August 2nd, 2013
02:32 PM ET

Growing chatter, rising concern and post-Benghazi caution behind threat warning and embassy closures

By Barbara Starr, Jill Dougherty and Dana Bash, with reporting from Elise Labott, Evan Perez and Gloria Borger

U.S. intelligence has been tracking a growing threat against American and Western targets from al Qaeda’s affiliate organization in Yemen for the last several weeks.

But in recent days, there has been additional intelligence about a potential attack in Yemen, as well as threats against U.S. interests in the Middle East and North Africa, leading to the Obama administration’s decision to shut down U.S. embassies and warn publicly of the threat, U.S. officials tell CNN.

Based on the intelligence, officials say, there is particular concern about the U.S. Embassy in Yemen between Saturday and Tuesday. Sunday, one of the holiest days in Islam, marks the end of Ramadan, and officials say they are concerned about attacks on that day.

The threat against the U.S. Embassy in Yemen was a primary concern, but it was ambiguous and could indicate threats against other U.S. and other Western targets in the Mideast and North Africa, another U.S. official told CNN.

The officials say the threat is linked to al Qaeda, rather than emanating directly from al Qaeda’s traditional stronghold in Pakistan.

“This is a higher-than-normal threat stream,” one official told CNN. Officials declined to say whether the information came from telephone intercepts, website postings or agents on the ground. “But it all leads us to believe something could happen in the near future,” the official said.

A senior U.S. official said there was “more than the usual chatter” about potential terror threats.

Separately a second official acknowledged there are differences within the administration about what the intelligence shows about the credibility and specificity of the threats and the potential timing of any attacks. But, as a third official said, “How often do you see so many embassies shut down? That tells you something about how serious it is.”

Vice President Joe Biden, along senior State Department officials in Washington, briefed congressional leadership and key committee chairs and ranking members about the new threat, a source who attended the meeting said. The briefing, earlier this week, was scheduled to discuss embassy security after the Benghazi attack, but included a discussion on this new concern.

This source said there was a lot of concern about increased chatter and about embassies being a potential target, though Biden did not mention in the briefing that the embassies would be closed.

Another source with knowledge of the government concerns and the meeting with the vice president said this is not something in the margins.

A U.S. law enforcement official says the threat information is "nonspecific and not corroborated," but it was important enough that U.S. national security officials issued an alert. Some of the reaction by the State Department, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies that helped issue the alert can be explained by the Benghazi attack, another official said. Before that attack, this type of information may or may not have resulted in such an alert. But certainly, in light of the Benghazi attack, the alert was issued out of "abundance of caution,” the official said.

State Department officials insist the wording of the worldwide caution issued Friday is not "boilerplate." They point to the first line, which is specific: "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." The State Department does use some of the same language in alerts and warnings, but that is for consistency's sake.

State Department officials say they are taking this threat "very seriously." They issue worldwide cautions periodically, but this one is specific and applies to a large number of embassies. One official could not remember when the last time as many embassies were ordered closed. There have been previous major warnings, and the official recalled the one for Europe in 2010.

The embassies and consulates affected will be closed to the public. One reason is to avoid having long visa lines outside, which could turn into a target for attacks. Even when the embassies are closed, however, there are personnel working inside, and they can provide emergency services such as emergency passports.

The State Department has a 24-hour operations center that monitors threats all the time.

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    This story angers me!3 Motor shells hit there targets dead on and our president thinks it was just an anger mob? motors are very inaccurate and if they do hit there targets it shows training and organization. How dare the president tells the families is was just an anger Mob. The things you would do to win a election

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  6. Ima Freeman

    So we keep dropping bombs on innocent people, detaining them indefinitely, running weapons to and through their countries arming whomever we please as long as they are "friendly" to U.S interests resulting in even more loss of life despite the fact that the people are protesting in record numbers against these very actions.

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    August 4, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      It cant happen soon enough.

      August 5, 2013 at 3:11 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Good posting, Ima. Let's all hope you're right. The political charade in Washington sorely needs to be exposed for what it is!!!

      August 5, 2013 at 11:05 am | Reply
  7. Towel Heads

    Towel Heads is what Towel Heads do.

    August 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  8. Spgfld Tom

    Not to worry, boys and girls, President Obama declared the War on Terror is over. If, by chance, there is an "incident" (we don't say "terror" at the White House) it would just be a "phony" scandal.

    August 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Reply
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    August 3, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Reply
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      August 3, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Reply
      • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

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        August 3, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
  10. Arnold

    Muslim terrorists !!

    August 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • Quinton

      Arnold, what about those rotten butchers who operate those horrific drones, hurling 500 lb. bombs on defenseless people at will in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen as well, not to mention those creeps who operate those deadly Apache helicopters? Are you trying to imply that these people are not terrorists? Of course they are!

      August 3, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Reply
      • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

        Well said, Quinton.

        August 3, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
  11. Portland tony

    By closing our Embassies, the so-called anti-western "terrorists" have already won the propaganda war. Their mantra: "our power is so great that we can shut down western presence in our home countries at will".

    August 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Reply
    • Silverado

      Let those Islamists plot killing of innocent people as their religious duty during their holy Ramadan month. Let them enjoy whatever they want to enjoy before they are put to sleep. The War on Terror is really a fight between the primitive Islamic mentality vs. modern technology like drones. Now after reading all this news about Al Qaeda Muslim plans, if drones kill some of them, nobody would sympathize with them (except Muslim themselves).

      August 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  12. Jim

    Anyone have the link to the UTube video?

    August 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  13. Silverado

    Muslim terrorists blew up 9 kids near Pakistan-Afghanistan border. It's Ramadan – Muslim's "night of power". They eat only at night to free up more time during the day to kill innocent people. It is prudent to shut down embassies in all Muslim countries while Muslims are in a frenzy during Ramadan.

    August 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • Quinton

      What about the people slaughtered like pigs in a pen by our cursed drones, Silverado? And you forgot to mention those slaughtered by our powerful Apache helicopters. Don't fall for that right-wing propaganda that only "militants" are being killed by our drones, either. This insane "war on terrorism" needs to end soon as it is benefiting only the war profiteers in Washington!

      August 3, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Reply
      • Silverado

        The War on Terror is benefiting everyone who is not a Muslim by making the world safer from the Muslim terrorists. On the other hand, a Muslim like you is upset at drones. That is quite understandable. Don't worry... The embassies will re-open with the help of drones - all it takes is a few precision, surgical strikes to take out your Muslim terrorists and a few losers who give them shelter.

        August 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  14. Quinton

    All these right-wing, anti-Snowden comments here only go to show just how much the right-wing lynch mob mentality has a grip on the way people think and what they do. Furthermore, the people who make them are only displaying their own ignorance about what's going on.

    August 3, 2013 at 10:42 am | Reply
  15. George patton

    when you want to put the landfill fire out, you identify the hot spot and pour water, similarly, these chatters are hot spot of Islamic terrorism, best thing to do it, pour missiles on them.

    August 3, 2013 at 9:24 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Please Phunnie boy, do spare us all that right-wing, anti-Islam mumbo-jumbo. We Americans have but ourselves to blame for the most part. It's idiots like George W. Bush and Barack Obama who keep dragging into all the senseless wars overseas who are causing all this bedlam now. Our aggressive foreign policies are having a boomerang effect on us all.

      August 3, 2013 at 10:33 am | Reply
      • George patton

        amigo mio, spare us all from your left-wing, right-wing conspiracy theories and focus on saving this country; if you live in America then America is your home and be loyal to the country that feeds you and your family, not the country of your origin, some muslim country I guess !!

        August 3, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
      • George patton

        Good grief Phunnie boy, you have it wrong. One can still be a good American and feel compassion toward others while not stereotyping Muslims or any other ethnic group. In the second place, one doesn't have to be politically "correct" or like war to be one, either!!! furthermore, not all of us are stupid right-wing fanatics who let this government do their thinking for them!

        August 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
  16. Clarke

    Not sure I understand some of these comments. If the Government did nothing about the threats, you would all be screaming. So they're doing something pro active and you are still screaming. I am not sure what you all want to be done, nothing or something, which is it?

    August 3, 2013 at 6:55 am | Reply
    • kate65

      They just want to scream for the sake of it. Any excuse will do.

      August 3, 2013 at 7:05 am | Reply
  17. prady

    US should stop considering Pakistan as a friend. US has killed Osama but still there are some Pakistan officials who are supporting Al-Qaeda !

    August 3, 2013 at 5:58 am | Reply
  18. mikes

    This is a false flag to rationalize spying on citizens.

    August 3, 2013 at 4:53 am | Reply
    • bob

      Exactly Mikes, the US government is not to be trusted. Just another bit of propaganda from the NSA to justify spying on all of us. Where were they for Benghazi?

      August 3, 2013 at 5:28 am | Reply
    • taxweary

      I thought the president said al-quada was done?We must focus on shutting down all movie theaters in these areas!Rodney dangerfield and Obama share the same line about getting no respect!

      August 3, 2013 at 6:18 am | Reply
    • sharis


      August 3, 2013 at 6:41 am | Reply
  19. KEVIN

    Does anyone in the Islamic world have any leaverage with these extremist al Quida groups to calm them down?

    August 3, 2013 at 2:08 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      This is an important point! Muslims and Islamics proclaim over and over that they do not condone violence, yet they do nothing proactive to stop this horrible mess! Surely the "spiritual" leaders in the mosics are aware of these "minority radicals" but reman silent and do nothing! Only they can stop this, but they do nothing. Muslims here in America are very quiet. Until they weed out the radicals, nothing will change. Doing nothing is implied consent!

      August 3, 2013 at 9:46 am | Reply
  20. Steve

    People complain when the embassy is attacked. Then when they close them to make sure the people are safe. The same people complain. They are looking for nothing or have any answers. They just want to cry and cause problems. THey stick to a name and for ego.

    August 3, 2013 at 12:38 am | Reply
    • Greg

      Troops. We have the largest military budget on the planet, are you telling me we cant use that on bullets and chalk. Deploy marines to those places with all the bullets they can carry and have them draw a circle around the embassies. If anyone crosses, shoot them. Why do we give them billions of dollars if they can't even do that?

      August 3, 2013 at 3:50 am | Reply
  21. Jack Hollis

    Nice words but they are all lies and mean nothing. Just hate. Why are you so hate filled? You are only hurting yourself. Nobody gives a damn about you or your opinions. Aren't you mature enough to understand that. You are insignificant to others although you think you are great.

    August 3, 2013 at 12:35 am | Reply
  22. Silverado

    Islamists are upset that they didn't get any Ramadan present. Drones will oblige by free home delivery.

    August 2, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Reply
    • sharis

      :- /

      August 3, 2013 at 6:44 am | Reply
  23. Darlene Buckingham

    The fear-mongering continues. When will the US find their self-respect again?

    August 2, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Reply
    • Jack Hollis

      Only after a great catastrophe will we once again pull together as Americans and forget all this partisan nonsense. CNN could help by dropping these comments sections which are nothing more than a podium for little people to spout their hate and thus feel that they are important.

      August 3, 2013 at 12:39 am | Reply
      • Jack Hollis

        Sorry folks, I didn't post that stupid comment above. Some right-wing fool who stole my screen name did. It's funny just how these right-wing fanatics can't stand to have any views displayed other than their own!

        August 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm |
    • Frank

      Every time someone from the NSA opens their mouth, more lies spill out. The embarrassment became so overwhelming that they've decided to try the old "We've just received information that the Threat Level Is Purple! We're at Purple alert!!!" in a desperate attempt to distract hundreds of millions of people from being so angry about our Fourth Amendment being curb-stomped by these cretins every minute of every day.

      August 3, 2013 at 4:10 am | Reply
  24. Jonquil

    Weren't some of you silly people, the same ones roaring when the embassy in Benghazi was hit, railing on about a cover-up? Now, they're being totally open about a threat and you're still complaining? You're just impossible to please, aren't you?

    August 2, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Reply
    • Jac

      I agree.

      Hillary Clinton stands next to the corpses of our fallen in Benghazi, spinning a 9-11 anniversary terrorist attack for the election two months away... with a boldface lie about a "spontaneous youtube video protest"

      Nothing to be irate about there!

      August 2, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Reply
    • Jack Hollis

      Who are you talking to? Or you just running your mouth, as usual

      August 3, 2013 at 12:28 am | Reply
  25. Elliott Carlin

    Here we go again-unfortunately the USA has to have a perennial enemy to keep that war machine going, and to curtail our rights here at home. Most fair minded people understand if we'd: cut CIA shenanigans around the world, fortify our borders and reduce our military machine influence (the policymakers) we could really do ourselves a ton of favors. But no, we have to rely on the 'powerful' to keep us safe.

    August 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  26. Joe

    Oh. I am so afraid. Let the NSA spy on anybody they want. It's for my own good. I am so afraid of everything, The government will make it all better.

    I am so afraid. did I do?

    August 2, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Reply
    • Janice

      Well done Joe, you sounded just like Rush Limbaugh 8 years ago. Kudos.

      August 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Reply
    • Larry L

      Your Libertarian slant on security is just the message the terror organizations want to hear. They have a friend in the U.S. willing to relax our guard and make the next attack much more successful.

      August 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Reply
      • Elliott Carlin

        Uh not really. If you understood we're involved in a lot of covert shenanigans around the world, you'd see why a lot of people hate us. I thought exactly like you at one time-until I became sincerely convinced this isn't a left right repub/dem issue. The policymaking of the past 2 administrations especially, have caused us more harm than good. We've double dealed in the Middle East for decades. If the CIA came to me w/a bag of money like they did with Hussein/Kadhafi et al, I'd run for the hills.

        August 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
      • Doublethink

        When you realize that the media is manipulated by a set of talking points you will understand.
        Syrian rebels sound so good, instead they are Al-Qaeda, they fly the flag, and they stand for sharia law. Just recently they beheaded Father Francois Murad, a catholic priest in Syria. We are arming the same people we fought for 10 years.

        Snowden is a Leaker, not a whistle blower, even though he brought to light the lack of search warrens.
        and now all we talk about is the stay is Russia, not his recent leak of Xkeyscore the spy program bigger than Prisim, that proved that they have more than metadata. but wait that would put Clapper, and Mike Rgers in contempt of congress.

        August 2, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
    • Jack Hollis

      Perfect impersonation of the average democrat wannabe .

      August 3, 2013 at 12:31 am | Reply
    • sharis

      wow lol you did good joe i was impressed

      August 3, 2013 at 6:39 am | Reply
      • sharis

        :- /

        August 3, 2013 at 6:40 am |
  27. Arnold

    Muslim terrorists!

    August 2, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Reply
    • 69charger

      This is obviously a scam to gain justification for NSA spying. If you were the government right now, what would you do?

      August 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Reply
      • Larry L

        If you were a terrorist now what whould you do? The Libertarian/anarchists care more about their conspiracy theories than about a comprehensive anti-terror capability. You can be certain they will howl the loudest (Benghazi?) when operations fail to prevent an attack.

        August 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
    • Elliott Carlin

      Larry, you are sounding like a defense industry shill. If you did a little research you'd see what is driving a lot of this "ok America, time to get scared, we've identified some threats".....ever consider how much real estate the US govt and defense industry companies have purchased/leased in and around DC since 2001? its unbelievable.

      But please, go ahead and keep your head in the sand. The Dims/RINOs need people like you.

      August 2, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  28. Jim Edge

    The NSA is certainly stepping up their 'spin' for the upcoming debate about their reading your emails in real time, and listening to your phone calls....

    August 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Reply
    • indymerican

      They seem determined to keep doing it. Probably best to just let them have at it. Hard to imagine what they may "use" (create) as justification next.

      August 2, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  29. kfromaz

    Great job by Imam Obama's administration decimating & getting Al Qaeda on the run!

    August 2, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • Larry L

      The president has been the terrorist's worst nightmare. Only a fool would see otherwise. Those of you who have learned to hate your Country have become America's worst mightmare. You have allowed racism and bigotry to make you hate our President – not any actual acts by the President himself. Faux News makes up your mind for you. Hate and bigotry are powerful and your hope for recovery is slim.

      August 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Reply
      • Suemac in WA

        Can't we just dislike the guy because he's done a poor job at heading up our nation?

        August 3, 2013 at 12:58 am |
  30. Phil Muse

    The U.S. is in a "Catch 22" situation as far as its embassies in the dangerous countries of this world are concerned. Sure, you can build an impregnable fortress of an embassy, as we have done in our Billion-dollar monstrosity in Baghdad, and you can guard them with Rambo-type contractors (read "mercenaries"). But how much business would a host nation want to do with you in a setting like that? If your security people open fire on a demonstrating mob and kill innocent civilians, you will only inflame anti-U.S. passions. The object of the terrorists is to reduce U.S. effectiveness in the region by any means possible, and the advantage is in their court.

    August 2, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  31. dwight

    So on 9/11 we had no clue that there would be any attacks from those that had attacked us before on this date and it was reported as just a "mob", but now we do and it would be coordinated. I guess next 9/11 we will have no reason to expect any attack as well and will assign it to the video. We have one obtuse Pres.

    August 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • Larry L

      Look at the President's record. He's killed terrorists like rats at the town dump. Bush accomplished virtually nothing in that area – focussing instead on starting a war in Iraq with cherry-picked intelligence data.

      August 2, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Reply
      • Elliott Carlin

        Good point Larry. We've also learned Barry has his Kill List he checks off every Tuesday. Sometimes there are American citizens on there, but due process doesn't matter, right Lare?

        August 2, 2013 at 10:23 pm |
      • Suemac in WA

        That's just poop, larry. You're what's known as a "no information voter". Not even worth the effort.

        August 3, 2013 at 1:01 am |
  32. Steve

    Oh..HOHOHO...those damn Iraqis up to no good again....
    C'mon CNN...get with the program. Ship almost sunk in Yemen...meh, long known hideout of numerous Al Qaeda members...meh....let's bag em' all (all couple dozen)in Iraq and Afghanistan....for...hmmm maybe to give Haliburton
    projects some space..y/n? Have to keep Al Qaeda alive to preserve huge DOD budgets....Constant Conflict = Good for Business.

    August 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  33. California

    IT'S THE VIDEO'S FAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • indymerican

      Curiously timed to coincide with the opening of Sharknado in theatres.

      August 2, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  34. George patton

    This is the end result of our stupid foreign policies toward the Middle East and Central Asia. Had the right-wing politicians in Washington not been so anxious to start all those obnoxious wars over there in order to take over countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and now Syria, this kind of thing wouldn't happen and American travelers wouldn't have to fear for their lives overseas!!!

    August 2, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Phunnie boy, don't be naive, what do you mean by "our stupid foreign policies toward the Middle East and Central Asia"? are you suggesting we should sale our friends Israel and India to these sava ges to win their approvals? I say blow them.

      August 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Reply
      • dwight

        It is extremly ironic that the left wing congress voted to start the wars in the Middle East and the left wing Pres. is still in this war even though he said he would get out.

        August 2, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
    • Mike

      Drone strike is the safest solution to Islamic terrorism. Instead of shutting the embassies down, double the number of drones over every Muslim country and triple the number of weapons each drone carries.

      August 2, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  35. George patton

    next time when you hear "chatter", replace replace embassy staff with plain cloth marins, waiting for them to blast their Ss off.

    August 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  36. Pat

    Snowden alerted everybody to take up arms against the US because they spy on their people.

    August 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Thank you, Pat. Spoken like a true lame brained Tea Partier with a third grade education. Do you really believe what you posted above or are you trying to be funny?

      August 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • Larry L

      Snowden was a traitor and those of you who support him know absolutely nothing about our requirement for classified intelligence operations – nor about the honor of serving as a real Soldier. Snowden had options to surface his concerns without aiding our enemies – something the sniveling coward chose to avoid. The hatred for America you've developed is likely a product of closet racism plus a steady diet of hate media conspiracy theories. Don't salute the flag anymore – you don't deserve the right.

      August 2, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  37. Oracle

    What's behind these threats? Obviously, it's a spontaneous reaction to a youtube video ...

    August 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • Liberal Nut Job

      No doubt about it. This is in response to a Youtube video that no one has ever seen about how some dude hates Islam. That should do it. I believe that is what Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton want everyone to believe right? Or is it cover up and excitement about what is really goiing on? Which is the revelations that Obama is involved in yet another scandal of using 30+ CIA members on the ground in a firefight in Libya to smuggle heavy weapons out of the country and into Syria while he himself and his family takes multi-million dollar vacations with a smile.

      Yea, I know the NSA has already tracked down this posting. So what?

      August 2, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Reply
    • Elliott Carlin

      Isn't it ironic Barry had time to call Sandra Fluke about her inability to afford birth control, Havhad Perfesser Gates about his run in w/police and numerous comments about Trayvon (he could have been my son....then later, he could have been me..) YET HE COULDN"T BE FOUND DURING THE BENGHAZI ATTACK....his secretary of state couldn't return the Ambassador's phone call.
      These people are SICK and COLD of heart.

      August 2, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Reply
      • Larry L

        Do you really believe the President should operate at the individual embassy-level? We have about 325 million people in America – should he send them all a birthday card? With a couple of hundred diplomatic missions and embassies should he handle operations of each personally? It's not like the Republicans in our government are available for anything but homeade scandals and conspiracy theories.

        Face reality... Your motivation is driven by personal racism and moronic, dishonest, distorted, Faux News sound-bites. Are you still an actual American?

        August 2, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
  38. Doctor Fear

    It works everytime...sell the fear. The citizens of the US are the most fearful nation in the world. Proof how many guns are there in America? Why? Fear! This isn't about imminent attacks. This is about getting the public onboard since the major disclosures of Snowden. NSA got caught in a bold face lie and must do something to justify spying on its own citizens. Create the fear. Sell the fear. Remember weapons of mass destruction fear? Well as everyone knows it was weapons of mass deception.

    August 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Reply
    • USMC1369

      Thank you, Doctor Fear. How right you are!

      August 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Reply
    • doublespeak

      "We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the american public believes is false." -William Casey, CIA Director

      August 2, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Reply
  39. Olaf Big

    "Growing chatter, rising concern and post-Benghazi caution behind threat warning and embassy closure", or in other words no credible actionable information. Bad publicity and totally counterproductive. Nothing like showing your imaginary enemy an exaggerated knee-jerk reaction to help imaginary enemy make a transition to a real one.

    August 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  40. jonny

    Western governments NEED TO GET OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST, i mean who really cares if they kill each other anymore they will never stop, North america has enough energy oil and gas WE DO NOT NEED THERE BLOOD OIL , CONFLICT OIL OR WHAT EVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT, i really cannot think of one thing these countrys have that we need. LET THEM ROT IN THERE HATRED OF EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE SEEMS THATS ALL THEY WANT ANYWAY. Canada is well on its way to energy independence and america should be as well, Why fight endless wars that never end and always seem to turn out bad in the end anyway.

    August 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • Ashley

      You had me until the improper use of THERE (supposed to be THEIR)....sorry, not trying to be a grammar Nazi, but if you are going to use it, use it right!

      August 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Well said, jonny. If only more Canadians felt the way you do. We already did far too much damage over there so it's high time we get out of that part of the world.

      August 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Reply
    • doublespeak

      We do need to be in the middle east, here is why.
      If we pull out, our deal with the Saudis, Iraq, Kuwait, libya, Egypt and OPEC to only sell oil in dollars, will fall through.
      If oil is sold to Europe, Russia, India and China, in their own currency's then they will have no need for the dollar as a reserve currency. We already know the dollar is weak, but the reason we can be 13+trillion in debt, printing money, and not be affected reasonably is that the rest of the world has to hold us dollars to buy oil.
      We force the rest of the world to pay the bill.
      The question is, how long can we hold on?

      August 2, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  41. Allen

    What visa lines, most of those applying for visa's do so online now and take an appointment online. So there are no lines.

    August 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Good to know, we don't need embassy staff in muslim countries; we can outsource online visa process to India, save some money too!!

      August 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • George

      While you are correct that the application is online and the appointment is booked online, you fail to remember or intentionally leave out the applicants still have to come in for a personal interview. Depending on the Embassy's location, it could mean hundreds of interviews a day, hence the lines.

      August 2, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Reply
      • Clarke

        Thank you George! A person of reason. Also, not all people computers.

        August 3, 2013 at 7:03 am |
    • Clarke

      You may not believe this, but not all people have computers. It is hard to believe, but it is really true.

      August 3, 2013 at 7:06 am | Reply
  42. 008

    Who needs Snowden or Wikileaks, we have enough anonymous sources coming out of US Intelligence sources giving the terrorists a play by play of what we know.......

    August 2, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • Doublethink

      And what they should know is that it does not matter what form of communication they partake in, the NSA is listening.
      -and the NSA has the jurisdiction to... OUTSIDE the United States and any time someone from inside goes out, or someone outside contacts someone inside.
      - You don't need secret courts to stop terrorists, their are no terrorists with connections inside the normal courts.
      - hell if you wanted to stop the Boston Bombings all the FBI would have had to do is listen to the Russians, they told the FBI and the NSA multiple times that the twins were dangerous, and that's not my words, that is a senators.

      August 2, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Reply

    The NSA is trying to scare the hell out of Americans, and, with the help of the Obama administration, is doing a terrific job.
    The truth is that if you were planning a foreign holiday, now is the safest and best time to do so: Thanks to the travel alert, return airline tickets are as cheap as they will ever get, complete with low-cost hotel rates, and security is unnecessarily over the top.
    Smart people would take advantage but most Americans are afraid of imaginary and phony terror shadows and won't do so while, unfortunately, praising the USA security apparatus designed to clobber individual rights and freedoms. Why are Americans so stupid?

    August 2, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • Olaf Big

      America does not need friends, America needs enemies.... Second world war propelled America to the superpower status. Cold war kept internal dissent in check and stifled social progress, while pumping steroids into the military industrial complex. September 11 and subsequent war on terror distracted the nation from the very real economic, technological and intellectual decline. The top brass is smart enough to understand that, but is not smart enough or honest enough to see that it's time to stop beating that horse; it's about to die.

      August 2, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • Rasalus

      YOU won't be looking so smart if something happens in that time-frame.

      August 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  44. OO7°``

    It might be a good idea to keep tabs on the whereabouts of the Tsarnaev parents.

    August 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • DZA

      As ridiculous as your comment was, it made me laugh regardless.

      August 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Reply

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