The FBI is currently investigating Scott Bloch, the head of the federal agency that’s investigating Karl Rove’s White House political operations. Mr. Bloch runs the Office of Special Counsel, an agency charged with protecting government whistleblowers and enforcing a ban on federal employees engaging in partisan political activity. Mr. Bloch’s agency is looking into whether Rove and other White House officials used government agencies to help re-elect Republicans in 2006. The investigation of this government watchdog has raised suspicions by players from both political parties.
However, on May 6, 2008, FBI agents raided and temporarily shut down the Office of Special Counsel. The raid on the downtown Washington headquarters of the agency, the Office of Special Counsel, and another at the Blochs’ home, followed accusations that Mr. Bloch erased all the files on his office personal computer that might demonstrate wrongdoing. Investigators claim Bloch had his computer’s hard disk completely cleansed using a “seven-level” wipe: a thorough scrubbing that conforms to Defense Department data-security standards. The process makes it nearly impossible for forensics experts to restore the data later. Bloc claimed he hired the service to eliminate a virus from his computer, but interestingly, I understand the receipt doesn’t mention a computer virus. Bloch also directed Geeks on Call to erase laptop computers that had been used by his two top political deputies, who had recently left the agency.
Mr. Bloch had been a loyal member of the Bush Administration when the President named him to head the Office of Special Counsel in 2003. In addition to investigating Karl Rove’s politically motivated activities, the Bush loyalist has been involved in several highly-publicized investigations of other government agencies, including a look into the role of White House officials in the firing of several United States attorneys in 2006 for what certainly appeared to be political reasons.
Source: Associated Press
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