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Terrorism / Plane Bomb Plot / Airlines Security #955547

CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 28, 2009
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(Studio: Harry Smith) The attempt to blow up Delta/Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas day introduced.

(Milan, Michigan: Jim Axelrod) Al Qaeda's claims it was behind the attack by Umar Abdulmutallab because of US air strikes against Yemen reviewed; details given about the explosive underwear, the similarities to the case of shoe bomber Richard Reid 8 years ago, a timetable for Abdulmutallab's education & travels, the warning from Umar's father about his son's religious extremism. [Former US attorney's office terrorism chief Ed O'CALLAGHAN†- talks about the methods.] [Passenger Jasmin SAMIMI†- describe what happened on the plane.]

(Studio: Harry Smith) Report introduced.

(London: Richard Roth) What drove Abdulmutallab into terrorism examined; details given from his Internet writings that were jihad fantasies, his education hopes & his activities on campus in London.

(Studio: Harry Smith) Report introduced.

(Studio: Armen Keteyian) The security failures in regards to Abdulmutallab examined; details given about his visa, his father's reports on his activities & other missed red flags, security at Amsterdam. [Former FBI assistant director for counterterrorism Pat D'AMURO†, former security director foe Israel Airport Authority Pini SCHIFF†- outline what should have been done.] [On Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet NAPOLITANO - says the system worked.] [Today, on "The Early Show," NAPOLITANO - comments on the events.]

(Studio: Harry Smith; Pittsburgh: Bob Orr) The explosive PETN, how it could have brought down the airplane, the significance of seat 119A & of Al Qaeda in Yemen taking responsibility discussed; scenes shown of a government test blowing up a plane.

(Studio: Harry Smith) Report introduced.

(Honolulu: Chip Reid) The response of the vacationing President Obama to the terrorist crisis featured; details given about the tightening of airport security. [OBAMA - says we will hold all those involved responsible; praises the citizenry on the plane.]

(Studio: Harry Smith) Report introduced.

(Washington: Wyatt Andrews) The tight security on international flights into the US featured; details given about the one-hour rule & bag searches & what will happen for domestic flights. [Four PASSENGERS - comment on checks.] [Former homeland security official Stewart†† BAKER†- states the case for full-body screening machines.]

Smith, Harry;
Axelrod, Jim;
Roth, Richard;
Keteyian, Armen;
Orr, Bob;
Reid, Chip;
Andrews, Wyatt

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