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President Barack Obama received a high-level briefing only three days before Christmas about possible holiday-period terrorist threats against the US, Newsweek has learned. The briefing was centered on a written report, produced by US intelligence agencies, entitled "Key Homeland Threats", a senior US official said....
In a background briefing for reporters on December 29, also attributed in an official White House transcript to a "senior administration official", that official asserted that in the wake of the attempted underpants attack, it had become clear to the President and top advisors that before Christmas, the US government was in posession of "bits and pieces" of information, which, if they had been properly knitted together, "could have...allowed us to disrupt the attack or certainly to know much more about the alleged attacker in such a way as to ensure that he was on, as the President suggested in his statement, a no-fly list." In the briefing, the official identified three rough categories of information that the government had which could have been relevant to foiling the attack: information about Abdulmutallab and his plans, info about Al-Qaeda and their plans, and info "about potential attacks during the holiday period."...
Presidential aides are concerned that Obama will somehow be unfairly accused of dropping the ball on the fight against terrorist in Yemen -- a country where, in fact, the evidence suggests Obama, as early as last summer, ordered a significant increase in US intelligence activity. In the weeks before the Christmas attacks, several US officials have told Newsweek, Obama authorized a major expansion in US intelligence, military and material support to Yemen's government -- an escalation which some officials acknowledge could be characterized as a new covert war.
The president complained that a warning from the former London engineering student’s father and information about an al Qaeda bomb plot involving a Nigerian were not handled properly by the intelligence networks.
But CIA officials say the data was sent to the US National Counterterrorism Centre in Washington, which was set up after the 9/11 attacks as a clearing house where raw data should be analysed.
Agents claim that is where the dots should have been connected to help identify Abdulmutallab as a threat.
Originally posted by ownbestenemy
reply to post by skunknuts
Your whole post is off-topic. Might be good info, but what does it have to do with the OP?
In regards to the OP, the title on the article is highly suggestive and misleading. The article itself shows no real information nor any direct information in regards to a threat. I am not a fan of President Obama, but Newsweek is just using sensationalism regarding an event to sell some magazine.
The president gets these briefings probably weekly if not a brief one daily. That doesn't mean there were not failures, but this news piece actually shows nothing except that the president was briefed prior to going on vacation.
Originally posted by jibeho
We have multiple witnesses that stated the bomber boarded the plan as a Somali refugee under the escort of a well dressed Indian man. Other eyewitnesses attest to seeing a man dressed in orange being escorted away in handcuffs. The same witnesses saw a drug/bomb dog alert to a bag. One of these witnesses has been visited and thoroughly questioned by the FBI. Another witness claims to have seen a man calmly video record the whole incident on the plane.
Anyway, it goes on and on. Let's just see how the stories change over time and influence.