Skip to comments.FBI: Awans Security Clearances “Forged;” Granted Access to Congressional Intel Despite Falsified
Posted on 01/22/2018 8:51:12 AM PST by bitt
Members of the FBI and Justice Departments top brass at their Washington D.C.headquarters and other field offices are now using burner phones to stay under the radar of federal investigators and lawmakers, according to FBI insiders.
The shocking revelations come on the heels of news that the FBI deleted thousands of text messages between anti-Trump FBI agents before investigators could review their content.
While that is disturbing on one level, FBI and DOJ hierarchy employing the telecom habits of drug cartel bosses reaches a new low for the once-heralded federal law enforcement agency and the DOJ. And breaks federal laws as well.
Intel points to top FBI and DOJ officials communicating via:
Burner or disposable smart phones purchased with cash and charged with cash or money order Encrypted phone and web apps, including SIGNAL employed for anonymous texting Phones issued in the name of a spouse or family member, conceivably out of reach of federal subpoenas Use of such telecom devices as part of official government business violates a host of federal laws, insiders said.
But that hasnt slowed their use by top law enforcement personnel in the United States.
(Excerpt) Read more at truepundit.com ...
Else, fake news.
Huma never did get any security clearances, or at least that is what Hitlery bragged about when she said that every time the guy came to request Huma's presence for training he would get rebuffed with some lame excuse that seemed to work every time.
Think about that a minute. No wonder Huma was so inept at passing secrets around and backing secrets up on her husbands laptop. She did not know it was not correct procedure because her boss got her out of getting the proper security clearance training.
The big question would be - did Hitlery have any kind of security clearance?
Criminals with access to FBI files... are the Clinton's still running their 'crime and rape' family? Hey George Stephanopoulos - is it time to get the old team back together to bully innocent citizens?
i totally screwed this post up - asked to have it deleted
supposed to be about burner phones.
Our government has gone the way of "Breaking Bad". Make a phone call, snap your flip phone in half and toss it in the trash. That removes a lot of the uncertainty of "Am I being tracked?". But, as Heisenberg would say, "You can never be completely sure."
link points to different story ?
Ditto. Site looks fake as hell....even the colors are Red. Archives go aaaallllllll the way back to summer before the election. Pravda Pundit.
oh I messed up this post -
Just have mods change to correct headline: “Top FBI, DOJ Officials Use Drug-Cartel-Style Burner Phones to Dodge Federal Investigators, Lawmakers”
Well the replies are just getting good.
No worries. I’m sure IG Horowitz is right on the case. I expect we will see a full report sometime in 2022.
Just like in the "Sopranos" or "Breaking Bad". Great. The FBI is a taxpayer funded criminal enterprise.
here’s ONE story:
Top FBI, DOJ Officials Use Drug-Cartel-Style Burner Phones to Dodge Federal Investigators, Lawmakers
there are also stories out today about many many clearances being forged...this is a flashback
FBI: Awans Security Clearances Forged; Granted Access to Congressional Intel Despite Falsified Vetting
September 12, 2017 by Investigative Bureau
Federal law enforcement agents working the Imran Awan and Hina Alvi fraud probe said the couple, along with other members of the family, were never properly vetted for Congressional security clearances.
Instead the clearances, which provided the Awans access to dozens of Congressional Democrats computer networks and IT systems, were likely approved absent each individual background file getting fully investigated.
I seriously doubt they could have passed a full background (check), one FBI insider said. These clearances were pushed through.
FBI insiders used the word forged to describe the process of what happened to the Awan files. Federal law enforcement sources with knowledge of the case divulged:
Either someone with clout in Congress, or higher, made sure the Awans received their security clearances despite glaring problems or the investigators pushed their files through for approval as part of a systemic breakdown.
Many assertions in the Awan-linked applications and files could not be verified by subsequent FBI vetting as part of the criminal case now pending against Imran and Hina. The files are problematic, FBI sources said.
The FBI did not conduct the background checks on members of the Awan family who were granted security clearances in Congress..
A former FBI section chief and security clearance expert said this type of malfeasance is commonplace in D.C.
The Inspector General found widespread fraud in firms conducting Congressional and government background checks, often cutting corners to approve files without vetting the applicants.
This type of overt government malfeasance regarding security clearances is very common, according to former FBI section chief Michael F. McMahon. As an agent, McMahon was the FBIs key whistle blower on the troublesome gaps plaguing the federal system rubber stamps security clearances for unqualified applicants.
I do not know agency or agencies that performed background investigations on Awan and cohorts, McMahon said. The FBI is the bellwether or gold standard by which vetting, background checks, name checks are conducted throughout the intelligence community.
But McMahon said the FBI does not conduct background checks for Congressional aides like the Awan-linked family, even though the personnel are granted access to classified intelligence. Instead the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is tasked with providing security clearances for such employees and hires subcontractors to do the work. The results can be quite haphazard, McMahon said.
Federal agents with knowledge of the Awan investigation echo McMahon: The FBI did not work the cases which provided the Awans access to a treasure trove of government intelligence, including the emails of over two dozens Democratic member of Congress.
This is not something new in Washington, D.C.
According to a 2014 audit by the U.S. Office of the Inspector General, which oversees OPM, thousands of background clearances for Congress and elsewhere in government were forged, or pushed through without more than a few minutes of investigation.
Among many failures, the IG found OPM had no way or verifying if all components of each applicants security clearance file had been vetted. One company, USIS which likely conducted the majority of Awan background sweeps for Congress, was caught forcing through thousands of security clearance cases without having examined their contents, the report shows. One USIS investigator approved over 15,000 case files in one month with most of these occurring within minutes of each other on multiple days, according to the report. USIS conducted clearance sweeps for OPM until late 2014 when the businesses folded.
I proposed this MONTHS ago.
CIA/FBI budgets need to be cut in HALF.
Their ability to investigate and collect information in general gives them great power, and temptation to political abuse.
They have proven they HAVE abused that power.
It is time to teach these agencies a lesson.
This was not a new game for the Clintons. Back when Willie was president, there were a whole load of political appointees who could not pass the FBI background checks for a variety of reasons, like past drug use, etc. Hillary was the one who was running the operation to stall the FBI and Secret Service from being able to complete their investigations, so that the appointees could go on using “interim” clearances for years and years.
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