Napolitano Responds to Grassley Questions About Saudi National Questioned in Boston Bombings

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano admitted Tuesday that a Saudi national once identified as a “person of interest” in the Boston Marathon bombings was put on a terror watchlist after the attack.

Last week, she refused to answer any questions about the Saudi, calling South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan’s inquiry “so full of misstatements and misapprehension that it’s just not worthy of an answer.”

But today, speaking at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform, Napolitano responded to a question posed by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

“Before the [Tsarnaev] brothers became the focus of the investigation, authorities questioned a Saudi student who reportedly was on a terror watchlist,” Grassley 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.” [Emphasis added]


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8 years ago

Well, her statement was clear enough. This Saudi was in the country legally. He was in the area of one of the two bombs, was injured and taken to the hospital. He was questioned as everyone else was who was in the vicinity of the bomb that the FBI could find and talk to. For some reason (probably because he was Arab) he was, for a few hours anyway, put on “the terrorist watch list.” Then taken off as soon as it became obvious he had nothing to do with the bombings.

But wait! As you are well aware, conspiracy theories sprout up like weeds whenever there is the slightest question, the smallest discrepancy, the least bit of knowledge that isn’t clear. Plus, there’s the fact that another Saudi national was being deported before the bombings even happened, a guy the media confused with this guy.

Of such beginnings wild conspiracy theories are born.

Now, you guys realize this ridiculous theory is losing steam right? But I’m here to remind you what Glenn Beck claimed despite the evidence. He said this guy, who local officials cleared, is the bombing mastermind. He claimed that President Obama should be removed from office for protecting this person who he claimed killed Americans. Obama likes terrorists I guess. He said this guy was flown back to Saudi Arabia on the government dime.

This is all fabricated. It’s all nonsense. It plays on your bigotry and ignorance. BUT. It makes money.

David, YOU are a conspiracy NUT. Please let Benghazi matter die, you are not intelligent enough to handle the truth.

8 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

Lisa, you ignorant ass…Glenn Beck never said the Saudi was the mastermind behind the bombings. He said we need to get to the bottom of who this person is, why he got a free pass into the country when he had already been identified as armed and dangerous. He had an event file long before the attack in Boston. He was given the designation 212 3b which is NOT a designation that can be done by whim. He also was well-connected enough to get a get out of jail free card. This story has legs… Also, the FBI CLEARED the dead terrorist -- you know, the one who actually set the bombs! Your glorious justice department declared ANOTHER Islamist terrorist attack to be “workplace violence”! How flippin stupid can you be? I’m so sick of ignorant assclowns from MediaMatters and SPLC I could puke. (That would be you, Lisa) or whatever your name really is…oh, and “please let Benghazi die” you mean like Christopher Stevens? (google him, in case you don’t know the name)