Terror threat: Senator cites increased 'chatter'

Sen. Saxby Chambliss said "the chatter" intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies led the Obama administration to shutter 22 embassies and consulates and issue a global travel warning to Americans.
Associated Press
Aug 4, 2013

The weekend closure of almost two dozen U.S. diplomatic posts in the Muslim world resulted from the gravest terrorist threat seen in years, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss said "the chatter" intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies led the Obama administration to shutter 22 embassies and consulates and issue a global travel warning to Americans.

"Chatter means conversation among terrorists about the planning that's going on — very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11," Chambliss, R-Ga., told NBC's "Meet the Press."

"This is the most serious threat that I've seen in the last several years," he said.

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told ABC's "This Week" that the threat intercepted from "high-level people in al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula" was about a "major attack."

Yemen is home to al-Qaida's most dangerous affiliate, blamed for several notable terrorist plots on the United States. They include the foiled Christmas Day 2009 effort to bomb an airliner over Detroit and the explosives-laden parcels intercepted the following year aboard cargo flights.

Rep. Pete King, who leads the House Homeland Security subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence, said the threat included dates but not locations of possible attacks.

"The threat was specific as to how enormous it was going to be and also that certain dates were given," King, R-N.Y., said on ABC.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a House Intelligence Committee member, said the "breadth" of the closures suggests U.S. authorities are concerned about a potential repeat of last year's riots and attacks at multiple embassies, including the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed.

In addition, Interpol, the French-based international policy agency, has issued a global security alert in connection with suspected al-Qaida involvement in several recent prison escapes including those in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan.

Those prison breaks add to the concerns about an attack, said Schiff, D-Calif., also noting the approaching end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

"So you have a lot things coming together. ... But all of that would not be enough without having some particularly specific information," he said.

The Obama administration's decision to close the embassies and the lawmakers' general discussion about the threats come at a sensitive time as the government tries to defend recently disclosed surveillance programs that have stirred deep privacy concerns and raised the potential of the first serious retrenchment in terrorism-fighting efforts since Sept. 11.

The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman has scoffed at the assertion by the head of the National Security Agency that government methods used to collect telephone and email data have helped foil 54 terror plots.

Schiff said he has seen no evidence linking the latest warnings to that agency's collection of "vast amounts of domestic data."

Other lawmakers defended the administration's response and promoted the work of the NSA in unearthing the intelligence that lead to the security warnings.

"The bottom line is ... that the NSA's job is to do foreign intelligence," Ruppersburger said. "The whole purpose is to collect information to protect us."

Added King, a frequent critic of President Barack Obama: "Whether or not there was any controversy over the NSA at all, all these actions would have been taken."

On Friday the Obama administration announced the weekend closures and the State Department announced a global travel alert.

The warning urged American travelers to take extra precautions overseas, citing potential dangers involved with public transportation systems and other prime sites for tourists. It noted that previous terrorist attacks have centered on subway and rail networks as well as airplanes and boats. It suggested travelers sign up for State Department alerts and register with U.S. consulates in the countries they visit. The alert expires on Aug. 31.

The statement said that al-Qaida or its allies might target either U.S. government or private American interests.

The intelligence intercepts also prompted Britain, Germany and France to close their embassies in Yemen on Sunday and Monday. British authorities said some embassy staff in Yemen had been withdrawn "due to security concerns."

Canada also announced it was closing its embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

Comments

mikeylikesit

yeah, true enough. I was no fan of bush either. all liars..

Donegan

You know the leftist would be screaming "Benghazi" if they could find a way to spin it. So far all they know how to do is scream racism and prop up dead kids for to get agenda's passed.

Don S

Let's thank Snowden for this one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Darwin's choice

Wonder what Obama has to say about this?
http://beforeitsnews.com/9-11-an...
"I'll stand with my muslim brothers..."
From his book.

Centauri

Hey NSA! These Muslims appear to be up to no good.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F...

pntbutterandjelly

There is NO overseas terrorist threat. It's just their way to make the public accept the "need" for the NSA's snooping tactics we have all been reading about. (More countries have been destroyed by and from within itself compared to "outside" intervention/forces.) (History repeats itself many, many times over unless.... you are knowledgeable of it.)

shucks

"There is NO overseas terrorist threat. It's just their way to make the public accept the "need" for the NSA's snooping tactics we have all been reading about."
......................Pardon me but , how long were you in a coma ?

Contango

"Was The Al-Qaeda Terror Threat Used To 'Divert Attention' From NSA Uproar?"

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/20...

Contango

Pres. Obama:

"al Qaeda is on the path to defeat and bin Laden is dead,” (Sept. 12, 2012)

"al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.” (Sept. 17, 2012)

"We have gone after the terrorists who actually attacked us 9/11 and decimated al Qaeda.” (Sept. 18, 2012)

“We’ve decimated al Qaeda’s top leadership," (Sept. 20, 2012)

“al Qaeda is on the path to defeat.” (Sept. 21, 2012)

“al Qaeda is on the path to defeat.” (Sept. 26, 2012)

al Qaeda is on the path to defeat.” (Sept. 27, 2012)

“We said that we would go after al Qaeda, and they are on the run and bin Laden is dead” (Sept. 28, 2012)

“al Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is no more.” (Oct. 5, 2012)

“al Qaeda is on its heels and Osama bin Laden is no more.” (Oct. 9, 2012)

“al Qaeda is on its heels and Osama bin Laden is no more.” (Oct. 11, 2012)

“al Qaeda’s core leadership has been decimated.” (Oct. 23, 2012)

“…we’ve been able to decimate al Qaeda.” (Oct. 23, 2012)

“al Qaeda is decimated and Osama bin Laden is dead.” (Oct. 23, 2012)

"al Qaeda has been decimated, Osama bin Laden is dead.” (Nov. 1, 2012)

Is this guy a LIAR or just STUPID?

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/...

SamAdams

I'll take "Liar or Stupid" for $1,000, Alex. And the question is: What two words best describe the current President of the United States? (Too bad there aren't three words. I'd add "incompetent" just to ensure the description is truly complete.)

JudgeMeNot

is "kool-aid" one word? or is it koolaid? or kool aid?

Obama keeps saying "he" has done all these wonderful things. The Obama voter believes ANYTHING this clown tells them.

Huron_1969

We are showing the terrorist we can be intimidated..... the US and other countries as well. Instead of beefing up security when threatened, we run and hide like a big dog with its tail between it's legs, or confused like a deer in the headlights. The greatest military on earth could and should be allowed to stand strong by protecting our overseas facilities and citizens

The Big Dog's back

Right out of the right wingnut playbook. Fox noise this morning had every Repub talking head say the same thing, WORD FOR WORD.

Huron_1969

I don't watch fox news so I'll just take ur word for it since you saw it, not me. Kinda surprised tho they would play on words referencing dogs and deer. I like Jon Stewart and listen to CSPAN while working

JudgeMeNot

Poochy secretly watches FOX News.

shucks

I watch it too to see what kind of bullsh#t falls out of thier mouths then eventually fall out of yours.

Contango

Judge to defendant:

"You do realize that exposing the illegal things your government has been doing is illegal?"

https://www.facebook.com/photo.p...

gramafun

Why is there always a war on here about the President? It is as bad as what is going on in Washington.....no wonder nothing is accomplished. No one works together, sour grapes achieve nothing. Four years of this gets us no where as a country and it never will. We all need to grow up and start cooperating with one another. Children act better than some of you do for crying out loud. Republican or Democrat, get your heads out of the places they are and start thinking of what you can do to make things better instead of worrying about your darn parties politics. If their is another terrorist problem then deal with it like MEN, not like school children. Stop squalking about who is in charge and start thinking about solutions.

Had edward snowden not done what he did, would we have this to worry about or did it help? I don't think it helped. I think it hurt, but that is just me. Yemen has ALWAYS been a problem as has Pakistan. Why do we continue to aide Pakistan financially ? Stop funding them and see what happens. Stop aiding Yeman as well.

Just two solutions that wouldn't do any harm in the war on terrrorism. Just a thought.

Mystery_Cheese

Common sense is not so common anymore, unfortunately. People would much rather point fingers and yell obscenities, than work together and compromise. There's a word you don't hear often in D.C., or on FOX or MSNBC, compromise.

One problem is that a lot of people seem to think they're 'special', and that their view is the only one that matters; hence why they can't listen to what someone else says, and actually look at it from their point of view. Many people are close-minded about their beliefs, and that's a huge roadblock on the road to a better tomorrow.

SamAdams

Sorry, but my criticism has nothing to do with "sour grapes" and everything to do with the fact that, more often than not, the Obama administration does exactly the WRONG thing. And no, I will NOT cooperate with the systematic dismantling of liberty.

That being said, you're 100% right on one count, and that involves foreign aid. Unfortunately, both Republicans AND Democrats seem to be of the opinion that we can buy influence (which might actually be true), buy respect (which ISN'T true), and buy love (only if you're an older man and the person giving the love is a gold digger).

Mystery_Cheese

And this is the problem with a lot of people. Collectivism. Blaming an entire group of people for the actions of a few. Bush Jr. was dismantling liberty long before Obama got into office. Let's not forget that Bush helped get the Patriot Act passed due to a national tragedy, even though it had been denied several times before 9/11. Did I ever once blame all Republicans? No. Did Obama repeal the Act like he said he would? No. Seems to me that Obama and Bush are working together wonderfully, while the rest of us bicker and point fingers. You're HIGHLY mistaken if you think that the head Republicans are any different than the head Democrats. Two peas in the same pod.

The Big Dog's back

Seeing how the right wing Repubs are 24 hour hate Obama, you tell me how to get along with people like that.

shucks

Exactly !

The Republicans hated him BEFORE he was inaugurated the first time.

grumpy

Some/many people hated his policies that he pushed before he was elected. But then you steadfastly won't even believe that can be possible. It HAS to be because of his race. Then he went and pushed through a policy like Obamacare which was stopped 3 or 4 times before it was finally passed on a partyline vote, written behind closed doors, with only democrats inside, without time for ANYONE to read the bill, without any amendments allowed to be even heard, let alone voted on, just before the dems lost their super majority in the senate.

You reap what you sow. "Elections have consequences" was what Obama said after he was elected the first time... you reap what you sow. You want your way or the highway... you get that same thing in your face when you lost the votes to do as you please. You reap what you sow.

shucks

If he was a black Republican, he'd be loved by the Republicans.

JudgeMeNot

Nope. McCain still would have won the nomination.

shucks

I'd bet you that McCain would have lost to Colin Powell if Colin had run for president .

grumpy

You're on. Now prove it. ROFLMFAO. Then show us how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

Contango

Re: "if Colin had run for president,"

And if frogs had wings, they wouldn't bump their butts on the ground when they hopped.

Primaries are beauty contests and have little to anything to do about competency or character. It's about the BUCKS.

Look: The Dems selected a "pretty boy," no-name, do-nothing as their candidate in '08 and some lefty bozos want a political do-nothing, has-been in '16.

shucks

Get over your "man crush" on Clinton - sadly, he's not going to call you.

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