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Report: US had intel to stop Christmas bomb plot

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23-year-old man tried to detonate an explosive device aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23-year-old man tried to detonate an explosive device aboard a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

WASHINGTON. - President Barack Obama says when it comes to terror threats against the nation, "the buck stops with me" and he's ordering changes in the way information on potential threats is handled.
     
He's telling the intelligence community to assign "clear lines of responsibility" for immediately pursuing leads on those threats.
     
In response to the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt over Detroit, Obama also wants to strengthen the way people are added to the terror watch list and the no-fly list and he's calling for intelligence reports, especially those that deal with threats, to be distributed more quickly and widely.
     
Obama says there needs to be a stronger process for analyzing and processing intelligence.

Report: US had intel to stop Christmas bomb plot

A new White House reports says the U.S. government had plenty of information to keep the alleged Christmas Day bombing suspect off an airplane.
     
Unlike in the run-up to the 9/11 attacks, intelligence officials shared information. But in this case, they didn't know what they had. A combination of human errors such as spelling mistakes combined with systemic problems lead to a complete security failure.
     
Information about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was spread across several databases and officials didn't search them all. Also, authorities were focused on supporting anti-terrorism efforts inside Yemen more than on tracking down intelligence about attacks originating in Yemen.
     
The report blames both the National Counterterrorism Center and the CIA.

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