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Report: CIA Failed to Disseminate Report About Bombing Suspect

By Leo Reyes     Dec 30, 2009 in Crime
The suspected al-Qaeda-linked Nigerian terrorist who tried to blow up a Delta-Northwest flight with 288 passengers in Detroit could have been prevented from boarding the aircraft with the available information that the US government had on the suspect.
U.S. officials said the father, a former Nigerian banker, expressed his concerns about his son's radicalization during at least one meeting and several calls with officials at the embassy in Nigeria.
The information on Abdulmutallab had been sent to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, but it sat there for five weeks and was not disseminated, the source said.
Intelligence officials though said the the information was indeed disseminated to concerned agencies of government specifically the National Counter Terrorism Center in Washington but the implementing agencies down the line could have been remiss in their action.
An administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity was quoted to have said:
"What we have here is a situation in which the failings were individual, organizational, systemic and technological," the official said. "We ended up in a situation where a single point of failure in the system put our security at risk, where human error was compounded by systemic deficiencies in a way that we cannot allow to continue."
US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been severely criticized by concerned citizens for having said 'our system worked' when in reality it did not in the case of the attempted bombing by the suspected Nigerian terrorist.
Some critics are demanding her resignation for the agency's failure to prevent the attempted bombing despite the availability of data or information on the attempted terror attack and for mishandling the affairs of the agency.
In his public statement from Hawaii where he is on a Christmas holiday with his family, President Obama blamed "a mix of human and systemic failures" in which he directed the agencies concerned to deliver its findings to the White House by Thursday.
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