The Innocent Saudi Student

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Saudi student injured in Boston blasts doing well, says father

ARAB News

Friday 19 April 2013

Last Update 20 April 2013 3:35 am

JEDDAH: The father of the 20-year-old Saudi student who was injured in the deadly Boston blasts has said his son was indeed questioned about the explosions but only as a routine procedure.
Ali Alharbi, speaking to Saudi media on Wednesday, said his son Abdurrahman was just one of more than hundreds people of various nationalities who were questioned by investigators looking into the blasts that killed three people and injured more than 170 others.
Abdurrahman was watching the Boston Marathon on April 16 when two bombs placed in trash bins exploded. He sustained injuries in the body.

Another Saudi, identified as Noura Al-Ajaji, was said to have sustained a slight injury and was declared out of danger.

On Wednesday, Alharbi tweeted on Abdurrahman’s Twitter account and said his son was now out of danger and is receiving excellent care at the hospital where he is confined.
He also posted pictures for Abdurrahman, including one showing the student with the Saudi consul general in New York, Azzam Al Gain, during the official’s visit at the hospital room.

Abdurrahman had been a hot topic among US media, with one article published by The New Yorker, titled The Saudi Marathon Man, questioning whether he was the victim of racial profiling.
Reports have it that while Abdurrahman was in hospital being treated for his wounds, a “phalanx” of officers and agents and K9 unit searched his apartment.

“What made them suspect him? He was running — so was everyone. The police reportedly thought he smelled like explosives; his wounds might have suggested why. He said something about thinking there would be a second bomb — as there was, and often is, to target responders.
“If that was the reason he gave for running, it was a sensible one. He asked if anyone was dead—a question people were screaming. And he was from Saudi Arabia, which is around where the logic stops. Was it just the way he looked, or did he, in the chaos, maybe call for God with a name that someone found strange?” said the article authored by Amy Davidson. End of ARAB News Article

 

The article states that hundreds of people were questioned. That may be true, but the authorities snatched only Abdurrahman Ali Al Harbi. And only he was determined to be such a threat that a section 212, 3b was issued on him.

So what is a section 212, 3b designation?

The event file section 212, 3b designation was written into the Patriot Act. It is the highest terrorist watch list designation and is reserved for terrorists only, not just suspects or people of interest. It is so serious that the authorities, per the Patriot Act, must bring the suspect’s name and evidence for the designation before a government security panel for issuance of the 212, 3b.

They must’ve found something on this young innocent. Remember, this all happened after his home was searched for upwards of nine hours.

So we are supposed to believe that Homeland Security went to all this trouble to place a 212, 3b on him and that the event was simply revoked.

As far as anyone or I can find – no one has ever been issued a 212, 3b designation on them and had that designation removed – unless they’re dead.

Oh, and by the way; when the authorities went to issue the 212, 3b they found something odd. There was already another event file open on him. It may not have been a 212, 3b, but because of the process they have to go through, event files are not opened on innocent people. (unless they’re Christian or conservative. Just a little humor).

So Al Harbi obtained a student visa to specifically attend school in Ohio but never attended. He made it to Boston and stayed. This is significant for two reasons. First, that he was allowed in this country or allowed to stay when he was already a person of interest.

Second, and even scarier is that he is not the only one. 75,000 visas are issued to students from Muslim countries per year. Of those 75,000, 15,000 never show up at the school they are assigned. That’s 20%!

Remember, it took only 19 to take down the twin towers and damaged the Pentagon.

And we still don’t know where this young man is. Boston, Saudi Arabia, where?

Politically Correct Knots

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We all have biases, left and right. I admit to knee-jerk reactions occasionally, without first checking the facts. All of us are susceptible to this from time to time.

The difference between the reactions of the informed right and the all too often uninformed left is more often than not that our suspicions turn out to be correct. Yet we are accused of being conspiracy theorists.

When some on the right had the immediate reaction that the marathon bombers were probably radical Muslim terrorists, although knee-jerk and completely devoid of evidence, it is at least based on historical fact.

We have history on our side. Timothy McVeigh aside, all Muslims are not terrorists, but to date all terrorist bombings have been by Muslims. It is neither good nor bad, it’s just fact.

Some on the left however, are simply unable to deal with facts. The facts being too painful for them to deal with, or it may be that it does not promote their agenda. It also may be that many are simply so paralyzed with their own political correctness that it seems impossible to utter a single word for fear of being judged.

Recent claims are that Muslims fear being scapegoated for the Boston Marathon bombings. Why would this be? The mainstream media continually bends over backwards not to mention anything Muslim unless it appears positive. Reporters like John King of CNN almost visibly flipped inside out just by mentioning that a DARK skinned man had been questioned. He didn’t say Middle Eastern, Moslem, Saudi or anything like it, just dark-skinned. And yet even that seemed too much for his fragile psyche.

The political correctness in the major media is so rampant that just to say a person of color has been apprehended would cause mainstream reporters to break out in hives.

So why the political correctness? Why do they seem so hamstrung?

Well, it turns out that the Muslim brotherhood and Hamas linked front organization CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, is one of the organizations that consistently pressures both politicians and newsrooms alike. They are constantly calling newsrooms to complain of the negative treatment of Muslims in the press.

One shining example of that pressure was that of the recent Associated Press cave. On April 4. It was reported by USNews.com that: “the term ‘Islamist’, the AP clarified in a Thursday afternoon alert to online stylebook subscribers, should not be used as ‘a synonym for Islamic fighters, militants, extremists or radicals.’”

This is the same AP that recently made the decision to discontinue the use of the term “illegal immigrant” due to its politically charged and negative connotation.

Remember that those who control the language control the debate.

It’s obviously not just the language that is the problem. When those in the leftist media pray or openly state like Salon.com’s David Sirota,  a desire that the marathon bomber be a “White American”, we not only have a double standard, but a very serious problem in this country.

If we on the right allow this nonsense to continue, we might as well sign the death warrant for our country. Those who wish to do us harm will be able to come to this country, essentially do what they please and go home. All the while we will be so tied up in politically correct knots, we will be powerless to prevent the attacks for fear of profiling and unable to bring them to justice in order to appease or curry favor from another nation.

So hearing, reading, learning and knowing what we on the informed right know, is it any wonder why we, at times, jump to conclusions. It’s not a conspiracy if it turns out to be fact.

 

The Second Boston Massacre: The Leftists Rush to Judgment

UPDATE:

Remember the Saudi National (see below) who was first reported as a suspect, then a person of interest, then just an innocent witness? Even I trusted the authorities to give the straight dope when they claimed it didn’t appear he had anything to do with the bombings.

The foreign national is a student from Revere, Mass., is identified as 20-year-old Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi.

Well, it turns out he will be deported back to Saudi Arabia next Tuesday for national security reasons.

Reuters news reported President Barack Obama met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on Wednesday, noting “the meeting was not on Obama’s public schedule.”

So why deport him? Why is he not under arrest to be held and tried in a U.S. court?

Well, this is why Obama met with the Saudis. In order to continue to do business with the Saudis, there is an understanding that we don’t arrest their people. We simply send them back to the kingdom. This was confirmed by Steve Emerson to Sean Hannity. Emerson told Hannity: “You deport them, because they don’t want them to be embarrassed and that’s the way we appease them.”

Feel better now?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

The explosives used in the Boston Marathon twin attacks were six liter pressure cookers packed with explosives and hidden in duffel bags. They also contained metal scraps, nails and ball bearings.

The plans for making this type of bomb were also found with the Fort Hood bomber Naser Abdo and could be found in an online Al Qaeda magazine.

What does this mean? Absolutely nothing. It may in fact be just a coincidence and there may be no international affiliation whatsoever.

As of this evening, there are no suspects that we know of. No one or group has come forward to claim responsibility. It may turn out to be a lone wolf lunatic. Whether he or she is a lone wolf, it’s a good bet he or she is a lunatic.

A Saudi national, was thought to be a suspect or person of interest, but it’s looking like he was not involved.

So to date we have no suspects and no motive – other than to wreak havoc, which it did.

That being said, one would think at a time of crisis cooler heads might prevail. This unfortunately is not the case.

As it did just after the Colorado movie theater shootings, the left did what they do; blame the right, the tea party, et al.

Leftist hack David Axelrod explained on MSNBC: “I’m sure what was going through the president’s mind is – we really don’t know who did this – it was tax day. Was it someone who was pro-… ya know – you just don’t know?”

Someone who was pro-what Dave? Hmmm, I wonder? If you watch the video of Axelrod, you’ll see he stopped himself rather abruptly. I don’t assume to know what he was thinking, but I could guess.

The Sage of the left Chris Matthews said: “normally domestic terrorists, people, tend to be on the far right.” Oh do they Chris? He went on to explain that the explosion at the Kennedy Center was an attack on, “a modern political figure of the Democratic Party. Does that tell you something?”

It tells me that Chris Matthews is a myopic flaming leftist that probably blames the right when the weather report is incorrect.

And then there’s the taxing Queen, Barney Fwank, whose big government advocacy knows no bounds or sense. He claimed that: “I never was as a member of Congress, one of the cheerleaders for less government, lower taxes. No tax cut would ever have helped us deal with this or will help us recover…” Sheeesh, sounds like Clinton: “ No personal attack ever fed a hungry child.”

Shameless! This tragedy knows no political affiliation, no religion or ethnicity. Bombs don’t care who they blow up. The responders, both public and private citizen alike didn’t care about those things either. Those who rushed in to help are heroes. They never asked what political affiliation or religion any of the victims belonged to.

We know nothing about the attackers, as of yet, other than he, she or they are evil.

Cooler heads should prevail and the political rock throwers should be ostracized regardless of who they are.

My greatest fear going forward, other than a repeat of this attack at another venue is this. How much more of our liberty will be lost due to this tragedy?

Will unseemly politicians whip up the low information public enough for them to demand more security at the cost of liberty? Will there be attempts at bad, knee-jerk legislation?

Remember the words of Ben Franklin (1755) as he wrote: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Web sleuths scour through thousands of Boston Marathon blast pictures

 Identify FIVE people they think the FBI should be talking to

from: the UK Daily Mail

 

Web users have turned into detectives in the  wake of the Boston Marathon tragedy, looking through hundreds of photos to find  the person or group behind Monday’s carnage.

As authorities conduct an exhaustive  investigation of the moments leading up to the double bombing near the finish  line, Reddit and 4chan users are doing one of their own – pointing out people at  the site of the first bombing whom they think the FBI should be talking  to.

There is, however, no official evidence to  support that the individuals pictured had anything to do with the devastating  twin bombing, which claimed three lives and injured 183 others. The claims are merely speculation, and not considered  viable evidence in the Boston and federal investigation.

Meanwhile, CNN reported that a suspect has  been identified by police after two pieces of video evidence at the scene of the  second blast were handed in to authorities.

Another look: The redditors and 4chan users claim that the bags in this photo are sporting unusual bulges, and appear to be sagging under the weight of what's inside
The redditors and 4chan users claim that  the bags in this photo are sporting unusual bulges, and appear to be sagging  under the weight of what’s inside
Questions: The users also claim that the man in the white hat does not appear to have his backpack on in another photo
The users also claim that the man in the  white hat does not appear to have his backpack on in another photo
Photo: One person's composite image compares the shape of a bulge in a bag to the shape of a pressure cooker
 One person’s composite image compares the shape  of a bulge in a bag to the shape of a pressure cooker

However, it is hard to see how the men  identified by the Reddit users fit the description of the suspect leaked to  other media outlets.

CNN’s John King said sources told him it was  a ‘dark-skinned man’ and CBS reported that it was a white man who was wearing a  black jacket, a gray hooded sweatshirt and a white or off-white baseball cap  backwards. He is said to be six feet or 6-feet-2-inches tall with a medium  build.

Investigators have not named any suspects in  the bombing, but have revealed that two pressure cooker bombs were stuffed  inside black vinyl backpacks or duffel bags when they went off.

Using that information and numerous photos –  mainly from the site of the first blast – users have pointed out several people  either wearing black backpacks or otherwise individuals who could be thought to  be acting strangely before the explosions.

The people are circled and their movements  are documented by comparing several photographs in a subreddit called  ‘FINDBOSTONBOMBERS.’

The person who started the subreddit, who  goes by the moniker Oops777, has been identified as a 23-year-old professional  poker player who lives in Boston, according to reports.

The FBI’s Boston office did not return a call  from MailOnline for comment.

A man with a white baseball cap . As  one  redditor notes, ‘The first picture shows a clear bulge from the bag, very  consistent with the type of pressure cooker believed to have been  used.’

Could this be the bombing suspect?
Could this be the bombing suspect?
Is this the suspect? People on Reddit have claimed that  while everyone around him seems to instinctively cower, this man appears to  sprint away in the opposite direction to everyone else caught in the  blast
Another look: Two men donning similar black coats, khaki pants and backpacks were also pictured, but they could also be undercover police officers
Two men donning similar black coats, khaki  pants and backpacks were also pictured, but they could also be undercover police  officers
Bird's eye view: It's possible that this man is an undercover police officer, but redditors claim that he may be involved
It’s possible that this man is an  undercover police officer, but redditors claim that he may be involved

The redditors and 4chan users claim that the  bags are sporting unusual bulges, and appear to be sagging under the weight of  what’s inside.

The users are also quick to claim that the  man in the white hat does not appear to be wearing the backpack in another  photo.

Two men donning similar black coats,  khaki  pants and backpacks were also pictured, but they could also be  undercover  police officers.

In another series of photos, one  internet  user marks a face the crowd two hours prior to the bombing, and then his  reaction afterward, noting that the man, wearing a white  hooded sweatshirt,  does not appear interested in the race and can be  seen walking away calmly  after the first blast.

While some posts may be perceived as  accusatory, other users are quick to  warn that just because the person is  pictured with a black bag, it  doesn’t mean they had anything to do with the  bombing.

Spotted: One user marks a face the crowd two hours prior to the bombing, and then his reaction afterward, noting that the man, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, does not appear interested in the race
 One user marks a face the crowd two hours prior  to the bombing, and then his reaction afterward, noting that the man, wearing a  white hooded sweatshirt, does not appear interested in the race

In another photo posted on both 4chan and  Reddit, a man wearing a blue coat is pictured near the scene of the second  explosion holding a backpack –  with distinctive black and grey  straps.

Next to it is a photo of a mangled backpack  from the crime scene, with straps that bear a striking resemblance.

Another man, wearing a green hat and wearing  a black backpack, was also highlighted on Reddit as a person who could be  involved.

The Boston Marathon was a public event, and  hundreds of black backpacks were worn among the thousands of  attendees.

Hunt for clues: Another man, wearing a green hat and wearing a black backpack, was also highlighted on Reddit as a person who could be involved
 Another man, wearing a green hat and  wearing a black backpack, was also highlighted on Reddit as a person who could  be involved

But at the very least, it gives people a glimpse of the excruciating job the FBI have in scouring through  thousands of  images in a situation where anyone can look like a suspect.

Yesterday, a preliminary probe by Boston  officials revealed that they were made of two 1.6-gallon pressure cookers – one  containing shards of metal and ball bearings and the other packed with nails –  and both stuffed into black backpacks or duffel bags, according to a source  close to the probe.

The method used to make the bomb is  reminiscent of the failed attempt to bomb Times Square by Faisal Shahzad in 2010  – and other terror strikes in India, Afghanistan, Nepal and  Pakistan.

The FBI and anti-terror officials have urged  the public to turn in any photos or video footage they may have of the marathon  that may have captured a suspect or suspects before the blasts.

Descriptions: Picking out people from the crowd, the web sleuths comment on their behavior before the bombs went off
 Picking out people from the crowd, the web  sleuths comment on their behavior before the bombs went off

 

Ben Levine, who works in public relations in  an office on Boylston Street and was directly above where the first bomb  exploded, responded to that call.

In a piece he wrote for Deadspin, Mr Levine said that he was standing at his second floor office window  and  snapping pictures of the runners and crowds below when ‘a bomb went  off in my  face.’

Investigators have circulated  information  about the bombs, which involved kitchen pressure cookers  packed with  explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel – but the FBI  says no on has  claimed responsibility.

‘Someone knows who did this,’ Richard  DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in  Boston, said at a news conference where he  detailed the type of clues a  bomber might have left.

‘Importantly, the person who did this is  someone’s friend, neighbor, co-worker or relative.’

Accusations: In a photo posted on both 4chan and Reddit, a man wearing a blue coat is pictured with a backpack - with distinctive black and grey straps - dangling on his arm. A bag with similar straps is pictured at the scene of one of the bombings
In a photo posted on both 4chan and Reddit,  a man wearing a blue coat is pictured with a backpack – with distinctive black  and grey straps – dangling on his arm. A bag with similar straps is pictured at  the scene of one of the bombings
Claims: As the FBI scours through thousands of photos of the moments before the Boston Marathon, various Reddit and 4chan users are pointing out who they believe to be possible suspects
 As the FBI scours through thousands of photos of  the moments before the Boston Marathon, various Reddit and 4chan users are  pointing out who they believe to be possible suspects

 

Speculation: In this photo, the Redditors claim that a man can be seen dropping a suspicious object near the scene of the second explosion
 In this photo, the Redditors claim that a  man can be seen dropping a suspicious object near the scene of the second  explosion

New crime scene photographs of the remnants  of the first bomb which detonated during Monday’s Boston marathon shows that a  six-liter pressure cooker was used in at least one of the deadly charges – as  experts described the devices as military-style ‘anti-personnel’  devices.

The images – released by the Joint  Terrorist  Task Force – show the wreckage of a stainless steel pressure  cooker with an  Underwriters Laboratory safety mark and an imprint that  reads gas or electric,  with experts describing the devices as  military-style ‘anti-personnel’  devices.

Furthermore, it is being claimed the  deadly  devices used were designed to act like ‘homemade claymores’ –  powerful,  directional anti-personnel devices.

The lid of a pressure cooker was found on a  nearby rooftop and  investigators were able to pinpoint which type of cooker was  used.

Probe: Investigators comb through the post finish line area of the Boston Marathon at Boylston Street, two days after two bombs exploded just before the finish line
Investigators comb through the post finish line  area of the Boston Marathon at Boylston Street, two days after two bombs  exploded just before the finish line

One brand of pressure cooker with ‘6L’ on the  bottom is made by the Spanish company Fagor, which sells about 50,000 of the  six-liter pots in the United States every year, The New York Times  reported.

This gives investigators a real chance to  narrow down their list of suspects – which they said yesterday was ‘wide open’ – and find out who is responsible for the worst attacks on U.S. soil since  9/11.

They will use every clue, from the cooker’s  manufacturer and retailers to the types of nails used in the shrapnel, to try  and find out from where the bomb parts were purchased and by whom.

Roy Parker, a retired Bureau of Alcohol,  Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives agent who ­developed the agency’s  explosives training program, said examiners are looking at scraps of the bomb  components, bags and all other forensic evidence.

He said: ‘You’re looking for a needle in a  haystack, but the needle is there. If you look long enough, you’ll get stuck  with it. This is not an unsolvable crime.’

 

Obama Slashed Domestic Terror Budget

Have you seen this anywhere in the mainstream, drive-by media? No? And I’m sure you won’t.

from the UK Dail Mail:

Obama administration has SLASHED budget for domestic bombing prevention by 45 per cent, says former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary

 

Barack Obama’s administration has cut the budget nearly in half for preventing domestic bombings, MailOnline can reveal. 

Under President George W. Bush, the Department of Homeland Security had $20 million allocated for preventing the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by terrorists working inside the United States. The current White House has cut that funding down to $11 million.

That assessment comes from Robert Liscouski, a former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 that killed three Americans and injured at least 173 others.

He told MailOnline that the Obama-era DHS is, on the whole, about as well-positioned as it was during the Bush administration to handle the aftermath of the April 15 bombings in Boston, ‘but the Obama administration has continued to cut the budget for offices such as the Office for Bombing Prevention from $20 million started under Bush, to $11 million today.’

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Boston Marathon Rocked By Explosions

New Information:

Officials say fire at JFK Library appears to be unrelated and not an explosion, although some are calling it a  possible “incendiary” device. There may a wounded suspect under observation and lockdown at a local hospital. At least one report is that it may be a Saudi National.

New Information: Another Explosion has been reported at JFK Library, in Dorcester, Ma!

Police have confirmed a third explosion in Boston. This time at the JFK Library, there yet have been no reports of dead or injured. Earlier two devices exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing two people and injuring over two dozen.

This is apparently some act of terrorism.

from: The Daily Mail

By Beth Stebner and Thomas Durante

 

Three people have been reported dead and up to 60 people have been injured after two large explosions went off near the finish line of the famous Boston Marathon today, leaving behind a scene of unimaginable carnage.

Eyewitnesses at the scene said there were two loud explosions about five seconds apart, and emergency vehicles crowded the scene. Up to 60 people have been reported injured, dozens of them seriously.

Witness Dave Weigel said via Twitter minutes after the explosion: ‘I saw people’s legs blown off. Horrific. Two explosions. Runners were coming in and saw unspeakable horror.’

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

kSpectators and runners flee from what was described as twin explosions that shook the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon

 

kMedical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following the two explosions

 

kMedical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston

 

A source told MailOnline that there were shotgun shells in the two bombs, which sprayed onlookers and runners with massive amounts of shrapnel.

Competitors and race organizers were crying as they fled the chaos. Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners. A man was pictured with his lower leg blown off.

‘There are a lot of people down,’ said one man, whose bib No. 17528 identified him as Frank Deruyter of North Carolina. He was not injured, but marathon workers were carrying one woman, who did not appear to be a runner, to the medical area as blood gushed from her leg.

A Boston police officer was wheeled from the course with a leg injury that was bleeding.

About three hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another thunderous explosion could be heard a few seconds later.

Runner Laura McLean of Toronto told the Associated Press that she heard two explosions outside the medical tent.

‘There are people who are really, really bloody,’ McLean said. ‘They were pulling them into the medical tent.’

kAn explosion rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon where dozens of people have been reported seriously injured

kPolice officers rushed to the scene as smoke billowed; up to 60 people could be injured from the blast

kMedical workers wheel the injured across the finish line

Cherie Falgoust was waiting for her husband, who was running the race.

‘I was expecting my husband any minute,’ she said. ‘I don’t know what this building is … it just blew. Just a big bomb, a loud boom, and then glass everywhere. Something hit my head. I don’t know what it was. I just ducked.’

A spokesman for the Boston Marathon said that the race’s headquarters are on lock down.

Train service on the green line between Kenmore and Park suspended, according to the MBTA.

Windows of Marathon sports store blown out by the force of the two blasts.

kThe marathon finish line was near Boston’s Copley Square

kThe grandstands were empty as authorities work though the chaos of the scene