Scope of data loss 'is not anything I have seen before,' investigator says
Having been in IT for years, asking the end user to make sure and have
everything backed up and when they say yes, blowing away or wiping the end
user's device is normal. If there is no written policy specifically saying
the devices of elected officials need to be put in storage and not formated or
changed say for 7 years then no problem. So that is not a huge surprise. What is a surprise is the fact that Utah State IT folks or the
investigators can't or are unable recover the various emails from backups
that they most certainly were doing, probably on a daily basis. Even though
they got rid of the old email system, the investigators could load the software
on a server and restore the backups and get all the emails in question.Not defending Swallow, but if folks check into it, I would bet they will find
that all the Utah politicians devices are wiped once they are done with them.
Can't the NSA provide copies of all the deleted stuff?
If there is ANY agency in government that ought to safeguard the integrity of
data it would be the AG office. Even if this were a series of innocent mistakes
it clearly indicates incompetence at the very least.On that issue alone
Swallow should resign.
Even though this is a John Swallow event for the House, it is actually a legacy
for Mark Shurtleff who has jeopardized his time in public service due to this
elected Attorney General who didn't have the support of the AG staff
attorneys prior to his election. Many wanted Sean Reyes and Swallow got the
thumbs up all the time, even the day of the election from Mark Shurtleff who was
still Swallows boss and confidant, in more ways than one. Trust,
integrity, enforcer and applier of laws federally and of the State of Utah. It
appears that telling all the truth to his fellow human beings is not part of his
modus operandi. Habreus corpus and ex post factor are also part of the law he
is to enforce.
The delete (I am being investigated) key.
Another corrupt politician. Anyone with common sense will come to the conclusion
that this "loss" of info wasn't an accident. This is very
disturbing for Utah residents.
The AG's actions are hard to Swallow - time to see big John leave Utah
politics once and for all. Maybe he could take Orin and Dan L with him too! Time
for more people like Mike Lee throughout our sate and federal representatives
and all elected levels of government. People who do what they say they are going
to do and not back away when it gets uncomfortable. See ya John.
Everyone needs to take a step back and take a deep breath on this issue. So far,
nothing has been found to convict Swallow on anything. Most of the charges have
been thrown out. This whole investigation has been bankrolled by special
interests that want Swallow out of office. If the committee finds nothing, then
we should let him finish out his term and if we are dissatisfied with his
performance, then find another candidate. We do not need to be sucked into
allegations that have led us no-where and continue to show nothing for all we
have spent to investigate something that is costing taxpayers money and time.
The press has declared him guilty and now the sheeple are bleating for his head.
I don't see why they even need an investigation.
Where there's smoke, there's fire.
Is it a tragic loss of date (evidence), or blatant obstruction of justice. This
does not bode well for our AG.
Reich said not only do investigators want to recover information missing from
Swallow's desktop, laptop and home computers, cellphone and PDA, they also
want to figure out if it was deliberately deleted.======== I've accidently lost data on ONE device before, that's
believeable.But to "mysteriously" loose data from a desktop,
and a laptop, and home computers, and cellphone, and PDA -- all owned by the
same guy, and all at the same time -- now that's an intentional
cover-up!And as Utah's top Attorney -- He of all people should
Everyday, this guy looks more and more guilty.If he has any moral compass
or conscience, and was truly serving the Public's best interest - he
would resign, NOW!
To JRM: Swallow is nothing like Nixon. Nixon was competent.
What's most frightening is what Swallow is trying to hide is probably
routine for government officials.
@Mike in Sandy. This article isn't about Romney, but since you brought him
up...I'll take the bait.Your comments, which follow, should be
directed toward Swallow, if he is proven guilty. AND also toward our do-no-good
POTUS, who is obviously guilty of misleading the country about many issues, most
notably Obamacare:Enough. His arrogant smirks have got to go as
well.This whole thing stinks more and more each day. Resign
please.So beautifully said. Thank you.
According to the Krispy Kreme meeting tape, it sounds like Mr. Swallow was well
aware that he was going to under investigation. His statement on that tape,
"I delete all my emails" is very telling. Nixon only erased 18 1/2
minutes. Mr. Swallow? thousands of smoking little emails.
Enough.This whole thing stinks more and more each day.Resign please.
His arrogant smirks have got to go as well.He looks like Romney.
Swallow himself is even MORE disturbing.Video evidence of him
worrying about leaving a 'paper trail". Free use of houseboats,
fancy spas.The decent and honorable thing to do would be to resign
before MORE of our millions are being wasted here.But nobody ever
accused John Swallow of being decent and honorable.Sad.
He is turning into Nixon.
Unbelievable. Time for Swallow to go away.