Rogue IT group Inside the Government Under Investigation

By Faye Higbee

A rogue IT  group of 3 brothers who worked as computer specialists on Capitol Hill were fired last week and are under investigation for improperly accessing members of Congress’ computers, and stealing equipment. Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan have all been barred from accessing any House of Representatives computers. Congressional members were told to update their security settings.

The investigation also includes two others.

The Daily Caller reported,

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. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism…

The brothers are suspected of serious violations, including accessing members’ computer networks without their knowledge and stealing equipment from Congress.

And the three brothers aren’t the only ones being investigated. They live with another IT person, Hina R. Alvi, Imran’s wife, who also works for many of the same House members as well as the House Democratic Caucus. A 5th unnamed person is also being investigated, possibly another brother.

The 3 brothers were all paid nearly THREE times the normal salary for IT workers on Capitol Hill- between $160,000 and $165,000 each per year.

The House members who hired them have to individually fire them, which had been done by some House members as of this writing.

Something doesn’t fit

Normally IT employees require background checks regarding any credit or legal problems. The thought is that when people have access to sensitive information, they could be easily compromised if they have such issues. Abid had a criminal record and bankruptcy – his car was repossessed, and he has several lawsuits pending against him.

Where did all the money go from his salary? Was their purpose just to steal equipment, take sensitive emails, or to spy on Congress?

The CounterJihad Report noted,

“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.”

Imran was also suspected of stealing sensitive emails from Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

Shadow jihadis?

Are they part of a shadow jihadi government put in place by other politicians?  Think about it.

“…besiege them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush, do not wait until you find them. Rather, seek and besiege them in their areas and forts, gather intelligence about them in the various roads and fairways so that what is made wide looks ever smaller to them.  This way, they will have no choice, but to die or embrace Islam.”  (Tafsir, Ibn Kathir)