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Cyber-Insecurity: Three Pakistani-Muslim brothers under DC criminal investigation

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By TK Whiteman – February 9, 2017 (ConservativeFiringLine.com)

With updates slowly but steadily percolating to the surface, it’s being made public to the American people that three Pakistani-Muslim brothers are under investigation by the US Capitol Police.

But the trio aren’t under investigation for anything as mundane as spitting on the sidewalk or walking on the grass.

Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller (TDC) is reporting that the brothers Imran, Jamal and Abid Awan are being investigated for “accessing [Congressional] members’ computer networks without their knowledge and stealing equipment from Congress.”

Also noted the TDC;

Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki said the investigation was still ongoing, and arrests have not been made but staff were “asked to update their security settings.”

Other than a criminal investigation of illegally accessing the computer systems of a yet to be disclosed number of members of congress as well as theft of government property, the Brothers Awan are also under the microscope for who in exactly in Congress hired them.

And that list of Congressmen and women is of some rather high profile lawmakers.

FrontPage Magazine has published; (Emphasis mine)

All three of the Pakistani brothers had been employed by Democrats. The offices that employed them included HPSCI minority members Speier, Carson and Joaquín Castro. Congressman Castro, who also sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, utilized the services of Jamal Moiz Awan. Speier and Carson’s offices utilized Imran Awan.

Abid A. Awan was employed by Lois Frankel and Ted Lieu: members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Also on the committee is Castro. As is Robin Kelly whose office employed Jamal Awan. Lieu also sits on the subcommittees on National Security and Information Technology of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Tammy Duckworth’s office had also employed Abid. Before Duckworth successfully played on the sympathy of voters to become Senator Tammy Duckworth, she had been on the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces of the Armed Services Committee.

Gwen Graham, who had also been on the Armed Services Committee and on the Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee, had employed Jamal Awan. Jamal was also employed by Cedric Richmond’s office. Richmond sits on the Committee on Homeland Security and on its Terrorism and Cybersecurity subcommittee. He is a ranking member of the latter subcommittee. Also employing Jamal was Mark Takano of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Imran had worked for the office of John Sarbanes who sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee that oversees, among other things, the nuclear industry. Other members of the Committee employing the brothers included Yvette Clarke, who also sits on the Bipartisan Encryption Working Group, Diana DeGette, Dave Loebsack and Tony Cardenas.

But finally there’s Andre Carson.

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.

Yet another somewhat disconcerting tidbit TDC cited;

Jamal, who public records suggest is only 22 years old and first began working in the House when he was 20, was paid nearly $160,000 a year, or three times the average House IT staff salary, according to InsideGov, which tracks congressional salaries. Abid was paid $161,000 and Imran $165,000.

Despite the three receiving abnormally high paychecks for services rendered, they did beat the high price of living in the DC area by all living under the same roof.

But even that left more questions than answers;

Abid, Imran and Jamal have all shared a house in Lorton, Virginia, that is owned by Hina R. Alvi [who just happens to be Imran Awan’s wife]. 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.

In a separate article from TDC, reporter Luke Rosiak cites even more troubling factual information. Specifically, despite the three having very chequered pasts, how in the world did they manage to pass the background checks needed to work on Capitol Hill?

As reported, the three brothers and wife “have a history of massive debts and bankruptcy, a fondness for fast cars and real estate, and unusually complicated webs of intertwined finances”

Furthermore;

Despite the generous salaries, the four were involved in multiple suspicious mortgage transfers and a debt-evading bankruptcy. Abid had more than $1 million in debts following a failed business called Cars International that he ran in Falls Church, Va., from November 2009 to September 2010. Business associates said in court documents that Abid had stolen money and vehicles from them.

Article by:  By TK Whiteman – February 9, 2017   (ConservativeFiringLine.com)

 

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