FBI Still Silent on Murder of DHS Whistleblower Philip Haney

FBI and DHS see something, say nothing.

Today, February 21, marks two years since Philip Haney, author of  See Something Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad was “found deceased” in Amador County, California, killed by a gunshot to the chest. The Amador County sheriff’s office told Frontpage there was “no new news” in the case, which invites a look at the FBI.

The Amador sheriff, “reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist in analyzing documents, phone records, numerous thumb drives and a lap top that were recovered from the scene and Mr. Haney’s RV. Those items and numerous other pieces of evidence, were turned over to the FBI. The FBI has performed a forensic examination of these items. We expect to receive these reports within the next few weeks.”

That was on July 22, 2020, and “no new news” since then on the thumb drives, documents and laptop in FBI custody. Those materials offer a broad range of possibilities.

According to Kerry Picket in the Washington Examiner, Haney was “recently in contact with top officials about returning to work for the DHS.” So maybe he had new information on terrorists. Haney was good at finding such information, but it wasn’t always welcome at the Department of Homeland Security.

As Haney explained in The Hill on May 5, 2016, the DHS ordered him “to delete or modify several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups like Hamas from the important federal database, the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS).” The DHS investigated Haney nine times, revoked his security clearance, and ginned up fake complaints about job performance.

The whistleblower chronicled those efforts in See Something Say Nothing. The DHS couldn’t have been too happy about the book, and in 2022 an Islamic jihad expert like Haney wouldn’t even get in the DHS door.

A February 7 DHS bulletin cites “a heightened threat environment,” but not from Islamic terrorism. The threat is fueled by several factors, including “misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM).” That is a reference to “widespread online proliferation of false or misleading narratives regarding unsubstantiated widespread election fraud and COVID-19.”

The bulletin provides no data, no references, and no explanation of how the narrative is false or misleading. “Grievances associated with these themes inspired violent extremist attacks during 2021,” the bulletin proclaims, while failing to explain any of the “violent extremist attacks” which were only “associated” with the malevolent narratives.

In response to the heightened threat, the DHS and FBI will “continue to share timely and actionable information and intelligence”  with “our partners across every level of government and in the private sector.” That is a rather broad expanse, but the DHS comes up short on detail.

As embattled Americans might recall, the DHS and FBI failed to prevent terrorist attacks at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 (13 dead, more than 30 wounded); San Bernardino, California, in 2015 (14 murdered, more than 20 wounded); Orlando, Florida, in 2016, with 49 murdered and more than 50 wounded. In the case of Fort Hood, the FBI had the communications of Maj. Nidal Hasan to al Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki.

As Lessons from Fort Hood notes, the Washington office of the FBI dropped the case and the FBI and DHS did nothing to prevent Hasan’s mass murder. The composite character David Garrow described in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama transformed the FBI to target patriotic Americans and ignore Islamic terrorism, Philip Haney’s specialty.

The FBI recently arrested Colombian national Mario Antonio Palacios, 43, charged with “conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping outside the United States and providing material support resulting in death, knowing or intending that such material support would be used to prepare for or carry out the conspiracy to kill or kidnap.”

The charges relate to the July 7, 2021, assassination of the Haitian president Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince. The FBI is investigating the case with other law enforcement partners, “including Homeland Security Investigations.”

Here the FBI swiftly arrests a Colombian national for a crime committed in Haiti, a foreign nation. On the other hand, in two years, the FBI has made no arrests in the murder of Philip Haney, a former DHS whistleblower gunned down in Amador County California, USA.

The FBI has Haney’s thumb drives, computer and documents, but no word what those might contain. In similar style, the FBI remains silent on any leads or persons of interest in the case.  The Amador sheriff would like to know, and so would Haney’s friends and relatives, along with members of the public concerned about radical Islamic terrorism.

Based on developments so far, it would be hard to blame them for considering another possibility. Maybe the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations have Philip Haney right where they want him.

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