Imran Awan, Former Aide to Diana DeGette Arrested

The mainstream media was quick to forget about the strange case of Democrat Congressional aide Imran Awan.

But, this story needs to see the light of day.

Read Philip Giraldi’s recent article below:

I wrote an article on the strange case of Imran Awan about two months ago. To summarize it briefly, Awan, his two brothers and wife, naturalized U.S. citizens born in Pakistan living in the Washington DC area, found employment as IT administrators in the House of Representatives working for as many as 80 Democratic Party congressmen. Even though they may have had little actual training in IT, they insinuated themselves into the system and were paid in excess of $5 million over the course of ten years, chief-of-staff level pay, while frequently not even showing up for work. They even brought into the arrangement a frequent no-show Pakistani friend whose prior work history consisted of getting recently fired by McDonald’s.

Along the way, their security files were never reviewed. They were involved in bankruptcies, bank fraud and other criminal activity, but their troublesome behavior was never noticed. They were on bad terms with their father and step-mother, which including forging a document to cheat their step-mother of an insurance payment and even holding her “captive” so she could not see their dying father. Their father even changed his last name to dissociate himself from them.

Imran Awan, the leader of the group, worked particularly for Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who was, at the time, also the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Though he had no clearance and was not supposed to work with classified material, he and his family obtained password access to congressional files and Imran himself was able to enter Wasserman-Schultz’s own personal iPad computer which linked to the server used by the Democratic National Committee.

Read the rest on UNZ: http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/more-on-imran-awan/

Political Violence in the Age of Personal Technology

June 14th’s shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise has quickly faded into the past in the age of near-instant news cycles.

Yet, anyone concerned with the future of our state, our country, and our civilization should pay attention to the uptick of violence being used as a political tool.

The United States is no stranger to political violence.

Since our founding, we have seen rebellions, assassinations, riots, political insurrections, and even a war of secession.

Yet, in the 21st-century, recent technological developments have changed the nature of political violence:

Cell phones, the Internet, and the Personal Technology Revolution (PTR)

With nearly every American, from pre-teen to senior citizen, having a cellphone with them 24 hours a day, we have never been more connected.

The general trend of increasing access to information is having a tremendous impact on potential political activists.

As witnessed from the Wikileaks publications, government leaks and the now ever-present threat of computer hackers, previously restricted and private information is finding its way into the public domain.

Foreign Policy even went so far as to call the 2010 Tunisian Revolution, “The First Wikileaks Revolution.”

As Julian Assange, Anonymous and Edward Snowden become cult heroes to disaffected youth, we can only expect a growth in cyber-activism.

We can expect this cyber-activism to be more ideological based, as polarization increases and new extremes develop on both the Left and the Right.

PTR leading to increasing political polarization

Whether it is Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm or Google leading search results to specific “ideological agreeable” websites, our human tendency is to search out and promote what we agree with and avoid what we don’t agree with.

The social media experience for most Americans is being constantly bombarded with content that you “Like” and rarely if ever seeing anything you don’t like.

On my newsfeed, for example, I only see posts calling Democrats evil, warning of the soon-to-come Islamic invasion of America or highlighting the crimes of illegal aliens.

Of course, my newsfeed is tailored to my own preferences, interests, and friends, but, as technology and content continue to develop, a very narrow spectrum of political thought emerges for each of us.

This is true of those of us on the right and those on the left.

What this causes is a feedback loop that leads people to only experience a spectrum of political thought that reinforces previously held beliefs.

To put it simply, if someone only listens to “Alex Jones” type content, they will begin to see the world through the viewpoint of “Alex Jones.”

Over time, this may lead the social media user to believe that “their” narrow spectrum of political thought is shared by the majority, and that all others are in the minority.

This may also convince some that the use of violence is justified because they are constantly being exposed to information that reinforces that viewpoint.That’s why, as the PTR continues, I believe we will see increasing political violence.

That’s what happened to James Hodgkinson, Timothy McVeigh, and countless others.

That’s why, as the PTR continues, I believe we will see increasing political violence.

I hope I am wrong.