A Saudi national once linked to the Boston Bombings as a "person of interest" by federal authorities was only placed on the government's "no-fly" list as a precaution after the deadly attacks last Monday, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official.
In a report on Tuesday, the DHS official told TheBlaze that Saudi national Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, who is in the U.S. on a student visa, was placed on the terrorist watch list after he was detained but before federal agents were able to ascertain whether he was just a witness or had been involved in the bombings.
Alharbi was earlier tagged by the National Targeting Center in an "event file" and recommended for deportation under section 212, 3B. more >>
The Syrian civil war may undo the European Union's attempts to appease Hezbollah, and has revealed how the Iran-backed terrorist organization undermines -- rather than promotes -- Lebanon's interests.
Following the July 2006 war that Hezbollah provoked with Israel (in which Hezbollah displayed its anti-ship, anti-tank, and UAV capabilities), UN Security Council Resolution 1701 required that all Lebanese militias disarm. By continuing to possess and acquire weapons since 2006, Hezbollah has been in nonstop violation of Resolution 1701, but the UN Interim Force in Lebanon can hardly be expected to disarm one of the world's most powerful militias.
Hezbollah is estimated to have 40-60,000 missiles and rockets, and other arms that many countries lack. To justify its massive arsenal, which exists beyond the control of the Lebanese government, Hezbollah has relied on its image as a Lebanese organization protecting Lebanese sovereignty. But Hezbollah's tolerance of repeated attacks on Lebanese citizens and territory by the Syrian army and air force (which recently bombed the Lebanese village of Arsal) completely contradicts Hezbollah's stated rationale for its deadly arms. more >>
When the horrific news from Boston broke, I was on the air with Cam Edwards, host of Cam and Company. All we had to go on was photos of mass chaos obscured by clouds of smoke. I remarked that the photo - not the circumstance - reminded me of shots from 9-11. My prayers are with Boston. Like all Americans, I want to know who perpetrated this horrendous act. But as I tweeted:
"The rush to be first should never overtake the rush to be right. Facts matter. #BOSTONMARATHON"
Right on schedule, since per Rahm Emanuel, one should "never let a serious crisis go to waste," CNN's National Security Analyst Peter Bergen and Esquire blogger Charles J. Pierce suggested the bomber could have been a "right wing extremist" since, after all, it happened on April 15th - tax day across the country and Patriot's Day in Massachusetts. MSNBC's resident hater, Chris Matthews, pronounced that domestic terrorists "tend to be on the far right." Their common goal, as always, is to tie violence to small government activists and the Tea Party. more >>
Three days ago, America was rocked by the first major act of terrorism since 9/11. Bombs ripped apart the finish line at the Boston Marathon. At least three are dead and dozens wounded and maimed.
Now, three days after the bombing there are even more questions than answers. While there needs to be some secrecy during an investigation, there are some questions the Obama Regime must answer now.
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. more >>
Warning: A graphic wartime picture is included in this post.
Though law enforcement officials have yet to find the culprit or culprits responsible for Monday's Boston Marathon bombing it was quickly certified a "terrorist attack." Whether the work of Al Qaeda, Hamas, the Red Brigade or some white power group no one knows. What we do know is that three were killed and scores injured.
Overreaction was swift and certain. On Twitter NY Times columnist Nick Kristof both overstepped good decorum and stepped back within moments. I was called out by Daily Beast and Newsweek columnist Alex Klein. more >>
Last week in Egypt, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II delivered an unprecedented condemnation of the escalating religious attacks there against Coptic Christians: "The church has been a national symbol for 2,000 years," he told a television interviewer. "It has not been subjected to anything like this even during the darkest ages. . . . There has been no positive and clear action from the state, but there is a God. The church does not ask for anyone's protection, only from God." Tawadros's appeal was prompted by an unprecedented attack on Cairo's St. Mark Cathedral two days earlier.
A week ago last Sunday, Copts filing out of an evening funeral service at the Cathedral were set upon by a 200-strong Muslim mob that hurled firebombs, live ammunition, tear gas, and rocks at them while they were still trapped inside the Cathedral compound. This reportedly resulted in one Copt, Mahrous Hanna Ibrahim, being killed from a gunshot and in dozens of others being wounded. One Muslim also died after reportedly falling from a ladder, which he had climbed in order to destroy the Cathedral's security camera. The duration of the assault was five hours.
Police were slow to arrive on the scene and when they finally did, they either failed to act or joined in the attack on the Christians at the Cathedral. A reporter with the American-based Morning Star News reported seeing one police officer sitting in his car who "fired a tear-gas grenade into the cathedral compound" where the Christian mourners were pinned down. more >>