Dangerous UK?

You’ve no idea just how volatile the situation is within some areas of the UK let alone Europe. After all why should you?
BUT even if you follow your governments advice, it’s likely to be REALLY indistinct, vague, if not pretty pointless.

So, when I read this Europe Travel Alert from “The Department of State” alerting U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. I’m expecting good accurate advice and Intel. Read on and tell me the areas you should avoid within the UK or even Europe?

This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017.

Recent, widely reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.  While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the Department nevertheless remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks.  U.S. citizens should always be alert to the possibility that terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning.

Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets.  In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks.  U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations, in particular during the upcoming summer travel season when large crowds may be common.

Terrorists persist in employing a variety of tactics, including firearms, explosives, using vehicles as ramming devices, and sharp-edged weapons that are difficult to detect prior to an attack.

If you are traveling between countries in Europe, please check the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate in your destination city for any recent security messages.  Review security information from local officials, who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country.  U.S. citizens should also:

  • 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.
  • Have an emergency plan of action ready.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

We continue to work closely with our European partners and allies on the threat from international terrorism.  Information is routinely shared between the United States and our key partners to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.

It’s interesting to note the lack of accurate Intel, just vague mumblings about terrorism.
Recently we met a couple narrow boating round England who had no idea that there was a potential ‘problem’ with areas they would be transiting through within the UK.
Luckily they only had to modify their planned mooring sites slightly to ones with security or out of the town centres known to have a ‘radical presence’.
I hope they enjoyed their trip.

Anyway I often get feedback from my American (and Canadian) friends which includes the comment “I had no idea that was happening”.
So why is that?
Simple!
The US (and Canadian) main line media sanitize everything they broadcast.

You’ve got to wonder why?
Why is a good idea NOT to inform you?

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6 Responses to Dangerous UK?

  1. Brittius says:

    “Mushrooms”?
    (Kept in the dark, and fed only horseshit.)

  2. DM says:

    Which is one of the reasons I appreciate your blog. A much more realistic picture of life on the ground in the UK.

  3. I think there are a few reasons such press releases and news reports lack specificity.

    I am not denying the mushroom principle but, in many cases, such alerts are based on traffic patterns of behaviors rather specific, actionable intelligence. I have seen security software packages that have this ability. They can alert to patterns of behavior that indicate a data breach or attack long before there is enough specific information to isolate the threat to the point that you can unplug a specific device or user. They may not be able to say that such as such will happen in London on a certain day but something is likely in a European country within a period of time. The other reason not to release information that is too specific would be to avoid tipping off the suspects.

    Other reasons could be strictly political. Drop a release like this and tourism in certain areas drops; maybe more people take vacation domestically instead of in Europe. It could help shape public opinion in nations dependent on tourism who are holding an election as we speak especially when many of the leaders of those nations were vocal and critical of the current administration…

    Now, here’s what I would like to see, an intelligence service for the common folk. Active shooter in my area or a riot breaks out I get an alert. How about a static “heat” map of crime prone or violence prone areas? That would be awesome. I can’t count the number of time I have been traveling to a new place and end up in the “wrong part of town” because I didn’t know any better. All the information is out there it just needs to be compiled and made available in an easy format…

    God bless

    • An app would be good.
      We’ve got a website in the UK that invites comment, true uncut no BS comment, about where you live. Raw comment, cussing a lot, but one thing is certain, this is local opinion and factual.

      It’s also got one other thing going for it, the politicians tried to shut it down AND FAILED.

      It seems the truth hurts.
      GB to you too my friend

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