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  • US Embassy in Venezuela Halts New Visas

    03/24/2014 4:13:51 PM PDT · by mgist · 5 replies
    US Embassy in Venezuela Halts New Visas US Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela Notification March 23, 2014 We regret that as a result of the expulsion of several consular officials and Venezuelan government delays in issuing visas for incoming officers, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas does not have sufficient consular staff at present to continue to schedule appointments for first-time tourist (B-1/B-2) visa applicants. Until further notice, we are able to offer such appointments only in emergency situations. If you already have an appointment, please appear at the appointed date and time, because it is unlikely under current staffing conditions that...
  • Mali National Arraigned in 2000 Killing of American Diplomat in Niger

    03/14/2014 1:57:48 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | March 13, 2014 | By Adam Goldman
    "Mali national arraigned in 2000 killing of American diplomat in Niger" 

  • Israel arrests Al-Qaida recruits trying to bomb U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv

    01/22/2014 12:21:28 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 35 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 22.01.14 | Amos Harel
    Shin Bet officials announced on Wednesday that they have arrested three Palestinians, two of them East Jerusalem residents with Israeli identification cards, for alleged involvement in an Al-Qaida plan to carry out terror attacks in Israel. The group had planned two simultaneous suicide attacks, the Shin Bet said, one at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem and the other at the United States embassy in Tel Aviv. The three men were arrested on December 25, a gag order on the case lifted Wednesday revealed. A high-ranking Shin Bet official told reporters in Tel Aviv that a member of one of...
  • Israel busts 'global jihad' terror cell planning attacks, including against US Embassy

    01/22/2014 12:53:16 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | January 22, 2014 | By David Barnett
    Israeli authorities today announced the arrest of three global jihadists who were allegedly preparing to carry out terror attacks after being recruited by an al-Qaeda-linked operative in the Gaza Strip. The three terrorists were identified as Iyad Mahmoud Khalil Abu Sara, Rubin Abu Nagma, and Ala Yasin Mohammed Anam. The arrested Palestinians from the West Bank and Jerusalem area were recruited online and planned to carry out kidnappings and bombings at the International Convention Centre in Jerusalem as well as the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, among other attacks. Israeli authorities kept their counterparts in the "US and elsewhere" updated...
  • Israel foils Al Qaeda plot on US embassy, internal security agency says

    01/22/2014 8:38:35 AM PST · by don-o · 13 replies
    AP - via Fox News ^ | January 22, 2014
    JERUSALEM – Israel's internal security agency says it has foiled an Al Qaeda plan to attack the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and hit other targets in the country.
  • NYT report: No al Qaeda link to Benghazi attack [video was a factor]

    12/29/2013 1:22:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 28, 2013 | Peter Sullivan
    A New York Times investigation of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, concluded that al Qaeda did not play a role, but an anti-Muslim video was a factor. Based on interviews with witnesses, the report found that local militia leader Ahmed Abu Khattala was the central figure behind attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and four other Americans. It said the attack was pre-planned, but grew as people angry about the anti-Muslim video, “Innocence of Muslims” poured in spontaneously. The newspaper notes that not only is there no evidence of a link to al Qaeda,...
  • With the failures of Obama, it is time to find a military conflict

    12/23/2013 6:32:57 PM PST · by Trueblackman · 30 replies
    Vanity | December 23, 2013 | Trueblackman
    As most Americans are planning for this week's Christmas Celebration, it seems the Obama Administration has found itself a nice little military conflict to get us involved in with the possible hope of deflecting from the failures that is Obamacare. CBS Evening News tonight reported that more than 120 U.S. troops station in Spain are heading for the African Nation of Djibouti to help with the possible evacuation of U.S. Embassy Personnel from the nation of Southern Sudan, which has been in the grips of a civil war for months now. Last week 4 U.S. Military Personnel were wounded as...
  • ‘US spied on Barak’s home from apartment across the street’

    12/22/2013 10:07:37 AM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 22, 2013, 11:41 am | Gavriel Fiske
    This is ‘very grave if true,’ says senior MK, calling it ‘classic espionage’ that Israel would not carry out against the US US intelligence not only spied on then-defense minister Ehud Barak’s offices during 2008-2009, but also maintained an apartment opposite Barak’s primary residence for that purpose, according to a report on Sunday, which came amid new revelations of the extent of US and British intelligence activity against Israel and other allies. In 2007, Israeli intelligence noted that the US government had rented an apartment across the street from Barak’s high-rise apartment in Tel Aviv, and observed “sizable amounts of...
  • US embassy in London unveils huge tapestry of Obama, gushes over his 'warm smile'

    12/16/2013 7:38:44 AM PST · by Gritty · 73 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 12/16/2013 | Twitchy Staff
    The newly installed tapestry of President Obama casts a warm smile over guests at an event @USAinUK last night.
  • Liberated US Tourist, Held Captive in North Korea, Declines Ride Home With Joe Biden

    12/07/2013 5:43:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 7, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Can you blame him? 13 hours on a plane with Joe Biden is not exactly a dream getaway. 85 year-old Merrill Newman, a war veteran, declined a ride home on Air Force Two with Joe Biden. Newman was deported after being detained over his role in special forces operations in the Korean War six decades ago. (Daily Mail) The Daily Mail reported: An 85-year-old U.S. tourist detained in North Korea for six weeks for alleged ‘war crimes’ has landed back in San Francisco after catching a flight from Beijing. North Korean state media said Saturday that Merrill Newman, a war...
  • Ambassador Kennedy Chides China's Move to Create Air Zone

    11/28/2013 1:21:53 PM PST · by bkopto · 32 replies
    WPRO 630 News (ABC) ^ | Nov 28, 2013 | Staff
    The new U.S. ambassador to Japan has weighed in on escalating tensions between China and Japan over the East China Sea. On Wednesday, Caroline Kennedy criticized China's recent move to create its own Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), which requires that all aircraft notify Chinese authorities before entering the airspace. "Unilateral actions like those taken by China with their announcement of an East China Sea Air-to-Sea Identification Zone undermines security and constitutes an attempt to change the status quo in the East China Sea. This only serves to increase tension in the region," the ambassador said. The new ADIZ includes...
  • US Shuts Down Vatican Embassy After Striking Deal with Iran

    11/27/2013 8:44:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 129 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    What would you do next if you had successfully brokered a “Neville Chamberlin” style deal with a rogue state that wants to annihilate America and her Middle East allies? Well. . . You’d downgrade diplomatic ties with the Vatican, of course. At least, that’s what you would do if you were working in the Obama White House. The White House has recently announced that they will shut down the US Embassy to the Holy See, and relocate it to a “safer” location on the grounds of the American Embassy in Italy. Officially, the US is explaining the relocation effort as...
  • US Envoy Caroline Kennedy Meets Japan's Emperor

    11/19/2013 4:44:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 19, 2013
    US Envoy Caroline Kennedy Meets Japan's Emperor TOKYO November 19, 2013 New U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy traveled by horse-drawn carriage into the Imperial Palace to present her credentials to Japan's emperor on Tuesday, giving the public a rare look at a diplomatic tradition. Thousands of onlookers lined the avenues near the moat-ringed palace to snap pictures and wave as Kennedy, the 55-year-old daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy, waved back from inside the carriage.
  • Tina Turner formally ‘relinquishes’ U.S. citizenship

    11/12/2013 6:14:51 PM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/12/2013 | Al Kamen
    <p>This item just in via an “activity report” from the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, headlined “Soul Legend Relinquishes U.S. Citizenship.”</p> <p>“Long-time Swiss resident Tina Turner” was in the embassy Oct. 24 to sign her “Statement of Voluntary Relinquishment of U.S. Citizenship under Section 349 (a)(1) of the INA” — the Immigration and Naturalization Act.</p>
  • American flags burned as 10,000 Iranians protest on US Embassy siege anniversary

    11/05/2013 10:48:14 AM PST · by Dave346 · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/4/13 | Ali Arouzi and Alexander Smith
    TEHRAN -- At least 10,000 Iranians protested outside the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran Monday, burning American flags and effigies of Barack Obama on the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the building. Annual demonstrations take place at the site, marking the date on which activists stormed the embassy 34 years ago and took 52 staff hostage for 444 days -- an act that severed diplomatic ties with the U.S. for more than three decades. But this year’s demonstration was larger than usual, fueled by anger among Iranians at President Hassan Rouhani's recent moves to reopen dialogue with the West....
  • Shutdown undermines embassy protection, U.S. officials say

    10/03/2013 10:53:01 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | October 03, 2013 | Joby Warrick
    The federal shutdown has disrupted a training program for diplomatic security officers that was ramped up after last year’s attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, U.S. officials confirmed Thursday. The prolonged closing of a key training facility could mean significant delays in efforts to beef up protection for U.S. diplomats abroad, enhancements that were ordered after an independent review board criticized the State Department for its handling of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack, officials said. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, a facility operated by the Department of Homeland Security in Glynco, Ga., was shuttered Tuesday due...
  • Terrorist planned attack on U.S. nuclear warhead stockpile

    11/16/2002 9:57:21 PM PST · by Destro · 9 replies · 304+ views
    The Sun-Herald ^ | November 17 2002 | Philip Delves Broughton
    Terrorist planned attack on nuclear warhead stockpile By Philip Delves Broughton November 17 2002 The Sun-Herald An Al Qaeda terrorist has confessed that he planned to drive a giant explosive device into a United States air force bunker in Belgium believed to contain nuclear warheads. News of the plot came as the US warned that a broadcast thought to contain the words of Osama bin Laden foreshadowed a likely attack. The FBI said national landmarks and the aviation, oil and nuclear industries were all possible targets. In an interview with a Belgian radio station, Tunisian Nizar Trabelsi, 31, a former...
  • Venezuelan man who shot two US defence attaches at a strip club jailed

    09/02/2013 11:04:11 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 08/31/2013 | Reuters
    A Venezuelan man has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for shooting and wounding two US military attaches at a strip club in the capital. Carlos Mejias, 32, admitted he shot the US Embassy employees in the early hours of May 28, the attorney general's office said. It said Mejias got into an argument with them at the Antonella 2012 club, better known as "Angelus," in the city's upscale Chacao district. "Later he pulled out a gun and repeatedly fired at the Americans, leaving them wounded at the location," it said in a statement. Five days later, Mejias...
  • Fatal Blast Near U.S. Embassy in Turkey [Media not curious if Obama or Hillary were warned]

    02/01/2013 7:07:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Time ^ | 2/1/13 | Alex Rogers
    ... a suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in Ankara, Turkey right outside the U.S. embassy, killing himself and an embassy guard. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the attack happened at 1:13 p.m. local time, and that they were “working closely with the Turkish national police to make a full assessment of the damage and the casualties, and to begin an investigation.”
  • Copts in Egypt being turned away at our embassy.... ~ Vanity

    08/28/2013 3:01:31 PM PDT · by GraceG · 15 replies
    Just heard on the blaze on Glenn Beck's TV show from a Coptic Priest who keeps in contact with the Coptic Pope in Egypt, the US embassies are turning away Copts. Sounds a hell of a LOT like when FDR was turning away Jewish refugees from Europe.
  • Former Amb.: 'Every Chance We'll Lose Aircraft' If U.S. Sends Planes Over Syria

    08/28/2013 12:21:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    CNSnews.com ^ | 8/28/13 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Ryan Crocker, who was a career diplomat with long experience in the Middle East, and who served as the U.S. ambassador to Syria from 1998 to 2001, says “there’s every chance we’ll lose aircraft” if U.S. planes enter Syrian airspace. During an August 23 National Public Radio (NPR) interview Crocker was asked about possible U.S. military action against Syria. “I was in Lebanon when the Israelis invaded in June of 1982, and the entire Syrian air force was basically just destroyed in a matter of hours because of inadequate air defenses,” said Crocker. “The Syrians learned from that...
  • US withdraws staff from consulate in Lahore, Pakistan,over terror threat

    08/09/2013 4:13:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    The State Department has evacuated non-emergency U.S. government personnel from the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and has warned Americans to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan due to 'specific threats' to that mission, a U.S. official said. In the travel warning issued Thursday night, the State Department advised Americans to defer all nonessential travel to Pakistan. “The presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups poses a potential danger to U.S. citizens throughout Pakistan,” the statement read. “The Government of Pakistan maintains heightened security measures, particularly in the major cities. Threat reporting indicates terrorist groups continue to seek opportunities...
  • Al-Qaida Plot Distraction Is Too Well-Timed For Obama

    08/06/2013 4:04:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Investor´s Business Daily ^ | 8/6/13 | Editorial
    War On Terror: The way the White House has hyped a supposedly imminent al-Qaida plot, only one thing has to happen for President Obama to come off as a hero: nothing. It smells fishy. It´s not at the level of Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman cinematically fabricating a war with Albania to get the public´s mind off a presidential sex scandal, as in David Mamet´s 1997 black comedy "Wag the Dog," but the indefinite shutdown of 20 U.S. embassies in the Mideast and Africa after the announcement of a for-sure, impending terrorist mega-attack looks suspiciously gift-wrapped and well-timed
  • .U.S. Department of State - Daily Briefing: Aug.06.2013

    08/07/2013 8:24:21 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/6/13 | Milisource
    Watch the video beginning at 11:20 - she can't bring herself to say, "evacuation" since it isn't in her written talking points. The term is "ordered departure" or "reduction in staffing" [mentioned beginning at 4:45] instead.
  • Al Qaeda Conference Call Intercepted by U.S. Officials Sparked Alerts

    08/07/2013 5:54:15 AM PDT · by don-o · 66 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 7, 2013 | Eli Lake and Josh Rogin
    t wasn’t just any terrorist message that triggered U.S. terror alerts and embassy closures—but a conference call of more than 20 far-flung al Qaeda operatives, Eli Lake and Josh Rogin report. The crucial intercept that prompted the U.S. government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al Qaeda’s senior leaders and representatives of several of the group’s affiliates throughout the region. snip Several news outlets reported Monday on an intercepted communication last week between Zawahiri and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate based in Yemen. But The Daily Beast has learned that the discussion...
  • Vanity: WHY ARE EMBASSIES CLOSED? FOR DECLARATIONS OF WAR, USUALLY!

    08/06/2013 10:06:12 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 50 replies
    a little bird | 8/6/2013 | RaceBannon
    I have to ask, think this through, what has been the reason for a series of embassies to ever close in our past history? Are we so scared of a group that was once defeated that we cower in fear like this? Or does Obama have other plans? Embassies, closed, this many, at the same time...only in time of war, folks, only in time of war
  • Report: US special forces on alert to strike al Qaeda targets

    08/05/2013 5:35:14 PM PDT · by Gorilla44 · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 5, 2013 | Carlo Munoz
    The Pentagon has placed its elite cadre of special operations teams on full alert to launch preemptive attacks against suspected al Qaeda targets across the globe, according to reports. The American special forces teams have spent the past week waiting for U.S. military and intelligence officials to confirm the whereabouts of the terror cell plotting to attack U.S. diplomatic outposts in the Mideast and North Africa. Unnamed sources told CNN on Monday that the teams were poised to carry out the preemptive strikes, but declined to comment on where the U.S. forces were located or which potential targets the Pentagon...
  • High-level national security meeting at White House while Obama plays golf

    08/05/2013 7:37:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/05/2013 | Rick Moran
    I'm sure al-Qaeda is suitably impressed with the seriousness with which our president takes the threat of a terrorist attack in the next few days. Associated Press: President Barack Obama kicked off his birthday weekend Saturday with a round of golf with friends and a getaway to Camp David. Obama, who turns 52 on Sunday, left the White House just after 8 a.m. EDT -- that's unusually early for the half-hour motorcade ride to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland -- to squeeze in some golf before the celebration shifted to the presidential retreat nestled in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. Before...
  • Obama Partying While Advisors Meet on Terror Threat

    08/04/2013 2:06:52 PM PDT · by grundle · 39 replies
    whitehousedossier.com ^ | August 4, 2013 | Keith Koffler
    As his top national security advisors gathered for an urgent Saturday meeting to discuss the terrorist threat that has forced the United States to close embassies overseas, President Obama was at Camp David celebrating his birthday with friends. Sixteen senior officials participated in the unusual gathering, according to the White House. Among them were National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who chaired the session, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa...
  • Terror Threat Got You Teed Off? Obama Leaves al-Qaeda Worries to the Staff

    08/04/2013 11:40:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 4, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Key figures in the Obama administration met on the current al-Qaeda threat on Saturday while the president conducted an intensive golf fiesta at Andrews Air Force Base. President Obama set off for the golf course at about 8 a.m., hoping to squeeze in as much play as possible before a scheduled departure to Camp David at 2:30 p.m. Three all-male teams hit the golf course to mark the day before Obama’s 52nd birthday, including regulars Reggie Love and Marvin Nicholson, White House chef Sam Kass and college friend Wahid Hamid. “Before departing this morning, the president was updated on a...
  • Chambliss, sources: Terror chatter beyond anything heard since before 9/11

    08/04/2013 9:50:48 AM PDT · by yoe · 136 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 4 2013 | Staff
    The so-called “chatter” about a terror plot that led the Obama administration to close 22 U.S. embassies and consulates Sunday across the Muslim world goes beyond anything heard before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee and Fox News sources. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, of Georgia, said Sunday the so-called “chatter” detected by U.S. intelligence agencies that led the Obama administration to order the closures and issue a global travel warning to Americans is "very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11." [snip] A Mideast diplomat says al-Zawahiri “pressuring” Al Qaeda in the Arabian...
  • Terror threat prompts high-level meeting at White House

    08/04/2013 8:49:14 AM PDT · by skimbell · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/04/13 | Jonathan Easley
    The White House said top administration officials gathered late Saturday over a terror threat that provoked the State Department to close more than 20 diplomatic posts and issue a worldwide travel alert. National Security Adviser Susan Rice chaired a meeting with 12 administration officials including the secretaries of State, Defense and Homeland Security and the directors of the FBI, CIA and NSA
  • U.S. Official: Intercepted Al Qaeda Communications Indicate Planned Attack ‘Big,’ ‘Strategically Sig

    08/04/2013 8:36:05 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 106 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 4,2013 | Martha Raddatz U.S. Official: Intercepted Al Qaeda Communications Indicate Planned Attack ‘Big,’ ‘S
    <p>Jonathan Karl @jonkarl Aug 4, 2013 9:00am Muhammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images On the day that almost two dozen U.S. embassies and consulates across North Africa and the Middle East are closed following the identification of a significant threat from an al-Qaeda affiliate, a senior U.S. official is providing new details about the communications intercepted from the terrorists, telling ABC News that al-Qaeda operatives could be heard talking about an upcoming attack. The official described the terrorists as saying the planned attack is “going to be big” and “strategically significant.”</p>
  • US Strikes al Qaeda In Yemen

    08/06/2013 7:11:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Real Clear ^ | 08/06/2013
    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone killed four alleged al-Qaida members in Yemen on Tuesday, as the U.S. and British embassies evacuated staff amid reports of a threatened attack by al-Qaida that has triggered temporary shutdowns of 19 American diplomatic posts across the Muslim world. Yemeni officials have suggested al-Qaida threats to multiple potential targets in the Arabian Peninsula country in recent days, including foreign installations and government offices in the capital Sanaa as well as to the strategic Bab al-Mandeb straits at the entrance to the Red Sea to the south. It is not clear if these...
  • Drone strikes kill militants in Yemen; Americans urged to leave

    08/06/2013 4:55:00 AM PDT · by mykroar · 11 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 8/6/2013 | Elise Labott and Mohammed Tawfeeq
    A pair of suspected U.S. drone strikes killed four al Qaeda militants in Yemen as the United States maintained a heightened security alert in the country and urged all Americans to leave immediately. Security sources told CNN about the strikes but didn't offer additional details. A Yemeni official said four drone strikes have been carried out in the past 10 days. None of those killed on Tuesday were among the 25 names on the country's most-wanted list, security officials said. It is unclear whether the strikes were related to the added security alert in the country after U.S. officials intercepted...
  • US military evacuates embassy staff from Yemen over terror threat, Americans urged to leave

    08/06/2013 5:31:11 AM PDT · by EBH · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/6/2013
    The State Department on Tuesday ordered most embassy personnel out of Yemen and urged all U.S. citizens currently in that country to leave over the Al Qaeda threat that triggered the shutdown of 19 American diplomatic posts this week. The U.S. Air Force already has flown State Department personnel out of the capital of Sanaa as part of the broad evacuation effort. "The U.S. Department of Defense continues to have personnel on the ground in Yemen to support the U.S. State Department and monitor the security situation," Pentagon spokesman George Little said. The rapid-fire developments on Tuesday came as two...
  • U.S. Embassy In Yemen Evacuated, U.K. Closing

    08/06/2013 5:26:08 AM PDT · by EBH · 51 replies
    WITN.com ^ | 8/6/2013
    A statement issued Tuesday says the department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel from Yemen "due to the continued potential for terrorist attacks." The travel warning says U.S. citizens currently in Yemen should depart and calls the security threat level in Yemen "extremely high." A U.S. intelligence official and a Mideast diplomat told The Associated Press that the current shutdown was instigated by an intercepted secret message between al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri and his deputy in Yemen about plans for a major terror attack. Britain's Foreign Office says it has evacuated all staff from its embassy in...
  • San Francisco placed on high alert after terror threat

    08/04/2013 8:32:18 PM PDT · by jodster36 · 185 replies
    ABC ^ | 8/4/13 | Lilian Kim
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Department of Homeland Security is beefing up its presence at airports, train stations and other travel hubs in the United States in the wake of global travel warning imposed on all U.S. citizens Local authorities are not going into specifics but the San Francisco Police Department does acknowledge receiving a bulletin by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DHS. The SFPD says their officers are monitoring various areas of the city and will determine if additional resources are necessary. areas of the city and will determine if additional resources are necessary. They say they have...
  • US STATE DEPARTMENT EXTENDS CLOSURE OF SEVERAL EMBASSIES, CONSULATES IN MIDEAST UNTIL AUGUST 10

    08/04/2013 1:46:12 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 100 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8/4/2013
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  • One-third of shuttered US diplomatic posts reopen; other closures extended [Carter's Third Term]

    08/05/2013 6:00:38 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    NBC ^ | 8/5/13 | Henry Austin
    About one-third the U.S. diplomatic posts that were temporarily shuttered due to a "serious threat" of al Qaeda attack reopened on Monday, hours after officials extended closures at 15 others through Saturday and shut four more. Nine embassies and consulates opened their doors again, but a further 19 would be closed through Saturday “out of an abundance of caution,” the State Department said. “This is not an indication of a new threat stream, merely an indication of our commitment to exercise caution and take appropriate steps to protect our employees including local employees and visitors to our facilities,” the State...
  • Intelligence: Obama Revealed Too Much in Embassy Warnings

    08/05/2013 3:25:07 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 24 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 08/03/2013 | Cathy Burke
    Warnings from U.S. officials on the threat of possible terrorist strikes against Americans overseas -- and the massive closure of embassies in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia on Sunday -- may have divulged too much information, including details about the intercepted chatter and source of the information. Some intelligence officials say the disclosures may work against obtaining new information and even pose a deadly threat from militants who might kill anyone suspected of working with Western intelligence, The Washington Times reported. “There simply are not that many who would know about the attacks,” the Times quoted one...
  • Source: Terrorists behind embassy threat in place

    08/03/2013 8:55:47 PM PDT · by knak · 30 replies
    cbs ^ | 8/3/13 | cbs
    The terror threat prompting the U.S. government to close nearly two dozen embassies and consulates Sunday is the most specific, credible threat information in years, CBS News senior correspondent John Miller reports. Intelligence officers have reporting from a reliable source that a major plot is under way and that the team to carry it out has been selected and is in place, Miller reports. The threat information has been described as the most specific and credible since the foiled plot to blow up British planes en route to the United States in 2006, Miller reports. The specificity ends there. What...
  • Islams "Night Of Power" re Embassy Closings + Big Alert

    08/03/2013 8:10:33 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Saturday, August 3, 2013 | Lisa Ruth
    Sunday also marks the 27th day of Ramadan, known as “The Night of Power,” when the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammed, and some analysts believe that date may encourage militants to launch attacks against “infidels.” Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/aug/3/intel-community-worried-obama-administration-discl/#ixzz2axxPv400 Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • Santorum: Obama's Failures After Benghazi Led to Current Threat

    08/04/2013 10:15:28 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 8/4/2013 | Amy Woods and Audrey Hudson
    Republican Rick Santorum on Sunday blamed President Barack Obama's policies for creating the current terrorist threat that has closed more than 20 embassies around the world. "I think it's a huge deal, and I think it's really the consequence of the policies of this administration," Santorum said on NBC's "Meet the Press," pointing to last year's attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans. "We've seen really nothing other than cover-ups," said Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator and candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. "What we've seen is an administration that has refused to confront radical Islam, that has embraced...
  • Obama briefed on security threat [Obama spent his birthday weekend away from the White House but...]

    08/04/2013 8:26:31 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies
    <p>Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama spent his birthday weekend away from the White House but was briefed about the terror threat that prompted embassy closings and heightened military readiness across the Middle East and North Africa.</p> <p>On Sunday morning, he remained at the Camp David presidential retreat just outside Washington, where he had flown Saturday afternoon after golfing with close friends earlier in the day. Obama turned 52 Sunday.</p>
  • CNN Reports: Al-Qaeda 'May Have Something Big Going Down'

    08/03/2013 9:32:10 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 89 replies
    Breitbart via CNN ^ | 3 Aug 2013 | Jake Tapper
    Jake Tapper's "The Lead" reports that Al-Qaeda Arabian Peninsula “may have something big going down” and may be in "final stages” of an attack on the U.S. and other Western targets...
  • Federal Officials Boosting Security Efforts Inside US Homeland

    08/03/2013 7:10:10 PM PDT · by SE Mom · 54 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 3,2013 | Mike Levine
    Federal authorities are boosting security in the United States after intelligence agencies detected a credible threat to Western interests overseas and the government began closing diplomatic posts in some Muslim countries, according to homeland security officials. The Department of Homeland Security is increasing security measures at airports, train stations and other transportation hubs, and expanding scrutiny of visitors coming into the United States, two officials told ABC News. The FBI, meanwhile, is "working sources" and taking other "logical steps" to monitor any potential threat, an FBI official said.
  • Qaeda Messages Prompt U.S. Terror Warning

    08/02/2013 8:44:28 PM PDT · by kristinn · 40 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, August 2, 2013 | Eric Schmitt
    The United States intercepted electronic communications this week among senior operatives of Al Qaeda, in which the terrorists discussed attacks against American interests in the Middle East and North Africa, American officials said Friday. The intercepts and a subsequent analysis of them by American intelligence agencies prompted the United States to issue an unusual global travel alert to American citizens on Friday, warning of the potential for terrorist attacks by operatives of Al Qaeda and their associates beginning Sunday through the end of August. The bulletin to travelers and expatriates, issued by the State Department, came less than a day...
  • Peter King: Plot ‘most specific I’ve seen’

    08/02/2013 5:37:32 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 114 replies
    Peter King: Plot ‘most specific I’ve seen’ By: Breanna Edwards August 2, 2013 06:07 PM EDT Chairman of the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence Rep. Peter King confirmed on Friday that “something serious is being planned,” prompting the shutdown of 21 U.S. embassies across the world. “There’s very little doubt, if any, that something serious is being planned,” the New York Republican told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on a phone call in “The Situation Room.” “I’ve been getting briefed fairly regularly over the last seven or eight years at least and also pretty heavily before then and this is the most...
  • US to temporarily shut down embassies around the world Sunday amid security concerns

    08/02/2013 2:34:11 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 02, 2013 | Fox News
    The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday -- including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt -- as a precautionary measure over terror-related concerns, State Department officials said. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed -- only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Officials would not describe the nature of the threat.