Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi, a Saudi student who was behaving suspiciously near the bombing site, was briefly treated as a suspect and then as a person of interest. His apartment was searched and law enforcement officers carried out large bags from it. Now there are reports that he is being deported on national security grounds.
During this period, Secretary of State Kerry’s meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister suddenly went from being open to the press to closed to the press.
Then Obama had a sudden unscheduled meeting with the Saudi Foreign Minister at the White House, supposedly over Syria, but nothing appeared to have happened in Syria that would require an urgent meeting at the White House.
That’s all we know. And there’s much that we don’t know. But there are pieces that we can put together.
We have no idea whether Alharbi had anything to do with the bombings. Quite possibly he didn’t. But if his apartment was searched and his roommate was questioned, then he was a lot more than just an eyewitness, as some officials belatedly tried to claim. If he is being deported on national security grounds, then there was probably something there.
Some amount of secrecy is obviously necessary in a terrorism investigation, but this wouldn’t be the first time that the Saudi Lobby has subverted a terrorism investigation and gotten its way.
Saudi media coverage shows a bit of the influence their regime has on the United States. And it shows that high ranking Saudi officials were involved in the process, suggesting that the Saudi Foreign Minister had indeed been speaking to Obama and Kerry about the Saudi student.
Ambassador to the royal crown, Adel ben Ahmad Al-Jubeir, had several phone calls with the paper as well as with the Royal family. He stated that very high-ranking, U.S. government officials stated that there is no suspicion of any Saudi nationals relative to the Boston marathon explosions.
Prince Saud al-Faisal, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah from the Foreign Ministry, and Prince Khaled bin Saud were involved in the entire affair.
Alqin disclosed that he cleared three Saudis from the forbidden area and housed two of them in a hotel; the third stayed with a friend. He also met with a group of Saudi students, telling them to carry on with their lives and that Saudi ambassadors would handle everything. These students were also told not to cooperate with any media entities and to lay low.
Saudi Arabia has arranged for terrorists to be shipped home before.
ABC News reported this week that two of the four jihadi leaders behind the Christmas Day terror plot were released from Gitmo during the Bush administration in November 2007.
The freed detainees were shipped off to terror-friendly Saudi Arabia, where they underwent “art therapy rehabilitation” – the ultimate bloody brainchild of the jihadi-as-victim mindset.
In January 2009, the two “rehabilitated” recidivists released a video vowing to wage jihad to “aid the religion,” “establish the rightly-guided caliphate,” and “to fight against our enemies.” One of the duo, Said Ali al-Shihri, is suspected of involvement in a deadly bombing of the United States Embassy in Yemen’s capital, Sana, in September 2008
As of 2010, there were reports that at least 25 Saudi Gitmo vets returned to terrorism after being “rehabilitated” in Saudi Arabia. Since going to terror rehab in Saudi Arabia is like going to drug rehab in a crack house, those numbers are not surprising.
It’s not just terrorists who get that kind of treatment.
The world was outraged when Saudi Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Saud beat his African “servant” to death in London. His trial and conviction gave people reason to think that perhaps finally a Saudi Prince would not be above the law.
But the Saudi Lobby is much too powerful to allow one of their princes to sit in an infidel prison for murdering a black servant. And so the arrangements were made and Prince Saud was flown home to “serve out” his sentence in Saudi Arabia.
There is no question that the House of Saud has far too much influence over Western governments. The Arab Spring is a bloody reminder of that. That is why we should insist on transparency in dealings between our government officials and the Saudi monarchy.