"President Barack Obama ordered his top intelligence chiefs Thursday to patch gaps in the way terrorism intelligence is distributed, analyzed and checked against watch lists used to identify potential attackers bound for the U.S.
It was his strongest and most detailed response to the Christmas Day attempt to blow up an airliner bound for Detroit. "We are at war," the president said. "We are at war with al Qaeda."
The White House also released details on how the alleged suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, slipped through the intelligence net, used cash to purchase a one-way ticket and, carrying a bomb sewn into his underwear, boarded a Northwest Airlines flight with almost 300 passengers and crew.
A "series of human errors" included the "delayed dissemination of a finished intelligence report" that might have helped intelligence analysts connect the dots and prevent the attempted bombing, according to an unclassified version of the White House review of the attempted Christmas attack. The "finished report," prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency, contained background on Mr. Abdulmutallab, officials said.
misspelling of Mr. Abdulmutallab's name contributed to the State Department's failure to revoke his visa after his father, a Nigerian banker, told U.S. embassy officials in Nigeria of his concern over the radicalization and disappearance of his son, according to the review." WSJ
I will say it again. So long as these agencies are run by hypercompetitive bureaucratic politicians, they will never improve very much.
All these little "fixes" that the president wants are good things but they will not repair the basic problem of a lack of unty of command.
I think Brennan should have had the decency to resign after his admitted massive failure, but, no we don't do that among the elite. OK. Put him in charge of everything and hope that another airplane or other conveyance does not blow up somewhere before he receives the Medal of Freedom.
The misspelled name thing will be very hard to fix. There are very few people in the government with any ability with written or typed Arabic. The very structure of this Hausa or Fulani Nigerian's name is beyond the ability of most government people working this issue. I am quite sure that Brennan has not a clue. In addition to just understanding the name, (which I find a little odd in the existence of a passive participle in the term referring to God,) there is also the little fact that there really is no universally accepted system of transliteration in English of Arabic words. One of you explain his name for the people.
Yemen. We are now starting to worry Salih's government by pressing too much. That may save us. pl