Editor note: We have an exclusive, full-length interview with Philip Haney at the bottom of the article that was conducted on Behind the Uniforms before his death.
Amador County, California – While claims of suicide have been scandalously tossed around regarding the mystifying death of Philip Haney, the coroner for the Amador County Sheriff’s Office has called the suicide claims “misinformation”.
Of course, when you realize that Haney blew the lid off of the Obama-era led DHS while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, you might understand why “suicide” would be put front and center first.
Law Enforcement Today was the first media outlet in the nation to break the news of his death, hours before a report from the sheriff’s office stated the following:
“[Deputies] located and identified 66-year-old Philip Haney, who was deceased and appeared to have suffered a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound. A firearm was located next to Haney and his vehicle.”
Some reports have indicated that the self-inflicted gunshot wound was to have been in Haney’s chest.
However, the coroner for the Amador County Sheriff’s Office has been critical of the misinformation being spread about the ongoing investigation. Sheriff’s deputies found Haney’s on February 21st less than three miles from his home.
In a press release dated February 25th, the coroner wanted to set the record straight regarding the investigation.
The coroner’s release stated:
“Unfortunately, there was misinformation immediately being put out that we have determined Mr. Haney’s death to be a suicide. This is not the case.
We are currently in the beginning phase of our investigation and any final determination as to the cause and manner of Mr. Haney’s death would be extremely premature and inappropriate.
No determination will be made until all evidence is examined and analyzed.”
One would hope that this case would be looked into, especially since self-inflicted gun shots rarely occur in one’s chest. With regard to gun-involved suicides, data shows that the most common site for self-inflicted gunshots is the head.
I can confirm at @OANN we are investigating the suspicious death of DHS whistleblower Phil Haney
We have spoken with local sources that suggest this may have been a homicide
Updates to follow as our investigation develops
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 22, 2020
At this time, the coroner also reported that the FBI is assisting with the investigation.
“We have reached out to our law enforcement partners in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to assist in analyzing documents, phone records, and a laptop that were recovered from the scene and Mr. Haney’s RV.
We are currently in possession of his vehicle, the firearm located at the scene, and his RV and we will be requesting evidence processing assistance from the FBI on those items as well.”
Currently, the circumstances in which Haney died are still being investigated, and an autopsy will be planned to better determine what might have played out. What also has raised questions about whether this was a suicide or a homicide by those familiar with Haney, was his general state of perceived happiness.
Somebody I deeply respected and considered a friend Phil Haney – a DHS whistleblower during the Obama Admin was apparently killed yesterday in Southern California. Pray for his family and pray they find the person who murdered him. Still trying to get confirmation on details
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) February 22, 2020
Haney was the author of the book “See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad”, and had been in talks since November of last year for a follow up to the book.
Not to mention, he was engaged to be married and was speaking with DHS officials about returning to the agency once again. Does this sound like someone suicidal?
Friends of Haney told us that they spoke with Haney earlier this week and he’d “never been happier”. They’ve suggested there’s absolutely no way he would have taken his own life… and reinforce that he’s had many enemies since he blew the whistle on the Obama administration.
After filming with Law Enforcement Today two years ago, he cautioned our crew off camera:
“There are a lot of people who want to make what I know disappear. There’s a war happening for the soul of America.”
Haney’s his wife lost her battle with cancer in 2019. Haney was engaged to be married later this year.
Haney was preparing to go back on the road in advance of the upcoming election. He was currently living in California.
In 2018, Haney told Intercessors for America prayer activists that he had been working on a “special assignment” in Minnesota to stop Rep. Keith Ellison from being elected Minnesota’s Attorney General. As we approach the 2020 elections, friends of Haney’s told us he was planning on doubling down on efforts to “protect America from progressive leftists socialists”.
Haney was a guest on IFA’s now-weekly pre-election prayer call, where when asked by IFA’s Dave Kubal what’s at stake in the 2018 midterm elections, Haney said:
“What’s at stake is our sovereignty, the right to choose the form of government we would live under.”
“This is a moment that’s generational,” said Haney, “and now is the time for us to stand up and take our place in representation of government as ordained by God and to reaffirm the values that our country was founded on, and choose life, not death.”
According to Haney, the Constitution is threatened by “progressive leftist socialists” and by the Islamic movement. He said their goal is to impose Sharia law:
And that’s where Keith Ellison comes in. He’s actually a hybrid between both. He represents and is supported both by antifa, MoveOn.org, the Democratic national party’s position on abortion, open borders, sanctuary cities, every platform of the left, whereas on the other side he’s also affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the global Islamic movement that seeks to establish Sharia law.
Haney, who is credited with helping capture more than 300 jihadists, is best known for blowing the whistle on the Obama administration for shutting down an investigation he was leading that could have potentially stopped, among others, delete and scrub records the terrorist attack in San Bernardino.
That attack, occurring on December 2, 2015, left 14 people dead and 22 seriously injured from gunshot wounds at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.
The perpetrators, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a married couple living in the city of Redlands, targeted a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health training event and holiday party, of about 80 employees, in a rented banquet room.
Farook was an American-born U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, who worked as a health department employee. Malik was a Pakistani-born lawful permanent resident of the United States.
After the shooting, the couple fled in a rented sport utility vehicle (SUV). Four hours later, police pursued their vehicle and killed them in a shootout. On December 3, 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened a counter-terrorism investigation. On December 6, 2015, in a prime-time address delivered from the Oval Office, President Barack Obama defined the shooting as an act of terrorism.
Backing up 6 years, Haney was being ordered to scrub and delete records. His Senate testimony can be seen here.
According to information he provided under the Whistle Blower’s Act, Haney said:
“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.
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.”
After a failed terror attempt in December of 2009, then President Obama said, “this was not a failure to collect intelligence, it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence we already had.”
But, according to Haney, the top down directive 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), was issued in November of 2009.
In an article that he penned, Haney wrote:
Most Americans were unaware of the enormous damage to morale at the Department of Homeland Security, where I worked, his condemnation caused.
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.
The dots constitute the intelligence needed to keep Americans safe, and the Obama administration was ordering they be wiped away.
After leaving my 15 year career at DHS, I can 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, 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 (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 our ability to do that. Even worse, going forward, my colleagues and I were prohibited from entering pertinent information into the database.
A few weeks later, in my 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, I was being forced to delete and scrub the records.
And I was well aware that, 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 (May 2010), Detroit “honor killing” perpetrator Rahim A. Alfetlawi (2011); Amine El Khalifi, who plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol (2012); Dzhokhar or Tamerlan Tsarnaev who conducted the Boston Marathon bombing (2013); Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Nolen (2014); or Muhammed Yusuf Abdulazeez, who opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee (2015).
The FBI still has a Most Wanted Terrorist list.
Terrorism experts like Haney are troubled by the fact that many of those on the list have never been brought to justice.
Here’s Haney’s last interview that he did with Law Enforcement Today’s National Spokesman, Kyle Reyes.
Everyone is talking about the FBI "memos" and the "deep state"…. so we're pretty sure you're going to find this episode of Behind the Uniforms fascinating. My guest… you might have seen him on Hannity recently. It's a man who essentially helped start DHS… and became a whistle-blower when the Obama administration targeted the work his department was doing that could have stopped terror attacks.It's a long but powerful story. Buckle up.
Posted by Kyle Reyes on Monday, January 29, 2018
Whatever comes of this investigation, we hope that justice is served – properly.
Note from LET National Spokesman Kyle Reyes: Law Enforcement Today was the first media outlet in America to report on the death of Haney… and it was perhaps one of the more difficult stories we’ve had to write to date. That’s because we knew him personally.
Two years ago, I spent the better half of a day with Philip. We developed an immediate friendship. His love of God and country was something he absolutely radiated.
He mentioned several times the number of enemies he had and that although there were a lot of people in the Obama administration who wanted to silence him, that he was a “tank” and had managed to “keep driving forward”. He personalized it for me. He told me that it was important to him to help keep MY children and ALL children safe from those looking to bring great harm to America.
This isn’t a reflection on the investigation or the hard work that law enforcement is doing to get to the bottom of what really happened. It’s not an accusation, one way or another. It’s simply an important note to be made about the character of this patriotic American.
Regardless of what the investigation turns up and who is ultimately declared “responsible”, you have a man here who dedicated his life to law enforcement and to trying to make America a better place. A safer place. A place that’s brought back to our Constitutional roots.
He didn’t fear those who he believed were out to do him harm. He feared an America where evil triumphed because good men did nothing. He feared people falling into the lie that socialism is good for us… or becoming complacent and not destroying evil at the root.
I don’t know what happened in our brother’s final moments. I think it’s safe to say that we probably never will know. But here’s a man who fought every single day to try and prevent America from falling at the hands of those who’d like to see Her burn. And for that… for that sacrifice… for that fortitude… we owe the man our undying gratitude.
Rest in peace, brother.