By Paul Sperry for RealClearInvestigations
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has once again shown its impeccable taste in choosing contractors, as it recently awarded a contract to Booz Allen Hamilton, the very same Washington firm that employed the cyber-thief responsible for stealing and leaking private tax returns. Talk about irony!
Let’s rewind to 2018 when Charles “Chaz” Littlejohn, also known as your friendly neighborhood cyber-thief, was working on an IRS contract for Booz Allen. In a bold move, he decided to steal more than two decades of former President Trump’s personal tax records from IRS computers. But Chaz didn’t stop there; he then leaked them to none other than the New York Times because who doesn’t love negative stories about Trump’s finances?
Fast forward to after the election, where Chaz continued his merry spree by leaking sensitive IRS data on Elon Musk and Michael Bloomberg, among others, to ProPublica. The left-leaning news site used this juicy information to write their series called “The Secret IRS Files,” revealing how the super-rich use loopholes and tricks to avoid paying taxes. Congressional Democrats eagerly jumped on this bandwagon in their push for higher taxes on the wealthy.
Now you might be wondering: how did this all happen under the watchful eye of Booz Allen? Well, it turns out they have quite a colorful history themselves. For starters, they employed James Clapper during Obama’s reign as intelligence czar – you know, one of those guys involved in suppressing information about Biden and his son just weeks before the 2020 election.
But wait! There’s more! At least two Obama administration alumni are proudly sitting on Booz Allen’s board of directors. And if that wasn’t enough political flavoring for you already – hold onto your seats – President Clinton’s very own IRS commissioner holds a seat there too!
With such deep ties to high-profile Democrats, can we really be surprised that Booz Allen contributed a grand total of $238,776 to Joe Biden during the 2020 election cycle? They sure know how to follow the money.
Now here’s where things get even juicier: this summer, federal investigators were closing in on Littlejohn when the Biden administration decided it would be an excellent time to rehire his former employer. Booz Allen was awarded a contract with a jaw-dropping value of up to $2.6 billion to help overhaul the IRS’s IT operations. Coincidence? I think not!
And here comes the kicker – both the Justice Department and Treasury Department have gone out of their way NOT to name Booz Allen as Chaz Littlejohn’s employer in court papers and press releases about the case. As if they want us all playing some kind of guessing game! But let me save you some trouble; yes, it is indeed Booz Allen Hamilton.
It’s pretty amusing how little effort was made by mainstream media outlets like the New York Times and Politico to connect these dots for their readers. They conveniently labeled Littlejohn as just an “IRS Contractor,” leaving out crucial information about his connection with Booz Allen – guess that tidbit didn’t quite fit their agenda.
If you’re skeptical about all this shady business going on (I don’t blame you), just do a quick internet search! It won’t take long for you to discover that Littlejohn was described as “an associate” with none other than Booz Allen Hamilton’s finance and economic development practice back in 2018.
But hey, why focus on past security breaches when there are new adventures waiting? Remember Edward Snowden? Yeah, he worked at Booz Allen too before fleeing with thousands of top-secret documents from the National Security Agency. He went all-in by leaking them to journalists, exposing anti-terror surveillance programs worldwide (and then sought refuge in Russia – bet you didn’t see that twist coming!).
Oh, and let’s not forget Harold Martin III, another Booz Allen computer analyst who was arrested for stealing more data from the NSA. It seems like Booz Allen doesn’t mind hiring individuals with a knack for collecting confidential information.
But despite this sketchy history of security breaches, the IRS thought it wise to entrust Booz Allen with modernizing its computer system. Because really, why bother looking elsewhere when you can hire a contractor with such an impeccable track record? In their defense (sort of), the IRS did tighten security after Littlejohn’s leak. But hey, we all know actions speak louder than words.
So there you have it – one big happy family where cyber-thieves and government contractors live in perfect harmony. The moral of the story? When it comes to choosing contractors responsible for protecting sensitive government information, apparently anything goes!