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IRS Employing al-Qaeda Tipster Mohammad Weiss Rasool-Pending Investigation!

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IRS Employing al-Qaeda Tipster Mohammad Weiss Rasool-Pending Investigation!

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IRS Employing al-Qaeda Tipster Mohammad Weiss Rasool-Pending Investigation!

Summary of eRumor:

Rumors that the Internal Revenue service has hired Mohammad Weiss Rasool, the man who tipped off al-Qaida terrorist suspect Al-Awlaki.
 

The Truth:

According to a March 6, 2014 exclusive by P.J. Media, Mohammad Weiss Rasool has changed his name from Weiss Rasool to Weiss Russell and "is currently employed as a financial management analyst in the IRS Deputy Chief Financial Officer’s Office."  

TruthorFiction.com is looking into the allegation that Russell is working for the Internal Revenue Service.  We will post findings on this page when we get them.


Background

The article said that Russell/Rasool was prosecuted in 2008 for his role in a tip off to a close associate of al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlak, Abdullah Alnoshan.   Russell/Rasool was employed by the Fairfax County police and his association with Alnoshan was that they both attended the same mosque.  Alnoshan believed that he was under surveillance and gave license plate numbers of the cars he suspected to Russell/Rasool to check in the database of the FBI’s National Crime Information Center.

Russell/Rasool called and left a message for Alnoshan, which was intercepted by the FBI. Alnoshan was detained in 2005 and eventually deported to Saudi Arabia. Russell/Rasool was charged and in April 2008 pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years probation.  In August 2008 He resigned from the Fairfax County Police.

Posted 03/19/14
 


A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Homeland Insecurity:

The IRS is diligent to a fault when it comes to vetting conservative groups applying for nonprofit status. But it’s out to lunch when vetting employees posing security risks.

While the Internal Revenue Service was investigating Tea Party patriots in the run-up to last year’s presidential election, it dispensed with basic background checks and hired a convicted Islamist traitor as a high-level official.

Mohammad Weiss Rasool, whom the FBI busted last decade for tipping off an al-Qaida terrorist suspect, reportedly now works for the deputy IRS chief financial officer as a financial management analyst, drawing a lucrative salary at taxpayer expense.

According to investigative reporter Patrick Poole, who broke the explosive story in PJ Media, the Obama administration has let a Muslim man convicted of abusing sensitive government data have access to the sensitive financial data of millions of Americans at an agency known for abusing such information.

Astonishingly, the dangerous felon is still at the IRS, where he goes by the name “Weiss Russell.”

Last decade, Rasool immigrated to the U.S. from Afghanistan and took a job as a cop with the Fairfax County Police Department outside Washington. He worked his way up to sergeant before authorities realized they had an al-Qaida spy in their ranks.

According to a Justice Department complaint filed in 2008, Rasool searched a national criminal database containing names of terrorist suspects and confirmed that FBI agents were tailing a Muslim pal from his mosque.

When agents went to arrest the target early one morning, they found him and his family already dressed and destroying evidence. They knew they had a mole, and worked back through the system to find Rasool.

That’s when agents discovered the police sergeant had breached their database at least 15 times to look up names of other contacts, including relatives, to see if they showed up on the terrorist watch list.

Rasool’s actions “damaged the integrity of the NCIC system and jeopardized at least one federal investigation,” prosecutors said in court papers. “The defendant’s actions could have placed federal agents in danger.”

Rasool at first claimed he didn’t know the terrorist target. He confessed only after hearing a recording of his message for the suspect, Abdullah Alnoshan, a close associate of al-Qaida cleric Anwar Awlaki, who had helped some of the 9/11 hijackers in Fairfax County, Va.
Rasool finally pleaded guilty to illegally searching a federal database.

Someone who betrays his police oath and aids and abets a terrorist “has absolutely no business with any position of trust and responsibility with the government,” Judicial Watch’s Chris Farrell said, warning that Rasool could do “enormous damage” in his new IRS post.

Found at Investor’s Business Daily:
http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/030714-692562-why-does-irs-have-al-qaida-spy-working-for-it-.htm