- - Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service is informing Congress that the computer hard drives of seven employees all crashed during the critical period leading up to the breaking of the conservative-group-targeting scandal (“GOP: IRS lost emails go beyond Lerner,” Web, June 17). In this claimed crash, decisive emails were supposedly lost from the server where they were stored and forensic techniques for recovering data from all hard drives were said to have failed.

I supported networks, servers and computers at a major mutual funds company for years and obviously their resources were far less substantial than those of the IRS. Countless numbers of times I retrieved essential files, including emails from off-site back-up tapes. Such retrievals were necessary due to file age or server crashes. These items were easily recovered, even decades later.

Lois Lerner’s story of lost emails is simply high-order deceit, and participants in this charade should all be indicted or impeached for permitting such a travesty of deception appropriate only for a third-world, tyrannical nation.

TONY FAVERO

Half Moon Bay, Calif.