Lee’s Summit, June 20, 2014 – The Sarbanes – Oxley Act, SEC 17CFR, pay careful attention to section 210.2-06 which requires that work papers and other documents that form the basis of an audit or review, including memos, correspondence and e-mail which contain opinions, analysis or financial data, including those that are inconsistent with the auditor’s final opinion, be retained for a period of 7 years.
In the 1970’s newspapers worked day and night to uncover the conspiracy we know as Watergate. Good reporters did this Democracy a huge service, they were relentless in ensuring no one usurped authority not specifically enumerated in the constitution to their position. They held a President accountable to the law. While we may not have liked what happened, it was for the good of the country as a whole that the President was reminded he is one of the people, and all people are equal under the law.
It appears that the IRS is above the law. Companies all over the United States regulated by the Government have to comply with Sarbanes – Oxley and retain records. An entire industry of back up sites has exploded to support the ability to meet Sarbanes – Oxley.
The IRS that maintains billions of records so that they can review our taxes whenever they wish, is suggesting that coincidentally seven (7) people – key to the investigation – all lost their computer hard drives for exactly the perfect time frame to provide maximum cover either for themselves, their office, the IRS, the Whitehouse, or perhaps (as it was in the 1970’s) this actually leads to the President himself.
But, alas, no reporters are interested in the welfare of the Democracy or our Republic. No, reporters spend more time worrying about “wall paper” issues like the Washington Redskins.
When the Press relinquishes its freedom to investigate, and bring to light the machinations of the political establishment, we lose the greatest protector of Freedom and Democracy.
The Lee’s Summit Conservative
Protecting the Precious
The IRS’s stunning and shameful record-keeping hypocrisy (or “the Dog ate my email”)
Exclusive: Former IRS Information Tech Worker Doubts Agency’s Claim to have ‘Lost’ Lerner’s Emails
IRS employees have control of emails; agency’s document retention practices questioned
Even if accidental, the loss of Lois Lerner’s e-mails is evidence of problems at the IRS
The troubling tale of IRS’s disappearing email
Congress probes how IRS emails could go missing