Four years before the Boston Marathon bombing, he began developing a file on the mosque attended by the perpetrators of the attack, the Tsarnaev brothers. The information Haney uploaded to a National Targeting Center database – which is available to Department of Homeland Security officers at the nation’s ports of entry – documented the Islamic Society of Boston’s extensive ties to terrorism.
One day after the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264 more, a Saudi student who was at the scene, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, was under investigation.
Haney, with a nexus to the case because of his ongoing investigation of the Boston mosque, searched Alharbi’s name in one of the NTC databases.
Bingo. Alharbi’s file showed he was an armed and dangerous terrorist who was about to be deported.