At any rate, the UK Daily Mail reports that a ''senior Saudi government official with direct knowledge of the document'' says his government warned the Department of Homeland Security, in writing about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2012. The letter allegedly included a specific warning that he might be interested in assembling bombs, advising that his mail should be checked for bomb-making materials. As a point of fact, the Saudi warning was separate from the multiple Red Flags raised by Russian intelligence in 2011 and was based on human intelligence developed independently in Yemen.
So, the guy was too radical to get into Saudi Arabia for a pilgrimage to Mecca, but American intelligence didn't think he was worth keeping an eye on? Amazing! The Saudi source for the Daily Mail story stated that the Kingdom is especially leery of radicalized American Muslims, when they try to visit Mecca, prompting the Saudis to ''carefully examine every visa application.'' This high-ranking official provided a wealth of detail about the warning the Saudi government sent to the United State. He spoke on the condition of anonymity. He suggested that the Saudi Ministry of Interior sent the letter out of an abundance of caution in order to be helpful to the U.S., even though its intelligence on Tsarnaev wasn't yet fully developed.
The Saudi official also implied that this warning about Tsaraev might have led to the meetings President Obama held with the Saudi interior minister in January, and a curious unscheduled meeting he held with the foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, two days after the Boston Marathon bombings. If that's true -- particularly if the interior minister personally conveyed a warning about Tsaraev to Obama in January -- all hell will officially break loose. The other odd event was that it was reported after the bombings that a Saudi by the name of Abul Ali Al-Harbi was hospitalized and became a ''suspect'' and then ''a person of interest''. His apartment was searched in front of the news media's cameras and a roommate was questioned at length as was Al-Harbi by federal and local authorities. No confirmation was given to his involvement.
Many of Abul Ali Al-Harbi's clan are steeped in terrorism and are members of Al-Qaeda. Out of a list of 85 terrorists listed by the Saudi government it shows several of the Al-Harbi clan to have been active fighters in Al-Qaeda:
- #15 - Badr Saud Uwaid Al-Awufi Al-Harbi
- #26 - Khalid SAlim Uwaid Al-Lahibi Al-Harbi
- #29 - Raed Abdullah Salem Al-Thahiri Al-Harbi
- #43 - Abdullah Abul Rahman Muhammad Al-Harbi (leader)
- #60 - Fayez Ghuneim Humeid Al-Hijri Al-Harbi
- #73 Muhammad Atiq Uwaid Al-Awufi Al-Harbi
The Daily Mail dutifully includes denials from the White House and Department of Homeland Security, which are really going to come back to haunt them, if this story checks out. If true, the account will produce added pressure on the DHS and Obama to explain their collective inaction after similar warnings were offered about Tsaraev by the Russian government. A DHS official denied that the agency received any such warning from the Saudis and the White House took a similar stance. ''We and other relevant U.S. government agencies have no record of such a letter being received,'' said Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for the resident's National Security Council.
Of course, this is the same administration in which the Attorney General, Eric Holder, dodged perjury charges in the deadly Fast and Furious scandal by claiming he never reads his emails, and the White House managed to bluff its way through an election by claiming some nameless rogue operative in the intelligence community bamboozled it with a phony story about ''spontaneous video protests'' when terrorists murdered the U.S. ambassador to Libya in Benghazi.
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These allegations are so explosive that we really need to see that physical documentation before reaching any conclusions. But where there's smoke there usually is a fire smoldering. Just following the dots is leading to some curious offshoots of intrigue and political machinations. Even down to the quick and quiet deportation of Al-Harbi. We know the Obama Administration's record for honestly, transparency, and inter-agency coordination is appalling, so there's no reason to take their denials on faith, but the Saudis have been known to create stories when they want to burnish their own credentials as terror fighters in spite of funding radical mosques on American soil. Just as the Benghazi debacle stills smolders in people's minds and is not going away, it looks as if another hot spot of foreign policy ineptitude could flare up and get Obama BBQed.