Abdul Rahman Alharbi, once a person of interest in the Boston Marathon bombing, turned up at the White House for July 4th festivities. He was at one time placed on a watch list and was at one point labeled a threat to national security by the State Department. What in the world was he doing there?
As reported by TheBlaze, Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi appears to have been in attendance at the White House's 4th of July celebration for military leaders and their families. A Twitter account from a person claiming to be Alharbi's father posted photos of the Saudi national at the event, and a Arab newspaper claims he was invited to attend.
TheBlaze reported on the Saudi National's attendance:
So why would the Alharbi family have been at the White House for Independence Day?
According to some Arabic-language media, they were invited.
A recent post from the Twitter account in question links to a July 6 report from Al-Hayat – a widely-read pan-Arab daily newspaper – with the comment: “Today [Saturday] the Al-Hayat newspaper published a news item stating that Abd Al-Rahman and his family had been invited by the White House to participate in America’s Independence Day celebrations.” [Emphasis added]
A number of lingering questions remain on the issue, though the White House has not responded to TheBlaze’s inquiries.
"He's at the White House celebration with the First Family, with the president and his wife. Why would you do that? Apparently they were invited," Pat said.
"In fact, he was considered one of our most dangerous categories of terrorists and now he was just at the White House celebration of Independence Day. Is that bizarre? Would you ‑‑ I mean, even if ‑‑ would you take a chance? What are you doing? I don't even begin to understand this. Really, really amazing."