Imran Awan arrested at Dulles Airport. Imran was the House Democrats favorite Pakistani IT guy, who's been fiercely defended by Debbie-Wasserman Schulz.
Jim Lokay of Washington’s Fox5 tweets. “Awan & his relatives worked for Hse IT for more than decade, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars. He declared bankruptcy in ’12,” Chad Pergram of Fox News adds, noting that “Fox is told that Hse IT staffer Imran Awan is still on Hse payroll for moment under Wasserman Schultz,” and “Group of Hse Dems fired other Hse IT staffers probed by USCP. But Wasserman Schultz kept Awan on payroll. He was barred from Hse servers.”
If you missed it Sunday night, the Daily Caller reported that “FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Debbie Wasserman Schultz IT Aide’s Home:” “Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back, the individual told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.”
I like this response:
For those who haven't been following this story over the past year, the Daily Caller provides details:
Florida GOP Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s right-hand information technology (IT) aide was arrested attempting to leave the country just a few hours after The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group revealed that he is the target of an FBI investigation.
Imran Awan, a Pakistani-born IT aide, had access to all emails and files of dozens of members of Congress, as well as the password to the iPad that Wasserman Schultz used for Democratic National Committee business before she resigned as its head in July 2016. He was apprehended while attempting to flee the U.S., according to Fox News.
Soon after Imran began working for Wasserman Schultz in 2005, four of his relatives appeared on the payroll of other Democrats — many from Wasserman Schultz’s home state of Florida — at inflated salaries, but Democratic staffers said they were rarely seen at work. They collected $4 million in total.
House authorities told members in February that Awan and his relatives were suspects in a criminal investigation into theft and IT abuses, and they were [finally] banned from the Capitol network.
Back in 2014, Mr. Awan penned an opinion piece for CNN, deploring the negative view of some media types towards Muslims:
So whether it's getting stories factually incorrect or describing Muslims as a security threat, [emphasis added] there is clearly a backlash against Muslims online and offline with threatening comments that are both extremely inflammatory and promote Islamophobia.
This negativity is framed within the construct that Muslims are dangerous people, and creates a "them vs. us" mentality that can be highly damaging for community relations. Now is the time for action to reverse this trend, and as Mehdi Hasan suggests, "sanctions for dishonest and demonizing press coverage of Muslims" might be one way to ensure that we start to see a balanced coverage that does not demonize or stereotype Muslims.