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Posted on 01/30/2004 7:30:12 AM PST by SJackson
Statement from Saudi Embassy in Washington on Expulsion of Diplomats
Washington, Jan 30, SPA -- In response to reports pirating to expulsion of some Saudi diplomats from the US, Ambassador Ahmad bin Abdulaziz Kattan, the Deputy Chief of the Saudi Diplomatic Mission in the US, in a statement to SPA, said that in line with the directives of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz, the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies was established in America more than 15 years ago.
He noted that the Institute still receives the support of the Saudi leadership and Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi Ambassador to the US.
The institute was established for teaching Arabic language for non-Arabic speaking people as well s for preaching the Islamic religion in America.
With the grace of Almighty Allah, the Institute has attained significant achievements.
Names of employees of the Institutes, who are originally employees at Riyadh-based Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University, were registered at the US State Department as diplomatic employees, and subsequently they acquired visas of A 2 like the administrative employees working at the Saudi Foreign Ministry.
Following the incidents of Sept 11, 2001, the US State Department started to strictly implement the diplomatic systems. These diplomatic systems stipulate that all diplomats and administrators who carry visa of type A 1 or A 2 should work inside the embassy or its offices that are approved by the US State Department like the offices of the military attache and the cultural attache.
These systems do not conform to employees of the Institute which was registered a non-profitable Saudi charitable foundation.
Ambassador Kattan pointed out that the US State Department had asked the departure of these employees because they were not practicing any form of diplomatic work, in addition to the fact that they were working outside the building of the embassy.
Some few days ago, the Saudi Embassy received an official memorandum asking the departure of these employees to the Kingdom within 30 days.
Subsequently the employees were informed with these developments.
It was an impossible matter for the Embassy to interfere or mediate as long as the work of the aforesaid employees was outside the building of the embassy in violation to the diplomatic norms.
'The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has the right to implement the principle of reciprocity, said Ambassador Al-Kattan noting that earlier the US authorities were overlooking the Saudi employees who were working at the Institute, the Saudi Academy or the offices of television and the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
But after the incidents of Sept 11, 2001, the situation was changed , and the US Statement Department asked only the remaining of diplomats who regularly work at the Embassy.
In the light of these developments, the Embassy allocated offices inside its building for the personnel of the National Guard, SPA in addition to the offices of the commercial and health attaches, which were originally inside the building of the Embassy since its inauguration.
So the personnel of the these offices will not face such problems.
Al-Kattan made it clear that the departure of these employees to the Kingdom does not mean that the Institute has been closed or stopped from performing its mission.
On the contrary, the Institute will legally be turned into a charitable American foundations, and subsequently it will be possible for personnel of universities in the Kingdom to obtain regular entry visas to the US and to work at the Institute.
He noted that the same employees could return to the US to practice their former work, or to visit the US for any other purpose.
These "diplomats" were in fact clerics and academics here on diplomatic passports not practicing any form of diplomatic work, rather engaged in teaching Arabic language for non-Arabic speaking people as well s for preaching the Islamic religion in America.
Apparently it took the State Dept nearly 3 years post 9/11 to simply enforce our passport regulations, as it pertains to Saudis, of course.
The bottom line.
I've had it with "charitable" foundations. There isn't any charitable intent on the part of these creeps in the least. The principles of Wahabbism are in opposition to the Constitution. Its adherents use Constitutional protections for religions to undermine the essential liberties of others. Their goal is to destroy utterly, every principle upon which this nation stands. They must not be allowed to practice religious sedition.
I am certain that there are limits upon the charters of non-profit foundations that call for them to abide by our laws. It's high time to invoke the charge of criminal sedition should these people choose to promulgate their influence. It is bad enough that they play such a prominent role in our prisons. Radical Islam, a fraudulent religion born in Babylonian paganism, inflicts a latent psychosis, a violent and abusive predisposition; it must not allowed to propagate.
I well understand how devilish is the judicial peril between regulating the free exercise of a religion that practices sedition and the threat of government intrusion into other religious life. We've already crossed that bridge and had better learn to deal with it.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
The principles of Wahabbism are in opposition to the Constitution. Its adherents use Constitutional protections for religions to undermine the essential liberties of others. Their goal is to destroy utterly, every principle upon which this nation stands. They must not be allowed to practice religious sedition.
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