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nosmokes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 05:05 PM
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WHISTLEBLOWER GROUPS ASK PRESIDENT TO FIRE SPECIAL COUNSEL
The geek squad? Dude hired the geek squad to scrub his HD? You'd think w/ the amount of fraud and corruption and whatnot that goes in bushco they'd be a little bit better at covering their tracks.I'm almost embarassed for this guy.Mercy me.
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For Immediate Release: November 28, 2007
Contact: Carol Goldberg (202) 265-7337

WHISTLEBLOWER GROUPS ASK PRESIDENT TO FIRE SPECIAL COUNSEL

Scott Bloch Scrubbed His Computer in Apparent Attempt to Obstruct Investigations

Washington, DC In a strongly worded letter sent to President George W. Bush today by counsel for a coalition of current and former employees of the United States Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and whistleblower protection groups, President Bush is urged to terminate Special Counsel Scott Bloch in the wake of Blochs admission that he directed the deletion of computer files at the Agency.

The coalition charges that Bloch, who has been under an Office of Personnel Management Inspector General (OPM IG) investigation since 2005 for his alleged retaliation against internal whistleblowers, his politicization of Hatch Act enforcement, his implementation of illegal gag orders, and his wholesale dismissal of over 1000 whistleblower disclosures without investigation, cannot continue in his role as head of OSC in light of revelations in todays edition of the Wall Street Journal.

According to the Journal, in the midst of the OPM IGs investigation into his misconduct at OSC, Bloch hired a private computer-help company, Geeks on Call, to unlawfully delete Agency computer files. According to the Journal, Bloch bypassed normal agency IT personnel, and hired Geeks of Call to scrub his computer's hard disk and the laptops used by his two top political deputies. Directing the use of seven-level wipe procedure, Bloch directed the destruction of crucial evidence making it virtually impossible for forensics experts to restore the data later.

The coalitions lawyer, Debra S. Katz, charged in her letter to President Bush, that Mr. Bloch has continually obstructed the OPM IG investigation, made false statements to Congress, and engaged in other improper and illegal activity, all of it directly antithetical to the mission of OSC, which is to protect the merit-based civil service, and investigate and prosecute agency officials who retaliate against whistleblowers. Katz stated, Today's Wall Street Journal contains a report confirming what my clients and other sources within OSC have been saying since the OPM IG investigation began: that Mr. Bloch and his political henchmen have continuously obstructed the investigators' efforts to get at the truth. Tellingly, the article quotes Mr. Bloch as defending himself with a claim that the OPM IG has a conflict of interest in pursuing its investigation of Mr. Bloch while his office supposedly is conducting an investigation of the White House. This claim by Mr. Bloch confirms what we have repeatedly pointed out in correspondence with the White House Counsel, with Clay Johnson, Deputy Director of OMB, and with members of Congress--that Mr. Bloch launched his supposed investigation of the White House to insulate himself from the OPM IG investigation.

Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project on Government Oversight commented, Stop the madness! Under Blochs leadership, OSC has been utterly neutered. Blochs tenure epitomizes everything people distrust in government: cronyism, incompetence, retaliatory conduct and a politicized agenda. It will be interesting to find out what was going on in December that compelled Bloch to take this bizarre action.

Adam Miles, Legislative Representative, at the Government Accountability Project added, Through all this, its the whistleblowers who have been left behind. Its time for Scott Bloch to move on, so that federal employees can get help.

If Scott Bloch had any decency, he would resign, concluded PEER. Executive Director Jeff Ruch. It is critical that federal whistleblowers have an official advocate who is credible and free from hidden agendas.

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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 05:12 PM
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1. Grrrecommended.
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peacebird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 05:13 PM
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2. Isn't it against the law to destroy evidence in a Federal investigation?
Edited on Wed Nov-28-07 05:13 PM by peacebird
Don't just fire him, frog march him out the door and into a paddy wagon!

I'm sure the Geek Squad would testify as to their actions at his behest rather than go to jail.......
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BuyingThyme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 05:14 PM
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4. Exactly.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 05:14 PM
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3. Kicked and recommended.
Thanks for the thread, nosmokes.
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 05:16 PM
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5. So he DID have IT guys on staff
And chose to go offsite for his "tech support". Oh yeah. Someone is hiding something all right.
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 05:40 PM
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8. So the Undependant Counsel has been tainted
this is very serious
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 05:25 PM
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6. Bush will give this guy a medal
and won't do a damned thing about the complaints. Bloch was, no doubt, doing exactly what Bush hired him to do. x(
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 05:33 PM
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7. I wonder who will be implicated when the IG and Congress turn the heat up a few more notches?
And I thought shooting people in the face was bad Karma.
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bluesmail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 06:31 PM
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9. ...just another day of government from the White House...
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 06:33 PM
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10. This is spectacularly amazing
corruption and cronyism.
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 06:36 PM
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11. Get Bloch and Rove rounded up and under oath NOW. Make 'em spill it.
It will be interesting to find out what was going on in December that compelled Bloch to take this bizarre action.




The USA purge coverup was also going on in late 2006, just after the election.

And Rove was nearby.

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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 06:45 PM
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12. What's it gonna take?
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