The cyber-spies, the DNC chair and the Muslim Brotherhood

In a much more substantive and serious breach of national security than the make-believe “Russian collusion” story the media has been so obsessed with, former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) seems to have been harboring an entire nest of Muslim-Pakistani cyber criminals – for years. And Dems have been feathering that cozy nest with large chunks of we-the-people’s cash.
 
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While the mainstream media is dutifully looking the other way, it seems Imran Awan – who until last week was Wasserman Schultz’ main IT (information technology) guy – is suddenly in very hot water. FBI agents arrested him on July 24th while he was attempting to flee the country for his native Pakistan. Awan is charged with bank fraud in connection with wiring $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to that country.
 
But that’s just the tip of this shady iceberg. In his usual thorough fashion, Andrew C. McCarthy recounts what is turning out to be a very troubling tale of subterfuge, conspiracy and possible blackmail ~ Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT Scammers ~

Awan and his family cabal of fraudsters (a couple brothers and their wives) had access for years to the e-mails and other electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. It turns out they were accessing members’ computers without their knowledge, transferring files to remote servers, and stealing computer equipment — including hard drives that Awan & Co. smashed to bits of bytes before making tracks.
 
They were fired in February. All except Awan, that is. He continued in the employ of Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat, former DNC chairwoman, and Clinton crony. She kept him in place at the United States Congress right up until he was nabbed at the airport on Monday.
 
This is not about bank fraud. The Awan family swindles are plentiful, but they are just window-dressing. This appears to be a real conspiracy, aimed at undermining American national security.

 

Here’s some background on the ring leader ~

At the time of his arrest, the 37-year-old Imran Awan had been working for Democrats as an information technologist for 13 years. He started out with Representative Gregory Meeks (D., N.Y.) in 2004. The next year, he landed on the staff of Wasserman Schultz, who had just been elected to the House.
 
Congressional-staff salaries are modest, in the $40,000 range. For some reason, Awan was paid about four times as much. He also managed to get his wife, Alvi, on the House payroll . . . then his brother, Abid Awan . . . then Abid’s wife, Natalia Sova. The youngest of the clan, Awan’s brother Jamal, came on board in 2014 — the then-20-year-old commanding an annual salary of $160,000.

 
Hey – where can I get a job like that eh? All told, as reported by Luke Rosiak at the Daily Caller ~

Five members of a Pakistani family under criminal investigation for allegedly misusing their positions as computer administrators for dozens of Democrats in the House of Representatives were paid at least $4 million from July 2009 to the present.

 

According to McCarthy, that’s only the money we know about ~

The family business evidently dabbles in procurement fraud, too. The Capitol Police and FBI are exploring widespread double-billing for computers, other communication devices, and related equipment.

 

Beyond the money, what we all should be wondering about is how in the hell these folks were ever given access to highly sensitive information without proper vetting!

These characters could not possibly have qualified. Never mind access; it’s hard to fathom how they retained their jobs. The Daily Caller has also discovered that the family, which controlled several properties, was involved in various suspicious mortgage transfers. Abid Awan, while working “full-time” in Congress, ran a curious auto-retail business called “Cars International A” (yes, CIA), through which he was accused of stealing money and merchandise. In 2012, he discharged debts in bankruptcy (while scheming to keep his real-estate holdings). Congressional Democrats hired Abid despite his drunk-driving conviction a month before he started at the House, and they retained him despite his public-drunkenness arrest a month after. Beyond that, he and Imran both committed sundry vehicular offenses. In civil lawsuits, they are accused of life-insurance fraud.

 

Stellar citizens aren’t they? And, as Judge Napolitano told Stuart Varney on Fox Business Network on Monday, there’s no telling what information Awam may have on whom, and who he may have already sold it to ~

(T)his was at the time that Congresswoman Schultz was also the chair of the Democratic National Committee. So at this point I don’t believe they know what he sold, and to whom he sold it – but they do know what he had access to, which is virtually everything in the House of representatives, which would include classified material in the House intelligence committee.

 

What’s especially troubling about this scandal is that, considering the outlandish salaries the Awans were collecting, and the unchecked access they were given to extremely sensitive information, it’s not difficult to imagine a blackmailing scenario evolving. It seems particularly plausible since, even though she was well aware that Capitol police were investigating Awan and his family, Wasserman-Schultz didn’t fire him until he had actually been arrested and she really had no other choice.

 
As far back as February, Daniel Greenfield was reporting at FrontPage Mag that Awan & Co. was already under investigation for suspicious activities involving sensitive data ~

Imran Awan and his two brothers, Jamal and Abid, are at the center of an investigation that deals with, among other things, allegations of illegal access. They have been barred from the House of Representatives network.
 
A member of Congress expressed concern that, “they may have stolen data from us.”

 
Greenfield provides a list of the various congressional offices (all Democrats) and committees for which the three Pakistanis provided IT services. The most concerning of these is Rep. André Carson (D-IN) ~

Carson is the second Muslim in Congress and the first Muslim on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and, more critically, is the ranking member on its Emerging Threats Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Department of Defense Intelligence and Overhead Architecture Subcommittee.
 
The Emerging Threats Subcommittee, of which Carson is a ranking member, is responsible for much of counterterrorism oversight. It is the worst possible place for a man with Carson’s credentials.
 
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Carson had inherited his grandmother’s seat and exploited it to promote a radical Islamist agenda. He has interfaced with a laundry list of Islamist groups from CAIR to ISNA to ICNA to MPAC. Islamists have funded Carson’s career to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. The Center for Security Policy has put together a dossier of Carson’s connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood is the parent organization of many key Islamic terror groups posing a threat to our national security including Al Qaeda and Hamas.

 
Keep in mind, the Brotherhood’s self-declared mission in America is: “a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands [i.e., those of non-Muslims] and those of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.” [Source: Center for Security Policy]
 

The presence of Andre Carson on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Emerging Threats Subcommittee has always been extremely controversial. But this latest breach involving Democrats on this committee and on other key national security committees raises serious questions about the scale and magnitude of the real problem caused by a compromised congress.
 
While Carson and other HPSCI Democrats had been demanding security clearance for their staffers, three Pakistani Muslims working for them appear to have compromised security to an unknown degree.

 

What passes for the news media in this country needs to dump their partisan politics and their phony Trump-talked-to-Russia crap and get to the bottom of what appears to be an egregious national security breach here. Furthermore, as Greenfield stated months ago…

The most obvious lesson here is that security must be tightened. If Democrats refuse to take their responsibilities seriously, then President Trump must do it for them. Until the Awan case is resolved, those Democrats who employed them must have their access to classified material restricted.
 
Under no circumstances may the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence members who employed the Awan brothers be permitted to allow their staffers to gain access to classified material.
 
And Andre Carson must be forced to choose between his Islamist ties and his membership in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Emerging Threats Subcommittee. No one should be allowed to have a foot in both the pro-terrorist and the counter-terrorist spheres of our society.
 
Congressional Republicans must take the lead in cleaning house. If they cannot do so, President Trump must step in. At stake are the security of our nation and the safety of our troops. The Democrats may have abandoned their responsibility to our brave men and women, from the battlefield to the VA, but those elected officials who still believe that their sacrifices matter cannot remain silent.

 
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Related:
Evidence That Wasserman Schultz Used Pakistani Imran Awan For Malevolent Activities Against Bernie Sanders
Wasserman Schultz Aide In Pakistan Still Liquidating Assets In US ~ From the Daily Caller on July 30th
Wasserman Schultz Apparently Planned to Pay House IT Suspect in Pakistan ~

Public statements and congressional payroll records suggest Wasserman Schultz, chairman of the Democratic Party until last year, also appears to have known that Awan’s wife, also an information technology staffer, had left the country for good months ago — while she was a criminal suspect.
 
In all, six months of actions reveal a decision to continue paying a man who seemingly could not have been providing services to her, and who a mountain of evidence suggests was a liability. The man long had access to all of Wasserman Schultz’s computer files, work emails, and personal emails, and he was recently accused by a relative in court documents of wiretapping and extortion.

House Dem IT Staffers Owed Money To Hezbollah-Connected Fugitive ~ (2-21-17)

Congressional aides suspected of criminally misusing their access to House computer systems owed $100,000 to an Iraqi politician who is wanted by U.S. authorities and has been linked to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Middle Eastern terrorist outfit.

Cable Networks Black Out Coverage on Wasserman Schultz IT Scandal

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