ABC Evening News for Saturday, Dec 26, 2009
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(Connecticut: Brian Ross) An Al Qaeda plot out of Yemen to blow up a US airliner on Christmas Day by suicide bomber Umar Abdulmutallab reviewed; details given of what of known about the composition of the bomb in his underwear, about Abdulmutallab's background as a radical & the warning to the US from Umar's father. [Former counterterrorism official Richard CLARKE- comments on the threat: people who have been radicalized on the Internet.]
(Studio: David Wright) Report introduced.
(Washington: Pierre Thomas) New restrictions on air travellers due to this plot examined; details given about the specifics of more screening & onboard rules, about how the suspect tried to detonate the bomb. [Traveller Tom WILLIAMSON- comments.] [Northwest Flight 135 passengers Calvin KAKER, Jasper SHURINGA- describe what happened on the plane.] [Former FBI agent Brad GARRETT, Representative Peter KING - comment on the incident.]
(Studio: David Wright; White House: Jake Tapper) Why the vacationing President Obama was not put out to speak on the terrorism incident, the role of Yemen as a terrorism site & what the US has done in its relationship with Yemen discussed.
(Studio: David Wright) Tomorrow's guests on "This Week" named; photos shown.