Intrepid terrorism researcher Patrick Poole has found that the IRS has a rather shady analyst in its employ.
Mohammed Weiss Rasool was an Afghani who immigrated to the United States and got a job as a police officer. And then he did what you would expect him to do.
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.
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.
There’s more information on some of Mohammed’s antics in this Front Page article.
When agents went to arrest the target early one morning, they found him and his family already dressed and destroying evidence.
Rasool acted as CAIR’s representative on the police force, and even worked with the group to kill a successful counterterror-training program within the department.
Now CAIR has a man at the IRS.