Thursday, July 17, 2008

Who's Who in Homeland Security?

Nadire P. Zenelaj

Muslim Moles
Posted Thursday, July 10, 2008

Homeland Security: In a sign background checks are far too lax, an alarming number of Arabs and Muslims have landed sensitive government jobs only to be caught later spying for the enemy.

Guarding against penetration by terrorist agents and sympathizers should be a top concern of public agencies, but it's not. Guarding against charges of job discrimination is.

Multiculturalism and political correctness have made it easier for the terrorists to use Arabs and Muslims to infiltrate the government and steal security secrets.

In the latest example, a former city 911 operator faces multiple felony counts for allegedly searching the names of friends and relatives on the FBI's terrorist watch list.

Nadire P. Zenelaj, an ethnic Albanian, says she's being singled out because she is Muslim. "I feel they targeted me because of my religion," she said.

No, she was investigated for looking up classified information on her confederates. At least one of the 227 names she checked was on the terrorist watch list, according to Rochester, N.Y., police.

A D.C.-area cop recently was convicted of doing the same thing.

Federal prosecutors say Fairfax County Police Sgt. Weiss Rasool, an Afghan immigrant, tipped off a fellow mosque member that he was under FBI investigation. When agents went to arrest the terrorist 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.

Thanks to post-9/11 data-sharing, local police like Rasool — as well as first responders like Zenelaj — now have access to classified FBI files on terror suspects maintained with the NCIC, or National Crime Information Center system.

Prosecutors said Rasool's actions "damaged the integrity of the NCIC system and jeopardized at least one federal investigation."

That's not all. In May, the Energy Department had to revoke the security clearance of an Egyptian-born nuclear physicist because of "conflicting allegiances." The FBI questioned Moniem El-Ganayni, also a Muslim prison chaplain, for allegedly inciting inmates to carry out jihad against the U.S., charges he denies.

Still, such questioning should've taken place before El-Ganayni got acccess to nuclear secrets. It's likely his extracurricular activities would have been enough of a red flag to bar his employment.

Same goes for an EPA toxicologist who turned out to be an al-Qaida fundraiser.

Waheeda Tehseen would never have been hired at all if the feds hadn't cut corners on her background check. Not only did Tehseen's husband work for Pakistani intelligence, but she lied about her U.S. citizenship on her government application. EPA missed it.

Then there's the case of Hezbollah spy Nadia Prouty. The Lebanese immigrant also lied about her citizenship and was hired anyway by both the FBI and CIA.

The good news is, these moles were caught. But they should have been screened out before they could ever get in and do damage.

A note from Radarsite: There will always be human error; the American public accepts this basic truth. But sometimes the abuse accumulates and forms a pattern. In this case a troubling pattern of incompetence in the one area of public trust where we demand the highest and most rigorous standards. We have to get serious. When it comes to our national security we have to be willing to err on the side of caution. We simply cannot allow our most sensitive agencies to become suspect themselves, or our lives will quickly become a Kafkan nightmare. Whatever it takes to do the job, it must be done and done now. - rg

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  1. I remember what it was like so many years ago when I went for my Top Secret Clearance. The FBI checked out everyone who knew me, teacher, friends, employers. And everyone who knew my parents. They checked out all the organizations that I belonged to, that my parents belonged to, that my grandparents (all 4 of them) belonged to. They had to make sure I wasn't a Communist (a registered Democrat at the time), or a member of a known terrorist organization (there were a few back in the 70's).

    How times have changed. Today there is no background checks. It would be an infringement of their rights.

    A telling tale to this sordid story is that the Israeli Intelligence Services (Mossad, Shin Bet, Military Intelligence) will not share vital intelligence with the US now. Only the small things. They say that the US Intelligence Services are infiltrated by Hamas, Hizbollah and other radical groups. Thus they can't trust us. That is scary. For in the Middle East, they get the best intelligence.

  2. @Findalis, I can state from personal experience that you are wrong. When my Secret level clearance was being processed within the past twelve to eighteen months they checked all those references thoroughly. I know because most of the references promptly told me about it, and of course I had previously informed them to expect the investigation. Incidentally that should give you some idea of how reliable such background checks might be, especially for individuals who have relocated for college, career, etc.

    Also I think it's ridiculous to assume Mossad et al ever would have shared anything with anyone, except as an ad hoc move to obtain advantage for their side. The Jonathan Pollard case shows how they shared with us!

    There was a great point made by the OP, about the concern over discrimination claims being greater than the concern over security breaches. That is a really big part of it, along with the whole sociopolitical culture of "AHA, GOTCHA" these days. The definition of right and wrong has devolved to be purely what advances personal interest, and career bureaucrats will be threatened more by discrimination claims than by spy cases (which will be publicized more for political purposes than to serve the national interest). Remember, we've recently seen one highly partisan political figure express hope that the President fail, because partisan political interest trumps national interest. In that climate how can we expect to protect against hostile foreign interests? We are our own worst enemies. We have met the enemy and they is us.

  3. @ Anonymous

    Seems strange but you were checked out (as far as the authorities could locate the individuals). Do you believe that it was only your friends and family questioned? No. They questioned old teachers, neighbors, ministers. The FBI looks at what books you took out of libraries (that is permitted). Oh yes. You were given a better going over than one of Obama's czars.

    Sad thing about Polard, but he didn't climb up on a desk, draw a loaded weapon and start firing on his fellow Americans screaming Allah Akbar.

    That is a big difference.