“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

H. A. Goodman Report: Awan Turning On Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Wasserman Schultz Aide Who Fled US Strikes A Deal To Return, Facing Charges

A former staffer for Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who fled to Pakistan while under criminal investigation has struck a deal with federal officials to return to the U.S. to appear at an arraignment.

Two former Democratic staffers, Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi, both face charges of conspiracy and bank fraud. Alvi who has a warrant for her arrest, struck a deal with prosecutors that would allow her to return to the U.S. for a mandatory court date in October, according to new court documents.

“Because the Court has already scheduled defendant Awan’s continued status hearing for October 6, 2017, at 9:15 am, the government respectfully requests that the Court also summon defendant Alvi to appear for her arraignment on that date and time, or at the earliest available date for the Court thereafter,” the document reads.

The FBI arrested Awan after he wired nearly $300,000 to Pakistan and misrepresented the purpose. He had previously wired money to the country and was frantically liquidating multiple real estate properties on the day he was arrested, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group discovered in July.

Alvi moved to Pakistan after learning the family was the subject of a criminal investigation into their work as IT administrators for House Democrats. On the day of Imran’s arrest, the couple accepted a buyer for one house owned by Hina with an asking price of $618,000 (Hawkshead Dr.) and listed another property for sale at $200,000 (Pembrook Village), according to real estate records.
The FBI arrested Awan at Dulles International Airport July 24 as he was preparing to board a flight to Pakistan. When his wife Alvi left the U.S. for Pakistan in March. Federal authorities found more than $12,000 in cash hidden in a suitcase she took to the airport. She withdrew the couple’s three children from their schools and did not intend to return to the U.S., according to the FBI. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide’s Home)

“Defendants AWAN and ALVI did unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly conspire, combine, confederate, and agree with each other to commit offenses against the United States,” including bank fraud, false statements, and unlawful monetary transactions, the court document alleges.

Awan and Alvi are set to see a judge on Oct. 6 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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  1. The Washington National Cathedral announced Wednesday that it would remove two stained-glass windows depicting Confederate generals.

    After a two-year debate, leaders at the Episcopal Cathedral voted Tuesday night to remove the two windows honoring Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, claiming that memorializing them is “a barrier to our important work on racial justice and racial reconciliation,” the Washington Times reported.

    “Whatever their origins, we recognize that these windows are more than benign historical markers. For many of God’s children, they are an obstacle to worship in a sacred space; for some, these and other Confederate memorials serve as lampposts along a path that leads back to racial subjugation and oppression,” the Cathedral said in a statement.

    Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, the head of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; Washington National Cathedral Dean Randolph Marshall Hollerith; and John Donoghue, chairman of the Cathedral Chapter all signed the statement.

    Cathedral spokesman Kevin Eckstrom told the Washington Post that many leaders felt it was necessary to remove the windows because they depicted the Confederate generals as pious Christians.

  2. By the way, anybody know what happened to that billion dollars or whatever it was that went missing from State Department funding when Hillary was running State ?

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  3. An expert in computer technology who was employed by Democrats in Congress for years – but fled to Pakistan to evade criminal charges of bank fraud and conspiracy – has struck a deal with federal officials to return to the U.S. to appear at an arraignment.


    According to the police report, the laptop bag was discovered along with:

    a Pakistani ID card with the name Mohommed Ashraf Awan
    a copy – not original – of a drivers license with name Imran Awan


    Awan was arraigned in federal court Friday. His attorney is Chris Gowen, a high-powered Clinton attorney who asked that Awan’s GPS monitoring bracelet be removed because he works for Uber.

  4. Replies
    1. Must be a hell of a deal.

    2. Then there's this:

      Weeks after denying that Pakistan had an extradition treaty with the United States, the government said on Thursday that the two countries had an accord for return of fugitives as per a 1973 notification.

      “We have an extradition treaty with the US,” Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said at a media briefing.

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