The death of a former division of Homeland Security clown blower two years ago, which generated a slew of right-wing conspiracy theories that predicted a murder plot in the deep state, was officially ruled as suicide by a Northern California sheriff-coroner.
Evidence found during the investigation into Philip Haney’s death has now prompted a new investigation into how he obtained “smuggled” documents.
Haney, 66, was found dead on February 21, 2020, with one gunshot wound to the chest, in a park and driving along a busy state road in a rural Amador county, east of Sacramento.
The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has ruled that Philip Haney, a former senior official in the Homeland Security Department and a vocal critic of the Obama administration, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2020.
Haney was found fatally shot in the chest next to his SUV in a park-and-ride fate along a busy state road in a rural Amador County (photo above)
He was a former DHS national security official for 15 years and even described whistleblowers who were critical of the Obama administration’s handling of terrorism-related cases.
Investigators discovered Haney’s car parked next to his body, a folding chair from which he appeared to have collapsed, a suicide note on the red dashboard, and a loaded .40 caliber Sig Sauer pistol with one mounted shell casing near the rifle.
TIMELINE OF PHILIP HANEY’S DEATH SUND:
February 21, 2020: Philip Haney, 66, is found dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest in an open park-and-ride area at State Highway 124 in Amador County, California.
26 February 2020: A forensic autopsy is completed by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office. The cause of death is defined as a ‘Perforating pistol wound of trunk.’
27 February 2020: The FBI is participating in the investigation to help gather evidence that is being processed by its laboratories.
April 3, 2020: Numerous thumb drives and a laptop recovered from Haney’s motorhome are given to the FBI for forensic analysis.
July 22, 2020: Amador County Sheriff’s Office learns that the gun used by Haney was sold to him by a friend five years in advance.
August 6, 2020: DNA samples are collected and sent to the FBI for cross-referencing and elimination purposes.
September 30, 2021: Sheriff’s Office receives final report on all DNA results produced by the FBI lab.
January 3, 2022: FBI reveals that many documents found at Haney’s home are owned by US Customs and Border Protection.
January 24, 2022: Sheriff’s Office receives a request from the CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility requesting possession of ‘contraband’ documents belonging to CBP on three thumb drives and a personal laptop.
January 25, 2022: All evidence collected and processed by the FBI is returned to the sheriff’s office, reviewed, and entered into a report.
February 8, 2022: The thumb drives and laptop with the contraband documents are transferred to CBP for their investigation into violations of CBP policies and number of United States Codes.
Haney’s death was controversial enough for the Amador County Sheriff’s Office to bring in FBI crime investigators and other analysts to help.
Haney Investigators found that Haney left a suicide note with a signature that contained a forensic analysis in his handwriting. The gun used, a Sig Sauer, was returned to him.
He also left behind neatly arranged financial documents with instructions on how he wanted to distribute his assets, according to researchers. And a day before he was found dead, Haney gave his potted plants away to a neighbor, who said the former DHS official ‘appeared depressed’.
“After an in-depth review of the evidence collected and processed by the Sheriff’s Office and FBI, the Sheriff’s Office has determined that the manner of Mr. Haney’s death is suicidal,” Sheriff Gary Redman’s statement said Wednesday. “This case is classified as closed.”
Haney published a book in 2016 entitled See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad, which claimed action against terrorism by the Obama administration.
He testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee and appeared on Fox News’ The Sean Hannity Show the year his book was published.
Haney gained national attention after he called on the DHS under the Obama administration, which he criticized for treating radical jihadists and Islamic extremists, in 2016.
He would testify that DHS ordered him to delete hundreds of files regarding people with ties to Islamist terrorist groups and claimed that various terrorist attacks in the US could be prevented if certain files were saved.
“It is very plausible that one or more of the following terrorist attacks in the homeland could have been prevented if more experts in the Homeland Security department had been allowed to do our job in late 2009,” Haney wrote in an advisory piece for The Hill in 2016.
He also called on the administration to prioritize ‘political correctness’ over security.
‘I can no longer remain silent about the dangerous state of America’s combat strategy, the willingness of our leaders to compromise the security of citizens for the ideological rigidity of political correctness – and, consequently, our vulnerability for devastating attacks with mass casualties. ‘
Haney said the devastating 2016 Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting and 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack could have been prevented if DHS had taken the right precautionary measures.
In a 2015 interview with Fox News, Haney said his and other efforts by DHS staffers were halted after they were accused of unfairly targeting Muslims.
If not stopped, he said, they could have prevented the San Bernardino attack orchestrated by Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik who killed 14 people.
Haney’s death prompted conspiracy speeches by Republican Iowa U.S. Rep. Steve King and another GOP congressman on the House floor.
“He was a target because of everything he knew about Islamic terrorist coverups,” King tweeted at the time. “Phil Haney did not kill himself.”
Haney published a book in 2016 entitled See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad, which claimed action against terrorism by the Obama administration
Following Haney’s death, the FBI’s analysis of several thumb drives and a personal laptop in Haney’s motorhome determined that “many found documents are the property of the US Customs and Border Protection,” according to the sheriff’s detailed account. obituary.
The Office of Professional Responsibility of that federal agency asked to take possession of what it called ‘contraband’ documents.
The sheriff’s office said it turned on Haney’s laptop and three thumb-drives a month ago “for its investigation into violations of CBP policies and numerous U.S. codes.”
On the second anniversary of Haney’s death – about two weeks before the conclusion of the investigation – his family members gathered at the place of his death to pay their respects.
“Of course we want answers,” Philip told his younger brother, Terry Haney Ledger broadcast. ‘I do not know that we will ever get them. The one thing I do know, no matter what happens in the future ‚I can not change or repair this. My brother is gone. ‘
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