In this report we will discuss the latest news on the economic collapse. The job numbers are out and they are not as good as everyone believes, the unemployment rate went down but the number of part time jobs increase and the number of people who are not looking anymore has increased. Washington has issued a warning around the globe, all embassy’s will be closed and all American citizens traveling are being warned. Be prepared for a false flag event.
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Since the government officials are telling the people that unemployment is going to be bad until 2018 you know for a fact that it will get much, much worse.
With the mean-reverting extrapolators all calling the bottom in Europe and scandal-plagued PM Rajoy desperate for distraction repeatedly arguing that the country’s depressed economy is finally emerging from a two-tear slump, the FT reports that IMF has just popped that balloon of hope. “Spain has historically never generated net employment when the economy grew less that 1.5-2%,” the IMF notes, pointing out “yet growth is not projected to reach these rates even in the medium-term.” In fact, echoing recent warnings from independent economists at exuberance over the most recent data (driven by seasonally-enhanced tourism) as the start of a new trend, the IMF warns, “the weak recovery will constrain employment gains, with unemployment remaining above 25 per cent in 2018.” So, for Rajoy, its back to the grift.
When you don’t count the people in the labor force the unemployment rate goes down. There were an additional 988,000 people not looking for work anymore because there are no jobs. Manipulation at its best
- So much for the trends of beats: July nonfarm payrolls +162K missing expectations of 185K; June was revised lower to 188K and the unemployment rate dips from 7.5% to 7.4%. The rate dropped because the civilian labor force declined from 155,835 to 155,798 or 37K, driven by an increase of people not in labor force to 89,957 – just shy of the all time high. This also means that the labor force participation rate once again ticked down to 63.4% from 63.5%.
- Dismissing the aberration of year-end tax-shenanigans, personal income (which printed 0.3%) missed expectations by the most since July 2012. Adding to the apparent weakness was the prior 0.5% growth was revised lower to 0.4% – seemingly confirming the dismal ‘quality’ of jobs as the ‘quantity’ increases. Spending met expectations at +0.5%.
- Household Survey Data
- Both the number of unemployed persons, at 11.5 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.4 percent, edged down in July. Over the year, these measures were down by 1.2 million and 0.8 percentage point, respectively. (See table A-1.)
- Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult women (6.5 percent) and blacks (12.6 percent) declined in July. The rates for adult men (7.0 percent), teenagers (23.7 percent), whites (6.6 percent), and Hispanics (9.4 percent) showed little or no change. The jobless rate for Asians was 5.7 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)
- In July, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 4.2 million. These individuals accounted for 37.0 percent of the unemployed. The number of long-term unemployed has declined by 921,000 over the past year. (See table A-12.)
- The civilian labor force participation rate was 63.4 percent in July, little changed over the month. The employment-population ratio was unchanged at 58.7 percent. (See table A-1.)
- The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was essentially unchanged at 8.2 million in July. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job. (See table A-8.)
- In July, 2.4 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, little changed from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey. (See table A-16.)
- Among the marginally attached, there were 988,000 discouraged workers in July, up by 136,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.4 million persons marginally attached to the labor force in July had not searched for work for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities.
- Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has said the official U.S. unemployment rate could mask the real problems in the labor market. He got proof of that in July’s jobs report.
- The unemployment rate dipped to 7.4 percent in July, the lowest rate since December 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday, down from 7.6 percent in June.
- But payroll growth was anemic, wages dropped and more discouraged workers headed for the sidelines, continuing the slowest job-market recovery since World War II.
- “The U.S. job market appears to be stuck in the slow lane,” Adam Hersh, economist at the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank, wrote in a statement. “Despite the modest gains in this report, we’re still not moving fast enough to repair the unemployment hole or to deliver a pay raise for the majority of workers in America.”
- Employers added just 162,000 jobs to non-farm payrolls in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday, down from 188,000 in June, which was revised lower from an initial reading of 195,000. Together, revisions to May and June figures subtracted 26,000 jobs from payrolls, another sign of weakness.
- Economists, on average, had expected 185,000 new jobs in July and an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent, according to a Bloomberg survey.
- The unemployment rate, meanwhile, fell in part because 37,000 workers dropped out of the labor force, meaning they gave up looking for work. The labor-force participation rate, which measures the percentage of working-age Americans who are working or looking for work, fell to 63.4 percent in July, near a 35-year low.
- The civilian employment-population ratio, which measures how many working-age Americans actually have jobs, was flat at 58.7 percent, near the lowest in 30 years and down from more than 63 percent before the recession.
- The Fed has promised to keep its target interest rate near zero at least until unemployment is below 6.5 percent. But Bernanke, aware of the loss of workers from the labor force, suggested in a speech recently that he’ll have to keep the jobless rate in context, saying it “probably understates the weakness of the labor market.”
- The “U-6” unemployment rate, which adds together unemployed people, those who are working part-time because they can’t find anything better, and some people who have recently just given up looking for work in despair, was 14 percent, down from 14.3 percent in June.
- The median duration of unemployment fell to 15.7 weeks from 16.3 weeks in June, the lowest level since May 2009, but still higher than during every other recession since 1967.
- Average hourly wages fell 0.1 percent in July and are up just 1.9 percent in the past year, barely enough to keep up with inflation. The majority of the jobs that have been created during the recovery have been low-paying jobs, worsening income inequality and keeping the economy sluggish.
- “Really we have become a nation of hamburger flippers, Wal-Mart sales associates, barmaids, checkout people and other people working at very low wages,” Daniel Alpert, managing partner of New York investment bank Westwood Capital, told Yahoo Finance’s Daily Ticker. That’s why job growth is “not increasing consumption or the ability to go out and buy stuff.”
- Altogether employers have added about 1.35 million jobs so far this year, or 192,000 per month. About 6.7 million jobs have been added since the labor market bottomed in February 2010, while the unemployment rate has dropped from a peak of 10 percent in October 2009.
- Still, the job market is a long way from being fully healed of the damage done by the Great Recession. The total level of non-farm payroll jobs is still about 2 million below its peak in January 2008. Adding in the number of jobs that should have been created in a healthy economy, we could have a “jobs deficit” of more than 8 million jobs, estimates the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank.
- The right-leaning Hamilton Project, another think tank, estimates the jobs gap at nearly 10 million. At this year’s pace of job growth, 192,000 jobs per month, it will take 7 years and 9 months to close that gap, according to a calculator on Hamilton’s web site.
More jobs in the food service area then manufacturing jobs, and food service sales fell 1.2%. Doesn’t look good
- This data really doesn’t need much explanation. Here are the facts: so far in 2013:
- There have been 246.5K Waiter and Bartender (Food Service and Drinking Places) jobs added
- There have been 24.0K Manufacturing jobs added
- The ratio of waiters and bartenders to manufacturing jobs: 10 to 1.
- Sadly, most of those now record waiters and bartenders are just sitting there, twiddling their thumbs. Recall: “According to this week’s very weak retail sales report, Food-service sales fell 1.2% in June, the largest decline since February 2008 and the year over year change in “eating out” rose by just 3.1% – the lowest annual increase since June 2010. But at least all those empty restaurant seats have a record number of waiters catering to the non-existent clients which on the surface should mean the speediest service in history.”
- And as an added bonus, here is the number of Waiter and Bartender vs Manufacturing jobs added since Obama took office (January 2009) through July. This chart also needs no comment.
[stextbox id=”x22report”]Interest rates on the rise push more people out of the housing market, unemployed, underemployed, no credit from foreclosures and now the hedge funds are looking to get out of the housing market. Builders are reporting slower traffic. Not surprising that the construction spending fell unexpectedly. [/stextbox]
- Construction spending unexpectedly fell in June, a possible sign that government budget cuts and a sharp rise in interest rates were weighing on the economy.
- Construction spending dropped 0.6 percent to an annual rate of $884 billion, the Commerce Department said on Thursday.
- It was the biggest decline since January, although the government revised upwards its estimate for construction spending in May.
- A 1.1 percent drop in public sector outlays factored heavily in the decline.
- The federal government enacted steep budget cuts in March, which are expected to squeeze state and local administrations that depend on funds from Washington. Federal construction fell 1.5 percent during the month, while outlays on state and local projects declined 1.1 percent.
- The private sector also pulled back in June. Construction spending on homes was flat, while non-residential spending dropped 0.9 percent.
- Long term interest rates began rising in May and spiked in June on expectations that the Federal Reserve would begin scaling back a bond-buying program later this year. The Fed on Wednesday noted that mortgage rates had risen in the United States.
- Economists polled by Reuters had expected overall construction spending to rise 0.4 percent in June.
The US government are happy with the puppet government of Egypt, they are doing everything they want. The US dollar is still the reserve currency, the US has control over the military right now and the military are controlling the people.
- US Secretary of State John Kerry defends the Egyptian military for ousting the country’s democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi.
- “The military was asked to intervene by millions and millions of people, all of whom were afraid of a descendance into chaos, into violence,” said Kerry in an interview with Pakistani private television channel Geo.
- He added that the Egyptian military has not taken over the power and is “resorting to democracy” by giving the power to a civilian government.
- He made the remarks as the US-funded military has so far killed over 300 Egyptians during a harsh security clampdown on mass protests against the June 30 military coup.
- Human rights organizations have taken a swipe at the deteriorating human rights situation in Egypt. Amnesty International on Wednesday condemned the violence against demonstrators.
- “The Egyptian government’s decision to mandate security forces to end all pro-Morsi sit-ins in Greater Cairo, considering recent violence against protesters, is a recipe for further bloodshed,” the group said.
- The White House has declined to call the ousting of Morsi by the military as a coup.
- Labeling Morsi’s ouster a coup would require the administration of President Barack Obama to shelve its annual $1.5 billion military aid package for the country.
- Egyptian protesters accuse the White House of putting its weight behind a coup which was meant to suppress country’s Islamic groups.
We see South Korea and Japan looking to have control over their own destiny when it comes to war. Since WWIII is on the horizon, these countries understand they will need to take charge during this time. This is why they are making the request now
- High-ranking U.S. and South Korean armed forces officials on Tuesday discussed plans to return to Seoul command of its own troops during wartime, the Yonhap News Agency reported.
- The command transfer is presently planned to happen at the end of 2015. However, Seoul earlier this month requested that it be delayed — for the second time — amid concerns that South Korean military capabilities are not yet at the desired level. North Korea’s rising nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities also are said to have played a role.
- At a separate meeting in Seoul, South Korean and U.S. government officials, including U.S. Treasury Undersecretary David Cohen, agreed to “further strengthen cooperation with China down the road,” on the implementation of sanctions targeting North Korea, Cho Tai-young, a South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman, was reported by Yonhap to have said.
- Cohen, who heads the department’s terrorism and financial intelligence office, is understood to have raised options for increasing sanctions compliance in some East Asian countries where North Korea reportedly continues to retain port access.
- Separately, Japanese parliamentary Senior Defense Vice Minister Akinori Eto met with U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at the Pentagon on Monday. The two men jointly assessed the potential for re-examining a 1997 bilateral defense accord “in order to meet emerging opportunities and challenges,” according to a Defense Department press release.
- Tokyo is perceived to be moving away from its post-World War II pacifist stance due to concerns about North Korea’s nuclear weapons work and China’s growing regional military presence.
- Meanwhile, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter “has no immediate plans to travel to North Korea,” according to the Carter Center. There has been speculation that Carter could shortly travel to the North in order to request the release of imprisoned U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae, Yonhap reported.
- Pyongyang in the past has used visits by high-profile U.S. dignitaries for domestic propaganda purposes and to ask for negotiations with Washington.
Pushing the war agenda forward. The US government/central bankers need World War III to get started they are fanning the flames
- Japan’s Coast Guard says four Chinese ships have entered its territorial waters off the disputed islands in the East China Sea.
- According to a statement by the coast guard, the ships entered the waters near the Senkaku Islands shortly between 9:30 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. local time on Friday.
- The uninhabited islands are controlled by Japan but claimed and known as Diaoyu by China.
- The maneuver marks the latest in a series of what Japan calls incursions by the Chinese government, which regularly deploys ships and airplanes in the East China Sea region.
- On July 24, Japan dispatched fighter jets to thwart a Chinese military plane that flew near Okinawa prefecture’s main island and the smaller Miyako Island in southern Japan.
- In April, Japan’s Defense Ministry said it had sent fighter jets to the disputed areas – in response to flights by Chinese aircraft – 306 times during a year span ending on March 2013.
- In February, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said a Chinese frigate had directed its weapon-targeting radar at a Japanese vessel in the international waters of the East China Sea on January 30. The Chinese Defense Ministry denied the allegations.
- Tensions heightened between the two sides after Japan signed a deal on September 11, 2012 to buy three of the islands from their private Japanese owner in line with plans to nationalize the archipelago.
- The Kyoto governor and Kyotango mayor will allow the U.S. military to set up a facility on the Tango Peninsula facing the Sea of Japan to monitor North Korean missile launches.
- Kyoto Governor Keiji Yamada and Kyotango Mayor Yasushi Nakayama agreed at a meeting on Aug. 1 to accept the facility, which was part of an agreement reached between the Japanese and U.S. governments to deploy the mobile X-band Radar.
- Despite their reservations, Yamada and Nakayama said they decided to accept the facility for the greater good of the nation.
- The radar will transmit data on ballistic missile launches to warships equipped with Aegis air defense systems and ground-based interceptor missile sites.
- The mobile X-band Radar system weighs about 34 tons and is about 13 meters in length. It can distinguish differing types of warheads flying more than 1,000 kilometers away.
- The U.S. military is expected to assign about 160 service personnel and civilian employees to the monitoring station in the city of Kyotango.
- Local residents have expressed concern over the deployment of U.S. soldiers to the area and over potential crimes and accidents. They have also expressed concern over possible health hazards that may result from the radar’s electromagnetic waves.
- The United States currently has an X-band Radar system deployed at its Shariki Communication Site in Tsugaru, Aomori Prefecture. At the Japan-U.S. summit held in the United States in February, the two countries agreed to deploy the X-band Radar to a second location.
- After the summit, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera listed an area near the Air Self-Defense Force’s Kyogamisaki Sub Base in the city of Kyotango as a candidate location.
- The United States will deploy the radar and its support personnel next to the ASDF site.
- In the Kinki region, which includes Osaka, Kyoto and Nara, U.S. forces maintained a communication facility on Mount Rokkosan in Hyogo Prefecture. However, the site was returned to Japan in 1992.
- If the new monitoring station is established at the location in northern Kyoto Prefecture, it will be the U.S. military’s only facility in the Kinki region.
US paid mercenaries used as freedom fighters to fight against the Syrian government. It is all coming out. The paid mercenaries have been funded by the US government/central bankers to get the US dollar as the reserve currency in Syria and then move onto Iran. Now the US/central bankers are going to get desperate, next move a distraction to cover this entire thing up. False flag event
- We’ve extensively documented that the bigger story behind the murder of ambassador Chris Stevens at the Benghazi embassy in Libya is that the embassy was the center of U.S. efforts to arm jihadis in Syria who are trying to topple the Syrian government.
- We’ve also noted that this is not a partisan issue … both parties greenlighted regime change in Syria years ago, and both parties have tried to cover up what was really going on in Benghazi.
- CNN just broke this story wide open:
- CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack.
- Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.
- CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency’s Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.
- Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency’s missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency’s workings.
- The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress.
- It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career.
- In exclusive communications obtained by CNN, one insider writes, “You don’t jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well.”
- Another says, “You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation.”
- “Agency employees typically are polygraphed every three to four years. Never more than that,” said former CIA operative and CNN analyst Robert Baer.
- In other words, the rate of the kind of polygraphs alleged by sources is rare.
- “If somebody is being polygraphed every month, or every two months it’s called an issue polygraph, and that means that the polygraph division suspects something, or they’re looking for something, or they’re on a fishing expedition. But it’s absolutely not routine at all to be polygraphed monthly, or bi-monthly,” said Baer.
- The lack of information and pressure to silence CIA operatives is disturbing to U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, whose district includes CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
- “I think it is a form of a cover-up, and I think it’s an attempt to push it under the rug, and I think the American people are feeling the same way,” said the Republican.
- Lawmakers also want to about know the weapons in Libya, and what happened to them.
- Speculation on Capitol Hill has included the possibility the U.S. agencies operating in Benghazi were secretly helping to move surface-to-air missiles out of Libya, through Turkey, and into the hands of Syrian rebels.
- The CIA would not comment on whether it was involved in the transfer of any weapons.
The people in congress had a problem, Obamacare was to expensive and the government wasn’t paying their premiums, but with a wave of the Presidents magical wand the government will now pay for these expensive premiums. What about the rest of the country, how will the people make these payments if they were high for the government workers. No magic wand for the people, and if they don’t pay to get insurance they will pay in taxes. So who is this good for? Nobody, it is not for the people.
- It helps to have the president on the case.
- A day after President Barack Obama told Senate Democrats he’d find a solution to lawmakers’ worries they’d soon face prohibitive healthcare premiums, officials said the government would continue to make a hefty contribution to their health plans under Obamacare.
- The Office of Personnel Management could issue the new regulation as early as Friday, Politico reported late Thursday night.
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also confirmed a deal, saying “I’m glad it’s done,” according to Roll Call.
- At issue was whether Obamacare allows the federal government to continue to pay part of the health insurance premiums for members of Congress and thousands of Hill aides when they are nudged onto health exchanges.
- Currently, the government pays nearly 75 percent of these premiums.
- The government’s contributions came into question, however, because of a controversial Republican amendment to the Affordable Care Act that didn’t include language authorizing the Feds to help pay the Obamacare premiums.
- Had the payments stopped, it would cost Hill staffers thousands of extra dollars each year.
- In a conference call with Iowa reporters Wednesday, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who voted against Obamacare, said his 2010 amendment stemmed from residents’ comments, the Des Moines Register reported.
- “At my town meetings, constituents said to me, ‘Well, if Obamacare is good enough for us, why isn’t it good enough for you?’ ”
- The controversy had to be resolved before Oct. 1, which is when members and staffers can begin enrolling in the exchanges.
- The folks at the White House will do anything to refute claims that ObamaCare is a train wreck.
- On Tuesday, the Administration sent out the following email message to subscribers:
- An urban legend
- Recently, there have been some scattered news reports claiming that restaurants are reducing employee hours and limiting hiring because of Obamacare.
- There’s just one problem: It doesn’t add up.
- It turns out that restaurants aren’t limiting hours on average — they’re increasing them. And restaurants are hiring at a faster pace than expected. All of which to say that the Affordable Care Act isn’t restraining job growth for restaurants at all.
- Let’s look at the ever-growing list of restaurants and hospitality companies that have announced in the past year that they would be cutting back on employee hours specifically to avoid the damaging effects of ObamaCare:
- Numerous CiCi’s locations
- Numerous Denny’s locations
- Papa John’s
- Regal Cinemas
- White Castle
- Last week, two restaurant executives testified before Congress that ObamaCare may make restaurant owners less likely to expand their businesses.
- Just how bad could it get?
- A study by the nonpartisan Hudson Institute estimated that over three million full-time jobs at America’s various franchises are at risk due to ObamaCare.
- As for the White House’s contention that restaurants are currently hiring, in general that is true.
- The Labor Department reported Friday a 38,000 increase to the number of people working at restaurants and bars in July.
- However, these are quite likely not full-time positions.
- The financial website Zero Hedge reported Friday that a total of 953,000 jobs have been created so far this year; 731,000 or 77 percent are part-time positions.
- Is this really the kind of track record the Administration wants to brag about?
- Apparently so.
Bloomberg is pushing the US government agenda of getting the guns from Americans. The gun bill and the UN arms treaty are pending in the senate. John Kerry said that they will be signed into law by August. It is now August and the push is coming to get the guns and remove the last remaining right, the 2nd Amendment.
- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg blames Virginia and several other southern state’s for the Big Apple’s gun crimes — so now he’s set his Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ sights on the Deep South for a Second Amendment crackdown.
- “Despite all we do to keep our city safe, we’re increasingly at the mercy of weak national gun laws and weak gun laws in other states,” Mr. Bloomberg said, according to The New York Post. “We have been attacking this problem from every angle, but we cannot do it alone.”
- He cited Virginia as about the worst, in terms of allowing guns to flow into New York.
- In 2011, guns from Virginia were involved in 322 violent incidents, he said, The New York Post reported. He also said that guns from states other than New York were used to commit 90 percent of the city’s crimes in 2011 – and that’s up from 85 percent in 2009.
- Mr. Bloomberg is using those statistics to push for national reform on right-to-carry laws. His chief of staff, John Feinblatt, said if states like Virginia only implemented common-sense provisions, then violent crime rates would fall.
- “Take Virginia,” he said, at a press conference at City Hall. “That state requires no background checks for private sales and the legislature in that state even recently rolled back their state laws by stripping their one-gun-a-month purchase limit.”
- Other states faulted by Mr. Feinblatt: South Carolina, for contributing 251 “crime guns” in 2011, he said. And Georgia, Alabama and Texas – all states that allow for online gun sales absent background checks.
If the NSA spying was so great and they need to stop terrorist why didn’t they know anything about the Boston Bombing, oh that’s right because they were the ones that caused the false flag. The spying is to blackmail government officials, judges, spy on investors, patents and people. It is being used to place people into categories and place them on lists to be rounded up during the economic collapse.
- President Barack Obama continued to defend the National Security Agency’s widespread surveillance programs behind closed doors to Senate Democrats on Wednesday, but on Thursday he faces a tougher audience.
- But according to Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the president was firm in his defense of the programs in their current form.
- “He was very strong about the fact of keeping America safe and doing it in a way that respects the privacy of Americans,” Cardin told reporters in response to a question from HuffPost. “He felt there’s always ways to improve, but that the knowledge factor of what is being done currently, if most Americans really focused on it, they would want us to do what they’re doing.”
- Maine Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats and serves on the Intelligence Committee, said Obama reiterated his call for a “balance” between privacy and national security, but also invoked the Boston Marathon bombings as an example of where data collected by the NSA helped “identify whether there was a great plot.”
- The British embassy in Yemen will be closed for two days over ‘increased security concerns’, the UK Foreign Office has announced.
- The British Embassy in Yemen will close temporarily after escalating violence and terrorist threats, the Foreign Office said Friday. While the Embassy will operate with an “essential staff,” all other British citizens were advised to leave Yemen.
- The British announced the precautionary measures after the United States issued a worldwide travel alert, citing the intelligence indicating al-Qaeda terrorists may be planning attack somewhere in the Middle East or Africa.
- “There is a high threat from terrorism throughout Yemen,” the Foreign Office said in a statement. “[We] advise against all travel to Yemen and strongly urge British nationals to leave now.”
- The US State Department has issued a global travel alert for American citizens, warning that al-Qaeda may be planned to conduct attacks until the end of this month.
- “Current information suggests that al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” the department said on Friday.
- According to the statement, the attacks are seen as occurring in the Middle East and North Africa.
- Americans have been warned about the potential for attacks on “public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure.”
- American citizens “should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling,” the statement said.
- The warning came one day after the US instructed some embassies and consulates to remain closed on Sunday.
- Deputy State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said the decision to close the facilities was taken out of an abundance of caution.
- “The Department has been apprised of information that, out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting our installations that indicates we should institute these precautionary steps,” Harf said on Thursday.
- The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, supported the department’s decision to go public with its concerns.
- “We got intelligence, and not just the normal chitchat, that there could be an attack on Americans or our allies,” Ruppersberger said.
- “Putting it out there, that also gives notice to the people that are planning it: We know something’s out there,” he added.
This could be a false flag event to show that the NSA spy techniques do work and this is the reason why they need to do it. It is a distraction from the real issue and it is to make every American aware that there is a real threat of terror in the world and we need the NSA to monitor everyone to catch these types of acts before they happen. By the way al Qaeda is a paid organization of the CIA.
- An al Qaeda plot is linked to an announcement by the State Department that it was closing several consulates and embassies around the world on Sunday due to a security threat, CBS News has learned.
- CBS News correspondent David Martin reports that U.S. intelligence has picked up signs of an al Qaeda plot against American diplomatic posts in the Middle East and other Muslim countries. The intelligence does not mention a specific location, which is why all embassies that would normally be open on Sunday have been ordered to close. That includes embassies and consulates in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, where Sunday is the start of the work week.
- Martin further reported that officials say this appears to be a real plot in the making and not just the normal chatter among terrorists talking about attacks they’d like to carry out. But these same officials add they are missing key pieces of information.
- As of 7:00 a.m. ET Friday, at least 17 embassies have announced that they will close on Sunday in accordance with the State Department’s guidance, including the U.S. embassies in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Mauritania, Sudan and Djibouti. A statement on the website of the embassy in Kuwait explained, “The Department of State has instructed certain U.S. Embassies and Consulates to remain closed or to suspend operations on Sunday, August 4…Accordingly, the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait will be closed on Sunday, August 4.”
- In the meantime, the statement continued, “All U.S. citizen services appointments and visa appointments have been cancelled and have been rescheduled on an individual basis.”
- State Dept: Some embassies to close Sunday due to “security considerations”
- Earlier, Marie Harf, the deputy spokeswoman for the State Department, told reporters that the step was taken as a “precautionary” measure. She did not provide further specifics on the nature of the threat or which embassies would be forced to shutter for the day.
- “The Department of State has instructed certain U.S. embassies and consulates to remain closed or to suspend operations on Sunday, August 4th,” she said, explaining that the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution.”
- She said that is is “possible” some facilities would remain closed for more than a day, depending on the results of a security analysis.
- A senior State Department official told CBS News: “For those who asked about which embassies and consulates we have instructed to suspend operations on August 4th, the answer is that we have instructed all U.S. Embassies and Consulates that would have normally been open on Sunday to suspend operations, specifically on August 4th. It is possible we may have additional days of closing as well.” The official added: “The Department, when conditions warrant, takes steps like this to balance our continued operations with security and safety.”
- Harf declined to say from which region of the world the threat had emanated, saying only that “security considerations have led us to take this precautionary step, as we do from time to time.”
- The State Department will provide further details soon, Harf said.
- Kerry sets 9-month goal for Mideast peace talks
- Congress interviewing “dozens” of Benghazi witnesses
- The security of American embassies and other diplomatic facilities has recently emerged as a political flashpoint in the wake of the September 11, 2012 attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed the lives of four Americans, including then-ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.
- In the wake of that attack, Republicans accused the State Department of providing insufficient security for diplomatic personnel in Libya.
NSA was busted for spying on people, they violated the 4th Amendment, NSA under pressure trying to explain why they need to spy on everyone, Snowden gets asylum in Russia, the US is very upset about this, now they receive incredible intel on a suppose terrorists threat. This false flag can be used for two reasons to exonerate the NSA to show why they need to spy and to blame this on Syria to get the US into war.
- The United States issued a global travel alert Friday, citing an al-Qaida threat that also caused the State Department to close its embassies Sunday around the Muslim world.
- The State Department warned American citizens of the potential for terrorism particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, with a possible attack occurring or coming from the Arabian Peninsula.
- “Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” the statement said.
- The alert asks American travelers to take extra precautions when traveling overseas and suggests they sign up for State Department alerts and register with consulates or embassies in the countries they are visiting.
- The alert was posted a day after the U.S. announced it would close diplomatic facilities on Sunday because of an unspecified threat. Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the department acted out of an “abundance of caution” and that some missions may stay closed for longer than a day. Sunday is a business day in Muslim countries.
- Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Friday the embassy threat was linked to al-Qaida and focused on the Middle East and Central Asia.
- “We’ve had a series of threats,” Royce told reporters. “In this instance, we can take a step to better protect our personnel and, out of an abundance of caution, we should.”
- Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence panel, also supported the department’s decision to go public with its concerns.
- “The most important thing we have to do is protect American lives,” he said, describing the threat as “not the regular chit chat” picked up from would-be militants on the Internet or elsewhere.
- The State Department issued a major warning last year informing American diplomatic facilities across the Muslim world about potential violence connected to the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
- Dozens of American installations were besieged by protests over an anti-Islam video made by an American resident.
- In Benghazi, Libya, the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed when militants assaulted a diplomatic post, but the administration no longer says that attack was related to the demonstrations.
- Friday’s alert warned that al-Qaida or its allies may target U.S. government or private American interests. It cited dangers involved with public transportation systems and other prime sites for tourists, noting that previous terrorist attacks have centered on subway and rail networks as well as airplanes and boats.
- “U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling,” the department said. It recommended that American traveling overseas register with consular authorities on a travel registration website. The alert expires on Aug. 31.
- Ruppersberger said the U.S. has invested greatly in research and protection system for U.S. embassies and citizens since the Benghazi attack.
- “Intelligence is probably the best defense against terrorist attacks,” he said. “Intelligence isn’t always an exact science, but you have to react and you have to prepare. So we put people on notice and we also put the other side on notice.”
- Rep. Adam Schiff of California, another Democrat on House intelligence, said he was briefed on the matter this week and called the State Department’s decision to close embassies a “prudent” step.
- “I hope it will be of short duration,” he said.
[stextbox id=”x22report”]What do we know. We know there is some type of terror and travel advisory alert from now until Aug 31, 2013. There is a team training for nuclear terror. The fiscal year ends Sep 30 for supplying the paid mercenaries with weapons in Syria. So we know that a false flag event is going to happen to get the war started[/stextbox]
- Thousands of members of the armed forces including members of the Indiana National Guard are participating in mass disaster training in Jennings County.
- Exercise Vibrant Response is in full effect at the Muscatatuck training camp and Camp Atterbury in Johnson County.
- More than 5,000 members of the military and civilians from across the country are taking part in the two-week, large-scale disaster response exercise. The scenario is a nuclear terrorist attack in Columbus, Ohio—and the backdrop is as close to the real thing as it gets.
- About 200 medical mannequins and 300 live role players are part of the exercise– helping to train those involved.
- “They train these soldiers, they challenge them and the things they do have been experienced in every large-scale disaster response,” said Brig. Gen. Brian Copes with the Indiana National Guard.
- Specialist Ryan Bottoms is going through the training for the first time. His mission is to provide security to his unit and to keep civilians as calm as possible.
- “You just can’t lose your bearings. You have to stay calm, stay on mission. That’s the main thing that I’ve experienced here,” said Bottoms.
- This is the sixth training exercise Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck have hosted since 2009– providing thousands of our men and women in uniform the training they need.
- The training will wrap up August 17.