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Fearing terrorism, U.S. issues global travel alert

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The United States issued a global travel alert to American citizens on Friday, warning of the potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, carried out by operatives of Al Qaeda and their associates.

A bulletin to travelers and expatriates, issued by the State Department, came less than a day after the department announced that it was closing American diplomatic missions in the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere through the weekend because of an unspecified terrorism threat.

“The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula,” read the bulletin, by the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs. “Current information suggests that Al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August.”

The bulletin did not advise against travel to any particular country, but it admonished American citizens to be particularly mindful of their surroundings, especially in tourist areas, and recommended that they register their travel plans wth the State Department.

“Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests,” the bulletin said. “U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure. Terrorists have targeted and attacked subway and rail systems, as well as aviation and maritime services.”

Representative Ed Royce, a California Republican and the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said earlier Friday that the warning was linked to a Qaeda threat focused on the Middle East and Central Asia.

Officials gave few details about what prompted the move to close an unusually large number of American missions, but said there was “credible” information that a Qaeda regional affiliate might be plotting an attack sometime in the coming days.

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  1. What I found odd about this warning was the closure of the embassy’s beginning on Sunday(not noted in this article but on news reports I heard on the radio). I thought by putting a date on such actions, wouldn’t that give impetus to these terrorist organizations to do the nasty sooner?

    I’ve become so distrustful of anything coming out of DC that I have to wonder what is the real agenda here. I know many on this board want to take everything our government does at face value, but we’ve been lied to so much I just can’t.

    I don’t know what’s behind this elevated threat level. All I know is it could be real or it could be another ruse to let us know the threat of terrorist actions is still here and we’re going to use them to keep you in a constant state of fear, panic and prejudice as long as it works. After all, doing so makes us more pliable to whatever new intrusions into our lives they want the NSA to have.

    Another thing I found odd is that this notice came at the time our government basically goes on vacation.

    I know I’m not alone in my raised eyebrow, smirking lopsided grin outlook at what’s behind these kinds of notices. It just all goes back to being lied to so much and seeing the hand of justice so unevenly applied anymore. I remember the old color coded terror alert systems during the Bush years and how it was elevated when that administration wanted to sell us on the latest executive order or action that is little by little, wittling away at our sense of freedoms. Strange times we live in.

  2. I particularly liked this comment found at the Huffington Post on a related story.

    ” MacTheCat

    Wow. When Bush needed to win an election he just trotted out a few weeks of “orange alert” warnings and used the fear to whip all the voters into line.

    Now we have the NSA spying scandal gaining real momentum–WORLD WIDE–and suddenly a global travel alert is issued.

    Coincidence?”

  3. GIANFRANCO FRONZI

    I’m Canadian , this isn’t the America we once knew and loved . God isn’t on your side anymore .

    Gianfranco Fronzi . August /5 / 2013

  4. Allow me to go conspiritorial on you. I find it odd that this elevated terror warning that began a few days back, also corresponds with the trial of this man, Nidal Hassan, the soldier who went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas. Both the trade center bombings in 1993 and 2001 also corresponded with trials of suspected terrorists.

    I never would have connected the recent terror warning and this trial, except that I’ve been hearing news items reporting on the elevated terror warning and then followed by another news item about the trial of Nidal Hassan lately, and usually only in the late evening, early morning hours only. He could get death if found guilty. He has not denied he did it. I’m surprised he’s being tried at all as it was widely thought he might be mentally unstable even before he committed the shootings. Things that make you go hhhhmmmm.

  5. “Broad U.S. terror alert mystifies experts; ‘It’s crazy pants,’ one says”

    “We just showed our hand, so now they’re obviously going to change their position on when and where” to attack, said Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst who was part of the team that hunted Osama bin Laden for years.”

    There’s something not right here. From what I’ve read and heard in summary of this elevated terror alert is, some think it was fodder to give the politicians some reasons to go home to their districts and sell the need for the NSA’s abusive tactics that Snowden revealed.

    In a different post (not this thread), I noted how deeply in the pockets many of the politicians are to the defense industries overseeing the NSA programs. These NSA programs are run by private companies, not the federal government as the name NSA might imply.

    Is the Bill of Rights up for sale? Apparently.

    Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/08/06/198681/broad-us-terror-alert-mystifies.html#.UgIuVmSlBB0#storylink=cpy

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/08/06/198681/broad-us-terror-alert-mystifies.html#.UgJBR6wTXAl

  6. This is all smoke and mirrors. The NSA and the defense industries that run it will do exactly what they’ve been doing. That’s what that multi-billion dollar facility in Utah and other locations is all about. Collecting data. Data is money and power.

    This is nothing but pandering to the masses. Nothing will change. I predict in the next 25 years, 0ver 50% of homes will have video and audio collecting devices in their homes. Of course it will be sold to them as being for the own safety. New smart TV’s already have built in cams and audio collecting devices, taxis and police cars and city buses already have cams installed in them, insurance companies are offering cheaper rates if you let them install a monitoring device. Newer cars have Onstar 2 way radio available to them (all since 2006 have the ability to have 2 way conversations except its supposedly not enabled).

    There will be no privacy except in your thoughts and even that will someday be able to be accessed with the way technology is advancing.

    Just wait till the new police force is all robots standing on corners with sensors picking up every bit of data our cell phones provides. And drones fly over cities monitoring everything.

    Everything about us will be accessed through the identity our cell phone and PC creates by collecting our everyday actions and activities.

    Have you noticed how people are addicted to their cell phones? People thought they’d be chipped like dogs and cats, but its the cell phone type equipment that will be the chip. Why go to the expense and trouble of implanting a chip when people will willingly carry a cell phone/Ipad, et al everywhere they go that has just about everything related to their existence in it.

    Data collection isn’t going away. The corporations want to know everything about us so they can herd us like sheep.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/09/obama-surveillance-reform_n_3733090.html

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