Earlier this week we addressed the ongoing controversy in Washington, D.C. over the missing emails of Lois Lerner – the former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) staffer who was at the heart of the agency’s efforts to discriminate against limited government groups.

Missed that story?  We gave it the subtle headline “Your Government Thinks You’re Stupid.”

Well, the latest revelation is that Lerner’s emails – which were “inadvertently deleted” in a computer crash – will never be found because the government has “recycled” her hard drive.

Amazing …

“We believe standard IRS protocol was followed in 2011 for disposing of the broken hard drive,” an agency spokesman told The Politico. “A bad hard drive, like other broken Information Technology equipment, is sent to a recycler as part of our regular process.”

Really? “Standard protocol” is to destroy evidence of one of the most egregious abuses of federal power since Richard Nixon occupied the Oval Office?

Lawmakers – and limited government activists – responded with incredulity to the IRS claims.

“E-mails of a prominent official don’t just disappear without a trace unless that was the intention,” U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) said.

That’s absolutely right … this is the most transparent effort to bury the truth we’ve ever seen, people.  And the “no evidence” claim related to Lerner’s hard drive is the best evidence yet that a major conspiracy is underway.

Nathan Mehrens, president of Americans for Limited Government, called on Issa’s oversight committee to ramp up its efforts to get to the truth in response to the Obama administration’s “negligent, corrupt” conduct.

“The House should subpoena every single federal department, agency, and office Lerner might have emailed or received an email from, including the White House,” Mehrens said in a statement. “What is clear is that to get to the truth, the House of Representatives will have to expand its investigation beyond the agency itself and focus on those who Lerner may have been collaborating with in the targeting of the tea party and other 501(c)(4) organizations.”

Absolutely … or better yet, maybe it should search that super-secret government storage facility that’s monitoring ALL of our emails (except Lois Lerner’s, apparently).

“Of all the scandals hanging over the Obama administration, its use of the IRS to silence political opposition in advance of the 2012 election – and the subsequent coverup of the scandal – is by far the most egregious,” we wrote back in February. “That’s why Obama is doing his best to sweep it under the rug.”

Let’s hope he won’t get away with it …