As a recently retired Department of Homeland Security officer, Philip Haney closely followed the investigation of the massacre in San Bernardino last December 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 new 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 frontline 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.
The intelligence was ignored despite having been used to connect members of the movement to terrorist organizing and financing at the highest levels, including for Hamas and al-Qaida.
In addition, 67 records of individuals and organizations linked to the case that Haney had compiled were completely eliminated by orders from “upper management.”
But not only did the administration effectively quash the case, it launched the first of what turned out to be nine investigations against him.
The “adverse actions” culminated with a Justice Department probe into his handling of information related to the Boston Marathon bombing. (The episode, recounted in the book, casts astonishing, new light on the Boston attack, exposing the lengths the government will go to protect its narrative and relationships with dubious “allies.”)
Call of duty
While Haney eventually was exonerated, the repeated actions against him – all while he was receiving awards and commendations from his immediate superiors acknowledging his excellent work far beyond the call of duty – took a toll on him and his family, and he decided to honorably retire at the end of July 2015.
But as Haney says, the oath he took to defend the nation is still on active duty, and along with writing his book with co-author Art Moore, a WND news editor, he is now free to communicate his chief message: “Take the politically correct handcuffs off of law enforcement and military, and let us do our job.”
Shortly after the San Bernardino massacre, when it became clear that the information Haney compiled in the Tablighi Jamaat case might have prevented the attack, Haney had a telephone conversation with a former supervisor.
Recalling the administration’s handling of the case, which they worked on together, the supervisor said, “All I could think about were the families of the people who were killed by Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik.”
He is one of many of Haney’s colleagues who have thanked him for speaking out on their behalf through his new book, “See Something, Say Nothing,” which officially launches May 24 but is available now.
These DHS officers on the front lines contend that concern for the civil rights and civil liberties of foreigners and groups that are on record stating they intend to destroy Western civilization from within are taking precedent over national security. Law-enforcement officers who take their oath seriously are hindered and sometimes punished by a politically motivated administration, they say.
In short, they believe the nation’s security strategies and tactics are fundamentally flawed, allowing the enemy not only to come and go across its borders but also to help formulate its policies.
Whether it’s a case of deliberately ignoring the threat indicators or being blind to them because of ideological biases, ultimately, the consequences are lives lost, and if it continues, some fear, civilizational collapse.
The notion of any civilizational consequences seemed hyperbolic to many Europeans not long ago. But a new, sobering realization is settling in among the continent’s intelligentsia in the aftermath of the Paris and Brussels attacks as they try to cope with a mounting wave of immigrants who instead of integrating into Europe’s storied cultures seem bent on destroying them.
After Brussels, some European intelligence and law enforcement officers who spoke up sounded like Philip Haney, revealing they are being hindered from doing their jobs by politicians imposing a politically correct orthodoxy that obscures the true nature of the threat.
Stranger than fiction
If it were concocted by a fiction writer, Haney’s story of being in the center of so many of the Department of Homeland Security’s seminal events would be dismissed as an implausible narrative.
But it’s a true story that Haney, with a background in scientific research, documented meticulously throughout his career. And unlike so many today who remain silent either because of ideology or fear of reprisal, he embraced his agency’s stated directive, “If you see something, say something.”
Here are some of the things he saw that are told in vivid detail in “See Something”:
- How the Bush administration stripped him and other frontline officers of their ability to define the threat;
- How much the Obama administration knew in advance of the Boston Marathon bombing and how it launched an ongoing cover-up on behalf of a major ally;
- The administration’s stealth policy to protect Islamic leaders with supremacist beliefs and violent-jihadist ties, allowing them to freely travel between the U.S. and the Middle East;
- The access to the White House and classified information given to members of Muslim Brotherhood front groups;
- The damning intelligence on Muslim Brotherhood-linked leaders invited to sit at the table and help form national-security policy;
- The “words matter” memo imposing the demands of radical U.S. Muslims leaders on the DHS, including stripping intelligence and official communications of any mention of Islam in association with terrorism;
- The purging of training material that casts Islam in a negative light;
- The erasing and altering of vital intelligence on terrorists and terror threats;
- The fear-based tactics imposed by the Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the U.S. and their accomplices that paralyze officials, members of Congress and any Department of Homeland Security employee who dares to expose or resist their agenda.
Note: Media wishing to interview the authors of “See Something, Say Nothing” can contact them here.