I’ve heard about this case and written on it previously. However, new facts are coming to light that I did not know about and it makes this oh, so much worse. Last Thursday night, Democratic members of the House were briefed on illicit activities by several IT contractors. Five have been put on leave and/or fired. An investigation is ongoing and no one has been arrested… yet.
Originally, I thought this was probably a case of equipment theft, as hundreds of thousands of dollars of computer hardware has been removed from the House and the Democrats. I also thought there was graft going on… the contractors were buying items for one price and billing House members for another, while pocketing the difference. But it’s worse than that I fear. Three of the brothers are Muslims. One of them who is 22, was being paid $160,000 a year. Three times the normal salary. One of them declared bankruptcy and lost his car. These contractors worked for dozens of House Democrats who serve on the House committees dealing with the armed services, oversight and Benghazi, as well as the intelligence and foreign affairs panels and the Committee on Homeland Security. Espionage just became a very real possibility.
Security-sensitive jobs typically require background checks for credit and legal problems that can create pressures to cash in on access to secret information and documents. It does not appear that was the case here. Information was stored on a cloud server and accessed inappropriately. Data was breached as were emails. This seems to be a habit with the Democrats.
From The Daily Caller:
Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.
Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.
Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.
Also among those whose computer systems may have been compromised is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat who was previously the target of a disastrous email hack when she served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign.
In an ironic twist, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s computer system was compromised by these individuals. The three men are “shared employees,” meaning they are hired by multiple offices, which split their salaries and use them as needed for IT services. It is up to each member to fire them and many already have terminated their employment. All Democratic House members are having to update their security protocols immediately.
There is no way of knowing just yet if these guys took sensitive military and counterterrorism information and funneled it to Islamists which may have led to harming our warriors on the battlefield. Buzzfeed is claiming that the Sergeant-at-Arms told staff that the subjects were four men who were brothers and one woman. They did not name them. They quoted one of the affected members as saying “they said it was some sort of procurement scam, but now I’m concerned that they may have stolen data from us, emails, who knows.”
Abid, Imran and Jamal have all shared a house in Lorton, Virginia, that is owned by Hina R. Alvi. She is a female House IT employee who works for many of the same members as the three brothers, as well as the House Democratic Caucus.
The IT workers were fired mere hours after Navy SEAL William Ryan Owen was killed in an al Qaeda ambush in Yemen, leading to speculation that they leaked sensitive intel that led to Owen’s death. If so, this is a Muslim terrorist spy ring and they should all be in custody. The terrorists knew Americans were coming it would seem. It will be interesting to see if this accusation plays out and sticks. If so, President Trump must call for an immediate security check of all government connected personnel and order new background checks and interviews. We need to find out who let them in and what they’ve been up to.
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