Senate Committee releases report summary on Christmas day attempted attack

On 18 May the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the report summary on the attempted terrorist attack of Dec. 25 on a Northwestern Airlines flight.

Chairman Feinstein and Vice-Chairman Bond announced on Dec. 31 that the Committee would conduct hearings on the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack and “collect all intelligence related to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab held by various intelligence agencies in order to determine who had what, and how the information was handled. In addition, the Committee (would) review national security policies on sharing information and terrorist watchlisting.”

Based on information gathered at various agencies, the Committee concluded in its report that there were systemic failures, which contributed to ignoring the threat posed by Abdulmutallab. The Committee identified fourteen specific points of failure, including human errors, technical mistakes, systemic obstacles and competing priorities. This led the intelligence community to being unable to analyze and connect the information in its possess that would have identifies Abdulmutallab as a terrorist threat to the US.

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