Recent testimony before the US Senate Judiciary Committee revealed “willful blindness” by federal law enforcement and immigration agencies to the threat posed by Islamic Supremacist homicidal attacks in America. We recently had the opportunity to interview Phillip Haney who testified as a panel member at the breakthrough Senate Judiciary Hearing on “Radicval Islam” and terrorism. Haney is the co-author of best-selling expose, See Something; Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad,.
Listen to the June 26, 2016 Lisa Benson Show interview with Dr. Haney.
Phillip B. Haney
Haney is a classic whistleblower with a difference. He morphed from a PhD USDA entomologist to become one of the first members of the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Custom and Border Protection (CBP) service. He half jokingly said that his training with insects enabled him to follow the ants and other insects back to their nests, identifying their networks. Besides his professional education, he was also linguistically and culturally equipped by dint of episodes in the Middle East and Africa to become conversant in Arabic and Qur’anic Islamic Doctrine and Sharia law. That enabled Haney as a new DHS officer to ultimate interview and spot Jihadist Visa waiver violators at the Port of Atlanta. His natural intellectual curiosity enabled him to spot and intercept more than 300 potential terrorist threats.
His self education also led to writing monographs on the network of jihadist threats in a 2006 Front Page Magazine (FPM) article, Green Tide Rising. It was about globally designated terrorist group Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the US. He has noted in both his book and interviews that his information was two years before the federal Dallas Holy Land Foundation trial. That trial resulted in multiple convictions for funneling more than $35 million via this Muslim charity to Hamas. It also identified co-conspirators, Muslim Brotherhood front groups, Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and Saudi-financed North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) that funds the creation of 80 percent of Mosques in the US. Other identified by federal prosecutors included the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA).
That FPM article caused his first brush with the politically correct, civil rights and civil liberties views of the DHS hierarchy that falsely accused Haney of violating security laws regarding alleged confidential information. Upon investigation all of the information in Haney article was drawn from open sources.
Ultimately, he was exonerated, as he was in more than 8 other instances over his 13 years of service at DHS before his retirement in 2015. His expertise was recognized in several assignments. Most notably were assignments at the National Targeting Center of DHS and requests for his assistance by counterterrorism echelons of the FBI. In 2012, five members of the House Homeland Security and Intelligence committees wrote a letter to the Inspector Generals of several defense and national security agencies. They were seeking information on infiltration of Muslim Brotherhood front group members. Haney on his own recognizance briefed these and dozens of other Members and Congress and Senators who found his analysis both compelling and incisive about the threat the nation faced. Ultimately he would be invited to more than 45 such private Congressional briefings.
The worst episode of the nine investigations brought against him was the convening of a Grand Jury investigation into allegations stemming from an FBI investigation into a Saudi national student who was injured at the Boston Marathon bombing perpetrated by the Tsarneav brothers. Haney was in possession of the FBI reports on the Saudi person of interest who was subsequently deported. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano went on television to indicate that there were no identified perpetrators or suspects before the identities of the Tsarneav brothers were revealed. Because Haney had briefed members of the House and Senate Homeland security and intelligence committees at the behest of chairmen, he was falsely accused of leaking the information. Napolitano had misinformed Homeland Security Committee members about the existence of the Saudi national who had violated his student Visa. Ultimately, as in the previous eight other episodes, Haney was exonerated just prior to his retirement from DHS.
We queried him about why the FBI and DHS have failed in too many instances to identify network Jihadists. He attributed it to the lack of intelligence sharing and the limitations placed on law enforcement by civil rights and civil liberties priorities of the US Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. That was evident in guidelines that indicated that just because a person belonged to a terrorist backing organization, he or she necessarily a terrorist. He illustrated that by his uncovering the network of members of the Tablighi Jamaat, (TJ) meaning “party of the promoters” in Arabic infiltrating the US. They sent domestic Madrassa Boys abroad from the port of Atlanta to English speaking Madrassa in the Republic of South Africa.
The TJ movement sprang from the Deobandi influenced clerics from India and Pakistan. Haney indicated that TJ Islamic doctrine is the equivalent of ISIS Salafism or Saudi Wahhabism. The TJ movement aimed at proselytizing other Sunni Muslims and gaining converts from other religions. It is estimated to have between 70 to over 120 million adherents globally. Their influence spawned the Taliban and radical terrorist groups like Lakshmi al Taiba whose adherents perpetrated the Mumbai jihad massacre of 2008. In the US, the TJ has a beehive Madrassa; the International Islamic Education School based in Chicago and affiliated with the Bridgewater Islamic Center. Haney suggested that the designation of Mosques as Centers usually was a tip off that it was a TJ doctrine group.
When news broke of the Orlando Massacre, Haney went through an intelligence exercise. He demonstrated the TJ network that encompassed the Fort Pierce Florida “center” attended by perpetrator Omar Mateen and his father’s membership on the board. The Fort Pierce masjid or Mosque had connections to the IIE in Chicago. Which in turn, had connections to the San Bernardino Dar-al-Uloom al-Islamiya of America mosque where terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook worshipped. The Imam, Roshan Zamir Abbassi, a Pakistani, told FBI investigators that he barely Rizwan and his wife Tashfeen Malik. Malik had been a convert to TJ Deobandism while attending the al Hulda women’s seminary in Pakistan. The founder of the al Hulda seminary had migrated to Canada and founded an affiliate in a suburb of Toronto where three women were recruited to join ISIS in Syria. The National Security Task Force of America of the Lisa Benson Show uncovered a TJ affiliated network of Shifa health clinics in the Bible belt that spread across the US. It was directed at providing health care to low income minorities along with da’wa, the call to Islam. Haney further noted that the choice of return to the US and his Pakistani bride via Chicago and given their appearance in Sharia compliant attire was purposeful. It was deemed a safer port of entry than Atlanta.
The FBI according to Haney is not trained in profile considerations because of the over arching civil rights and civil liberties concerns of the Bush and the Obama Administrations. That led to the creation of the countering violent extremism program at DHS with Muslim Brotherhood front group advisors. FBI training lacks the necessary nuances to detect adherents of potentially seditious Islamic doctrine under Sharia. That was compounded by the lack of domestic intelligence and communications with the DHS CBP that has vastly more enforcement authority on immigration issues. Thus, the FBI had investigated Orlando jihadist Mateen three times without alerting the CBP that could have provided information on Mateen’s prior trips to Saudi Arabia.
Haney was part of a panel that included four prominent counter jihadists at a Hearing of the US Senate Judiciary Oversight Subcommittee on “Radical Islam” and terrorism. The Hearing was chaired by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on June 28, 2016. Others of note included Dr. M. Zhudi Jasser, Chris Gaubatz undercover investigator and former federal prosecutor and author, Andrew McCarthy. There were also representatives from ISNA and a retired FBI agent on the panel.
The Senate Judiciary Committee reconvened on June 30th to hear testimony from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson . DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson was questioned by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Johnson alleged that he didn’t know of Haney and willfully dismissed the latter’s testimony without answering the Cruz’s questions about Administration efforts to deny the connection between Supremacist Islamic ideology and homicidal Jihad in America.. In his testimony Haney recounted being forced by DHS officials to expunge more than 850 records allegedly offensive to Muslim persons of interest. Johnson denied any knowledge of this action. Cruz continued with his withering examination of the factual record of Secretary Johnson. He drew attention to the Administration’s redaction of training materials and intelligence reports “offensive to American Muslims” and liaison with both domestic and foreign Muslim Brotherhood figures advising it on ‘countering violent extremism.”
Watch the exchanges between Sen. Cruz and Secretary Johnson in this WND C-SPAN video clip.
To Haney’s view the 3 hour plus June 28th hearing was a watershed moment. It revealed the extent of Muslim Brotherhood influence in Congress, the Administration and in advisory positions in national law and immigration enforcement agencies. The Hearing also exposed their ultimate goal of supplanting our Constitution with Sharia, Islamic law. Asked what could be done to thwart entry of such threats, Haney said, give the CBP officers in all the ports in the US three weeks training in the Islamic supremacist threat doctrine and the message would be spread globally in the Muslim ummah they could be stopped.
This is an updated excerpt of an earlier article by the author published in the July edition of The New English Review.