quote: US to warn Americans in Europe to be vigilant due to increased terror threatsWASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department plans to caution Americans traveling in Europe to be vigilant because of heightened concerns about a potential al-Qaida terrorist attack aimed at U.S. citizens and Europeans.The travel "alert" will be issued Sunday for travelers' guidance and is general in nature and will not focus on any specific country, location or tourist sites, senior U.S. officials told the Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement had been made.The action falls short of a formal "travel warning" which could have broader implications including a stronger likelihood of canceled airline and hotel bookings. It also will not urge travelers to stay away from public places — something Europeans and some members of the Obama administration had viewed as an overreaction.The travel alert is a cumulative result of information the U.S. has received over an extended period, one of the officials said, noting that agencies are constantly monitoring a range of threats.State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley declined to comment Saturday on the matter. But he said the administration remains focused on al-Qaida threats to U.S. interests and will take appropriate steps to protect Americans.U.S. and European security experts for days have been concerned that terrorists may be plotting attacks in Europe with assault weapons on public places, similar to the deadly 2008 shooting spree in Mumbai, India. While intelligence agencies have viewed the threat as credible, they have not identified any specific targets that terrorists might be considering, the U.S. official said.
quote:France’s highest police official warned on Wednesday of a significant and “specific” risk of a terrorist attack on French soil from Al Qaeda’s North African affiliate. “We have serious indications coming from reliable intelligence telling us that there’s significant risk of an attack,” Frédéric Pechenard, director of France’s national police, told a reporter on Europe 1 radio, adding that the Qaeda affiliate, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, “is targeting us in particular.”“We’re currently seeing an undeniable high point in the threat” of an attack, Mr. Pechenard added, echoing statements by several other French officials in recent days.
quote:Originally posted by Newro:And the idea of a bloke running through a European city with an 'Assault Rifle' is a bad joke.
quote:Originally posted by lithos:Wouldn't the likelihood of that happening only increase with more Americans coming in?*runs*
quote:Originally posted by ArkanGL:I mean... it's already been a month, and they have yet to find a single bomb (or terrorist).So, yeah : terrorist threat, my ass.
quote:Remember with this stuff that lack of immediately apparent evidence doesn't mean evidence does not exist. You have to entertain the idea that there really may be evidence that will take time to come out.
quote:Originally posted by editengine:Kind of curious as to what you think the sinister motivation behind a travel warning is. That's a pretty common foreign office function, in fact the UK has a warning for Europe they offered at the same time.
quote:Originally posted by ArkanGL: My point is : there's always some level of terrorist threat.
quote:But it's not anything like terrorism.
quote:Originally posted by ArkanGL:quote:But it's not anything like terrorism. Does it make you feel safer?
quote:Originally posted by theminx:Standing in line for security checks and getting scanned/wanded/even strip searched does NOT equal being "terrorized."
quote:Originally posted by ArkanGL:Only scared kids being made aware of the possible monster under their bed, which they had no could be there.Then they demand reassurance.It goes on and on.I find it deeply depressing.
quote:They don't really happen any longer do they?
quote:Originally posted by ArkanGL:My point is : did you feel more endangered when you flying pre-9/11?
quote:Originally posted by editengine:quote:Originally posted by ArkanGL:Only scared kids being made aware of the possible monster under their bed, which they had no could be there.Then they demand reassurance.It goes on and on.I find it deeply depressing. You guys are really overthinking this. Air crashes don't destabilize economies, terror attacks do. And they still represent deaths that can be avoided at the cost of nothing more than money and time. If that is all it takes, then why not?
quote:Originally posted by Trogdor:Money and time are in finite supply. Using 1/20th of that money and 1/4 of that time, we could get every drunk driver off the road. Drunk drivers cause terror. A lot more of it.
quote:Originally posted by ArkanGL:quote:They don't really happen any longer do they? Yes. All thanks to cockpits now having a real door. With a lock.
quote:Originally posted by Splitcoil:All the people who've ever died because of drunk drivers, plus all their families, friends, etc. are also still paying for DUIs. Not their own. Other people's DUIs.In my experience, and I have a lot of experience with this, people who complain about the onerous burden of a DUI arrest are people who believe their right to drive a 3500+pound projectile around the streets while impaired outweighs everyone else's right to live.Just sayin'.
quote:Originally posted by theminx:Back on topic, they've arrested 12 in France today.http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10...?partner=rss&emc=rss
quote:I'm looking for stats on non-fatal DUI rates