As we continue to learn details about the terror attack that took the lives of 49 people at a popular Orlando nightclub, we’re now learning that the attack might have been preventable. A whistleblower from the Department of Homeland Security has come forward to claim that the department scrubbed records that tied Muslims to terrorism, records that might have prevented the attacks in both San Bernardino and Orlando.
Philip Haney was a founding member of the DHS, beginning his work for the department in 2003. His job, as he explains it, was “connecting the dots” between individuals, organizations, and networks across the country that may have had ties to terrorism.
In 2009, six years into his tenure with the department, Haney claims critical information about U.S. based Muslims with terror ties, which represented years of painstaking work, were deleted from the DHS’s records.
“It was directed from DHS headquarters,” Haney said on Tuesday’s Hannity. “It’s important to keep in mind that that was one year after the November 2008 Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terror trial in American history, that irrefutably proved that these individuals from the Muslim Brotherhood front groups were in direct financial support of Hamas.”
It was during this trial that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America, and the North American Islamic Trust were named as un-indicted co-conspirators in funneling money to the terrorist organization Hamas.
According to Haney, orders to purge DHS records came down shortly after President Obama took office in 2009 and then again in 2012. He believes that both the San Bernardino and Orlando attacks might have been prevented had the purges not occurred.
“In the case of San Bernardino, Syed Farook and his wife, you had identified that mosque as a place you believe we should have been paying attention to?” Sean asked Haney.
“Yes. There’s an entire network of those kinds of mosques across the United States and I found out a couple of days ago that the mosque in Fort Pierce is also related to the same network,” Haney answered.
The San Bernardino attack was particularly preventable according to Haney. “Either Syed Farook would have been put on the no-fly list and not allowed to travel or his pending fiancé would have been denied a visa because of his affiliation with an organization with plausible ties to terrorism. That’s at least two different ways we could have stopped it.”
Watch Sean’s full interview with DHS whistleblower Philip Haney on Hannity: