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Rep. Devin Nunes rebukes FBI, DOJ objections to his plan to #ReleaseTheMemo

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The chairman of the House Permanent Select on Intelligence issued a statement Wednesday dismissing objections from the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding the four-page memorandum the committee developed to document FBI abuses during the 2016 political cycle.

“Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies,” said Rep. Devin G. Nunes (R.-Calif.), who has criticized how President Barack Obama’s administration exploited the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor its political opponents.

Nunes said the FBI is well aware of how it has tried to slow-walk the committee’s investigations.

“The FBI is intimately familiar with ‘material omissions’ with respect to their presentations to both Congress and the courts, and they are welcome to make public, to the greatest extent possible, all the information they have on these abuses,” he said.

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Although the House intel committee voted Monday to release the memo to the public, the committee’s own rules give the president five days to block a release of committee documents that rely on classified materials.

When President Donald J. Trump left the House chamber Tuesday after his State of the Union address, he told Rep. Jeffery D. Duncan (R.-S.C.) that it was “100 percent” certain that he would approve the memo’s release.

Nunes also said that he is concerned that the FBI and DOJ used the so-called “Steele Dossier” to justify its surveillance program. This dossier was crafted by Christopher Steele, a veteran of British intelligence service, as an opposition research file focused on Trump and his suspected links to the Russian government that was paid for by the presidential campaign of Hillary R. Clinton.

“Regardless, it’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign,” Nunes said.

“Once the truth gets out, we can begin taking steps to ensure our intelligence agencies and courts are never misused like this again.”

 

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New York Man Pleads Guilty To Supporting and Trying To Join ISIS

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A New York has pleaded guilty in Federal Court to helping ISIS, according to the US attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Parveg Ahmed, a Muslim man, plead guilty before Judge Ann Donnelly on June 20 to one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

“I tried to travel to a land controlled by an organization which the US government has deemed a Foreign Terrorist Organization,” Ahmed told the court. “I knew it was deemed a Foreign Terrorist Organization. That’s my crime, traveling there.”

In June 2017, Ahmed traveled to Saudi Arabia to celebrate Ramadan, where he then tried to travel to Syria with the intent of joining ISIS. On his way to Syria, Ahmed was detained in the Middle East and was then deported back to the United States two months later. Despite knowing that Ahmed had plans to join ISIS, he was allowed to board a plane back to John F. Kennedy Airport, where he was arrested when he landed in August.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force obtained a search warrant for Ahmed’s personal computer on July 17, 2017. After obtaining a warrant, agents found ISIS propaganda and terrorist recordings of Anwar al-Awalaki, the leader of Al Qaeda on his laptop.

One of Anwar al-Awalaki’s recordings that was found on Ahmed’s laptop was from a sermon in which the terror leader said, “Jihad must continue and fighting must go on until the Final Hour comes. Fighting is only increasing as prescribed by Allah — now it is time to carry the battle to further lands outside of Arab countries.”

According to terror task force agents, Ahmed was also researching ways to erase data on his laptop the day he left for Saudi Arabia. His computer also contained manuals about Jihad, how to join ISIS, and lectures that justified violence and terror against non-believers of Islam in Western countries.

Ahmed will be sentenced in December and is facing up to 20 years in prison.

On Halloween of 2017, an ISIS terrorist who was driving for Uber mowed down a group of pedestrians in a bike lane in Manhattan, New York, killing eight people in an attack he said he carried out for the Islamic State.

In April of 2018, ISIS‘s propaganda wing, the Wafa Media Foundation, released a propaganda poster in which they threatened to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge subway station in New York City.

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