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Subject: Security Message for U.S. Citizens: TRAVEL ALERT - WORLDWIDE
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:30:50 +0000
From: Panama-ACS@state.gov
Reply-To: Panama-ACS@state.gov
 

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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.

 Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq.  Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis.  Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services.  In the past year, there have been multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali.  ISIL/Da’esh has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt.

 U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation.  Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places.  Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events.  U.S. citizens should monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.  Persons with specific safety concerns should contact local law enforcement authorities who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country.  U.S. citizens should:

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities.  Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.  
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

Foreign governments have taken action to guard against terrorist attacks, and some have made official declarations regarding heightened threat conditions.  Authorities continue to conduct raids and disrupt terror plots.  We continue to work closely with our allies on the threat from international terrorism.  Information is routinely shared between the United States and our key partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.

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4 minutes ago, Bonnie said:

I'm pleased to see CL is getting this message from the U.S. Embassy, presumably via the U.S. warden here in Boquete, who deflects attention by not identifying himself.

 

You are correct, Bonnie. It seems that the US Consulate, the wardens, and especially our warden for Boquete have a good communications systems going to help keep us informed. The warden here in Boquete just humbly does his job without any need for praise or recognition.

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12 hours ago, Pat said:

 

You are correct, Bonnie. It seems that the US Consulate, the wardens, and especially our warden for Boquete have a good communications systems going to help keep us informed. The warden here in Boquete just humbly does his job without any need for praise or recognition.

People who register with the embassy get the notices directly via email.  They do not have to depend on the warden sending them, or wait for them to appear on News Boquete.  The reason there are not more frequent embassy outreach trips to Boquete is because the embassy thinks hardly any U.S. citizens live here, because a great number haven't registered (tax evaders?  conspiracy theorists?  criminals on the lam?  Who knows?)

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