Retired DHS Official Reveals Secret Obama Orders to PROTECT Jihadis
In an op ed published by The Hill on Friday, a former DHS official claimed the Obama administration had forced him to “scrub” the records of men and women with terrorist ties.
Phillip Haney, a retired official who worked at the Department of Homeland Security for 15 years, says that under the Obama administration, he was “ordered by my superiors at the Department of Homeland Security to delete or modify several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups like Hamas,” among others.
“Amid the chaos of the 2009 holiday travel season, jihadists planned to slaughter 290 innocent travelers on a Christmas Day flight from the Netherlands to Detroit, Michigan,” Haney wrote. “Twenty-three-year old Nigerian Muslim Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab intended to detonate Northwest Airlines Flight 253, but the explosives in his underwear malfunctioned and brave passengers subdued him until he could be arrested.
“The graphic and traumatic defeat they planned for the United States failed, that time,” he added.
Haney then described President Barack Obama’s response to the attempted attack, which was to blame DHS officials for their failure to “connect the dots,” adding that, “this was not a failure to collect intelligence, it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had.”
“Most Americans were unaware of the enormous damage to morale at the Department of Homeland Security, where I worked, his condemnation caused,” Haney continued. “His words infuriated many of us because we knew his administration had been engaged in a bureaucratic effort to destroy the raw material — the actual intelligence we had collected for years, and erase those dots.”
“Just before that Christmas Day attack, in early November 2009, I was ordered by my superiors at the Department of Homeland Security to delete or modify several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups like Hamas from the important federal database, the Treasury Enforcement Communications System,” Haney said.
“These types of records are the basis for any ability to ‘connect dots.’ Every day, DHS Customs and Border Protection officers watch entering and exiting many individuals associated with known terrorist affiliations, then look for patterns. Enforcing a political scrubbing of records of Muslims greatly affected our ability to do that. Even worse, going forward, my colleagues and I were prohibited from entering pertinent information into the database.”
Haney also said that the Obama administration’s scrubbing of records has weakened our ability to fight terrorism in the present.
“It is very plausible that one or more of the subsequent terror attacks on the homeland could have been prevented if more subject matter experts in the Department of Homeland Security had been allowed to do our jobs back in late 2009,” he concluded. “It is demoralizing — and infuriating — that today, those elusive dots are even harder to find, and harder to connect, than they were during the winter of 2009.”
If there’s any wonder why we haven’t been able to catch terrorists like Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook, look no further than the DHS that Haney describes. It only practices homeland security when that mission doesn’t interfere with political correctness. What else can you expect, though, from a president who refuses to call Islamic terrorism by its real name?
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