White House Handling of Boston Bombing Draws Suspicion
The country is reeling from the latest terrorist attack, which killed three Americans and injured hundreds more at the Boston Marathon on April 15th. Two brothers who became radical Islamists have been implicated; Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed after an overnight shoot-out with police, and his 19-year old brother Dzhokhar, who was caught shortly after the bombing.
The Obama administration knew ahead of time about the brothers’ ties to radical Islam. Russia warned the U.S. in 2011. The Russian government intercepted a communication between the bombers’ mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, and someone who was probably her son Tamerlan discussing “jihad.” The U.S. government added both names to its Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, or TIDE, database. Later, Tamerlan’s phone number was traced to numbers that came up in two other investigations into terror suspects, according to a Senator who attended classified briefings about the Boston bombings. The FBI interviewed Tamerlan, but cleared him, finding nothing conclusive. Russian officials next tried to get the CIA to look into Tamerlan, sending the CIA a warning letter about him. Apparently their concerns were ignored by Leon Panetta, then head of the CIA and now known for gutting the defense department as Secretary of Defense.
Tamerlan frequented radical Islamist websites that promoted 9/11 conspiracy theories and advocated violence against the West. The brothers’ uncle, Ruslan Tsarnaev, who has not spoken with the brothers since 2010, called the men “losers.” Their parents came from an area in the Caucasus region of Eastern Europe that has become home to radicalized Islam. Their father Anzor Tsarnaev is Chechen, and their mother Zubeidat is Avar, both minorities in the conflict-torn Caucasus region. The brothers grew up on: welfare: as children, and Tamerlan received welfare for his family through last year. Their mother says she believes the bombings were staged and fake. She is wanted on charges from 2012 for shoplifting and property damage in Massachusetts.
Yet instead of charging the brother in custody as a terrorist, the Obama administration is charging him with “using a weapon of mass destruction.” Columnist Cal Thomas: points out: that Dzhokar was clearly guilty of treason. He swore allegiance to America when he took the oath of citizenship on September 11, ironically. He should be tried as an enemy combatant, not through our domestic court system that will provide him an easier chance to defeat prosecution.
Then there is the strange case of the Saudi national who was originally declared a “person of interest” in the bombings, but as commentator Glenn Beck notes, has rapidly gone from “person of interest, to witness, to victim, to nobody.” Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi was standing by the bomb when it exploded, landing him in the hospital. Law enforcement searched Alharbi’s apartment the evening of the bombing, and an order to deport him back to Saudi Arabia for terrorist activity was: issued.
A Saudi Arabian newspaper reported that Michelle Obama: visited: Alharbi while he was in the hospital. She didn’t bother to visit victims located in other hospitals, including one man who lost both of his legs. The paper also: reported: that President Obama had an unscheduled visit immediately after the bombing with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Falsal and Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir. Secretary of State John Kerry had his own closed meeting with Al-alsal about the same time.
After these meetings, Homeland Security started back peddling. Law enforcement switched their story and claimed that Alharbi was being deported because his student visa had expired. However, Beck says he has evidence showing that his visa is good until November 11, 2016. His visa permitted him to attend school in Findlay, Ohio, but he didn’t attend college there, instead he showed up living in Boston.
The circumstances wouldn’t necessarily sound suspicious except for the fact that high-level government insiders have been leaking government documents to Beck revealing a government cover-up. Beck says that six members of Congress and a high-ranking congressional aide have verified the authenticity of the eight pages of leaked federal documents.
Alharbi’s file was altered on the evening of April 17th to disassociate him from the initial charges and revoke the deportation order. The original event file on Alharbi and an amended version of it were destroyed. The authors who created the file received email notifications of who accessed the files, so the user who deleted the files can be traced. Copies were preserved of this trail.
As a result of the expose, several Congressmen from the Committee on Homeland Security requested a classified briefing with Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano on April 22nd. On April 23rd, Napolitano confirmed that Alharbi was on a watch list. Now Napolitano is saying that Alharbi is not on a watch list; that he was only placed there briefly at first when he was discovered next to the bombing.
Beck thinks that Napolitano may end up serving “jailtime for perjury” and that she will be “the first to fall.” She has refused to provide answers to Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) on why Alharbi was initially given the Section 212, 3B terrorist designation.
Beck is being ridiculed as a conspiracy theorist for exposing this. Yet how do the skeptics who dismiss Beck know what really happened inside the government, anymore than Beck who has seen leaked documents from concerned whistleblowers? Labeling something a conspiracy theory is just another convenient way to shut down legitimate political debate regarding the government. Those on the left defending the government are essentially telling Americans to blindly follow the government no matter what, even if American citizens are being killed. They sure didn’t advocate that back when Nixon was president during Watergate. Where is the ACLU and the civil liberties progressives who frequently attack the government over Abu Ghraib? Oh that’s right, the ACLU only cares about suspected government abuse if it appears to have been started by the right.
Obama’s kid glove treatment of terrorism is emboldening more terrorists. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Texas): addressed CongressBob about it, saying, “In barely four years in office, five Jihadists have reached their targets in the United States under Barack Obama: the Boston Marathon bomber, the underwear bomber, the Times Square Bomber, the Fort Hood shooter, and in my own state-the Little Rock recruiting office shooter. In the seven years after 9/11 under George W. Bush, how many terrorists reached their target in the United States? Zero!”
The question everyone should be asking is why. Why would the Obama administration back away from linking Alharbi to the bombing? The answer could be as simple as the administration was warned by the Saudi government to back off, or risk putting a strain on relations. Despite all of Obama’s subsidies to alternative fuels, he wouldn’t dare risk severely disrupting the supply of oil.
Or the answer could be more nefarious; there are backroom deals being cut that the American public will never know about because they may be illegal. The Obama administration wants everyone to believe that it was simply a case of mistaken identity, but to identify someone as a terrorist and schedule them for deportation within a couple of days after a terrorist attack does not sound like a careless mistake but a decision based on substantial evidence.
Identifying and preventing Islamic extremism is one thing. Labeling all Muslims as suspicious is another — and not acceptable in a free society.
There is a difference, and the Obama administration is deliberately confusing the two in order to let terrorists off the hook. When the Russians — who had no problem funneling money to violent dictator Saddam Hussein and indirectly funding al Qaeda in the oil for food scandal — are more worried about radical Islamists than we are, you know something is amiss within our government.
Rachel Alexander is a Senior Editor at The Stream and Editor of Intellectual Conservative. She writes for Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, the Christian Post, weekend news items for Right Wing News and occasionally for the UK Guardian. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. In 2011-2013, she was listed as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists by Right Wing News.
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