Janet Napolitano says Saudi ‘Person of Interest,’Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, was on terror watchlist
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano confessed Tuesday Saudi ‘Person of Interest,’Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, was on terror watchlist, but was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Immediately after the bombing Napolitano refused to answer any questions about ’Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, calling South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan’s inquiry “so full of misstatements and misapprehension that it’s just not worthy of an answer.”
Now on Tuesday:
“Before the [Tsarnaev] brothers became the focus of the investigation, authorities questioned a Saudi student who reportedly was on a terror watchlist,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said. “I sent a letter to you this morning asking for answers to questions about the bombers and how they interacted with your agency, I trust you will promptly respond…”
“With regard to the Saudi student, was he on a watchlist, and if so, how did he obtain a student visa?” Grassley asked.
Napolitano firmly responded: “He was not on a watchlist. What happened is — this student was, really when you back it out, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was never a subject. He was never even really a person of interest. Because he was being interviewed, he was at that point put on a watchlist, and then when it was quickly determined he had nothing to do with the bombing, the watch listing status was removed.”
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Napolitano as she was also grilled by lawmakers regarding the conflicting accounts of whether the FBI knew the older Boston bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had made a trip to Russia.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was particularly concerned about the conflicting reports coming from the FBI and DHS about the older suspect’s Russia trip. He told Napolitano “They told me that they had no knowledge of him leaving or coming back so I would like to talk to you more about this case.”
Emphasis added – BBJ Dispatch