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Does Glenn Beck’s ‘Saudi National’ Conspiracy Theory Make Sense?

Glenn Beck apparently believes that there is another Boston Marathon bombing suspect that people are overlooking: the Saudi national who was questioned by police immediately after the attack.

According to Beck: “While the media continues to look at what the causes were of these two guys, there are, at this hour, three people involved. The first one is the one we are going to address.”

Beck says that the Saudi national, identified as Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, is going to be deported under section 212 3B, a classification which designates proven terrorist activity.

"We are not sure who actually tagged him as a '212 3B,' but we know it is very difficult to charge someone with this — it has to be almost certain," Beck said.  "It is the equivalent in civil society of charging someone with premeditated murder and seeking the death penalty — it is not thrown around lightly."

So is Beck right?

Fox News reporter Bret Baier said that U.S. officials told him that it was “false and misleading” to use the internal document Beck claimed to have showing the Saudi’s immigration status as evidence that the man was involved in the bombings. “The FBI says the Saudi [in question] was just a victim of the terrorist attack,” said Baier, CS Monitor reported.

It sounds like Beck’s huge revelation may have just been a case of outdated paperwork.

During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Charles Grassley asked Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, “With regard to the Saudi student, was he on a watch list?”

Napolitano said that the Saudi man had not been on any list before the bombings and was only placed on a list to make sure he remained in the country so that he could be questioned. She reiterated that he was not a person of interest in the case.

“Because he was being interviewed, he was at that point put on a watch list,” Napolitano said. “And then when it was quickly determined he had nothing to do with the bombing, the watch listing status was removed.”

Sources: CS Monitor, The Blaze


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