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Terrorism / Plane Bomb Plot / Obama / Radicalization #955810

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) President Obama's tough new tone about how the Christmas bomber made it onto the plane introduced.

(Studio: Brian Ross) The "underwear bomber" & intelligence about him examined; details given about how Umar Abdulmutallab's father told US embassy officials in Nigeria his son was training to be a terrorist & about Yemen being an Al Qaeda training ground. [OBAMA - says information was passed to a component of the intelligence community but not distributed; states the warning signs should have kept the suspect off the plane; indicates information about an extremist should have been shared.] [On Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet NAPOLITANO - says there was not information to get him on a no-fly list.] Obama's promise of accountability noted. What is known about Al Qaeda in Yemen discussed.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Obama's statement that the American security system is not up to date mentioned.

(Studio: Dan Harris) Where the money spent on aviation security went examined; details given about recommendations from the 9/11 commission have not been implemented & about who is to blame, including the bureaucracy. [Technology expert Eddie SCHWARTZ, commission co-chair Lee HAMILTON - blame the government leadership.] [Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael CHERTOFF†- comments on the system.] The need for political leadership to get any systemic action on security discussed.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(London: Jim Sciutto) Abdulmutallab's background examined; details given of his Internet statements indicating a well-off, well-educated young man who became a terrorist such as others like Mohammed Atta & Maj. Nidal Hasan. [Umar's former college professor Mike RIMMER†- comments on Umar.] The process of radicalization outlined on screen. [Former militant Anis KHADIR‡- talks about the negative extremist leaders out there.] [British youth "MOHAMMED" - says a job changed him.]

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Washington: Pierre Thomas) A look at whether racial profiling should be used at airports to stop terrorism presented. [Security experts counterterrorism analyst Stephen EMERSON, former FBI profiler Mike GERMAN‡- offer differing opinions on the "correctness" of profiling terrorists.]

Reporter(s):
Sawyer, Diane;
Ross, Brian;
Harris, Dan;
Sciutto, Jim;
Thomas, Pierre
Duration:
00:10:40

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