August 1st, 2013
07:16 PM ET

Security worries trigger embassy closings

The State Department will close a number of U.S. embassies and consulates on Sunday due to "more than the usual chatter" about a potential terrorist threat.

A senior U.S. official said that although the threat does not have a great deal of specificity about time and location, it is being taken "very seriously."

U.S. "interests" including military installations could also see additional security and protection measures. The official, and a second official as well, noted that tensions are rising with the approach of both the holy days at the end of Ramadan and the first anniversary of the September 11 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Several hundred Marines in Spain, Italy and in the Red Sea could provide additional security for U.S. embassies in southern Europe, North Africa or the Middle East if requested by the State Department.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf revealed the closings but gave no details as to the locations of the affected embassies or the nature of the threat.

"The Department of State has instructed certain U.S. embassies and consulates to remain closed or to suspend operations on Sunday, August 4. The department has been apprised of information that out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting our installation, that indicates we should institute these precautionary steps. The department, when conditions warrant, takes steps like this to balance our continued operations with security and safety," Harf said.

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  1. NYC Fitness Event

    This administration does not need another Benghazi!

    February 11, 2014 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  2. George patton

    no need to close embassies, consulates after announcing publicly; close all offices in muslim countries randomly, absolutely unannounced; let people or terrorists fly, drive or come on donkey carts and find the offices are closed.

    August 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      You seem to forget Phunnie boy, that we brought this on ourselves with our own greed and lust for gold and mineral wealth. By starting all these obscene wars over there in order to gain control of these resources, we only amplified the resentment the Muslims harbor toward us and that won't change any time soon!

      August 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  3. ras666

    Making up stories to justify NSA spying.

    August 2, 2013 at 11:11 am | Reply
    • saywhat

      Well folks there is a failed 'War on Terror' going on and we are well into its 11th year with no end in sight. So we need such threats to continue.

      August 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  4. abmri60

    Wasn't it predicted that WW lll would start in the Middle East ???

    August 2, 2013 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • saywhat

      With Syria and Iran being eyed as the next theatre in our prennial wars strategy, this can be 'safely' assumed.
      We Americans have been funding wars for 11 years with our tax dollars and borrowing upto our necks and sacrificing our soldiers, a couple more wars wouldn't bother us.

      August 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  5. The GOP Solution

    Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military. Oh yes........don't forget........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!!!!!

    August 2, 2013 at 9:57 am | Reply
    • David

      That's not the GOP solution.... "Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, and Gay people into slaves".....Obamacare is and will accomplish all this. So, thank the worst president in history (and after Carter, that is really saying a mouthful)!

      August 2, 2013 at 10:16 am | Reply
      • Dejarius Buckshank

        You do have a mouthful of GOP spew.

        August 2, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • saywhat

      The War Party , its in fact not just GOP but the whole mind set polluting our political & social strata, would be our undoing yet.
      The likes of Graham & McCain and their ilk , the neocon dominated majority in Congress is part of this country's problems and where we stand today.

      August 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  6. Towel Heads

    Towel Heads is what Towel Heads do.

    August 2, 2013 at 9:54 am | Reply
  7. Blue Dog

    We already took out funds from embassy security. Why are we taking precautions. Let these things happen so that we can play the blame game. – GOP

    August 2, 2013 at 9:53 am | Reply
  8. AJW3

    I just love all the comments on this site that are saying that this is a scare tactic and a diversion. Probably the same people that were drumming up a conspiracy for the lack of protection in Benghazi.

    August 2, 2013 at 9:19 am | Reply
  9. Jeb

    Since Republicans cut the funding for embassy security by $559 million in the last two years, it's better to close them than to keep them open and risk attack.

    August 2, 2013 at 9:17 am | Reply
    • James PDX

      Whoah, whoah, whoah, Republicans cut funding? I wonder if that had anything to do with the Benghazi mess. Actually, I don't. I was just being facetious.

      August 2, 2013 at 9:19 am | Reply
  10. joeinalabama

    I'm sure it was a youtube video that caused the problem, maybe B0 should apologize again.

    August 2, 2013 at 9:17 am | Reply
  11. ttown999

    The US is not a country...it's a business.

    August 2, 2013 at 9:13 am | Reply
    • us_1776

      More apt would be an "organized crime syndicate".

      .

      August 2, 2013 at 9:15 am | Reply
      • ttown999

        touche...

        August 2, 2013 at 9:16 am |
      • Quinton

        Well put, us_1776. The reason for that is the way people vote in these so-called elections. They keep on voting in the people who are on the payroll of the all powerful M.I.C. in Washington D.C. and that's why we're constantly at war!

        August 3, 2013 at 10:46 am |
  12. us_1776

    Ah yes.

    Let's trot out the CIA "al-Qaeda" boogyman again.

    Become very afraid all you wimpy Americans.

    Now watch as some "alphabet soup" agency comes in to save the day.

    .

    August 2, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • James PDX

      Are you claiming that al-quaeda doesn't exist or that they're really just a bunch of misunderstood nice guys?

      August 2, 2013 at 9:17 am | Reply
  13. Jonjo

    Wait a minute I read somewhere that some of the rebel fighters in Syria are al-Queida, and we are giving them guns to fight. Now we have al-Queida threats, please stop, stop the hypocrisy already.

    August 2, 2013 at 9:10 am | Reply
    • Jeb

      You read something somewhere? Well done!

      August 2, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
  14. Neostalinist Police State

    If the victims of 9/11 could still talk to us, they'd tell us to DEMAND that our government treat us all as if we're enemies and shoot anyone who questions it in the face with beanbag projectiles. Anyone who questions the NSA is a traitor and is in league with al-Queda.

    August 2, 2013 at 9:07 am | Reply
    • M.A.P.

      I'm sure if the victims of 9/11 could speak they would offer a wide range of opinions on the issue. Don't assume being a victiom of a terrorist attack automatically makes you a raging angry right winged republican fool.

      August 3, 2013 at 8:28 am | Reply
  15. Neocommunist Police State

    If you don't support governing regime in Washington treating 300+ million American citizens as if they're all enemies, by spying on them Stasi-style and conducting illegal searches in their homes, then you're worse then bin Laden.

    August 2, 2013 at 9:05 am | Reply
    • James PDX

      We already know about your midget p*rn collection. Get over it.

      August 2, 2013 at 9:06 am | Reply
      • Jeb

        Zing!

        August 2, 2013 at 9:12 am |
  16. BKMart

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that within the next few days will come the stories about how NSA's Spy On America program has saved the day and protected all our embassies from the Muslim hordes.

    August 2, 2013 at 8:59 am | Reply
    • Wow

      quick...double the TSA so we can all be safe!...errr...or...at least wake them up.

      August 2, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply
    • CIA

      Yes...there could be a correlation. I wouldn't put it past them.

      August 2, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply
    • James PDX

      Are you implying that their programs and work are having no impact on this or any other terrorist situation?

      August 2, 2013 at 9:05 am | Reply
  17. CIA

    This must be some sort of controlled "leak" or America's way of saying...."we are listening to the bad guys on a daily basis".

    August 2, 2013 at 8:58 am | Reply
  18. wetoldyouso

    obama really is the worst president ever.

    August 2, 2013 at 8:56 am | Reply
    • James PDX

      I didn't vote for him, but he's far from the worst president ever. There's just way more hate, divisiveness and ultra partisanship during his administration, thanks in large part to the GOP.

      August 2, 2013 at 9:08 am | Reply
      • David

        Yeah, the GOP caused the problems.... You know you are an idiot, Right?

        August 2, 2013 at 9:19 am |
      • emskadittle

        so you rebut his argument about your level of hate by calling him and idiot? well done

        August 2, 2013 at 11:21 am |
      • David

        An idiot is an idiot. Hate has nothing to do with it, just making an obvious point.

        August 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
  19. jim

    With Putin giving Obama the finger, our enemies smell blood in the water.

    August 2, 2013 at 8:55 am | Reply
  20. Bill in VA

    It is a shame the State Dept. wasn't paying attention before Benghazi. Not only were they not paying attention, they were ignoring warnings from their own people about security issues. 4 people might be alive today. But hey! At this point, what difference does it make?

    August 2, 2013 at 8:45 am | Reply
    • Mike

      Give it a rest.

      August 2, 2013 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • Princepoliblog

      You know what's a real shame is when the Bush admin didn't pay attention to the memo "Terrorists determined to strike within the US" before Sept 11th.

      August 2, 2013 at 9:02 am | Reply
    • Wow

      and how many toddlers are accidently shot every day...seems you really dont care after all.

      August 2, 2013 at 9:02 am | Reply
    • Ned

      Totally agree. Why should we care? After all that happened months ago. Let's focus instead on their post-election willingness to acknowledge terrorism, which no longer conflicts with their campaign talking points. So now our citizens' lives can be a priority, at least long enough to convince everyone we care at least a little bit.

      August 2, 2013 at 9:06 am | Reply
    • M.A.P.

      Oh Bill, get over yourself. 4 people died from a terrorist attack in Libya, it was tragic but ultimately people who work at US embassies in countries like that accept that there is a considerable risk. Obama is not God and cannot control every human being on the planet you moron. Stop using the deaths as a political football and try watching something other than fox news.

      August 3, 2013 at 8:33 am | Reply
  21. tv22

    Someone must be releasing a video or something.

    August 2, 2013 at 8:38 am | Reply
  22. Susan

    /is this the obama administrations attempt to show they learned something from Benghazi?

    August 2, 2013 at 8:32 am | Reply
  23. chenson

    There is something wrong with this set of comments....no libs no leftists. Just common sense posts in agreement that obama's regime is aweful. Fishy.

    August 2, 2013 at 8:06 am | Reply
    • chenson

      No mediation on my comment either. Went straight to post.

      August 2, 2013 at 8:10 am | Reply
      • Bengonzio

        It's because the NSA is involved. We're being watched.

        August 2, 2013 at 8:48 am |
      • Johnny

        lol. read your comment one more time and read a dictionary.

        August 2, 2013 at 9:00 am |
    • oneslydragon

      Common sense comments? Not left/right? Really?

      August 2, 2013 at 8:31 am | Reply
    • CIA

      Perhaps you view the world through rosé colored glasses.

      August 2, 2013 at 9:02 am | Reply
    • RF

      No libs or Leftists? That's right we are not making snarky comments disrespectful of the President of the United States and are respecting our service personnel who are in the danger zone like you conservative right wing nut jobs!

      August 2, 2013 at 9:13 am | Reply
  24. Dean Borchert

    They can start by giving the Marine Embassy guards ammunition for their weapons.

    They are denied ammo by the ambassadorial staff to prevent an "incident", like shooting a local.

    This government is so screwed, I am sick of it. A sweeping change is mandated and now is the time, before we lose all our rights and freedoms.

    August 2, 2013 at 8:01 am | Reply
    • CIA

      Ted Nugent has lots of overpriced ammo for sale.

      August 2, 2013 at 9:06 am | Reply
    • DC1973

      They are denied ammunition if the host country doesn't want them to have it.

      How would you feel about a bunch of armed foreign nationals standing around in New York City? I'm guessing you wouldn't like that very much.

      August 2, 2013 at 9:07 am | Reply
  25. Terik Ororke

    Wag the Dog - get the heat off all those investigations into what you are or have really done.

    August 2, 2013 at 7:46 am | Reply
  26. Beavis

    Hah

    August 2, 2013 at 7:28 am | Reply
  27. FubarObama

    Where was the President during the Benghazi attack

    August 2, 2013 at 7:26 am | Reply
    • volsocal

      He was in Las Vegas with his boys.

      August 2, 2013 at 7:39 am | Reply
    • Jenna

      That is what I want to know!!! It is almost a year later and this administration has done nothing about the attack!

      August 2, 2013 at 7:57 am | Reply
    • Princepoliblog

      Where was Bush before 9/11? Oh yeah, Ignoring the memo about the impending attack.

      August 2, 2013 at 9:03 am | Reply
      • Actually

        Actually. He was Planning it.

        August 2, 2013 at 9:52 am |
  28. dannelson1959

    I wonder if these security worries were found out by our intelligence efforts of compiling phone and computer records?

    August 2, 2013 at 7:24 am | Reply
    • James PDX

      Since they mention chatter, at least one of the recently "revealed" programs certainly played a part. Too many people want to take the government's tools away and leave them blind and deaf. Those people will be the 1st ones to blame the government when they are unable to stop an attack on us.

      August 2, 2013 at 9:12 am | Reply
      • DC1973

        Too many people are willing to accept a tangible and demonstrable erosion of their liberty in exchange for the illusion of safety.

        August 2, 2013 at 9:19 am |
  29. allen

    Too bad they didn`t do the same for bengazi they just left them to die the obama and clinton are murders.

    August 2, 2013 at 3:49 am | Reply
    • Princepoliblog

      You do remember the memo to Rice? When Bush was clearing brush on vacation? You know, a small attack inside our boarders that killed thousands of Americans?

      August 2, 2013 at 9:27 am | Reply
    • M.A.P.

      With that logic, George Bush left all the citizens in the 9/11 attacks for dead and is also a mass murderer. Do you agree with that? George Bush is personally responsable for every death on Sptember 11, 2001. True?

      August 3, 2013 at 8:37 am | Reply
  30. Rob

    Wow did someone just release another youtube video?

    August 2, 2013 at 2:54 am | Reply
  31. ronjayaz

    They're probably coming to blow up his boat.

    August 2, 2013 at 2:41 am | Reply
  32. BO

    Get Kerry off his yact and working on this.

    August 2, 2013 at 2:04 am | Reply
  33. Animal

    Guess that Obama is all out of people in the embassies he wants to kill.

    August 2, 2013 at 12:58 am | Reply
    • Commojoe

      Or maybe the Bozobama got enough sleep while the people in Benghazi were being murdered.

      August 2, 2013 at 4:21 am | Reply
      • Princepoliblog

        And Bush was on vacation clearing brush when the memo preceeding Sept 11th was issued. So his "murders" of Americans top Benghazi by 1000%, yes, that is one thousand percent more americans killed.

        August 2, 2013 at 9:19 am |
      • M.A.P.

        Remeber 9/11? Were you even born then? Since when did people start blaming the US leaders for terrorist attacks in foreign countries, carried out by forreign nationals? God, you people are f-ing stupid.

        August 3, 2013 at 8:39 am |
  34. ida troll now

    ida troll now

    August 1, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  35. ill

    ooooh.. is that why conservative freaks make big deal about benghazi? sept 11th? lol

    August 1, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Reply
    • Je Parle AMERICAN

      Name-calling doesn't help anybody.

      August 2, 2013 at 12:12 am | Reply
      • James PDX

        I notice you forgot to tell this to all of the right wing posters. Did you just assume they were too childish to be worth suggesting reason to?

        August 2, 2013 at 9:14 am |
  36. jamie

    How can you believe anything that comes out of the mouth of anybody working in upper government? Fool us once shame on you fool us twice shame on us.

    August 1, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Reply
    • fireit up

      Yeah. now all of a sudden they are taking "precautions" Too bad it took the lives of 4 before they woke up.

      August 1, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Reply
      • James PDX

        Do some research on how many similar attacks and deaths occurred during Bush's watch. There's nothing quite so sad as an uninformed person talking like they know what's going on.

        August 2, 2013 at 9:15 am |
      • M.A.P.

        Just like when new "precautions" came into effect after 9/11. Duh! How dumb are the conservatives on this blog, really? Are all conservatives mentally handicapped or what!?

        August 3, 2013 at 8:40 am |
  37. boungiorno

    just another event of lies being tossed around every one check their iq meters.

    August 1, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  38. davecu

    I'm guessing Secretary of State Clinton didn't accomplish too much during her tenure.

    August 1, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Reply
    • fireit up

      Hey she got many miles and hours away from Bill. That might be worth something.

      August 2, 2013 at 12:00 am | Reply
  39. TeddyG

    The principal reason for many of those embassies is – or was – to facilitate espionage. Now that we're doing via internet and have given up on human on the ground intelligence, we can probably close a bunch of them.

    August 1, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  40. Thresh

    KInda crazy. See a hub for the best national security commentary here:

    http://thethresh.com/

    August 1, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  41. Shorty

    Close every mosque in the free world on that same day!

    August 1, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Reply
    • ArmyRet71403

      Since Saturday is their holy day, I suspect most will be.

      August 1, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Reply
      • Princepoliblog

        Tip of my hat. Well played.

        August 2, 2013 at 9:15 am |
    • DC1973

      Not very "free" if we run around forcing people to close their own religious centers in their own countries, now, is it?

      August 2, 2013 at 9:05 am | Reply
  42. Phliex. Unger

    Can't some one just deal with it, and not try and get a nation upset and looking for ghosts. America the petrified, what idiot doesn't have faith in the ability of the US to take care of its nation. This guy sounds real paranoid, The country is doing everything it can and at the end of the day probably even stuff it shouldn't. Thems the breaks,Chicken little America isn't. Remind this idiot of that someone. That's All Folks,

    August 1, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Reply
    • Redd Fox

      Would u TOOLS stop saying that WORN OUT CLICHE...AT the END of the DAY???

      August 2, 2013 at 6:55 am | Reply
      • Princepoliblog

        Ooooh All caps from a Repub, that's original.

        August 2, 2013 at 9:14 am |
    • Redd Fox

      Not only is this country sick of this Obozo government, but it has become insane watching it take the COUNTRY NOWHERE!!!

      August 2, 2013 at 6:59 am | Reply
      • DC1973

        Speak for yourself, please.

        August 2, 2013 at 9:22 am |
      • M.A.P.

        Why did Obama win the election last year? OH YEAH, HE GOT THE F-ING VOTES. Sore loser much?

        August 3, 2013 at 8:41 am |
  43. Chuck

    Looks like a very dangerous time to work for the government

    August 1, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  44. AwareBeforeYou

    US corporations should pay all of the costs for many Embassies in the crazy zones of the world. The average American doesn't care if they exist.

    August 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Reply
    • Texas

      Yep those embassies are mainly to benefit multi-national US businesses. Most of us don't need them.

      August 1, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  45. DB

    Why not just pre deploy about a hundred Marines to each of the questionable embassies, consulates, and offices in the Middle East and Pakistan with orders to shoot to kill anyone or any group that attacks the soil that our flag flies over. Is our Executive Branch so stupid or aligned with the enemy that they would actually consider less?

    August 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Reply
    • liamnc

      They do, its called Marine FAST company (Fleet Anti Terrorist Security Team).

      August 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Reply
      • Larry

        Yes we all seen how that worked out last time someone attacked one LOL

        August 1, 2013 at 10:50 pm |
      • DUC749

        FAST Company is a reaction force that can take up to a day to get to the targeted area depending on location. They are not MSG (embassy guards). You should know that Devil Dog....

        August 2, 2013 at 7:53 am |
    • schaefman

      the answer to your 2nd question is yes.

      August 1, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  46. david

    close them and don't reopen them again! this part of the world is a lost cause! let these stone aged people in these stone aged countries following a faith that needs violence to keep going keep killing each other!!

    August 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Reply
    • Phelix Unger

      Well if your going to close that embassy then would it not make sense, seeing as their no use to you anymore bomb them back into the stone age. Make the place more like home. Nothing personal just good business sense. But I only do that if I were playing a game. Look at risk, great game eh! Okay let the fireworks begin.

      August 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Reply
    • fireit up

      Yeah and let the yahoos that we tried to bring into our century harken back to whatever century they are living in.

      August 2, 2013 at 12:08 am | Reply
    • Je Parle AMERICAN

      your ignorance is hurting our country

      August 2, 2013 at 12:15 am | Reply
      • Phelix Unger

        The correct response was your ignorance is hurting my head. To which county do you refer? Which business do your refer to, we'll call Ameica Walmart ot Microsoft, or maybe Enron. We'll call Canada, Tim Hortons, Lablaws, Canadian Tire. As likely as both countries have politicians, both countries have business that control those same politicians. Not the people, that's just a facade.

        August 2, 2013 at 1:34 am |
  47. alan

    There are several hundred Marines in Spain, Italy and in the Red Sea that could assist in providing additional security for US embassies in Southern Europe, North Africa or the Middle East if requested by the State Department.

    They cannot get there in time.

    hey, mohammed,
    Yes mohammed.
    they are on to us.
    yes mohammed.
    we will do it monday,then?
    yes.mohammed,

    August 1, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  48. 1bogey

    They win.

    August 1, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Reply
    • Phelix Unger

      Your Right!

      August 1, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • Dennis

      The lost!

      August 1, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Reply
    • Dennis

      They lost!

      August 1, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  49. smdahl

    Last time they got scared it was because State & CIA were smuggling weapons out of Benghazi to al qaeda in Syria. Did they get caught again?

    August 1, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  50. George patton

    a step in right direction, please close all embassies, consulates, offices from Middle East and Pakistan..

    August 1, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Reply

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