The terrorist watch lists at the center of what President Obama called the botched handling of intelligence on a plot to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day have been in the spotlight since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-12-31-watchlist_N.htm?
Before the hijackings of four jets in 2001, intelligence and law enforcement agencies kept different lists, and information sharing among them was spotty. The 9/11 Commission found that the poor coordination helped allow the attackers to enter the country, and it strongly recommended improvements.
Significant enhancements have been made since then. However, lawmakers and security experts began calling this week for new revisions that would make it harder for suspected terrorists to smuggle a bomb aboard a jet — but they could make the screening process at airports more cumbersome.
"It was just one database failure after another," said Clark Kent Ervin, former inspector general at the Homeland Security Department.
"One failure after another"?
A good description of Obama's first year in office.
They only things he's "succeeded" at are ramming big spending bills through a compliant Congress and creating record sky high deficits.