Obama & Holder Won’t Prosecute Saudi Arrested for Threatening to ‘Blow Up White House’

via Obama Administration Won’t Prosecute Saudi It Claims Threatened to ‘Blow Up White House’ | CNSNews.com. h/t Sarah Roman

(CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration says it will not prosecute a Saudi Arabian national who the administration claimed in congressional testimony entered the United States on a student visa and then was arrested after threatening to blow up the White House.

On March 6, top officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security in both written and verbal testimony that DHS had arrested a Saudi national who was “threatening to blow up the White House and the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the United States.”

In a written statement provided to CNSNews.com, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the DHS division responsible for enforcing the immigration law inside U.S. territory, said it has had the Saudi national in custody since Jan. 10 and that he is undergoing deportation proceedings. The statement said that “federal and local authorities declined criminal prosecution.”

The March 6 congressional hearing at which the DHS officials said this Saudi national had threatened to blow up the White House was called to examine why the U.S. government had allowed Moroccan national Amine El Khalifi to live illegally in the United States for 13 years before he was arrested while allegedly attempting to commit a suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol. The ICE officials who testified cited the January arrest of a Saudi national who they said had threatened to blow up the White House as evidence of ICE’s effectiveness in tracking foreign nationals whose visas had expired or been revoked.

The two DHS officials who testified were John Cohen, DHS’s deputy counterterrorism coordinator, and Peter Edge, the deputy executive associate director for investigations at ICE.

“More recently in January 2012, ICE Special Agents from the Washington, D.C. office arrested a Saudi Arabian national who was admitted as an F-1 nonimmigrant student and violated the terms and conditions of his admission,” Cohen and Edge said in written testimony they jointly submitted to the committee. “The individual was referred for investigation after his status was terminated in SEVIS for failure to maintain student status, as well as for possessing several indicators of national security concerns, including threatening to blow up the White House and the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the United States.”

Edge told the committee about the Saudi national in his verbal testimony before the committee.

“In January 2012, for example,” Edge testified, “ICE special agents from our Washington, D.C., office arrested a Saudi Arabian national who was admitted as an F-1 nonimmigrant student and violated the term and condition of his admission.”

“The individual,” Edge said, “was referred for investigation after his status was terminated in SEVIS [Student and Exchange Visitor Information System] for failure to maintain student status as well as for possessing several indicators of national security concerns, including threatening to blow up the White House and the Saudi Arabian cultural mission to the United States.”

SEVIS is an Internet-based system created by DHS to house information about people who come to the United States on student visas.

After Cohen and Edge testified in the subcommittee, CNSNews.com asked ICE a series of questions about the Saudi national the two officials said had threatened to blow up the White House: Has he, or will he, be charged with any crime? Is the individual in custody or has he been removed? Where and what was he studying? How long has he been in the United States?

ICE initially responded by directing CNSNews.com to the local police department of Fairfax County, Va., saying that it was handling the investigation.

Fairfax County Police Spokeswoman Shelley Broderick confirmed that her department carried out an investigation of the Saudi national, but said that the police department could not provide any information about him because he had never been charged by them. Broderick added that federal authorities, not local ones, would be responsible for any terrorism-related charges.

CNSNews.com then made additional inquiries with ICE and ICE Spokesman Andrew Munoz responded with a written statement.

“The subject was placed into administrative deportation proceedings after federal and local authorities declined criminal prosecution,” wrote Munoz. “Our records show that he maintained lawful status until the day before he was arrested by ICE for violating the terms of his visa. He has been in the custody of ICE since Jan. 10, 2012. Privacy restrictions prevent us from releasing any further details about this administrative immigration case.”

When asked if an individual who threatens to blow up the White House can be prosecuted by federal authorities, a Department of Justice spokesman said in an e-mail, “Whether or not such a case would or could be charged in federal [court] depends entirely on the evidence available to investigators and prosecutors, the underlying facts/circumstances of the matter, and the law.”

“That’s all I have for you,” said the Justice Department spokesman.

18 Responses

  1. Obama and the DOJ are all ignorant. This is a slap in the face of US security. Obama makes me want to puke.

  2. And how is this not reported on CNN or MSNBC? Isn’t a Saudi National threatening to blow up the White House and the Saudi diplomatic wing in the US sort of big news?

    We need a new president and DOJ head, ones who are not going to cut deals with terrorists to mollify allies who don’t have terror within their own borders under control.

    Romney, kids. It’s got to be. America’s safety first.

    • You are 100% correct. It irritates me to have to vote for Romney but thsafety of our republic comes first Now that people are waking up to what’s going on in Washingtom we can begin to make changes but it starts with the first step. Lose oama and his cronies in Nov.

  3. Obama is the greatest danger to world security there is. A new President is the only answer to making it a safe world.

  4. this is an outrage

  5. Anybody want to place a bet that if a big whitey made the same statement their butts would be in jail before sundown TODAY?

  6. Reblogged this on A Different Perspective and commented:
    Surprise surprise,

  7. The tying of hands, silencing, mamby-pambying, appoligizing, short sightness and downright ignorance if not just plain stupidity of certain officials is frightening. Not any officials – top officals! It’s not only in the USA but wordwide. Every time they do something stupid like this, it increases the possibility of something really big and nasty to happen. Then when it does, they will stand around and point fingers blaming everybody but themselves.

  8. Hell you dont indite your BROTHERS do you?? OBUMMAA is a closet MUSLIM along with SAUDI ARABIA KING. Notice how OBUMMAA BOWED TO THE KING!!! Need I say MORE!!! LOCK AND LOAD.

  9. I think Obama will be a thing of the past after November. And
    the Muslims won’t be doing so much after he gets out. No
    way would anything be being built in New York under any
    other President but this Muslim we have in the White House!

    • we will not have a muslim or black president for 200 yrs we have learned our lessons….or we will form a new republic with the many states less the north east and the west and north west

      • Obama is NOT black! You insult blacks with that statement. He is a muslim arab, has been a foreign student in America, and is in office based on Saudi money pushing first into the senate by eliminating ALL other candidates with signature verifications, and then the oval office, to PROVE how corrupt we are.

        Holder is a leftover from a different pandering to the saudis president.

        The danger is the ones getting a handout will continue to vote that way.

  10. Why not let this Muslim go?

    After all it was saudis that got him the presidency. Probably a phone call from over there.

    The Thomas Moore Law firm should sue the perp.

    Then wait for the apologizer to call and threaten them. May be the ACLU should do it, too.

    No one is standing up for the presidency, with the usurper in there.

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  13. ………….but Obama orders Holder to “take down” Clive Bundy out there in Nevada to take his cattle and attack the Constitution. This is one sorry ass administration no doubt!

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