“Three brothers from Pakistan who managed office information technology for members of the top Democrats in U.S. Congress were fired today. They worked for House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers, all democrats.They have been accused of accessing congressional computers without permission.
Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.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. These two committees deal with much of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents.
Including those related to the war on terrorism. Among those whose computer systems may have been compromised is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.The Florida Democrat who had been the target of a disastrous email hack when she was chairman of the Democratic National Committee didn’t learn her lesson.The brothers are suspected of accessing members’ computer networks without their knowledge and stealing equipment from Congress.
Jamal handled IT for Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat who serves on both the intelligence and foreign affairs panels.
“As of 2/2, his employment with our office has been terminated,” Castro spokeswoman Erin Hatch said.
Imran worked for Reps. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat, and Jackie Speier, a California Democrat. Both are members of the intelligence committee, and for Wasserman Schultz.
Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, employed Abid for IT work in 2016 when she was a member of House committees dealing with the armed services, oversight, and Benghazi. Abid has a prior criminal record and a bankruptcy.
Abid, Imran and Jamal all shared a house in Lorton, Virginia, that is owned by Hina R. Alvi. Alvi 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 Congressional Credit Union repossessed Abid’s car in 2009, and he declared bankruptcy in 2012, facing multiple lawsuits. Alvi has taken multiple second mortgages.
Security-sensitive jobs usually require background checks for credit and legal problems so the workers cannot be pressured to reveal secrets for cash.”
Within the past 24 hours (February 4-5, 2017), over 40 traditional Conservative news agencies carried the above story mostly covered by the “Daily Caller.” Conservative reporting from the following sites backed up the above claims:
The Conservative Treehouse: Three Sketchy House Intel Staffers Fired During Probe of Security Breach…. — The Last Refuge
World News Politics: Muslim Spy Ring caught working inside halls of Congress
Blog: The Black Sphere: Three Muslims abruptly fired from sensitive Federal IT positions
However, when searching liberal sites (CNN, MSNBC and Huffington Post, etc) there were no reports on Awan, Imran, and Jamal Awan being fired for security violations threatening American National Security.
What is this? A rallying cry from the Republican base or nothing to be concerned about? If it did take place, the three brothers were reported to have worked in key sensitive technical positions within the Democratic party long enough to steal sensitive Congressional documents and House IT equipment.