It’s hard to keep up with the news in the early weeks of the Trump administration. Reader Martin Karo writes to note one story we have overlooked so far. He observes that the Daily Caller seems to be the go-to site on the story, with this excellent February 7 update as well as the February 4 report linked below. Mr. Karo titles this “We were in the very best of hands.” He writes:
No doubt there’s a difference between avoiding Islamophobia and willful blindness to obvious risks, but let’s just say the Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence draw the line in a somewhat different place than the Power Line cognoscenti might. Herewith the tale of the intrepid Brothers Awan — brothers named Abid, Imran and Jamal Awan…who got themselves hired as IT professionals for numerous Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (listed in the House Directory here).
Horatio Alger would be proud – they somehow managed to get themselves paid three times the average rate of IT professionals working in Congress. They displayed admirable thrift – all living in the same house (not their parents’). They pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, one overcoming bankruptcy (despite being incredibly overpaid) and a felony record to get themselves hired into sensitive Intel positions for prominent Democratic congresspersons. Inquisitive fellows, they were, poking around in congressional computer systems without authorization.
Did I mention thrifty? Apparently in addition to illicit information acquisition, they saved money by allegedly taking home some odds and ends, office supplies, like pens and notepad and PCs and paperclips and servers and cell phones…
There is no doubt more of the story to come. The house inhabited by the Awans was owned by yet another Democratic Committee IT staffer with a name that apparently hails from somewhere east of the Levantine. There were four brothers, not three; I speculate from the directory that brother Omar is the fourth, and based on the same directory, apparently also privy to some sensitive information. Note one of the staffers served by an Awan was the infamous Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Perhaps some foreign government other than Putin’s was the source of the ballyhooed DNC hack. No charges have yet been brought.
It’s fun to speculate what the MSM news lead would be if these guys were Caucasians, or even naturalized American citizens: “Minnesota Men suspended with pay pending investigation into IT irregularities…” It’s hard to see the Times or the Strib going with the apparently more accurate “Democratic Congresscritters’ PC Compromises Intelligence Committee Members’ PCs.”
Well, for now it will have to remain speculation. Other than one vague Politico story and and an even vaguer BuzzFeed story, not a single mainstream media outlet has deigned to print anything about this episode.
The investigation supposedly started “late last year,” yet somehow the alleged — how to put it? – unauthorized accessors of information and undocumented removers of electronics were not cut off until two weeks after Obama left office. Must be
an Islamophobic false flag operation a coincidence.