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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.

Summary of the White House Review of the December 25, 2009 Attempted Terrorist Attack.

Presidential directive regarding the attempted terrorist attack on December 25, 2009.

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.

Read the full story here: "Obama outlines security gaps in attempted airliner bombing"

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  January 7, 2010; 5:03 PM ET
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My plea to President Obama is to bring home ALL our troops and let the people of these countries fight their own battles. We are not wanted nor appreciated so why waste the lives of Americans over there.

Posted by: aileencampbell78 | January 8, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama, this sounds like the kind of wartime urgency that should have stayed in place over the past year.

We hope it's not already too late!

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 7, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

It's now important for the president to pivot back to the health care and, more importantly, jobs. Terror isn't as important to American as it was closer to 9/11.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 7, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

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