House Democrats put complete trust in a gang of Pakistani crooks 14

… who exploited them, cheated them, robbed them, mocked them, and seriously endangered them, the government, and the nation.

It’s not fake news. It really happened.

From the Daily Caller, April 1, 2018:

Every one of the 44 House Democrats who hired Pakistan-born IT aides who later allegedly made “unauthorized access” to congressional data appears to have chosen to exempt them from background checks, according to congressional documents.

All of them appear to have waived background checks on Imran Awan and his family members, even though the family of server administrators could collectively read all the emails and files of 1 in 5 House Democrats, and despite background checks being recommended for such positions, according to an inspector general’s report.  But it also includes a loophole allowing them to simply say that another member vouched for them.

No background checks? So what sort of people were the Awans? What could have been found out about them? What reputations did they have?

Among the red flags in Abid’s background were a $1.1 million bankruptcy; six lawsuits against him or a company he owned; and at least three misdemeanor convictions including for DUI and driving on a suspended license, according to Virginia court records. Public court records show that Imran and Abid operated a car dealership, referred to the CIA, that took $100,000 from an Iraqi government official who is a fugitive from U.S. authorities. Numerous members of the family were tied to cryptic LLCs [Limited Liability Companies] such as New Dawn 2001, operated out of Imran’s residence, Virginia corporation records show. Imran was the subject of repeated calls to police by multiple women [complaining of abuse] and had multiple misdemeanor convictions for driving offenses, according to court records.

How did they exploit their position and betray the trust reposed in them?

If a screening had caught those, what officials say happened next might have been averted. The House inspector general reported on Sept. 20, 2016, that shortly before the election members of the group were logging into servers of members they didn’t work for, logging in using congressmen’s personal usernames, uploading data off the House network, and behaving in ways that suggested “nefarious purposes” and that “steps are being taken to conceal their activity”.

A pair of closely-held reports on Imran Awan, his brothers Abid and Jamal, his wife Hina Alvi, and his friend Rao Abbas, said, “the shared employees have not been vetted (e.g. background check).”

Were they highly qualified and thoroughly experienced?

No.

“Shared employees” means they were all hired as part-time, individual employees by individual members, cobbling together $165,000 salaries. Jamal began making that salary at only 20 years old, according to House payroll records; Abid never went to college, his stepmother said; and Rao Abbas’ most recent job experience was being fired from McDonald’s, according to his roommate. (“Whether they had formal training or not, they were trained on the job by Imran,” one of Imran’s lawyers said.)

Who first brought them into the confidence of the House Democrats?

Among the 44 employers, the primary advocate for the suspects has been Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who  … was also chair of the Democratic National Committee when Wikileaks published its emails. (The Wikileaks emails show that DNC aides called Imran when they needed the password to her device.) Since then, she and other Democrats have described cyber breaches in the strongest possible terms, such as “an act of war” and “an assault on our democracy.”

But there is no indication Democrats put those concerns into practice when they entrusted the Pakistani dual citizens with their data, nor when suspicious activity was detected.

Once the crooks had been rumbled, did the Dems who’d employed them at least  take immediate steps to find out how much damage they’d done and repair it as best they could?

Well, Debbie didn’t. She kept Imran in his job.

Police banned the suspects from the network after the IG report, but Wasserman Schultz kept Imran on staff anyway. He was in the building and in possession of a laptop with the username RepDWS months later, according to an April 6, 2017 police report.

Was there no security policy that could have prevented this outrage, or at least discovered it sooner?

The House security policy, HISPOL16, says “House Offices shall… ensure background checks, as defined in this policy, have been conducted on Privileged Users”. It includes quarterly reviews of privileged accounts’ appropriateness. By the time the policy was enacted, some members had dropped the Awans for assorted reasons …

What reasons? None given, except –

… including Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona in early 2015 for what her spokesperson called “incompetence”. 

So they weren’t even competent at the job they were paid to do by the Representatives? Kyrsten Sinema may not have been able to judge that. “Incompetence” was probably just her excuse for dismissing the Awans. The real reason seems to be was that she was afraid of them. So were they all – all  the Democratic Representatives who irresponsibly entrusted their computers to the Awan gang.  

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to all 44 members, and none disputed that they had not conducted a background check. Not a single one of the 44 would say which of their colleagues vouched for the Awans, nor stated what criteria they used to determine that it was prudent to give them access to all their data.

Besides Wasserman Schultz, Imran has longstanding personal relationships with Reps. Gregory Meeks and Marcia Fudge of New York, Politico reported.

“Personal relationships”? He was their friend?

Employers also include Rep. Ted Lieu of California on the Foreign Affairs Committee and three members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Reps. Andre Carson of Indiana, Jackie Speier of California and Joaquin Castro of Texas. …

Two of their employers said not a word when they were robbed by the Awans.

The Awans’ employers also included Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York, who saw $120,000 in computer equipment disappear under Abid Awan’s watch but “wrote off” the taxpayer funds rather than make an issue of it, according to the IG report and multiple senior government officials.

Xavier Becerra, now attorney general of California, ran the House Democratic Caucus, and his server was physically stolen shortly after the IG report named it as evidence in a hacking probe, three senior government officials said.

But wait, there’s more:

The Daily Caller reported on October 2, 2017:

A now-indicted IT aide to various House Democrats was sending money and gifts to government officials in Pakistan and received protection from the Pakistani police, multiple relatives claim.

A Democratic aide also said Imran Awan personally bragged to him that he could have people tortured in Pakistan. Awan’s lawyer acknowledged that he was sending money to a member of the Faisalabad police department, but said there was a good explanation.

The relatives said Awan and his brothers were also sending IT equipment, such as iPhones, to the country during the same period in which fraudulent purchase orders for that equipment were allegedly placed in the House, and in which congressional equipment apparently went missing.

Awan’s stepmother, Samina Gilani, said the brothers were paying police officer Azhar Awan and that he is their cousin.

Facebook confirms that Azhar works for the police and is Facebook “friends” with the former congressional aides, who worked for 45 Democratic House members until the aides were banned Feb. 2, following the discovery of 5,400 unauthorized logins to congressional servers and the funneling of “massive” amounts of data off the congressional network. …

A fellow Democratic House IT aide … recounted a conversation between Awan and three colleagues in a House cafeteria several years ago in which Awan seemed to relish bragging about his ability to have people harassed in Pakistan.

“He wanted to build a CRM [customer relationship management software] but he wanted to do it in Pakistan,” the aide told TheDCNF. “But the government doesn’t allow that. They have to be American, but Imran said, ‘Well, we can say that they’re American, but really they’ll be in Pakistan. I have these guys that work for the Faisalabad police department, and all we have to do is pay them $100 a month and they take them over to the police station, strip their clothes off, hang them upside down and beat them with a shoe. And that person will work hard and be loyal from then on.’  …

In early 2016, $120,000 in equipment, including iPads, were discovered missing from the office of Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York, for which Abid ran IT. Equipment billed to other congressional offices was shipped to their house, and invoices were falsified to show prices as $499 — just under the cutoff at which equipment would be inventoried by central administrators. …

Awan’s younger brothers Abid and Jamal were also on the House payroll, but have not been charged with any crimes. …

According to one witness:

Imran Awan introduces himself [in Pakistan] as someone from U.S. Congress or federal agencies … [so that he] manages to have police to escort him during his visits to Pakistan.”

But:

The Washington Post reported that the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force was investigating the Awans, but that “according to a senior congressional official familiar with the probe, criminal investigators have found no evidence that the IT workers had any connection to a foreign government”.

If true, that raises questions about how thoroughly agents have probed.

Dan Perrin, a former staffer for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations who had studied foreign actors, told TheDCNF there is a risk that the payments to the local police department signal a relationship to Pakistani authorities, such as the intelligence agency ISI, which he said “often works with or is embedded in the major city police forces in Pakistan.”

While they were working on Capitol Hill, the brothers set up a car dealership that took $100,000 from Ali Al-Attar, an Iraqi politician who has been tied to Hezbollah and is wanted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Imran Awan has been indicted for fraud in connection with a crooked car-dealership.

Their former business partner, Nasir Khattak, testified in Virginia court that the car dealership’s finances consisted of byzantine transfers in which staff and cars were often swapped between it and a dealership next door. …

Perrin said the family’s numerous car-related LLCs deserve special scrutiny because car dealerships are a favorite front for people with ties to foreign governments, providing the opportunity for money laundering and “giving the owners access to credit reports on all Americans”. 

To sum up: These Pakistani crooks were engaged by Democratic members of Congress, without any enquiry into their background, to “look after” their computers which contained highly confidential information concerned with the protection of Americans. The Democrats never apparently considered the possibility that their data was being stolen and sent to Pakistani authorities. When their hardware was stolen by the crooks – and they knew it was the Awan gang who had stolen it – they did not go to the police. When the FBI did finally arrest Imran Awan on charges of fraud in a car-dealership – and denied that the gang “had any connection with a foreign government” – Imran Awan continued to be on the payroll of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The Democrats were putty in the hands of the foreign criminal gang. Helpless as babies. They feared to offend them by reporting them to the police or firing them.

Yet these people, for whom large numbers of Americans voted to represent them in the federal government, want, yearn, ache to rule the country. To conduct US relations with foreign powers. To be in charge of the world’s mightiest military force … 

  • Don L

    It isn’t just the Dems in office. Its the scum who elected them. Here’s what Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus said about Obama; it applies to any dem in office:

    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.”

    • He’s painfully right. How could Americans elect Obama?

      Vaclav Klaus also scorns the EU and Islam. Our sort of man.

      • Don L

        HOW? (I know you know … and Liz.):

        Because of an unquestioned, accepted, ubiquitous, government-funded, union-managed, politically-manipulated and ideological vs educational COMPULSORY SCHOOLING system charged singularly and solely with an indoctrination-, inculcation- and conditioning-orientation; since first inception in the mid 1500’s as an immoral and deceitful marriage between church and state; wherein the christian sect/cult leader conspired with the emperor to educate all, especially the CHILDREN, to OWE DUTY to STATE & CHURCH; and whereby SELF IS TO BE DESTROYED! The united States of America (America as a geographic term ONLY – specific to north american continent less Canada) was the first and still THE ONLY REVOLUTION: founded under the principle: NO INDIVIDUAL DUTY TO ANYTHING … AND GOVERNMENT OWES ALL DUTY TO THE GOVERNED. COMPULSORY SCHOOLING, for over a century of socialistic (Dem & Repub) manipulation for votes (career), has destroyed any American’s having any knowledge of the founding or of CONSENT … huh?

        The Trump vote counted for the first time in my 7 decades … Don’t know what he is but it isn’t them. Before him … vote for change meant stay the same chronically bad … Obama … and woise!

        • liz

          Exactly. That statement by Klaus nails the problem, and your explanation nails the cause of the problem – government run education.
          Which means Socialist indoctrination, thanks to the “Long March through the Institutions”. It’s amazing we even have 50% of the voting population left who knew enough to vote against Hillary.
          I guess they slept through Obama.

          • Don L

            “Long March through the Institutions” – I had not heard that expression before. And, before looking it up, I thought it referred to the agony of years getting ‘schooled’. I was surprised to find one of Jillian’s favorite folks at the core of this horrific idea: Marcuse. Of course, he was late to the party. The education take over began much earlier with UK Fabian transplants.

            Important, however IS: Thanks for the new bit of knowledge! I still wonder where the conservative counter revolutionaries are? Of course, other than Jillian. But, like her, we get rebuffed because we don’t bow to gods and make-belief of and nothing.

            The left has Salinsky, Cloward and Pevin, etceteras. The left is PC and the right is turning the cheek. I wanna take a bat-to-the-belfry on both … OK, more so the left; merely wake up the right. That’s hard to do, however.. From the first day at school the lies begin.

            Again, my thought is that Obama woke up sufficient, by violating the 1957 Hungarian communist party notion of evolution: the Salami Tactic . It, as you know, mandated little slices of freedom taken, like thin slices off the salami. Nobody notices the salami, freedom, is near gone until too late. Obama took too big a slice with Obamacare. Had he not, Hillary would have won and the demise of the USA would have then been a fait accompli.

            I hope all these teachers walking out on strike are fired. Take a year to hire non-certified educators and privatize. A year away from the propaganda is better for the kids than a year exposed to it.

            • Agreed.

              “The long march through the institutions” (by the Left, to take power) was first announced by Gramsci, the founder of the Italian Communist Party, It became a slogan and policy of the New Left in 1968. It was pursued as an agenda by the Left everywhere. The institutions of the West were slowly taken over by the commies, most notably and disastrously the press, publishing, educationK-12, the universities, the courts, in some countries the police. The pinnacle was reached with the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States. Armies were only infiltrated, fortunately. But also maligned. Whatever the commies fail to control, they try to destroy by unremitting anathematizing. Aimed now at President Trump, who is trying to undo the harm done.

            • Don L

              When you live at the mouth of the bear’s cave you’re bound to get covered by bear s__t … scat. And, Europe shows all the signs and the policies sure smell like … scat. I wasn’t aware the eyetalian commies had an icon. Most of what I know of the boot of EU is the fascistic days of Mussolini and Hitler vs communists: hated each other because they were after the same audience and there wasn’t much difference between the two socialist political economic ideologies. Learn something new everyday … thanks to you and Liz for making my day’s quota, AGAIN!

          • Don L

            Ah, one last thought. This all gets laid at Lincoln’s carcass. Centralization is his legacy; it was his reason to start the war. And, he got the idea of financing it from the initial traitor, Alex “the Dueler” Hamilton and his central bank … I had to get the FED in!

        • Jeanne

          Well…I hope I can quote this from The Friendly Atheist:
          “For what it’s worth, while there are no clear surveys showing us the demographics of the alt-right, we know that only 13% of atheists and agnostics voted for Donald Trump in 2016. 67% voted for Hillary Clinton.
          I (Hemant) suspect those numbers would be even more spread out today between Trump and any generic Democratic candidate. That’s not what you’d expect if we had an alt-right problem.”

          Hardly surprising that the vast majority of atheists are leftists. I am sure we have all visited their forums and got skinned alive for our viewpoints. Depressing though.

          • Don L

            THEY ARE NOT ATHEIST QUA ATHEIST!

            They reject gods’ religion but not gods’ dogma. Atheist reject it all. These are brain weakened stooges who have swapped one ‘crutch’ addiction for another. That’s why there is no difference, ultimately, between the leftists and the religious right (they aren’t right at all). Both are collectivists merely by different avenues. Rim Bam! LOL

            • Jeanne

              That’s interesting. I never thought of it like that…collectivists all. Hmm.

  • liz

    Yes, and to think – these people DID rule the country for 8 years.
    (Actually much longer.) No wonder we’re in such a mess!
    The stupidity, incompetence, negligence and indifference to consequences of these Democrats is almost beyond belief, but not surprising.
    It confirms what we knew was happening all along, with every Muslim tied to some terrorist group that Obama appointed to a position of access and influence in his administration. None of his groveling little sycophants would dare make one peep about any Muslim they had dumped on them – that would be the unforgivable sin against his Holiness the Black Messiah.

    • Jeanne

      Just wondering what any here might think…but I have always thought that Obama was an atheist, whose youth was influenced by Islam, much as I am an atheist, whose youth was influenced by Christianity. Excepting that Obama has had more trouble leaving Islam behind or just uses it to his own benefit.

      • liz

        Yes, I think it’s quite likely that Obama’s an atheist, since his mother was. Unfortunately he’s a communist atheist, which ruins everything.
        I guess his connection to Islam is the same one all radical leftists now have with it – a mutual hatred for America.