US Department of State Travel Alerts.
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula.
The news has made a big deal out of this saying that NSA has collected data to support the warnings.
The countries named have been on the danger list, no travel list, and restricted list for a long time. For people like TEDstrs who stay abreast of news and events this is not news.
The debate is: Is the State Department attempting to boost confidence in NSA after the licking it has taken in the public eye. This appears to be a spin doctor maneuver.