“Jay Tapper is fantastic and I think he’s one of the only people that is actually goes after and asks the tough questions.”
In the aftermath of the Boston terrorist bombings, which the authorities have determined was allegedly undertaken by two American emigrants from Chechnya, Glenn Beck has been feverously working to implicate another man, Saudi student Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, in these attack. Beck's biggest piece of "evidence" so far is a supposed "event file," a "212 3B" document, created Beck claims, during the questioning of Alharbi while he was in the hospital being treated for injuries sustained in the attack. The problem with Beck's claims is that they are, once again, false.
An alleged photograph of part of the event file created on Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi.
"Right-wing watch," a project of the liberal People for the American Way, point out that Beck's own guest undermined Beck's false claims about this 212 3B document that Beck is using to smear this student.
It's important to understand what Beck's own guest, retired Immigration and Naturalization Service Special Agent named Bob Trent, said here on Beck's own show last Wednesday, 4/24:
Trent: The Immigration and Nationality Act Section 212 (a)(3)(B) deals with terrorism and its the inadmissibility charges. So we're talking about something that should be tagged on somebody before they come to the United States. It's a tag that says this person is inadmissible because they're connected with terrorism.
Beck: Last Tuesday, at 4:35, after searching his house for, I think, nine hours, interviewing his roommates for five hours, they call up and talk to these two watch commanders and say look, here's the evidence, we need to make him a 2123B. How do you think that happened?
Trent: Well, it doesn't make sense. It seems to me that 212 tag was placed on a file prior to this event in Boston where they were going to try to block him from entering into the United States and the No Fly is a subsystem of the watch list that is maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center. So now that they know he's in the United States, the proper tag would have been a charge under deportation clauses, which would have been section 237 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
"...it doesn't make sense." Beck's own expert undermined his false claims about this document, but that did not stop Mr. Beck from pushing forward with this deceitful effort to fool his gullible followers. Beck's "friend." Bill O'Reilly, had Beck on his show the next night, and Beck was still pushing this document that is NOT what he falsely claims it is.
Beck is not what he claims to be, a truth teller
Beck's conspiracy theory has rested on the assertion that Alharbi received a 212 3B terrorist designation after being questioned in connection to the Boston bombing, but Trent made it quite clear during the interview that this timeline "doesn't make sense" as 212 3B is designed to prevent foreign nationals, who could pose a threat to the U.S., from entering the country. 212 3B is not something they are designated with after they are here and questions about possible engagement with terrorism.
All Beck's followers need to see is that People for the American Way is "liberal," and they will automatically dismiss the understanding conveyed by Beck's own guest. That is what Beck and much of the right-wing media complex have programmed them to believe. If this blog so much as uses a recording of Beck in his own words that was made available by the liberal Media Matters of America, then the Review is dismissed, as Beck has programmed his followers to do, as "leftist." Facts, however, are facts, and Bob Trent was correct about a 212 3B file. Either somebody is playing Beck as a fool with this photograph he's using, or Beck is simply making up an alternative reality...again.
However, it is not just Right-wing Watch who are exposing Beck as a deceiver in this campaign against Alharbi. US News reported on the 17th:
"He was never categorized as a suspect; he was a person of interest. My understanding is that he totally cooperated and that he is no longer a person of interest," said U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., after a two-hour Senate Intelligence Committee meeting with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Tuesday afternoon, Foreign Policy reports.
Again, Beck's followers would dismiss US News as "mainstream media" and therefore "liberal." Chambliss? He was misinformed. They would argue that the Director of National Intelligence is in on this "plot" against Americans that Beck implies Alharbi will be involved in. That is, along with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI. If you doubt that, go to Beck's website and read the comments from his followers. They are gullible because they believe what they want to believe, and Obama, a "Marxist" according to Beck, is in on this plot to destroy America, on ongoing theme for Mr. Beck from his days on Fox "News" channel of propaganda.
Why is Beck waging this deceitful campaign against this cleared Saudi student? Originally, Beck claimed that the information he had would cause a movement to rise up and have President Obama impeached over the White House "involvement" with the release of this "very bad, bad, bad man" as Beck deceitfully described Alharbi on April 19th. Beck rails against the strategy "the ends justifies the means," but Beck has destroyed this witness' life in order to rouse the rabble who believe his blather to demand the president's impeachment.
Hypocrisy? Oh hell yes, and that is nothing new from this deceitful, reactionary propagandist that millions of far-right Americans are gullible enough to believe and trust. Beck's network, BlazeTV uses the slogan, "The truth lives here;" and that is the biggest lie that Beck conveys, over and over and over. As Goebbels said: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.“
CNN's Jake Tapper
Update, 4/30/2013: Glenn Beck admires Jake Tapper's work, and this is what Tapper has written about this subject:
The Department of Homeland Security tells CNN that there has been some confusion and misreporting regarding the Boston Marathon bombing and two Saudi nationals.
One is in a Boston hospital, and has been questioned by the FBI because he was at the marathon during the terrorist attack.
He is not a suspect, nor is he a person of interest. He was an individual at the marathon, and therefore, like so many individuals, has been questioned.
There is a second Saudi national from the Boston area who is in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody for being in violation of his visa. This case has nothing to do with the Boston Marathon, DHS officials said.
That won't satisfy Beck, who has oddly dropped the mention of this Saudi student lately, and it certainly will not satisfy the likes of YouTube ranting reactionary Beckerhead, Shelly Dankert.
Update, 5/12/2013: On May 9th, Beck reminded himself (during a discussion about the three women who were liberated from the house in Cleveland) about his Boston bombing conspiracy theory and "declare that Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, the Saudi national whom Beck has accused of being an al Qadea "control agent" who recruited the Tsarnaev brothers to carry out the bombing, was "the money man" who financed the entire operation." Watch the deer-in-the-headlights look on Mr. Beck's face when asked by his co-host, Stu Burguiere, if this is speculation or reporting of facts. It's priceless, and, of course, Mr. Beck does not answer the question. Via Right Wing Watch:
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