The U.S. Department of State is upholding a travel alert placed over Europe earlier this month, said a counterterrorism coordinator on Thursday.
According to U.S. counterterrorism coordinator Daniel Benjamin, the Mumbai-style terror plot aimed at several European cities is still in play and enough of a possibility not to rescind the alert.
American travelers and expatriates were advised by the State Department to keep a low profile and to take general safety precautions. The State Department did not, however, issue a formal warning to Americans not to travel to Europe.
It appears that the US State Department has morphed into the US Department of Fearmongering, and instead of preventing terrorism through logical, far-sighted planning, is practicing "scareorrism" to attempt to keep the American people in a perpetual state of panic.
Panic keeps people from thinking clearly and rationally.
The first and foremost thing the US could do to prevent any kind of action like this taking place against American targets, at home or abroad, would be to stop mucking about in other people's countries, like Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, and (probably soon) Iran.
Of course, that would be logical.