Securing America's Safety: Improving the Effectiveness of Antiterrorism Tools and Interagency Communication: Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, January 20, 2010   [open pdf - 8MB]

From the opening statement of Patrich J. Leahy: "I know there will be some hard questions at this hearing. We will want to know how and why we failed to successfully detect and prevent this attempted attack. How did someone who paid for an airline ticket with cash, who boarded without luggage for a winter trip to Detroit, and whose father had come to U.S. officials weeks before to warn that his son had become radicalized, how was he able to board a flight for the United States with a valid visa? Just as we now know the horrific, deadly attacks on 9/11 could have been prevented, should have been prevented, the recent White House review found that the Government ''had sufficient information to have uncovered and potentially disrupted the December 25 attack.'' Our intelligence agencies did not adequately integrate and analyze information that could have prevented this attempt. The President called it a ''systemic failure,'' and he is right that this is unacceptable. Just as we failed on 9/11, we failed here." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Russell Feingold, Jeff Sessions, David F. Heyman, Patrick F. Kennedy, Robert S. Mueller, Zoe Baird, Slade Gorton, Stephen Flynn, Michael Leiter, Michael W. Macleod-Ball, Kate Martin, Bruce Schneier, and Suzanne E. Spaulding.

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S. Hrg. 111-616; Senate Hearing 111-616; Serial No. J-111-71
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