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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Apr. 26, 2013/ 16 Iyar, 5773

Saudi follies, Part Two

By Diana West




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Let's pick up where last week's column left off with that Saudi national in Boston -- Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, the 20-year-old "student" who was acting suspiciously enough after the Boston bombing to be "detained" under guard at the hospital and named a person of interest in the April 15 attack.

That same day, law enforcement searched Alharbi's Boston-area apartment for seven hours, leaving with bags of evidence at around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16. On Tuesday afternoon, a sub-agency of the Department of Homeland Security created what is called an "event file" on Alharbi, calling for his visa to be revoked due to ties to terrorism. That same afternoon, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper would inform the Senate Intelligence Committee that Alharbi was now merely a "witness."

This exonerating designation pulled the public eye off of Alharbi, but only temporarily. On Wednesday night, April 17, Steven Emerson refocused our attention on Alharbi when on Fox News' "Hannity" show, the terrorism expert broke the news that Alharbi was scheduled to be deported on "national security grounds."

Since then, it has been a struggle to keep this sensational story in sight. The administration has categorically dismissed it, and the media have followed suit -- which is better than anything the Saudi dignitaries sweeping through Washington after the Boston bombing could have hoped for.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has done her overbearing best to discredit even elected officials with the temerity to ask questions about it. In an April 18 exchange with Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., Napolitano exploded when Duncan, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, asked why the Saudi witness, apparently connected to terrorism by his deportation order, was slated to leave the country when the Boston investigation was just beginning? Calling the premise of the congressman's question a "rumor," Napolitano replied: "I'm not going to answer that question. It's so full of misstatements and misapprehensions that it's just not worthy of an answer."

Really?

Maybe Her Secretary-ness was relying on alterations to the original Alharbi file that, The Blaze would later report, were made on the evening of Wednesday, April 17, "to disassociate him (Alharbi) from the initial charges."

But it was too late -- and here's where the story gets really juicy. Glenn Beck and The Blaze have now reproduced a copy of a page from the original April 16 file on Alharbi. In terse government lingo, this document makes clear that 1) Alharbi was a terrorism risk to the public; and 2) federal authorities who permitted him into the country were negligent. No matter what Napolitano says, this story is no rumor.

Let's examine the document, one line at a time. It first tells us: "Subject is an exact match to NO FLY TPN# 1037506192."

In other words, Alharbi's name and particulars show up on the no-fly list.

"Derogatory information reviewed by (Watch Commander) Mayfield and (Chief Watch Commander) Maimbourg was found to be sufficient to request Visa revocation. NTC-P is requesting revocation of Foil No. e3139541."

A "foil" number is a visa number. "NTC-P" is the acronym for National Targeting Center -- Passengers. This is a sub-agency of Homeland Security charged with providing intelligence in order to prevent terrorists and criminals from entering the country -- or, in this case, ejecting them from it.

"Subject is inadmissible to the U.S. under INA 212(a)(3)(B)(i)(II)." This red-hot "3B" designation specifically connects Alharbi to terrorism.

"SAO was not completed prior to Visa issuance." SAO stands for Security Advisory Opinion. The U.S. requires SAO background security checks on visa applicants suspected of being national security risks, and visa applicants who have links to state sponsors of terrorism (Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria) or "the list of 26" Islamic countries, including Saudi Arabia.

Basically, we now know we have had an unwelcome Saudi on the loose, who, Beck would also report, the Alharbi "event file" also indicated to be "armed and dangerous." Alharbi's student visa, by the way, permitted him to study in Ohio. Meanwhile, he was living in Boston.

Remember Hani Hanjour, who crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon? In 2000, the 28-year-old Saudi was admitted on a student visa to study in Oakland. He joined his al-Qaida cell in San Diego instead. Hanjour was one of about 5,500 Saudis enrolled in the U.S. at the time.

Thanks to a reckless agreement to boost Saudi enrollment in the U.S. (why?) between George W. Bush and Saudi Arabia in April 2005, Alharbi is one of roughly 35,000 -- an increase since 9/11 of more than 600 percent! How many other Saudi students are here despite SAOs that remain incomplete?

We don't know. We don't even know Alharbi's current status or whereabouts. The government is mum. The media are AWOL -- even after Beck published the proof of Alharbi's "3B" terrorism designation. Naturally, part-Saudi-owned Fox News, where the deportation story broke, isn't following the story. Hannity, too, appears to have let it drop.

The last scrap I read about Alharbi's current activities actually came from the Saudi newspaper Okaz (translated by Walid Shoebat), which, freakily, reported that first lady Michelle Obama paid an April 18 visit to 3B-Alharbi in the hospital. Equally alarming is the fact, uncovered by the blog therightscoop.com, Alharbi has visited the White House several times since 2009.

Four GOP members of the House Homeland Security Committee have requested a classified briefing on the Saudi case from Napolitano -- Duncan, Peter King of New York, and Candice Miller of Michigan and Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas. They are still waiting for a reply.

Napolitano did, however, 'fess up to something new about Alharbi this week. He was, she explained in a very convoluted way to the Senate Judiciary Committee, placed on the terrorism watch list, briefly, after the Boston bombing.

And then what happened?

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