The past couple weeks have been rough for FBI Director James Comey.
His Oct. 28 letter to Congress announcing he was reopening the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails ignited a firestorm of criticism from Democrats, many of whom accused him of trying to sway the election.
And Comey’s subsequent Nov. 6 letter saying he would not charge Clinton only made Republicans livid at him as well.
After Donald Trump’s landmark victory, furious Democrats pinned the blame on Comey.
Philip Haney, a retired Department of Homeland Security officer, watched the Democrats trash Comey for the first eight days and was reminded of his own nine-year ordeal as a whistleblower.
“Look at the reaction,” Haney said in a recent appearance on SonLife Broadcasting Network’s “Frances & Friends.” “Are they addressing the actual content of the letter? Are they saying, ‘Oh, we’re very concerned about these breaches of security vis-à-vis the emails?’ No. They’re attacking Comey and they’re screaming and yelling about violations of protocol that they designed themselves. Comey’s simply doing his job. He promised Congress he would give them updates, and that’s exactly what he did. It just happens to be inconvenient to the current political atmosphere.
“That’s exactly what happened with individuals like myself starting in 2006,” Haney said.
Haney joined the DHS at its inception in 2003. For the first two or three years, the department gave its employees the freedom to do what it was designed to do – protect Americans from terrorism.
Haney used two core skills he had gained from his previous career studying ants – close observation of behavior and careful attention to detail – to become an effective counter-terrorism officer, doggedly following the trail until he found the “nest” of terrorists. He entered his findings into a DHS database known as TECS.
However, Haney ran into trouble beginning in 2006. That year, he wrote an open-source analysis titled “Green Tide Rising: Hamas Ascends” about the elections in Gaza that spring.
He gave some CIA contractors a copy of his article, thinking they would be interested in it. On the contrary, they turned him in and charged him with unethically using classified information. It took 11 months for the DHS to exonerate Haney.
“That’s the first time I realized something was starting to go wrong within the internal part of the administration and the Department of Homeland Security and my agency, which was Customs and Border Protection,” Haney recalled.
But that was only the first of nine times Haney would be investigated during his career.
The subsequent eight came after Barack Obama became president. Haney details the turbulent time in his life in his book “See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad.”
“Things got progressively worse,” he said. “Every investigation was more intense than the one before. … They were upset that I was entering information into the database that had to do with the Muslim Brotherhood.”
The Obama administration was seeking to partner with the Muslim Brotherhood and allow its members to help form U.S. counter-terrorism policy, so they could not allow a DHS officer to enter information that detailed the terrorist connections of Brotherhood members.
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In 2009, Haney’s superiors ordered him to “modify” the linking information in about 850 records he had entered into TECS on the Muslim Brotherhood and affiliated organizations and individuals. Three years later, in 2012, the Obama administration deleted all 67 of Haney’s TECS records on Muslims associated with the Tablighi Jamaat movement.
Not only did they erase the Tablighi Jamaat records, they investigated Haney for entering the information in the system, even though he was simply doing his job.
Here, Haney sees similarities once again between his experience and Comey’s.
“When they encountered this large cache of records, just like they just recently found a large cache of emails, they had to do something about it,” Haney said. “So their choice was initially to try to ignore it. But that didn’t work, because the records were well-written and they worked. In other words, they were leading us to have more information on these same individuals through interviews.”
The next step, Haney explained, was to remove the information from the system and pretend it never existed. The third step was to go after the people like him who initially put the information into the system.
Haney said there were a few other subject-matter experts who also expressed concerns about the administration’s effort to purge information about potential terrorists, but the administration sent its law enforcement agencies to “knock them off one by one.”
“There were a few people like me who had the benefit of experience in this field when 9/11 happened, and one by one the administration came after them and marginalized them and essentially ruined their careers,” he said. “I was one of the first they came after, but by God’s grace I lasted the longest.”
The nine investigations of Haney spanned nine years, beginning with the aforementioned 2006 incident. In September 2014, Haney was notified his gun would be taken away because of one of three ongoing investigations.
“During the last 11 months of my career they took my gun, they suspended [my] access to all the systems, they revoked my secret clearance while telling me it was not an adverse action, and they sequestered me in a little room with no assigned duties until I waited for the results of these three simultaneous ongoing investigations,” he recalled.
While all of that was going on, Haney became eligible for retirement, so he concluded his career in July 2015. Thus, he spent his last few months under a cloud of three investigations, on top of six prior ones. Haney noted the reasons he was investigated.
“I was never investigated for failure to follow an order, insubordination or any kind of moral failure,” he asserted. “It all centered around information that had been put into the system that was considered inconvenient to this administration.”
Which brings Haney back to Comey, who never had a moral failure but simply restored an investigation that was inconvenient to the Democratic nominee and her supporters.
“So what FBI Director Comey is going through now is remarkably familiar to me. It’s like the same script. I’m watching it happen to somebody else now in a different law enforcement arena, but it’s exactly the same thing that they did with people like myself over the last 10 years. Now it’s just broken out into the open public where everybody is seeing it.”
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