March 06, 2014
Natch: IRS Employs Cop Convicted of Tipping off Terror Suspects
I'd say I was surprised, but this is the IRS we're talking about. Nothing they do these days surprises me. Not even hiring a guy convicted of abusing his power as a cop so he could tip off his buddies who were being investigated for terrorism:
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.Wow. Just, wow.
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.