The title of a recently released MSNBC article is “Al Qaeda threat is ‘REAL and SERIOUS‘ – intelligence committee chief (Mike Rogers)” (Web-site/URL: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/03/19844862-al-qaeda-threat-is-real-and-serious-intelligence-committee-chief?lite).
“A meeting of the National Security Council chaired by Susan Rice was held at the White House Saturday evening (August 3, 2013) to discuss the latest intelligence regarding the threat of an al Qaeda attack”. Susan Rice is the new NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER after withdrawing her nomination as Secretary of State (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Rice).
“There are different views among analysts — including WHETHER a plot is already underway, with team members already selected, as reported Saturday (August 3, 2013) by CBS“.
“At least some present at the meeting said they believed that to be the case, but others disagree. THERE IS NO CONSENSUS on whether the plot is underway, officials told NBC News“. “There is” OFTEN “no consensus” amongst POLITICIANS.
“The threat of an al Qaeda attack is “REAL and SERIOUS” and “WE MUST NOT LET OUR GUARD DOWN”, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (Mike Rogers) warned after a worldwide alert was issued for all U.S. citizens traveling abroad”.
“U.S. officials said that the threat warning is based primarily on a “SIGNIFICANT increase in CHATTER from a GROWING number of intercepts” throughout the region (the Middle East)”. There are TWO things to note here. First how much is “significant?” Again this is open to INTERPRETATIONS (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Secondly, The US is now sensitive to “chatter?” THAT’S NOT GOOD.
“Mike Rogers, the Intelligence Committee chairman, said the situation showed just how DANGEROUS the al Qaeda network still is”. “In a statement late Friday (August 2 2013) Rogers said: “The seriousness of the threat stream is a sober reminder of al Qaeda’s DETERMINATION and ongoing intention to commit acts of violence on Western and U.S. targets”. Again, “al-Qaeda’s determination is FRIGHTENING. “The threats against American interests are REAL and SERIOUS and WE MUST NOT LET OUR GUARD DOWN”.
According to a State Department official, “IT IS POSSIBLE (that) we may have additional days of closings as well, depending on our analysis”.
“The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce, told MSNBC he believed it was “probably now prudent, given the fact that, in this case, we do have this intelligence, to take this step to make certain that we have fully protected our embassy personnel”.
“Britain said it would close its embassy in Yemen on Sunday (August 4 2013) and Monday (August 5, 2013)”. “in a statement”, Britain’s Foreign Office said: “We are particularly concerned about the security situation in the final days of Ramadan and into Eid”, “referring to the Muslim holy month that ends on Wednesday (August 7 2013)”.
The State Department’s alert said U.S. citizens “should take EVERY precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling. 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“. Again, “potential” and “possibly” signify/imply DOUBT/UNCERTAINTY and are therefore SCARY.
Finally, “Terrorism expert Xenia Dormandy, U.S. director of London-based think tank Chatham House, said Friday (August 2, 2013) it was the first time in memory that the U.S. had closed SUCH A LARGE NUMBER of embassies (all) at once”.
“The bottom line is clearly they’ve (the US has) had firm intelligence from multiple sources that there’s an al Qaeda threat or an al Qaeda–affiliated threat“.
“Dormandy said the United States’ actions were likely influenced by the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in September (2012), in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed”. “I think they are being CAUTIOUS because ANY attack on American diplomats is something they want to avoid at all costs. I think they are certainly likely to be more nervous now about making a mistake than they were before the Libyan [Benghazi consulate] attack, but they’ve seen the consequences of what can happen if you don’t take precautions, so it’s perhaps an appropriate response“.
“At least 22 embassies and consulates that normally open on Sundays — mostly in the Muslim world — were closing this weekend because of the POTENTIAL threat“. There’s that UNCERTAIN word again: POTENTIAL.
“The closures SO FAR include diplomatic missions in CAIRO, Tel Aviv, Riyadh, Baghdad, Kabul and Bahrain”. This means people like GIGI IBRAHIM (gsquare86) should be on HIGH alert.
So, al-Qaeda is experiencing A RESURGENCE? This is DEEPLY TROUBLING/A HUGE CONCERN.