Congressional investigators looking into the missing hard drives of Lois Lerner and her IRS colleagues may want to visit the National Security Agency.

The NSA has produced an eight-minute video detailing what the spy agency has been doing to go “green.”

At 1:10 of the video (which could not be embedded), computer hard drives can be seen going up a conveyor belt into a machine where they are pulverized. The end result is bent metal and shards of plastic spewing out from the other end.

NSA recycling video hard drive

Did we just witness the first sighting of Lois Lerner’s long-lost hard drive? IRS Commissioner John Koskinen had told Congress last year that Lerner’s hard drive “was recycled and presumably destroyed,” according to the Washington Times.

The agency even created a recycling mascot named “Dunk.”


“Now, you may be asking yourself, ‘Why do we need to be keeping our stuff out of landfills?'” the mascot says in the video.

“Have you ever seen a landfill? They are huge mountains of icky, gooey trash that take up lots of space! They stink and can cause so many environmental problems. Not to mention that landfills in states like Maryland are getting so filled up with gunk that soon we won’t have anywhere to put our trash!”

Here’s an abbreviated version of the video on YouTube targeted towards schoolchildren:

The NSA has created a “S.T.E.M. Program Challenge Project” – referring to science, technology, engineering and math – which requires students to hold a “waste audit.”

“Be consistent throughout the project. Decide how you’ll measure the waste – by weight or volume,” Dunk says in the video. “What categories will you investigate? Paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, aluminum cans? It’s up to you to figure all that out. So good luck and make me happy.”

Why is a spy agency creating a video on recycling intended for school children and urging them to conduct a “waste audit” in their school? If anything (assuming for a moment there’s even a role for the federal government), wouldn’t that fall under the purview of the Environmental Protection Agency or the Department of Education?

Has the federal bureaucracy grown so vast that there’s an unavoidable duplication of missions?

And shouldn’t the NSA be focusing on subverting terrorists and not fretting about banana peels in a garbage can?

It’s unclear how much the NSA spent to produce the videos or how many personnel resources will be devoted away from catching terrorists to focus on managing the “waste audit” recycling program.