US State Department warns of potential terrorism abroad

JOHN F. KENNEDY AIRPORT (PIX11)  – A global travel alert has been issued and the United States government has planned a massive embassy and consulate closure Sunday oversees.

The State Department is alerting “…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.”

This warning comes during the busy August travel season. New Yorker Alicia Ramharack was flying abroad Saturday for work. “Not even as an American but as a traveler in general. You always want to stay alert and keep an eye open,” said Ramharack at JFK airport..

According to the State Department, more than 20 U.S. embassies and consulates are closing, primarily in Muslim countries.

Officials said there is growing intelligence that Al-Qaida could be in the final stages of planning an unspecified attack during the month of August.

“I think this closing all of these embassies in the Middle East to North Africa is in fact unprecedented. At least, I didn’t see this during my career,” said Christopher Hill, the former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq,

In New York, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the NYPD has already beefed up security. Especially at houses of worship and transportation hubs.

“There is a concern. Because of lack of specificity, we all have to a little bit more vigilant,” said Kelly.

Kelly said the NYPD is plugged into worldwide networks and they are continuing to monitor the threat.

2 comments

  • iMan9796

    The Port Authority of NY & NJ has placed everyone's safety & security in jeopardy by undermining all the counterterrorism measures that have been put in place by allowing crimes such as the illegal policy of disposing lost valid passports in the garbage that are found in the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Now just imagine the damage that a terrorist cell could do with those valid lost passports or an identity theft ring. 

    What happened in Kenya could easily happen here, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, as a result of the Port Authority's intentional breach of national security. This is a willful act of treason against the United States of America. Google "Port Authority – Passports."
    http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/in

    Also, the Port Authority turns a blind eye to the rampant theft of lost property from inside of the Port Authority Bus Terminal’s Lost & Found Dept. by their supervisors. Google “Donna Lebourne abc news." & see the vile face of shame being confronted & exposed.
    http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/in

    In this age of global terrorism and rampant identity theft, the Port Authority is a reckless shameful disgusting embarrassment of bi-state transportation agency when it comes to safety & security in this area. To ignore this gaffe would be a crime on all levels of local, state & federal government, who have the power to put a stop to this lunacy. 

    Action must be taken against these corrupt incompetent criminals in the Port Authority before another terrorist attack takes place & more innocent lives are lost due to their utter disregard about our safety and security not to mention their disgraceful feeling of self entitlement to patron's lost property at the PABT. Google “found, stolen, trashed by PA.”  
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/found_stolen_t

    It’s time to stop the madness!

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