There are two dogs living in the White House other than the Obamas’ pet dog. The first of the two dogs is the one that eats all the homework. It has been let loose across government agencies.
The Internal Revenue Service had an encounter with the dog. Lois Lerner, in charge of the division accused of harassing conservative groups, suddenly had her hard drive crash. All her emails were gone. Then six other employees mysteriously had their emails vanish. All seven were relevant to the congressional probe of the IRS.
The emails appear not to be on any servers. They do not seem to have been backed up or the back ups were destroyed too. The emails have simply vanished. It is just awfully convenient that they were emails involved in a congressional probe.
Once the dog finished eating emails at the IRS, it moved over the Environmental Protection Agency. The Competitive Enterprise Institute filed a request for certain emails and text messages from or to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. According to the Washington Times last Wednesday, the EPA now says thousands of text messages related to Ms. McCarthy have simply disappeared. Her emails too are gone. The Competitive Enterprise Institute and the EPA are involved in a lawsuit, making the disappearance of the emails even more serious.
Now it is not just congressional Republicans looking at disappearing data. A federal judge is involved too. Congressional Republicans can be dismissed far more easily than a federal judge in a black robe with a gavel.
It seems the IRS and EPA are not the only government agencies visited by this hungry dog. The Securities and Exchange Commission has lost hundreds of computers with information on them that could be used for insider trading purposes. Unlike either the IRS or the EPA, the SEC is not currently under an investigation or in litigation relating to how it treated opponents of the Obama Administration (yet).
That leads us to the other dog living in the Obama White House. In “Silver Blaze,” a short story about Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a prized race horse went missing the night before a major race. Holmes, investigating the disappearance and the related death of the horse’s trainer, refers “[t]o the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” …read more