The Official White House Review Of The Christmas Day Bombing Attempt
The White House released its official review. And here are the major findings:
The most significant findings of our preliminary review are:
* The U.S. Government had sufficient information prior to the attempted December 25 attack to have potentially disrupted the AQAP plot-i.e., by identifying Mr. Abdulmutallab as a likely operative of AQAP and potentially preventing him from boarding flight 253.
* The Intelligence Community leadership did not increase analytic resources working on the full AQAP threat.
* The watchlisting system is not broken but needs to be strengthened and improved, as evidenced by the failure to add Mr. Abdulmutallab to the No Fly watchlist.
* A reorganization of the intelligence or broader counterterrorism community is not required to address problems that surfaced in the review, a fact made clear by countless other successful efforts to thwart ongoing plots.
President Obama, in his statement, said, “The buck stops with me.”
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