Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Obama's Update on Failed Attack Dec. 29

Obama says the system didn't work and intelligence wasn't able to piece together the bits of information it received. Obama also reiterates Napolitano's clarification yesterday after soundbite mania took hold:
Moreover, as Secretary Napolitano has said, once the suspect attempted to take down Flight 253, after his attempt, it's clear that passengers and crew, our homeland security systems, and our aviation security took all appropriate actions.

But what's also clear is this: When our government has information on a known extremist and that information is not shared and acted upon as it should have been so that this extremist boards a plane with dangerous explosives that could have cost nearly 300 lives, a systemic failure has occurred, and I consider that totally unacceptable.
He spoke from the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii: