WASHINGTON – As a Customs and Border Protection officer, Philip Haney knew the Obama administration was growing close to leaders of several Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the United States.
He knew that in January 2010, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano met with several American Muslim leaders, including leaders of two Muslim Brotherhood front groups and another known Muslim Brotherhood affiliate.
The meeting was even hosted by the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, which allowed attendees to help develop the nation’s counter-terrorism policy.
But why would the administration willingly partner with the Muslim Brotherhood or any of its affiliates?
At a panel hosted by retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., Saturday, Haney explained the Muslim Brotherhood’s purpose and its objective in North America.
“The motto of the Muslim Brotherhood is wa-a’iddu, which means ‘prepare,'” Haney said. “Prepare for what? Well, the word is derived from Quran 8:60 – l-anfal, ‘the spoils of war’ – in my opinion, the most violent chapter in the entire Quran. Prepare to do what? Prepare to terrify your enemies and to defeat them in war.”
If that is the aim of the Muslim Brotherhood, as emblazoned on the organization’s logo, then Haney has just one question.
“My simple question to the Obama administration is, why would you form an overt political alliance with a group that has stated plainly that they intend to overthrow our form of government and alter or abolish it?” he asked. “Why would you do that?”
Haney, who worked for the Department of Homeland Security from its founding in 2003 until his retirement in 2015, chronicled his experience as a whistleblower in “See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad.”
He was joined on the Values Voter Summit panel by Sebastian Gorka, professor of Strategy and Irregular Warfare of the Institute of World Politics in Washington and the chairman of Threat Knowledge Group, and Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, the founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke at the summit on Friday, and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, spoke after Haney’s panel.
Haney spent years gathering valuable intelligence on the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic organizations. However, in 2009 his superiors ordered him to “modify” critical “linking information” from about 820 records he had entered into CBP’s internal database. They told him they were no longer allowed to have any information in their database that connected Muslim Brotherhood members or affiliates to terrorism.
Haney also spent years gathering intelligence and developing a case on members of an Islamic movement known as Tablighi Jamaat. He told the Values Voter Summit crowd there were 1,200 law enforcement actions taken on this case against 1,600 individuals or organizations affiliated with Tablighi Jamaat. Haney himself was credited with finding 300 individuals affiliated with terrorism related to the movement. Furthermore, he discovered 25 percent of Gitmo detainees were affiliated it.
However, the Obama State Department refused to designate Tablighi Jamaat a terrorist group. In fact, the administration erased all 67 of Haney’s records on this particular case, claiming they violated the civil rights and civil liberties of Muslims.
“The case included individuals that were affiliated with the San Bernardino mosque, Dar Al Uloom Al Islamiya San Bernardino, and therefore my plausible premise is that the [December 2015 San Bernardino] attack could have been stopped or averted,” he said.
“The same with the Fort Pierce Islamic Center [Orlando shooter] Omar Mateen was part of, and his father is the vice president of. That mosque was also part of the same Tablighi Jamaat-Deobandi network.”
Haney felt stinging regret and anger that the Obama administration shut down investigations that could have prevented two massacres.
“Why did they shut them down? That’s what I’m here to ask today,” he told the Values Voter Summit crowd.
Then, addressing the Obama administration, he launched into a series of questions: “Why did you eliminate the records from the system that led directly to the deaths of American citizens? Why are you protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of people like Tashfeen Malik? You said you did not query her social media because you were concerned about her civil rights and civil liberties. Why are you putting the rights of these people above the liberties and safety of American citizens?”
“I’d like you to ask your congressman that,” he implored the crowd.
Haney admitted the issue is personal to him. He was investigated nine times by his own agency and stripped of his weapon. At one point, he lost his security clearance and access to all the systems he had used over the course of his career. All for daring to point out the terrorist threat posed by certain Muslim individuals and organizations.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, in a congressional hearing on June 28 at which Haney testified, told Sen. Ted Cruz he did not know Haney and had not taken time to look into his claims. Johnson dismissed Haney’s concerns as a question of labels and an interesting political conversation.
That cold shoulder disturbed Haney.
“The people in San Bernardino and Orlando and Fort Hood are not interesting political conversations or labels,” Haney said. “They are people that died because of the ideology of the global Islamic movement, which is to implement Shariah and to replace or oppose any form of human legislation, and that includes the U.S. Constitution.”
Haney does not regret that he saw something and said something, even if he got into trouble for it. When he joined DHS, he took a vow to defend the Constitution and laws of the United States against all threats both foreign and domestic. Although he is now retired, he still intends to keep his oath.
“I will go where my vow leads me,” he assured the crowd. “I am not deterred. I will stand up and fight for our constitutional right for liberty and life and the pursuit of happiness in opposition to the strategy of the global Islamic movement, which is implementation of Shariah law, and the progressive leftists who seek to alter or abolish our form of government.”