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In case you missed it heading into this past weekend, US intelligence intercepted and acted upon some “specific and credible” threats against US embassies in the “Islamic world.” Based on the data, multiple US embassies were closed and will remain closed for the duration of this week.

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Report from McClatchy:

The closing of U.S. embassies in 21 predominantly Muslim countries and a broad caution about travel during August that the State Department issued on Friday touched off debate Sunday over the National Security Agency’s sweeping data collection programs.

Congressional supporters of the program, appearing on Sunday morning talk shows, said the latest rounds of warnings of unspecified threats showed that the programs were necessary, while detractors said there was no evidence linking the programs, particularly the massive collection of cell phone records of hundreds of millions of Americans, to the vague warnings of a possible terrorist attack.

Meanwhile, there were no reports of violence or unusual activity in any of the countries where the United States had kept its embassies and consulates closed when they would have ordinarily been open on Sunday. Nevertheless, the State Department announced that embassies and consulates in 16 countries would remain closed throughout the week, including four African nations that had not been on the original list. Diplomatic posts in five other countries would reopen Monday, the State Department said, including those in Afghanistan and Iraq, where terrorist attacks have been frequent.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the extended closures were “not an indication of a new threat stream.”

There are numerous surrounding issues regarding these threats and the way our government has reacted this time around. The attack on our consulate in Benghazi is still fresh in the minds of many Americans.

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    • NSA (Nazis Spying on Americans) LIE ALL THE TIME — how else can these anti-Americans stay in business — If no real threat exists, then they need to CREATE ONE! It’s that Simple.

      Time to IMPEACH Lil’ Hussein !!!
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      And now, the important News:

      Ron Paul: *Why Won’t They Tell Us the Truth About NSA Spying?*

      “In 2001, the Patriot Act opened the door to US government monitoring of Americans without a warrant. It was unconstitutional, but most in Congress over my strong objection were so determined to do something after the attacks of 9/11 that they did not seem to give it too much thought. Civil liberties groups were concerned, and some of us in Congress warned about giving up our liberties even in the post-9/11 panic. But at the time most Americans did not seem too worried about the intrusion.

      This complacency has suddenly shifted given recent revelations of the extent of government spying on Americans. Politicians and bureaucrats are faced with serious backlash from Americans outraged that their most personal communications are intercepted and stored. They had been told that only the terrorists would be monitored. In response to this anger, defenders of the program have time and again resorted to spreading lies and distortions. But these untruths are now being exposed very quickly.

      In a Senate hearing this March, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Senator Ron Wyden that the NSA did not collect phone records of millions of Americans. This was just three months before the revelations of an NSA leaker made it clear that Clapper was not telling the truth. Pressed on his false testimony before Congress, Clapper apologized for giving an “erroneous” answer but claimed it was just because he “simply didn’t think of Section 215 of the Patriot Act.” Wow.

      As the story broke in June of the extent of warrantless NSA spying against Americans, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers assured us that the project was a strictly limited and not invasive. He described it as a “lockbox with only phone numbers, no names, no addresses in it, we’ve used it sparingly, it is absolutely overseen by the legislature, the judicial branch and the executive branch, has lots of protections built in…”

      But we soon discovered that also was not true either. We learned in another Guardian newspaper article last week that the top secret “X-Keyscore” program allows even low-level analysts to “search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals.”

      The keys to Rogers’ “lockbox” seem to have been handed out to everyone but the janitors! As Chairman of the Committee that is supposed to be most in the loop on these matters, it seems either the Intelligence Community misled him about their programs or he misled the rest of us. It sure would be nice to know which one it is.

      Likewise, Rep. Rogers and many other defenders of the NSA spying program promised us that this dragnet scooping up the personal electronic communications of millions of Americans had already stopped “dozens” of terrorist plots against the United States. In June, NSA director General Keith Alexander claimed that the just-disclosed bulk collection of Americans’ phone and other electronic records had “foiled 50 terror plots.”

      Opponents of the program were to be charged with being unconcerned with our security.

      But none of it was true.

      The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday heard dramatic testimony from NSA deputy director John C. Inglis. According to the Guardian:

      “The NSA has previously claimed that 54 terrorist plots had been disrupted ‘over the lifetime’ of the bulk phone records collection and the separate program collecting the internet habits and communications of people believed to be non-Americans. On Wednesday, Inglis said that at most one plot might have been disrupted by the bulk phone records collection alone.”

      From dozens to “at most one”?

      Supporters of these programs are now on the defensive, with several competing pieces of legislation in the House and Senate seeking to rein in an administration and intelligence apparatus that is clearly out of control. This is to be commended. What is even more important, though, is for more and more and more Americans to educate themselves about our precious liberties and to demand that their government abide by the Constitution. We do not have to accept being lied to – or spied on — by our government.”

  1. As Ross Perot pointed out years ago, they ought to all be closed as they serve no useful purpose. They were constructed when the only means for communication was two tin cans and a string.

    • Sure, for Americans who are sitting in Topeka, Kansas, there is no benefit to having embassies. However, to those of us that travel, having them there in case we find ourselves in a jam due to the local banana republic having a corrupt or inept government, the embasies are a lifeline. All 3 of my children were born overseas. Without a US embassy, they could not receive their US Passports.

  2. Is it silly to think that anyone planning an attack wouldn’t just delay their plans until the embassies re-open? Then again, is this story just a smokescreen to begin with..

    • Reminds me of the episode of Seinfeld, in which he accidentally dropped his girlfriend’s toothbrush into the toilet. So she retaliated–but wouldn’t tell him what of his she put into the toilet, and for the rest of the episode, he was throwing EVERYTHING away that might be the object.

      Now that they know that their message was intercepted, all they need to do is write up “viable” attack plans for everything in the world–and send the message through the same channels.

      • Right on, the plan is to make your enemy spend, spend, and spend themselves right out of existence. Economic leveraging. They spend a dime on a phone call and we spend a billion dollars in response to it.

        • Billy: Yeah, bring it up when public opinion of NSA is down. Claim there’s a big threat. And when nothing happens, hope people will say, “thank you, thank you, thank you, we didn’t die–spy some more!!”

          • Bet it works: like if you are doing nothing wrong who care how many billions of your tax dollars they spend so long as they get big kickbacks. Give them a standing “O” for sucker punching the dumb taxpayer again.

    • Nate — LOL, good one!

      “If we, the NSA, come up with threats when we are questioned about our legality on spying on all US Citizens — and this works to make people forget what we are all about (SPYING ON ALL AMERICANS + others…) then we can successfully declare terrorist threats at will.”

      Time to IMPEACH Lil’ Hussein!

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