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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. Twenty-three-year old Nigerian Muslim Umar Farouk Abdulmutalab 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.
Following the attempted attack, President Obama threw the intelligence community under the bus for its failure to “connect the dots.” He said, “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 his condemnation caused. His words infuriated many because they knew his administration had been engaged in a bureaucratic effort to destroy the raw material—the actual intelligence they had collected for years and erase those dots.
The dots constitute the intelligence needed to keep Americans safe, and the Obama administration was ordering they be wiped away.
After leaving his 15-year career at DHS, Phillip Haney could no longer be silent about the dangerous state of America’s counter-terror strategy, our leaders’ willingness to compromise the security of citizens for the ideological rigidity of political correctness—and, consequently, our vulnerability to devastating, mass-casualty attack.
Just before that Christmas Day attack, in early November 2009, Philip Haney was ordered by his 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 (TECS).
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 their ability to do that. Even worse, going forward, Philip Haney and his colleagues were prohibited from entering pertinent information into the database.
A few weeks later, in his office at the Port of Atlanta, the television hummed with the inevitable Congressional hearings that follow any terrorist attack. While members of Congress grilled Obama administration officials, demanding why their subordinates were still failing to understand the intelligence they had gathered, Philip Haney was being forced to delete and scrub the records.
And he understood, as a result, it was going to be vastly more difficult to “connect the dots” in the future—especially before an attack occurs.
As the number of successful and attempted Islamic terrorist attacks on America increased, the type of information that the Obama administration ordered removed from travel and national security databases was the kind of information that, if properly assessed, could have prevented subsequent domestic Islamist attacks like the ones committed by Faisal Shahzad in May 2010, or the Detroit “honor killing” in 2011; or the plot to blow up the U.S. Capitol in 2012; or the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013; or the Oklahoma beheading in 2014; or the open fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2015.
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 their jobs back in late 2009. Phillip Haney, at the time, described It as demoralizing—and infuriating. He confirmed those elusive dots are even harder to find, and harder to connect than they were during the winter of 2009 before Barack Obama took office. 
So, since then Philip Haney has been a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower and an outspoken critic of the administration of former President Barack Obama.
Philip Haney who at 66 years old was found dead Friday, about 40 miles east of Sacramento, Calif., local authorities said. According to the Amador County Sheriff’s Office, Haney appeared to have suffered a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"On February 21, 2020, at approximately 10:00 am, deputies and detectives responded to the area of Highway 124 and Highway 16 in Plymouth to the report of a male subject on the ground with a gunshot wound," the release read.
"Upon their arrival, they located and identified Philip Haney, who was deceased. A firearm was located next to Haney and his vehicle. This investigation is active and ongoing. No further details will be released at this time," the official added.
Haney was recently in contact with DHS officials about a possible return to the agency, the Washington Examiner reported, adding that he was also engaged to be married.
In June 2016, Haney testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he alleged that the Obama-era DHS had ordered him to delete hundreds of files about reputed associates of Islamic terrorist groups. Haney made the case that several attacks in the U.S. could have been prevented if some of the files had not been deleted.
Haney, who worked for DHS for about 15 years, was also the author of "See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government's Submission to Jihad."
In November, Haney contacted the Examiner about plans to publish a sequel to the book, the newspaper reported.
Haney, who retired in 2015, studied Arabic culture and language while working as a scientist in the Middle East before becoming a founding member of DHS in 2002 as a Customs and Border Protection agriculture officer.
After serving as an armed Customs and Border Protection officer, he was promoted to its Advanced Targeting Team. He specialized in Islamic theology and the strategy and tactics of the global Islamic movement.
Please explain how a man who has plans to marry and return to a position where he can right the wrongs of a previous administration; a man who has plans to write the sequel to a book would take his own life. I truly hope this man had a switch put in place because this one smells like a rotten fish.