By Daniel Greenfield
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….