A Saudi national named Abdullah Nassar al-Arifi is in custody in the Phillipines tonight, after disembarking an international flight direct from
Riyadh. His name was present on the FBI's list of international terror suspects, and unknown authorities in Manilla are holding him awaiting
instructions from American inteligence services - some sources claim he is in the hands of U.S. Immigration, others claim he is being held by
Phillipino government agents. He is wanted in connection with the incidents that transpired on 9/11, and possibly in connection with the Bali
MANILA, Philippines — A man suspected of Al Qaeda (search) links has been detained after arriving at Manila airport from Saudi Arabia and may
have been handed over to U.S. officials, Philippine immigration officials said Friday.
The man, identified by the officials as Saudi Arabian national Abdullah Nassar al-Arifi (search), 34, appears on an FBI list of terror suspects, and
may have links to the Sept. 11, 2001 (search), attacks in the United States as well as the 2002 bombings in Bali, Indonesia, the officials told The
Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
He was detained shortly after arriving on a Philippine Airlines flight from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Wednesday, the officials said.
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The pace of arrests has slowed since the 2 years or so following 9/11. It seems as though most of the principle players are either locked up or
laying low. Those who believe that 9/11 was a setup will doubtless see this as just another attempt to perpetuate the grand deception.
An issue raised shortly after 9/11 that has been dropped, is the problem with detaining suspects on name alone. In a world with 7 billion people,
repetition of names is to be expected. How do they know that this is the same Abdullah Nassar al-Arifi they're looking for? There is no genetic
information on file for most of these supposed terrorists, so the only identification would be their name and possibly their associates.
There is no word yet on why al-Arifi was travelling to the Phillipines. He was most likely going down there to engage in religious outreach
(legitimate or terroristic), muslims are thick in the region, and their political power is waxing. There is also the matter of recent prison riots in