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Glenn Beck’s audacious defense against Boston Marathon bombings defamation suit
Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Terrence McCoy

Posted on 07/24/2014 8:25:40 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

On April 15 of last year, a thin kid with a bright smile named Abdulrahman Alharbi decided he would stop and watch the Boston Marathon for a few minutes. A Saudi Arabian studying English in Boston, he had heard of the famous marathon, but wanted to see it in the flesh, he later explained to one journalist. Ten minutes later, he witnessed what he first mistook for fireworks.

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Alharbi, like numerous others in the chaotic few hours following the deadly bombings, was questioned by police. They asked for his Facebook password. He gave it to them. They asked to inspect his apartment. He allowed it. News of Alharbi reached the media, but by the next day, the cops had cleared the 20-year-old. “He has been checked out,” a law enforcement official told the Boston Globe. “He is not involved. He is just a victim.”

Broadcaster Glenn Beck, formerly of Fox News, was nonetheless suspicious of Alharbi. He thought the Obama administration was hiding Alharbi’s involvement. So three weeks later, Beck urged the government to release its information on Alharbi or else Beck would “expose” him.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bostonmarathon; crazybeck; glennbeck

1 posted on 07/24/2014 8:25:40 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Why is it OK for the liberals do do this daily but the right is supposed to be quiet?


2 posted on 07/24/2014 8:30:29 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

bttt


3 posted on 07/24/2014 8:30:57 AM PDT by preacher (I am not a global warming hoax denier.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Oh effff Beck. Weepy Whiny illegal hugger.


4 posted on 07/24/2014 8:31:08 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

How did Abdulrahman Alharbi rate a personal visit from FLOTUS, or was that someone else?


5 posted on 07/24/2014 8:32:44 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

‘So three weeks later, Beck urged the government to release its information on Alharbi or else Beck would “expose” him.’

I remember when I actually used to believe Beck’s hype: how he would ‘expose’ people, how he had confidential information from ‘unnamed sources,’ and all that jazz.

What a fool I was.


6 posted on 07/24/2014 8:33:34 AM PDT by Cato in PA (Resist!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
What makes Alharbi a public figure, according to Beck? “By behaving suspiciously at the Marathon finishing line when the bombs detonated, thereby causing his detention and a background check by law enforcement,” states Beck’s motion to dismiss, Alharbi “embarked on a course of conduct that was reasonably likely to result in public attention and comment on his background, activities, and immigration status.” Plus, he gave interviews defending himself, said Beck’s legal team, led by Michael J. Grygiel.

All of this is sound legal reasoning from the legal viewpoint of "thrusting oneself into the vortex of a public controversy." The American legal standard on defamation for public figures has always included the "knowingly false and with malicious intent" test, sort of like media darlings did to Sarah Palin.

Alharbi tinkled away his private person status the moment he gave public press interviews.

7 posted on 07/24/2014 8:36:58 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
"A Saudi Arabian studying English in Boston..."

He had to come to the U.S. to study English? What a crock.

8 posted on 07/24/2014 8:37:18 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mass55th

He liked the book: “How to Serve your Fellow Man”


9 posted on 07/24/2014 8:39:56 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob
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To: Cato in PA

I think that Beck stepped in it this time. He has been rather careful in the past, showing the insight to sidestep other potholes that caught his buddy, Shawn.

I do applaud him for fighting this. He would save money if he would just pay the kid off, but it appears that he is going to the mat. I wish that I saw more backbone when it comes to these sharks.


10 posted on 07/24/2014 8:40:25 AM PDT by Mr. Quarterpanel (I am not an actor, but I play one on TV)
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To: Fresh Wind
How did Abdulrahman Alharbi rate a personal visit from FLOTUS, or was that someone else?

That's what I thought, too. Was it just coincidence that she visited this guy (if it's the same guy)?

11 posted on 07/24/2014 8:44:49 AM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: Vaquero; All

Beck, still sucking I guess.

(I may have mentioned it before)


12 posted on 07/24/2014 8:49:40 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
or else Beck would “expose” him.

I remember hearing Beck say he was going to expose the guy, and that he was a really, really bad guy, but nothing ever came of that?

13 posted on 07/24/2014 8:50:43 AM PDT by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
They asked for his Facebook password. He gave it to them. They asked to inspect his apartment. He allowed it.

Bad ideas, kid.

14 posted on 07/24/2014 8:53:01 AM PDT by PlasticMan
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Plus, he gave interviews defending himself, said Beck’s legal team, led by Michael J. Grygiel.

This is the biggest example of brazen idiocy short of an accused matricide/parricide pleading for mercy because he's an orphan.

15 posted on 07/24/2014 8:53:01 AM PDT by PlasticMan
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To: dware

“I remember hearing Beck say he was going to expose the guy, and that he was a really, really bad guy, but nothing ever came of that?

I think that was one of Beck’s, “THE WORLD WILL SPLIT IN HALF WITH WHAT I WILL TELL YOU TOMORROW!!! SIGN UP FOR MY NEWSLETTER AND TV SHOW NOW!!!”, drama queen acts.


16 posted on 07/24/2014 8:55:53 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: CodeToad

That’s when I started souring on Beck. He never did follow up on his so-called ‘revelation’. Pffffft.


17 posted on 07/24/2014 9:12:13 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Scrambler Bob
“How to Serve your Fellow Man”

Um, Survivalist cookbook?

18 posted on 07/24/2014 9:12:44 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: mass55th
He had to come to the U.S. to study English?

If I had to study English, I don't think I'd choose Boston.

19 posted on 07/24/2014 9:13:46 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: PlasticMan
They accused Beck of "bootstrapping," creating his own defense by making a public figure out of Alharbi.

Concur.

20 posted on 07/24/2014 9:15:45 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Alharbi was likely involved but since he is part of the Saudi Royal family they rushed him out of the country. He had an outstanding deportation order on him for another incident of terrorist activity/association. It was highly suspicious at the time but got the big coverup and now nobody remembers. I imagine that in this instance Glenn Beck was right. Even a loony tune gets it right once in awhile. Somebody post the pic of Alharbi and his gold 1911.


21 posted on 07/24/2014 9:22:05 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
"If I had to study English, I don't think I'd choose Boston. "

That was my thought too.

22 posted on 07/24/2014 9:37:33 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Wasn't this the kid that was labeled as a terrorist for deportation and that the First Lady visited in the hospital?

There really was something strange going on about that kid.

23 posted on 07/24/2014 9:46:34 AM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: mass55th

IIRC he was supposed to be in Ohio studying, not in Massachusetts


24 posted on 07/24/2014 9:48:30 AM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

One more aspect of the backstory may be the issue of who and why some Saudi nationals where allowed out of the country immediately after the 9/11 attack.


25 posted on 07/24/2014 10:31:13 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: Robert357; maggief; hoosiermama

Here are a few old articles, don’t forget the Saudi ambassador met with Biden right before this guy’s name dropped off the list of potential suspects. Then the first lady visits him link to pictures below. SMELLs

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, while testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee today, actually conceded that Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Harbi, the Saudi national who moved from ‘suspect’ to ‘person of interest’ to ‘witness’ to ‘victim’ all in less than 24 hours after the Boston bombings, was indeed placed on a terrorist watchlist. This is in stark contrast to what she told the Rep. Jeff Duncan at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing last week.

Providing further intrigue is that one day before Napolitano conceded Al-Harbi’s watchlist status, talk show host Glenn Beck explained how difficult it was for someone to both get a 212 3B designation – allegedly what Al-Harbi had received – and to have it removed; it would an extremely long time for all of that to happen, much longer than 24 hours.

Napolitano seems to either flatly contradict herself or openly admit that it is easy for someone to be put on a terrorist watchlist even though they don’t reach ‘person of interest’ status. That’s either a lie or a chilling statement of what this government is doing

http://news.yahoo.com/pictures-michelle-obama-visiting-saudi-163623209.html


26 posted on 07/24/2014 10:42:47 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: CodeToad
I think that was one of Beck’s, “THE WORLD WILL SPLIT IN HALF WITH WHAT I WILL TELL YOU TOMORROW!!! SIGN UP FOR MY NEWSLETTER AND TV SHOW NOW!!!”, drama queen acts.

You forgot, "But first, this message from Goldline"... =D

27 posted on 07/24/2014 12:48:59 PM PDT by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: Mr. Quarterpanel

At least something good came out of ZMan V. NBC ... this defense is very similar.


28 posted on 07/24/2014 3:17:14 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: crosslink

It is amazing what lots and lots of Saudi money can do especially to elected officials and their appointees. We have the best government that money can buy!


29 posted on 07/25/2014 11:13:51 AM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: Cato in PA
“What a fool I was.”

Not a fool, you just didn't know. A fool is someone who keeps believing in someone when the actual facts are contradictory, like Obamabots. It doesn't matter what Obama does, his Obamabots don't care. Glen Beck took a lot of people in. I really enjoyed his Fox show, but realized later he wasn't what he advertised himself to be. Now I can't stand him.

The problem with Beck is, he finds a new audience over time who haven't heard his lies, so they tend to believe him. It takes a while to find out the truth.

We are all taken in by people who misrepresent themselves. But Obamabots see him commit crimes against humanity and they don't care.

30 posted on 07/27/2014 1:27:23 PM PDT by FR_addict
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