(ConservativePeak.com) – An Obama-era Department of Homeland Security whistleblower has been found dead in California. Law enforcement authorities said he was found on Friday with a gunshot wound to the chest that appears to be “self-inflicted.”
66-year-old Philip Haney had reportedly been missing since Wednesday.
Haney’s death has prompted many people online to question whether he was murdered, as gunshot wounds to the chest are reportedly uncommon in suicides. One study found that just 15% of suicides are caused by gunshots to the chest.
Since claiming that the Obama administration had ineffectively handled terrorism cases and could have prevented a number of attacks, Haney has been a controversial figure. After making claims about Islamic terrorism in the United States, which was covered heavily on Fox News and other national media outlets, he wrote an entire book exposing the Obama administration’s apparent refusal to properly tackle the threat.
Haney’s book, “See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad,” was received with both praise and great criticism. Sources close to Haney said that he was planning to release a follow up to the book, and had hoped that its release would help increase support for the president in the run up to the November presidential election.
In June 2016, Haney testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, claiming that the Department of Homeland Security had ordered him to delete hundreds of files relating to individuals with known links to Islamic terrorist organizations. Haney said that the authorities, in this case the DHS, could have stopped multiple terror attacks from taking place had the data been retained.
The Washington Examiner reported over the weekend that “deputies and detectives responded to reports Friday at 10:12am of a male subject on the ground with a gunshot wound in the area of Highway 124 and Highway 16 in Plymouth, California.”
Amador County Sheriff’s office explained in a statement, “Upon their arrival, they located and identified a 66-year-old Philip Haney, who was deceased and appeared to have suffered a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound. A firearm was located next to Haney and his vehicle. This investigation is active and ongoing. No further details will be released at this time.”