The Ahmed Omar Abu Ali case has many intricacies, but what stops me short is reading this sentence by Michael Isikoff in Newsweek:
Abu Ali's Virginia-based parents—his father works as a computer analyst for the Saudi Embassy—say their son was tortured [while kept in a Saudi jail] into confessing to lies, and sued the federal government last year [to have him brought back to the United States].
Not only that, but the parents are utterly venomous on the subject of Saudi Arabia: His father, Omar, said, "The Saudi government are slaves of the Americans."His mother, Faten, stated outside a federal courtroom that her son "was tortured on orders of the USA; they are monsters."
Excuse me, but what is going on? Since when does an employee of the Saudi embassy publicly abominate the monarchy and turn to the U.S. government for redress? Is there something more here than meets the eye? (February 27, 2005)