Whistleblower: State Dept. shut down pivotal terror probe

Terrorism | Former analyst says his work might have prevented San Bernardino, Orlando
by Ciera Horton
Posted 6/29/16, 02:02 pm

WASHINGTON—A former official with the Department of Homeland Security claimed in a Senate hearing on Tuesday that the San Bernardino and Orlando shootings could have been prevented if he had been allowed to continue his investigation. The State Department halted his investigations due to concerns about anti-Muslim rhetoric.

Philip Haney’s work linked a mosque where the San Bernardino shooters worshipped to a terrorist network that also included Orlando attacker Omar Mateen’s mosque. In 2012, Hillary Clinton’s State Department halted his investigation, saying it infringed upon the rights of Muslims. Federal officials ordered Haney to edit or remove over 800 documents that linked individuals or organizations to the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist network.

Haney claims that, had his case continued, both San Bernardino and Orlando could potentially have been prevented. Haney testified Tuesday at a hearing led by former presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Attendees were tense at the Judiciary Committee hearing discussing the rhetoric of fighting Islamic extremism and how the federal government deliberately omitted references to Islam in counterterrorism efforts. Cruz asserted that wiping away references to Islam was misleading. Muslims in attendance argued that references to Islam in counterterrorism perpetuate ISIS propaganda and discrimination against Muslims.

“Should it really be the top concern of counterterrorism if it really offends anyone?” Cruz said. “In 2014, the president stated that ISIL … was not Islam. The Islamic State is somehow not Islam.”

The Obama administration came under fire when the FBI released Mateen’s 911 phone transcripts from the night of the Orlando shooting. Though federal officials claimed the transcript was unedited, the script had changed mention of “Allah” to “God” and omitted any mentions of the Islamic State.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., countered Cruz’s assessment: “We are not at war with the religion of Islam. … No religion condones the massacring of thousands of innocent people.”

The panel of witnesses included testimony from Muslim Advocates, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and a former FBI agent. The Department of Justice had been scheduled to testify but later declined to attend.

M. Zuhdi Jasser, a Muslim with the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, said refusing to identify the realities of militant Islam is dangerous. “It infantilizes Muslims while lying to the American people,” Jasser said. “To say that the house of Islam has no problems is just as problematic as declaring that Islam and Muslims are the problem.”

Witness Farina Khera with Muslim Advocates challenged the rhetoric of “jihad” or Islamic extremism, saying it was anti-Muslim. In her written statements, Khera said the FBI has a “culture of suspicion” directed against American Muslims. She also argued the federal government used biased training materials and conducted discriminatory surveillance through racial profiling.

When Cruz asked if radical Islam even existed, Khera could not give a straight answer. Instead, she said: “It’s no different than the KKK or those who attack abortion clinics.”

President Barack Obama has called both the San Bernardino shooters and Mateen “lone-wolf” attackers and refused to acknowledge their connection to radical Islamic jihadism. Haney countered this at the hearing, saying, “There’s no such thing as a lone-wolf terrorist. They don’t function in a vacuum. … To look at these acts as separate from the community is a flaw.”

Ciera Horton

Ciera Horton is a WORLD intern.

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  • SKK
    Posted: Wed, 06/29/2016 10:21 pm

    More incompetence from the Obama administration. God help us. 

  • Bill Taylor
    Posted: Fri, 07/01/2016 09:59 pm

    It is not incompetence at all, they are doing this on purpose.

  • Laura W
    Posted: Thu, 06/30/2016 12:45 am

    They even edited the 911 transcripts? Seriously?

  • socialworker
    Posted: Thu, 06/30/2016 08:47 am

    I think they know they look foolish at this point but don't know how to get out of the corner they've painted themselves in.  

  • William Peck 1958's picture
    William Peck 1958
    Posted: Thu, 06/30/2016 10:04 am

    yes, but "Bush lied, thousands died" 

    How come there is not one major newspaper that tells the truth ? The governing mechanism of a free society is an honest press.

    And I know World is out for honest journalism, but how come no one at World is saying "President Obama needs to go to jail" ???

  • Ben K
    Posted: Thu, 06/30/2016 09:59 pm

    Haney's work sounds very important.

  • Bill Taylor
    Posted: Fri, 07/01/2016 10:01 pm

    "Enemies of the People" at http://www.scragged.com/articles/enemies-of-the-people asks "Who are our real enemies?" Muslims who have told us over and over as loudly as they can that they intend to kill or enslave us all, or our PC politicians who insist on tolerating the intolerable and letting them come here to rape, rob, and kill us while collecting welfare?

    Why can't Mr Obama or Hillary say that violent jihad is just plain evil? Their mental processes are a tango with delusion. Why can't liberals admit that their "religion of peace" is anti-gay? "Muslims, Politicians, and Original Sin" at http://www.scragged.com/articles/muslims-politicians-and-original-sin has an explanation. What do you think of it?

    The problem is that our public school teachers and our leaders have been teaching "blame American first" for a long time, and Mr. Obama's "apology tour" didn't help. Jihadi recruiters can tell young Muslims, "Your own leaders say America is no good, that's why we call it the 'Great Satan'. Come join us and help us clean it up." Our liberals have done 90% of ISIS' recruiting for them.

    "Obama's Apology Tour" at http://www.scragged.com/articles/another-stop-on-obama-s-apology-tour shows how he's spread the "blame America" idea.

    For background, "Islam - Facts or Dreams" at http://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/islam discuses the various interpretations of Islam. Jihad is not at all radical; it is a mainstream interpretation. The article gives quotes and shows why.