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(EXCLUSIVE) IRS Currently Employing Convicted Terrorist Associate

A former policeman convicted of tipping off a terror suspect is now a senior official at the IRS. Calls to the IRS for comment have not yet been answered.

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Patrick Poole

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March 6, 2014 - 8:56 am
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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 using his access to the FBI’s NCIC system to tip off a terror suspect about the bureau’s surveillance. The leak wrecked a major terror investigation.

He is still at the IRS.

Weiss Russell (he has changed his name from “Weiss Rasool,” the name under 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 Facts filed at the time of Russell’s indictment, Alnoshan provided license plate numbers to Russell for cars he believed were conducting surveillance on him. Russell then checked those plate numbers in the FBI’s NCIC database, which came back to a leasing company which federal prosecutors claimed would have tipped off Russell to the bureau’s surveillance.

He left a phone message 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 other friends to see if they were listed on the Violent Crime and Terrorist Offender File on NCIC without an authorized 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. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeanine Linehan said that the target and his family were already dressed and destroying evidence at 6 a.m. when agents arrived to make the arrest, indicating that they had been tipped off.

Alnoshan was deported to Saudi Arabia in December 2005. Russell was indicted in January 2008, and pleaded guilty in April 2008.

While prosecutors had requested jail time for Russell after he failed a polygraph just a week before sentencing, the judge sentenced him to two years of probation. He continued on the Fairfax County police force while an internal affairs investigation was conducted. Reportedly, he was eventually given the choice to resign or be fired. He resigned in August 2008.

Chris Farrell, director 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 responsibility with the government.

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 already betrayed his country and shown that he can do enormous damage and abuse his authority and powers, which he is now free to do within the IRS.

Farrell said that Judicial Watch would be opening their own line of inquiry into Russell’s hiring and employment with the IRS.

An IRS official speaking anonymously to PJ Media said that Russell’s financial management analyst position would have required him to fill out the Standard Form 86 questionnaire for national security positions and to be subjected to a background check.

There’s no way anyone with his conviction for abusing access to a government database and damaging a terror investigation could have been vetted and approved without outside intervention. Changing his name shouldn’t have mattered.

I’ve never even heard of a case like this.

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How do you go from police officer to a "financial analyst" at the IRS??? Conviction aside, even if the guy was squeaky clean - what the hell???? Are you telling me that a guy like me with NO financial background at all, other than trying to keep my head above water, can get a "financial management analyst" job at the IRS? There are serious, serious issues here folks....
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It only gets worse, because it only can get worse, as any informed and honest assessment of Obama and his intentions would tell you. Obama has intentions. But Republicans not only have no idea how to deal with the discrete reality of these issues one at a time, they have no apprehension of the larger picture and of the intentions -- the big picture, the total trajectory of Obama. You would think at a certain point critical mass would be reached, when even the densest or most unwilling observer would be impelled to issue a sweeping indictment of Obama and his intentions. But it just never happens. Not even Cruz or Paul seems to be able to do it. Palin has hinted at it. But what we need is a major speech by a major figure that coheres all this together and calls out Obama and the Left. The elements and intimations of a narrative are out there in the culture -- we need to bring them together to form a new Narrative of the comprehensive and intentional destructiveness of Obama.
41 weeks ago
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Isn't this article just more evidence of rampant Islamaphobia?
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I worked for Revenue Canada for almost a decade and even when I occupied a very minor post, my holding that position was subject to an RCMP clearance which boiled down to me not having a criminal record. I would think the same would be true for Mr. Rasool at the IRS. So the real questions are:

1) Was an FBI clearance even requested for Mr. Rasool? If no, why wasn't it?
2) If a clearance was requested, how did the FBI respond?
3) Was the decision to hire Mr. Rasool proper based on any FBI response?
40 weeks ago
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"In 2008.........Abdullah Alnoshan, a close associate of al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and a friend of Russell’s from their mosque."
I was just wondering, where did this information come from ? Was that published somewhere else ? How did anyone know that Awlaki and Alnoshan were associates, other than this story ?
41 weeks ago
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FBI surveillance docs obtained by Judicial Watch FOIA last year show repeated visits by Awlaki to Alnoshan's MWL office.
41 weeks ago
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Abolish & defund the IRS. Send De Gooberment 10% of what you earn end of the year. Be done with this farce.
41 weeks ago
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Does anyone else believe that Barack Hussein Obama has been part of an inside terror attack for the past six years? He seems to be using every agency to attack the country from within. He's placing terrorists throughout the govt. Several in DHS, I hear the Pentagon, and now the IRS, where they have the private information of millions of Americans.

And John Roberts gave them some ammunition, didn't he? Why isn't anyone stopping him? This is supposed to be a super power, but they aren't even stopping someone who's obviously an enemy on the inside? Are there any people in Washington who are good, who will stop him?
41 weeks ago
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ABOLISH THE CRIMINALLY CORRUPT INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE , AND PROSECUTE EVERY ONE WE CAN GET A CONVICTION ON FOR THEIR CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES THERE .
41 weeks ago
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So lets see. A guy who abused his access to a confidential gov database to illegally give secret information to a terrorist suspect, is now at the IRS, with access to every americans confidential tax information. This is the IRS that obama has given us.
41 weeks ago
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Not a smidgeon of corruption? Really?
41 weeks ago
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I was employed by IRS from 1971 through 1975; and then again from 1983 until I retired in 2011. I've gone through two background checks. I find this an utter outrage. The sensitivity of the information available to employees of this agency demands the highest standards of ethics and protection of privacy. Along with the Lois Lerner debacle, this ought to be blasted to the public by all the mainstream media. But I would never have known about it if it hadn't been for PJ Media.

This is without question the most corrupt administration ever (and I began working during the Nixon administration - we owe Tricky Dick an apology). When I think of all the annual briefings I was required to attend to remind me to protect taxpayer data and preserve the integrity of the agency, this makes me want to vomit. I'm so glad to be gone. But there also needs to be a select committee or special prosecutor appointed to clean up this governmental defecation.
41 weeks ago
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I'm sure any concerns were likely allayed by Eric Holder's affirmation of competence and trustworthiness. There's nothing to see. Not even a smidgeon of corruption.
41 weeks ago
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It's obvious the government isn't serious about "threats" to our security. So why the hell should we? See something, say something. Right. Why stand in long lines, have your stuff rifled through, and be groped every time you go to the airport? Why are we spending billions for all this electronic surveillance and then we let s**t like this slide? So what if he's some low level schmuck at IRS. So was Snowden. Think about the data this dirtbag can access. He's already proven he won't play by the rules in that regard. And then the government wonders why there's conspiracy theories out here.
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Oh, I remember after 9/11, if you see something suspicious, report it. That didn't last did it. Had they listened to the FBI Agent in Minnesota with the big eyeglasses, 9/11 may not have happened. They blew her off in D.C.

Now they've managed to gain access to the White House, and everywhere else inside the govt. This is why they're harassing so many good Americans. It's a terrorist attack with Obama leading it.
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