July 22, 1999 |
The House, fearing another terrorist attack like the twin bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa a year ago, voted Wednesday to more than quadruple the Clinton administration's proposed spending to fortify America's embassies worldwide. Congressional concern for the safety of diplomats and other Americans abroad has grown with the approach of the Aug. 7 anniversary of the bombings that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans, and injured thousands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1998
In the mid-1980s the State Department estimated it would cost $3.5 billion to upgrade the security of hundreds of its overseas diplomatic missions, facilities whose vulnerability to terrorist attacks had been searingly demonstrated by the bombing of the Beirut Embassy in 1983. Only about one-fourth of that amount has been appropriated over the years since. The folly of this limited response was driven home last month with the bombings of the U.S.
September 20, 1998 |
On June 12, about six weeks before the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, the U.S. Department of State posted a warning about potential "terrorist action . . . within the next several weeks" in the Persian Gulf. The posting encouraged U.S. citizens living abroad to check in with their embassies or consulates in those countries and warned U.S. citizens to check the department's public announcements, travel warnings and consular information sheets before making travel plans.
August 15, 1998 |
A week after the devastating double bombings in East Africa, a jittery State Department on Friday ordered a partial evacuation of the diplomatic staff at its embassy in Albania and warned private citizens there to leave because of the dangers of terrorism. The State Department said the decision to suspend all operations at the embassy was attributable to recent threats by Islamic extremists against the United States and its citizens. A statement warned of "the possibility that the U.S.
April 4, 1992 |
Moammar Kadafi said Friday that he had taken steps to protect the embassies of countries that favor sanctions against Libya. The Libyan leader's assurances came a day after Libyan rioters wrecked the Venezuelan Embassy, smashing furniture and ripping up the garden, and tried to storm the Russian mission, wrecking cars when they were turned back. They also threw rocks at the Austrian mission and held angry protests outside the Belgian, French and Italian embassies.
March 31, 1988 |
Massed outside the Iraqi Embassy's gate one afternoon last week, several hundred demonstrators besieged the building with chants of "Long Live Khomeini!" It was a raucous display that, during the last 50 years, would have gotten them arrested instantly. But on this day, as embassy staff members peered angrily out their windows at the spectacle, police just looked on. This demonstration was legal.