February 21, 2021 marks the one year anniversary of the discovery of Philip Haney’s body in California. During the past twelve months, law enforcement has released very few details about Mr. Haney’s death. The lack of information from law enforcement is simply unacceptable.
Washington, D.C. October 25, 2020
By Rex Hastings
Philip Haney, a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower and author of the book See Something Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad, was found dead in Amador County, California, on the morning of Friday, February 21, 2020. His body was found in a park and ride open area adjacent to Highway 16 near State Highway 124.
The Amador County Sheriff’s office reported on Saturday February 22 that Mr. Haney “appeared to have suffered a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound” according to a story in the Sacramento Bee.
But on Monday February 24, the Sheriff’s Office walked back this previous communication, stating in a media release: “We are currently in the beginning phase of our investigation and any final determination as to the cause and manner of Mr. Haney’s death would be extremely premature and inappropriate. No determination will be made until all evidence is examined and analyzed.”
This media release also indicated that the Sheriff’s Office was in possession of Mr. Haney’s vehicle, the firearm located at the scene, as well as Mr. Haney’s RV, and that the Sheriff’s Office would request evidence processing assistance from the FBI on these items.
On July 22, five months after Mr. Haney’s death, the Sheriff’s Office provided an update in the form of another media release, which noted that a forensic autopsy on Mr. Haney had been performed. It also mentions that a number of items and pieces of evidence were turned over to the FBI and that the FBI “has performed a forensic examination on these items.”
Since July 22 there has been no official update. It has now been over eight months since Mr. Haney was found dead.
While it is important for the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and “get it right”, eight months is an awfully long time to investigate without providing the American public with any information.
What is known is that Mr. Haney devoted his career at DHS to protecting America, and his expert knowledge of the threat facing the United States caused significant unease in the Obama-Biden White House. Mr. Haney was a vocal critic of the Obama-Biden administration’s willful blindness approach toward terrorism.
Without explanation, years of Mr. Haney’s work to “connect the dots” on known and suspected terrorists was ordered deleted by DHS. In Mr. Haney’s book he describes the process of deleting these records that were so valuable to law enforcement and that had taken so much time and effort to compile. In his book he calls out Obama, Hillary Clinton and Janet Napolitano, among others, for seemingly working against the best interests of the American people.
The long duration of the investigation into Mr. Haney’s death is looking more and more like the investigation into the death of Vincent Foster. Foster, a Clinton insider, died July 20, 1993 under suspicious circumstances (suicide?), and the Fiske report into his death took almost a year to complete. The investigation into Mr. Foster’s death then continued for years.
Is the investigation into Mr. Haney’s death being slow-walked? If so, who would benefit?
Suicide – or something sinister
If one reads Mr. Haney’s book and watches the interviews he gave, it becomes apparent that Mr. Haney was a dedicated professional on a mission to protect his country, and that he enjoyed the challenges of this vital mission. He had a purpose in life. Further, he was a religious man (his Catholic faith considers suicide a sin), and was set to be married. None of this behavior would indicate that he was suicidal.
DogHillMedia.com files Freedom of Information Act Request
On September 9, 2020, DogHillMedia.com filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request with the FBI, requesting information on the firearm(s) and ammunition found at the scene. We think that the American public has the right to know the basic information about these items. The American public has the right to know if Mr. Haney owned the weapon(s) found at the scene.
On September 28, 2020, DogHillMedia.com received, as expected, formal notice from the US Department of Justice denying our FOIA request. The notice stated that the material requested was exempt from disclosure pursuant to 5 U.S.C. Sec. 522(b)(7)(a).
We think this exemption is not sufficient to deny our request, as the law contemplates redaction of documents and records. On October 11, 2020, DogHillMedia.com filed an appeal. We will provide updates on this website.
2/1/2021 UPDATE: On January 31, 2021 DogHillMedia.com filed an additional FOIA request with DOJ for records concerning Mr. Haney’s ownership of firearms at the time of his death. We anticipate a response from DOJ this month. We wish to thank our readers for supporting our pursuit of the truth.
4/25/2021 UPDATE: In a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice dated March 2, 2021, DogHillMedia.com was notified that the material we requested in our January 31, 2021 FOIA request was exempt from disclosure. DogHillMedia.com appealed this decision via certified mail.
The U.S. Department of Justice acknowledged receipt of our appeal in a letter dated March 24, 2021. The letter states in part, “In an attempt to afford each appellant equal and impartial treatment, OIP [Office of Information Policy] has adopted a general practice of assigning appeals in the approximate order of receipt.” It further states, “We will notify you of the decision on your appeal as soon as we can.”
5/21/21 Update: Today our legal team spoke with the Department of Justice. The DOJ’s response to our FOIA appeal (see previous updates below) is expected within the next few weeks. We will continue to update this page. Thank you for your support as we pursue the truth. We hope our readers have a wonderful Memorial Day, and to all of our Veterans a very special thank you! -Rex
6/21/21 Update: Our legal team has been notified by DOJ that the FBI properly withheld all records we requested (records concerning any firearms and ammunition found at the scene). At this point our options are mediation, or litigation in federal district court.
8/19/21 Update: Today doghillmedia.com filed a request with the Amador County (California) Office of Sheriff-Coroner for release of information under the California Public Records Act.
8/29/2021 Update: Doghillmedia.com’s legal team received the letter below from the Amador County (California) Office of Sheriff-Coroner denying our request for the police report from February 21, 2020, the date Philip Haney was found dead in Amador County. We think a redacted form of the police report should have been provided. Our work continues.
9/6/21 Update: A reader shared the following link to an August 27, 2021 article in the Ledger Dispatch, an excellent paper doing excellent work in Amador County, CA:
Contact Rex at RexHastings@protonmail.com