I have been getting quite a few calls, texts and emails from people asking me about the tragic death of my friend Philip Haney, whose body was found Friday morning near his vehicle not far from the RV park where he was staying in Plymouth, California. He reportedly had a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Everyone is asking the same question. Could the reports of suicide be accurate?
These questions are based on erroneous news reports circulating in the mainstream media about his death, including reports by Fox News, suggesting that Phil took his own life. These fake-news reports stem from a statement, made almost immediately upon discovery of Phil’s body by Amador County Sheriff-Coroner Martin Ryan, before any investigative due diligence had been undertaken.
Don’t believe it for a minute.
Phil Haney, as most of you know by now, was dangerous to the deep state. He was a whistleblower who uncovered the Obama administration’s malfeasance in shutting down the Department of Homeland Security’s system of monitoring mosques and the imams who inspire young Muslims to commit jihad. Phil was instrumental in setting up a system that would net these terrorists.
According to a report by Lloyd Billingsley in the California Globe, “on Sunday the whistleblower’s stepmother, Judith Haney, said ‘No one in the family believes it’s suicide.’ And, ‘with his history with the government and everything it is very suspicious.'”
I’m here to tell you that none of Phil’s friends who worked with him in the fight to save our country believe it was suicide, either.
I met Phil about five years ago when I was working as a reporter for World Net Daily. He was a key source of information, and I continued to call on him after I left WND and began reporting independently. Phil was an intellectual giant who was also the most humble man I’ve ever known. He was never too busy to return a call, and he never cut a conversation short because he was too busy, even though you knew he was.
We quickly became friends.
I quoted Phil extensively in my book, Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad. He was a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security, specializing in immigration and the vetting of visa holders, and was a subject-matter expert on the Islamic religion.
But there are lots of subject-matter experts on Islam. Phil was different. He was not just interested in developing psychological profiles of terrorists. He was more interested in the men who inspired the terrorists.
“It’s a bit like shooting those rubber ducks at the county fair,” he would explain. “You can keep shooting the ducks or you can shoot the machine that spits out the ducks.”
Phil was interested in the machine that produced jihadists. He wanted to pluck jihadism up from the root.
If not for Phil, I would have no knowledge of the concept of fitnah, which is key to understanding the whole Islamist strategy to label and shame those of us who understand what they’re up to. Fitnah is a type of stubborn disbelief on the part of non-Muslims who presented a challenge to the spread of Islam from the time of Muhammad up to today.
If the disbelievers persist, they must be dealt with. How do you do that when you don’t have the majority of a population? You play the victim card and use that to slander your enemies. That’s what Islam does so masterfully to gain leverage in non-Muslim countries like America, where gullible, self-loathing liberals fall easy prey to the fitnah strategy. Even the threat of being called an Islamophobe makes them wilt and run for cover. Islamophobia is nothing but the modern-day application of Islamic fitnah. Thank you Phil Haney for this revelation.
Phil had many keen insights like this. He also explained how the Islamic agenda meshes with the Cultural Marxist strategy of shutting down the free speech of those who dissent from the secular-socialist worldview. That’s why you see Christian thinkers and preachers being ushered out of the mainstream of public discourse even as Muslims have their speech elevated and protected by the Marxists.
Phil was an entomologist by training. Before he embarked on a career in law enforcement, he made his living cataloguing insects.
Our mutual friend, Don Chioffi, described for me one of the discussions he had with Phil, who had driven out to Vermont to help a group of citizen activists fight off a plan to inject Syrian refugees into their community in 2017.
“You might think it’s kinda strange,” Phil told his Vermont host as they sat overlooking Chioffi’s backyard pond. “But I did my thesis work on ants, and one of the things this taught me was that I had to focus on the most minute details of how the ants interrelate with each other in the colonies. I meticulously documented everything.”
He used that same attention to detail to document the teachings, strategies and inroads of the global Islamic movement and especially its impact on America.
Phil stood for the Constitution and free speech. He researched and catalogued the most dangerous Islamic religious teachers, where they were going and speaking and who was listening to them. By learning what was being taught and who was sitting under the most dangerous teachers, Phil was able to predict where the next big terrorist attack might unfold.
But the Obama administration wanted no part of Phil’s brilliant research and harassed him into early retirement in July 2015.
A few months later, on Dec. 2, 2015, two jihadists burst into an office Christmas party in San Bernardino, California, and killed 14 innocent Americans. Phil’s system had flagged the two jihadists who perpetrated this atrocity.
Phil was fully exonerated of all the vicious accusations made against him and retired with full honors from the Department of Homeland Security [Get his book, See Something, Say Nothing for the whole story of how this unfolded].
When President Trump got elected, Phil applied for national security-related jobs within the new administration but could not get his foot in the door. The people Trump put in charge of hiring had no clue what they were doing. Or, worse, they knew exactly what they were doing and didn’t want the president to hire people who would tell him the truth about the nature of the inroads Islamic radicals had made into the deep state.
Yet, we now know that Phil was optimistic in the weeks leading up to his death that he would be given a new chance to get back into the federal government. He didn’t need the money, he just wanted to warn our president and his top brass of the growing threat from within our government.
That leads us back to the questions surrounding Phil’s death. Is it possible he could have committed suicide, as suggested by the sheriff?
There were signs the Trump administration was ready to at least listen to what Phil Haney had to say. According to Kerry Picket of the Washington Examiner, Phil was “recently in contact with top officials about returning to work for the DHS.”
Phil lost his wife to cancer about a year ago. He had recently fallen for a new love and planned to marry her this year. He had every reason to be confident about the future. He was never happier. He had lots of speaking engagements lined up in the weeks ahead. In May he had planned a trip to Israel to visit the Holy Land, for which he had a special love.
Phil and I often discussed the dangerous nature of our work. Over the last couple of days, more than a few people have come forward, one of them to me personally, and said that Phil specifically warned about the possibility that he could be “suicided.”
“If I ever go on to meet my Maker, and it looks like I did myself in, don’t believe it!” he told a mutual friend who resides in Vermont.
Aside from all his accomplishments, his work for the government and his tireless crusade for truth, all of which involved the protection of the country he loved, I close by saying something about Phil the man, whom I will miss for the rest of my time here on earth.
Phil was a devout Christian, a mentor to me personally, who ended every conversation by turning it back to God and scripture. I refuse to allow his memory to be tainted by suggestions of suicide. I feel that I can speak not only for myself but the many others engaged in this fight when I say we emphatically refuse to let Phil’s work die. In fact, his murder inspires us to work even harder for the cause that burned within Phil’s breast.
Phil was a gentle, kind, compassionate man who also happened to have a brilliant mind. Despite his meek spirit, he was fearless in presenting the truth. I will never forget the time, exactly two years ago in early 2018, when he and I, along with our friend Jim Simpson, traveled to South Dakota to testify in favor of a bill in the State Senate that would have placed a temporary moratorium on refugee resettlement in that state. The three of us tag-teamed our testimony in a way that was so powerful that the GOP committee chairman felt the need to shut it down. The facts we presented were so compelling that even the state’s largest mainstream newspaper had run a favorable article about our testimony [an article that was later wiped off the paper’s website].
Phil’s murder only proves that the battle for the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution and Bill of Rights is only starting to heat up. My pledge to you, dear brother, is to pick up the banner and charge bravely forward.
Rest in peace Phil Haney. You will never be forgotten.
Leo Hohmann is an independent freelance journalist, author of the 2017 book “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad.” He is working on a follow-up that will investigate the Interfaith movement, which is ushering false and antichrist ideas into Western churches. To support his research and writing projects, please consider a donation of any size.