Salon Tool Alex Seitz-Wald: Geller Still Wrong Even Though Boston Bombing Was Jihad


Salon tool Alex Seitz-Wald wrote a piece entitled "Pamela Geller blames a 'jihadi'" in the immediate aftermath of the Boston jihad bombings. It led off with this:

Seizing on a thinly sourced New York Post report
that police have ID’d a Saudi national as a suspect in the Boston
Marathon bombings this afternoon, Islamophohbic blogger and activist
Pamela Geller is ready to lay the blame. In her take, the alleged
suspect becomes a “Jihadi” and there isn’t any doubt in Geller’s mind
that he did it.

Now that we know that it really was a jihad, Atlas reader Milan Pavic wrote this email to Seitz-Wald:

Mister Seitz-Wald

Have you already offered your excuses to misses Geller?


Well, you should do so, if you have any decency left.

On the subject of islam and the global jihad she WAS
right, she IS right and she will always be right.

Don't blame Geller, blame islam and all the leftist heads
full of helium.

Milan Pavic

The jihadis' stooge Seitz-Wald wrote this back to Milan:

The issue is not that she blamed jihad, it's that
she did it before we even knew ANYTHING about the suspects, like
who they where [sic]. She blamed jihad when she thought the Saudi
national, who has since been completely cleared, did it. 

It takes a big man to admit when he was wrong, and Alex Seitz-Wald is a very, very small man. In the first place, the New York Post story turned out to be correct: while the leftist media at first denied that a Saudi national or anyone else was being held at all, eventually they had to admit that a Saudi national was indeed being held. But he was just a "witness," you see. Oh, really? How many "witnesses" get their homes searched, and bags full of evidence removed?

The oddities over the Saudi national's being a "witness" are just a small part of the unanswered questions involved in this story. Alex Seitz-Wald says he has been "completely cleared." Wrong again, Alex. Here is a  summary of some of the biggest questions that still remain:

4 Major Questions That Remain About the Saudi National Tagged as 212(a)(3)(b), ‘Terrorist Activities’ The Blaze, Apr. 26, 2013

Why was Saudi national Alharbi tagged as 2123b for terrorist activity?

Photo: TheBlaze

It’s been nearly a week since Glenn Beck first revealed additional information
about Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, the Saudi national briefly considered a
person of interest in the Boston Marathon bombing. According to Blaze
sources, Alharbi was tagged as a 212(a)(3)(B) — the U.S. immigration
designation for “terrorist activities.”

In the last week, TheBlaze has learned
(among other things) that Alharbi’s event file was altered last
Wednesday, two days after the bombings, and the 212(a)(3)(B) designation
was removed; that Alharbi was, in fact, placed on a watch list after
the attack; that he was at one time listed as “armed and dangerous”; and
that he was not properly vetted before he was allowed into the country
under a “special advisory option.”

Despite those revelations, here are four major questions remaining about Alharbi:

1. What was the evidence that triggered the 212(a)(3)(B) filing?

There is nothing automatic about a
212(a)(3)(b) filing. Every piece of information must be manually
entered, line by line, and the decision cannot made by any single person
or even a “rogue agent.” Simply being on a no-fly list is not enough to
trigger a 212(a)(3)(b). One source told TheBlaze that even in one case
where the filing was ultimately incorrect, it still took six months to

Homeland Security Secretary Janet
Napolitano did not address Alharbi’s 212(a)(3)(b) status during a House
hearing this week. She admitted that the Saudi national was temporarily
put on a watch list while he was interviewed following the Boston
bombings, but added it was quickly determined Alharbi was not involved
in the attack. The DHS head did not indicate that any other information
was uncovered that identified Alharbi as a potential terror threat.

The question for the Department of
Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement is, what did
you find that was so damning that you included such a designation in the
file? Or is there another explanation for including it?

2. Why was Alharbi not fully vetted upon entering the United States?

Alharbi was admitted to the United
States under a “special advisory option,” generally reserved for
visiting politicians and diplomats. Who is he that he was permitted
entry without a full vetting?

3. Why the continuing secrecy?

If this Alharbi is innocent and this
has been one big misunderstanding, why won’t the Department of Homeland
Security publicly come forward to clear everything up?

4. ​Where is Alharbi now?

No one has publicly admitted they know
where Alharbi is. Is he still in the United States? Is he back in Saudi
Arabia? Where is he now?

The bottom line is that I was working from published reports about the Saudi national that proved to be correct. But don't expect a retraction and apology from Alex Seitz-Wald. That might come from a real journalist, but not from a propagandizing tool of the jihad like him.

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