What You Need to Know About This Week's Terror Warnings

Monday, August 05, 2013

A view of the city of Sana'a, Yemen. (Flickr user: Ammar Abd Rabbo)

After an initial worldwide terror alert issued Friday, the State Department has now closed diplomatic posts in 19 North African and Middle Eastern countries. Karen Greenberg of Fordham's Center on National Security discusses the warnings, what they say about the state of al Qaeda, and how they fit into our ongoing conversation about the role of NSA surveillance.


Karen Greenberg

Comments [13]

Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Did the closed facilities include the mission in Benghazi?

Sorry, Barry, you're a little late.

Aug. 05 2013 12:39 PM

22 embassies closing?? Well after the McClatchy article on Obama's Insider Threat Program my guess is they're refitting all those offices with new NSA approved computers, photocopiers etc. You know how dangerous those readers of The Onion can be. lol.

Aug. 05 2013 12:00 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

If only the people who rail against the NSA collecting data were as aware and outraged over the data collection and profiling by Google, Facebook, Youtube "Likes" and the willingness of people to provide that information.

Aug. 05 2013 11:44 AM

Has there been any discussion on this show of the financial ties that some of the most ardent defenders of the NSA in congress have been shown to have to the surveillance industry?

Aug. 05 2013 10:39 AM

So is this an indication that another false flag operation is imminent?
Will the next attack be used to justify more revocation of the Bill of Rights?
Or just to preserve the current violations?

Aug. 05 2013 10:36 AM
Anonymous from Manhattan

Martin Chuzzlewit

The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit is a novel by Charles Dickens, considered the last of his picaresque novels. It was originally serialized in 1843 and 1844.

Aug. 05 2013 10:32 AM

"The closure of 22 US embassies over an alleged security threat was seized on by defenders of the National Security Agency on Sunday, amid claims that its controversial surveillance programme alerted authorities to “pre-9/11″ levels of terrorist chatter."

So are the "NSA defenders" saying their criminal level of surveillance was in effect in 2001?

Aug. 05 2013 10:30 AM

Translation: We have to do something to counteract the recent revelations. Our corporate masters are very concerned that it will result in curtailed funding.

Aug. 05 2013 10:26 AM
JT from NJ

All I can say is, I'm glad they know who is @Martin and can make sure he gets his nap and meds on schedule. By the way, @Chuckle, I guess you missed the praise heaped on the President by "conservative" members of Intelligence and Homeland Security to the chagrin of "progressives" and everyone in the "leftie" media. If only the world were painted with such crazy broad strokes ... (LOL.)

Aug. 05 2013 10:19 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

LOL, THANK you guest for emphasizing my point about President 51% and his ridiculous, pathetic, embarrassing, politically motivated claims.

Aug. 05 2013 10:18 AM

How are we to know? It is fair to indiscriminately spread fear without details? I feel like this is just to spread FEAR and justify the recent NSA scandal. I'm thankful that the guest brought this point up in the first place.

Aug. 05 2013 10:12 AM

Ok if they use surgically implanted bombs wtf can we possibly do other than give EVERYTHING up...its fear tactics.

Aug. 05 2013 10:12 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

LOL, Barry Obama, in one of the many lies for which the leftist media doesn't hold him accountable, has repeatedly told us that al Qaeda is "defeated" and a "spent force". (By the way, did you know that HE...and Valerie Jarrett... killed bin Laden?)

Now, Americans cower in fear in airports and foreign countries around the world....and our embassies (alone) undergo unprecedented humiliating closures.

We thought all of this was going to change with HUSSEIN in the White House.
I mean, isn't that why the public threw the dice on this empty suit with no experience?

Aug. 05 2013 09:49 AM

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