Saudi ‘person of interest’ in Boston bombings to be deported?

Saudi ‘person of interest’ in Boston bombings to be deported?

Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi
Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi

Out of sight, out of mind. That old adage seems gradually to be coming into focus as the real Obama doctrine. A White House-directed catch and release program led to the premature cutting loose of the lone suspect in the Benghazi consulate attacks of last September 11.

Now a Saudi national who is believed to have had a hand in the Boston Marathon bombings is scheduled to be deported. Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars reported on Thursday:

The Saudi ‘person of interest’ suspected of being involved in the Boston Marathon bombings is being deported from the United States next week on ‘national security grounds,’ according to a terrorism expert, who notes that the move is ‘very unusual,’ especially given an unscheduled meeting yesterday between President Obama and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal….

Whether or not you buy Infowars’ claim that “authorities are scrambling to get their official narrative straight” as a result of the release of photos “showing numerous suspects carrying large backpacks, some of them middle eastern [sic] in appearance,” there does seem to be a pattern emerging. Whenever an incident has the potential to cast the Obama administration’s anti-terrorism policies into a negative light, a mad shuffle ensues during which names and details become muddy.

To this day, questions about Benghazi go unanswered. The same is true for the State Department’s constantly evolving narrative on the death in early April of 25-year-old Anne Smedinghoff, a U.S. diplomat who was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Four other American diplomatic personnel also died in the attack.

Now, as questions about the source of the marathon attacks arise, a prime suspect is spirited out of the country. The man’s being a Saudi is another point of curiosity. Terrorism expert Steve Emerson told Fox News’s Sean Hannity that “this is the way things are done with Saudi Arabia. You don’t arrest their citizens. You deport them, because they don’t want them to be embarrassed and that’s the way we appease them.”

The U.S.’s relationship with Osama bin Laden’s homeland made news recently when it was revealed that the Department of Homeland Security had simplified the process by which travelers from Saudi Arabia entered the country by permitting them to “bypass normal  passport controls at major U.S. airports.”

But the suspect’s Saudi connection is but the tip of the iceberg. Joe Kovacs of World Net Daily identifies the man as 20-year-old Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi. It could be sheer coincidence, but the man shares the same surname as a major Saudi clan that includes scores of al-Qaeda operatives.

The Alharbi clan has long been active in al-Qaeda. Khaled bin Ouda bin Mohammed al-Harbi, for example, is a Saudi national who joined Osama bin Laden’s mujahadeen group in the 1980s. He reportedly became an al-Qaeda member in the mid-1990s. He turned himself in to Saudi authorities in 2004 as part of an amnesty deal.

The BBC reported Khaled Alharbi was married to the daughter of al-Qaeda’s number two, Ayman al-Zawahri. He reportedly appeared with bin Laden in a video praising the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Another top al-Qaeda operative is Adel Radi Saqr al-Wahabi al-Harbi, a Saudi national identified by the State Department as ‘a key member of an al-Qaeda network operating in Iran.’

“Given the fact that the Obama administration has sent more than half a billion dollars and the CIA is shipping weapons to FSA rebels in Syria who pledged allegiance to and are led by Al-Qaeda militants,” writes Paul Joseph Watson, “the notion that one of these militants would carry out an attack on U.S. soil would be extremely damaging to the White House.”

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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