On February 21, 2020, 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. “There was misinformation immediately being put out that we have determined Mr. Haney’s death to be a suicide,” the sheriff noted three days later. “This is not the case.”
Haney apparently had been gunned down by a person or persons unknown and the sheriff was in possession of Haney’s vehicle and “the firearm located at the scene.” The sheriff also found Haney’s computer, phone, thumb drives, and documents and handed these items over to the FBI. Last July, the sheriff said the FBI had performed a forensic examination on these items, with results expected in “the next few weeks.”
As of this week, a little over a year since Haney’s death, the results have not come in, leaving the case shrouded in mystery. On the question of motive, however, it was clear from the start that Haney had powerful enemies.
“Haney’s controversial accusations that the Obama administration could have prevented terrorist attacks were polarizing among Americans,” Laura Hoy of Capitol & Celeb News (CCN) reported back on February 23, 2020. It was actually hard evidence, not merely “accusations.” But, as Hoy then explained, “Haney’s death is likely to become political ammo for Republicans heading into the 2020 presidential elections.” According to sources close to Haney, the DHS whistleblower was planning a new book that “would help boost support for Donald Trump in the upcoming election.”
Sources close to Haney told Jack Mitchell of the local Ledger Dispatch that the documents found at the scene were indeed the new book, also present on the flash drive Haney carried at all times. The Department of Justice in September told journalist Rex Hastings these items were “exempt from disclosure” under the Freedom of Information Act. On February 18, the Amador sheriff’s office told me there was no new press release, and would say nothing else about the case.
The FBI also proved evasive. “The Amador County Sheriff’s Office is the agency conducting the death investigation mentioned below and should be contacted directly,” the FBI public affairs office replied in an email, which did provide one detail of significance. This was a “death investigation” similar to the sheriff’s report that Haney was “found deceased,” as though he had died of natural causes or as the result of an accident. This is disturbing because, long before Haney’s 2016 book, the FBI was looking the other way at Islamic terrorism.
As Lessons from Fort Hood explains, the FBI knew that Major Nidal Hasan, a self-described “soldier of Allah,” was communicating with jihadist Anwar al-Awlaki about killing Americans. The FBI’s Washington office dropped the case and on November 5, 2009, Hasan murdered 13 American soldiers and wounded more than 30 others.
President Obama called it “workplace violence,” not terrorism or even gun violence. Vice President Joe Biden cited the “brave soldiers who fell,” in what he called a “senseless tragedy,” not a terrorist attack or even a crime. Biden named not a single victim and made no reference to the shooter and his possible motive. On Biden’s watch, the Haney case will not be a priority for the FBI, a squad of deep-state partisans operating above the law.
FBI Director James Comey and the bureau’s counterintelligence boss, Peter Strzok, participated in a coup attempt against President Trump and got away with no criminal charges. FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith altered a document about CIA asset Carter Page and got off with a tap on the wrist from Judge James Boasberg, who is also presiding judge of the FISA court. Long before this travesty of justice, the FBI was deploying military force against unarmed American civilians.
During the Ruby Ridge siege of 1992, FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi shot an unarmed Vicki Weaver in the head as she held her infant child. Snipers are trained carefully to “acquire” the target, so the killing was not accidental. Attorney General William Barr spent two weeks organizing former attorney generals to defend Horiuchi, who already had government lawyers working on his behalf. Yet during his recent stint as attorney general, Barr showed no curiosity about the Haney case, at least not publicly.
For Joe Biden, as for the composite character Barack Obama, the true terrorists are those who voted for Donald Trump, advocate limited government, and prize their constitutional rights, particularly under the First and Second Amendments. For patriotic Americans, 2021 is the year of living dangerously, and DHS whistleblower Philip Haney is not resting in peace.