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WASHINGTON, D.C.- On Friday, January 14th, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that former acting head of the Officer of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Charles K. Edwards, has pleaded guilty to charges related to a scheme to steal confidential software from the government. 

Edwards, who worked as acting inspector general at DHS-OIG between 2011 and 2013, under the Obama administration, has been accused of having executed a scheme to steal confidential and proprietary software from the government after he left the agency and set up his own company.

According to the report from DOJ, Edwards worked for DHS-OIG from February 2008 until December 2013. Prior to DHS-OIG, he worked at the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG).

At both agencies he reportedly had access to software systems, including one used for case management and other systems holding sensitive personal identifying information of employees. 

The Daily Wire reported that Edwards;’ theft came after his time at the DHS, From 2015 to 2017, he stole software and confidential government data from the DHS for his company Delta Business Solutions Inc. in Maryland. 

Edwards resigned from the DHS-OIG in 2013 amid a Senate investigation into his whether he had delayed investigations and softened reports, both claims he denied.

The Washington Post reported he was also accused of having pushed to changed findings in reports to keep them from embarrassing the Obama administration. He was also accused of retaliation against staff who resisted him. 

After a Senate investigation was launched, Edwards said in a statement:

“[B]ut more importantly, I am very concerned that this matter may negatively impact the important oversight work of the Officer of Inspector General … I will defend myself against these personal attacks.”

The DOJ stated that Edwards pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft of government property and theft of government property.

A second defendant has pleaded not guilty and his case is ongoing. Courtney Forrest, an attorney for Edwards, said in a statement:

“Today, Mr. Edwards accepted responsibility for having unauthorized possession of the case management system that he himself helped build when he was with the federal government.

While he had no intent to harm anyone, in fact he was trying to build a better system for the government, he understands that his possession of the system and the sensitive data within it as a private citizen was inappropriate and sincerely regrets his error in judgment.”

In 2020, when Edwards was indicted, the DOJ said that he stole the software so that he could sell an enhanced version to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It has also been alleged that he and the second defendant, Murali Yamazula Venkata, reconfigured Edwards’ laptop to upload the stolen software and that they built a testing server at his residence with the software and database.

Edwards has also been accused of having retained software developers in India for the purpose of making the alternative software.

Both Edwards and Venkata were charged with conspiring to steal government property, stealing government property, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and aiding and abetting.

Venkata was additional charged with destruction of government records, to which he also pleaded not guilty. The DOJ report stated that Edwards would be sentenced at a later date.

A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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Report: Biden administration financially supporting Palestinian program that pays families of terrorists

January 11th, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C.- A report by Maurice Hirsch at the Palestinian Media Watch charges that Biden is funding the Palestinian Authority’s “pay-for-slay” program, which is allegedly funding for terrorists or their families when they kill innocent people and are caught or killed, by a back door that circumvents federal law.

According to the report:

“While the U.S. administration is prevented from providing direct aid to the PA, according to PA Minister of Finance Shukri Bishar’s adviser Stephan Salameh, for 2022 the U.S. has promised at least $225 million worth of financial aid to the Palestinians.”

Direct aid is prohibited by the Taylor Force Act.

Force was a West Point graduate and veteran of tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist while walking along the promenade in Tel Aviv.

The report stated that the terrorist was killed at the scene, before he could murder other innocent people.

The report added:

“To this day, the Palestinian Authority pays a monthly allowance for life to the family of Taylor’s murderer, simply because the terrorist was killed during his murderous terror attack.”

Allegedly, millions of dollars more, every month, are paid by the PA to “terrorist prisoners, released terrorists, wounded terrorists, and the families of dead terrorists,” and this is known as the PA’s “pay-for-slay” program.

In 2018, Congress adopted the Taylor Force Act, banning the Economic Support Fund help, which is the largest section of U.S. funding to the PA.

The law reportedly conditioned ESF help on the end of that.

However, the PA has continued spending hundreds of millions of dollars on “terror rewards,” including more than $32,000 to the family of the killer of Force.

According to the report, the U.S. cannot provide direct aid to the PA, however, Salameh confirmed that the U.S. has still promised $225 million in help.

Salameh explained that the money will be “allocated to development projects.”

The report said that this openly violates the spirit of the law because the PA is the recipient of the money and “development projects” is just a euphemism “for projects that the PA needs to fund from its own budget, but will now be funded by the U.S. administration, thereby freeing up the PA’s own funds to continued rewarding terrorists.”

The report added:

“The U.S. administration’s looking for loopholes in order to bypass the TFA desecrates Taylor’s memory.”

The report also stated:

“As Palestinian Media Watch has already reported, the U.S. aid to the Palestinians is limited not only due to TFA.

In addition to TFA, U.S. law from 2014 prevents providing the PA with ESF aid if it initiates ‘an International Criminal Court judicially authorized investigation or actively support such an investigation, that subjects Israeli nationals to an investigation for alleged crimes against Palestinians.’”

The report said:

“Since the PA did indeed initiate and is actively supporting such an investigation, the U.S. is clearly prohibited from providing any ESF aid to the Palestinians.”

Taylor Force loyally and proudly served the U.S. He was murdered simply because his murderer thought he was a Jew. Now, directly or indirectly, the U.S. is providing aid and enabling the PA to pay monthly terror rewards to the family of Taylor’s murderer. 

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Funding terrorists? Biden administration reportedly wants to release money to the Taliban

December 26th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – Recent news reports from Khaama Press, an Afghanistan News Agency, reported that the Biden Administration was considering unfreezing Afghanistan’s financial assets so that they could be accessed by the known terrorist group that overtook the country, the Taliban.

Afghanistan had its assets frozen by the United States when it became clear that the country would fall. The reason was to prevent the Taliban from ever getting access to those funds and potentially funding more terrorist activities.

However, that could all change if a report published by the Khaama Press is at all accurate.

On December 21st, the media group published a report that they had allegedly learned from the BBC that an unnamed United States official reported the Biden Administration is prepared to release at least a portion of the frozen assets.

According to the Khaama Press:

“The [BBC] source has said that the US administration has held a meeting in which easing sanctions on Afghanistan has been discussed in order to allow international aid organizations to deliver humanitarian aids to Afghanistan.”

They note that the news of this supposed release of financial aid comes at the heels of an OIC session on Afghanistan that had ended in Islamabad where it was decided that humanitarian aids would be sent to the country immediately to “prevent the economic collapse of the country.”

They note that the news came as the US Special Representative to Afghanistan, Thomas West, allegedly met in private with the Taliban’s foreign minister, Amir Khan Motaq, a report that cannot be confirmed.

While this news cannot be independently verified in any manner, it is interesting to note that the State Department spokesman, Ned Price, spoke to reporters about the terrorist country on December 20th. Price said:

“When it comes to humanitarian assistance, the United States is the global leader…We have provided, since August, $208 million alone, we provided nearly $475 million over the course of this year.

We have taken other steps as a government to do what we can to facilitate the provision of additional humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.

“We are working with various UN bodies, including the UNDP, to find creative ways that we can infuse not only humanitarian aid but also liquidity into the Afghan economy…Thomas West was recently in Pakistan, where he attended a meeting of the OIC.

And the OIC recently announced in the context of that meeting the establishment of a trust fund, which will provide another important tool to provide money to the people of Afghanistan.”

While providing humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan that are subjected to the violent and bloody rule of the terrorist organization, the Taliban, seems noble… how is it that the United States and other countries plan on ensuring the people, not the terrorists, receive the money?

An even better question would be how does any country that provides financial assistance to the terrorist organization ensure that those funds are not used to fund terrorist activities?

Of course, the questions are rhetorical in nature as they most likely will never be asked by political leaders of any country. However, that has not stopped progressives and Democrats from calling on the Biden Administration to release the funds.

Democratic leaders, Pramila Jayapal, Jamaal Bowman, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Cori Bush authored a letter to Democratic President Joe Biden urging for the release of funds to the terrorist organization.

The letter states in part:

“As you transition into a new phase of our relationship with the country and people of Afghanistan, we stand with American allies and humanitarian experts in urging the United States to avoid harsh economic measures that will directly harm Afghan families and children.

This means conscientiously but urgently modifying current U.S. policy regarding the freeze of Afghanistan’s foreign reserves and ongoing sanctions.”

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Report: Afghan refugees under Biden get free food, housing, $2275, but questionable vetting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Under the Biden administration, thousands of Afghans transported to the United States are receiving free food, housing, and $2,275 in federal aid, along with questionable vetting.

According to the Washington Post, as Afghan refugee families are moved from temporary housing and care on military bases to cities throughout the United States, resettlement agencies are struggling to keep up with the volume of families waiting for permanent housing and additional aid.

 

KTRH NewsRadio reports that the White House has provided a “loose” estimate of 95,000 Afghans total coming into the United States.

The Washington Post notes:

“Federal officials say they are working to spread the evacuees to different parts of the country as they begin to shut down the temporary housing camps at seven military bases that are still home to 34,000 Afghans. 

“The process is expected to be completed by mid-February.”

In some areas of the country, Oklahoma for instance, resettled refugees are being offered “free housing” to relocate there.

The Post adds:

“The evacuees are each entitled to receive $2,275 in federal support that is meant to cover housing costs, job training and other expenses over a three-month period once they are matched with a resettlement agency.”

Funding for such expenses is covered nationally by massive dollar amounts earmarked for Afghan refugees.

As we previously reported, Congress has now authorized a total of $13.3 billion for the Biden administration to settle Afghans in the United States.

Other areas of the country are working on additional local funding for Afghan refugees.

For example, according to Breitbart, New York taxpayers will be covering at least $5 million in relocation expenses, after Governor Kathy Hochul (D) earmarked an additional $2 million for that purpose.

 

Also for example, in Oregon, Yahoo News reports that SB5561, passed on December 13, 2021, will “support Afghan individuals and families with housing, education, legal aid, job training and culturally-specific support as they settle in the state.”

The news outlet goes on to note:

“Of that $18 million, $5.25 million has been earmarked for short-term food and shelter, $2.9 million will support case management services, $5.9 million will be for rental assistance and $2.89 million is for immigration and legal services. 

“An additional $807,600 will be available for culturally specific assistance and interpretation classes.”

These costly efforts are not without criticism, especially given the question of vetting, or possible lack thereof, of these Afghan refugees.

According to Breitbart, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that “not all” of the thousands of Afghan refugees entering the country have been interviewed by federal law enforcement, even though that is “standard vetting protocol.”

Ira Mehlman, spokesperson for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, recently told KTRH NewsRadio:

“We need to be concerned about the fact we really don’t know who is has gotten out of Afghanistan. And at the same time, we need to be doubly concerned about the growing humanitarian crisis in that country.”

He added:

“We have no idea for the most part who those people are.”

Mehlman continued:

”Most of them no doubt are just decent people who understandably wanted to get out of there. But as we’ve learned at a very high cost, it only takes a few people to cause an awful lot of trouble.”

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton echoed these sentiments.

Noting that the “federal government has not shared its vetting procedures with Texas,” Paxton told Alex Marlow:

“We don’t have any confidence in the Biden administration [to vet Afghan migrants].”

 

He continued:

“When you look at the border and how they’re just inviting people to come across … obviously the cartels are involved in every transaction, because you have to pay them to get across the border….

“We’ve got the Biden administration helping the cartels, helping them import drugs, helping them import COVID into our state, helping them import sex trafficking and other human trafficking…. and yet here we are with the Afghan refugees.”

Paxton went on to say:

“I don’t know that we’ll vet [Afghan refugees] at all. I think it’ll just be whatever the federal government says they’ve done. We won’t really know if it’s true. 

“We won’t even know if they’ve done anything, and so, they’ll be dropped wherever the federal government wants to drop them, and they’ll disappear into our society. 

“We’ll never know, until something bad happens, if we have a terrorist.”

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