In the face of mounting criticism of President Obama’s response to recent terror attacks at home and abroad, and open skepticism as to the ability of his administration to protect the American people, a former Department of Homeland Security employee has spoken out for the first time.

Philip Haney is a retired DHS veteran with more than a decade of experience working in the Passenger Analysis Unit (PAU), the agency formed following the terror attacks on 9/11 for the purpose of investigating, vetting and tracking those entering the United States who might present a security threat.

Haney eventually was assigned to the National Targeting Center where U.S. agencies gather and share information gathered about terrorism, as Haney puts it “to connect the dots.”

Now, the whistleblower has come forward about the overriding concerns of the administration, which he says have more to do with “the civil rights and civil liberties of foreign Islamic groups and foreign nationals than securing the freedom and security of the American public.”

Haney went on to say that not only is the presence of terrorists in America due directly to the restrictions on the enforcement agencies and staff by the Obama administration, but that an investigation that might have identified the Islamic terror couple San Bernardino was terminated by the DHS.

As part of his work with the DHS, “The investigation created records of individuals, mosques, Islamic Centers and schools across the United States that were involved in this radicalization effort. The Dar Al Uloom Al Islamiyah Mosque in San Bernardino was affiliated with this network. Syed Farook frequented that mosque and was well-known to the congregation and mosque leadership.”

The investigation had amassed over 1,200 law enforcement actions and identified over 300 terrorists over a six-month period before the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Division of DHS ordered it shut down.

The Division argued that because the Islamist groups under investigation had not received official designation as terrorist organizations, tracking individuals related to them would violate the civil liberties of the travelers and issued, in effect, a “stand down order” to the investigators.

“If I had still been active duty, working on the case, and everything had been going as it was, I would have linked that mosque. Syed would have been put on the no-fly list, because of his close affiliation with it, or his pending fiancée would not have been given a visa, because she was affiliated with somebody who was tied to that mosque.”

Haney said he is coming forward because he feels the intelligence operatus can be made to work on behalf of the American people. “This isn’t about hurting anybody. This is about fixing it. We could fix it. We can fix it. That’s my focus.”


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