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Apr 22 2013

The Right Has a Shiny New Boston Conspiracy Theory

Alex Jones isn’t the only one coming up with crazy conspiracy theories about the Boston Marathon bombings. The Worldnutdaily and other right wingers have a new one: Obama is deporting that Saudi student for “national security reasons” as part of a coverup. Tea Party Nation leader Judson Phillips, who is nuttier than a jar of Jif, repeats this nonsense:

Immediately after the blast, reports surfaced that a Saudi national was in the hospital. Various reports said he was detained, not free to leave or in custody. Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi is the Saudi national. His apartment was searched. The first reports said it was done with a search warrant. Now reports are coming out that the search was a consent search. Reports then came out saying Alharbi was only a witness and not a suspect or person of interest.
Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism is now reporting that next Tuesday, Alharbi will be deported for “national security reasons.”

On Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry met with the Saudi Foreign Minister, Saud Al Faisal in a meeting that had been scheduled for some time but was abruptly closed to the media for “scheduling reasons.”

Yesterday, the same Saudi Foreign Minister met with Obama, even though the meeting was not on Obama’s public schedule. The White House said, “The president and Prince Saud al-Faisal reaffirmed the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia and discussed developments in the region, including the conflict in Syria.” According to other sources, Alharbi is a devout Muslim and is a member of a Saudi Clan that has a lot of Al-Qaeda members

Alharbi has suddenly gone from a person of interest, to a witness to no one at all. Then why is he being deported for national security reasons the day after Obama meets with the Saudi Foreign Minister in an unscheduled meeting and two days after the Minister has a meeting with John Kerry where the doors are abruptly closed?

Once Alharbi is deported, we will never see him again.

Why is the Regime in such a hurry to get him out of the country?

Short answer: They’re not. All of this is based solely on one man, Emerson, claiming that someone told him that this was happening. And it’s not.

The rumor that a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian national on a student visa who was questioned after the Boston bombing has been deported is false, a senior law enforcement official said on Thursday.

“The rumor is one hundred percent false,” the official said. “One hundred percent false. Just like [the report of] the suspect in custody yesterday.”

The official said that the confusion stemmed from another, entirely different Saudi man who is actually in Immigrations and Customs Enforcement custody.

“We do have a Saudi in ICE custody,” the official said. “He is not related in any way to the investigation into the bombing. He’s not in any way related to this investigation.”

For crying out loud, the FBI said almost immediately that this guy is not a suspect. His only crime is being a Muslim victim of the bombing. Do these idiots really think that the FBI is going out of their way to make sure they don’t catch the person who committed this atrocity? I mean, seriously, how fucked in the head do you have to be to believe that?

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  1. 1
    keithb

    And of course, Jeff Duncan has already argued with Janet Napalitono about it:
    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/04/19/17826971-lawmakers-who-set-a-poor-example?lite

  2. 2
    nkrishna

    The sheer inanity flying around this event is insane. It seems like literally everything has to be a conspiracy to some people. Did the BPD held a bomb squad drill on the same day as the marathon (because holding a bomb drill on the same day they need all their resources to monitor a 26.2 mile long marathon route is totally something a police department in a metropolitan area would do)? Did you know it’s all just an excuse for martial law (which is why after the second suspect was caught, the police all retreated to Boston Common)? Did you know Family Guy predicted the attack (and that it wasn’t just some yahoo with a laptop editing two clips together to make it look like a false flag)?

    Apparently not jumping to conclusions isn’t something that’s ever occurred to some people. Imaging how the aftermath of the Boston bombings would have played out if the first responders thought as clearly as these upstanding conspiracy theorists.

  3. 3
    busterggi

    But the SAudis are our good friends, remember Dubya walking hand-in-hand w/ one of their princes. Why the righties just loved the SAudis when Dub was in office.

  4. 4
    Akira MacKenzie

    Obama is deporting that Saudi student for “national security reasons” as part of a coverup.

    Right, because Chechen Muslim fanatics just don’t have the political weight of Saudi Muslim fanatics.

  5. 5
    Avicenna

    Don’t be silly! White people can’t be terrorists! Or muslim!

  6. 6
    democommie

    There is really no coversation that is possilbe with people that are willfully and hatefully delusional, beyond, “Fuck you, you fucking moron and racist asshole”.

  7. 7
    aaronbaker

    There is really no coversation that is possilbe with people that are willfully and hatefully delusional, beyond, “Fuck you, you fucking moron and racist asshole”.

    That works for me.

  8. 8
    Trebuchet

    …Judson Phillips, who is nuttier than a jar of Jif…

    Of course he is. There are no nuts in Jif, peanuts being a legume, not a nut.

    I really need to get some therapy or something for my nitpickery/pedantry.

    Meanwhile, exactly this is what Glen Beck’s big revalation was all about. What a maroon.

  9. 9
    jamessweet

    Wait… if this is all true, this means there are at least TWO Saudi nationals in the United States!!!! We’re doomed….

  10. 10
    John Pieret

    how fucked in the head do you have to be to believe that?

    Unfortunately, only as much as about one third of the American electorate.

  11. 11
    Spanish Inquisitor

    I mean, seriously, how fucked in the head do you have to be to believe that?

    Glenn Beck believes it. That should answer your question.

  12. 12
    cottonnero

    Akira #4: More because wingnuts don’t know where Chechens come from. God forbid the next terrorist attack is by a Slovenian or a Slovakian, because then both countries would get bombed.

  13. 13
    alanb

    The other part of the story is that there are a number of terrorists in Alharbi’s “clan” which should have led immigration to be suspicious of him. This “fact” is evidently arrived at by adding up the number of people with the last name of Alharbi that have ever come under suspicion, without any indication of how closely related they may be.

  14. 14
    jnorris

    Does this mean Glenn Beck will NOT be exposing the Obama coverup today? Damn, I waited all weekend for it too.

  15. 15
    celcus

    Want to start pool for how long it takes for them to work Benghazi fit into this?

  16. 16
    SallyStrange

    There is really no coversation that is possilbe with people that are willfully and hatefully delusional, beyond, “Fuck you, you fucking moron and racist asshole”.

    Somebody’s been reading “Yo, Is This Racist?”, I see.

  17. 17
    frankb

    Want to start pool for how long it takes for them to work Benghazi fit into this?

    Are you kidding. The truth will soon come out that the Boston Marathon bombing was all staged to make us forget about Benghazi.

  18. 18
    Kevin

    No no. The truth will come out that the Boston Marathon bombing was a false flag operation designed to get us involved as allies with the Russians against the peace-loving Chechan people who only want to be free from oppressive rulers who definitely have weapons of mass destruction…or pressure cookers…whatever.

  19. 19
    democommie

    @Sally Strange:

    I went over there and it looks like I could spend time there every day, but that would take away from the fun I have going to other blogs and calling fucking morons and racist assholes, well, you know. {;>)

  20. 20
    Onamission5

    Is it even known for sure that Alharbi is Muslim, or is it assumed that he is because he’s Saudi? I’ve seen no reports which confirm his religious belief. Only reports which state his nationality.

  21. 21
    Modusoperandi

    “I mean, seriously, how fucked in the head do you have to be to believe that?”

    ITS CALLED “PATRIOTISM” ED BRAYTON! LEARN ABOUT IT SOMETIME!

  22. 22
    schweinhundt

    I’m very interested in how this narrative will play out. Todd Starnes apparently did a piece on Alharbi but, then, he/Fox removed it within a couple of hours.
    http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/saudi-national-questioned-in-boston-was-on-terror-watch-list.html

    If they’re backing away, the charges must be egregiously false. Meanwhile, Beck and TheBlaze seem to be libeling an innocent man…

  23. 23
    lancifer

    The real reason that the “govmint” faked these bombings is to deny us Americuns our constushunal right to own pressure cookers.

  24. 24
    lancifer

    SallyStrange,

    That website is a place for self righteous douches to pat each other on the back and look down on others.

    Visit there often?

  25. 25
    michaelcrichton

    I can’t believe none of the wingnuts have seized on the name Al-Harbi literally translating as “The Warlike” and claimed that that was proof of something or other. Maybe I should send a few emails…

  26. 26
    Chiroptera

    SallyStrange, #16:

    Hee hee hee. I’ve managed to read as far back as March.

    (Man, if I don’t start doing some work soon, I’m gonna be so fired!)

  27. 27
    captain_spleen

    @2: “Did the BPD held a bomb squad drill on the same day”

    NO.

    There were a number of distortions. Tweets went out that the BPD had announced that there would be a controlled detonation across from the library.

    Some people who don’t know Boston thought “library” meant the JFK library, which had a fire the same day. But “library” actually meant the Public Library, which is right by the marathon finish line.

    Also, the way embedded tweets are displayed can distort the apparent time the tweet was originally sent. The time shown is adjusted for time zone, but doesn’t indicate the time zone used. ie, Boston Globe sends out a tweet at 3:30pm EST. That tweet embedded on a web page might show the time as 12:30pm, if the HTML is using a PST time zone. But it doesn’t say “PST”, which would make it obvious what happened.

    This was used to suggest that the “controlled detonation” tweet had gone out hours earlier than it actually had, and this was described as the pre-planned “drill”. When in fact it was not announced until after the bombing, and was not a drill. Now, I don’t know if the announced detonation *actually happened* in the end – perhaps the suspicious package was decided to be innocuous. But the Boston Globe did tweet the warning, about an hour after the marathon had been bombed.

    I’d like to think the conspiracy theorists merely got fooled by the quirks of embedded tweets and time zones. But it would probably be easy enough to tweak the HTML of the embedded tweet, to adjust the time displayed. Then you can make a tweet appear to have been issued whenever you want it to have been.

  28. 28
    reneerp

    Krauthammer has already made the Benghazi link – http://www.sacbee.com/2013/04/19/5354385/krauthammer.html.

  29. 29
    Uncle Glenny

    The real reason that the “govmint” faked these bombings is to deny us Americuns our constushunal right to own pressure cookers.

    Having seen what my mother could do with a pressure cooker, I’m fully supportive of requiring instruction and a waiting period before ownership.

  30. 30
    fifthdentist

    In some of the more sleazy fringes of the interwebs there’s all kinds of delicious conspiracies: people claiming to have medical training commenting on still frames that they say prove faked injuries, actors portraying victims and responders giving signals to directors to focus cameras on particular “scenes.” Another is about Facebook pages that went up Saturday about the bomb.
    Apparently they can coordinate a conspiracy to stage a fake bombing involving thousands of people without any of them spilling the beans, but, dammit, just can’t prevent someone leaking it on Facebook two days BEFORE the actual event.
    Also, the Obamas visited the Saudi in the hospital. This is based on supposed Saudi media coverage that they say proves Michelle and perhaps the president visited the Saudi and that he is to be deported, or already has been reported.
    As a recipient of official Tea Party emails, I have access to THE TRUTH. And the truth, apparently, is that Obama should be impeached. Immediately. For something. That something may possibly be related to this, or perhaps not. It’s hard to tell because the only things that match their hatred are their incoherence and inconsistency.

  31. 31
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    From Sally Strange’s link at #16

    “Given all the racist bullshit that’s been surrounding him, isn’t it a little bit ironic that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is *literally* Caucasian?”

    Lol :) Good point.

  32. 32
    reverendrodney

    It would be great if Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi showed up at Tea Party Nation leader Judson Phillips’ office (with a little media presence) and said: “Yoo hoo, I”m still here. Idiots!”

  33. 33
    djk1

    cottonnero #12:
    “Akira #4: More because wingnuts don’t know where Chechens come from. God forbid the next terrorist attack is by a Slovenian or a Slovakian, because then both countries would get bombed.”

    cottonnero, I hope you’re not thinking that Chechens are from the Czech Republic, in central Europe next to Slovakia. They’re from Chechnya, a region of the Caucasus mountains that’s technically in southern Russia, more than 1000 miles away from the Czech Republic.

  34. 34
    fifthdentist

    I thought djk1 was referring to the wingnuts’ ignorance, with some of them are making internet threats against Czechoslovakia.
    So I guess they are made in their maker’s image: Bible-monster gets pissed at the gays in San Francisco and wipes out Tuscaloosa, Ala. Fundies want to kill Muslims, so they would attack Czechoslovakia which is more than 1,000 miles away from Chechnya.

  35. 35
    djk1

    Oh, you may be right, fifthdentist. Cottonnero’s post was ambiguous.

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