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Submitted by phrackthat
phrackthat (2602661) writes "The Senate Finance Committee has been informed that the IRS recycled the hard drive of Lois Lerner, which will deprive investigators of the ability to forensically retrieve emails which were supposedly deleted or lost in a "crash." This news comes after the IRS revealed that it had lost the emails of Lois Lerner and six other employees who were being investigated regarding the targeting of conservative groups and donors."

Comment: Nothing new here - court ruled on this in 2003 (Score 1) 646

by phrackthat (#47266721) Attached to: Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks
This is going nowhere. Some activists did the same thing in 1999 and a court of appeals overruled the board in 2003. There is nothing new here (which the board's dissenter noted). The court of appeals will rule that the complainants did not have standing to bring the trademark challenge.

Comment: Re:Too Late... (Score 1) 465

by phrackthat (#47266669) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation
This is not comparable. The Bush email system was an attempt to obey the law - specifically, the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act prohibits using government property to engage in partisan politics. The NRC and Bush set up a private email system and issued laptops that would use that system so that communications with the NRC would not run afoul of the Hatch Act. There were allegations that some governmental business was conducted on this email system. Also, the LA Times stated only that "thousands" of emails may have been lost - not 5 million. The 5 million allegation came from a partisan report citing "confidential sources." The NRC was not obligated under the law to retain emails. The IRS was obligated to retain and print hard copies of the emails and the "crashes" occurred shortly after Congress launched an inquiry.

Comment: Re:Email recipients (Score 1) 465

by phrackthat (#47259667) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation
They subpoena organizations because the systems are theirs - not the individuals. Hence, the subpoena was directed to the IRS. They also need to be directed to the organizations that Lerner and her flunkies communicated with - the White House, the DOJ & the FEC. Of course, Obama will then assert "executive privilege."

Comment: Re:Wtf (Score 2) 465

by phrackthat (#47259645) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

Nice BS AC. Try again. The IRS Inspector General's office stated in a letter that only 6 groups with “progress” or “progressive” in their names were given any scrutiny at all for potential political activity, while 70 percent of “progressive” groups received no additional scrutiny. The letter continued, “In comparison, 100 percent of the tax-exempt applications with Tea Party, Patriots, or 9/12 in their names were processed as potential political cases” and subjected to intrusive scrutiny. Finally, the letter concluded that it “did not find evidence that the IRS used [the term “Progressive”] as selection criteria for potential political cases.”

Further, all of the leftist political groups received their approval very quickly whereas most of the tea part groups have waited years and still haven't received approval of their applications! The reason why "repubs" are still "fucking this dead story" is because it isn't dead you brain-dead fucktard. Nixon merely wanted to use the IRS to oppress his political opponents but was denied - Obama fucking succeeded!

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 0) 465

by phrackthat (#47259523) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

Bloody sycophant. Jeez. The computers of six people who were targets of Congressional investigation almost simultaneously crash and the backups deleted (without the effected computers having their emails restored shortly after the crash as would normally be the case) AND they can't locate the local or backup copies of the emails on the recipient computers or backup systems?

I guess for you it's Donkeys all the way down. . .

Comment: Re:what kind of hardware failure can do this? (Score 2) 465

by phrackthat (#47259471) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

What about where the emails were sent? The emails that were "lost" were sent to the White House, the Department of Justice (Lerner sent other emails that we know of trying to coordinate with DOJ to try to drum up prosecutions of Tea Party groups) and the FEC to try to target any alleged political speech. Each of these departments should have independent backups and records on each of the recipient's computers.

A member of the House has already sent a request to the NSA for any metadata it may have on Lerner's emails. Hopefully this will help track down any "lost" emails and who the recipients were.

Comment: Re:Just imagine "if" (Score 1) 347

by phrackthat (#47257925) Attached to: Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

Wow. IRS targets conservative groups during run-up to Presidential election when Democrat President is incumbent and it's the GOP that doing "mouth-breathing bullshit" and their efforts to investigate are slimy and empty? What facts would constitute evidence of wrongdoing?

  • How about the fact that the IRS admitted to wrongdoing?
  • How about the fact that Lerner took the 5th because her actions in the matter may incriminate her criminally?
  • How about her coordination with the DOJ and FTC to target these same conservative groups?
  • How about her planting a question in the audience at an unrelated event in order to sell her cover story before the scandal broke with the press?
  • How about the bullshit story that the targeting was only done by a couple of "rogue employees" in Cincinnati?
  • How about the fact that the IRS conveniently cannot recover her emails to the White House, the DOJ and the FTC (the very organizations which the investigation was looking into)?
  • How about the fact that the IRS is now reporting that it can also not locate the emails for six more employees at the center of the investigation?

This administration's dissimulation and lies are only making this story worse. Their stories are regularly changing, they're claiming the "dog ate my emails" and the trail of this scandal keeps going up higher and higher in the chain of command in this administration.

This is merely empty mouth-breathing bullshit and slimy political posturing? Would you be so glib about this if these things happened during a Republican administration? If you wouldn't mind illuminating everyone, could you please tell us what criminal actions you would be worthy of investigation? How much evidence is necessary to show corruption? Do you need to have Obama smoking a joint rolled in the printed emails? Does he have to be caught with his hand feeding the shredder or sneaking down the halls of the IRS with a huge degausser wiping hard drives?

Republicans at least had the decency to ask Nixon to step down when 18 minutes turned up missing from the tapes. Democrats blow off every scandal and criminal act they commit as "political theater."

Comment: Let's integrate everything! What could go wrong? (Score 2) 219

by phrackthat (#45892635) Attached to: Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

Hey, it's all good. Once we've got fridges hooked up, coke cans and bottles, Lunchables, and every other food related item and cigarette packs, alcohol bottles, beer mugs, and so forth we can pass a law where they will integrate with our shiny Obamacare system so that your insurance can be adjusted according to what you eat! Perhaps all of our lives little details will become mandatorily given to the government for our own good - you been getting around a sleeping with some honeys (I know, this is Slashdot, but we can all have a dream!) , the government must know because it increases your risk of an STD which increases your risk profile, own a gun? that'll be hooked into the government information pool too. Own a gun? Watch too much TV? Play too many video games? Don't watch enough government sanctioned TV? Everything can be used to enhance your profile of insurance risk, terrorism risk, etc.

The third party doctrine will accommodate any invasion of privacy since, under current law, once information about you becomes available to a third party, the government can compel it's production without a warrant. Once everything you own is hooked up to the Net, it all becomes fair game for government analysis. Of course, once these functions become ubiquitous opting out will become impossible but the courts will continue to waive their collective hands and say that we willingly sent our private information to a third party so it's fair game for the government.

Comment: Re:UAV's vulnerable to directed-energy weapons? (Score 1) 153

by phrackthat (#45473901) Attached to: Many UAVs Vulnerable To Directed-Energy Weapons

I will now coin a new acronym..."KEDW," or "Kinetic Energy Directed Weapon," also known as a "gun," and go speak to a conference about how it is a much worse threat than this...because not only can it shoot down police drones, it can hurt people too!

I think KEPOW works better for a gun. "Kinetic Energy Projectile Ordinance Weapon"

If you had better tools, you could more effectively demonstrate your total incompetence.