TheBlaze has spent the last week exposing the truth behind the Saudi national who was initially questioned and considered a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing before being downgraded to merely a witness.
People like Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have been quick to discredit TheBlaze’s reporting, while several senators have put their weight behind the story. The media, for its part, has been relatively silent. But last night, Fox News’ Bret Baier addressed the ever-growing controversy in his “The Daily Bret” video blog post.
“I want to go to a deal from Bret Baier,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Bret Baier yesterday – and this is being used to discredit us… he is saying that the Department of Homeland Security told him that this is all wrong. Well, that’s pretty important information I would think that would need to be on the show. But he put it on his blog, and I want you to listen to this story, and listen with more than your ears and listen to – something just doesn’t seem like Bret’s married into this.”
BAIER: Janet Napolitano, the Security of Homeland Security just said today that he [Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi] really was never a person of interest. But out of an abundance of caution and out of diligence according to these U.S. officials, federal authorities at that time, because they wanted to question him, added him to the no fly list. Now, this is key: When anyone inside the U.S. with a U.S. visa is added to the no fly list, the process, the process is started. And I stress process here, to revoke visa. And that’s automatically begun according to U.S. officials. The 212 is a national security indication and anyone looking at this would say this is a bad guy. This means they had a lot of stuff on this guy. The U.S. officials we’re talking to say this document was simply triggered by them putting him on the no fly list when they went to talk to him.
“Stop,” Glenn said. “Bret’s smarter than this. If he wasn’t, he should put this on his real show. But Bret is smarter than this… you’ll notice here that Bret is saying ‘our sources at Homeland Security.’ Well, I’m sure that if I called the newsroom at, you know, or the press room at Homeland Security, they would tell me the same thing. I’m going to give Bret the benefit of the doubt because I don’t know – it’s not like we hang out with each other, but I have respect for Bret and I have respect for his team and I know, I just, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt that he’s on it. What pressure is being applied I have – one can only guess. But I appreciate the fact that he is putting this on his blog. Be careful who you trust and be careful who you throw under the bus. You’re not necessarily always getting the full story. And this is going to take an orchestra to be able to navigate through.”
Glenn may have been willing to give Bret the benefit of the doubt, but he had a message for all the journalists out there who are ignoring or discrediting this story.
“Now, for those journalists elsewhere, I’m not sure what your story is. I don’t think you have one. You might want to go back to work,” Glenn said.
And for those of you sitting at home wanting to make sure this story gets its due diligence, Glenn shared this:
“Call your congressmen now and tell them, look at the story at TheBlaze. If they think it’s a conspiracy theory, explain away what’s being posted now at TheBlaze,” he said. “And by the way, there’s much, much more where that comes from. Tell your congressmen you’d like to know exactly where this gentleman is. I warn you, you’re not going to like the answer. But you’d like to know exactly where this man who is armed and dangerous and how he got into this country without being vetted at all with special access. If he has this special access, you’re telling me when they came to him that they had no idea who he was? That seems awfully strange. Seems like someone might be lying.”