On Fox News, terrorism expert Steve Emerson revealed that Abdul Rahman Ali al-Harbi, the Saudi national wounded in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, was being deported from the United States next Tuesday for unstated “national security reasons.” This came soon after both Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama held closed meetings with Saudi officials. In the latter case the topic was reportedly Syria though the meeting was called abruptly and had not been on Mr. Obama’s schedule.
Meanwhile Walid Shoebat has been following the case and found interesting circumstantial evidence including photos of “what appears to be three Saudis being spotted near the scene of the explosions.” He summarizes,
“A Saudi national named Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi – who has six relatives belonging to Al Qaeda and five that were detained at Gitmo – was injured at the scene of terrorist bombings at the Boston marathon. The bombings had certain characteristics that indicate they were the work of Al Qaeda. Now we have a photo(s) of what very well could be three Saudis, to include at least one who resembles Alharbi at the scene of the bombings. And Alharbi went from ‘person of interest’ to completely innocent in less than 24 hours?”
Regardless of whether Abdul al-Harbi was involved in the bombing, the secretive circumstances of the decision to deport him, and the continuing cloud of uncertainty around the identities of the terrorists who struck Boston, are likely to turn this into a major PR headache for the Obama White House. If al-Harbi had nothing to do with the bombing, what is the rush to get him out of the country? And what exactly are the national security grounds for deporting him? If nothing else it shows that Mr. Obama is still willing to bow to placate Saudi sensitivities.