Yesterday, we posted this photo of three men who appeared to be Saudi. Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi is a Saudi national who was a ‘person of interest’ for less than twenty-four hours. Of the three men in the photo, Alharbi seems to most closely resemble the man on the far right, with the black cap and sunglasses.
We also know that Alharbi belongs to a clan with several ties to Al-Qaeda but for the purposes of this post, focus on the other two men for a moment.
These three men fit the profile of Saudi students. We already know that Alharbi is a 20 year-old Saudi national / student. Obviously, these other two individuals are quite possibly students as well and it shouldn’t be difficult for authorities to find that out.
That leads us to an extremely disturbing trend.
Consider this report from USA Today from earlier this year:
In just seven years, Saudi student enrollments have skyrocketed from 11,116 in 2006, to 71,026 last year, according to the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the United States, the Virginia-based agency that administers the scholarship. Nearly all recipients (95%) start with language training, which can take anywhere from a month to a year or more, officials say.
Some reports put the number at 90,000 and climbing. The law of averages is clear. As the number of Saudi students increase, the odds that Al-Qaeda operatives / sympathizers increase as well.
This much is clear. Since 2006 – five years after 9/11, where 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi – the U.S. was home to between 10,000 – 12,000 Saudi students. In 2013, we’re home to almost 100,000 Saudi students. Imagine if the U.S. had been tougher with the Saudis after 9/11.
As we learned courtesy of the Miami Herald today (h/t Andrew Bostom), the FBI was not forthcoming about Saudis who were connected to 9/11 hijackers and left the U.S. weeks before the attacks.
Note: Walid has done quite a bit of profiling in his career and is convinced all three men – possibly students – are Saudi (Alharbi is a student). That Alharbi’s clan has extensive links to Al-Qaeda should make these two individuals persons of interest as well.
We have another photo, again, courtesy of Asian Week. Take a look and note that two of the men in the above photo are separated in this photo (maybe just a bathroom break), the male with the gray jacket and backpack is on the left; the man with the stripes on the sleeves of his jacket is on the right:
This leads us to a video / post from The Blaze, which has a video showing a man walking behind a reporter, who is carrying a large backpack and has lines on the sleeves of his jacket.
Here is the video:
Contrary to some claims, the lines on the sleeve of that man’s sleeves do NOT match the lines on the sleeve of the Saudi. Note the thicker, yellow line on the outside of the sleeve. The Saudi has thin gray lines on the outside of the sleeve and one thin yellow line on the inside of the sleeve: