An Alleged Muslim Spy Ring - Is This Why Rex Tillerson Cleaned House?

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Submitted by Duan via Free Market Shooter blog,

Shortly after Trump took office, and before Rex Tillerson was even confirmed as Secretary of State, a slew of State Department officials were removed from their positions (or were forced to resign) as part of an effort to “clean house” at the State Department.  The whole affair was haphazardly covered by the media, especially by Jeff Bezos’s blog, which insinuated that the departures were “an ongoing mass exodus of senior Foreign Service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era.”

Further analysis revealed that the officials were actually removed from their positions shortly after Tillerson visited the State Department office in Foggy Bottom prior to his confirmation:

“Any implication that that these four people quit is wrong,” one senior State Department official said. “These people are loyal to the secretary, the President and to the State Department. There is just not any attempt here to dis the President. People are not quitting and running away in disgust. This is the White House cleaning house.”

And, just a few weeks after the fact, it appears we know why Tillerson was so quick to purge existing staffers: he just didn’t trust them.  It also appears his mistrust was more than justified.

On January 29th, United States Special Forces executed an operation inside Yemen, against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), with the aim of gathering intelligence and killing leaders of the group.  The raid was planned under the Obama administration, but the decision to execute the raid was “punted” to Trump, using the pretext of waiting for a “low loom” (moonless) night to execute the raid with maximum secrecy:

While the operation had been proposed, it was never green-lighted. Kahl said Obama felt going the mission would mark a “significant escalation” in Yemen and should be left to the next administration to decide.


“Obama … believed this represented a significant escalation of U.S. involvement in Yemen, and therefore … thought the next administration should take a careful look and run a careful process,” he told the WSJ.

In addition, defense officials expected the Trump administration to be more willing to approve dangerous missions, something that was almost certainly known by any remaining personnel who stayed on after Obama left office:

While seemingly indicative of a more aggressive stance by Trump, one official described the raid and new proposal as an outgrowth of earlier Obama-era operations that have pushed al-Qaida militants from their sanctuaries into areas and provided more opportunities for U.S. strikes.


“We expect an easier approval cycle [for operations] under this administration,” another defense official said.

Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens

Though the Trump administration attempted to push the raid as a success, at very best, the mission was anything but, resulting in the death of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, as well as injuries to three other servicemen. While the commandos did everything necessary to maintain the element of surprise, it appears as though AQAP adversaries on the ground had advance warning of the attack:

“Initial reports are always wrong, but it doesn’t appear to be a failure of planning or intelligence,” said the former special forces officer.


Almost immediately, the raiding force on the ground took intense fire, according to the briefing paper and a senior military official. Occupants of the targeted house and its compound, along with their guard force, moved to a separate cluster of houses nearby where families, including women and children, were staying. Armed women fired on the U.S. and Emirati forces.


“There were a lot of female combatants who were part of this,” said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, the Pentagon’s chief spokesman, on Monday. “We saw during this operation, as it was taking place, that female fighters ran to pre-established positions — as though they had trained to be ready, and trained to be combatants — and engaged with us.”

While most know about the Yemen raid, most do not know about the dismissal of the three Aman brothers, Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan.  On February 2nd, they were abruptly removed from their positions of managing information technology for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  Though they were initially suspected merely of stealing equipment, a connection with the previously-hacked computers of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) revealed something far more sinister:

Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.

As Mad World News reported, the Aman brothers were hired by the Obama administration, and access to top secret information regarding military operationsThe committees they allegedly worked for had access to “the most sensitive and secretive government intelligence, including covert anti-terrorism activity… including the Yemen operation”:

The House Oversight Committee

The brothers were assigned access to three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs along with dozens of congressmen who employed the suspects on a shared basis.  This gave them direct access to our military secrets, like missions carried out by Navy SEAL Team Six.


They retained their jobs after Obama left, which is not unheard of since their positions were not seen as political appointments.  However, they were fired by Trump’s administration within hours after Navy SEAL William Ryan Owens was killed in Yemen during the top secret raid on Al-Qaeda operatives. 

So, in case you’ve gotten lost, here’s a recap of the timeline of events:

  • Jan 20 – Trump takes office, and DoD officials are expecting him to be more willing to approve dangerous missions
  • Jan 26 – Rex Tillerson visits State Department headquarters prior to his confirmation, and either terminates or forces the resignation of many existing State Department personnel
  • Jan 29 – The botched Yemen raid is executed, resulting in the death of Navy SEAL Owens
  • Feb 1 – Rex Tillerson is confirmed by President Trump as Secretary of State
  • Feb 2 – The Awan brothers are terminated on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission

As Mad World News previously stated,

“…it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to connect the dots.  The firing of the Awan brothers is linked to the Yemen raid where al-Qaeda knew we were coming, and it tragically ended with Navy SEAL Owens being killed in action.” 

The mainstream media seemed far more interested in obfuscating the details regarding the Tillerson terminations than they were in covering what could be one of the most dangerous intelligence leaks in years, of which there has been but a peep out of any major news outlet.  Captain Joseph R. John (Navy-Ret.) has stated that he believes the Muslim Brotherhood “fifth column” has “infiltrated U.S. Government,” and if he is correct, the Awan brothers could very well be a part of this infiltration.

Yet, there as been but a peep of information about the Awan brothers from nearly all major news outlets.  Are they in jail?  What are they accused of?  Does the Trump administration suspect them of leaking details about military operations to terrorist organizations?  And most importantly, if so, did these three men directly or indirectly contribute to the death of Owens during the Yemen raid?

One thing is for certain – as Politico seemed to take delight in stating, “Trying to nail down who the leakers are is like trying to count the cockroaches under the couch.”  However, it seems most of the “leaks” are coming from Obama holdovers.  Which makes Tillerson’s “cleaning house” look like not just the correct move, it leaves you wondering if he did enough cleaning house.

Just don’t expect to hear that from the mainstream media anytime soon.

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kavlar's picture
kavlar (not verified) Feb 11, 2017 10:27 PM

What about this SPY RING?

"I want Netanyahu to begin telling the truth, what the involvement of Israel was in 9/11. Over 134 Mossad operatives were picked up on 9/11. The FBI picked them up [and] debriefed them." - Dr. Steve Pieczenik, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.

Israel did 9/11. Everything about Muslim this, Muslim that is misdirection.

techies-r-us's picture
techies-r-us (not verified) kavlar Feb 11, 2017 10:30 PM

Agree 1000%. US is Israeli-controlled territory.

lexxus's picture
lexxus (not verified) stizazz Feb 11, 2017 10:35 PM

It's time Israel goes the way of Sparta - that idealized city-state that now has only ruins to show for.

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) lexxus Feb 11, 2017 10:35 PM

Let's get it on.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) Stackers Feb 11, 2017 11:08 PM

DO IT FAST DONALD. BLITZ-DEPORT them so they can't start chimping out.

Just look at France what cesspool has become from too much "multiculturalization"

Chimping out in France: Cars set Alight in Paris Suburb During Anti-Police Protest

Arnold's picture

What's the Boss gonna do for the next 3.5 years?


nmewn's picture

As I understand it, these "IT experts" also worked on Debbie Wassername-Schultz's computers.

Oh no nmewn, what the hell can you possibly be thinking?! Clearly, beyond any shadow of a doubt...

The Russians did it! ;-)

Arnold's picture

The past masters of the slow roll seem to be over run.

Damn some of this aught to make a Head Line News  24 hour cycle, doncha think?

nmewn's picture

They are definitely trying to quash this one as it goes against most (if not all) false narratives they've created for public consumption.

False Narrative: Hillary was the more competent candidate! - No, she purposely setup & ran an unsecured personal network and used it for government business.

False Narrative: The Russians hacked the DNC! - No, according to the dims own sources a phishing email was clicked on that could have been sent by anyone.

False Narrative: Non-citizens have the same rights we do! - No, we have applications for citizenship, visa's and valid passport requirement like every other country.

False Narrative: Foreigners intuitively understand western culture & values! - No, someone raised in an authoritarian environment would think it natural, normal.

False Narrative: We need immigrants for our IT work! - No, actually an American named Al Gore invented the internet ;-)

CNONC's picture

They are trying to quash it right here on zerohedge.  10 posts down before the first one (yours) relevant to the topic.  That is an example of thread hijacking.  Pay attention to posters who do this, so that you know who they are. Like in any gathering of anti government types, the first one to propose violence is probably the FBI informant, here, these posters are the plants.

gonetogalt's picture

AcTually, most of those posts are from the same dick wad who loves to jam up threads...same guy.

Arnold's picture

The Gentleperson's Guide To Forum Spies (spooks, feds, etc.)

Manthong's picture

Does the administration have to be smacked in the face with a mackerel to investigate for treason?

The tracks are there.

The NSA knows.

Make them give up the big black fish and the Iranian Rasputin



It’s hard to drain the swamp unless you kill the alligators.


nmewn's picture

Yeah, the Johnny-One-Notes...most from the same guy.

While I understand the undo influence any minority ethnic/religion/culture can have on a society, to slam a post not even remotely connected to zionism or Israel or jooo's with unconnected comments shows how rabid at least one of them is...I look at it as a simple deflection from the topic at hand, namely, democratz being idiots.

No doubt I will now be "persecuted" (lol) as some fifth columnist communist rabbi or goyim? (is that how one says it?) or whatever other tripe can be dreamt up but I do relish the fights ;-)

New_Meat's picture

"undo influence" <--I saw what you did there ;-)

nmewn's picture

Yeah, I recognize it, I know what parts of it exist (the Frankfurt School of central planners, for example) and the parts that are not of that, along with its antithetical nature to my own. One doesn't get to be a 57yr old, moderately successful Floridian mutt being your own man, owing nothing to any pandering statist or anyone else very easily or by complete accident.

It takes about 40yrs of iron will & determination.

Yes, there are a few of us left and it only takes a few ;-)

Tejano's picture

Who would hire the Sand Nigger brothers for sensitive IT work? How unbelievably stupid. I wouldn't let there three anywhere near my network. Anybody that did should be euthanized. Dumbshits.

chz wiz 007's picture

Wish you wouldn't use those terms.  Middle Eastern sounds better and everyone know you are really talking about the sand people.  You will also be more effective in gettng your message out.  Just sayin'.

new game's picture

hey, what if we wern't there? da, would any americans be dead? wtf. what if we told SA to fuck off? da...

then turn to izzy and said we are done with your mid east conquest. they are purging gaza, ya, da. withdraw 32 billion aid over next 10 years.

it goes very deep. since i know none of this will happen, same old shit. trump really can't do much or his head will be on a stick. And then there is the MIC, hmmm.

and, folks, that is the way it is...

nmewn's picture

Well, personally I don't think we should "be there" to the extent "we are" either. 

Of course the Ottomans had "no right to be there" either...or the Romans...or Alexander or Genghis Khan or Muhammad's follow-on nutcases Rashidun & Umayyad for that matter.

But it is nice that we can all sit around in no fear of the authoritarian knock on the door and discuss the power and privilege of empire so dispassionately, isn't it? ;-)

Kayman's picture

2 reasons for the U.S. in the Middle East. Oil and Israel. Over time oil is becoming less of a reason.  And it would be cheaper to move all Palestinians and Israelis out of the Middle East and transplant Hindus.

Israel is and remains a conundrum-damned if you do, damned if you don't. 

nmewn's picture

Well, I'm not sure how much oil (on aggregate, without looking) we (meaning America) get out of the ME these days but the last time I looked most of it was heading toward the east...toward India, Japan, China etc.

As far as Israel goes, she is just as fanatical about staying a sovereign nation as her enemies around her are in wishing to destroy her. Its the mutually assured destruction policy all over again, just on a smaller scale, she has the power and the will to destroy any who would end her life.

Its not a defense or a slam of Israel (I'm completely neutral on the subject, no dog in the fight) its just an observable statement of fact...they will nuke an adversary into the Stone Age if they need or even wants to. So it will be stalemate yet again, the mullahs not really wanting to die a horrible death anymore than the rabbis do, they both apparently want others to die for them ;-)

New_Meat's picture

With Japan's nuclear plants shut down after Fukishima Daichi's accidents they are highly depending upon natural gas from inside the SoH.  Like economic collapsing dependant.  And also can look at the historical bottling up of Russia, that goes back centuries.

There's a reason that KGB has been fomenting discord in Egypt, the Lebanon, Syria for all these years. '67 and '73 wars don't happen without USSR fomenting strife.

- Ned

musimann's picture

Blessed if we don't I think. They could attack us again like they did on 9/11. They are dumb enough to try it again then we got 'em by the matza balls.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Arnold Feb 12, 2017 8:38 PM

They are going to sabotage everything.

Clean out that white house, butlers gotta go.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Thats a very good question.

kommissar's picture

who?? oh, yeah: mrs carlos danger. gotcha.  

drain that swamp trumpsters!!

shovelhead's picture


Initials are M B . Any wild guesses?

11b40's picture


Good question, but are you trying to shift the narrative away from discussion of the Jews?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Mano-A-Mano Feb 11, 2017 10:52 PM

Obama is a terrorist Jew.

This Obama is a Muslim crap is just that, crap.

His mother was a CIA Jew.

Degree in anthropology

Marry men of color

Child out of wedlock

all in the Leave it to Beaver era.

Are you kidding me, she worked for the World Bank setting up micro loans in Indonesia, where the interest rate is like 200%.

Worked with Geithners father.

Jews in Chicago "Obama is the first Jewish President"


TahoeBilly2012's picture

Certain he is/was something that is not quite right. 

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) TahoeBilly2012 Feb 11, 2017 11:59 PM

The fake story of the Muslim Kenyan father is a lie.

It emerged after Barck Obama Sr. was dead.

There is no real evidence they even knew each other.

It was to in the future paint him as a Muslim. Obama was crafted by the CIA

for a certain time and groomed. His education was to make him a master orator.

He studied MLK. I talked to a black guy who was cleaning the streets in SF as public service and I said this to him.

He said "I hear that sing/song MLK in his voice, he was trained to do that.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

""I hear that sing/song MLK in his voice,"

I heard that too.

ThanksChump's picture

It's called "preacher cadence". A form of hypnotism that many preacher/parson schools teach because it works.

Using cadence, convincing masses that "the US economy ... is enjoying a strong ... and, make no mistake, sustainable ... recovery" is just as easy as convincing masses that "and ... on that third day ... He arose from the dead".

If you're selling ideas that require a total suspension of rational thought, hire a preacher. 

Breezy47's picture

Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Breezy,

Exactly! NLP and Gas Lighting the masses. A volatile combination. Add to that list, MK ULTRA Mind Control Programming via False Narratives, Propaganda trough Presstitute's / PsyOps & viola! An Indoctrinated person under hypnosis with a false perception of reality.

observer2017's picture

Off topic.

Why are you using the image of Bob Dobbs which is also used by the church of the sub-genius?

New_Meat's picture

except when Hillary "I ain't no ways tared" Clinton tries it.  Then the shrewish tonex claw through the gossimar threads of suspension and the disbelief is "OMFG, she's gonna' be president"

Fred C Dobbs's picture

Some folk think he is a liar, phony and a con man. 



ThanksChump's picture

Who, exactly, hired these IT guys?

Who vouched for them?


Those are the real enemies. Anyone recommending a Middle Eastern or Indian for serious IT work has an ulterior motive and, if you're gullible enough to listen, you deserve what you get.


"House Intelligence Committee"... Snork.

shovelhead's picture


"Let's hire these Arab guys to handle our secret documents. What's wrong with that idea?"

"Sounds very secure to me."

Kayman's picture

"Who vouched for them?"  The Affirmative Action Committee, of course.

WeekendAtBernankes's picture

Oldest brother had two years of experience getting paid 157k/yr. Median salary for IT Admin in Congress: 50k. He was highest paid person of all his (Democrat) Rep's staffers, including her Chief of Staff. The question is how and why? Were they all employed as a political favor in return for a large donation from anyone in particular? This should be investigated further.

eatthebanksters's picture

I may not be a fan of Obama, but this is tripe...where do you come up with this bullshit?