IRS Employing CAIR Analyst Who Tipped Off Al-Awlaki Associate

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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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.

  • Anonymous

    You are judge by the company you keep. Debo Adegbile and Weiss Rasool are the company that Obama keeps. We may thus judge him.

  • truebearing

    But Obama isn’t a Muslim. Noooooo.

    How many more of these Islamist operatives are in key positions, courtesy of Obama and Holder?

    • NHConstitutionalist

      You mean besides Gun Runner Holder, FUBARak, his staff, appointees, czars, and Lois Learner who has taken more 5th’s than a drunk and her bozo band of bigots of the Incompetent Reprobate Schmucks? Just add one more DC derelict.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    Some crises are real, while others are manufactured by the Left and by left-leaning liberals. I tried to list the worst ones here: http://clarespark.com/2014/03/06/crises-real-and-manufactured/. “Crises: real and manufactured.” Islamic jihadism is a real threat, met by indifference owing to still other “crises.”

  • NJK

    Why isn’t anyone stopping Obama? He’s the enemy within. Where are those who are supposed to protect America? Where have they gone?

    • John H

      They have all been relieved of duty, courtesy of ODumbass & Co.

  • Logan Hartanian

    “Abdullah Alnoshan, a close associate of al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and a friend of Russell’s from their mosque.” Where is there any proof of this association? It seems that on the internet, your article is the first instance of a stated association between Alnoshan and Awlaki. May I ask where you got this information from ?

    • Muscadine

      Two weeks since this article, and now Russell has changed from being a “CAIR Analyst” (this article) to a “Convicted Al Qaeda Spy” (this article: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/03/convicted-al-qaeda-spy-weiss-rasool-hired-on-at-the-irs/)
      Quite a change from his 2008 moniker as “Fairfax County police sergeant.” (this article:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/22/AR2008042201994.html). Some websites don’t let facts get in the way of a story, just make some absurd accusations, sling on some terrorists labels, and blame Obama. (I’m no an of Obama, but getting tired of illogical attacks)

      • Logan Hartanian

        YES! It does appear that Poole had a legit story, but why embellish and slap on something more that you can’t prove? Awlaki left the USA in 2002, Alnoshan and Russell allegedly had this phone conversation in 2005. How does that translate to some guy being terrorist-associated or a spy in 2008 ?

  • Luke

    6 years of VERY questionable leadership…at what point will Congress say, “Heey…wait a minute….”…or will they continue to protect and defend his tyrrany?

  • Luke

    6 years of VERY questionable leadership…at what point will Congress say, “Heey…wait a minute….”…or will they continue to protect and defend his tyrrany?