February 21 will mark three years since Philip Haney, 66, was “found deceased” in Amador County, California, killed by a gunshot to the chest. The victim was not the typical Sierra foothills resident.
Philip Haney was the author of See Something Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad, first published in 2016. The DHS whistleblower also authored Frontpage articles, “Deobond Attacks in San Bernardino, Sri Lanka,” “The Terrorist Ties that Bind,” and “The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America’s Ominous Post-Election Statement.” The expert on Islamic jihad had been punished for doing his job at a high level. This is the man found deceased in Amador County.
In Haney’s RV, the sheriff found numerous thumb drives, a laptop computer, and other materials. Sheriff Martin Ryan turned these over to the FBI, which did not reveal what the devices contained, and the bureau remained silent on the case through 2021. Last year, the Amador County sheriff’s office told Frontpage there was “no new news” about Haney and that the case was closed. A month later, in March, 2022, more than two years after Haney was found deceased, the case was proclaimed a suicide.
Claims that Haney killed himself had appeared from the start, but were steadfastly denied by Haney’s friends, family and members of Congress. In March of 2020, Rep. Steve King said, “I don’t believe that Phil Haney committed suicide.” Rep. Louis Gohmert told reporters “I’d been concerned about his safety, with all the information he knew and people who could’ve gotten in trouble.” If the case had been pursued as a homicide, potential suspects would have been easy to find.
Philip Haney worked as a field agricultural entomologist in the Middle East, where he began studying Arabic and the Quran. With that background, the UC Riverside alum seemed a good fit for the Department of Homeland Security, but it didn’t turn out that way.
In “DHS ordered me to scrub records of Muslims with terror ties,” published in The Hill on May 5, 2016, Haney said DHS had 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).”
According to Kerry Picket in the Washington Examiner, the author was recently in contact with top officials about returning to work for the DHS. In June, 2016, Haney testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that several terrorist attacks against people in the United States could have been prevented if certain files had not been scrubbed. Those included the December 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California, when Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik murdered 14 people and wounded more than 20 others.
“The mosque that Syed Farook attended was part of that Tablighi Jamaat network,” Haney told Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy in a May 31, 2016 interview. “The administration deleted sixty-seven records out of the system that I had worked on as a component of the Tablighi case.” Had those records not been deleted, Haney said, it was plausible that Farook would not have been able to travel to Saudi Arabia, Tashfeen Malik would never been given a visa, “and then we would have stopped the attack.”
After Haney’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2016, Sen. Ted Cruz asked Jeh Johnson, DHS Secretary from 2013-17, if Haney’s testimony was accurate. “I have no idea. I don’t know who Mr. Haney is,” Johnson replied. “I wouldn’t know him if he walked into the room.” To say the least, that is highly unlikely.
Haney said DHS investigated him nine times and revoked his security clearance. The Department of Justice charged that Haney “misused a government computer,” but Haney was exonerated. He retired from the DHS, and in See Something Say Nothing told the world what was going on.
On the night of February 21, 2020 Amador County deputies and detectives responded to the report of a male subject on the ground with a gunshot wound. Early news reports suggested it was already proclaimed it a suicide but the sheriff denied it. The case quickly caught the attention of establishment media.
“Haney’s controversial accusations that the Obama administration could have prevented terrorist attacks were polarizing among Americans,” Laura Hoy of CNN reported on February 23. As Hoy explained, “Haney’s death is likely to become political ammo for Republicans heading into the 2020 presidential elections.”
On July 22, the Amador sheriff announced “hopes to complete our review of the reports and compare the FBI’s analysis with what we have already collected and analyzed within a few weeks after receipt.” A week after the November election, the FBI “analysis” had not come to light, so Haney’s death did not become “political ammo for the Republicans.”
The July 22, 2020 press release disappeared from the Amador website and in February of 2021, the sheriff’s office told Frontpage there was no new press release and would say nothing about the case. In April of 2021, Martin Ryan retired, replaced by former undersheriff Gary Redman, “a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy,” in Quantico, Virginia. As Redman told the local Ledger Dispatch, “We are waiting for a few remaining pieces to be analyzed out of Virginia,” but there was “no estimated time of arrival.”
As the second anniversary approached, Amador authorities told Frontpage there was no news on Haney and that the case was closed. The next month, more than two years after Haney was found deceased, Redman proclaimed Haney’s death a suicide and declared the case officially closed. As he had to know, it wasn’t.
“Haney’s death was controversial enough for the Amador County Sheriff’s Office to bring in FBI crime scene investigators and other analysts to assist,” wrote Don Thompson of the Associated Press. Investigators claimed they found a suicide note in Haney’s handwriting, that the gun was traced to him and that he left behind “neatly arranged financial documents with instructions on how he wanted his assets distributed.”
An unidentified “neighbor” told investigators that Haney “appeared depressed lately” and had given the neighbor his potted plants the day before his death. Thompson did not track down the neighbor and his report does not cite Haney’s friends and relatives already on record that he was not suicidal.
The AP report fails to explore reasons the official suicide declaration was delayed for more than two years, and what could have happened in the meantime. On the other hand, Readers are told that Haney’s death, “spurred conspiracy speeches by Republican Iowa U.S. Rep. Steve King and another GOP congressman on the House floor.” (emphasis added)
Readers are told that the federal Customs and Border Protection (CPB) had determined that Haney’s devices contained “contraband” and possible violations of “CBP policy and numerous United States Codes.” Thompson shows no curiosity about this wild post-mortem accusation. CBP “strategic media engagement branch chief” Jaime Ruiz would not comment because “it’s an open investigation.”
FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie said the bureau “assisted the Sheriff’s Office with analysis, but it was not an FBI investigation,” and “declined to comment” any further. Despite the contradictions and escape hatches, the FBI left crucial clues.
A true investigative agency would first explore who had a motive to kill Philip Haney. For all but the willfully blind, that would be the Islamic jihadists he exposed, and quite possibly the DHS and DOJ bosses who shut down his work. Legitimate investigators always consider cui bono, those who stand to benefit from the victim’s death. Trouble is, the FBI is no longer a legitimate investigative agency.
The FBI is now the American KGB, a squad of deep-state partisans operating above the law. Show the FBI the man and they create the crime through stagecraft and entrapment, as with Gen. Michael Flynn. In the case of Philip Haney, they target a dead man for further investigation by the federal CPB. The expert on jihadism got the same treatment in death he did in life – false accusation by a federal agency, and quite possibly a lot more.
As Pavel and Anatoli Sudoplatov explain in Special Tasks, the Soviet KGB also conducted “wet” operations, code for assassination and murder. A favorite method was to fake a suicide. As the great Sidney Hook noted in Out of Step, Soviet defector Gen. Walter Krivitsky was “suicided” in a Washington hotel room by Stalin’s NKVD, forerunner to the KGB.
Danish diplomat Povl Bang-Jensen refused to reveal names of Hungarian patriots who testified to the UN about Soviet atrocities during the 1956 invasion. In 1959, after going missing for two days, Bang-Jensen was found dead in a New York park, shot through the right temple. The scene looked staged but the case was officially declared a suicide. See Betrayal at the UN, by DeWitt Copp and Marshal Peck.
DHS whistleblower Philip Haney is “found deceased” in Amador County, shot through the chest. Haney had many enemies but for more than two years the Federal Bureau of Investigation never considered the possibility that he was murdered. The FBI has all the evidence, but now claims it wasn’t their investigation.
The FBI is preparing to occupy new headquarters twice the size of the Pentagon and bigger than the Kremlin. Embattled Americans should expect more stagecraft, more entrapment, and more operations like the one involving Philip Haney.
The DHS man used his skills to expose radical Islamic terrorists, the people who hijack airliners and crash them into buildings, the terrorists who gun down workers at a holiday party, the terrorists who murder innocents while yelling “Allahu akbar.” These are the worst people in the world, with the possible exception of their enablers in the U.S. government.
Philip Haney bravely exposed them and paid the price. He’s gone but will not be forgotten. The struggle against terrorism is the struggle of memory against forgetting.