This is insane, but it is also absolutely consistent with the way that the Obama Handing out has operated from the initiation. It purged counter-terror trainers who spoke honestly about jihad terror (including me) from counter-terror training programs, while turning a blind eye to the insalubrious relations of people like Mohammed Elibiary and Arif Alikhan.
“(EXCLUSIVE) IRS Currently Employing Convicted Terrorist Associate,” by Patrick Poole for PJ Media, March 6 (thankfulness to Jerk Chicken):
While IRS officials were targeting Tea Party groups for special scrutiny of their 501(c)3 tax exempt applications, the IRS also hired a policeman who had been prosecuted by the Justice Department — and convicted in federal court — of by his access to the FBI’s NCIC logic to tip off a terror believe about the bureau’s scrutiny. The leak wrecked a foremost terror investigation.
He is subdue at the IRS.
Weiss Russell (he has altered his name from “Weiss Rasool,” the name below which he was convicted), is currently employed as a financial management analyst in the IRS Deputy Chief Financial Officer’s Office.
In 2008, Russell/Rasool was prosecuted for his role in tipping off Abdullah Alnoshan, a close associate of al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and a friend of Russell’s from their mosque. According to the Justice Department’s Statement of Proof filed at the time of Russell’s indictment, Alnoshan provided ticket plate facts to Russell for cars he believed were conducting scrutiny on him. Russell then checked persons plate facts in the FBI’s NCIC list, which came back to a leasing company which federal prosecutors claimed would have tipped off Russell to the bureau’s scrutiny.
He left a phone thought for Alnoshan that the FBI intercepted.
Prosecutors also claimed that on more than a dozen instances, Russell checked his name, the names of relatives, and additional friends to see if they were listed on the Violent Crime and Terrorist Offender File on NCIC without an formal reason for doing so.
According to the Washington Post, Russell’s tip-off to Alnoshan actively obstructed their investigation:
The target was arrested in November 2005, then convicted and deported, according to court filings in Rasool’s case. Supporter U.S. Attorney Jeanine Linehan said that the target and his family were by now dressed and destroying evidence at 6 a.m. when agents arrived to make the arrest, indicating that they had been tipped off.
While prosecutors had requested jail time for Russell after he failed a polygraph just a week before to sentencing, the judge sentenced him to two years of test. He continued on the Fairfax Constituency police force while an internal affairs investigation was conducted. Reportedly, he was eventually agreed the extent to resign or be fired. He resigned in August 2008.
Chris Farrell, boss of investigations at Judicial Watch, told PJ Media:
Somebody like Russell who betrayed his oath as a police officer and was convicted in court essentially for aiding and abetting the subject of an open terror investigation has absolutely no business with any position of trust and dependability with the regime.
If as reported he holds a top financial analyst position within the IRS, it’s not just a disgrace to a discredited agency but an insult to the American public. Russell has by now betrayed his country and publicized that he can do enormous hurt and manipulate his authority and powers, which he is now free to do within the IRS….
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