Friday, January 8, 2010

Former Acting CIA DIrector To Review Security Failures

The task of figuring out what went wrong with the sharing and acting upon intelligence that might have prevented a Nigerian man from boarding a plane in Amsterdam and attempting to blow it up over Michigan is falling on a former acting CIA director.

Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair has asked John McLaughlin to head a small group of national security experts who will look into recent challenges facing the intelligence community.

In addition to reviewing the Christmas Day bombing attempt by alleged terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab aboard Northwest Flight 253, the group will investigate how acting on intelligence might have prevented the November 5 shootings at Fort Hood.ntelligence systems and procedures that these incidents exposed.

"John McLaughlin is especially well-qualified to lead an independent assessment in this area and provide candid, constructive guidance to improve our future performance," Blair said.

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