Someone has a lot of explaining to do…
Three Muslim brothers who managed office information technology for top Democrats in Congress were fired. They had worked for democratic members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
In other words, they had access to top level stuff. Top secret top level stuff. They have been accused of accessing congressional computers without permission and fired for theft of government property.
The brothers are Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan.
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 have access to the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents. The most top secret stuff.
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.
“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.
Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Senator, 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. The Congressional Credit Union repossessed Abid’s car in 2009, and he declared bankruptcy in 2012, facing multiple lawsuits.
Security-sensitive jobs usually require background checks for credit and legal problems so the workers cannot be pressured to reveal secrets for cash. Unless you work for democrats that is.
This is bad.