May 30, 2001
Caution by U.S. state Department - Public Announcement
Washington, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - The U.S. Government
learned in early May 2001 that American citizens abroad may be the target of a terrorist
threat from extremist groups with links to Usama Bin Ladin's Al-Qaida organization. In the
past, such individuals have not distinguished between official and civilian targets. As
always, we take this information seriously. U.S. Government facilities worldwide remain at
a heightened state of alert.
On May 29, the defendants in the case of U.S. v. Bin Ladin were found guilty on a number
of counts in connection with the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar
Es Salaam, Tanzania. The U.S. Government is not aware of any specific threat in response
to the verdicts.
Nevertheless, U.S. citizens are urged to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take
appropriate steps to increase their security awareness to reduce their vulnerability.
Americans should maintain a low profile, vary routes and times for all required travel,
and treat mail and packages from unfamiliar sources with suspicion. In addition, American
citizens are also urged to avoid contact with any suspicious, unfamiliar objects, and to
report the presence of the objects to local authorities. Vehicles should not be left
unattended, if at all possible, and should be kept locked at all times. U.S. Government
personnel overseas have been advised to take the same precautions. In addition, U.S.
Government facilities have and will continue to temporarily close or suspend public
services as necessary to review their security posture and ensure its adequacy.
U.S. citizens planning to travel abroad should consult the Department of State's Public
Announcements, Travel Warnings, Consular Information Sheets, and regional travel
brochures, all of which are available at the Consular
Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov.
We will continue to provide updated information should it become available. American
citizens overseas may contact the American Citizens Services unit of the nearest U.S.
Embassy or Consulate by telephone or fax for up-to-date information on security
conditions. In addition, American citizens in need of emergency assistance should
telephone the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate before visiting the Embassy or Consulate.
This Public Announcement supersedes the Public Announcement - Worldwide Caution of May 11,
2001 to inform Americans of the verdict in U.S. v. Bin Ladin. This Public Announcement
expires on August 29, 2001.