As you’ve probably heard, the American government has just released a global travel warning for the next few weeks due to a suspected Al-Qaeda terrorist attack. They’ve warned Americans in all countries to be careful when travelling and have had multiple consulates and embassies around the world closed down. Now this sounds all fine and dandy, but it's the timing that seems a little bit suspicious. At least it does to me.
The last month or so has been riddled with news about Edward Snowden’s leak of the NSA’s PRISM program. Although that was the most widespread story of them all, a bunch of smaller stories regarding the NSA have also been going around and have been causing a lot of people to doubt what the NSA is doing. People have come to realize that their privacy has pretty much completely eroded away and they’ve put the blame solely on the NSA and the government for most, if not all of it. People have also argued that the PRISM program hasn’t really helped to stop any major terrorist attacks like the NSA claims it has. I’m not necessarily saying it hasn’t been used to stop any recent attacks since I have no way of knowing for sure, but there’s no real evidence to show that they have.
Anyways, the way I see it, the PRISM leak and other stories have portrayed the NSA and the government as sinister and evil to a majority of people. The government obviously doesn’t want to lose whatever trust people still have in them and as a result, they needed a plan. This is where everything seems to come together.
The government needed a way to prove to people that their efforts were in fact keeping everyone safe and that they should continue with their efforts well into the future. So what do they do, you ask? They create a false (or semi-false) warning to people around the world of a terrorist attack. They shut down consulates to prove they’re serious about it. They say that the information came from communications intercepted by the NSA. They get every credible media entity to discuss the attacks on TV.
Through all this, they not only distract people from the constant stories about the NSA’s invasion of privacy, but they also reinforce people’s trust in the NSA’s efforts so that people will think “Oh well I’m fine if they know everything about me, as long as it stops terrorist attacks.”.
There’s no way of proving if they’re lying or not. They aren’t going to show everyone the intercepted message, they'll just say it's sensitive information that can't be released which is what CNN did,
"CNN has agreed to a request from an Obama administration official not to publish or broadcast additional details because of the sensitivity of the information."
If no attacks happen, they can say that their efforts stopped the attack. If an attack does in fact happen, they can say that they warned everyone in advance. It’s a foolproof plan. It’s a win-win situation for both the government and the NSA.
I’m not saying I know any of this is to be true, but I’m just trying to make sense of it all and to me, this is the most logical explanation for the recent events.