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IRS's lost emails case justifies big penalty for guilty Re June 14 article, "Lost emails by IRS anger congressional investigators": Missing two years of emails -- yikes. Nixon was impeached in part because of 18 minutes of missing tapes. Hey Democrats, it's a two-way street, as much as you would like it one way. Sens. Carl Levin, Chuck Schumer and Barbara Boxer told the IRS and IRS Director Lois Lerner to go after conservative groups ...

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June 24, 2014
10:35 a.m.

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Poor Mr Marvell thinks that a lone Senator or two can give instructions to a federal agency. Put the pipe down, pal.The IRS was actually scrutinizing liberal groups, ones with "98%" "Occupy___" and other similar names, and as many as the far-right groups. The new PACs have to prove they provide community services to even exist. Many of the so-called "Patriot" groups did nothing but politics. Since Mr Marvell also vilifies the President for not starting wars in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine one can only assume he has stock in Halliburton and is missing the big, fat dividends from the illegal wars started by Bush. At work I had my computer crash more than once. What would be alarming is finding that no computers crashed. As a citizen I am calling for truth and facts.

June 24, 2014
11:59 a.m.

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I guess pollywog doesn't have anything to "occupy" today....

June 25, 2014
6:42 p.m.

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If the unenlightened would just learn a little bit more they might know that the federal government, like most state and local governments, often have antiquated equipment. The IRS did not have the capacity to back-up data; the poor fools were using a tape for back-up, one step above the ancient scribe. The back-up tapes were re-used most likely because it is impossible to purchase new ones since the technology is about 20 years old. One of the problems with the VA is that is uses ancient computer programs and has not been provided with the funds to up-date. Why? Ask the Republicans who voted down budget requests for the VA while giving the Dept. of Defense more money than they asked for. You might be horrified to know the amount of data that is backed-up in hard copy just because of a lack of computer space. The IRS, for instance, does not have "cloud" storage like you do.

June 28, 2014
3:51 p.m.

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pollywog: You are wrong! I've worked in IT for almost 40 years old and that "old" tape technology is still in use by government and business alike and magnetic media has never been priced lower than it is today. It's no longer stocked at your local Staples, but it remains easily available.
When IRS says things were unretrievable, who did they have looking to do it? The guy 2 desks down who is the local office "guru", or a real specialist? IRS would never lack for talent and would quickly recover data from MY crashed drive if they were pursuing a case against me.
They should be using the same technology and zeal to recover their own missing data.