As I reported earlier, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a Saudi national reportedly with connections to al-Qaeda was originally arrested as a suspect in the Boston Bombing. But after closed door meetings between Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and Secretary of State John Kerry and between Prince Saud al-Faisal, Alharbi was first downgraded from suspect to 'person of interest', then cleared, but then after the meeting with Obama, Alharbi was ordered quickly deported as a national security risk.
Photos of the bombing suspects surfaced, and they likewise appear to be Arab males.Not the one in the blue jacket on Drudge,who went to police to clear his name and is just a 17-year-old Arab teen, but this trio, one of whom resembles Alharbi:
Notice how one of them appears to be toting a back pack like the ones used in the bombing.
Today, in the prominent Saudi newspaper Okaz, this item appeared:
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.
The Saudi Consul General in New York, Abdel Karim Alqin assured Okaz that all Saudis have been cleared and two Saudis were injured, including Alharbi and a Saudi female doctor named Nura Khalid Saleh al-Ajaji.
Prince Saud al-Faisal, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah from the Foreign Ministry, and Prince Khaled bin Saud were involved in the entire affair.
Three other Saudis were cleared from the forbidden area, two of which were put in a hotel at the expense of the Saudi consulate.
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.
Alharbi, who was arrested with his clothes smelling strongly of gunpowder and was hospitalized and treated for badly burned hands (something questionable in itself considering that this was a IED attack using a pressure cooker bomb)is being rushed home before he's even healed and is now off limits to questioning. And apparently,according to the Saudi press, after the president's meeting with Prince Saud al-Faisal, all Saudis are off limits as well.
Three months ago, the Obama administration ended post-9/11 restrictions on Saudis entering the US and put them on the 'trusted traveler list', which is how Alharbi and a lot of other Saudis got into the country.
If Saudis were involved, that would constitute a nasty problem for both the president and the Saudis.
Aside from reflecting badly on President Obama's unilateral decision to change U.S. law to let Saudis in without restrictions or background checks, there's a multi-billion dollar arms deal with the House of Saud in the works, not to mention this president's fondness for Islam and Islamists, all that oil, and continued Saudi access to America.
So they're cooperating in cleaning things up and the White House appears to be indulging in coverup...just like Benghazi, Fast and Furious and numerous other incidents.
I'll repeat what I said earlier. The Obama Administration will handle this one of three ways, depending on what they feel they can get away with.
Their chosen scenario would be to somehow pin this on a Great White Tea Party Terrorist, but so far that hasn't been successful.
The White House's second choice if number one's not possible will be to simply let the whole thing fade away while pledging to 'bring the people responsible to justice' . Or if necessary, they'll blame it on unnamed al-Qaeda elements and launch a few drones while the Saudis responsible slip quietly out of the country. That's happened before.
Finally, as a last resort if Saudis were involved and there's no way to get spin it, they might be forced to imprison and try the bombers, while telling Americans what a religion of peace Islam is and emphasizing that the bombers were only caught 'thanks to the help we got from our Saudi allies'.
This is a problem in national security or terrorism for this president. It's a political problem, just like almost everything else in the last four years and that's how it will be handled.
There's another press conference scheduled at 3 PM Eastern today. The last one was canceled,but by now the White House probably knows very well how they want this handled and today's presser should give us an idea where they're going with this.