Report on Detroit Plane Intel Failures , Obama To Discuss

The White House is releasing a declassified version of the security review of the alleged attempted terror attack by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on Christmas Day.

President Obama will speak at 4:30 pm, ET. You can watch him live at the White House website here.

Following the report, Obama is expected to unveil new steps aimed at avoiding further attacks. The BBC also reports that Yemen's Deputy Prime Minister Rashad al-Alimi said today that Abdulmutallab met with cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Shabwa, the Yemeni province where he lives and that Abdulmutallab was recruited while a student at the University College London (UCL). The Guardian is reporting Yemen may arrest al Awlaki.

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    I hope all those Obama apologists (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by KeysDan on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 02:36:03 PM EST
    explaining and excusing away from their perch out on a limb are prepared for the fall as the president saws  it off.  

    Once Helen Thomas is gone (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Makarov on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:27:51 PM EST
    there won't be a single good question ever asked in the briefing room again.

    She asked two questions - if the screeners were professionals or contractors (she didn't specify Amsterdam or Nigeria, I don't think) and what was the motivation for AQAP's attack on us.

    Neither question was answered.

    I will be gone (none / 0) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 02:19:22 PM EST
    But I heard that they spy so much on Americans now that they can't keep up with silly Jihadists.

    What about the passengers who jumped (none / 0) (#3)
    by magster on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 03:15:00 PM EST
    the bomber?  Why aren't they getting the Sully treatment for interrupting the bombers attempt at detonating the plastic explosives?

    The main one is not an American (none / 0) (#4)
    by Cream City on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 04:27:13 PM EST
    so his 15 minutes of fame came down to about 5.  To be fair, he probably is back home in Scotland and not available for interviews . . . that is, not easily available to the East Coast-based media.  Of course, we can conduct interviews from space now, so we can do so from Scotland.:-) But maybe, not being an American, he also is not all caught up in capitalizing on this and is getting back to his life?

    We can't celebrate a hero or few (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by nycstray on Thu Jan 07, 2010 at 05:05:17 PM EST
    when it was the gov's incompetence that made them so  ;)

    Sully had the birds to blame, the x-mas heroes, the US gov.


    ooops (none / 0) (#7)
    by jeffhas on Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 08:43:25 PM EST