On February 21, 2020, Philip Haney was found shot to death about 40 miles east of Sacramento (CA). The 66-year-old former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official had revealed shocking details about the Obama administration’s policy to turn a blind eye to the movement and activities of radical Islamists entering the country. Two years after Haney’s suspicious death, it was ruled a suicide. But was it really a case of suicide or is it a cover-up?
In his 2016 book Something Say Nothing (WND Books), Haney details what he witnessed as a DHS officer on duty under the Obama-Biden administration. By his first-hand account, the DHS under Obama was instructed to loosen its standards of scrutiny and go easy on Muslims with ties to terror/extremist organizations entering and moving across America. When Haney tried to do his job, i.e. reporting potential threats to national security and the safety of the American public by radical Islamists arriving at ports of entry, the government ignored him and even targeted him—administratively and legally.
Haney also testified before a senate judiciary subcommittee about what he saw and reported how the government had erased the files on potentially dangerous radical Muslims entering and moving across the United States. This, according to his book, would directly enable Islamic terrorists to carry out terror attacks in the country, like the one that happened in 2015 in San Bernardino.
Almost immediately after Haney’s death in February 2020, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office stated that it appeared to be a case of suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. That created an instant wave of skepticism and caused a backlash from conservatives. The sheriff’s office quickly went back on its statement and called in the FBI to take over the investigation. Then came a two-year-long period of dead silence. The news media had reported Haney’s death but fell way short of highlighting it. For two years, while the promised FBI investigation was supposedly underway, nobody heard anything about it. The lack of interest and absence of journalistic curiosity was beyond obvious.
However, a handful of skeptics would post something on social media or free-speech video sites to remind of the case. On October 5, 2020, a pro-America website The United West published a thought-provoking article about the silence of the FBI on Haney’s death. The article was titled “Is The FBI Waiting Until After The Election To Address Whistleblower Phil Haney’s Violent Death?” and it pointed to local reports in July 2020 about the FBI getting close to submitting its reports and analysis in the “coming few weeks.”
The article reminded that Mr. Haney had told several people about his thoughts on suicide—that he would never commit suicide. Then the article wrote:
Today is October 1st. It is difficult not to consider that the reason the politicized FBI is staying quiet is not based on evidence, but something more nefarious.
Last month, the authorities finally ruled Haney’s death a suicide but no evidence was shared with the public to support their ruling. There is supposedly a suicide note the authorities claimed they found on the dashboard of Haney’s car next to his body, but no such suicide note was mentioned in reports of his death in 2020. The content of the note has not been shared with the public nor has any evidence of its existence been provided. In other words, people just have to take their word for it.
Left-wing media jumped on the story of the suicide ruling to triumphantly regard the official ruling as an end to “right-wing conspiracy theories.” Interestingly, the suicide ruling came from a Northern California sheriff-coroner, raising the question of what was the FBI doing for two years if a local coroner could find the cause of death.
While calling the case of Haney’s death probe closed, federal authorities went on to allege that Haney was in possession of contraband documents. The Sheriff’s Office said it handed over Haney’s laptop and thumb drives to the federal authorities. Recordnet.com posted in its March 9, 2022, story that spokespersons for Customs and Border Protection, FBI, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security all declined to comment on the case.
The way the FBI, local authorities, and mainstream media handled the suspicious death of Philip Haney shows how the mother of all scandals can be easily buried even today in two simple steps: for the authorities, it’s found something, say nothing; for the media, it’s silence, denial, and distraction. Haney’s suicide ruling was released in media at a time when the Russia-Ukraine conflict dominated all headlines, providing an easy distraction from internal affairs.
Did Philip Haney kill himself? Or was he silenced forever to make sure he does not keep talking about the Obama administration’s policy of friendliness to radical Islamists on American soil? The question is open even as the case of Haney’s suspicious death has been closed.