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Former U.S. Customs and Border Patrol analyst Phil Haney made an accusation this week that, if true, could bring the idea of dereliction of duty within the Obama Administration to new heights:
Haney said he worked in Passenger Analysis Units at the Department of Homeland Security in Atlanta and at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s National Targeting Center, where he performed research into people and groups that might be linked to terrorism. He identified members of al-Huda and Tablighi Jamaat, subgroups of the Deobandi Movement, a century-old fundamentalist Islamic group originating in Pakistan, as they traveled into and out of the United States. An association with Tablighi Jamaat has been documented by the French in an estimated 80% of terrorism cases. Dar Al Uloom Mosque, frequented by Sayed Farook, is linked with the Deobandi Movement. Tashfeen Malik studied with Al-Huda in Pakistan.
Haney was given an agency award for his work identifying potential terrorists and he was asked to become part of the National Targeting Center, which works to connect the dots between radical figures and groups, he said. After more than six months tracking the Deobandi movement, Homeland Security halted the investigation at the urging of the State Department’s Office of Civil Rights, Haney said.
Why did Homeland Security shut down this valuable program looking at potential terrorists and tracking them, “connecting the dots” in the network itself that another former federal official assures the public is all over the country, and otherwise DOING THE JOB RIGHT? The possibility of profiling. Because the people that the program tracked were not in groups that were “Specially Designated Terrorist Groups,” any targeting of them would be considered violations of their civil liberties. (And the reason discussion on investigating these groups and labeling them as such didn’t happen is….)
“The administration was more concerned about the civil rights and liberties of foreign Islamic groups with terrorist ties than the safety and security of Americans,” Haney said.
Homeland Security says that Haney is not telling the whole truth, but really, if this really happened, these groups aren’t even American. Why are we worried about their civil liberties if they are trying to kill us? Oh, wait. Sorry. Forgot. This is the Obama Administration. That’s not supposed to matter.
As it happens, after Haney’s program was shut down, and DHS and the State Department deleted all his files, Haney was investigated. Twice. Once by DHS and once by the Department of Justice. No wrongdoing was ever found. Mr. Haney spoke to members of Congress and the DHS Inspector General about this case. In 2014, Mr. Haney’s security clearance was revoked, his access to the database as well, and he was sequestered.
Haney said that had his investigation been allowed to develop, Farook may have ended up on the federal government’s terror radar or on the government’s no-fly list. And if that had occurred, Farook would not have been able to connect with Malik. The jihadists reportedly met in 2013. She came to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia last year on a fiancee visa and married soon after.
“Either Syed would have been put on the no-fly list because association with that mosque, and/or the K-1 visa that his wife was given may have been denied because of his association with a known organization,” Haney told [Megyn] Kelly.
However, the reality remains that at least three years ago, a fundamentalist Islamic organization over 100 years old and linked to a significant percentage of terrorism worldwide was connected through the mosque to the two known San Bernardino terrorists. In the web of terrorist organizations coming to light the more former counterterrorism and Homeland Security officials start going public with what they know, the more the obvious fact that there are no coincidences is embedding.
Mr. Haney spoke with Megyn Kelly on December 10, 2015, regarding what he knows. Fox’s Trace Gallagher reported that DHS declined comment on the story, but that Haney is leaving out details.