According to a new report, Secret Service agents assigned to the security details of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are involved in a bizarre corruption and infiltration scheme operated by a pair of bogus federal agents.
At least four Secret Service members were compromised by suspected conspirators Arian Taherzadeh and Haider Ali, according to a filing filed Friday by federal prosecutors. Authorities say Ali bragged about his ties to Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency and his passport showed recent trips to Iran and Pakistan.
Prosecutors say a compromised Secret Service agent was assigned to first lady Jill Biden’s security detail. RealClearPolitics reported on Friday that members of the president and contact details for Harris were also implicated.
Secret Service agents typically go over different details over time and it’s unclear who the agents were assigned to protect when FBI agents raided a southeast DC apartment building on Wednesday evening and arrested Taherzadeh and Ali.
The precise purpose of the men is still unclear, but disturbing details are emerging.
Taherzadeh and Ali, operating out of five units in a luxury apartment building in DC’s Navy Yard neighborhood, allegedly told their targets they were working on covert investigations into last year’s Capitol riot as well as anti-gang undercover work. They claimed to be special agents from the Department of Homeland Security’s nonexistent U.S. Police Special Investigative Unit.
The men dispatched Secret Service agents and at least one Department of Homeland Security official with gifts and free rent – and even shot one of their dummy unit ‘candidates’ with an Airsoft rifle “to assess their pain tolerance and reaction,” according to court documents.
Taherzadeh, who is not allowed to own firearms due to a 2013 domestic violence conviction, spoke to interrogators after being arrested this week, according to Friday’s filing requesting that he and Ali be held in custody. awaiting their trial.
The men reportedly obtained access codes to all units in the building and claimed to be able to monitor residents’ cellphones. Many journalists, government workers, and members of Congress live in or near the building.
“Taherzadeh said Ali had obtained electronic access codes and a list of all tenants in the apartment complex. Taherzadeh further stated that Ali was the person who funded most of their day-to-day operations, but Taherzadeh did not know the source of the funds,” the new filing states.
Authorities say they seized firearms, sniper scopes, a drone, police lights, protective vests, gas masks, ‘breach equipment’, ISIS insignia order and materials to make fake IDs.
The scandal is likely to reverberate in Washington as additional details emerge. Years of aggressive congressional scrutiny followed the 2012 scandal involving Secret Service agents who had fun with prostitutes during then-President Barack Obama’s trip to Colombia.
Authorities say Taherzadeh and Ali “compromised United States Secret Service (USSS) personnel involved in protection details and having access to the White House complex by showering them with gifts, including rent-free living.”
A member of the Secret Service was allowed by the men to live rent-free in a penthouse with a market cost of more than $40,000 from February 2021 to January 2022 – while the rent of another federal agent in charge of the Law enforcement in the building was also covered, authorities said.
A court filing released Wednesday said Taherzadeh “provided members of the United States Secret Service (USSS) and a DHS employee, among other things, with rent-free apartments… iPhones, surveillance systems, a drone , a flat screen TV, a case to store an assault rifle, a generator and law enforcement accessories.
The alleged conspirators also “offered these individuals to use what Taherzadeh represented as ‘official government vehicles'” and allegedly “offered to purchase a $2,000 assault rifle from an assigned United Secret Service agent.” to the First Lady’s protective service.
The four Secret Service agents are currently on leave, according to prosecutors.
The incredible plot was uncovered by chance when someone assaulted a postman and the residents of the building told an American postal inspector that they should consult Taherzadeh and Ali. The postal inspector became suspicious and notified the DHS Inspector General’s Office, which in turn alerted the FBI.