UPDATED 5AM EST Apr 24, 2013:
Confirmation that Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi, the Saudi national and initial “person of interest,” is indeed being deported this week now is spreading across the Internet. More details are emerging this weekend as Arabic sources and Saudi papers themselves are confirming “rumors” swirling in the US. (more at bottom)
Moreover, the Saudi papers are detailing the visit by the Obamas, especially Michelle to the hospital and this man. The “rumors” of the President meeting with Saudi officials in the hospital just prior to his “approved deportation” is a bragging right in their press.
More notable is the assertions that Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi is free an clear of terrorist ties, when in fact over 10 names from his clan are already linked to Al-Qaeda.
Many from Al-Harbi’s clan are entrenched in terrorism and are members of Al-Qaeda as identified by the Islamic governments.
Out of a list of 85 terrorists listed by the Saudi government shows several of Al-Harbi clan to have been active fighters in Al-Qaeda:
- #15 Badr Saud Uwaid Al-Awufi Al-Harbi
- #73 Muhammad Atiq Uwaid Al-Awufi Al-Harbi
- #26 Khalid Salim Uwaid Al-Lahibi Al-Harbi
- #29 Raed Abdullah Salem Al-Thahiri Al-Harbi
- #43 Abdullah Abdul Rahman Muhammad Al-Harbi (leader)
- #60 Fayez Ghuneim Humeid Al-Hijri Al-Harbi [Source]
Then you have Al-Harbi clan members in Gitmo:
- Salim Salman Awadallah Al-Sai’di Al-Harbi
- Majid Abdullah Hussein Al-Harbi
- Muhammad Abdullah Saqr Al-Alawi Al-Harbi
- Ghanem Abdul Rahman Ghanem Al-Harbi
- Muhammad Atiq Uwaid Al-Awfi Al-Harbi [Source]
There are specific Saudi clans that are rife with members of Al-Qaeda, which has fueled critics questions the hundred thousand student visas are issued to these and how ICE officials seem clueless to make the connection with the clans when it comes to terrorism.
The BBC reported Khaled Alharbi was married to the daughter of al-Qaida’s number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri. He reportedly appeared with bin Laden in a video praising the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Another top al-Qaida operative is Adel Radi Saqr al-Wahabi al-Harbi, a Saudi national identified by the State Department as “a key member of an al-Qaida network operating in Iran.”
The State Department has offered a multimillion-dollar reward for the capture of Abdel Alharbi, saying he is an Iran-based al-Qaida facilitator who serves as the deputy to Muhsin al-Fadhl, who runs al-Qaida’s Iran network.
Take Khalid Aldawsari, a Saudi national. He is a student and an Al-Qaeda terrorist who planned to use weapons of mass destruction in the U.S., to include an attempted assassination of president Bush.Aldawsari was not a lone wolf; he was backed by an entire system. The wealthy and powerful Aldawsari clan, which includes the powerful Sheik Saud Bin Mut’ab who hosted a support group for the terrorist defending him publicly while funding his legal team.
Okaz, the same prominent Saudi newspaper, that published photos of Abdul Rahman Ali Issa Al-Salimi Al-Harbi in the hospital after the Boston marathon bombings, is now reporting that the Saudi national was also visited by the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama during his hospital stay.
CBS News in Boston reported that the first lady Michelle Obama visited Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Thursday, April 18th:
- The First Lady went to Boston Children’s Hospital, where she visited the medical and surgical intensive care unit.
- Afterwards, she went next door to Brigham and Women’s Hospital to meet more victims and their families for more than an hour.
- The visits were off limits to the media and came on short notice for security reasons. (Emphasis added -BBJ Dispatch)
There were multiple reports that Alharbi was hospitalized at Brigham and Women’s so that would seem corroborate the Okaz report. Okaz stated further that the first lady also visited the other injured Saudi at the hospital, a female doctor named Nura Khalid Saleh al-Ajaji:
“Michelle Obama visited the two injured Saudis Abdulrahman Ali Essa Al-Salimi Al-Harbi and Nura Khalid Saleh Al-Ajjaji to check on their medical conditions.”
Adding credibility to this report seems to be multiple tweets made by the inner circle of the Al-harbi family:
And from Breitbart:
Breitbart News has learned that the Saudi National questioned after the Boston Marathon Bombing had his deportation order records altered, rescinding his deportation order.
The alteration occurred the night before Secretary Napolitano vehemently denied the existence of any deportation order in testimony before the House of Representatives. Sources with knowledge of these matters says the change occurred subsequent to Secretary John Kerry’s closed door meeting on Tuesday with the Saudi Minister and around the time of the meeting between the Saudi Minister and Obama later on Wednesday evening.
The Saudi National has been identified as Abdulrahman Ali Al-Harbi. There is no evidence that Al-Harbi is connected to the Boston Marathon Bombings.
Steven Emerson announced on Wednesday night’s episode of Hannity that the Saudi National who was a person of interest and later cleared, was set to be deported.
Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was questioned by Congressman Jeff Duncan about the alleged deportation in a House hearing. Napolitano responded “I am unaware of anyone who is being deported for national security concerns at all related to Boston. I don’t know where that rumor came from.”
Congressman Duncan pushed Napolitano and she retorted:
“I am not going to answer that question, it is so full of misstatements and misapprehensions, that it is just not worthy of an answer….there has been so much reported on this that has been wrong, I can’t even begin to tell you, congressman.”
Emerson appeared for a second time on Hannity on Thursday night to reveal that “the documents are going to surface or at least members of Congress have it right now, and they’ll make the contents public.”
HANNITY: I have multiple sources, high level, within our government, that told me the exact same thing. That this Saudi national, they said now is a witness, not a suspect, but saying is to be deported Tuesday, I was told for the exact same thing, for national security reasons. I did see the video where Janet Napolitano denied any knowledge of that, but yet it’s been confirmed now by multiple sources.
EMERSON: And the documents are going to surface or at least members of Congress have it right now, and they’ll make the contents public. We don’t know if he was connected to the bombing or not, but it’s a strange coincidence for sure.