Orlando shooter Omar Mateen (left) and San Bernardino shooters Tashfeen Malik (center) and Syed Rizwan Farook (right)
WND, by GREG COROMBOS, JUNE 15, 2016:
A former Department of Homeland Security official says it took him only a few hours to connect Sunday’s Islamic terrorist attack in Orlando to December’s carnage in San Bernardino, and he says the federal government’s active refusal to acknowledge reality is “handcuffing” efforts to keep the American people safe.
Philip Haney served nearly a decade at the Department of Homeland Security after its inception in 2003. His responsibilities there included investigations for Customs and Border Patrol through its National Targeting Center. While there, he played a key role in vetting people connected to Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamic group with some 70 million members.
He is the author of the new book, “See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad.”
In less than two days since the massacre at the Pulse club in Orlando, reports have surfaced that terrorist Omar Saddiqui Mateen was investigated multiple times by the FBI but was ultimately deemed not to be a threat, despite professing a link to the Boston Marathon bombers and the terrorist group Hezbollah.
Haney said that should have raised innumerable red flags, but he said the FBI’s own training procedures, updated in 2012, stopped common sense from taking the probe any further.
“Just because an individual is affiliated with a known terrorist organization, we can’t automatically assume that individual is a terrorist,” Haney said.
“That’s handcuffing. That is making it virtually impossible for basic law enforcement actions to be taken,” he said. “How can you develop a case if you’re trying to go to probable cause when you’re prohibited from making an association between an individual and the organization that he may be affiliated with?”
In addition to the stifling rules, Haney said one hand of government doesn’t know what the other is doing. He said all relevant government entities are supposed to be coordinated by a joint terrorism task force, but the idea works better in concept than in reality.
“The same thing happened with the Boston bombing,” Haney noted. “There was a disconnect in the transfer of information regarding the Tsarnaev brothers prior to that event. Apparently, here was a disconnect here as well.”
Reports that former co-workers were alarmed at Mateen’s angry rants are also chilling to Haney, especially the indications that the employer never followed up on the complaints with authorities out of fear of being politically incorrect. Haney said it’s the same story America saw in San Bernardino, when a neighbor was suspicious of what was happening at the terrorists’ home but did not report anything out of fear of being labeled Islamophobic.
Haney said the ignored warnings from co-workers also reminds him of another horrific case.
“The first thing that comes to mind when I hear about co-workers being concerned is exactly what happened with Nidal Hasan before the Fort Hood shootings. It’s like a tape recorder. We’re listening to exactly the same comments from people who raised concerns,” Haney said.
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So while FBI Director James Comey says there was no basis to continue the investigation after Mateen insisted his pro-terrorist statements were just angry falsehoods expressed in anger to his co-workers, Haney said a few hours of work on Sunday not only proved Mateen was not a lone wolf but his network of influence can be tied to the San Bernardino terrorists.
After learning that Mateen was affiliated with the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce (Florida), Haney quickly discovered a statement from the center’s imam confirming that Mateen worshiped at the mosque. He said that connection is important to establish before unraveling the rest of the thread.
“I always follow the same process,” he said. “There are individuals, and there are organizations. They are inseparable, and one always leads to the other.”
Haney then discovered the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce is affiliated with the Sharia Board of America.
“Then I find out that the Sharia Board of America is directly linked to an association called the Rahmat-e-Alam Foundation,” said Haney, who then found the foundation was linked to a very familiar group.
“I’m now realizing I’m about to touch a case that was related to the San Bernardino shootings, the case that the records were deleted from by my own government and a case that was related to the Tablighi Jamaat Initiative that I worked on at the National Targeting Center. Ultimately, the Tablighi Jamaat case was shut down by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security out of concerns that the civil liberties of Muslims would be infringed.”
But Haney said the trail keeps going, as Rahmat-e-Alam is affiliated with the Darul Uloom Chicago.
“Now we’re overlapping with the San Bernardino case because the mosque in San Bernardino was called Darul Uloom Islammiya,” said Haney.
But there’s more.
“It turns out that the Darul Uloom Chicago organization, which is a madrassa, is directly related to the Islamic Institute of Education case that I worked on as an active-duty officer,” he said.
“All of it goes back to the Tablighi Jamaat case that I worked on at the National Targeting Center,” Haney explained. “There was only one degree of separation from the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce and that entire network that I worked on back in 2011.”
If Haney could connect that many dots in an afternoon, why couldn’t the federal government do the same?
“Did the FBI have access to any of that information? I don’t know,” he said. “Did the [Customs and Border Patrol organization] affiliates have access to this information? Yes, they did. Did anyone put the picture together? It doesn’t look like it.”
Haney stressed that these links are critical and meaningful because affiliation for Muslims is hugely important.
“In Islam, there is really no such thing as a lone-wolf individual. In Islam, the sense of community and family is an overriding awareness of everyone,” Haney said.
Fidelity to the Quran and the Hadith are other pillars of Islamic life, but he said the Islamic approach to homosexuality also cannot be ignored here.
“There is a fourth component and that the cultural, traditional worldview, that is violently opposed to homosexuality throughout the Islamic world,” he explained.
But none of that is enough for the government to remove its blinders with respect to radical Islam, according to Haney.
He was investigated nine times while working at Homeland Security, eight times during the Obama administration. Three of those probes ran simultaneously. The government also refused to allow him to see the files relevant to his case and the shuttering of the Tablighi Jamaat investigation. He was forced to obtain them through Freedom of Information laws. He said emails among the State Department, Homeland Security and other agencies told the the real story.
“They had concerns about civil rights and civil liberties of these individuals, by the way, who are foreign nationals,” Haney said.
How did the priorities get so mixed up? Haney said it all goes back to one moment.
“Things really started going sideways after the Holy Land Foundation trial in November 2008, when it was irrefutably proven in federal court that groups like Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Society of North America (and) the North American Islamic Trust were to support for Hamas. That point is the turning point in the history of counter-terrorism,” Haney said.
“At that point, the administration had to make a conscious decision, whether to act on that law enforcement-based evidence and go forward and shut those groups down or ignore it and create a new policy, And that’s exactly what they did,” he said. “So people like me, who focused on those groups, ran headlong into the administration’s policy. Many of us suffered because of it.
Haney was also interviewed on Secure Freedom Radio:
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Department of Homeland Security whistleblower Philip Haney, who said an investigation into radical Islam that might have stopped the San Bernardino jihad attack was scuttled by DHS for politically-correct reasons, joined SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon for a special edition of Breitbart News Sunday on the evening after the Orlando shootings.
Haney said he had some “devastating things to share” with the Breitbart News Daily audience about the Orlando case, based on his “expertise on the global Islamic movement, and the individuals and organizations affiliated with that.” He specified that there were some chilling parallels between the Orlando shooter and the San Bernardino jihadis, because both were involved with Islamist networks that were on the National Targeting Center’s radar when he worked there.
“All day, I’ve been digging in and finding the links, connecting the dots, and now I’d like to share with you what I found,” said Haney. “According to its website, the Islamic Center of Ft. Pierce – where Omar Mir Seddique Mateen regularly attended – according to the imam, Shafeeq ur-Rahman, he confirmed that that was the mosque Omar Mir Seddique Mateen attended. The Islamic Center of Ft. Pierce is directly linked to an organization called the Sharia Board of America.”
Haney explained that sharia means “Islamic law,” and said the Sharia Board of America is, in turn, a “direct division of an organization called Rahmat-e-Alam,” whose name means “Mercy to the World.”
Rhamat-e-Alam is directly affiliated with the Darul Uloom Chicago, which Haney described as “a madrassa [Islamic school] that teaches young boys to memorize the Koran.”
“Now we get deeper,” said Haney. “In turn, the Darul Uloom Chicago is directly linked to my 2012 case involving the Institute of Islamic Education, along with two other Islamic centers like the one in Ft. Pierce, which is the case with the 67 deleted records that I’ve been talking about for several months.”
“The entire case is linked to at least two major organizations, and 18 other Islamic centers across the United States that were part of the Tablighi Jamaat case at the National Targeting Center,” he continued. “There’s a complete circuit, all the way from Florida, clear to the Tablighi Jamaat at NTC.”
As Haney explained during his ground-breaking interview with Breitbart News in December 2015, the Tablighi Jamaat is a Salafi Muslim fundamentalist group whose name means “Party of the Promoters.”
Haney described the Tablighi Jamaat in December as a key element of global Islamic radicalism, a group that has been working to bring large numbers of Salafi Muslims into the United States on the visa waiver program. It was Haney’s attention to this group that was declared “politically incorrect” by the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Division of the Department of Homeland Security.
Haney said on Sunday night that he didn’t need access to any of the voluminous data he compiled on the Tablighi Jamaat during his NTC days to connect the dots after the Orlando shooting — he just went to the websites of the groups involved, as any media or law-enforcement investigator could do.
“This stuff is in broad daylight,” said an astonished Bannon. “How can our officials sit there, and how can President Obama — the Commander-in-Chief of our armed forces — stand in front of a microphone, and not mention anything about this? How can they be sending people on TV all day, and we’re talking about domestic violence, if you just went to open-source websites and connected dots, how can people in the government who are being paid to protect us today, how can they not be doing this? It makes a rational person go crazy. It’s like we’re in some sort of Kafka novel.”
“I say that we’re in Alice in Wonderland, where the Dormouse has a .45,” replied Haney. “It’s very surreal.”
Haney said he was “struck by the statement earlier today that there were two cases opened on Mateen in the past, and in both cases, they didn’t find any evidence to charge him, when it took me three or four solid hours of work, but I found the direct link all the way from the Islamic Center of Ft. Pierce, all the way back to my case that I worked on at the National Targeting Center.”
“There’s no gaps in it,” he declared. “It’s a direct, step-by-step, dot-by-dot affiliation and link — just exactly what we were supposed to do as law enforcement, connect the dots. Well, sitting here, I connected the dots on the whole network.”
“This is remarkably similar to the San Bernardino shootings. There’s a lot of overlap in the two networks. They tie together,” Haney said.
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