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Saturday, July 26, 2014

The IRS Scandal, Day 443

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Hard drive is emblematic of this "scandal." There is no evidence of foul play. Therefore, in the fervid imaginations of the Republicans, there must be foul play (on the notion, I guess, that the skullduggers hid the evidence of foul play (i.e. committed the perfect crime). But, lack of evidence is not evidence except to conspiracy theorists.

Let's say this, there is no evidence that, in WW II Ronald Reagan was a Nazi sympathizer. Well, on the same notion, the conclusion must be that he was one.

The logic of this. Well there is no logic. The fairness of this. Well there is no fairness. But, in their fervid imaginations, why should lthat stop them from trashing everybody who does not agree with their fervid imaginations.

What a waste of time and money.

But then, it is not about unmoored fervid imaginations. Rather, it is about politicized fervid imaginations. The goal is not necessarily to spread untruth and do untold damage, but rather to achieve political goals and, if truth and damage is a by-product, well, that is just the price the country must suffer so that they can gain politically. That notion, of course, is what drove Joe McCarthy.

Posted by: Jack Townsend | Jul 26, 2014 5:59:27 AM

It occurs to me that Congress's oversight responsibility might justify its independent tracking of all internal executive-branch communications, or at least the metadata thereof.

Posted by: PersonFromPorlock | Jul 26, 2014 8:58:19 AM

Jack,

So you're ardently partisan. That's cute. I understand why you might still be under the impression that McCarthy is relevant; after all, I see you graduated law school nearly two score ago.

But believe it or not, opinions still get published, even after your graduation. I recommend you check out Zubulake v. UBS Warburg LLC, 229 F.R.D. 422, 432 (S.D.N.Y. 2004). It's about spoliation, litigation hold, and presumptions. A lawyer-which Learner is by ABA definition-should presumably understand that suppressing groups' 1st amendment would lead to litigation. Oh, BTW, internal IRS backup policy should have been followed, but that's another issue.

I suggest you check out Zubulake before further tirades. It's a good read.

Posted by: anon | Jul 26, 2014 12:36:21 PM

“There is no evidence of foul play.” Jack Townsend

Perhaps if you read the prior 441 days of posts you might find a 'smidgen' of evidence.
But in any event it doesn’t matter if you do or don't as the IRS, over a year ago, admitted to profiling/obstructing conservative groups. The only remaining question is who ordered the profiling/obstructing.
PS In all seriousness, you blog shows you to be a well educated smart man. Do you really believe what you wrote?

Posted by: Ex RO | Jul 26, 2014 8:43:08 PM

"Do you really believe what you wrote? "

No he doesn't but has to tow the Liberal party line...or wants to. (sigh)

Posted by: waSTREL | Jul 28, 2014 1:49:29 AM