After Yemeni Offensive Against al Qaeda in South, Militants Keep Low Profile, Say Officials
Some officials in San’a, however, worry that President Hadi’s credibility has been undercut by reports issued by government spokesmen earlier in the day that the country’s security forces had uncovered and foiled a variety of terrorist plots—including, the spokesmen said, planned attacks against a major Yemeni oil facility, military installations and Western embassies.
U.S. officials cast doubt on the veracity of the claims, saying that the U.S. hadn’t changed its assessment of a broad al Qaeda threat. Later Wednesday, Yemen’s SABA state news agency cited security sources denying there had been a threat against the oil terminal.
Phi Beta Iota: The reality is that the USA has ZERO clandestine Human Intelligence (HUMINT), virtually no overt HUMINT, and NSA is largely worthless because the only time anyone offers up “chatter” is when they want NSA to notice. The US Government continues to be sadly uninformed and largely delusional about global reality.
When things are not going well, until you get the truth out on the table, no matter how ugly, you are not in a position to deal with it. Bob Seelert, Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide (New York)