Information about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was passed to "a component of our U.S. intelligence community" weeks ago, but the Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day was not added to the "no-fly list" because the data were not widely shared, President Obama said in Hawaii.http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2009/12/obama-cites-systemic-failure-on-intelligence-about--jet-terrorist/1
"There was a mix of human and systemic failures that contributed to this potentially catastrophic breach of security," the president said at a news conference. "We need to learn from this episode and quickly fix the flaws in our system because our security is at stake and lives are at stake."
He called the failures "totally unacceptable."
"There were bits of information available within the intelligence community that could have and should have been pieced together," he said without elaborating.
Obama said early findings from reviews of passenger screening
and the security watch list would be delivered by Thursday.
Obama's first reaction was to dismiss the attack as an "isolated incident" by an "isolated extremist".
Now, we're told it was "a mix of human and systemic failures that contributed to this potentially catastrophic breach of security".
If it involved "human failures", which humans are getting fired?
Otherwise, it's another case of Bush saying "heckuva job" to his staff after Hurricane Katrina.