Editor’s Note – Nasrallah is bellowing again and this time, the US Consulate in Beirut is performing due diligence to prepare for any scenario – unlike the preparations in Libya and Cairo that did not rise to the level of true preparedness.
With so many instances of violence at our embassies, maybe the State Department is starting to take things more seriously in deed, not in just words.
In addition, for at least today, the US Embassy has closed its Visa Services for September 17th. Its not the first time the US Embassy in Lebanon has been the site of terrorism. In 1983 on of the worst attacks took place.
The US Embassy is no longer in the heart of Bairut, rather it is located in Awkar Facing the Municipality, north of Beirut.
US diplomats in Beirut burning classified material amid protests
Associated Press – Fox News
Diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut have started to destroy classified material as a security precaution amid anti-American protests in Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa.
A State Department status report obtained Monday by The Associated Press said the Beirut embassy had “reviewed its emergency procedures and is beginning to destroy classified holdings.”
It also said that local Lebanese employees were sent home early due to protests by the militant Shiite group Hezbollah over an anti-Muslim film produced in the U.S.
In Washington, a State Department official said there was no imminent threat to the heavily fortified Beirut embassy, which is about an hour away from where the nearest demonstration is planned.
Protestors have breached the compounds of several U.S. diplomatic missions since last Tuesday.