One year later, death of American hero Philip Haney remains a mystery as FBI stonewalls investigation

Standing outside the Ford House Office Building within view of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in late July 2013, Homeland Security officer Philip Haney was engaged in conversation with former Pentagon inspector general Joseph Schmitz.

“Philip,” Schmitz said, “the things you know, the things you have between your ears, people will kill you for.” [This conversation is recounted on page 164 of Haney’s book, See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad]

Those words may have been prophetic.

One year ago on Feb. 21, 2020, Haney’s body would be found on the side of a road in rural Amador County, about an hour southeast of Sacramento, California, where he was staying in an RV park. A bullet had pierced his chest.

The initial statement from the Amador County Sheriff’s Office indicated that Haney had taken his own life. The next day, on Feb. 22, that statement was walked back and Sheriff Martin Ryan, who doubles as the county coroner, said a full investigation was underway.

The last statement on the case was issued July 22, 2020, stating that the county was about to receive an FBI forensic examination of Haney’s laptop, thumb-drives, cellphone and personal documents. Ryan’s office said it would release the county’s report determining the cause of death within weeks of receiving that FBI report.

We are now seven months out from that July 22 statement and the silence is deafening.

What is in that FBI report that precludes it from being made public?

Has the sheriff seen the FBI’s report?

If so, what is the FBI and the sheriff hiding from the public about this high-profile death that occurred one year ago in Amador County?

Haney was a founding member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and an expert in the Islamic religious doctrines that influence members of that faith to commit terrorist attacks. He had conducted research that likely would have stopped the Islamic jihad attack by a husband and wife team that killed 14 Americans, wounding 22 others, at an office Christmas party on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, California. Just a few months before that attack, in July 2015, Haney had retired and all his data had been wiped from government servers under the Obama administration’s purge of all negative references to Islam in federal law enforcement manuals.

The one-year anniversary of Haney’s mysterious death passed yesterday, Feb. 21, and the Amador County Sheriff’s Office is still sitting on the investigation, apparently frozen in place and no closer to solving the case. called Sheriff Ryan’s office four times over the past week. We were able to get through to his personal secretary, Erin Scotto, and she assured us she would relay our message and the nature of our inquiry. We simply wanted an update on the Phil Haney case one year later.


Many of the people who were in regular correspondence via email or text with Philip, myself included, have been surprised that we never received a phone call from anyone at the Amador County Sheriff’s Office or the FBI. Wouldn’t that be basic law enforcement investigative protocol in a case like this, to inquire from his friends and associates about what type of man Philip was, what kind of projects was he known to be working on, what were his plans for the future, what was his frame of mind the last time he had spoken with various friends?

Wouldn’t that be common-sense police work if a man who once held a sensitive position within the federal law enforcement community and who had knowledge that would make him the natural target of people who didn’t want that information to get out?

Philip’s life was in danger for two reasons. First, he was about to come out with a second book that was going to name names of people in the Washington establishment who worked to suppress information he felt was critical to saving American lives in the war against Islamic terrorism.

Secondly, there were reports from some of Haney’s friends in government that he had received word just weeks before his death that he was going to be rehired into the Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security.

Given what has happened since his death with the U.S. political situation, it is now obvious that the Washington deep state already knew that Trump’s re-election chances were going to be smashed. They were almost certainly going to be rid of Trump and his America-first policies. The last thing they wanted was someone of Haney’s caliber, armed with information that would expose the anti-American “see something say nothing” policies of the incoming Biden administration, which many have characterized as essentially a third Obama term [It was during Obama’s second term that national security operatives loyal to Obama worked to erase Haney’s data from government computers].

In memory of his amazing legacy, The United West has released the first of a two-part video series commemorating the life of Philip Haney. You can watch it below.

Art Moore, co-author of Haney’s book, See Something Say Nothing, has also published an article this week on the legacy of the man who America’s deep state very much feared. You can read Moore’s article at

As Moore points out, family members and friends who were with Haney and spoke to him in the last week of his life said he was happy and looking forward to getting married.

In an emotional speech on the House floor in March 2020, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, praised Haney as a friend who was “one of the finest, most patriotic, competent people I’ve ever known in my life.”

“A man of absolute honesty, complete integrity, who cared deeply about the future of this country.”

Is the FBI somehow thwarting this investigation? If so, we need to know it. We need to get to the truth of what happened to our friend Phil Haney.

Leo Hohmann is an independent journalist and author of the 2017 book, Stealth Invasion. To support his work and this website, please consider a contribution of any size. Thank you. Snail mail, c/o Leo Hohmann, P.O. Box 291, Newnan, GA 30264, or by credit card below.

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13 thoughts on “One year later, death of American hero Philip Haney remains a mystery as FBI stonewalls investigation”

  1. Thank you again Leo..

    Because I knew Phil, this remains very disturbing, and frankly, very scary for the survival of OUR country..

    Just think about what has happened to our country, and the world as a result, just since your authored this article.. Minneapolis, and other places in Minnesota is already bracing for round 2, and an even more dangerous and threatening period of time than was experienced in 2020.

    And, now a tough Federal Judge here, has ordered an investigation into the illegal LEAKS relating to the Chauvin Grand Jury process, just prior to jury selection.. There is so much more..

    I hope you keep following this story..

    Blessings to you and yours..

    Best Regards,

    Bob C.


  2. I met Phil and his wife. We had dinner together. I drove them around the area while they were here. He spoke at a meeting here. Phil would not commit suicide. Phil was not robbed when he was murdered. That speaks volumes. The FBI is the new gestapo. They are searching under every rock for law-abiding, honest Trump supporters and are branding them as “white supremacist” terrorsts. There is no evidence whatsoever for that, but that isn’t stopping them from spinning the story. I used to respect and even revere the FBI, but that was in the days of the Jack Webb FBI. That organization dissolved under the leadership of communists Brennan and Comey. Wray is no better. Don’t hold your breath, Leo. The FBI is not going to help in this investigation when there are serious gender dysphoria and white privilege issues to chase down.


  3. Hello Leo,  It is NOT surprising there is no investigation, there is NO need, they know what happened and no one else NEEDS to KNOW. Be safe dear friend or you may go the way of Phil, THEY do not like to be tampered with, probed or question.You are in our prayers. God Bless you.  Don and Sharon Gricol 

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  4. Thank you for your articles and interview Leo. Standing on solid ground of God’s word, specifically Psalm 94 over past year!


  5. Outstanding work Leo..

    Soon, I will have a documentary for you to preview. I just previewed the ruff cut.. It is a documentary we have been working on relating to the impact of radical Islam on Minnesota, and America..

    Best Regards..

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    1. Leo Hohmann. I started reading your articles a while back, having no idea who you were. Your work is exceptional.
      My dad was DEA/Customs/Military. In his honor, I will make a small donation
      from my desktop or snail mail in a bit.

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    2. Await its release. We are in Minnesota and spoke with Phil twice while he made the speaking circuit rounds here. What a humble, but brilliant man!


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