FIRST ON CNN: State Department pulls diplomats from Lahore, Pakistan, amid terror threat
August 8th, 2013
10:50 PM ET

FIRST ON CNN: State Department pulls diplomats from Lahore, Pakistan, amid terror threat

The State Department has evacuated most of its diplomats from Lahore, Pakistan in response to a terrorist threat against the U.S. consulate, senior State Department and other senior U.S. officials told CNN.

"We have picked up what we regard as a threat worthy of taking this action," one senior U.S. official told CNN.

The State Department issued an "ordered departure" for all of its diplomats in Lahore Thursday, except for a handful of emergency personnel. The diplomats were moved to Islamabad, the nation's capital, officials said.

A travel warning issued by the State Department said the department "ordered this drawdown due to specific threats concerning the U.S. Consulate in Lahore" and warned U.S. citizens against travel to Pakistan.

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  1. jonathanL

    I think we once had cruel and unusual punishments for a reason. Back in the 16th century this is how England dealt with terrorism. When they caught Guy Fawkes with his gunpowder plot (and Co.) and his Catholic plan to blow up Parliament (he never even had a chance to pull it off): This was the sentence: "They were to be "put to death halfway between heaven and earth as unworthy of both". Their genitals would be cut off and burnt before their eyes, and their bowels and hearts removed. They would then be decapitated, and the dismembered parts of their bodies displayed so that they might become "prey for the fowls of the air" (not to mention maggots etc.). Give them something to think twice about, or rather fear since that is all they seem to understand. Or should we be politically correctly incorrect until the Islamic flag is flyng over the WHite House (which is one of the top goals of the Muslim Brotherhood) and pigs are flying and demons are everywhere? Food for thought. Are we being too nice?

    September 24, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  2. George patton

    Pakistan is a trouble country and we have wasted way too much money in this country to win hearts and minds of people, and what we get in return? Threats. Just bomb them and put fear in their hearts and minds, so they never utter threats.

    August 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  3. Jrghjh jdfghj

    sensorship in full effect now

    August 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  4. Jrghjh jdfghj

    THE MOSIC IN MITT ROMNEYS OLD NAIHBORHOOD WAS CHOCK FULL OF RICH BROWN PEOPLE WITH LOTS OF CUTE LITTLE KIDS gee I wonder why WHITE PEOPLE DONT HAVE KIDS could it be your plan...you know fuc your way into power.

    August 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  5. Jrghjh jdfghj

    what's that... you have a ecconomic plan that is or is not in effect this FRIDAY IN THE SUMMER WHEN CONGRESS IS ON THEIR YAHTS oh boy a fri afternoon press conf. THAT WILL BE EFFECTIVE.

    August 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  6. PEPPY

    P.S. my stimulus package will take unemp down to 5.6%. This idiot couldn't cant find his back side with both hands

    August 9, 2013 at 11:20 am | Reply
  7. Kdsfthr Hfhjbfghj

    kerry thinks an hour and a half is a snub I thought he was rich those country club types make people wait until seasons change and change again THE RACE TO THE BOTTOM IS ALIVE AND WELL no which one of you mother-fers created it and don't blaim Harvard this time.

    August 9, 2013 at 10:53 am | Reply
  8. Kdsfthr Hfhjbfghj

    on the run so...thats why you operate outside the law...so is the internet real or imaginary today what about yesterday how about the day before that can you prove it or just shape-shift until it suits your purpose in your hunt for ect. ect. ect. ect. and so on

    August 9, 2013 at 10:47 am | Reply
  9. Jerry

    Well kerry the swift boat fraud BS isn't selling there either. Even Putin let him wait in the foyer for an hour and a half... Interesting to watch the 'obama doctrine' play out in the Middle East and, well everywhere. What a mess.

    August 9, 2013 at 10:37 am | Reply
  10. PEPPY

    DETROIT IS DEAD AND WERE ON THE RUN !!!! ANOTHER GREAT JOB BY THE INEPT ONE

    August 9, 2013 at 10:28 am | Reply
  11. George patton

    Pakistan is a trash pile created by US, so stop complaining threats by rodents.

    August 9, 2013 at 9:48 am | Reply
  12. George patton

    FIRST ON CNN: State Department pulls diplomats from Lahore, Pakistan, amid terror threat; yes but NOT THE FIRST TIME ON CNN; State Department have pulled diplomats from Lahore, Pakistan due to terror threats many times in past, what is the big deal? Pakistan is a absolutely corrupt country including army generals and politicians, out lawmakers keep feeding cheese to these rats to get dirty work done. How many time Paki army has fired a shot at drone? How many times times politicians have summoned US diplomats for violation of sovereignty of Pakistan, except recycling some protest statements !!!! These threats are not new of FIRST time.

    August 9, 2013 at 9:43 am | Reply
  13. Random

    If the purpose of a terror attack is to get people thinking about it, then perhaps they have just figured out a way to grace the front page of the news without a few of their earnest followers blowing themselves up. Effectively you are in the catch 22, if you stop it , you have no evidence of need for the american people / prism. If you fail to stop something, again what good did it do. etc. But the way you are avoiding it, and trying to capitalize on the pr value, you are enabling the terrorists to achieve their primary goal (disruption in daily life of EVERYONE) all by reaching the front page.
    If I was them, under heavy losses from drones, unable to enact day to day ops and running low on sacrificial lambs and handlers for them knowing what I do I would flood the interwebs with triggers. No matter what you lose in the eyes of the people, as you stated. I wouldnt lose people, but would get the same effect. After you figure out what they are doing , it is likely they know more then was released from filling in the blanks, it is likely a ton of viruses will be released to flood your systems. Then legit attacks will happen undercover of the flood.

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

      Like I said before Random, if the leaders of Al Qaeda were smart, they'd just sit back and do nothing, thus letting those idiots in Washington make themselves look as dumb as they are!!!

      August 9, 2013 at 8:32 am | Reply
  14. ha ha ha ha huh

    defense lawers seek access to DEA hidden intelligence evidence...no spying here nope...also: nsa searches context to and from usa texts & emails

    August 9, 2013 at 12:55 am | Reply
  15. Hfhjkfg Hdrgk

    why doesn't the state department have to follow laws

    August 9, 2013 at 12:36 am | Reply
  16. Khgfds Hitejhvx

    shuck & jive

    August 8, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  17. Khgfds Hitejhvx

    pakistan is more american than america is in many ways

    August 8, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Reply

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