Three brothers who managed the office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly fired last week due to suspicion that they had accessed congressional computers without permission.
The Daily Caller reported that brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were each banned from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday. They had previously been employed by dozens of government personnel, including three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. These two committees deal with our nation’s most sensitive documents, including those related to terrorism.
The brothers are believed to have committed serious violations, including accessing members’ computer networks without their knowledge and stealing equipment from Congress. Jamal, who is only 22, had worked for Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat who serves on both the intelligence and foreign affairs panels, and for Louisiana Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond, who is on the Committee on Homeland Security.
“As of 2/2, his employment with our office has been terminated,” Castro spokeswoman Erin Hatch said on Friday.
Meanwhile, Imran handled IT for Reps. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat, and Jackie Speier, a California Democrat. They are each members of the intelligence committee and neither would comment on the situation.
Abid worked for then-Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat who was a member of House committees dealing with the armed services, oversight, and Benghazi before she was elected to the Senate in November. He also handled IT for Rep. Lois Frankel, a Florida Democrat who is member of the foreign affairs committee.
We can only hope that the Awan brothers didn’t get their hands on something that could put American lives in danger…