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White House to release preliminary findings on airline security investigation tomorrow

By Michael A. Fletcher
The White House will release an unclassified version of the preliminary report on the failed Christmas Day attack of a Detroit-bound airliner on Thursday, press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

The report, compiled by counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, details how the government's intelligence and airline security apparatus failed to head off the attempted bombing.

Obama told his national security team that it had "screwed up" because spy agencies had gathered sufficient information to stop the attack before Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to bomb the plane, but failed to piece it together. The attempt was foiled when explosives Abdulmutallab had sown in his underwear failed to detonate, and alert passengers were able to subdue him.

"This will be very comprehensive," Gibbs said of the review.

After the review, Gibbs said, Obama would make another statement about the ongoing investigation and government efforts to close the gaps in the nation's security net.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 6, 2010; 2:46 PM ET
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Comments

"Obama told his national security team that it had screwed up"

And in order to fix the problem Obama nominates an ex-FBI bureaucrat that used his office for personal gain,, violated the privacy act, and then lied to his superiors in an effort to avoid censure for his actions, to head the TSA.

Yeah, Barry, that's a real good fix for the problem.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | January 7, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

gee. i can hardly wait. i heard about all of this 10 days ago.

obama would have known about it as well, but he was on vacation, and playing golf and peeing in the pacific ocean was more important to him than meeting with his staff.

*yawn*

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | January 6, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

As passengers, we must always be alert and vigilant with people around us because we can't rely on security services all the time.

Tracy, Velocity Fulfillment

Posted by: Statusnow9 | January 6, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

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