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Originally posted by Helious
It was outed from sources that there never was a credible threat. Smoke and mirrors. It has been speculated that the terror alert was a distraction for domestic political issues but that's nothing more than an educated guess.
Or maybe, just maybe, there was/is a possibility that the U.S. was flirting with expanding their involvement in a regional conflict and they decided to purge any vulnerable personnel out of the region as the possibility of an expansion was higher than usual.I'm not saying I think this is 100% the case, I'm just saying the pieces fit, and It's not out of the realm of possibility. Normally , Bush's ultimatum to Saddam being the exception, you don't tip your hand until absolutely necessary in the event of a conflict. What better way to clear vulnerable personnel than a terror threat.
Originally posted by Firefly_
1: The threat was intended to make the west run around like headless chickens and bring disruption, and they succeeded.
2: The threat was real, and due to intelligence gained, it was thwarted and dealt with.
3: The threat was false, and was used to give prism and other systems relevance and validity
4: It was false and a distraction.
Originally posted by OtherSideOfTheCoin
all of the embassies other than the one in Yemen have reopened.
there has been a AQAP attack in Yemen and another that security forces interrupted.
There have also been a couple of Drone strikes in Yemen.
All of that in addition to actually closing the embassies (the probably targets of the attack) have probably disrupted the plot.
The fact that there has not been any spectacular terrorist attack just means that the precautions the security forces have taken have so far worked, it does not mean the thread was made up in anyway.