The Obama administration had a very politically correct approach to the War on Terror.
Obama would never utter the words “radical Islamic terrorists”.
But this approach extended to a massive cover up about terrorist activities of Muslims in the United States.
A whistleblower has now stepped forward revealing that the Obama administration ordered the Department of Homeland Security to delete or change records of individuals with ties to terrorist groups.
Writing in The Hill, former 15-year veteran of the Department of Homeland Security Philip Haney says:
“After leaving my 15 year career at DHS, I can no longer be silent about the dangerous state of America’s counter-terror strategy, our leaders’ willingness to compromise the security of citizens for the ideological rigidity of political correctness—and, consequently, our vulnerability to devastating, mass-casualty attack.
Just before that Christmas Day attack, in early November 2009, I was ordered by my superiors at the Department of Homeland Security to delete or modify several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups like Hamas from the important federal database, the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS). These types of records are the basis for any ability to “connect dots.” Every day, DHS Customs and Border Protection officers watch entering and exiting many individuals associated with known terrorist affiliations, then look for patterns. Enforcing a political scrubbing of records of Muslims greatly affected our ability to do that. Even worse, going forward, my colleagues and I were prohibited from entering pertinent information into the database.
A few weeks later, in my office at the Port of Atlanta, the television hummed with the inevitable Congressional hearings that follow any terrorist attack. While members of Congress grilled Obama administration officials, demanding why their subordinates were still failing to understand the intelligence they had gathered, I was being forced to delete and scrub the records. And I was well aware that, as a result, it was going to be vastly more difficult to “connect the dots” in the future—especially before an attack occurs.
As the number of successful and attempted Islamic terrorist attacks on America increased, the type of information that the Obama administration ordered removed from travel and national security databases was the kind of information that, if properly assessed, could have prevented subsequent domestic Islamist attacks like the ones committed by Faisal Shahzad (May 2010), Detroit “honor killing” perpetrator Rahim A. Alfetlawi(2011); Amine El Khalifi, who plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol (2012); Dzhokhar or Tamerlan Tsarnaev who conducted the Boston Marathon bombing (2013); Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Nolen (2014); or Muhammed Yusuf Abdulazeez, who opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee (2015).”
Obama’s deference to Muslims was a common thread throughout his Presidency.
Every time there was a terrorist attack, Obama refused to condemn radical Islam.
And sometimes he even used the occasion to attack Christians.
He told Christians to “get off their high horse” because of the Crusades, which took place hundreds of years ago.
But rhetoric and policy are two different things.
Haney is alleging that Obama ordered the DHS to make it more difficult to track dangerous Islamic terrorists in the United States.
What was the reasoning behind such an order?
Were Obama officials afraid they would be accused of singling out Muslims for heightened scrutiny?
The politically correct approach to the War on Terror failed.
Obama’s kid-gloves approach to radical Islamic terrorism is a big reason why voters elected Donald Trump.
Now it’s up to the new administration to make good on their word.