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  • Saudi embassy in Turkey became a safe haven for ISIL terrorists

    10/27/2014 12:15:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    awd news ^ | 10/27/14 | staff
    Recently, the Saudi ambassador in Turkey acknowledged that before the Unite States launched its airstrikes against the so-called Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Saudi embassy in Ankara provided the Saudi nationals who previously joined ISIL ranks and later defected and wished to return to home with passports and identification documents. The Saudi embassy also admitted that it housed many repentant former jihadists inside the Saudi compound in Istanbul or rented safe houses for them in downtown Istanbul. As a matter of fact, it seems not so much surprising to hear that a country provides consular services...
  • Virginia Honors 9/11 Mosque

    03/17/2014 4:30:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies ^ | March 17, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Political Correctness: The only thing more revolting than building a mosque next to the World Trade Center would be honoring the mosque that helped the 9/11 hijackers. Yet that's just what Virginia has done. Outrageously, the Virginia state legislature has passed a Democrat-sponsored resolution "commending" the notorious 9/11 mosque — Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center — "as an expression of the General Assembly's admiration for the" center. The Saudi Embassy-funded, Muslim Brotherhood-owned mosque is universally known by federal and local law enforcement — and even the media — as a turnstile for terrorists. Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan once worshipped...
  • Two women rescued from Saudi diplomat's home after it was raided for human trafficking

    05/03/2013 10:13:34 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3 May 2013 | Martin Jay
    Two women have been rescued from a U.S. diplomatic mansion owned by Saudi Arabia amid concerns they were being kept as domestic slaves. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers raided the villa in McLean, Virginia - which is owned by the Saudi Armed Forces Office and believed to house its defence attaché - on Tuesday night and removed two workers from the Philippines who are suspected to have been the 'victims of domestic servitude'. One woman reportedly tried to flee by squeezing through a gap in the front gate as it was closing.
  • Two women rescued from Saudi diplomat's home after it was raided for human trafficking

    05/02/2013 5:34:58 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | May 2, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Immigration officials are investigating a report of human trafficking at a home owned by Saudi Arabia in northern Virginia. Two women were rescued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and spokesman Brandon Montgomery said the women - who are from the Philippines - were possible victims of domestic servitude. One woman reportedly tried to flee by squeezing through a gap in the front gate as it was closing. It is not yet clear if the women alerted authorities or if someone else called it in. Fairfax County police were called in to help. 'Homeland Security Investigations DC did encounter two...
  • Saudi compound in Virginia investigated for human trafficking

    05/02/2013 10:47:21 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 19 replies ^ | 5/2/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Federal authorities have launched an investigation into a Saudi Arabian compound in Northern Virginia over suspicions its residents may be engaging in human trafficking. Federal and local police responded to a call from a house in the D.C. suburb of McLean and found “two potential victims of trafficking” who hailed from the Philippines, Raw Story reported. One of the women tried to run. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the investigation could move sluggishly because of complications from diplomatic immunity rules.
  • Update: Saudi Embassy Says It Never Warned U.S. Gov’t About Boston Bombing Suspect

    05/01/2013 11:58:08 AM PDT · by Twotone · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 1, 2013 | Erica Ritz
    The U.K. Daily Mail recently claimed that a senior Saudi government official revealed to its sources that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had sent a written warning to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2012 about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the suspects accused in the Boston Marathon bombing. But now, the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington, D.C. is denying the Saudi government warned the United States about Tsarnaev, the Daily Mail reports.
  • UK DAILY MAIL: Saudi Arabia warned USA IN WRITING about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2012, and rejected....

    04/30/2013 7:49:12 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 193 replies
    Drudge ^ | 4/30/2012 | Drudge
    BOMBSHELL: Saudi Arabia warned USA IN WRITING about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2012, and rejected his application for an entry visa to visit Mecca in 2011... Developing...
  • BOMBSHELL: Saudi Arabia warned the United States IN WRITING about Tamerlan Tsarnaev....

    04/30/2013 9:05:23 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 289 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | April 30, 2013 | By DAVID MARTOSKO and THE AMERICAN MEDIA INSTITUTE
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sent a written warning about accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2012, long before pressure-cooker blasts killed three and maimed hundreds, according to a senior Saudi government official with direct knowledge of the document. The Saudi warning, the official told MailOnline, was separate from the multiple red flags raised by Russian intelligence in 2011, and was based on human intelligence developed independently in Yemen. Citing security concerns, the Saudi government also denied an entry visa to the elder Tsarnaev brother in December 2011, when he hoped to...
  • Saudi National Questioned in Boston was on Terror Watch List

    04/22/2013 7:29:52 AM PDT · by kristinn · 205 replies
    Fox News ^ | Monday, April 22, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    The Saudi national who was initially detained and then ruled out as a suspect in the Boston Marathon terrorist attack had been flagged on a terror watch list and was granted a student visa without being properly vetted, sources have told me. A source close to the investigation revealed that Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi had been deemed inadmissible under the section of the Immigration and Nationality Act which declares ineligible for a visa – any alien who is engaged in or is likely to engage after entry – in terrorist activity. At least two additional sources have confirmed to me...
  • Report: Alharbi visited by Michelle Obama in Hospital

    04/19/2013 7:03:28 AM PDT · by JustSurrounded · 147 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | April 19, 2013 | Shoebat Foundation
    Okaz, the same prominent Saudi newspaper, that published photos of Abdul Rahman Ali Issa Al-Salimi Al-Harbi in the hospital after the Boston marathon bombings, is now reporting that the Saudi national was also visited by the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama during his hospital stay. ... In light of recent reports that Alharbi was scheduled for deportation on ‘national security grounds’, the first lady’s visit takes on much added significance if those reports are true. We already know that the Alharbi clan consists of multiple Al-Qaeda members. This would seem to bolster the claims of scheduled deportation,...
  • The Saudi role in the Boston Marathon terror attack

    04/21/2013 1:01:12 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 44 replies
    Ha'aretz ^ | 21 April, 2013 | Ksenia Svetlova
    The dimensions are somewhat smaller, but the pain, fear, and anger are the same. America has again been caught off guard by foreign terrorists seeking to sow destruction and death. Almost 12 years have passed since that “great tragedy,” the attacks of September 11, and the United States has yet again experienced a national tragedy. Albeit the dimensions are somewhat smaller, but the pain, fear, and anger are the same. America has again been caught off guard by foreign terrorists seeking to sow destruction and death.
  • Another Terrorist Attack, Another U.S.-Saudi Cover-Up?

    04/20/2013 10:58:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 25 replies
    Town Hall ^ | April 19, 2013 | Diana West
    After the FBI rescheduled another postponed briefing on the Boston Marathon Massacre for 8 p.m. on Wednesday night -- and then canceled that one, too -- that was it. I was going to give the news circus a rest until morning. Came the dawn I heard that terrorism expert Steven Emerson had dropped a bombshell Wednesday night on Sean Hannity's Fox News program. Emerson reported that Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi, the Saudi national first identified as a "person of interest" and then downgraded, like a tropical storm, to "witness," would be deported from the United States "on national security grounds." This,...

    04/18/2013 11:00:56 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 181 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Apr. 18, 2013 12:58pm | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A visibly irritated Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano refused to answer a Republican congressman’s questions about the possible deportation of the Saudi national questioned as a witness in the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • Saudi prince says 'overwhelming proof' Iran behind US plot

    10/12/2011 5:30:55 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 47 replies
    AFP ^ | 12 Oct 2011
    LONDON, Oct 12, 2011 (AFP) - A former chief of Saudi intelligence said Wednesday there was overwhelming evidence that Iran was behind a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington and must "pay the price". "The burden of proof is overwhelming... and clearly shows official Iranian responsibility for this. Somebody in Iran will have to pay the price, whatever the level of these persons is," Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal told a conference on oil in London. The prince, who has also served as Saudi ambassador to the United States and Britain, said the alleged plan to kill the kingdom's...
  • U.S. Says Iran-Tied Terror Plot in Washington, D.C. Disrupted

    10/11/2011 11:13:22 AM PDT · by astuddis · 53 replies
    FBI and DEA agents have disrupted a plot to commit a "significant terrorist act in the United States" tied to Iran, federal officials told ABC News today. The officials said the plot included the assassination of the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir, with a bomb and subsequent bomb attacks on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C. Bombings of the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were also discussed, according to the U.S. officials.
  • Board approves extension for terror-linked Islamic madrassa in Virginia

    11/05/2010 9:26:13 AM PDT · by Crush · 5 replies
    The US Report ^ | 5 Nov 2010 | Chris Carter
    The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved an extension for the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA), an Islamic high school in Alexandria, Virginia. The school operates under the authority of the Saudi Arabian government. In 2008, ISA was cited for using textbooks calling for violence against non-Muslims. Fairfax County, a federal agency on religious freedom and the US Senate all urged the State Department to take action regarding ISA's textbooks, but State did not act.[i]ISA claimed to have updated their texts, however, those who reviewed the textbooks were paid by the school.[ii]Numerous ISA graduates have gone on to pursue jihadist activities...
  • The Return of Bin Laden's Daughter

    03/20/2010 10:06:28 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 550+ views ^ | 20/03/2010 | By Tariq Alhomayed
    The Return of Bin Laden’s Daughter 20/03/2010 By Tariq Alhomayed Finally, Iman Bin Laden is back with her mother who accompanied her daughter to Damascus after many difficult years spent in Iran where Iman lived in a residential compound in Tehran under tight security until she was able to escape and seek refuge in the Saudi embassy in Tehran in search of help. A new life has been ordained for Iman.
  • Expansion of Islamic Saudi Academy in Virginia Approved, Outraging Opponents

    08/06/2009 7:56:17 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 7 replies · 862+ views ^ |
    A controversial Saudi-funded academy that teaches strict adherence to traditional Islamic law has been given the green light to expand its Virginia campus — a decision by local officials that infuriates opponents who say the school's teachings are anti-American. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted 6-4 Monday to grant a zoning exemption to the Islamic Saudi Academy. The officials said the outcome was based strictly on zoning issues, not on what goes on in the school's classrooms. That left some in the community outraged. "How could they ... say they are such fine students? They are fine students but...
  • County ignores warnings re: teaching of shariah law

    08/05/2009 5:31:01 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 6 replies · 536+ views
    One News Now ^ | 8/5/2009 | Chad Groening
    A coalition of concerned citizens is contemplating its next move now that the Fairfax County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors has granted a Saudi-funded Islamic academy a zoning exemption to allow it to expand its facility. The Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force (VAST) had lobbied hard against the move. But on Monday, by a 6-4 vote, the Fairfax County supervisors sided with the Islamic Saudi Academy which had requested a zoning exemption to expand its 34-acre campus to accommodate 200 additional students. While there were some concerns about added traffic problems, the Virginia Anti-Sharia Task Force voiced its concerns about the curriculum...
  • Controversial Islamic School Gets OK to Expand

    08/04/2009 2:56:47 PM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 3 replies · 349+ views
    CBN News ^ | Tuesday, August 04, 2009 | Jennifer Wishon
    A Fairfax, Va., school said to be linked to terrorism teachings was given the go-ahead to expand its campus, Monday. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the Islamic Saudi Acedemy's request by a 6-4 vote. The Saudi-owned college preparatory school is supported by the Saudi government and has been proven to teach Islam's radical Shariah law. Now, Christians say they have had enough. By law, the academy's request to expand is a land use case. "But of course, that ignores the 800 pound gorilla that has come with this land use case," said county supervisor John Foust. Members of...
  • Saudi School Expansion Approved

    08/04/2009 7:59:05 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 12 replies · 597+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 4, 2009 | Michael Birnbaum
    A Saudi-funded academy was granted a zoning exemption Monday that allows it to expand at its 34-acre Popes Head Road campus in Fairfax County, culminating a years-long campaign to enlarge the school at that location...The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, whose permission was required for the expansion, stressed Monday that the 6 to 4 decision was based on zoning questions, not on what happens in the school's classrooms. "The community will get an awful lot of development," said Penelope A. Gross (D-Mason). "I think [it] will improve the community." The academy, founded in 1984, has about 1,000 students in pre-kindergarten...
  • Hide and Seek (Saudi Academy in Virginia)

    08/03/2009 6:38:51 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 13 replies · 646+ views
    National Review ^ | August 3, 2009 | Nina Shea and Ali al-Ahmed
    For nearly 25 years, the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA), the Virginia school founded by royal decree of Saudi King Fahd in 1984, immersed students of its Islamic-studies curriculum in the same Wahhabi interpretation of Islam that is taught in Saudi Arabia and in Saudi-funded madrassas around the world. That curriculum includes praise for militant jihad to “spread the faith” and permission for the killing of various categories of “unbelievers,” as well as other endorsements of religious intolerance. Now, as it seeks permission from Fairfax County to expand its operations, ISA claims that, over the last school year, it replaced the...
  • The County and the School of Hate

    07/12/2009 4:44:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1,315+ views ^ | July 12, 2009 | David R. Stokes
    Last month, a Saudi Arabian man named Raed Abdul-Rahman Al-Saif, placed three bags on the Tampa, Florida airport security conveyor belt as he made his way toward his gate to board US Airways flight 1077 to Phoenix, Arizona and Portland, Oregon. He never made it to the gate. A Transportation Security Administration representative saw something on his screen that made him curious. Upon further investigation, TSA officers found a knife “artfully concealed between the outside fabric and the expandable pull handles of the bag.” This bag, by the way, would have been easily accessed by Al-Saif had he made it...
  • July 2008: The Islamic Saudi Academy: A ‘Hot Potato’

    07/07/2009 7:23:29 PM PDT · by CatherineMartin07 · 4 replies · 294+ views
    New English Review ^ | July 2008 | by Jerry Gordon (July 2008)
    Some popular alumni/members of the ISA: ~ Ahmed Omar Abu ALi was the class Valedictorian in 1999. He was indicted (2005) and has since been convicted and is now serving a 30 year prison sentence for: * Conspiracy to Assassinate President George W. Bush * Conspiracy to hijack a US Aircraft * Conspiracy to destroy US Aircraft ~ Abdalla I Al-Shabran. Director of Academy. Arrested in 2008. Charged with failing to report child abuse. Allegations and obstruction of justice. He received a "slap on the wrist" for covering up the abuse of a little girl. He was given a small...
  • Debate Erupts Over Muslim School in Virginia [Aren't These The Guys Who Voted Obama?}

    06/10/2009 6:37:20 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies · 926+ views
    NYTimes ^ | June 10, 2009
    Debate Erupts Over Muslim School in Virginia By THEO EMERY June 10, 2009 FAIRFAX, Va. — For years, children’s voices rang out from the playground at the Islamic Saudi Academy in this heavily wooded community about 20 miles west of Washington. But for the last year the campus has been silent as academy officials seek county permission to erect a new classroom building and move hundreds of students from a sister campus on the other end of Fairfax County. The proposal from the academy, which a school spokeswoman said was the only school financed by the Saudi government in the...
  • Saudi Arabia: We Prevented An Attack On Saudi Embassy In Stockholm

    05/10/2009 9:07:40 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 464+ views
    Note: The following blog entry is a quote: Blog Details Saudi Arabia: We Prevented An Attack On Saudi Embassy In Stockholm The Saudi ambassador to Sweden has said that an attempt to set the Saudi Embassy in Stockholm on fire yesterday was part of a plan to attack it, not a random incident as the police first stated. He said that embassy security personnel noticed an unfamiliar, Arab-looking bearded man pouring gasoline on the building's entrance, and then trying to start a car parked nearby; they apprehended him and handed him over to police. Source: Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, May 8,...
  • Uday’s Baghdad Villas Demolished, New Saudi Embassy Slated for Site

    04/06/2009 6:17:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 627+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Tim Beckham, USAF
    Capt. Michelle Sterling goes over demolition plans with her team members while one of the three villas once belonging to bath party members is being demolished to make room for a new foreign embassy. Photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Beckham, Baghdad Media Outreach Team. BAGHDAD — It has been said that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. But a group of Iraqi contractors, with the help of a U.S. Airman, are taking a different approach. They are burying the past to rebuild a new future.The past, in this case, are three villas located here in...
  • Qaeda threatens to attack Saudi installations in Pakistan

    03/04/2009 2:31:02 AM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies · 768+ views - Daily Times Monitor ^ | Tuesday, March 03, 2009 | n/a
    LAHORE: SNIPPET: "An Interior Ministry source said that the Saudi embassy had received a message through an email in which Al Qaeda had threatened to target Saudi Airlines’ offices and other important installations. The source said the Saudi embassy had written to the Pakistani Interior Ministry about Al Qaeda’s threat. It also said that External Ministry additional secretary Imran Khan Al Sherazi had requested the Interior Ministry to immediately increase security at Saudi installations across the country."
  • The Saudis' New Man in Congress

    12/05/2008 3:37:35 AM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 568+ views | Friday, December 05, 2008 When the Saudi Embassy earlier this year asked officials to renew the lease of a radical school it runs in Alexandria, Va., local residents strenuously objected. They argued the school teaches hatred toward Jews and Christians, and has become a breeding ground for terrorists. Gerry Connolly, at the time the Democrat chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, gave a full-throated defense of the Islamic Saudi Academy, even smearing protesters as anti-Islamic "bigots."
  • Saudi Arabia calls on its nationals to leave Lebanon immediately

    03/01/2008 9:59:40 AM PST · by maquiladora · 147 replies · 323+ views
    Saudi Arabia Saturday called on its nationals living in Lebanon to leave the country immediately, a Lebanese television report said. Future Television, privately owned by Saad Hariri who heads the majority anti-Syrian bloc in parliament, said Saudi Arabia had advised its nationals to leave Lebanon 'as soon as possible.' There was no one available at the Saudi embassy to comment on the report. ________________________________________________________ Saudi citizens advised to leave Lebanon for security reasons Saturday, 1 March, 2008 @ 7:30 PM Riyadh - Saudi Arabia has advised its citizens in Lebanon, especially families living there, to leave the country immediately due...
  • Close The D.C. Madrassa

    11/02/2007 8:47:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 59+ views
    IBD ^ | November 2, 2007
    Islamofascism: A federal panel wants a Saudi school inside the Beltway shut for promoting hate, something we've urged for years. But remarkably, this madrassa still has powerful backers.The Washington Post rebuked the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom for singling out the academy in a report criticizing Saudi Arabia for promoting religious intolerance in schools it runs around the world. As we've reported in these pages, the Alexandria, Va.-based Islamic Saudi Academy is a breeding ground for terrorists, including the al-Qaida operative convicted last year of trying to assassinate President Bush. The commission has asked the State Department to close...
  • Big News: Iraqis in US Protest AGAINST Islamic Terrorism

    08/26/2007 7:57:04 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 13 replies · 795+ views
    TEHRAN, Aug 25 (MNA)-- Hundreds of Iraqis residing in the U.S. converged in the front of the Saudi embassy in Washington on Friday condemning Riyadh’s policy towards Iraq, Sotaliraq said on its website. With slogans “Down with Terrorism” and “Shia and Sunni Should Unite in Iraq,” demonstrators called for the immediate halt to Saudi support for terrorism in Iraq and the issuance of “takfiri” religious decrees (fatwas) by Saudi scholars. Nazar Heydar, the director of Iraq information center in Washington and a member of the international center for campaign against terrorism, said “by this demonstration we meant to draw the...
  • Saudi Arabia to explore embassy reopening in Iraq

    08/01/2007 8:04:18 PM PDT · by humint · 266+ views
    The News ^ | Thursday, August 02, 2007 | Staff
    JEDDAH: Regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it will send a mission to Iraq to consider reopening its embassy there, a move that could help bolster the troubled Shia-led government in Baghdad. “A diplomatic mission from the foreign ministry” will visit Baghdad to explore the possibility of reopening the embassy, Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told reporters. He was speaking at a news conference with visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defence Secretary Robert Gates, on a tour aimed in part at seeking support for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government and countering Shia Iran’s influence in...
  • House votes to ban aid to Saudi Arabia

    06/22/2007 7:25:53 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 88 replies · 1,950+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jun 22, 2007 | Richard Cowan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to prohibit any aid to Saudi Arabia as lawmakers accused the close ally of religious intolerance and bankrolling terrorist organizations. The prohibition, reflecting persistent tensions with the kingdom after the September 11 attacks on the United States in 2001, was attached to a foreign aid funding bill for next year that has not yet been debated by the Senate. It also faces a veto threat from the White House because of an unrelated provision. A spokesman for the Saudi embassy in Washington declined to comment on the legislation. In...
  • Saddam's Philippines Terror Connection(Yes, Saddam financially supported terrorists)

    03/18/2006 5:58:16 AM PST · by KCRW · 129 replies · 3,699+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 03/18/2006 | Stephen F. Hayes
    SADDAM HUSSEIN'S REGIME PROVIDED FINANCIAL support to Abu Sayyaf, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group founded by Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law in the Philippines in the late 1990s, according to documents captured in postwar Iraq. An eight-page fax dated June 6, 2001, and sent from the Iraqi ambassador in Manila to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad, provides an update on Abu Sayyaf kidnappings and indicates that the Iraqi regime was providing the group with money to purchase weapons. The Iraqi regime suspended its support--temporarily, it seems--after high-profile kidnappings, including of Americans, focused international attention on the terrorist group. The...
  • This is a Saudi textbook. (After the intolerance was removed.)

    05/21/2006 7:56:26 AM PDT · by floridaobserver · 86 replies · 1,598+ views
    S audi Arabia's public schools have long been cited for demonizing the West as well as Christians, Jews and other "unbelievers." But after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 -- in which 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis -- that was all supposed to change. A 2004 Saudi royal study group recognized the need for reform after finding that the kingdom's religious studies curriculum "encourages violence toward others, and misguides the pupils into believing that in order to safeguard their own religion, they must violently repress and even physically eliminate the 'other.' " Since then, the Saudi government has...
  • Saudi Embassy Worker Smuggles Illegal Aliens into US

    01/13/2006 6:42:59 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 34 replies · 730+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 1/13/2006 | Jim Kouri, CPP
    An Egyptian national pled guilty today to using his position at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. to secure fraudulent Saudi diplomatic visas to help aliens enter the United States illegally. Mohamed Abdel Wahab Yakoub, a.k.a. Mohamed Wardi, a 61-year-old native of Egypt and a resident of Maryland, pled guilty before the Honorable Leonie Brinkema in the Eastern District of Virginia to one count of smuggling aliens into the United States. Yakoub is facing a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years when he is sentenced by Judge Brinkema on April 7, 2006. Yakoub is also facing deportation...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 July 2005

    07/24/2005 5:29:08 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 490 replies · 15,441+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 24 July 2005 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, July 24th, 2005 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): > U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and John Cornyn, R-Texas.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., adviser to Supreme Court nominee John Roberts; Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del. THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; former Army Capt. Stefanie Pelkey.LATE EDITION (CNN) : Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Saudi ambassador-designate to...
  • Bye-Bye, Bandar

    07/22/2005 6:56:05 AM PDT · by Stephen Schwartz · 1 replies · 407+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 22, 2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    BYE-BYE, BANDAR By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ WITH the departure, announced this week, of the dean of Washington's diplomatic corps, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, from his post as Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, an epoch has ended. Unfortunately, regardless of praise heaped upon him by the cadre of professional American apologists for the desert kingdom, the 22-year tenure of Ambassador Bandar has seen little more than deceit, corruption and horror in U.S.-Saudi relations.
  • Saudi Arabia Names New Ambassador to U.S.

    07/20/2005 6:51:39 AM PDT · by pitinkie · 5 replies · 451+ views
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Saudi Arabia's long serving ambassador to Washington has been replaced, a foreign ministry official said Wednesday. Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a Washington insider who has held the post for 20 years, asked to be relieved of his post a month ago, the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, because an official announcement has not yet been made. The official said the new ambassador is Prince Turk al-Faisal, another member of the Saudi royal family who had served as the kingdom's ambassador to Britain. Al-Faisal also served as the head of the Saudi...
  • Bandar Out, Turki In

    07/20/2005 2:04:14 PM PDT · by Stephen Schwartz · 11 replies · 740+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7/20/2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    Good Riddance . . . But Not Much Improvement Prince Bandar, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, is out. Prince Turki is in. by Stephen Schwartz 07/20/2005 3:45:00 PM AS ANNOUNCED ON Wednesday, July 20, Saudi Arabia's long-serving ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz, is leaving town. Allegedly, he resigned. The dean of the foreign diplomatic corps in Washington will be replaced by Prince Turki al Faisal, the former intelligence chief of the kingdom. Seeing the last of the unctuous Bandar will be viscerally pleasing to many Americans and to Saudi liberal dissidents. The...
  • NBC: Saudi envoy to U.S. offers resignation

    06/26/2005 6:24:00 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 39 replies · 1,046+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6/26/05 | Robert Windrem
    Senior U.S. and Saudi officials as well as a senior member of the diplomatic community in Riyadh told NBC News that Prince Bandar bin Sultan tendered his resignation as ambassador to the U.S. to Crown Prince Abdullah in recent days. The resignation appears to be the result of continuing health problems for the 56-year-old envoy. “You can feel comfortable reporting that,” said the western diplomat confirming what several Saudi and U.S. officials had told NBC News about the Prince's resignation. Bandar is the dean of the Washington diplomatic community. He has been a powerful figure in the U.S. since being...
  • Schumer questions Saudi link to school (the Islamic Saudi Academy in Virginia, "Jihad High")

    02/25/2005 6:57:55 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 12 replies · 688+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | February 24, 2005 | DOUGLAS TURNER
    WASHINGTON - The federal indictment of a graduate of a Saudi-backed Islamic school in suburban Virginia for plotting to kill President Bush is the latest example of the school's links to troubling activity, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., charged on Wednesday. Schumer said he is asking Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, to explain where the school receives all of its funding, and whether the school may be "a breeding ground for anti-American sentiment - and, possibly even terrorist activities." It has been widely reported the school receives substantial funding from the Saudi kingdom. Schumer...
  • Saudi assassination plot

    02/24/2005 6:34:19 AM PST · by Stephen Schwartz · 58 replies · 1,248+ views
    The New York Post ^ | February 24, 2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    SAUDI 'SOLDIER' BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ IN Alexandria, Va., on Tuesday, a 23-year-old Northern Virginia man of Saudi Arabian background named Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was charged with conspiring to assassinate President Bush. Abu Ali and his accomplices are accused of plotting to kill the president by gunfire or a car bomb. The indictment also spells out such criminal activities as assisting and receiving support from Osama bin Laden's band of murderers. Abu Ali was extradited to Virginia after many months in a Saudi jail. What's most remarkable about this case is the degree to which this would-be assassin is a...
  • Don't dare say hello to your `infidel' neighbor

    02/16/2005 4:41:40 PM PST · by GeekDejure · 71 replies · 4,260+ views
    HAARETZ INTERNATIONAL ^ | February 16, 2005 | Nathan Guttman
    WASHINGTON - When a believing Muslim is summoned to the United States due to life's circumstances, Saudi Arabian authorities disseminate through a network of major American mosques, like other religious directives, clear ways as to how one should act in his new surroundings. Take, for example, a document signed by the cultural attache at the Saudi embassy in Washington that instructs Muslims arriving in the United States not to initiate a greeting when meeting Christians or Jews, and never to convey good wishes marking a Christian or Jewish holiday. In general, the attache recommends that the Muslim believer avoid friendships...
  • Islamic Groups Say Saudi Academy Teachings Breed Hatred

    08/03/2004 9:42:36 PM PDT · by esryle · 9 replies · 430+ views
    A northern Virginia school that caters to children of Saudi diplomats is teaching first-graders that Judaism and Christianity are false religions. The allegations come from a Muslim group. The Free Muslim Coalition Against Terrorism is calling on the Islamic Saudi Academy to remove the textbook used to teach first-graders. The teachers' edition of the textbook emphasizes several points, including the statement "All religions other than Islam are false religions." A second notation tells the teacher to ensure "explaining that all religions, other than Islam, are false, including that of the Jews, Christians and all others." The coalition's director, Kamal Nawash,...
  • Saudi School in Virginia Draws Criticism

    08/03/2004 5:12:26 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 41 replies · 920+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8/3/04 | AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A school that caters to children of Saudi diplomats is teaching first-graders that Judaism and Christianity are false religions, according to a Muslim group concerned that such teachings breed hatred. Free Muslim Coalition Against Terrorism is calling on Islamic Saudi Academy to remove the textbook used to teach first-graders. The teachers' edition of the textbook outlines several points of emphasis, including the statement, "All religions other than Islam are false religions." The coalition's director, Kamal Nawash, a Muslim, said it would be acceptable to teach that Islam is the only correct religion. But to explicitly tell first-graders...
  • Wanted Saudi Surrenders to Saudi Embassy in Syria(Another One!)

    07/15/2004 1:59:11 PM PDT · by Dog · 11 replies · 676+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 15, 2004 | NA
    Wanted Saudi Surrenders to Saudi Embassy in Syria Thu Jul 15, 2004 01:05 PM ET JEDDAH (Reuters) - A wanted Saudi man who disappeared four years ago after a brief imprisonment has turned himself over to the Saudi Embassy in Syria under a government amnesty, relatives said Thursday. They said Ibrahim al-Sadeq al-Harbi, 34, went to the embassy in Damascus after relatives notified Deputy Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef of his decision to surrender. "He is at the embassy and is scheduled to fly back home later today," Harbi's older brother Abdel-Ghaffar told Reuters. Harbi was the fourth person...
  • Saudi Official: Johnson's Body Not Yet Found

    06/19/2004 12:29:50 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 70 replies · 334+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 6/19/04 | AP
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi TV broadcast pictures Saturday of four bloodied bodies of four suspected militants, including the Al Qaeda (search) chief in the kingdom, who were shot to death hours after killing an American contractor. Saudi officials said Johnson's beheaded corpse still has not been found, contradicting earlier reports that it was dumped outside the capital, Riyadh. The Al Qaeda cell allegedly led by Abdulaziz al-Muqran fulfilled its threat to kill engineer Paul M. Johnson Jr. (search), beheading him and showing grisly photos on the Internet on Friday. The slaying drew a chorus of condemnation from around the...
  • Saudi Embassy News Conference...Live thread

    06/19/2004 11:15:11 AM PDT · by Dog · 176 replies · 437+ views
    They claim to have killed the Number 1 and 2 AQ leaders in SA..