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Former DHS Official Drops Big Claim About Investigation He Says Could Have Stopped California Attack

A former Department of Homeland Security employee told Fox News Thursday that he may have been able to thwart the San Bernardino attack, but said his investigation was shut down over concerns it profiled Muslims.

Philip Haney told host Megyn Kelly he was examining a network of individuals tied to global organizations, including some that were associated with Syed Farook's mosque.

Haney said that one year into his investigation he was contacted by the State Department and Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties who ultimately shut down his program over profiling concerns.

He told Fox News that 67 of his records were deleted. Of those 67 was one that had ties to Farook's mosque.

Haney argued if he hadn't been shut down, the San Bernardino attack could have bene prevented as a "red light" would have been put on Farook.

"Either Syed would have been put on the no-fly list because association with that mosque, and/or the K-1 visa that his wife was given may have been denied because of his association with a known organization," he said.

Haney further contended that his superiors retaliated against him by revoking his security clearance.

A Homeland Security official told Fox News that there were several things wrong with Haney's story, but couldn't elaborate due to privacy policies.

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