Obama calls for better information sharing

Hotel News - 12/01/2010

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After a long period of research and fact finding into the intelligence surrounding would be airline bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, US President Barack Obama has come to the decision that no jobs will be lost over the failure by US intelligence to stop the suspected terrorist before he boarded to Detroit on Christmas Day.

The President released as six page review over the weekend, which revealed that the CIA and the National Counter-Terrorism Centre were guilty of three key failures: to take the threat posed by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula seriously; to put all the known pieces together; and to place the alleged bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, on a US terrorist watch list that would have prevented him flying.

However, in a press statement made after the paper was released, Obama stated that the emphasis on this occasion was on the need to strive harder to work together and share information, rather than finding the blame after the damage had been done.

The report concluded that: ‘The US government had sufficient information to have uncovered and potentially disrupted the December 25 attack – including by placing Mr Abdulmutallab on the no-fly list – but analysts within the counter-terrorism community failed to connect the dots that could have identified and warned of the specific threat.’

In a press statement Obama appeared grave yet resolute that greater efforts would be made to ensure that the situation was not repeated in the future. "I am less interested in passing out blame than I am in learning from, and correcting, these mistakes, to make us safer… ultimately, the buck stops with me.”

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