It’s All Geek to Me!

From ChannelWeb Network:

A top Bush administration official in charge of probing Karl Rove’s White House political activities is alleged to have improperly deleted all of the data on his office PC by means of a “seven-level wipe” conducted by a 1-800-905-GEEK technician.

Scott Bloch heads the Office of Special Counsel, which is investigating possible Hatch Act violations by Karl Rove when the ex-deputy White House chief of staff served in the Bush administration. Bloch himself is under investigation for various alleged improprieties by the federal Office of Personnel Management, whose investigators say Bloch “erased all the files on his office personal computer late last year,” according to a Wall Street Journal report published Tuesday.

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Executive branch officers are required to preserve all official communications, including e-mail, by the Presidential and Federal Records Acts, Watergate-era laws which establish that such communications are the property of the American people and cannot be destroyed.

Bloch could also face charges of obstructing the Office of Personnel Management investigation, said Anne Weismann, chief counsel for private watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).


In an interview, the 49-year-old former labor-law litigator from Lawrence, Kan., confirmed that he contacted Geeks on Call but said he was trying to eradicate a virus that had seized control of his computer.”

But the Journal claims to have reviewed a receipt for two December 2006 visits to Bloch’s office by a Washington, D.C.-area 1-800-905-GEEK franchise that doesn’t mention a virus on Bloch’s computer. Instead, the receipt shows a total charge of $1,149 paid for by Bloch with an agency credit card and notes that “a seven-level wipe was performed.”


[…]Jeff Phelps, the owner of that Washington, D.C. 1-800-905-GEEK franchise, told the Journal: “We don’t do a seven-level wipe for a virus.”

A seven-level wipe of a computer is the most comprehensive possible method of eradicating any traces of stored information that could later be used to reconstruct the data by investigators, said Rurik Bradbury, VP of strategy at hosted e-mail and IT provider Intermedia.


Both Bradbury and CREW’s Weismann believed that whatever data Bloch had wiped from his own computer, much of it, including any e-mails he sent from the device, should still exist as back-ups on storage servers.

“You’d expect that all the files [on a federal agency computer] are on an intranet, so it’s very likely they’re living somewhere and can be recovered,” Bradbury said.


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16 responses to “It’s All Geek to Me!

  1. TRM

    C’mon, you know us rich, white, elitist always cover our tracks.
    I always use the prefered 35 wipe Gutmann…

    I am the walrus… koo koo ke choo

  2. nonnie9999

    cover tracks, trm? what tracks? i thought he was just trying to get rid of some computer virus! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. TRM

    nnoooo, Allow me to clue you in,
    You see, Mr. Rove maintained the scheduling for all of the Bilderberger, Skull & Bones and Moose Lodge meetings. The names, meeting places and minutes were what needed to be erased.

    Thursdays were 1$ wings and the water boarding competition…

    Vote Republican,,,

  4. TRM

    no really, vote republican…

  5. nonnie9999

    did you get all that info in the republican daily brief that is emailed to the masses from spokesmod….i mean press secretary dana perino’s office, trm? and i think you had a small typo. isn’t it dollar wingnut and waterboarding night?

  6. Friend of the court

    Hey TRM, here’s a vote for a Republican, “guilty”. Pick a Bushite and apply liberaly.

  7. Friend of the court

    Hi nonnie. It seems mighty strange that the Federal Government has to call-a- GEEK to fix a computer. I worked in a county office for awhile and there were two full time geeks on staff.

  8. nonnie9999

    shhhh! don’t tell anyone, but i think trm is secretly in love with me. he knows in his heart he is wrong, wrong, wrong, but he just can’t admit it to himself. treat him gently, and maybe we can show him the light. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. nonnie9999

    hi fotc! ๐Ÿ˜€
    i think we were both typing at the same time! :p
    you would think that, with all the security concerns, that the gub’mint would have a computer expert or 2 on the premises. what’s next? is the next state dinner going to be catered by domino’s? ๐Ÿ˜†

  10. Friend of the court

    Not unless Domino’s Corp. is a big contributer to Republican candidates. I shall be ever so kind to TRM, in the future.

  11. nonnie9999

    i doubt that geeks on call was a big contributor, so it is even more mysterious. maybe we should be grateful that they didn’t outsource the job to india or elsewhere.
    you are always ever so kind, fotc. it is your nature. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. TRM

    FOTC we(R) are guilty of loving America too much, my hopes for America’s future will never change and like a good team mate always should, I will stick by our party through thick, thin and bathroom stall hijinks.
    We need only look at Paris and Venezuela to see what socialism brings. The demo party wasn’t always “so” bad, but due to the influx of 60’s rejects we must ride it out and hopefully soon your party will pull itself out of the leftist, communist, nosedive it is currently in.

    Nonnie, I like your humour, your avatar is a chick with a gun ,,,I do like that, but to really gain my respect and love I would need proof you can open a beer with your butt while knittin me a sweater….. THATS LOVE!

  13. nonnie9999

    trm, if you are waiting for me to get you a beer or knit you a sweater, all i can say is that i hope you are not too thirsty, and i hope you live in a warm climate.

  14. Friend of the court

    What are your hopes for America’s future? Seriously.
    I played third base for several years and took many bad hop grounders on the shin, for the team.
    I do not equate the Democratic party with Socialism but, I do equate the Bush Administration with Criminality, on a mind boggling scale. The bathroom highjinx, is a distraction from the continuing erosion of the Constitution and the American form of government.
    I’ll knit you a beer, since I told nonnie, I would be kind.

  15. nonnie9999