DHS Scrubbed Terrorist Watch List to Protect Civil Rights of suspected Islamic Terrorist Groups

It seems Political Correctness has once again trumped the safety of Americans, as a newly released government document shows that the Department of Homeland Security is scrubbing the Terrorist Watch List to make it look like we don’t have a problem with Islamic Terrorism in the United States.

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According to documents received by Judicial Watch, as part of a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit, the Obama administration has been scrubbing the DHS Terrorist Screening Database” in order to protect “the civil rights” of suspected Islamic terrorist groups. According to Judicial Watch, the documents show that the Obama administration has created a “hands off” list, potentially allowing thousands of individuals with potential terrorist ties into the United States.

On May 6, 2014, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) released internal Department of Homeland Security emails revealing an alleged terrorist “hands off” list that allowed people with potential terrorist ties into the United States.

Allegations by former Customs and Border Patrol Officer Philip Haney – now a whistleblower of the Department of Homeland Security – spurred Grassley’s and other congressional investigations.

Grassley’s letter to DHS read:

My office recently received copies of disturbing internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) e-mails regarding the admittance of individuals into the United States with potential ties to terrorism.

The May 2012 e-mail chain between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) surrounds the question of whether to admit someone who had scheduled an upcoming flight into the U.S.  Allegedly, the individual was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and a “close associate” of a supporter of “Hamas, Hizbollah, and (Palestinian) Islamic Jihad.”  According to the same e-mail, the individual had been in secondary inspection “several dozen times of the past several years,” but had not had a secondary inspection since 2010.1

One of the responses to the initial e-mail states: “The [CBP National Targeting Center (NTC)] Watch Commander advised that the subject has sued CBP twice in the past and that he’s one of the several hands off passengers nationwide. . . .  Apparently his records were removed in December 2010 and the DHS Secretary was involved in the matter.”2

“I’m puzzled how someone could be a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, be an associate of [redacted], say that the US is staging car bombings in Iraq and that [it] is ok     for men to beat their wives, question who was behind the 9/11 attacks, and be afforded the luxury of a visitor visa and de-watchlisted.  It doesn’t appear that we’ll be successful with denying him entry tomorrow but maybe we could re-evaluate the matter in the future since the decision to de[-]watchlist him was made 17 months ago.”3

In order to understand the events described in these e-mails, please provide the Committee with answers to the following questions:

1)    Why was this individual removed from the watchlist in December 2010?

2)    Please describe the nature, extent, and reasons for the involvement of the DHS Secretary or her staff in the removal of the individual from the watchlist.

3)    What is the current watchlist status of this individual?

4)    How many people are on the “hands off” list mentioned in the email?

5)    What qualifies someone to receive the “hands off” designation?

6)    Does filing a lawsuit result in being designated “hands off” and thus avoiding secondary security screenings?

7)    Who makes the determination that an individual should be considered “hands off”?

The new Homeland Security documents confirm that the list was scrubbed, modifying nearly 1,000 terrorist suspect reports. It also appears that removed data from that list could have helped prevent the San Bernardino terrorist attack.

“These new documents bolster allegations that the Obama administration may have removed information from a terrorist watch list that could have prevented the San Bernardino terrorist attack,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Philip Haney risked his career to blow the whistle on how the Obama administration created a ‘hands off” list of over 1,000 foreign nationals with potential terrorist ties.  And, once again, it was a Judicial Watch lawsuit – and not Congress or the media – that uncovered the key information about this national security scandal.”

Haney told Breitbart.com, after the San Bernardino terrorist attack, that entries regarding suspicious and terror-related activity were removed from an agency watch list as the result of political pressure after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing:

“They came into the National Targeting Center, either physically or through emails and correspondence, and said that we could not develop cases based on association with Tablighi Jamaat [a Muslim religious organization with which the San Bernardino terrorists were reportedly affiliated], and/or any Islamic group,” Haney revealed.

Haney said his superiors actually erased some of his files pertinent to the case, because they insisted the initiative had “gone in a different direction” and he was no longer authorized to add his data.


  1. MC
    March 3, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Hmmm. I’m all for civil rights and by and large against watch lists. Sounds too much like McCarthy crap to me.

    But one has to scratch one’s head and wonder if any white, conservative native-born Americans have also been “scrubbed” from the watch list.

    Somehow, I doubt it.

    And that reeks of political vendettas and political favors even worse.

  2. Al metcalf
    March 3, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I think it has gone beyond political correctness and has just moved into outright war againts the U.S.

  3. Al
    March 3, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    This is just insane! We scrub our intel on the real threats to our national security and then selectively prosecute Amarican Patriots (many of them Military Vets) who protest against Gov’t over-reach. What are the charge? “Conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States”. Just ask Jerry DeLemus. What was his real offense? Standing up against our little Marxist dictator and chief nuisance. REMEMBER: OPSEC

  4. B from CA
    March 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Makes sense when you consider the goals of the new World Order. Create chaos. Step in with a solution. Canada is allowing their terrorists to kill their wives and daughters “legally”. Why stop your “enemies” from commiting their own genocide. Bring Christians and terrorist Muslims together and the fun is watching them kill each other. Vote Trump. He may be a false prophet. But the rest are bought and paid for by the establishment out to destroy America, Americans and everything this Country of ours stands for that is good and decent, not to mention, they are crazy wild for WAR – Nuclear War! And 95 per cent DEPOPULATION.

    • Al
      March 4, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      I won’t vote for Trump BECAUSE he is a False Prophet! And, I believe he Will destroy America! Vote the Bible! Also; you would take great pleasure watching terrorist Muslims kill Christians? You need to move to the Middle East, because that is really happening right now. Not just Christians, but all who do not bow down to their false god. That would include YOU, and I believe that you would bow down to them in order to save your own miserable hide if you had a knife at your throat. It is called “the fear of death”, which true Christians do not have. By the way, everything Good and Decent in this Country stems from our Judao-Christian Ethic, nothing else.

  5. jake
    March 3, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I find all of this mumbling and complaining is an embarrassing exercise in futility and a general waste of time. We all know that “no one” will ever be held to account for any unpatriotic or criminal actions, no matter how serious. Obama and the Socialist Democrats won’t receive as much as a mean word or a slap on the wrist. So quit bringing up issues that we all know will never be prosecuted or corrected. I tired of hearing about it.

    • Al
      March 3, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      Bugger off!

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