Why are the Democrats and Republicans wasting time and money investigating a case that’s failed to materialize and ignoring a case of suspected radical Islamic spies being given carte blanche on the IT system at the House of Representatives?
Florida’s U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the controversial former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), had her office equipment seized by U.S. Capitol Police as part of a criminal investigation into congressional network security violations. Wasserman-Schultz admitted she frequently violates the DNC’s information security policy but still managed to point her finger at someone else.
The always boisterous congresswoman blamed the House of Representatives’ chief office manager for not stopping her from violating policies and perhaps the law regarding classified material.
According to news media accounts, during an appropriations hearing on Congress’ administrative budget in May, Wasserman Shultz conceded she had violated the policies for many years. She also sought to find out how much might be known about her Internet usage, asked if members of Congress are monitored?
“This is the same woman who pushed for a special prosecutor to investigate an alleged Russian hacking of the DNC’s IT system. Could they have been more careless?” asked police investigator Nolan Fitzsimmons.
Police are investigating Wasserman Schultz’s longtime information technology (IT) aide Imran Awan for theft and funneling congressional data from members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Committee on Homeland Security and Committee on Foreign Affairs.
A former police department’s intelligence official told Conservative Base that he believes part of the reason the Democratic Party and their allies in the news media continue their overall narrative — that Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin colluded to destroy innocent Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations — is to divert attention away from the alleged shenanigans of three Pakistanis hired by Democratic politicians.
“The Democrats in Congress hired three brothers to work in key jobs in the House of Representatives and it’s believed they spied for radical Islamic groups with the blessings of American politicians like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz,” the former police intelligence expert told Conservative Base. “They dread the thought of having to explain why they are so careless with classified intelligence,” he added.
During the early days of the Trump administration in February, three brothers — all Pakistani immigrants — who were hired by Democratic lawmakers to manage their information technology (IT) for their party’s members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other components of the House of Representatives were quietly and suddenly suspended pending an investigation. It was believed that the three Muslim siblings accessed classified-documents on lawmakers’ computers without clearance, authorization or permission.
The three Pakistani nationals named Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awanwere told they are banned from all computer networks at the House of Representatives and throughout the U.S. government, according to Washington, D.C. insider Charles “Chuckie” Palmeriera, a former police intelligence unit commander.
According to the Conservative Base source,three Democrats sitting on the intelligence paneland five Democrats on the foreign affairs committee were among the members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. Both of these panels routinely receive and generate many of the U.S. government’s highly sensitive documents, including those related to the global war on terrorism.
A primary target among those who were targeted was Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the Florida Democrat who was also the target of an unrelated email hack when she served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign. While the news media covered Wasserman-Schultz’s DNC hacking scandal, they totally ignored the far more serious Awan brothers case.
“The media appeared more concerned over the DNC — a group that isn’t part of the government and is responsible for its own security — being hacked than the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees being compromised by ‘insiders’ hired from a country known for its duplicitous dealings with radical Islamic terrorists,” said political consultant and former criminal prosecutor Samuel Heckerstein.
The Plot Thickens
All three of the Pakistani Awan brothers were employed by the House Democrats. The politicos who utilized their IT expertise included Democratic Congressmen Jackie Speier, Andre Carson and Joaquín Castro. Congressman Castro, who also sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, utilized the services of Jamal Moiz Awan while Speier and Carson’s offices utilized Imran Awan.
Brothers Imran, Abid, and Jamal Awan as well as Hina Alvi, Imran’s wife, each made $160,000 a year as information technology workers for the House. Their time was shared among dozens of Democratic members, including former Democratic National Committee Chairman Rep. Wasserman-Schultz.
“The lawmakers also included members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. This is how seriously Democrats take national security. In fact, if one mentions these brothers are Muslims from a country in which al-Qaida’s notorious leader Osama bin Laden hid that person is lambasted as being an Islamophobe or worse,” said political consultant Henry Davernport, a former military officer himself.
Congresswoman Gwen Graham, who served on the Armed Services Committee and on the Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee, had employed Jamal Awan. Jamal was also employed by Rep. Cedric Richmond who is part of the Committee on Homeland Security and on its Terrorism and Cybersecurity subcommittee. He is a ranking member of the latter subcommittee. Also Rep. Mark Takano of the Subcommittee on Science, Space, and Technology employed Imram.
Imran also had worked for the office of John Sarbanes who sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee that oversees the nuclear industry and the nation’s power grid.
Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show..
He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.