Convict Cop Who Tipped Off Terror Suspect Now An IRS Employee
March 10, 2014 by Ben Bullard
A dirty Fairfax County, Va. cop who pleaded guilty in Federal court for tipping off a terrorism suspect and compromising an ongoing FBI investigation is now a financial analyst for the IRS, according to a report that emerged last week.
According to PJ Media, former police officer Weiss Rasool, who has since changed his last name to Russell, pleaded guilty in 2008 to a misdemeanor count of illegally accessing a government computer by letting himself into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database and letting an al-Qaida-linked associate know the Feds were watching him.
Rasool entered the U.S. from Saudi Arabia in 1983, and became a naturalized citizen in 1996.
From the report:
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.
He left a phone message for Alnoshan that the FBI intercepted.
Prosecutors also claimed that on more than a dozen instances, Russell checked his name, the names of relatives, and other friends to see if they were listed on the Violent Crime and Terrorist Offender File on NCIC without an authorized reason for doing so.
Rasool remained on the Fairfax County police force while serving out part of a two-year probation, before being forced to resign after an internal affairs investigation concluded.
Then he ended up at the IRS – even though Federal employment screening procedures and background checks are supposed to root out candidates whose histories suggest a direct conflict of interest over matters of National Security.