An industry group is claiming the IRS should have kept full records of its apparent destruction of ex-official Lois Lerner’s hard drive, saying “the notion that these emails just magically vanished makes no sense whatsoever.”
The latest to weigh in on the lost emails controversy is the head of the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers. Group president Barbara Rembiesa released a statement on Thursday questioning recent testimony by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who told Congress last Friday that Lerner’s hard drive was “recycled and destroyed” after it crashed in 2011.
She claimed that a certified “IT asset destruction” team should have been brought in to document and complete that process.
“If this was done, there would be records. If this was not done, this is the smoking gun that proves the drive or drives were destroyed improperly — or not at all,” she said. …..
Here’s one of the many problems with this story, in which even laypeople can understand. The harddrive cannot have been “recycled”, and have been “destroyed”. You can’t destroy a harddrive and then recycle it. If it was able to be “recycled”, then the harddrive was not rendered useless.
If it was able to be “recycled”, then it was still operative. And, if it was still operative, the data could have been restored. And, if it was recycled, some of the old data could still be found.
And, yes, Rembiesa is correct. If a harddrive fails, which contains data which should not be left for any public consumption, then one destroys it. Typically, this entails concrete and a sledge hammer. Seriously, and really. That’s how you do it. And, this action is documented fifteen ways from Sunday.
The reason for this is because if information which should not be known, becomes known, the IT person can absolutely prove it didn’t come from the harddrive which was destroyed.
If congress wants to know the truth about what happened, call the IT guy responsible for the harddrive. Not the person in charge of the IT people, the IT person responsible.
Later the article has this to say …..
The IRS, though, insists this was simply a case of a routine computer failure — one of thousands across the federal government.
True, computer failure is routine. A harddrive failure which renders the data on the harddrive unrecoverable is not routine. It’s a rare instance. But, more to the point, 6 other harddrive failures of the same ilk, for people who are being investigated, at the same time for the same reason is a statistical impossibility. It simply isn’t true. Further, the IRS’ stated backup procedure simply isn’t true.
All of it is a lie. Every damned bit of it.