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Awful: Obama Administration put a stop to probe of San Bernardino jihadists prior to attack
And promptly harassed the DHS officer who tried to do his job.
The Hill has published an absolutely explosive op-ed this morning by Philip Haney, who recently retired from the Department of Homeland Security after basically being forced out of his job. Why? Because he was trying to protect homeland security, specifically by probing and tracking the activities of certain suspected terrorists - including the San Bernardino attackers.
Haney tells a stunning tale of how the Obama Administration not only shut down his efforts, but when he resisted, they investigated him and put him in a position where the best outcome he could get was an early retirement. But apparently they didn't secure his agreement to keep quiet about the incident, because Haney tells the tale this morning in detail that should be front-page news in every media outlet in America:
Another focus of my investigation was the Pakistani women’s Islamist group al-Huda, which counted Farook’s wife, Tashfeen Malik, as a student. While the al-Huda International Welfare Foundation distanced themselves from the actions of their former pupil, Malik’s classmates told the Daily Mail she changed significantly while studying at al-Huda, gradually becoming “more serious and strict.” More ominously, the group’s presence in the U.S. and Canada is not without its other ties to ISIS and terrorism. In 2014, three recent former students at al-Huda’s affiliate school in Canada, aged 15 to 18, left their homes to join the Islamic State in Syria.
We had these two groups in our sights; if the investigation had continued and additional links been identified and dots connected, we might have given advance warning of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino. The combination of Farook’s involvement with the Dar Al Uloom Al Islamiyah Mosque and Malik’s attendance at al-Huda would have indicated, at minimum, an urgent need for comprehensive screening. It could also have led to denial of Malik’s K-1 visa or possibly gotten Farook placed on the No Fly list.
But after more than six months of research and tracking; over 1,200 law enforcement actions and more than 300 terrorists identified; and a commendation for our efforts; DHS shut down the investigation at the request of the Department of State and DHS’ own Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Division. They claimed that since the Islamist groups in question were not Specially Designated Terrorist Organizations (SDTOs) tracking individuals related to these groups was a violation of the travelers’ civil liberties. These were almost exclusively foreign nationals: When were they granted the civil rights and liberties of American citizens?
Worse still, the administration then went back and erased the dots we were diligently connecting. Even as DHS closed my investigation, I knew that data I was looking at could prove significant to future counterterror efforts and tried to prevent the information from being lost to law enforcement. In 2013, I met with the DHS Inspector General in coordination with several members of Congress to attempt to warn the American people’s elected representatives about the threat.
In retaliation, DHS and the Department of Justice subjected me to a series of investigations and adverse actions, including one by that same Inspector General. None of them showed any wrongdoing; they seemed aimed at stopping me from blowing the whistle on this problem. Earlier this year, I was finally able to honorably retire from government and I’m now taking my story to the American people as a warning.
I put a lot of stock in Haney's story because a) he is not one of these cowards who hides behind anonymity; and b) he provides enough detail that you can tell he experienced this first-hand.
Note that it's John Kerry's State Department that is interfering with the work of Homeland Security and threatening dedicated officers who are trying to prevent terror activity. Can anyone be surprised by that? Kerry's entire mindset - not only as Secretary of State but throughout his career in public service - has been to hate on America and grovel in front of our enemies. Is it any surprise that he would feel the need to stop the probing of Islamisists within our midst so he can go and tell the emirs and potentates of the Middle East that he's doing their bidding and putting the hammer on those horrible American counterterrorism people?
But as alwayys, the buck stops with Obama. He's the one who made Kerry Secretary of State, and worse, he's the one who consistently shows he cares more about the rights of Muslims who may or may not be citizens of this country than he does about the prospective victims of jihadists that we already know are in our midst.
It's one thing to say that you can't possibly know about every prospective jihadist. It's quite another thing, though, when you've got them in your sights and the government tells you to stand down because they're worried about political correctness - and that's exactly what we see here. The Obama White House refuses to do everything within its power to prevent terror attacks, because some of what it could do offends its left-wing ideological sensibilities - and that always takes precedence with this administration.
I know the mainstream media will desperately want to ignore this story, so those who try to do so should come under serious pressure from the people of this country. Why are you ignoring Philip Haney's story? Seriously, anyone who doesn't cover this deserves to be out of business tomorrow.
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