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More suspected terrorists moved to watch lists

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, booking photograph released by the U.S. Marshals Service December 28, 2009 Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, booking photograph released by the U.S. Marshals Service December 28, 2009

WASHINGTON. - Counterterrorism officials have moved the names of dozens of people onto the terror watch list and the no-fly list after reviewing a massive government database of suspected terrorists.
     
An intelligence official says the government scrubbed thousands of names in its database after an attempted bombing aboard a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day. Officials focused on people from countries with ties to terrorism. The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

The man arrested in connection with the Detroit incident, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, was in a database with about 550,000 other terror suspects since late November, but officials said the government did not have enough information to put him on the no-fly list that would have kept him off a U.S.-bound plane.

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Obama adviser sees lapses but no missed `smoking gun'

President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser says there was "no smoking gun" that U.S. intelligence agencies should have found ahead of the alleged Christmas Day attack on a U.S. airliner.
     
The adviser, John Brennan, says there were a series of what he called lapses and errors in sharing intelligence about the Nigerian man accused in the foiled attempt.
     
Brennan is leading a White House review of the incident. Obama has said there was a systemic failure to prevent the attack.
     
Brennan, speaking on "Fox News Sunday," didn't say whether anyone is in line to be fired because of the oversights.
     
Obama says an al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen apparently ordered the plot, training and arming the 23-year-old suspect.

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