DHS whistleblower Philip Hany was murdered fighting Obama's 'new beginning.' What now?
In June 2009, then-president Barack Obama gave a celebrated speech in Cairo, calling for a "new beginning" between the United States and Muslims around the world. Following up on that speech, and under the rubrics of "privacy" and "civil rights, he issued a 2009 directive to the Department of Homeland Security instructing it to scrub its files of intel on persons associated with a groups that were suspected or even known to be terrorist organizations, but which groups were not themselves on an existing watch list. (Under the directive, in other words, the decision to watch-list new suspects became based in part not on current facts or intel, but on a prior bureaucratic designation.)
As then–DHS agent, Philip Haney, later described the significance of the directive in the opening pages his book, See Something, Say Nothing: