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Compromising the Secret Service #177942
04/10/2022 12:52 PM
04/10/2022 12:52 PM
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For days now, it's been all over the news. Two men, apparently from Pakistan but maybe from Iran or some other place, posed as Homeland Security agents and gave lavishly to at least four Secret Service agents. Clearly, they were well financed:

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...Taherzadeh is accused of providing Secret Service officers and agents with rent-free apartments — including a penthouse worth over $40,000 a year — along with iPhones, surveillance systems, a drone, flat screen television, a generator, gun case and other policing tools, according to court documents.

He also offered to let them use a black GMC SUV that he identified as an “official government vehicle,” prosecutors say. In one instance, Taherzadeh offered to purchase a $2,000 assault rifle for a Secret Service agent who is assigned to protect the first lady....


And they were heavily armed:

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...Law enforcement also recovered a rifle scope, tactical gear and storage equipment, clothing and patches with police insignias, handheld radios, a high-end drone, a gas mask, handcuffs, zip ties, breaching equipment, a cleaning kit for firearms, an ultraviolet flashlight, an RF-GS k18 which is used to locate hidden cameras, microphones and RF transmitters (e.g. vehicle trackers) computer server with two modules, an encrypted portable hard drive, antennas, and a firearms holster mounted and hidden under a desk.***

And they procured, stored, and used all the tools of law enforcement and covert tradecraft: weaponry, including firearms, scopes, and brass knuckles; surveillance equipment, including a drone, antennae, hard drives, and hard drive copying equipment; tools to manufacture identities, including a machine to create Personal Identification Verification (PIV) cards and passport photographs; and tactical gear, including vests, gas masks, breach equipment, police lights, and various law enforcement insignia....


That's a lot of stuff. I'm fairly well armed myself, but I've never seen the need for brass knuckles. Clearly, someone was planning to do something. But who? And what?

I hate to say it, but I'm guessing this is going to get swept under the rug. Like the Chinese spy who was Dianne Feinstein's driver, and the Chinese spy Fang Fang who had an "affair" (cough cough) with Eric Swalwell, some of the answers will probably be too embarrassing to someone.

Onward and upward,
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Re: Compromising the Secret Service [Re: airforce] #177952
04/12/2022 06:54 PM
04/12/2022 06:54 PM
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Arian Taherzadeh and Haider Ali will be released from jail. According to the judge, the government failed to show the two men are flight risks.

No, I don't understand this either.

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The two men accused of impersonating federal agents will be released from jail, a federal judge ruled Tuesday after three days of marathon hearings where prosecutors and defense lawyers clashed over whether the men were operatives of a hostile government.
Magistrate Judge Michael Harvey said the Justice Department had not met the legal standard required to keep either Arian Taherzadeh or Haider Ali in jail.
"There is no evidence of foreign ties in this case," Harvey said, adding that there was no "suggestion that any foreign government that is hostile to the United States" was involved in the alleged plot.

Prosecutors had argued that both men posed a danger to the community because of the cache of weapons investigators found at their Washington, DC, residence. They also argued that Taherzadeh had deleted evidence on his social media page and may try to further obstruct the investigation, and that Ali posed a flight risk.

US Secret Service members stationed at the White House, on the first lady's security detail and at the vice president's residence were connected to two men arrested last week for allegedly impersonating Homeland Security agents, prosecutors said Tuesday at a federal court hearing.

During Tuesday's hearing, prosecutors didn't provide any further information on what, if anything, Ali and Taherzadeh received from the federal agents they interacted with, nor did they suggest what the men's intentions were in befriending the agents. Lawyers for both defendants deny that their clients were part of an intelligence operation to influence US officials.
At least four members of the Secret Service have been placed on leave pending investigations....


Onward and upward,
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