The Lois Lerner emails – are they really lost?

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By Jim O’Brien

It would seem the news media, even FOX, is not getting the irrelevance of Lois Lerner’s hard drive.  Everybody keeps focusing on the fact that LL’s hard drive irs.1crashed and therefore all emails are lost.  Even Congressmen seem to be ignorant because they keep repeating the IRS talking points that a personal hard drive crash resulted in loss of emails.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Organizational email databases do not store an individual’s emails on their desktop/laptop.  A person can extract and delete selected emails off of the main server, but backups retain the original.  The only way emails would be lost forever would be if the email were generated and destroyed the same day before a backup could be run and even then audit logs are available to track such activity.  If we are to believe the IRS, that the database is effectively overwritten every six months, then someone or some department should be fired or worse since that goes against mandated retention regulations.

Now, the IRS may come back and say that it was actually the database server’s drive that crashed and this is why the other six people involved also lost their emails.  The problem with that argument is that such a scenario would affect much more than just six or seven employees, it would have affected a large segment of the organization, and impacted/impaired IRS operations for at least the affected segment of that organization as well as those with whom it communicated.

The other aspect of the IRS excuse that does not hold water is the fact that LL’s sent/received emails would still reside on any system/sever where her correspondence was received or replied to. 

Side note: If I lose my desktop hard drive at work, I can simply go to another computer in the company or use a web interface to read, send, and retrieve emails.  In addition, I do not keep critical documents, spreadsheets, etc. on my desktop.  All such files are stored on a file server where regular backups are performed. This is standard protocol in industry.   In my position it could take a couple days to get a replacement hard drive or computer, but in the meantime I could continue to do my job on an alternate computer and have the same access data, files, and emails I currently have.

I am no expert, but my knowledge and experience makes it difficult to believe that Lois Lerner and her colleagues “coincidentally” lost their emails for a critical period under investigation.  Lois Lerner’s “sometimes stuff just happens” response to IRS technology staff seems a bit dispassionate for someone in her position unless she knew her data was recoverable or accessible via other means, i.e. she could simply use a different computer to access critical files and emails.

Editor’s Note: The IRS has a Backup service — read about on Breitbart: HERE

Jim O’Brien is a native Southern Californian  and been mention a resident of Simi Valley since 1981.  He is fed up with state and national politics (both Dem and Rep). Voting Conservative since actually since 1980 when Ronald Reagan opposed Jimmy Carter.  He has 30 years experience in IT in various capacities.

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