history. The Obama White House is impenetrable. Somewhere in eternity Richard Nixon is raging with envy.
If anything, losing an entire lot of email from the government's most notorious former employee proves beyond a shadow of doubt that our government is not only incompetent, but could not be trusted any further than you can throw Mount Rushmore. Speaking of Rushmore, have they started to etch Obama's face into the mountain yet?
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