White House releases intelligence review of attempted Christmas attack
The White House has released its review of the intelligence failures in advance of the attempted terrorist attack on an airplane en route to Detroit on Christmas Day, as well as a presidential memorandum ordering changes to intelligence procedures.
In remarks accompanying the releases, President Obama said that he has ordered the U.S. intelligence community to "immediately begin to assign specific responsibility for investigating all leads" on high-level threats, that "intelligence reports be distributed more rapidly and more widely," and that agencies "strengthen the analytical process" and "improve our day to day efforts."
"Rather than a failure to collect or share information, this was a failure to connect and share the intelligence we already had," Obama said.
January 7, 2010; 5:03 PM ET
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