U.S. State Department Issues Warnings to Americans in Europe

PolitiChicks.comU.S citizens living in Belgium received the following email warning from the US Regional Security Office in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, France.

“The tragic event on January 7 in Paris is stark and brutal proof that terrorist attacks can happen anywhere. As such, employees and family members are reminded that vigilance is key to remaining safe and secure in this time of heightened threat. Always be mindful of your surroundings and, more importantly, cognizant of those around you. Report any and all suspicious behavior to the RSO, remembering that no incident is too small and no detail too insignificant. Also, the RSO staff is ready to answer any questions you may have or provide any advice or guidance to help you better understand measures you can take to keep you and your families safe and secure.”

At the time of this report there have been no updates to the U.S. International Travel page on the State Departments website in reference to France. The only security update applied to those traveling to the Republic of South Sudan or to Ukraine. Whether further updates will be added remains to be seen in the coming hours. At this time, the suspects behind the terrorist attack in Paris remain at large and are considered armed & dangerous.

Secretary Kerry had the following to say,

“Today’s murders (January 7th) are part of a larger confrontation, not between civilizations-no-but between civilization itself and those who are opposed to a civilized world.” Secretary Kerry continued his remarks by adding the following:

“I would like to say directly to the people of Paris and of all of France that each and every American stands with you today, not just in horror or in anger or in outrage for this vicious act of violence, though we stand with you in solidarity and in commitment both to the cause of confronting extremism and in the cause which the extremists fear so much and which has always united our two countries…freedom.”

Shannon Grady

South Carolina Politichick Shannon Grady came to the staff in late 2013 with experience writing political pieces on US foreign, domestic, and education policy for SGPAction.com. Shannon has also been a guest commentator on The PonyTail Patriot BlogTalkRadio show. Shannon brings a unique perspective to European politics as she is able to cover events happening across Europe from the heart of the EU, while living in Brussels, Belgium. Her articles include original coverage of the Memorial Day events at Flanders Field, Belgium and the 70th anniversary D-Day events in Normandy, France. Shannon has a BA in History from the University of South Carolina, a Masters from Webster University, and recently finished her doctorate program at Liberty University where she focused on Educational Leadership and Administration. She currently teaches online AP courses in Macro and Micro Economics and AP US history. She is the wife of active duty Army officer LTC Matthew Grady who is currently assigned to NATO in Belgium and the mother of one rambunctious little boy. Follow Shannon on Twitter: @SGPAExPat

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