Ex-counterterrorism officer rips admin for erasing intel that could have saved lives
WASHINGTON – As a Customs and Border Protection officer, Philip Haney knew the Obama administration was growing close to leaders of several Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the United States.
He knew that in January 2010 Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano met with several American Muslim leaders, including leaders of two Muslim Brotherhood front groups and another known Muslim Brotherhood affiliate.
The meeting was even hosted by the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, which allowed attendees to help develop the nation’s counterterrorism policy.
But why would the administration willingly partner with the Muslim Brotherhood or any of its affiliates?
“The motto of the Muslim Brotherhood is wa-a’iddu, which means ‘prepare,'” Haney told the audience during a panel discussion over the weekend at the Values Voter Summit. “Prepare for what? Well, the word is derived from Quran 8:60 – l-anfal, ‘the spoils of war’ – in my opinion, the most violent chapter in the entire Quran. Prepare to do what? Prepare to terrify your enemies and to defeat them in war.”
If that is the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood, as emblazoned on the organization’s logo, then Haney has just one question.
“My simple question to the Obama administration is, why would you form an overt political alliance with a group that has stated plainly that they intend to overthrow our form of government and alter or abolish it?” Haney asked. “Why would you do that?”
Haney, who worked for the Department of Homeland Security from its founding in 2003 until his retirement in 2015, chronicled his experience as a whistleblower in his tell-all book, “See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad.”
Haney spent years gathering a cornucopia of valuable intelligence on the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic organizations. However, in 2009 his superiors ordered him to eliminate critical “linking information” from about 820 records he had entered into CBP’s internal database. They told him they were no longer allowed to have any information in their database that connected Muslim Brotherhood members or affiliates to terrorism.
Haney also spent years gathering intelligence and developing a case on members of an Islamic movement known as Tablighi Jamaat. He told the Values Voter Summit crowd there were 1,200 law enforcement actions taken on this case against 1,600 individuals or organizations affiliated with Tablighi Jamaat. Haney himself was credited with finding 300 individuals affiliated with terrorism related to Tablighi Jamaat. Furthermore, he discovered 25 percent of Gitmo detainees were affiliated with Tablighi Jamaat.
However, the Obama State Department refused to designate Tablighi Jamaat a terrorist group. In fact, the administration erased all 67 of Haney’s records on this particular case, claiming the case was violating the civil rights and civil liberties of the Muslims involved.
“The case included individuals that were affiliated with the San Bernardino mosque, Dar Al Uloom Al Islamiya San Bernardino, and therefore my plausible premise is that the [December 2015 San Bernardino] attacks could have been stopped or averted.
“The same with the Fort Pierce Islamic Center [Orlando shooter] Omar Mateen was part of, and his father is the vice president of. That mosque was also part of the same Tablighi Jamaat-Deobandi network.”
Haney felt stinging regret and anger that the Obama administration shut down investigations that could have prevented two massacres.
“Why did they shut them down? That’s what I’m here to ask today,” he told the Values Voter Summit crowd.
Then, addressing the Obama administration, he launched into a series of questions: “Why did you eliminate the records from the system that led directly to the deaths of American citizens? Why are you protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of people like Tashfeen Malik? You said you did not query her social media because you were concerned about her civil rights and civil liberties. Why are you putting the rights of these people above the liberties and safety of American citizens?”
“I’d like you to ask your congressman that,” he implored the crowd.
Paul Bremmer is a WND staff writer based in Washington, D.C.