Remarks by the President on Security Reviews [January 5, 2010]   [open pdf - 41KB]

From the remarks of President Obama on January 5, 2010: "[O]ur intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement agencies have worked together with considerable success: gathering intelligence, stitching it together, and making arrests-from Denver to Texas, from Illinois to New York-disrupting plots and saving American lives. And these successes have not come without a price, as we saw last week in the loss of our courageous CIA [Central Intelligence Agency] officers in Afghanistan. But when a suspected terrorist is able to board a plane with explosives on Christmas Day the system has failed in a potentially disastrous way. And it's my responsibility to find out why, and to correct that failure so that we can prevent such attacks in the future. And that's why, shortly after the attempted bombing over Detroit, I ordered two reviews. I directed Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to review aviation screening, technology and procedures. She briefed me on her initial findings today, and I'm pleased that this review is drawing on the best science and technology, including the expertise of Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and his department. I also directed my counterterrorism and homeland security advisor John Brennan to lead a thorough review into our terrorist watch-listing system so we can fix what went wrong. As we discussed today, this ongoing review continues to reveal more about the human and systemic failures that almost cost nearly 300 lives. We will make a summary of this preliminary report public within the next few days, but let me share some of what we know so far." The President continued with some of the initial findings.

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