CNN contributor Frances Townsend, the former White House homeland security adviser, told "American Morning" on Monday that the U.S. travel warning on Europe is frustrating tourists and some officials.
The U.S. State Department issued the alert for U.S. citizens in Europe, based on information suggesting al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks. Americans are warned to be aware of their surroundings and protect themselves, especially when they are at tourist sites, in airports or using public transportation. The alert does not warn U.S. citizens against travel to Europe.
Townsend said the alert is based on "unspecific, but credible threats," and she thinks tourists and officials would like to know more specifics.
"You don‚Äôt want to unnecessarily frighten people. On the other hand, you feel like you ought to give them enough information so they understand there‚Äôs a heightened threat environment," she said.
"Talking to officials now, they have been very clear with me about just how serious the threat is.¬† But I don‚Äôt think they have the specifics that you‚Äôd like to see in these kinds of warnings. And I think they‚Äôre also frustrated.‚ÄĚ
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