DHS officer blows lid on U.S. ‘submission to jihad’
May 16, 2016: As a recently retired Department of Homeland Security officer, Philip Haney closely followed the investigation of the massacre in San Bernardino in December 2015 carried out by Syed Farook and his Saudi Arabian wife, Tashfeen Malik.
When the name of the Southern California mosque attended by Farook turned up in a news story days after the attack, Haney sat straight up in his chair and yelled at his computer screen: “That’s my case!”
As he recounts in his book chronicling his remarkably eventful 14 years as a founding DHS member, “See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad,” Haney had developed a case on a worldwide Islamic movement known as Tablighi Jamaat.
The case drew the “concern” of the State Department and the DHS’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Office. Not because it alerted front-line officers to a threat to the nation’s security, but because the Obama administration believed it unfairly singled out Muslims.
To the astonishment of Haney and many of his colleagues at the National Targeting Center – which provides background and actionable intelligence to Customs and Border Protection agents – the Obama administration ultimately shut down the case.
MySpace hosts wannabe terrorists
May 16, 2006: While concerns about MySpace.com often focus on its use by sexual predators, the popular youth networking website may also pose a risk to the nation’s security.
An investigation found the website to be fertile ground for inspiring and recruiting a new generation of Islamic terrorists, according to independent analyst Laura Mansfield.
A young man from Seattle, for example, who gave his name as Amin Al-Mujaahid As-Salafi – or “Salafi Jihaadi – has a blog that features images of al-Qaida leaders Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, British jihadist Abu Hamza, and the 19 hijackers who carried out the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, referring to them as the “Magnificent 19.”