Friday, February 10

3 Pakistani brothers running the computers of House Intelligence committee fired

For several years the computer systems of the House Intelligence Committee and the Foreign Relations committee have been managed by 3 Pakistani brothers--Imran Awan and brothers Jamal and Abid.  This is important because the members of those committees are regularly given detailed, Top-Secret briefings on proposed U.S. military operations, so they can exercise their oversight duties.

As a result, the computer systems used by those committees almost certainly hold Top-Secret information, if not higher.

A couple of days ago the 3 Pakistani (Muslim) computer managers were fired.

I suspected there was a hell of a story behind this, and sure enough it's coming out bit by bit.  Starts with the fact that last year eight Democrat members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence wrote a letter to House leaders demanding that their staffers be granted access to top-secret information.

The letter was signed by Andre Carson, Luis Guiterez, Jim Himes, Terri Sewell, Jackie Speier, Mike Quigley, Eric Swalwell and Patrick Murphy. All are Democrats, and some had a history of attempting to undermine national security.

Two of them have been linked to an emerging security breach.

Signs of trouble have long been visible in public records. The Congressional Credit Union repossessed Abid’s car in 2009, and he declared bankruptcy in 2012, facing multiple lawsuits.

Security-sensitive jobs typically require background checks for credit and legal problems that can create pressures to cash in on access to secret information and documents.

The odds of three Pakistani Muslims ending up managing top-secret info by random chance are virtually zero.  I suspect we'll eventually find that Carson--the second Muslim in congress--pushed to get the brothers hired-- and that the brothers have been sending top-secret intel stored on those computers to contacts in the Middle East since shortly after they were hired.

And that this info ended up being passed to ISIS.

These suspicions just got more likely, as the left-rag Politico reported the story with an entirely different twist.  See if you can spot it:
Five House employees are under criminal investigation amid allegations that they stole equipment from more than 20 member offices and accessed House IT systems without lawmakers' knowledge.

Access to the House network was terminated for the five employees — four men and a woman — on Thursday afternoon.  The staffers have not been arrested.

All lawmakers targeted by the alleged scam were victims and had no idea what crimes might have been committed by their employees, House sources said.

The identities of the staffers are still unknown...

The employees allegedly stole equipment from members' offices without their knowledge and committed serious, potentially illegal, violations of House IT policies.

House sources stressed the investigation, which has been ongoing since late 2016, is focused on equipment theft and not a network hacking issue.
The Politico article focuses on "equipment theft" and carefully lays the groundwork for allowing the Dem congresswhores who hired the 3 to claim "We din' have nuffin' to do with this!  We wuz victimized!  Oh, and it was all about simple theft, not top-secret info being stolen!"   The author makes no mention of the brothers being Muslim, or having worked for Rep. Carson--one of just two Muslims in congress--nor that they worked for many other Dems who were members of committees having a key role in intel and terrorism.

The two "over the top" clues are 1) that the staffers stole equipment "without the knowledge" of the congresswhores, and 2) that "House sources" stressed that the investigation was focused on "equipment theft" rather than "hacking issues"--i.e. sensitive / secret information being stolen.

It'll be interesting to see if the repubs manage to get to the bottom of this.  Of course even if the story turns out to be exactly as I've speculated above, the odds are that nothing more will be heard:  The 3 will get off with no punishment whatsoever.  Reason is that punishing the perps would reflect badly on the Democrats who hired 'em, and on Muslims.  Ooooh, can't have *that*!  So the Dems will offer the Repubs some minor, trivial concession that will allow the Repubs to let it all drop.

And yes, for you sharp folks, I realize I've just set up an un-falsifiable hypothesis.

Just like "CO2 released by humans is causing global warming 'climate change.'

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