The State Department opened up Friday morning with a bang, issuing a worldwide alert to all United States citizens about travel. Apparently there has been a threat from terrorist organization Al Qaeda that the government is taking very seriously. Furthermore, the government announced that its embassies and consulates throughout Muslim nations will be closed over “security concerns.”
As is almost always the case, there is no real information being given, only cryptic messages that we should all be careful and vigilant, whatever the hell that means. The travel alert did zero in on the Middle East and North Africa as the real area of concern, and specifically the Arabian Peninsula.
Unfortunately, there is no more information to report at this time. From here we can only speculate. We are particularly interested in what possible significance the date of August 4 might have. The government’s travel alert indicated that this particular date is of particular concern, although it was made clear that the threat may be applicable throughout August. There is no Muslim religious holiday associated with that date, but we are looking into other reasons that the date might have garnered so much attention from the good folks at Homeland Security.
It is entirely possible that this situation is an overreaction to public opinion that not enough was done before, during, and after the attacks at Benghazi. It may be that the government is simply taking precautions to make sure it gets out ahead of any potential event this time, but only time will tell. Common Sense Conspiracy will continue to monitor the situation throughout the weekend, and we will be looking into other reasons and theories surrounding this event.