The Department of Homeland Security, under the watchful eye of Barack Obama, pulled an investigation out of fear that it was profiling Muslims. However, it has come to light that the probe could have led investigators to Syed Farook and possibly prevented the attack in San Bernardino.
Philip Haney, an agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was one of those investigators who in 2012, was attempting to identify several global networks suspected of smuggling radical Islamists into the United States. But after only a year, the State Department and the DHS Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties stepped in and stopped the program, believing Islamophobia could be at play.
From Fox News Insider:
[Haney’s] investigation was shut down and 67 of his records were deleted, including one into an organization with ties to the mosque in Riverside, Calif., that San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook attended.
Haney explained that if his work was allowed to continue, it could possibly have thwarted last week’s attack.
“Either Syed would have been put on the no-fly list because association with that mosque, and/or the K-1 visa that his wife was given may have been denied because of his association with a known organization,” Haney explained.
As The Daily Caller reports:
Haney’s claim comes amid reports that investigators believe that Farook was in the same social circle as a Riverside, Calif., man who was arrested in 2012 in a plot to recruit for al-Qaida. That recruiter, Soheil Kabir, was convicted of providing material support to terrorists and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Farook had reportedly planned an attack in 2012 but got spooked after that recruiting ring was busted.
In an interview with Megyn Kelly, Haney said he was looking into Tablighi Jamaat, a Sunni Islamic group tied to the fundamentalist Deobandi movement — a movement that also has ties to the Pakistani school attended by ‘Farooks wife and accomplice, Tashfeen Malik.