The government has issued terror warnings for every holiday since September 11, 2001. It is particularly fond of frightening people around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
This year is no exception.
On Monday the State Department issued a “Worldwide Travel Alert.”
You’re not safe anywhere.
“The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests. This Travel Alert expires on February 24, 2016,” the alert posted on the State Department’s website says.
In addition to being frightened when traveling, Americans are advised to be nervous “in public places,” “crowed places” (sic) and “holiday festivals or events.”
You should “follow the instructions of local authorities” and “monitor media” such as CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, the usual propaganda outlets that hype nonexistent terror threats.
If you plan to travel abroad during the holiday, the government says you should register with them.
You can also get the latest scary information by calling a toll free telephone number and by following the government’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Incidentally, according to Jeh Johnson at the Department of Homeland Security, there is no “specific,” “credible” or “imminent” terror threat at this time.
And remember–you are more likely to be killed by lightning than terrorists.