Skip to comments.FBI: Awans Security Clearances “Forged;” ...Falsified Vetting
Posted on 09/12/2017 11:15:40 AM PDT by wtd
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.
Portion of the Inspector Generals Finding on OPM Fraud on security clearances.
Former FBI McMahon said USIS forged as many as 665,000 federal security clearances.
McMahon has been trying to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss ways to seal the dangerous trap doors in government background checks.
If the FBI had fixed the name check issues when I blew the whistle and held those responsible publicly accountable while in FBI during 2008 to 2009 or thereafter, I believe Navy Yard killer, Riverside killers, Mr. Manning, Mr. Snowden and the 665,000 falsified USIS background checks might never had occurred, he said.
Thanks for posting this.
If true, some people need some serious jail time.
Was Comey’s FBI involved in this criminal action?
What difference does it make?
Stopped reading after 3 paragraphs. No credibility. With all the people they worked for and had contact with, NO ONE questioned their access and clearance levels???
Not buying it.
There was some inside protection for these people.
Not a smidgen of corruption...
How long has this been going on. Congress is worse than worthless. How much did that contractor get paid for each almost-not-conducted background check?
Very consistent with DWS’s public indignation covering her private panic over what will be found on various computers sought and/or found by the authorities thus far.
Hang this around the necks of comey, lynch, holder, mueller, Jarrett, obama, clinton, DWS, clapper, brennan, and every other POS leftist socialist-democrat who provided cover for these paki spies.
I can’t imagine that DWS hired and ran cover for the Awans on her own initiative. They were supplied to her and she was directed as to their activities. DWS’s handler in all this was in the WH.
There will of course be no consequence for any of this Awan stuff, but the scope of this is simply massive. The scope of it is so large, so heinous, there is no way this could ever be revealed.
I am betting Wasserman- Schultz wanted them for these contract jobs , she wanted them cleared and she ordered it be done
Amazing what a set of steel eyes, a serpents tongue , and a set of brass balls can do to even the formerly vaunted FBI
The actual relationship between this vipers nest and Wasserman Schultz seems urgently troubling to say the least
But, an interesting question is why they would need inside protection — my working-theory is that we have literal as-defined-by-the-Constitution traitors in high-levels of the government, both elected and bureaucratic, and this provides incentive to cover for each other, because once
the ball gets rolling on one of them it will expose other connections which will expose still more. (This accurately describes what we've seen WRT Hillary Clinton and, I think, the Iran Deal.)
Personally, I'd like to see the lid blown off and lots of "elites" get actual prosecutions and convictions; public hangings for the treasonous, and harsh prison for the corrupt.
With Jeff Sessions, running things, I am not confident that anything that leads high in the Democrat party will be investigated or prosecuted. He seems to be a blocking force inserted in the Administration by the Left/deep state.
Somebody’s signature is on the paperwork ... that somebody (or somebodies) needs to spend time behind bars.
[ FBI: Awans Security Clearances Forged; ...Falsified Vetting ]
Seems to me some DNC should be going to prison, pronto.
Or was it possibly some “Republicans” who are really Uniparty Democrats?
I agree, and I tried to warn FReepers here that he was compromised when it was announced he’d be AG, but few would listen.
So there are at least 665,000 (probably more) persons in government or private sector jobs that require security checks that are fraudulently holding those positions and perhaps stealing classified information and sending it to......who knows who.
This is why we NEED to replace as many POLITICIANS as possible with folks who will put the country and its citizens security first and party politics last, if even at all.
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