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Posted on Oct 3, 2010
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The State Department has warned Americans traveling to and living in Europe that the entire continent faces a heightened risk of terrorist attack. Authorities fear that al-Qaida is planning something like the 2008 Mumbai shooting spree that killed 166 people.

According to The Associated Press, American travelers, including the champion Los Angeles Lakers, aren’t too concerned about the threat and seem to be going about their business.

State Department:

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to the potential for terrorist attacks in Europe. Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks. European governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions.

Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests. U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure.  Terrorists have targeted and attacked subway and rail systems, as well as aviation and maritime services. U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling.

We continue to work closely with our European allies on the threat from international terrorism, including al-Qa’ida.  Information is routinely shared between the U.S. and our key partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.

We recommend U.S. citizens register their travel plans with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration website. Travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 from elsewhere in the world.

For information on general crime and security issues, U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State’s Country-Specific Information as well as the Worldwide Caution, which can be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. For further information on safety tips while traveling abroad, U.S. citizens should also consult the following website: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/tips_1232.html

This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2011.

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By mrfreeze, October 4, 2010 at 11:24 pm Link to this comment

I just returned from 6 incredible weeks in Italy. During that time I stayed with cousins in two separate regions of Italy and also had a chance to catch up with some very dear German friends up in Switzerland…...OH YA, all of the Europeans I know are just quaking in their boots worrying about a terrorist attack. OH YA, and all of them ask me why it is that Americans are scared of their own collective shadow?

I look forward to the day when I actually immigrate away from the U.S. which has become nothing more than a banana republic that still yearns for the “good old days” when we were top dawg and when the rest of the world cared (or at least we thought they cared) about what we did or thought or produced or…whatever.

To think in the 21st Century Americans are worried about their safety in Europe is just plain absurd. One is more likely to be shot, mugged,molested, harassed or murdered on our crumbling streets than in any cities in Europe.

A decade of Bush-style paranoia and a healthy dose of incompetent Media reporting has turned Americans into children unwilling to sleep with the lights off or, OH MY GOD, visit a foreign country. What a bunch of wimps and cowards.

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By The Black Spot, October 4, 2010 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment
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this is just patently absurd.

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By Mike3, October 4, 2010 at 9:17 am Link to this comment

This is good news for Europeans. If you are an American and are thinking of coming to Europe – don’t. If you are an American and are already in Europe – get out. We really wouldn’t miss you, you don’t have any money to spend now anyway, and the trains, buses and other public transport would be a lot quieter. Terrorists? That’s your problem, you created them. Well done Fox News for this good bit of propaganda.

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By Anarcissie, October 4, 2010 at 8:16 am Link to this comment

I think it’s the election.  I have noticed there are always terrorist warnings in the several weeks just before a national election.

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By grumpynyker, October 4, 2010 at 6:54 am Link to this comment
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Last time I went to Europe was 1997.  Still want to
visit Venice, Naples,Amsterdam, Greece,
Switzerland,Sweden,Denmark and Scotland;guess it’s a
remnant of brainwashing from my public education.  I’ll
tell people there that there all folks in Amerikka that
hate the polices of Comrade Barry and the batsqueeze
sociopaths surrounding him but feel powerless to stop
theim.

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By skulz fontaine, October 4, 2010 at 6:27 am Link to this comment

“Danger Will Robinson!” Be a scared, be very a scared. Al Qaedas under the bed,
around that ‘dark’ corner just ahead. Al Qaeda is ‘gunning 4 YOU’ ergo, clean up
after yourself when you wet your knickers.

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By guacamaya, October 4, 2010 at 4:57 am Link to this comment

Probably US government tactics to justify to some of it’s gullible citizens their massive and useless waste of taxpayer’s money and lives in Afghanistan etc.. I do not know what percentage of tourist come from the US but the EU now is very popular with tourists from countries like Russia, Japan, China, South America and Asia.

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By pundaint, October 4, 2010 at 3:15 am Link to this comment

I’m treating this election as a vote of confidence.  And I don’t have any.

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By PatrickHenry, October 4, 2010 at 3:13 am Link to this comment

Its official, check under your bed if you are living or visiting Europe and are an American.

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By Maani, October 3, 2010 at 10:09 pm Link to this comment

FRTothus:

Re “anticipation of another false-flag operation,” this was my very first thought when I read about this a couple of days ago.  But that FFO may be in Europe, not in the U.S.

Peace.

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By FRTothus, October 3, 2010 at 8:06 pm Link to this comment

In anticipation of another false-flag operation, no
doubt, or to get the American people good and scared
before the sham election, to ease the way for
emergency “austerity measures” or the next bail-out,
the next round of threats against brown-skinned
people, the next act of US international terrorism
(Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan? Yemen?), the next
expansion of war and the next erosion of civil rights
to “keep us safe”. Fear and killing civilians is all
the US government knows how to do.  I wonder if there
will be an Iranian passport and a Koran “found” in
the rubble of whatever the CIA blows up and blames on
someone else this time.

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By samosamo, October 3, 2010 at 7:15 pm Link to this comment

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Glad I don’t have plans for europe, I’d hate to be
killed by the cia or the ‘special forces’ or their
hired guns as I don’t see the 40 80 or 100
remaining al qaiders gathering for a vacation
shooting spree.

MOF, this may be american hegemony trying to
crack into the european markets for mo’ better
money. Always with fear, terror and shock and
awe and crying ‘wolf’.

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By Jason, October 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment
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I am skeptical about this one.  Most USA citizens have not been to Europe in decades, if not ever anyhow. 

This “travel alert” is made so that USA citizens in general feel too concerned to travel there.  The whole idea, invented and created by the USA, is to make as many of its citizens as possible feel both afraid and propagandized.  Perhaps its primary purpose is to negatively affect Europe’s tourism industry?  Many people throughout the world visit Europe, not just USA citizens.  As such, I am not too concerned about Europe’s future in this regard.

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