Beck, Obama, & Saudi Connections

 William Russell is a retired
Infantry Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army and has served
in Desert Storm, the Balkans, the Iraq War, and the Pentagon on 9/11.
He has spent three years in the Middle East, including 18 months training the Saudi Arabian National Guard in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

   Since early last week, listeners across the country have
been hearing Glenn Beck rail against the Obama Administration for its handling
of the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing. Beck has been especially
focused on the quick changes in the status and the subsequent, and very
expedited, deportation of a Saudi suspect, Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi.  Al-Harbi was the prime suspect on the day of
the bombing and was previously on an FBI terror watch-list. He had open event
files, including a 212-3B terrorist suspect designation before the bombing. In
spite of this designation, Al-Harbi was quickly declared a witness and sent
home. The truth behind what happened with Al-Harbi lies somewhere in the shadows, and will probably never be fully known.

  Glenn Beck and former Muslim Brotherhood member, Whalid
Shoebat, and many others are very concerned about the developments of the
Al-Harbi connections with the Boston bombing. Glenn Beck has been the most
vocal and has been leading the charge to get to the bottom of the story,
presenting many verified documents detailing the changes in Al-Harbi’s status. Beck
further ties the treatment of Al-Harbi to the pattern established under
President Bush when 140 Saudis were quickly sped out of the country following
the 9/11attacks of 2001– although 15 of the 19 terrorists were Saudis.

  This quick deportation of Saudis with or without direct
connections to the terrorist crimes is troubling. At a minimum, it drives
everyone with any discerning temperament and interest in the security of our
nation to question why this might occur and so much of it is kept secret. The
apparent conflict of interest fuels the fires of distrust and fans the flames
of conspiracy theories. Given the already questionable policies and
reprehensible performance of the Obama Administration on the foreign and
domestic fronts, this fire is spreading.   

  The Obama Administration has been incredibly distrustful in
the protection of our rights, or rather, in its hostilities toward those who
wish to protect the Constitution. From the refusal to prosecute the New Black Panthers
for voter intimidation in the 2008 election, to the focus on “right-wing Christian
extremists,” to the cover up of Beghazi, the Administration and its appointed
Secretaries have been seemingly focused on undermining the Constitution and
America’s standing in the world. It has reached the point where Beck and many
people on the politically and socially conservative side of the house believe
the full weight and efforts of the entire Homeland Security Department is
focused on the TEA party, and not Al-Qaeda and the Islamic Brotherhood, as the
primary threats to our nation.   

  But all
conservatives must keep in mind that there are literally hundreds of thousands
of mid-level and fairly senior career intelligence, law enforcement, and
military personnel who are sworn to support and defend the Constitution. These professionals
are walking the tight rope of showing public compliance with the President and
his policies, while quietly using bureaucratic inertia to slow the practical
effects of the Administration’s efforts to undermine the Constitution. They are
engaged in very personal, gut-wrenching struggles to preserve the institutions
charged with protecting our nation. They are doing so at the risk of their
careers as well as the risks of being lumped together with the Administration
which sets the political agendas for those institutions. In some cases, they
resign in protest as the Justice Department official did in response to Eric
Holder’s handling of the Black Panther case. But in most cases, they continue
to serve quietly to safe guard the continuity and integrity of those
institutions until the political winds bring new political leadership.    

  In spite of the validity of the documents Beck has acquired
and his listeners’ Congressional call-in campaigns, the American people will
probably never get the answers we are looking for. Part of the reason is the intransigence and incompetence of the Obama Administration.  Part of it is the need to keep the work of
the Intelligence community secret and avoid actions and leaks which could
further the destabilization of the entire Middle East. Such leaks and actions
could potentially lead to the replacement of the House of Saud with another
Muslim Brotherhood government, controlling a large portion of the world
economy’s life blood.    

  To better understand the dynamics of the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia, one must understand it is a political tent woven from one of the most
complicated patch works of political relationships in the world today, ruled by
a royal family (the House of Saud) with over 6000 family members. Only a native
Arabic speaker could truly comprehend the mix of Sharia law, family &
tribal relationships, pride, insecurity, and face-saving backwards logic which
keeps that patch work together. Too much stress in anyone direction, and it
will rip apart at the odd angles of its many seams. That patchwork tent is
under the stress from the harsh political winds of the Arabian Peninsula which seem
to blow all directions at the same time. The civil war in Syria and the
revolutions in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia have only increased those winds. The
danger is the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda will replace the Saudi tent with
a single fabric woven from the most radical interpretations of Sharia and
integrated into a new greater Islamic Caliphate.    

  In the west, we tend to view royal families as vestiges of
antiquated political systems with a privileged few holding dominion over the
masses, keeping them in poverty and suppressing societal development towards
freedom.  In Saudi Arabia, the dynamic is
reversed. The leadership in the royal family, with all their faults and
weaknesses, are the educated, enlightened, and pragmatic ones in the equation. They
recognize the need to balance the conflicting legal systems of Sharia, which
governs domestic issues, and Common, International, and Trade laws which govern
trade and international relations.  They
are trying to maintain a balance as they move a 15th century society
of tent and mud house dwelling Bedouin herders (it is literally the year 1434
by the Muslim Hijri calendar) into the 21st century in a single

  To put this in perspective: at their births, many Saudis
born outside the major city centers 40 years ago, had more in common with their
ancestors of the 7th Century than with their children born today.

  The introduction of massive oil wealth and its opulence
and decadence, combined with the modern technologies in communications, air
travel, and weapons into such a society has produced an extremely volatile mix.
The portion of the Saudi population whose religious beliefs, social, and
political sophistication is barley removed from the middle ages, is fertile
ground for the Islamic Fundamentalist messages and recruiting.  The fundamentalists are blanketing those
populations with sermons, videos, and printed materials highlighting the
corruption and sinfulness of the royal family and accusing them of being
servants to the infidel Americans. This is a message which resonates with
people whose perceptions of America are shaped by Al Jazera and internet
pornography.  This is the portion of the
population which produced the 9/11 high-jackers. 

  For Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, drawing Saudi
recruits for attacks on American soil serves a very strategic purpose: it
undermines the relationship between the Saudi government and the United States.
It causes public distrust and hatred of all Saudis in the US. This in turn,
fuels Islamist propaganda which makes it harder for the Saudi King to use US
assistance in standing against Iran and keeping a lid on the Islamic revolutionary
movements within the Kingdom.   

  The Saudi Royal family maintains this incredibly delicate
balance with heavily weighted ballasts. The Ministry of Defense, which is
responsible for defense against foreign threats, is directly balanced by the
full time and equally well armed National Guard, which is responsible for
internal defense. In the city of Riyadh, there are a number of security
colleges, each training students to serve in different agencies, which also
counterbalance each other and prevent anyone administrator from becoming too

  The Americans responsible for working with this myriad of
Saudi agencies to keep the open pot of boiling Islamic Fundamentalism from
spilling all over the place, reside in the US interagency intelligence
communities.  They work with the conglomeration
of Saudi security agencies on the mutual self interests of the United States
and House of Saud in reducing the fundamentalist threats on the Arabian
Peninsula and world stages.

  Which brings us back to Al-Harbi. It is possible that he
has enjoyed some special status in the US because of his Saudi family ties and
this somehow got him out of a tight spot. But it is also possible that, in
addressing the common threats of terrorism to the US and House of Saud, (we
will probably never know for sure), that many of the Saudis who have been
quickly whisked away following 9/11 and the Boston bombing were agents and
their families working in conjunction with US and Saudi intelligence agencies to
infiltrate terrorist organizations in order to track and defeat their
leadership and money lines of communications. Their covers were effectively
blown when the attacks occurred and links led American law enforcement to them.

  The evidence of this is not in what is being said. It is
in what is not being said in
relation to Beck’s charges and inquiries. While certain documents have been
leaked showing changes to the terrorist watch-list standings (probably by law
enforcement or political personnel who are naturally alarmed at the changes),
the door has been shut on who was responsible for changing the status and why
it was done. No one who can get access to the inside information is bringing it forward
and most are going silent on the issue. This led Beck to call for his listeners
to contact their Congressmen to demand answers. He has also openly wondered if the
Obama Administration, which is charged with protecting the country, “is
shipping terror into our country.”  

  The good news is, if Obama was shipping terrorists into
our country and then covering them up, there would be mass resignations in
protest from the intelligence communities. Those analysts and agents would be
bringing the documentation with them to Congress – and this has not happened.

  This brings us back to the other part of the equation;
the intransigence of the Obama administration.  

  President Bush enjoyed a certain amount of trust from the
vast majority of the American people in dealing with the terrorist threat.
Whether they loved him or hated him, almost all Americans recognized that Bush
loved America and the people who defend it on the home front, the battlefields
of distant lands, and the shadowy world of intelligence. Speculation over the movement
of the Saudi Nationals following 9/11 was largely ignored. Whether it was a
good or bad decision, just about everyone believed Bush would try to do what is
right for America.  

  President Obama does not enjoy such trust. At almost
every turn, he has either failed to reinforce, or directly undermined the trust
in the institutions critical to the safe function of our system of government.
He has been critical of our Soldiers in the fight and our law enforcement
personnel in the execution of their jobs. He left an Ambassador to die at the
hands of a terrorist mob in Benghazi and demonstrated his lack integrity in the
cover-up of the debacle. His stated thoughts on the Constitution are more
concerned with trying to reshape and reinterpret it rather than supporting and
defending its original intent and language. Much of his political rhetoric is
focused on dividing America along, racial, class, and religious lines. His Administration
has publicly stated they see American Citizens who demand the Founding Principles
of our nation be respected as greater threats to the nation than foreign
enemies actively trying to destroy us. He is a President who refuses to
acknowledge that religiously motivated terrorists are basing their
reprehensible crimes on the fundamentalist teachings of Islam and its political
and legal system of Sharia.

  It is truly unfortunate that we have reached a point where
a national radio hosts feels called to question not only the judgment, but the
loyalty of a sitting President following a national tragedy. It is unfortunate
that there is so much documentary evidence to support his questions. Finally,
it is unfortunate that a sitting President has so poisoned the well of trust
with such a large portion of the population that it serves to divide our nation
at a time when we should be united in our stand against enemies who seek to
destroy us.

  Even if Obama has done the right thing in dealing with the
Saudi connection, as he did when he ordered the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s
compound, it is unfortunate that he no longer gets the benefit of the doubt
from so many of us. Obama’s chickens have come home to roost.COMMENT


3 Responses to “Beck, Obama, & Saudi Connections”

  1. Faith says:

    The self-preserving-license-seeking-pseudo-freedom-fighter does not understand the Arab culture and worldview to appreciate the way GWB handled the threat of terrorism and radical Islam in the U.S.. We need leaders with a deeper understanding of Islamic orthodoxy, not a denier, not a pacifier, not an empathizer. I hope converts like Walid Shoebat would be given more platform to educate and shape our policies. I cringe at the thought that the enemy is occupying greater territories in our government.

  2. Stacey says:

    No wonder Obama doesn’t enjoy the trust we the people gave Bush. You can’t trust someone who is always lieing to you.

  3. 1dahliagirl says:

    I believe Beck’s assertions need to be fully examined by the Press.

    Our multiple intelligence agencies have not had their finest hours recently.

    I think our citizens can handle the truth , but, not another cover up.

    Look at Glenn’s data in totality , not just the cover sheet. Avoid government spokespeople. They lie to us all without blinking an eye.

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