On Wednesday, April 17, 2013 the mainstream “news” went haywire regarding updates on the Boston Marathon bombings investigation. Even the World Socialist Web Site called it “outright hysteria” by the media. “The cable news networks, led by CNN, churned out one rumor after another, most of which quickly proved to be false.” (“Media hysteria grows over Boston bombing”, by Barry Grey. World Socialist Web Site, April 18, 2013)
Even more amazing, controversial radio host Rush Limbaugh for once was in agreement with the socialists! What Limbaugh sneeringly calls the “Drive-by media” went bananas with manic updates about an apprehended suspect: “Yesterday we heard dark-skinned. We heard light-skinned. We heard a male-looking female. We had a gay-looking transgender. I mean, every possibility was thrown out, in terms of the suspect. We were told there are pictures. We were told there’s video. We were told about a Saudi national who had been questioned and released.” (“Somebody Fed the Media Bad Information Yesterday, But I Should Have Known Better”, Rush Limbaugh transcript, April 18, 2013)
As to the above-mentioned Saudi national, a post to the alt.conspiracy newsgroup on April 18, 2013 (“Saudi National Initially Questioned over Boston Bombs to Be Deported”) claimed, in part, that a Saudi who had reportedly been detained after the Boston bombings was about to be suddenly deported. This allegedly tied in with a sudden unscheduled meeting between President Barack Obama and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. The implication was that the true perpetrator of the “Beantown” blasts was being whisked out of the U.S. as part of a cover-up.
The post to the alt.conspiracy newsgroup (op. cit.) urged readers to “google it to confirm it.” So I did do a web search on the subject.
The Rush Limbaugh transcript (op. cit.) contains the gist of this latest “hot theory” about the deported Saudi national: “Now, I don’t know the origin of the story. I don’t know the source. That’s why I’m not signing up for it, but I just want to tell you it’s out there and it’s one thing, by the way, the Drive-Bys won’t touch. This is a theory, and that’s all they had yesterday were theories, but this is a theory the Drive-Bys are not gonna touch. The Saudi national is the prime suspect, so goes this theory. The Saudi national is part of a Boston terror cell and has been known as such for a while and, in fact, was scheduled to be deported next Tuesday, before the massacre at the Boston Marathon happened.”
The origin of this “Saudi national” theory seems to have been a Glenn Beck online publication, “The Blaze.” The web site issued an update on this latest “Saudi national” theory the afternoon of April 18th. “A senior law enforcement official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)” reportedly told The Blaze it was all “categorically false.” (“ICE Official Calls TheBlaze’s Report on Deportation ‘Categorically False’ — But Says They Do Have Different Saudi in Custody”, by Tiffany Gabbay)
Saudi national number 1, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, “was never in custody nor ever considered for deportation by ICE,” reports The Blaze in its update. However there is a Saudi national number 2, unnamed, who reportedly is in custody, but not in connection with the Boston bombings.
This all brings to mind the strange case of John Doe Number 2. He was an additional suspect besides Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in the April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City bombings (plural because there was more than one bomb). The mysterious John Doe Number 2 was supposed to have been a Middle Eastern-looking man. In 2007 Mother Jones magazine gave credence to the possibility “that even as the Justice Department was working to convict what it insisted were only two conspirators, its agents were actively investigating a wider plot — a plot whose possible ramifications they concealed from defense lawyers and from a public that, at a delicate moment in an election year, they were anxious to reassure.” (“In Search of John Doe No. 2: The Story the Feds Never Told About the Oklahoma City Bombing”, by James Ridgeway. Mother Jones magazine online, July/August 2007)
Of course tomorrow, April 19th, is the 20-year anniversary of the Waco Branch Davidian conflagration, as well as the 18-year anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombings. Perhaps we need to “fasten our seat belts”, no? Let’s hope tomorrow, April 19, 2013, is calm.