Thursday, December 31, 2009

Working New Year's Eve For Obama

Obama's working tonight, reviewing reports on the attempted terror incident. He'll be meeting with his security team on Jan. 5.
President Barack Obama will review intelligence assesments Thursday evening on the failed Christmas Day airline bombing.

Obama had set a Thursday deadline for the initial assessment. Earlier on Thursday, the White House said Obama received briefings by both counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Obama, who is in Hawaii with this family, will huddle with his security team in person next week.

"On Tuesday, in Washington, I will meet personally with relevant agency heads to discuss our ongoing reviews as well as security enhancements and intelligence-sharing improvements in our homeland security and counterterrorism operations," he said in a statement released by the White House. The Hill

It's a working holiday for Janet Napolitano as well:
“As part of the ongoing review to determine exactly what went wrong leading up to Friday’s attempted terrorist attack, we are looking not only at our own processes, but also beyond our borders to ensure effective aviation security measures are in place for U.S-bound flights that originate at international airports,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a statement Thursday.
Senior Homeland Security officials will meet with leaders at major airports in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East in the coming weeks "to review security procedures and technology being used to screen passengers on flights bound for the United States," the department announced this afternoon. Napolitano said she would follow up on those meetings with her own "ministerial level" discussions.

Europe will be the first leg of the wide outreach effort, where U.S. officials will brief their European counterparts "on the findings of President Obama’s aviation security review," which he ordered last week, according to the department. The Hill