The Awan Brothers — The massive scandal you might only just be hearing about now
Almost two months ago, I created a video describing the Awan Brothers and the disgraceful conduct of Debbie Wasserman Shultz. I created the video as an introduction to this huge scandal which the mainstream media has made every attempt to ignore.
This scandal is so big, so wide-reaching, that instead of the Democrats addressing the alleged hacking of their computer systems from inside their own party, they’ve concocted the enormous “Russia hacked the election” bullshit narrative to try to keep the public distracted and unaware of hacking by foreign nationals that has seemingly actually occurred.
Well, in the last two days, there’s been some amazing developments.
Perhaps stated more accurately… SHIT IS GOING DOWN!
So in the spirit of trying to keep things simple and straightforward, here’s a list of developments (links to sources included), along with my video and other videos from some of my favorite indie media folk. (I will update this article as new developments come to hand).
And here’s my video from 7 weeks ago, giving context to this whole situation.
Introduction — Who are the Awan Brothers?
- The Awan Brothers are Pakistani-born information technology experts under investigation for breaches of national security.
- Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan are at the center of a criminal investigation by U.S. Capitol Hill Police and the FBI.
- Allegations of wrong doing have included overcharging taxpayers for congressional IT equipment and blackmailing members of Congress with secrets captured from the emails of their Democrat employers.
- Imran Awan, the figure at the center of the scandal, Imran was first employed in 2004 by former Democrat Rep. Robert Wexler (FL) as an “information technology director”, before he began working in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office in 2005.
- These tech staffers, who were Pakistani nationals, had access to secret congressional information, including classified documents.
- On March 22, 2016, eight democrat members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued a letter, requesting that their staffers be granted access to Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI).
- Representatives who signed the letter include Jackie Speier (CA) and Andre Carson (IN), the second Muslim in Congress, both of whom employed the Awan brothers.
- In February, the Awans were “abruptly relieved of their duties and banned from the networks because of ‘suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.’”
- 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.”
- Imran Awan had access to all emails and files of dozens of members of Congress, as well as the password to the iPad that Wasserman Schultz used for Democratic National Committee business before she resigned as its head in July 2016 (meaning that the brothers had direct access to the notorious DNC emails.)
- It also seems Awan had access to Nancy Pelosi’s iPad, according to Wikileaks.
- Four of Imran’s relatives appeared on the payroll of other Democrats at inflated salaries, but Democratic staffers said they were rarely seen at work. They collected $4 million in taxpayer salaries since 2009.
- Wasserman Schultz refused to fire Imran until yesterday (Tuesday 25th July 2017), despite being a known criminal suspect in a cybersecurity probe for months.
- On the 26th of May, 2017, video emerged of Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatening the Chief of Capitol Police to ‘expect consequences’ if he didn’t return a laptop (believed to belong to Imran Awan) taken during a criminal investigation
Holding their stepmother in “captivity”
- In March the Daily Caller reported that the Awan brothers were essentially holding their stepmother in “captivity” in order to extort her for money she had stashed away in Pakistan.
- Imran’s stepmother, a devout Muslim, filed court documents accusing him of using high-tech devices to wiretap her and extorting her (see p. 23 of court documents in that case).
- The Awans allegedly used wiretapping devices on their own stepmother and threatened to abduct loved ones in Pakistan if she didn’t give them access to money stowed away in that country.
- Their stepmother called Fairfax County, Virginia police to say the brothers were keeping her from her husband’s deathbed.
- Shortly after the criminal probe was revealed in February, Imran abruptly moved out of his longtime home on Hawkshead Drive in Lorton, Va., and listed it for rent on a website that connects landlords with military families.
- One of the new tenants — a Marine Corps veteran married to a female Navy Officer — said he found “wireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy, laptops, [and] a lot of brand new expensive toner.”
- The Marine said Imran wanted the hard drives back so desperately that he threatened to sue the renter for stealing them.
- Imran came to the house for the items “three to four times,” but the Marine wouldn’t let him enter.
- The Marine heard about the House investigation on the radio, and by that time, he had noticed other bizarre signs of desperation from his landlord. “When we first moved in, a mailman came with certified mail from the House of Representatives. We were trying to be nice and signed for it. They lost their shit, saying ‘why did you sign for it, this is illegal!’ It was certified from the [Chief Administrative Officer of the House],” he said. “The postman came a second time with a certified letter and I called Imran on the spot, asking ‘what do you want me to do.’ He said ‘just send him away, I’m homeless.’ They refused to forward their mail.”
- On Monday 24th July, it was reported that FBI agents reportedly seized a number of “smashed hard drives” and other computer equipment from the Awan’s former residence in Virginia.
The Arrest of Imran Awan
- Imran Awan was arrested by the FBI on Monday 24th July, 2017 at Dulles Airport.
- He was attempting to board a flight to Pakistan after wiring $283,000 from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to that country.
- He was charged with bank fraud involving fraudulently taking out mortgages, which was one of several financial schemes The DCNF has detailed.
- Future charges are expected, due to his attempt to leave the country. The charges also do not mention his work for Congress, which is the investigation’s primary focus.
- Bill Miller, spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, told TheDCNF that Awan “was arraigned today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on one count of bank fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1344. He pled not guilty and was released pursuant to a high-intensity supervision program. The conditions of release are that he receive a GPS monitor, he abide by a curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and that he not leave a 50-mile radius of his residence in Virginia. Awan was also ordered to turn over all of his passports.
- The Awans own numerous rental properties, some with multiple mortgages.
- They have told renters they want payments in untraceable ways.
- The charging documents say Imran’s wife Hina Alvi, who also made $165,000 working for House Democrats, took out a second mortgage against a house from the Congressional Federal Credit Union by falsely claiming it was her “principal residence” and that she will “occupy” the property. She also fraudulently reported no rental income on her taxes.
- One renter told the FBI “they paid approximately $2,000 per month for rent and that the rent check was written to Suriaya Begum. Based on information and belief, I know that Begum is Alvia’s mother,” an FBI agent wrote.
Videos on this story from some of my favourite indie media
Just before I show you them… just keep an eye out for any CNN coverage of this story! (There won’t be… look at this!)