Updates at the end of the article
Recently Rep. Steve Stockman asked the National Security Agency for the metadata kept for Lois Lerner’s emails immediately after the IRS announced two years worth of her emails were lost in a computer crash. A clever maneuver though it’s unlikely they will be turned over, but that isn’t the end of the road. Government agencies have archiving companies preserving their emails in case of crashes like the one that allegedly occurred during the 2009-2011 time period when Lerner was apparently targeting conservative groups.
President Richard Nixon was pilloried over an 18-minute gap in a tape but the media is doing their best to ignore the two years of “lost” emails of Lois Lerner and several others in her department with others in the Obama administration, possibly with his White House.
Branco cartoon via Liberty Alliance
The IRS, according to Reason and according to Sonasoft’s own website, uses the Sonasoft email archiving service where “email archiving is done right.” One might assume that means it’s a thorough and complete service.
My son used to archive the emails for the attorneys at Phillip Morris. Mistakes could not be made and he had to continually check that every piece of data for every email was properly preserved and stored. It was then checked by others on his team. They were also easily obtained when lawyers asked for the backup emails by date, time, title, lawyer’s name, and so on.
There is no reason to believe it would be done any less efficiently by Sonasoft that states, “The world’s leading companies rely on Sonasoft products to secure their operational data. Sonasoft’s award winning disaster recovery software for Microsoft Servers: SonaVault, SonaExchange, and SonaSQL is known for ease of use and reliability for email archiving, backup, recovery, replication and migration needs.”
They also handle hard drive crashes which the IRS may or may not have used. It provides point-click recovery and goes into effect immediately,
Hopefully Congress has a subpoena going out for Sonasoft’s records. We don’t know what services Sonasoft provided for the IRS but they ARCHIVE EMAILS!
When he was appointed to his post last year, IRS Secretary John Koskinen said he thought it was appropriate for the IRS to target conservative groups. He said that the IRS targeting of conservative groups was not necessarily illegal. He rejected the notion that the IRS targeting was improper.
IRS Secretary John Koskinen
He testified before Congress Friday and displayed the exact same smug behavior we saw from the former IRS secretaries and Lois Lerner. They are answerable to no one. This should be a nonpartisan issue but it has become Democrat against Republican because the victims of the targeting are conservatives.
Koskinen thinks that the numbers of investigations matter when none have been able to obtain the data they need to come to an adequate decision.
If the right questions aren’t asked, Koskinen believes he doesn’t need to notify Congress of pertinent information.
With unmitigated arrogance and hubris, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen smirked when responding. He said the IRS owes no apologies for the unbelievable epidemic of hard-drive failures among officials involved in the targeting scheme, whose e-mails Congress has spent the last year-plus demanding from the IRS.
Listen to key statements during the testimony:
Update: 06/22/14: The IRS now claims that they cancelled their contract with Sonasoft months after Lois Lerner’s computer crashed and before the other computers crashed in what is for the IRS a timely and opportune cancellation.