Saudi on Student Visa Was Arrested After ‘Threatening to Blow up White House’

Edwin Mora, CNS News, March 12, 2012

A Saudi Arabian national who entered the United States on a student visa was arrested in January after he threatened to blow up the White House, according to written and verbal testimony presented to Congress last week by two top officials of the Department of Homeland Security.

The revelation came in a hearing called on March 6 by the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security to examine why a Moroccan national, Amine El Khalifi, had been able to remain in the United States for 13 years after his tourist visa expired before he was arrested last month for allegedly attempting to commit a suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol.

At the March 6 hearing, DHS tried to highlight some of its successes in tracking down dangerous aliens who have been let into the United States.

“In January 2012, for example,” said Peter Edge, DHS’s deputy associate director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations, “ICE special agents from our Washington, D.C., office arrested a Saudi Arabian national who was admitted as an F-1 nonimmigrant student and violated the term and condition of his admission.

“The individual,” said Edge, “was referred for investigation after his status was terminated in SEVIS [Student and Exchange Visitor Information System] for failure to maintain student status as well as for possessing several indicators of national security concerns, including threatening to blow up the White House and the Saudi Arabian cultural mission to the United States.”


The story Edge told was repeated in written testimony that Edge submitted to the subcommittee in conjunction with John Cohen, DHS’s deputy counter-terrorism coordinator.

{snip} asked ICE and the Department of Justice for additional information about the Saudi national who was arrested after threatening “to blow up the White House,” as this testimony revealed. Where was he supposed to be studying? What was he supposed to be studying? How long had he been in the United States? Has he, or will he be, charged with any crime?

The Department of Justice referred to ICE for answers, and ICE was unable to provide any by the time this story was posted.


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  • White Death

    Next time would be jihadis like these shouldn’t bother with troublesome visas. Forget all of that legal entry paperwork! They could just hop across the Mexican border. Lessons in rudimentary Spanish could be helpful as well as wearing of sombreros. Then ICE would have NO record of them at all.

  • The_Bobster
    • JohnEngelman

      He did not harm anyone. He was not armed. It may have been a foolish prank. Nearly always the case when someone goes on a shooting rampage that person is white. 

  • One has to wonder if he might have already recived his green card.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Has 0bama apologized yet?  Don’t worry, he will.


    • Ditto Bon…along with his green card being fast tracked, expect an apology from obama.

  • Alexandra1973

    As I’ve said before, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” has become “when in Rome, make them do as you do.”

  • I say let them blow it up; they would do us all a favor. The White House is a more dangerous enemy than the Taliban or Al-Qaida.

  • JohnEngelman

    In October 12, 1998 Matthew Shepard, who was a homosexual, was killed by two men he picked up in a bar. For months after that the story was on the news. At about this time two adult homosexuals raped and tortured to death a fourteen year old boy. I only heard of that once, several years later.

    • I read somewhere (semi-credible, that’s why I’m not yet ready to believe it) that Sheppard, along with being gay, was also a drug dealer, and the two men killed him because of a bad dope deal.  As far as the other crime, the victim was Jesse Dirkhising.