Obama Admin’s Purge of Intel: Naiveté or Treason?

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We recently watched Senator Ted Cruz grilling DHS chief Jeh Johnson on the scrubbing of jihad-and Muslim–Brotherhood related words from government documents. In October of 2011, there was a similar purge of 700 documents and 300 presentations from FBI training manuals.

This followed a letter signed by 57 U.S. Islamic groups to then-counterterrorism czar John Brennan.

The result is, the agents that are charged with the guardianship of our defense from the Global Jihad Movement are unable to properly identify the enemy.

Johnson professed to be ignorant of these events and defended the separation of Islam from terrorism, as enhancing the War on Terror, which the WH renamed the more generic “Countering Violent Extremism.” This ludicrous theory claims that we mustn’t alienate Muslim advocacy groups, which are helping us protect America from terror. As the story unfolds, it seems as if CVE is more about protecting the “civil rights” of those suspected of terror connections than about protecting America. Some of the very groups our security agencies are working with have apparent links to terror organizations.

The operative doctrine is, just because an individual belongs to a terrorist group, that doesn’t mean he’s a terrorist. Say what? Are we trying to lose the War on Terror? Maybe.

This mission of the Administration is at least abysmally naïve, and at worst treason, if you consider that:

On November 15, 2014, … the United Arab Emirates designated several of the U.S. government’s Islamist interlocutors – notably, CAIR, MAS and IRW – as terrorist organizations. Two days later, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke was obliged to state publicly that the U.S. government does not consider CAIR and MAS to be terrorist organizations, setting the stage for diplomatic demarches to the UAE urging that its designations of these groups be rescinded.

CAIR and ISNA remain unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation Trial. Both groups maintain well-proven links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Also, Islamic Relief (a.k.a. IR or IRW), another signatory to the Red-Green axis’ letter to John Brennan, has its own long history of affiliations with individuals and organizations known to have links to terrorism.

On December 25, 2013, Egypt designated the MB as a terrorist organization, a move that was followed by Saudi Arabia on March 7, 2014, then quickly echoed by the UAE. In addition, on November 15, 2014, the UAE designated CAIR and IRW (and MAS) as terrorist organizations, specifically labeling IRW as a part of the global MB network.  — The Center for Security Policy

The Muslim Brotherhood has declared, in its Explanatory Memorandum that it means to destroy America from within.

But this national suicide has been going on for some time:

Sen. Cruz referred to the testimony, days earlier, of one of America’s guardians, Philip B. Haney, a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and author of the book, “See Something Say Nothing.”

Note: “TECS” is “an information-sharing platform, which allows users to access different databases relevant to the anti-terrorism and law enforcement mission of the Customs and Border Protection (CPB) and numerous other federal agencies that it supports.

“CBP officers and Border Patrol agents enter reports based upon their observations and interactions with the public at the border. These reports are maintained in TECS as Memoranda of Information Received (MOIRs). These may relat[e] to an encounter with a traveler, [or] a memorable event [that could be] related to terrorism, criminal, or other illicit intention.” —DHS

These abbreviations are used by Haney in his testimony:

October 15, 2009 The First Great Purge begins, when I am ordered by DHS HQ to ‘modify’ linking information in ~820 TECS subject records (most related to the Muslim Brotherhood network in the U.S.), i.e., to remove ‘unauthorized references to terrorism.’ No more MOIR’s, no more TECS records, no more research, and no more ‘special treatment’ from the Agency.’

Mr. Haney, retired since 2015, outlines how his work as an agent on a highly suspicious group was summarily blocked by the DHS and the State Department, “because we may be discriminating against them, simply because they are Muslims, and thus violating their civil rights & civil liberties.”

“They had concerns about civil rights and civil liberties of these individuals, by the way, who are foreign nationals,” Haney said.

The group is called, “Tablighi Jamaat”; the project was approved by the DHS Chief Council, Haney testified on June 28th. He relates that:

In June-July, 2012 The TJ Initiative is ‘taken in another direction,’ (a government-speak euphemism for being shut down). This was done despite the fact that [1] in 9 months, we had conducted 1,200 law enforcement actions, [2] I was formally commended for finding 300 individuals with possible connections to terrorism, and [3] 25% of the individuals in Guantanamo Bay had known links to Tablighi Jamaat.

Haney declares in a video that the organization has between 75 and 125 million members worldwide.

He also relates a fact that may be germane to the killing of the project:

A controversial ‘Inaugural Meeting’ occurred on January 27-28, 2010 between American Muslin leaders and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was hosted by DHS-CRCL. The Inaugural Meeting was controversial because several of the individuals who attended the invitation-only two-day conference in Washington, DC were known affiliates of two of the same MB front groups that were named as Unindicted Co-Conspirators in the 2008 HLF Trial (i.e., ISNA and MPAC), while a third invited group, the Muslim American Society (MAS), is also a known MB affiliate.

Then, in the Spring of 2010, at least six individuals with known affiliations to MB front groups, including Omar Alomari (MAS and several other MB-linked organizations), Mohamed Magid (ISNA), Mohamed Elibiary (HLF leaders), Dahlia Mogahed (CAIR, ISNA, MAS & MPAC), Nadia Roumani (American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute AMCLI), and Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Arif Alikhan (MPAC & the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California ISCSC), were appointed to the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Working Group, which was convened under the authority of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).

Here, Philip Haney reveals that in 2010 a CPB agent was actually erasing some of the dots that the agents have to connect in order to protect America:

By the Spring of 2010, we had come to the point that a CBP Officer was literally removing linking information (the ‘dots’) on MB-linked individuals from TECS, while the Administration was bringing the same individuals into positions of influence, to help create and implement our CT [Counter-Terrorism] Policy, both in the domestic arena, and in the foreign policy arena (as evidenced in our overt support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Libya, Algeria and Syria).

TheBlaze reported:

In December of 2011, Clinton met with OIC leaders for three days behind closed doors at the State Department in December 2011, where one of the stated topics of discussion with these foreign leaders was “training government officials on religious and cultural awareness.” Not only would U.S.-based Islamic groups have a direct say in the counter-terrorism training of U.S. government officials and agents, but it would also be done now in consultation with foreign Islamic states.

So, our government invited the foxes into a meeting on how to make the chicken house safe. Just naïve?

That same month, Hillary Clinton, with President Obama’s blessing, succeeded in getting UN Resolution 16/18 passed. The measure purported to fight religious intolerance, but actually moves us on the path to blasphemy laws like those in Europe. There, one can be fined or jailed for statements critical of Islam.

Haney testified that in late 2011, he had been assigned to an Advanced Targeting Team (ATT), “where I work exclusively on the TJ Project, which is quickly upgraded to an ‘Initiative,’ (i.e., a global level case).

On March 15, 2012 “Seven lawyers and three SES administrators meet with management personnel at the NTC, to express concern for our focus on Tablighi Jamaat, which is not a designated terrorist group. A few months later, the project was shut down, as noted above.

He testifies that on August 22, 2012, “The Institute of Islamic Education (IIE) case is entered into TECS. This is the case that links directly to both the San Bernardino mosque, and to the Fort Pierce mosque.” That’s right: the two massacres are related, Haney says. But:

“September 21, 2012 The Second Great Purge – All 67 records in the IIE case are completely deleted (not just ‘modified’) from TECS; I am also investigated for the sixth time in my career.”

Watch video of Philip Haney’s testimony here.

Using open source data, tracing a web of other organizations, Haney concluded that “[Omar] Mateen was not a lone wolf but his network of influence can be tied to the San Bernardino terrorists.” — CounterJihadReport

Since he used open sources, why was he able to do this, but the FBI could not? Maybe it had something to do with the 67 files that were deleted by the Administration. But Haney’s recall of his previous work helped him make the connection.

Here’s the path he followed: Orlando shooter Mateen worshipped at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, FL. “The Fort Pierce mosque’s website features a link that demonstrates its relationship to the Shariah Board of America, a division of the Rahmat-e-Alam Foundation, which operates the Darul Uloom Chicago madrassa,” said WND.

“The madrassa is closely affiliated with the Institute of Islamic Education, which was a major component of Haney’s Tablighi Jamaat case.” If you remember, the Administration deleted the 67 records related to IIE.

Darul Uloom in Chicago leads to California, where fourteen people were murdered at a Christmas party, last year. “Now we’re overlapping with the San Bernardino case because the mosque in San Bernardino was called Darul Uloom Islammiya,” said Haney.

So a retired agent, who could be spending his days fishing, prefers to be a patriot, while our president, with the acquiescence of the GOP-controlled Congress appears to be selling us out.

About the Author

Bob Bennett
Bob Bennett
Bob Bennett is a New York-based writer who has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal and the NY Post, and has appeared on Fox News. He has traveled widely and written for the NY Post, the Jewish Press, and other publications. Bob was also award-winning producer of a travel radio show heard on New York’s 50,000-watt station, WOR-AM and the Sky Angel Network. He now writes for the Independent Sentinel, Instigator News and Red State Diaries.
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